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by bob60014
Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to purchase new car/SUV
Replies: 47
Views: 1969

Re: Looking to purchase new car/SUV

"You can't go wrong with a Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander....."

This, safety and low maintenance!!
by bob60014
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prepping My Snowblower for Off-Season
Replies: 11
Views: 964

Re: Prepping My Snowblower for Off-Season

Along with the Stabil for the gas, protect the auger and chute with a light coat of oil or a wax. It may help slow down rusting.
by bob60014
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good pushreel lawn mower?
Replies: 11
Views: 1033

Re: Good pushreel lawn mower?

I remember taking our reel mower to the local Ace Hardware guy to have the blades sharpened for $2! Wonder if they still do it or know how. :)
by bob60014
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Basic PC - HP Pavillion All in One?
Replies: 23
Views: 948

Re: Basic PC - HP Pavillion All in One?

If you haven't already done so, backup all data from the old HD before it craps out.....and it will!
by bob60014
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Chicago - Foodie suggestions?
Replies: 28
Views: 1536

Re: Visiting Chicago - Foodie suggestions?

As a native, any of the Bayless locations are great, Devon Seafood, RJ Grunts for a iconic quirky place (cheap, good for a lunch stop) and Bavette, Gibsons, Everest (high end places) Personally, while Peaquods, Malnatis, Uno etc are ok, the whole Chicago pizza thing is overrated. Many mom and pop sh...
by bob60014
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Settlement Offer -- Accept or Wait?
Replies: 65
Views: 4616

Re: Settlement Offer -- Accept or Wait?

With all the ambulance chasers, TV lawyers pitching high payouts and greedy "victims" what a breath of fresh air reading the OP''s thoughts! Do wait however to ensure all is well. Your body in a accident, no matter how minor, may have delayed issues, the back and neck in particular. The insurance co...
by bob60014
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long have you been employed?
Replies: 44
Views: 2438

Re: How long have you been employed?

1970 to 2011. A couple years off my sentence in between for good behavior!
by bob60014
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying BRK.B to save $94 annually on insurance?
Replies: 28
Views: 2702

Re: Buying BRK.B to save $94 annually on insurance?

I just called and asked for discount, it was granted immediately, no docs required.
by bob60014
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to pay for travel? Redeem CC points vs cash vs apply for new card?
Replies: 10
Views: 924

Re: How to pay for travel? Redeem CC points vs cash vs apply for new card?

$300-400? You are talking about $3-4 in points. Are we missing something with your plans?
by bob60014
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Association Property tax appeal - opt in
Replies: 8
Views: 595

Re: Association Property tax appeal - opt in

If that lawyer is Burke or Madigan, they'll have a talk with Joe! :)

Seriously, I would just do it myself, it's a easy process.
by bob60014
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perks of Owning Certain Individual Stocks
Replies: 28
Views: 3103

Re: Perks of Owning Certain Individual Stocks

I found out about this a few months ago and got $20 off my already low rate @ Geico.
by bob60014
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Open Office Calc problem
Replies: 17
Views: 1162

Re: Open Office Calc problem

Be sure you have a backup of the original and keep it safe before you start playing! :)
by bob60014
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: landline solutions
Replies: 27
Views: 1509

Re: landline solutions

We havent had a landline for quite a long time and have saved a bundle by doing so. Something to consider, the phone companies are starting to move to eliminate the POTS lines as more and more people move to other services and POTS are expensive to maintain. Many public safety agencies have, or are ...
by bob60014
Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: underwater camera advice
Replies: 18
Views: 636

Re: underwater camera advice

Check with your local camera shop about a rental.
by bob60014
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you determine what internet speed you need?
Replies: 32
Views: 1086

Re: How do you determine what internet speed you need?

Buy your own modem! Instead of the combo modem/wi-fi, I suggest a separate wi-if router to obtain better overall performance.
by bob60014
Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 52 oz, the new orange juice size?
Replies: 21
Views: 1549

Re: 52 oz, the new orange juice size?

It goes along with the 5.2 Oz yogurts, less product, same or higher cost.

Now if I go to the pub and ask for a pint and they come back with a 12 Oz glass, look out!!
by bob60014
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it necessary to replace brake fluid on a car every 3 years?
Replies: 56
Views: 3861

Re: Is it necessary to replace brake fluid on a car every 3 years?

It's cheap insurance to follow the manufacturerers recommendations. However for those that don't, a quick and easy way to test is to obtain a brake fluid test kit. Anyone can do it and you can easily see if the fluid is contaminated. https://www.familyhandyman.com/automotive/car-brakes/how-to-check-...
by bob60014
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fender bender in parking lot, he said she said. What's the effect on my going to be?
Replies: 17
Views: 1364

Re: Fender bender in parking lot, he said she said. What's the effect on my going to be?

Private property, so not on a dedicated highway there is no effect with license. The only thing that may happen is your rates may go up if reported to insurance. For minor crashes paying out of pocket is usually best, bypassing insurance.
by bob60014
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Leather Checkbook
Replies: 15
Views: 811

Re: Best Leather Checkbook

What's a checkbook? ;)
by bob60014
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disneay Aulani (Hawaii) vacation planning
Replies: 14
Views: 1229

Re: Disneay Aulani (Hawaii) vacation planning

I always go direct with the airlines and hotels as there is a better chance at resolution should a problem occur. That and the prices are the same and in most cases better than 3rd party sites. Im not a Disney fan and if it were me I would not stay at Aulani primarily as there is little around it sh...
by bob60014
Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Rating sites for TVs
Replies: 22
Views: 1428

Re: Best Rating sites for TVs

AVS Forum is a great resource for just about everything AV related. Here is a Samsung decode guide. https://www.whattvs.com/Samsung-TV-Model-Numbers.php The end codes like FXZA are often are retailer specific, re a model made for Walmart or Costco. Google "samsung tv model number decoding north amer...
by bob60014
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Buy, $3k TV, should I buy warranty?
Replies: 24
Views: 1515

Re: Best Buy, $3k TV, should I buy warranty?

I never buy the warranties as my CC covers it. Have to ask , are there any rug rats around? Theyve been known to tip over tvs, paint the tv with jello or washbwith soda, throw things and breaking the screen, taking daddys tools and scratching the screen etc . ( I have no personal experience of any o...
by bob60014
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I being unreasonable? [Send daughter to private kindergarten]
Replies: 70
Views: 3953

Re: Am I being unreasonable?

$20k for KG? That's more than what I paid for 4 years of college, back in the day of course!
I'm waiting to hear that's it's for half day KG too. ;)

Sorry, just jesting about the half day part, but in reality KG unless it's a very specialized program won't pass the ROI test.
by bob60014
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Monetary gift in memory of deceased
Replies: 8
Views: 830

Re: Monetary gift in memory of deceased

Yes, include a note with the donation and the deceased info to the hospital. Generally when it is indicated in the obit about donations to be made in the name of, the receiving institution will have been informed by the family or funeral home. They will send a list back to the family of donations re...
by bob60014
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I prewire my home network myself?
Replies: 40
Views: 2279

Re: Should I prewire my home network myself?

Been there done that. With wireless technology taking over the need for the cable is minimal. If I were to it today I would not run to the bedrooms (if that was on your radar) and just run cable to the prime areas such as the family room, basement (man cave), office and a run upstairs. Use Cat 6 for...
by bob60014
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mini Air Compressor
Replies: 22
Views: 1532

Re: Mini Air Compressor

The Porter or similar Campbell Hausefeld models are popular and should work fine for your needs.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000B ... UTF8&psc=1
by bob60014
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Strange internet slowness only with my desktop?
Replies: 14
Views: 872

Re: Strange internet slowness only with my desktop?

Change the channel on your WiFi router. It may be that you have interference on it, especially if you are in a apartment or near numetous other wifi devices/routers, creating a slowdown.
by bob60014
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon Remote Control Issue
Replies: 10
Views: 416

Re: Verizon Remote Control Issue

The Make and model of TV is?
by bob60014
Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon Remote Control Issue
Replies: 10
Views: 416

Re: Verizon Remote Control Issue

Does the remote that came with the tv able to control the volume? I'm suspecting its a setting issue.
by bob60014
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best time to buy a home?
Replies: 11
Views: 998

Re: Best time to buy a home?

Also keep an eye on the Foxconn development. That will begin to affect housing as transplants start to compete with local buyers. Some realtors near the Wi/IL border are receiving inquiries already.
by bob60014
Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2018
Replies: 37
Views: 2603

Re: Gardening 2018

We've been out cleaning up and preparing. Just in time for the 2 inches if snow expected in the Chicago area tonight! Ugh
by bob60014
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to buy a TV
Replies: 33
Views: 2635

Re: Best place to buy a TV

No problems with ABT, it's our go to place in the Chicago area.
by bob60014
Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car sideview mirror
Replies: 25
Views: 1174

Re: Car sideview mirror

Depending on what needs replacing looks like about $225 for parts (sub assembly and outer mirror cover) only from Toyota, based on a 2013 Corrolla. Insert your exact vehicle info with vin into the Toyota Parts lookup to get more accurate pricing. https://parts.toyota.com/p/Toyota_2013_Corolla-STANDA...
by bob60014
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lost wallet
Replies: 13
Views: 1266

Re: Lost wallet

Did you return to your car before going to the next destination? If so, double check the cars interior. Funny how things find their way into the smallest cracks......... Found mine after making numerous notifications and getting a new dl! :(
by bob60014
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to re-wire an antique lamp
Replies: 15
Views: 855

Re: How to re-wire an antique lamp

https://www.antique-hq.com/the-difference-between-antique-vintage-and-collectible-item-127/ When we were kids we loved those lamps! Here is aYouTube link that may assist you regarding repairs. https://youtu.be/3v7IQ5_vvkE around the 4 minute mark he works on the top half, doesn't appear as if you ha...
by bob60014
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College freshman shopping—what don’t we need?
Replies: 45
Views: 2790

Re: College freshman shopping—what don’t we need?

Based on recent experience, whatever the list indicates, he/she won't need/use half of it!
by bob60014
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parents' Joint Accounts
Replies: 6
Views: 641

Re: Parents' Joint Accounts

I am asking as I am not familiar, is this a US trust or a foreign trust? And are the laws different?
by bob60014
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Train Tickets in London
Replies: 8
Views: 1002

Re: Train Tickets in London

They might be changable, not refundable, but read the fine print when ordering.

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_far ... 46546.aspx
by bob60014
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tired of gas grills rusting out...
Replies: 54
Views: 4063

Re: Tired of gas grills rusting out...

Had to retire a Weber a few years back after 20 years of use (2-3 days per week - 52 weeks of the year). Think I replaced the flavorizer bars once. Fire box was still in good condition. Never covered it unless snow and ice was forecast. Finally the bottom of one leg rusted off. Hard to cook on a no...
by bob60014
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What age is the best to give a child control of an inheritance?
Replies: 192
Views: 10674

Re: What age is the best to give a child control of an inheritance?

"Will she have the time by then to be knowledgeable enough about investments to be able to appropriately manage that money at age 35?"

Not to be a wise guy but, What have you taught her about investing, saving, budgeting? How has she managed her money up until now?
by bob60014
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lyft - really need Android 7 or higher??
Replies: 5
Views: 535

Re: Lyft - really need Android 7 or higher??

Running Android 5.0 on a Samsung S5, no issues.
by bob60014
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC: R22 Freon leak, Replaced by 427A Retrofit
Replies: 14
Views: 1061

Re: HVAC: R22 Freon leak, Replaced by 427A Retrofit

R22 is being phased out and command's a premium price. The retrofit was a wise move, especially if it leaks again.
by bob60014
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tired of gas grills rusting out...
Replies: 54
Views: 4063

Re: Tired of gas grills rusting out...

Propane 20 yo Weber still going strong! Other than replacing the flavorizor bars no issues. I use mine all year, even in winter here in Chicago. In the spring and fall I wash it down and keep it covered. No rust no fuss!
by bob60014
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $20,000 book - what to do with it
Replies: 34
Views: 5513

Re: $20,000 book - what to do with it

Nice gift. If true, I would first have it professionally appraised and documented. If it has value then find a conservator to assist in proper methods to preserve, based on type of material used.
by bob60014
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New On-screen Guide for Direct TV
Replies: 17
Views: 1274

Re: New On-screen Guide for Direct TV

Their software, their control. The end user has few options.