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by surveyor
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Traeger Pellet Grill - Super Excited!
Replies: 38
Views: 3113

Re: New Traeger Pellet Grill - Super Excited!

I have been happy with mine but I only use it for protein that doesn't need a sear. For a tri-tip or whole chicken that gets smoked, it spends some time on the gas grill before serving. Steaks, chicken parts, etc. only see the gas grill. Maybe I'm doing it wrong.
by surveyor
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Downsizing to one car in a pandemic
Replies: 34
Views: 3263

Re: Downsizing to one car in a pandemic

My wife didn't like her car and we sold it to Carmax in May. Sports came into play this Fall and we ended up double booked on two nights. We managed but it was a lot of driving. We are searching for a "fun" late 60's convertible that is in good shape.
by surveyor
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Marketers think I'm elderly. I'm not.
Replies: 47
Views: 4488

Re: Marketers think I'm elderly. I'm not.

When I was 25 a younger friend signed me up for AARP. The gift that keeps on giving.
by surveyor
Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any car enthusiasts? (or soon to be)
Replies: 112
Views: 7064

Re: Any car enthusiasts? (or soon to be)

tyrion wrote: Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:33 pm

And check out the MB forums. MBWorld.org and benzworld.org both have lots of model-specific information.
Appreciate the information!
by surveyor
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any car enthusiasts? (or soon to be)
Replies: 112
Views: 7064

Re: Any car enthusiasts? (or soon to be)

I'm contemplating a 95 Mercedes E320 convertible. Anyone have idea on what it is going to take to keep that running?

Or a 60's mustang. That I know I can work on.
by surveyor
Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rec'd Unsolicited Offer for Land
Replies: 27
Views: 2204

Re: Rec'd Unsolicited Offer for Land

While it seems trivial, projects can pit neighbor vs. neighbor as they proceed through the approval and/or re-zone process. Are you okay with 1/2 the people in the area hating your guts if you give your blessing by letting them buy the option and start the process?
by surveyor
Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Screened in porch - Yay or Nay
Replies: 41
Views: 3372

Re: Screened in porch - Yay or Nay

For 25-35k you should be able put actual doors and windows. That's maybe a 5k material cost for standard doors and big fiberglass windows that slide. Throw in a 2k hotel style heat pump and you have a four season room that adds sq ft.
by surveyor
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: “Surviving” a Florida panhandle vacation
Replies: 38
Views: 5100

Re: “Surviving” a Florida panhandle vacation

We just returned from a month on the Atlantic side near Daytona. The behavior change in a month was noticeable. Most locals follow mask guidelines. Most tourist don't. Beaches in front of hotels were a madhouse. The beach outside of our condo wasn't bad. We stopped doing our large grocery shopping a...
by surveyor
Tue May 19, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Central Indiana: Reasonable Cost?
Replies: 16
Views: 1267

Re: Central Indiana: Reasonable Cost?

Indy area. Labor is at $60/hr so your job is roughly 95 man hours. Divide that by two guys and you're roughly at a week of labor.
by surveyor
Fri May 15, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling home - low ball negotiation
Replies: 145
Views: 12826

Re: Selling home - low ball negotiation

masonstone wrote: Fri May 15, 2020 12:05 pm

How can one find a property in foreclosure?
Wait about 6 months.
by surveyor
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PPP Loan ethics
Replies: 56
Views: 4021

Re: PPP Loan ethics

It's complicated and the short-sightedness by many doesn't help. Taken in context, many of these loans were applied for nearly a month ago when circumstances regarding the loans weren't clear and the future was, at best, muddy. My business applied for and received a loan. Have we been hurt financial...
by surveyor
Thu Apr 16, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Has your PPP loan been processed yet? Ours hasn’t been, and I'm getting concerned
Replies: 102
Views: 7939

Re: Has your PPP loan been processed yet? Ours hasn’t been, and I'm getting concerned

Even more disappointed is the queue will not be maintained. That can't be a difficult thing to maintain now that applications are frozen.
by surveyor
Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Has your PPP loan been processed yet? Ours hasn’t been, and I'm getting concerned
Replies: 102
Views: 7939

Re: Has your PPP loan been processed yet? Ours hasn’t been, and I'm getting concerned

Our stage is "paralending obtaining SBA Authorization" whatever that means. The banker doesn't know. Application went in 4/6.
by surveyor
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Engineers - What are you making? ($$$)
Replies: 357
Views: 44907

Re: Engineers - What are you making?

If there are any experienced road/bridge civils reading this and are willing to relocate to Indiana you will have no problem exceeding 100k. Probably Ohio too. Feel free to message. I'm currently looking for road, bridge, survey and construction inspection staff. Everybody else is too.
by surveyor
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Latest updates driving from New Hampshire to Clearwater
Replies: 39
Views: 3363

Re: Latest updates driving from New Hampshire to Clearwater

There are two primary ways for me to get home from Florida. One will run me up 95 to Charleston then NW and the other up 75 through Atlanta. The 95 route is 20 miles longer. Guess which one Waze/Google tells me to take at 6 AM when leaving Florida? Real-time there is no traffic in Atlanta, Chattanoo...
by surveyor
Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Latest updates driving from New Hampshire to Clearwater
Replies: 39
Views: 3363

Re: Latest updates driving from New Hampshire to Clearwater

setancre wrote: Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:49 am I would just plug the destination into Google Maps on my phone and let it decide in real-time to avoid accidents, unexpected traffic, roadwork, etc.
Apps don't seem to do a good job predicting future traffic.
by surveyor
Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Injured at work, should I bill my employer?
Replies: 57
Views: 4458

Re: Injured at work, should I bill my employer?

As an employer, I want you to do this through workman's comp. The exact injury and remedy is documented.
by surveyor
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 65
Views: 7074

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

I'm in a similar situation losing VUE. I can't seem to find a service that has Big Ten and NHL and will run on a firestick.
by surveyor
Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bookkeeping side hustle for wife: thoughts?
Replies: 21
Views: 2755

Re: Bookkeeping side hustle for wife: thoughts?

QuickBooks. Most small companies looking for PT help will likely be using or should be using this. A good target here is 5-20 employee service firms.
by surveyor
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inherited Property comes with Easement for Encroachments
Replies: 10
Views: 833

Re: Inherited Property comes with Easement for Encroachments

Not an attorney but it says after your uncle's name matters. If it's your uncle then a "." it might be only in favor of your uncle. If it's "successors and assigns" then the easement might pass. Easiest thing to do is have the title company analyze it when the time comes. If they...
by surveyor
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Land Property Survey...how to decipher
Replies: 13
Views: 1254

Re: Land Property Survey...how to decipher

Don't bother with the transit rent a metal detector and get a 100' tape from Lowes or Home Depot. Hold a straight line from a known point and pull your distance. Once you have a line between two points you can calculate the difference between magnetic (compass) north and north from the survey (basis...
by surveyor
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked
Replies: 28
Views: 1598

Re: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked

Nest Protect. A combination of hard wired to replace the original detectors and new battery powered detectors in the bedrooms. Money well spent.
by surveyor
Wed May 29, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What’s the best material for paving driveway?
Replies: 33
Views: 2640

Re: What’s the best material for paving driveway?

Be wary of pervious products. They are unlikely to remain pervious long-term unless a vac truck cleans it out periodically.
by surveyor
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Purchasing 2019 Honda Pilot Advice Wanted
Replies: 17
Views: 1977

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: 80
Views: 4925

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: 2828

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: 2500

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: 4184

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: 7517

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: 801

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: 2535

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: 2614

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: 5105

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: 5655

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: 1133

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: 1825

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: 1825

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: 2060

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: 3175

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: 8929

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: 2702

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: 6726

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: 10834

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: 1804

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: 1308

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: 4704

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: 2107

Re: Selling land FSBO help please

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: 2107

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: 2038

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.