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by bob60014
Tue May 26, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HBO Max
Replies: 18
Views: 796

Re: HBO Max

Yawwwwn.....too many other choices out there for free or minimal cost.
by bob60014
Mon May 25, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New TVs with built-in Roku
Replies: 34
Views: 1595

Re: New TVs with built-in Roku

You can bypass, though I am not sure why one would want to. Well in 5 years when the Rooku in your TV isn't powerful enough to run the new stuff, you want to upgrade. TV screens are probably good for 10-15 years these days. I wouldn't bet on any of the apps my TV comes with lasting that long. That'...
by bob60014
Mon May 25, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Vehicle: Forester or Rav4 for boglehead couple
Replies: 61
Views: 3042

Re: New Vehicle: Forester or Rav4 for boglehead couple

We recently purchased a Rav 4 Hybrid Limited and love it. Comfortable, great features, easy to maneuver and 40+ mpg around town.
by bob60014
Mon May 25, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New TVs with built-in Roku
Replies: 34
Views: 1595

Re: New TVs with built-in Roku

You can bypass, though I am not sure why one would want to.
by bob60014
Sat May 23, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Self Isolating Winter Getaway Ideas
Replies: 19
Views: 1714

Re: Self Isolating Winter Getaway Ideas

San Diego would check most boxes. Weather, transportation access, close to nature, etc.. Depending on where you stay, its more like a big small town.
by bob60014
Sat May 23, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hertz is declaring bankruptcy
Replies: 66
Views: 6468

Re: Hertz is declaring bankruptcy

Hertz....just part of the cycle! :)
by bob60014
Sat May 23, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: CapitalOne Venture would not forgive annual fee
Replies: 32
Views: 1845

Re: CapitalOne Venture would not forgive annual fee

FWIW, I tried unsuccessfully twice to get this card (once in mid 2018 and once again in late 2019). Was declined both times. I've never been turned down for a CC application in my life. FICO score in the 830 range. Have not opened a ton of cards either in the two years prior to each of those dates....
by bob60014
Fri May 22, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saving Dashlane Generated Passwords
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Re: Saving Dashlane Generated Passwords

Answer no, Google will not save the new password. Dashlane will auto fill this for you.
Also, Go back into Google- Settings- Passwords and turn off "Save Passwords" You wont have Google asking to save any passwords anymore.
by bob60014
Thu May 21, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ecobee3 lite - smart choice?
Replies: 10
Views: 781

Re: Ecobee3 lite - smart choice?

You didn't mention the size if home, number of floors and other conditions. I have a Ecobee3, which supports humidifiers, dehumidifiers, or ventilators (which I dont use) and can use the room sensors (which I do use). If I recall, the "E3 Lite" does not support these features. Overall the E3 works f...
by bob60014
Tue May 19, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engagement Ring Help
Replies: 68
Views: 2918

Re: Engagement Ring Help

It a total waste of money. You dont need a ring to seal the deal!
by bob60014
Tue May 19, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you give mechanics 2nd (3rd) chances?
Replies: 22
Views: 1608

Re: Do you give mechanics 2nd (3rd) chances?

Time to fire the mechanics.
by bob60014
Tue May 19, 2020 5:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vault Safe in the attic; welded, anyone ?
Replies: 78
Views: 4030

Re: Vault Safe in the attic; welded, anyone ?

Imho, Burglars never go into an attic unless they have prior knowledge that something of value is there. Unless you're stashing stash, the Hope diamond or $$$$....why do this? Also, If its important papers, stock certificates, etc., I would be concerned about the long term heat/cool/humidity extreme...
by bob60014
Mon May 18, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Composite AND wood deck?
Replies: 15
Views: 993

Re: Composite AND wood deck?

As long as the substructure is sound, there isnt a problem and regularly done.
by bob60014
Sun May 17, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Triple Monitor Mount for Office
Replies: 2
Views: 305

Re: Triple Monitor Mount for Office

I've used these in the past without issue.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... L0QAvD_BwE
by bob60014
Sun May 17, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decluttering and selling used items during this time
Replies: 15
Views: 1915

Re: Decluttering and selling used items during this time

We're in the process of another round of decluttering, primarily computers and related accessories, photography, some books, Lp records and some auto related stuff, by joining the local garage sale type groups in Facebook Marketplace. In my area (nw Chicago) they are numerous and quite active and we...
by bob60014
Sat May 16, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weber Grill Will Not Light - Help
Replies: 34
Views: 1636

Re: Weber Grill Will Not Light - Help

I would replace the entire ignitor assembly which is a cheap ($25 or so) and easy job. Here is a link showing how to do it. Though to make it easier, I would remove the tank, grates and any other loose parts and lay the grill on the backside. While there, blow some compressed air through the gas tub...
by bob60014
Sat May 16, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do I have free ESPN (via app)?
Replies: 5
Views: 666

Re: Why do I have free ESPN (via app)?

With the Coronavirus issues, many premium or other programs you didn't have access to, have been opened temporarily as a good will gesture by some carriers and networks. Once this is over, so will many of the freebies.
by bob60014
Sat May 16, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Craftsman Tools
Replies: 98
Views: 6223

Re: Alternatives to Craftsman Tools

Buy them used! Knowing the quality has diminished, Ive bought the bulk of my older Craftsmans hand tools at garage sales and more recently on Facebook Marketplace. Not as convenient as shopping at the store or Amazon, but I watch for estate type sales, clearing dads stuff and the like. It amazing th...
by bob60014
Sat May 16, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who needs a firewall and who doesn't?
Replies: 18
Views: 1304

Re: Who needs a firewall and who doesn't?

oldfort wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 9:14 pm
I wouldn’t trust anything from Kaspersky.
Or a high percentage of what's on youtube!
by bob60014
Fri May 15, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire shop returned my van with a broken part!
Replies: 27
Views: 1820

Re: Tire shop returned my van with a broken part!

Talk to the manager and if not satisfied dispute the charges with the credit card company, assuming you paid by c.c.

Btw, those spare tire winches rust out and fail easily. They're out of sight out of mind so it doesnt get the maintenance that's usually needed.
by bob60014
Thu May 14, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Brake Pads
Replies: 87
Views: 4062

Re: New Brake Pads

No matter how they are applied, no one about to "barrel into another car" will be able stop the car using the emergency brake or have the reaction time to apply it.
by bob60014
Thu May 14, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dentist charges $10 for PPE
Replies: 234
Views: 10764

Re: Dentist charges $10 for PPE

That said, the PPE fee charges being mentioned in this thread are all, conveniently, nice round numbers ($10, $25, etc). Such round-number fees strike me as profit-padding numbers, divorced from the actual cost, which, I strongly suspect, are not what is being incurred by the provider, and that is ...
by bob60014
Wed May 13, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dentist charges $10 for PPE
Replies: 234
Views: 10764

Re: Dentist charges $10 for PPE

Kennedy wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 12:01 pm
Should I have raised the issue in the office before I left, or is my concern unwarranted?

Of course.
by bob60014
Sun May 10, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scams that make me laugh -- what are you favorites?
Replies: 105
Views: 13868

Re:

Beantown85 wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:26 pm
Facebook. I'm not entirely sure why it's a scam, but I just have this feeling.
Though from 2011, we have a winner!
by bob60014
Sun May 10, 2020 5:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where should I go for extended warranty on my Toyota?
Replies: 35
Views: 1842

Re: Where should I go for extended warranty on my Toyota?

I've purchased new Toyotas over the course of the last 30 years and have never purchased or needed a extended warranty. In fact, I just bought a new Toyota a few days ago and the dealer didn't even bring the purchase of a extended warranty up. I was ready for the upsell and surprised when it didn't ...
by bob60014
Fri May 08, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will? Digital info
Replies: 7
Views: 508

Re: Will? Digital info

This very useful older thread may be of use to you. Its titled, Death Book.

viewtopic.php?t=119346
by bob60014
Fri May 08, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for relatively cheap cell phones
Replies: 34
Views: 1582

Re: Recommendations for relatively cheap cell phones

I'm not sure I see the great benefit of wireless charging, .............. I thought the same but now that I have it I'll never have another phone without it. Wireless provides fast charging, the ability to grab the phone n go and no broken charging ports on the phone or broken cables to deal with. ...
by bob60014
Thu May 07, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does keeping ice packs in fridge save energy?
Replies: 27
Views: 2697

Re: Does keeping ice packs in fridge save energy?

LilyFleur wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 4:20 pm
Keeping your freezer full helps save on energy costs.

https://home.howstuffworks.com/freezer- ... y-tips.htm
+1, This is the correct answer.
by bob60014
Thu May 07, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How do I get out of home a partnership agreement?
Replies: 42
Views: 3023

Re: How do I get out of home a partnership agreement?

Get a lawyer and remind the brother, "it's not personal.....its business!"
by bob60014
Thu May 07, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Refrigerator: Problems? Solutions?
Replies: 18
Views: 1748

Re: New Refrigerator: Problems? Solutions?

How full is the refrigerator portion and the freezer? Though not as much of a issue as with older units, if its less dense the system has to cool empty space making the variance in temps is more pronounced. Also, be sure you are leaving the temp probes in the fridge for 24 hours to get the stabilize...
by bob60014
Thu May 07, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pillow updates?
Replies: 8
Views: 648

Re: Pillow updates?

I have $5 crushed foam pillows I purchased from Sam's Club which I have found to be the most comfortable I've used. Other people wouldnt touch them. It's such a individual choice.
by bob60014
Wed May 06, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Craigslist - are these scams?
Replies: 49
Views: 3127

Re: Craigslist - are these scams?

Never call back or give the buyers your main phone number either. Use Google voice or similar for all communication outside the email. Yes OP, these were likely scam replies.
by bob60014
Tue May 05, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plunger reccomendation for newer toilets
Replies: 23
Views: 1277

Re: Plunger reccomendation for newer toilets

I use one that is flexible rubber, used for older and newer toilets.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Korky-Beehi ... /203765220
by bob60014
Tue May 05, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: September Kenya Travel
Replies: 31
Views: 1803

Re: September Kenya Travel

Add to the mix, who knows what the future holds for air travel. Getting there and back could be the real challenge in 2020 and 2021. Take the refund.
by bob60014
Mon May 04, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I upload my vinyl collection to YouTube?
Replies: 3
Views: 369

Re: Can I upload my vinyl collection to YouTube?

Curious as to why are you going through this exercise?
by bob60014
Mon May 04, 2020 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window AC for bedrooms and living room, any recommendations?
Replies: 28
Views: 1386

Re: Window AC for bedrooms and living room, any recommendations?

masteraleph wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 7:26 am
atikovi wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 9:59 pm
Where is this? I can't imagine anywhere outside Alaska or above 8,000 feet that wouldn't have A/C other than some low income areas.
Any older building in any city? Walk around NY some time and look at how many window units there are (I mean, when the pandemic is over).
Chicago too.
by bob60014
Sun May 03, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?
Replies: 94
Views: 6256

Re: Best BBQ for the money?

We have had a Weber E-310 for a couple years now and it works well for us. Its outdoors all year is low maintenance and always fires right up. The Weber it replaced was 20 years old and I expect to get the same mileage from this one.
by bob60014
Sat May 02, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will Walmart replace a battery without a receipt?
Replies: 33
Views: 1932

Re: Will Walmart replace a battery without a receipt?

Unfortunately, I did not get the receipt for the battery with the other receipts for the car. So I decided to go to Wal-Mart and try to bluff through it. It turned out I didn't need the receipt, That's my concern and last time I tried it, maybe 2 years ago, they said no receipt no replacement. If y...
by bob60014
Sat May 02, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor’s contractor wants to access our property
Replies: 158
Views: 16228

Re: Neighbor’s contractor wants to access our property

"It will remain my responsibility to provide a safe work area for the workers until the work is complete."

Respond with, my fee is $1000.00/day plus all insurance costs! :)

Needless to say, dont sign anything.
by bob60014
Sat May 02, 2020 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will Walmart replace a battery without a receipt?
Replies: 33
Views: 1932

Re: Will Walmart replace a battery without a receipt?

Nate79 wrote:
Sat May 02, 2020 6:52 am
Does Walmart actually test the battery to confirm its bad before replacing under warranty?
Yes.
by bob60014
Sat May 02, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: stimulus check for a minor, how to return
Replies: 5
Views: 607

Re: stimulus check for a minor, how to return

I've read that they are working on a return procedure for this type of situation as well as for checks received by those deceased or otherwise ineligible. Dont use the money and be patient .
by bob60014
Sat May 02, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will Walmart replace a battery without a receipt?
Replies: 33
Views: 1932

Re: Will Walmart replace a battery without a receipt?

Yes they will. But if you happen to have a clerk that denies it, just ask for the department or assistant manager.
by bob60014
Fri May 01, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do i check if a room has a draft or leak?
Replies: 17
Views: 1077

Re: How do i check if a room has a draft or leak?

What area of the country and is it hotter than the other rooms in the summer? The first thing, after the candle tests, is to open up the ceiling in the garage, a small spot or two, and see what if any insulation is up there.
by bob60014
Wed Apr 29, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Helping Mom with her finances in Arizona
Replies: 9
Views: 771

Re: Helping Mom with her finances in Arizona

" they bought a small place an hour outside of Chicago despite everyone’s protests. It’s worth about $20k."

What exactly did they buy for 20k outside Chicago? A lot, a trailer....?
by bob60014
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1-way or round trip for long-term international airfare?
Replies: 15
Views: 896

Re: 1-way or round trip for long-term international airfare?

If the plan is for "a year or two" then its obvious a one way ticket is the answer. Airline ticket scheduling is rarely over 335 days out.
by bob60014
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Highlander or RAV4
Replies: 57
Views: 3246

Re: Highlander or RAV4

They both are about the same height for 2020, and surprisingly the Rav 4 is a fraction higher. Go figure! Best to sit in each of them and play with the seat height adjusters. The sunroof will impact the headroom clearance. Also, V6s are no longer available for Rav4s.
by bob60014
Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: best use of $0.13?
Replies: 20
Views: 3792

Re: best use of $0.13?

My $.02 about $.13 .....forget about it.
by bob60014
Mon Apr 27, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Dealers not really wanting to make a deal
Replies: 226
Views: 31073

Re: Car Dealers not really wanting to make a deal

Does your local dealer offer the Costco deal? For our last three cars over the last 15 years we called the dealer and asked if they will match or do better than the Costco program. We are shown the invoice and pay no more than 500 over invoice, which is usually substantially lower than the MSRP. No...