Search found 226 matches

by TLC1957
Sat May 30, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lifelong New Yorker relocating to Philly for FIRE?
Replies: 39
Views: 2849

Re: Lifelong New Yorker relocating to Philly for FIRE?

You may want to explore/post here

http://www.city-data.com/forum/philadelphia/

to get some local feedback. My daughter lives/rents in the “Chestnut Hill” section of Philadelphia and loves it.
by TLC1957
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise cancelled [take refund or future credit?]
Replies: 51
Views: 2682

Re: Cruise cancelled [take refund or future credit?]

Take the cash....if and when they come back they will offer significant discounts to get folks back on the ships.
by TLC1957
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do - Delaware/Maryland edition
Replies: 7
Views: 448

Re: Things to do - Delaware/Maryland edition

If you like gardens just over the border in Pa is Longwood Gardens, if you go make sure you stay long enough to attend the evening Fountain Show. They do the fountain show during the day but at night it is amazing. We are members and visit often it is a fantastic place, we visit 20 plus gardens annu...
by TLC1957
Tue Feb 25, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I get a safe? What kind? What would you do? How safe is a "safe"?
Replies: 91
Views: 6211

Re: Should I get a safe? What kind? What would you do? How safe is a "safe"?

Why not just get a bank safe deposit box? Just make sure the box you get is not on the bottom rows in case they have a fire and the room fills with water. We actually had this happen our documents were not damaged since our was 5 rows up off the floor. We got a year of free rental for our troubles.....
by TLC1957
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do You Have a Long Term Travel Strategy?
Replies: 67
Views: 5982

Re: Do You Have a Long Term Travel Strategy?

Sorry double post.
by TLC1957
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do You Have a Long Term Travel Strategy?
Replies: 67
Views: 5982

Re: Do You Have a Long Term Travel Strategy?

We have visited all 50 states and most of Canada about 40 of the 50 states with our 2 daughters up until they were 21. Our plan was in January of each year from when the kids were about 7 years old we would as where do you want to go on summer vacation. This was key getting the buy in from the kids ...
by TLC1957
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protection Against Home Intruders
Replies: 387
Views: 27268

Re: Protection Against Home Intruders

I mostly use visible deterrents. All of these are inexpensive: (fake) video cameras mounted high enough they can't be inspected closely. Sensor lights on the two main approaches to the house. Again, mounted out of reach. Obscuring film on the garage door windows so you can't see if there are cars i...
by TLC1957
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protection Against Home Intruders
Replies: 387
Views: 27268

Re: Protection Against Home Intruders

I mostly use visible deterrents. All of these are inexpensive: (fake) video cameras mounted high enough they can't be inspected closely. Sensor lights on the two main approaches to the house. Again, mounted out of reach. Obscuring film on the garage door windows so you can't see if there are cars i...
by TLC1957
Thu Feb 06, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Philly with Kids
Replies: 25
Views: 1803

Re: Philly with Kids

Across the river in NJ is the aquarium if a cold or rainy day maybe an option.

https://www.adventureaquarium.com/
by TLC1957
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: new toilet and old plumbing
Replies: 18
Views: 1384

Re: new toilet and old plumbing

My home was constructed in 1928 and has cast iron pipe under the basement floor connected to tile pipe from the house to the street connection. Both pipes are in excellent condition and have no roots or any failures. How do I know this, I hired a contractor who put a camera down the pipe and inspect...
by TLC1957
Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Fire Safety
Replies: 26
Views: 1514

Re: Tesla Fire Safety

My FD ran 1589 fire calls in 2019 for a city of 30k, we are 100% volunteer. A bit off topic but of those 1589 calls how many were actual fires and how many were actually paramedic or auto accident calls? The little data I’ve seen indicates that the number of fires nationwide has dropped dramaticall...
by TLC1957
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Fire Safety
Replies: 26
Views: 1514

Re: Tesla Fire Safety

Chris you said Fire departments may catch on to this and have to charge owners an extra fee just to own them. Does your FD charge to put out fires in your home, auto? Please let me know the details of how this works?? I have been a volunteer firefighter for 40 years in 4 departments and have NEVER c...
by TLC1957
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we keep our new car extended warranty?
Replies: 40
Views: 1988

Re: Should we keep our new car extended warranty?

Cancel and buy the Honda Honda Care warranty since it is about $1340 less than what you spent. I got a 8 year 120 miles , $ 0 deductible plan for $1110. Prices I was quoted in November 2017 for HondaCare via online request from the Honda dealers below. College Hills Honda D82$1120, Saccucci Honda D8...
by TLC1957
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Fire Safety
Replies: 26
Views: 1514

Re: Tesla Fire Safety

We live most of the year in a condo community with buildings having a ground garage level with three floors of condos on top. The garage level has individual garages and 12 inches of poured concrete between the garage level and the first occupied level. The building is sprinklered, including the ga...
by TLC1957
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Hotmail account is getting spammed big time
Replies: 48
Views: 4732

Re: My Hotmail account is getting spammed big time

MoonOrb wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:08 pm
I also have a hotmail account that I use for a lot of stuff and it was being overwhelmed with spam in the last four or five days. Today the situation seems to have vastly improved.
100% agree longtime user looks like they may have solved the problem... :sharebeer
by TLC1957
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sprinkler Head Cages for House
Replies: 9
Views: 832

Re: Sprinkler Head Cages for House

The sprinkler cage MUST be UL listed for the sprinkler used in the system. Contact the manufacturer of the fire sprinkler and or sprinkler contractor for guidance. A cage not listed for the sprinkler can result in the spray pattern to be disrupted and not control or extinguisher the fire. The sprink...
by TLC1957
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cheapest long term car rental or other solution?
Replies: 11
Views: 1272

Re: Cheapest long term car rental or other solution?

Renting for 2 months in Scottsdale, rented a car through Costco, got a deal with Avis, full-size car, $1491 for the 2months to give you an idea on $$. Flying out instead of driving 4 nights 5 days as we have done the last 3 years.
by TLC1957
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you plan to spend on your children's weddings?
Replies: 182
Views: 10420

Re: How much do you plan to spend on your children's weddings?

How big your wedding will be ie the number of guests to attend is something to consider. We come from a large family and can easily get to 250 with just cousins, aunts and uncles. My daughter limited it to just friends, aunts and uncles and it was about 125 at the wedding. We paid for our kids educa...
by TLC1957
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you plan to spend on your children's weddings?
Replies: 182
Views: 10420

Re: How much do you plan to spend on your children's weddings?

2 daughters, one got married in 2018, we gave her $25K, total cost of the wedding was about $30K, wedding was in Philadelphia. They knew how much they are getting and can use it as they see fit ie down payment on a house or a wedding. We are retired and the amount was figured into our retirement pla...
by TLC1957
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replacing Smoke Detectors (not just batteries)
Replies: 30
Views: 2133

Re: replacing Smoke Detectors (not just batteries)

My wired smoke detector has been working for the last 20+ years. I bought a battery smoke detector two years but it never worked. I bought it because it had good rating on Amazon. Well, it was a waste of money. I even burned a cloth underneath of the battery smoke detector but it kept silence. The ...
by TLC1957
Fri Sep 27, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New iPhone or iPhone 7 for ~$130
Replies: 16
Views: 1528

Re: New iPhone or iPhone 7 for ~$130

Apple just released an update for iPhone 6 today as iso 12.4.2, check your phone for the update.

https://9to5mac.com/2019/09/26/apple-re ... by-ios-13/
by TLC1957
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise
Replies: 22
Views: 2293

Re: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise

Stevee Stuff we Liked 1. Bonavista Dungeon Provincial Park The town and fishing village The puffins in Elliston and the root cellars Cape Bonavista Lighthouse ( some puffins here but more in Elliston) The Matthew Museum 2. Bell Island near St. John’s (need to take a ferry to the island) Iron ore min...
by TLC1957
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the official bogleheads home fire extinguisher?
Replies: 52
Views: 2929

Re: What is the official bogleheads home fire extinguisher?

Firefighter here again... I have investigated fires where the occupant indicated the fire extinguisher did not work, I reviewed the extinguisher on the floor and the pin was still in the extinguisher. They never trained using a fire extinguisher and panicked while using the extinguisher and forgot t...
by TLC1957
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the official bogleheads home fire extinguisher?
Replies: 52
Views: 2929

Re: What is the official bogleheads home fire extinguisher?

From a firefighter point of view.... CALL the fire department FIRST then try to use the extinguisher. I once had a fire where the homeowner went through 4 fire extinguishers before calling us. The fire was in the wall and the delay resulted in the total loss of the home. The fire was in the wall ele...
by TLC1957
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental a Vehicle for a long vacation
Replies: 34
Views: 1951

Re: Rental a Vehicle for a long vacation

Check the pickup location airports are usually more expensive than off airport rental locations. Take a cab from the airport to the rental location if off airport. I have found even with the taxi ride the rental off airport is cheaper. Book early BUT check back at 6,4,2 and 1 week before your rental...
by TLC1957
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Honolulu
Replies: 49
Views: 3735

Re: Trip to Honolulu

FYI The USS Arizona Memorial is currently closed for repairs. https://www.nps.gov/valr/planyourvisit/conditions.htm The memorial itself is closed but I would still visit (though admittedly if you can't get tickets for the harbor ride around the memorial, I wouldn't kick myself over it). The site it...
by TLC1957
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip to Honolulu
Replies: 49
Views: 3735

Re: Trip to Honolulu

FYI

The USS Arizona Memorial is currently closed for repairs.


https://www.nps.gov/valr/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
by TLC1957
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do in Maine
Replies: 72
Views: 7408

Re: Things to do in Maine

We're heading back to Acadia on route to Canada in a few days, but only for 1 day :( as part of a cruise. This time we'll plan to take the 8:00 or 9:00 am free #3 Island Explorer bus to Sand Beach and hike the Bowl/Bee Hive Trail before it gets too busy. The kids and I will take the more precarious...
by TLC1957
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy the Nissan Rogue over the Honda CRV???
Replies: 86
Views: 6682

Re: Anyone buy the Nissan Rogue over the Honda CRV???

Jiffy Lube? No. Kids changing my oil is a non-starter. Last time I tried they didn’t fully tighten the drain plug. Another time they stripped it (which I didn’t discover until much later. This was over 10 years ago and I haven’t been back. Maybe they’ve gotten their act together but I’d rather not ...
by TLC1957
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise
Replies: 22
Views: 2293

Re: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise

RW Thanks for the update, glad things went well and you had a good time. We are off to Prince Edward Island which we have been to many times. If it is on your places to go this should help, I have posted (TLC195) our most favorite things and places to go. https://www.fodors.com/community/canada/hali...
by TLC1957
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to insure a vacation Tesla in Scotland
Replies: 4
Views: 632

Re: How to insure a vacation Tesla in Scotland

Just came back from a 10 day trip to Scotland......make sure you get as much insurance to limit your liability to $0 including tire damage!! The roads are narrow, full of sheep, bicycles and people not to mention wide buses and trucks on the same road going in the opposite direction. Many of the roa...
by TLC1957
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fuel type for 2 month car storage
Replies: 36
Views: 2447

Re: Fuel type for 2 month car storage

I would be more concerned about the car starting because of a dead battery. Either disconnect the battery or get a battery tender to keep the battery fresh.
by TLC1957
Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going to Ireland in July
Replies: 24
Views: 1972

Re: Going to Ireland in July

Went to Ireland in the late 1980s, so a lot may have changed. Many if not all roads had a stone wall right up to the edge of the road on one side; occasionally on both sides. Roads were not very wide, and cars were not very big. Not a lot of fun for the driver. Still the same my wife was not happy ...
by TLC1957
Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going to Ireland in July
Replies: 24
Views: 1972

Re: Going to Ireland in July

I posted this a few days ago hopefully you will find it useful. To answer your questions....We did not rent a car in Dublin we used taxis and walked a lot. Parking in Dublin was crazy as well as the traffic. See number 16 regarding getting through the airport and US customs. I would leave yourself a...
by TLC1957
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 11 days. England, Ireland or Scotland?
Replies: 31
Views: 2412

Re: 11 days. England, Ireland or Scotland?

I'm going to suggest something that I haven't seen brought up here yet. A package tour of one of those countries. We did a 10 day tour with Odyssey's Unlimited in Ireland. Small group of 12 people on a tour bus with a great guide. We learned about the history, culture, current events of Ireland alo...
by TLC1957
Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 11 days. England, Ireland or Scotland?
Replies: 31
Views: 2412

Re: 11 days. England, Ireland or Scotland?

My wife and I just came back yesterday from a trip to Scotland and Ireland some things we learned from our 31 day trip. 1. Do Scotland first IF you plan to rent a car. Why ??? the roads are better ie wider then in Ireland. You will get used to driving on the wrong side of the road. If you rent a car...
by TLC1957
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked
Replies: 28
Views: 1506

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

You need more smoke detectors in your home! You should have one detector in EACH bedroom. See https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Smoke-alarms And https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Smoke-alarms/Installing-and-maintaining-smoke-alarms they write the codes that are enforced by ...
by TLC1957
Sun May 19, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda CRV or Toyota RAV4 ?
Replies: 98
Views: 10757

Re: Honda CRV or Toyota RAV4 ?

FWIW, in addition to the oil dilution problem I've had with my CRV I just experienced another problem that's been showing up on Carcomplaints.com. While driving on the freeway, the information/navigation screen began flashing on and off crazily and the warning beeper going off wildly. Wouldn't stop...
by TLC1957
Thu May 16, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 1169
Views: 185883

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

CULater, Thanks for the heads up on the CRV. We want to get a 2019 CRV EX for our daughter, but came across this thread. Not sure if we should proceed. If we do, should/can we try to get anything in writing specific to the oil dilution from the dealer? They have a lifetime warranty at the dealershi...
by TLC1957
Mon May 13, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Do you have working carbon monoxide detectors?
Replies: 44
Views: 2652

Re: PSA: Do you have working carbon monoxide detectors?

As per the National Fire Protection Association https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Fire-and-life-safety-equipment/Carbon-monoxide CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applica...
by TLC1957
Wed May 08, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ants - aargh
Replies: 69
Views: 4777

Re: ants - aargh

The only effective method I found is an old fashioned recipe - soaking large cotton balls with 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup water ( optional), and 1 tablespoon boric acid. Ants will take the boric acid back to the colony as poison. It takes 24 hours, but the ants will be gone. Keep the cotton balls...
by TLC1957
Sun May 05, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Canadian Pharmacies
Replies: 27
Views: 2921

Re: Canadian Pharmacies

I am going to be in Canada can I go into any pharmacy and get a prescription at the prices I am seeing on line?
by TLC1957
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Minivan alternatives?
Replies: 54
Views: 5168

Re: Minivan alternatives?

[/quote] I agree that minivans are awesome. They're great for moving people AND stuff. I'm particularly interested in the plug in hybrid Pacifica. I'm just worried about the reliability. [/quote] You can always include a extended car warranty to ease your concerns. I purchased a 2017 Honda CR-V addi...
by TLC1957
Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise
Replies: 22
Views: 2293

Re: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise

[/quote] The roads that I recall were pretty good, but it might be worth upgrading to an SUV -- it sounds like you're out for adventure so you might be on some rougher roads. My experience was that further out you were just as likely to see ATVs driving around on the roads as cars. Not saying an ATV...
by TLC1957
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoke detectors
Replies: 36
Views: 2073

Re: Smoke detectors

If your detector is too high at the ceiling you can relocate the detector to the wall as long as it is within 12” of the ceiling.


https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/B ... oke-alarms
by TLC1957
Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoke detectors
Replies: 36
Views: 2073

Re: Smoke detectors

As a retired insurance loss prevention engineer for the best protection, it is recommended both (ionization and photoelectric) technologies be used in homes. In addition to individual ionization and photoelectric alarms, combination alarms that include both technologies in a single device are availa...
by TLC1957
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise
Replies: 22
Views: 2293

Re: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise

…..and there’s me thinking I would not be getting any replies to this post! Thanks for everyone’s input, much apricated. With respect to the roads (many of which are gravel it seems) is there any reason to need to upgrade from basic mid-size sedan to an SUV on account of the roads? I enjoy seafood ...
by TLC1957
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise
Replies: 22
Views: 2293

Re: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise

Just a pointer on maps and GPS for remote areas anywhere in the world. As you venture into the boonies your phone may lose reception and any data connection. Make sure you download a Google Map (into "Your Maps") of your region of interest onto your phone before you leave wifi. Even at home before ...
by TLC1957
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise
Replies: 22
Views: 2293

Re: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise

Regarding your trip to Western Brook Tail see link below. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/western-brook-pond-trail-travesty-parks-canada-1.4763197 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/western-brook-pond-trail-upgrade-1.4748418 They replaced the 6’ wide wood deck ...
by TLC1957
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise
Replies: 22
Views: 2293

Re: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise

Forgot to mention they LOVE coffee especially Tim Horton’s no matter what time of day we passed a Tim Horton’s they had a line both inside and the drive through!!!....lol Also the locals accent is sometimes hard to figure out particularly the older folks, I just kinda smiled and said yes.....Then ag...