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by TLC1957
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sprinkler Head Cages for House
Replies: 9
Views: 738

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: 1160

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: 9377

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: 9377

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: 2003

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: 1415

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: 2205

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: 2779

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: 2779

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: 1876

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: 3489

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: 3489

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: 7016

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: 6258

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: 2205

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: 617

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: 2390

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: 1875

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: 1875

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: 2340

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: 2340

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: 1436

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: 9950

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: 1159
Views: 177760

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: 2598

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: 4666

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: 2787

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: 48
Views: 3703

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: 2205

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: 2016

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: 2016

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: 2205

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: 2205

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: 2205

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: 2205

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...
by TLC1957
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Video Camera to check in on Elderly Parent
Replies: 76
Views: 5585

Re: Video Camera to check in on Elderly Parent

FreedomHawk wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:17 pm
Another +1 on the Wyze Cam. Works incredibly well for the money.
I agree I have 8 cameras, they work well and easy to set up if u have WiFi.
by TLC1957
Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise
Replies: 22
Views: 2205

Re: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise

We are seniors so we did not do hardcore hiking as you plan. We spent 3 weeks in Newfoundland August 2018 it is beautiful place with the East and West coast being so different. It was amazing the number of gravel roads we had to drive on I am not talking about little side roads but roads with route ...
by TLC1957
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Approach to Home Tech? Looking for Home Security Cameras
Replies: 19
Views: 1723

Re: Boglehead Approach to Home Tech? Looking for Home Security Cameras

I have read good things about www.wyze.com. One time cost with cheap cameras. I have 8 Wyze cameras 2 are outside very happy with the performance. I purchased 2 cameras about 14 months ago and have added the additional cameras once I saw how they operate. The cameras are not rated for outdoor envir...
by TLC1957
Sat Mar 30, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Valuing retirement years
Replies: 35
Views: 3952

Re: Valuing retirement years

Retired at 58 after 36 years with the same company thank god for pension ...just an FYI Work is very overrated... :sharebeer

Go for it if you can do it.
by TLC1957
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to see a concert! Ideas?
Replies: 50
Views: 3015

Re: Want to see a concert! Ideas?

If you like Carrie Underwood you can combine a vacation around the 4th of July in Prince Edward Island in Canada.... just saying... :D


https://www.cavendishbeachmusic.com
by TLC1957
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shut off water before a vacation
Replies: 78
Views: 6716

Re: Shut off water before a vacation

I have the cameras in 3 places including in the basement next to the water meter all with a digital thermometer within view of the cameras. An easier and cheaper way to do the same thing is to just use a smart thermostat with internet connection. I can see the temperature of my home anywhere with m...
by TLC1957
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shut off water before a vacation
Replies: 78
Views: 6716

Re: Shut off water before a vacation

I also turn off the water at the basement water meter and turn off the hot water heater when gone. What do you keep the house temperature at when you are gone for an extended period of time in the winter? I keep it at 50F and keep an eye on it with interior Wyze video camera pointing to a digital th...
by TLC1957
Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ireland & Scotland Do I Need Cash?
Replies: 24
Views: 2054

Re: Ireland & Scotland Do I Need Cash?

Thanks all for your help and suggestions the knowledge base here is amazing.
by TLC1957
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ireland & Scotland Do I Need Cash?
Replies: 24
Views: 2054

Re: Ireland & Scotland Do I Need Cash?

assuming you have an Ally debit card, withdraw from an ATM at the airport or at a bank near your hotel. Ally uses the Allpoint network, of which there are tons in the UK, and ATMs in Ireland are fee-free. Conventional wisdom now is that rarely if ever is it advantageous to obtain foreign currency b...
by TLC1957
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ireland & Scotland Do I Need Cash?
Replies: 24
Views: 2054

Ireland & Scotland Do I Need Cash?

Will be in Ireland for 20 days and Scotland for 10 days on vacation and are trying to figure out how much cash if any is needed. We plan on using a credit card for everything but are credit cards used for taxis, mom and pop stores, etc? Then we have the pound vs euros cash to deal with. We are think...
by TLC1957
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: East coast road trip with young kids, any stops?
Replies: 27
Views: 1607

Re: East coast road trip with young kids, any stops?

FYI...the Garden State Parkway GSP is wall to wall stop and go mostly stop.. traffic Friday after say 2 pm and after 8 AM on Saturday and AM early PM on Sunday going south. I would avoid the Georgia Washington Bridge and take the Tappen Zee Bridge coming from Boston. You could take I 287 south from ...
by TLC1957
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Security camera with local storage and remote access?
Replies: 45
Views: 3156

Re: Security camera with local storage and remote access?

You didn't say whether you are seeking to capture outside or inside activity. If inside, or out of the weather, the Wyze cam is a good option. It is dirt cheap, records to an SD card, provides remote viewing via an app and let's you see past events. You need Wifi to set them up but you can have the...
by TLC1957
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to buy snow bird house in Florida. How does it work with realtors?
Replies: 16
Views: 1843

Re: Looking to buy snow bird house in Florida. How does it work with realtors?

Smitcat please advise what areas in Florida have no traffic and is warm in February and March I may try it in 2020.
by TLC1957
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to buy snow bird house in Florida. How does it work with realtors?
Replies: 16
Views: 1843

Re: Looking to buy snow bird house in Florida. How does it work with realtors?

Before you buy go to Florida in February and March and spend a few weeks checking things out. We did this in 2016 in the Tampa, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami spending 2 weeks in each area. We found it too crowded for are liking, nonstop traffic regardless of the time of day. Way to many old f...
by TLC1957
Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to buy snow bird house in Florida. How does it work with realtors?
Replies: 16
Views: 1843

Re: Looking to buy snow bird house in Florida. How does it work with realtors?

Before you buy go to Florida in February and March and spend a few weeks checking things out. We did this in 2016 in the Tampa, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami spending 2 weeks in each area. We found it too crowded for are liking, nonstop traffic regardless of the time of day. Way to many old fo...