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by surveyor
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing 2019 Honda Pilot Advice Wanted
Replies: 17
Views: 1543

Re: Purchasing 2019 Honda Pilot Advice Wanted

OP you can buy the extended warranty online from another dealer for quite the discount. I think you can do it up to the point that the manufacturer's warranty runs out.
by surveyor
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: In search of a dishwasher that dries plastics well...
Replies: 54
Views: 2058

Re: In search of a dishwasher that dries plastics well...

A lower cost option versus the Miele is Samsung. We bought a model that opens slightly when done and runs a fan to move air. Still get some water on top of plastic but it does help considerably.
by surveyor
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pharmacist - Need advice
Replies: 27
Views: 2230

Re: Pharmacist - Need advice

Drug companies have medical teams that employ physicians and pharmacists.
by surveyor
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: One week family vacation in Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area
Replies: 38
Views: 2182

Re: One week family vacation in Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area

If you use your own transponder make sure the rental company disables their transponder. Last one we had a daily fee that began once you went under a sunpass scanner. It stopped the fee when you returned the car but it had a max $/rental of under $20. They charge your credit card a month or so later...
by surveyor
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Opinions on Computational Engineering Undergraduate Major
Replies: 91
Views: 3386

Re: Opinions on Computational Engineering Undergraduate Major

Read flag is that it is under Aerospace and not EE.
by surveyor
Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large SUV
Replies: 75
Views: 6668

Re: Large SUV

Kids are 10 and 11. 2008 Odyssey is on its last legs. I'm looking at the Pilot and the CX-9. Haven't driven either yet but the CX-9 is favored right now. I've read the storage in the Pilot is larger, but I'll typically have the third row down anyways leaving plenty of storage.
by surveyor
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 30's couple FL vacation
Replies: 11
Views: 684

Re: 30's couple FL vacation

There's a ferry boat that goes from Ft. Myers to Key West.
by surveyor
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Driving from MA to FL - recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2079

Re: Driving from MA to FL - recommendations?

I will be driving from MA to FL around New Years'. I don't know what the snowbird situation is like on the east coast, but this time of year is insane on I75 into Florida with traffic from the Midwest. I've seen the reverse snowbird commute on I-95 in South Carolina (2 lane) around the first of Apr...
by surveyor
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: California 8 days road trip LA-SFO
Replies: 40
Views: 2252

Re: California 8 days road trip LA-SFO

A very nice Uber driver earned a good tip by taking us down Lombard street on the way to Coit tower. Not much there besides the tower on the hill but the kids saw it there and kept asking to go see it. The real highlight was the walk from the tower to the Exploratorium. Mostly a set of stairs that s...
by surveyor
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone ever tired of managing hair and consider shaving to go bald
Replies: 59
Views: 4563

Re: Anyone ever tired of managing hair and consider shaving to go bald

Been doing the clipper with no guard cut for years. Last year I bought a set of clippers that had a built in vacuum (no Flowbee) and it made clean up pretty minimal.
by surveyor
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation without saving adequately?
Replies: 70
Views: 5370

Re: Vacation without saving adequately?

6 & 8. I already regret things I didn't do with my 9 & 10 year old when they were that age. They get older a lot faster than you think. Have fun.
by surveyor
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Proposal for Structural Damage
Replies: 12
Views: 1044

Re: Proposal for Structural Damage

It would be unusual for a GC to employ an engineer. More than likely they team up for projects. Personally, I'd separate the two. Find an engineer to assess the problem and come up with a solution. That will likely involve drawings for any contractor to work off of and to get structural permits as p...
by surveyor
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1682

Re: Overnight near Atlanta?

That's weird because I'm in the north Indy burbs and it's only 20 miles longer. At 60 miles I wouldn't do it unless I knew there was ongoing construction. FWIW Spring Break for most of Indiana (and seemingly Michigan based on traffic) is last weekend in March into April. If you're the week prior you...
by surveyor
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overnight near Atlanta?
Replies: 30
Views: 1682

Re: Overnight near Atlanta?

$500 apiece for coach should tell you something. Lots of people heading to Florida. Those are not typical coach fares. Spring Break? That will have an effect on traffic. From my experience, heading down isn't bad. Coming back, even on a Saturday, is a solid line of traffic typically maintaining 65-7...
by surveyor
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Types of seed for new lawn or sod?
Replies: 24
Views: 1749

Re: Types of seed for new lawn or sod?

Central Indiana here. I really like Black Beauty Ultra from Amazon. Comes in really dense (weed control) and has a really nice deep green color. In Michigan you might want to get any seed down asap. You'll see some quick germination with a mix but the really good bluegrasses take 3-4 weeks. An alter...
by surveyor
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Body language coach?
Replies: 26
Views: 3006

Re: Body language coach?

It's important to learn to ask good questions. You can see the difference with people if you start asking the right questions. They can't stop talking about certain things. You won't have a problem thinking of things to say. They will be doing all the talking and you will end up wishing they'd stop...
by surveyor
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engineers come in.
Replies: 108
Views: 8488

Re: Engineers come in.

Years 1 and 2 are where they thin the herd through high level math and science. Second year they might have one or two discipline specific engineering courses. Third and fourth year are where they teach you to think like into an engineer, if you're still around. You learn to be an engineer after you...
by surveyor
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Priceline hotels?
Replies: 16
Views: 2495

Re: Priceline hotels?

Also, if you and a friend are booking a room for 2 you might end up with a king size bed when you really wanted two beds.
by surveyor
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 97
Views: 6115

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philly near the art museum is cool if you have the time.
by surveyor
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: [Looking for ways to reduce taxes and keep more of my income]
Replies: 91
Views: 9817

Re: Getting killed on taxes - any ideas?

As my accountant told me when I had to start writing quarterly checks to the government - congratulations on being successful.
by surveyor
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 1631

Re: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues

If it's the terra cotta flue that's the root of the problem you might consider a stainless steel liner. While at it I'd do a stainless cap with a top damper that can be opened/closed from inside the fireplace. That keeps the critters out.
by surveyor
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time Segway tour question
Replies: 14
Views: 1168

Re: First time Segway tour question

I can't imagine pre-teens being allowed on Segways. I think 16 was the minimum age when we did a tour in DC.
by surveyor
Fri May 18, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are there any experienced real-estate people here?
Replies: 39
Views: 4316

Re: Are there any experienced real-estate people here?

True, there will be bids over asking, but if a $10k paint job and $5k into the yard returns $40,000 additional dollars for my grandparents, wouldn't we want to do that? The realtor doesn't care about your grandparents. The realtor wants to sell the house asap. An extra $40,000 nets the realtor less...
by surveyor
Wed May 16, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling land FSBO help please
Replies: 27
Views: 1791

Re: Selling land FSBO help please

daheld wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 8:18 am

That is not at all what I said. Here is what I said:
I didn't say you said that. I quoted two parts of your post - hence the ...

The point is if you need an expert go to and pay the expert. The "legal resources" your agent had access to - who do you think that lawyer was working for?
by surveyor
Wed May 16, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling land FSBO help please
Replies: 27
Views: 1791

Re: Selling land FSBO help please

daheld wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 7:46 am
legal questions...pay an expert.
Like a lawyer. A real estate agent shouldn't be offering a legal opinion. It's a GED and a 40 hour class. At some point technology will bust that racket.
by surveyor
Tue May 08, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Condo Association - who pays for septic repair?
Replies: 19
Views: 1733

Re: Condo Association - who pays for septic repair?

A septic line and a sanitary sewer lateral are two very different things. You're talking about a sanitary sewer line which may or may not be shared by all four units.
by surveyor
Thu May 03, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Budget for kid's sport?
Replies: 49
Views: 2889

Re: Budget for kid's sport?

He only has his adolescence once. Try to figure it out if he is enjoying everything. Soccer is relatively inexpensive as well. Sorry, something isn't adding up on the hockey. Our relatively inexpensive league is close to $800 for October through February. That's 2 practices a week and a game nearly ...
by surveyor
Tue May 01, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fiber cable on front lawn
Replies: 44
Views: 4744

Re: Fiber cable on front lawn

I highly doubt they do, not on the cable-across-the-lawn level. From his description it didn't sound like a service line, which is typically run from the easement when someone requests service. Typically a provider runs service throughout the neighborhood in the utility easements first. Perhaps I'm...
by surveyor
Tue May 01, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fiber cable on front lawn
Replies: 44
Views: 4744

Re: Fiber cable on front lawn

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 7:37 am
I doubt they have one.
Without a doubt they have an easement. Like 99.99% sure. It won't be in the deed. It will be shown on the subdivision plat.
by surveyor
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help! Nephew is asking for college advice (undergrad choices)
Replies: 41
Views: 3072

Re: Help! Nephew is asking for college advice (undergrad choices)

+1 But not everyone can get in from our own state, they rather want kids from out of state or country to get higher fees. :annoyed +2. Purdue's up there with Illinois. On the positive side I believe that has helped with a seventh straight year of no tuition (not fee) increases for in state students.
by surveyor
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help! Nephew is asking for college advice (undergrad choices)
Replies: 41
Views: 3072

Re: Help! Nephew is asking for college advice (undergrad choices)

But, as far as graduation, it is tough at any school. KlangFool The point I was working towards was that at a smaller school with a smaller program you are much more likely to have someone who cares. You don't necessarily at Purdue, or other large schools, until you get to the 3 and 400 level class...
by surveyor
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help! Nephew is asking for college advice (undergrad choices)
Replies: 41
Views: 3072

Re: Help! Nephew is asking for college advice (undergrad choices)

Purdue Engineering grad here. Purdue accepts a lot more students into engineering than graduate with engineering degrees. Entering students are accepted into the engineering program. They undergo a rigorous freshman year before applying to a particular engineering discipline. A freshman engineering ...
by surveyor
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IPhone Faulty Battery Diagnosis
Replies: 32
Views: 2170

Re: IPhone Faulty Battery Diagnosis

I inherited my wife's old Iphone 6 which I knew had been wet at some point. Went in for a new battery. They had to order one and I came back a week later. After waiting, again, they took the phone to replace the battery. An hour or so later they came back, said that it had been wet and that they cou...
by surveyor
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Salary Negotiation gone sour
Replies: 98
Views: 11998

Re: Salary Negotiation gone sour

This could very easily have been about the third party recruiter. We use them from time to time but I very rarely like them. Unfortunately they're a necessity when labor supply is short. On edit: I don't mean that I don't like them because I don't like to pay them. It's not about the money. I genera...
by surveyor
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to ask town to build a sidewalk?
Replies: 22
Views: 1628

Re: How to ask town to build a sidewalk?

Local laws vary. Here if a sidewalk exists, even in the r/w, it is the responsibility of the adjacent owner to clear, maintain and fix the sidewalk. If it doesn't exist, funding for the sidewalk can come from grants, neighborhood associations or the locals. Sometimes a combination. In a small town, ...
by surveyor
Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Allegiant Airlines...Anyone watch CBS 60 Minutes?
Replies: 55
Views: 7140

Re: Allegiant Airlines...Anyone watch CBS 60 Minutes?

https://www.indystar.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2018/04/16/airline-cancels-mexico-flights-tells-fliers-find-another-way-home/521587002/ Not Allegiant. Sun Country. A similar type of outfit. Weather canceled flights from Mexico to Minneapolis, which coincidently were Sun Country's last fl...
by surveyor
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Allegiant Airlines...Anyone watch CBS 60 Minutes?
Replies: 55
Views: 7140

Re: Allegiant Airlines...Anyone watch CBS 60 Minutes?

For all of this, lately their fares, when you add their fees up, are higher than Delta This has really surprised me lately. I used to be able grab a 2 hour flight to a favorite Florida destination for under $100 roundtrip. Skip paying for extras and spend $10 on the drink/nut combo to keep the flig...
by surveyor
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Child expenses - what to expect as your kids go from daycare to school
Replies: 20
Views: 3675

Re: Child expenses - what to expect as your kids go from daycare to school

It's a welcome windfall the year it happens but it didn't seem to last. Music lessons, tennis lessons, golf, etc. I explain to people that everything (for us) is times 4. Plane tickets out west x 4. Lift tickets, movie tickets, Disney tickets, Universal tickets. All times 4. Dinner out with a drink ...
by surveyor
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Owners Title Insurance - Super Heavy Handed Pitch
Replies: 101
Views: 7796

Re: Owners Title Insurance - Super Heavy Handed Pitch

Exceptions to the policy. Investigate what those are as well.
by surveyor
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Getting a loan to buy larger percentage of company
Replies: 9
Views: 1344

Re: Getting a loan to buy larger percentage of company

If you're buying it from your family why not just have them provide the loan? You get the shares now and pay them off over time. It's easier than dealing with the bank and can offer some flexibility if necessary.
by surveyor
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruising to Bermuda in May...
Replies: 10
Views: 996

Re: Cruising to Bermuda in May...

A short walk from St. George's is Tobacco Bay. We snorkeled there and it was enjoyable. Not sure about weather in May though.
by surveyor
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn care, especially bare, shaded spots
Replies: 14
Views: 968

Re: Lawn care, especially bare, shaded spots

Euonymus ground cover - hit it with the string trimmer a few times a summer to keep it in check after it is established (ie solid groundcover). It is a climber too so you have to watch it on your trees and such. On the plus side It's evergreen and pretty drought tolerant.
by surveyor
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda vs. Toyota: Which has more bang for the buck?
Replies: 120
Views: 13912

Re: Honda vs. Toyota: Which has more bang for the buck?

I'm not sure you can get a crv for 25k. That is in the range of a civic w/Honda sense. I don't believe you can get the base civic with it included or added. IIRC the base accord does include it but I never priced one. Bang for the buck they're going to be relatively the same. It's more of a personal...
by surveyor
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Small Business 401k : John Hancock vs Vanguard Fiduciary question
Replies: 8
Views: 1693

Re: Small Business 401k : John Hancock vs Vanguard Fiduciary question

The JH plans are easier on the employer/plan administrator. They do somewhat lesson of the fiduciary liability compared to Vanguard. We have an independent TPA and a gazzilion fund options. That was an issue at my employer. The greatest fee you're likely paying is to the advisor. With small plans th...
by surveyor
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sous Vide?
Replies: 75
Views: 12879

Re: Sous Vide?

I also do a lot of BBQ and smoking. It's not possible to exactly duplicate slow smoking or BBQ. But in many ways, I think food cooked sous vide and finished in the smoker is even better than "the real thing". Temps for brisket flats are all over the place. Some say 135 others say 155. Do you have a...
by surveyor
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need help in determining owner of property/land
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Need help in determining owner of property/land

You can also try googling the county name with "GIS" which might lead you to the interactive maps referenced above. In our county, you can navigate the map to the desired location, click the property, and it will pop up the lot number and owner name. What he said. Sometimes you have to select an "I...
by surveyor
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working in the real world
Replies: 118
Views: 10999

Re: Working in the real world

What kind of engineer? I just hired a civil w/15 years experience for triple that north of Columbus. Starting salaries in Indiana for graduates tend to be around 60k though they are lower, ie 50k, when you get outside of the bigger cities. 43k for a degreed engineer of any type working in engineerin...
by surveyor
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Being bought out of family business(C corp) - need help
Replies: 11
Views: 1210

Re: Being bought out of family business(C corp) - need help

Many businesses with small number of shareholders have an existing agreement between the parties which deals with this situation. These agreements exist to prevent sales to non-family members and to provide a basis for valuation and how payments are made. This subject may be in the Articles of Inco...
by surveyor
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Being bought out of family business(C corp) - need help
Replies: 11
Views: 1210

Re: Being bought out of family business(C corp) - need help

The lease isn't necessarily shady. However, it could be an avenue for the buyer to overpay for that asset and subsequently underpay for the business. If they do that - and she may not be privy to that deal - she could easily be out some money. That alone is a good reason to lawyer up.
by surveyor
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My New Car Buying Tips
Replies: 324
Views: 97915

Re: My New Car Buying Tips

6 dealers in my area. Three would give me OTD prices via email. All would meet the OTD price of the others. None would go any further without a competitor's written offer. Tough game they play. Ended up emailing the salesperson at the dealership we did the test drive at (who wouldn't give a OTD pric...