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by tev9876
Thu May 28, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deals- AMEX users streaming
Replies: 1
Views: 427

Re: Deals- AMEX users streaming

Amex Offers often have limited time deals for streaming services as basically rebate offers. Chase, Bank of America and others have similar deals but Amex has the most. I bounce between services as deals change. I just finished a couple months of $20 back per month on Sling from Amex and moved to Fu...
by tev9876
Tue May 26, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New TVs with built-in Roku
Replies: 51
Views: 2409

Re: New TVs with built-in Roku

One thing I did notice at first but is no longer a bother is the tv will take 4-5 seconds to boot up, it’s not like the good old days where as soon as you hit power you have an instant picture. Check the Power Savings menu in Settings. Mine was the same way but was defaulted to the highest power sa...
by tev9876
Tue May 26, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to look for when buying a table saw?
Replies: 52
Views: 2408

Re: What to look for when buying a table saw?

That goes on the Keter collapsible bench which is also good for temporary setups. https://www.amazon.com/Keter-Folding-Workbench-Sawhorse-Capacity/dp/B001CWX26Y I have one of those Keter workbenches. Excellent product. How do you use it? Similarly to pigeye with the planer? I need to be more effici...
by tev9876
Mon May 25, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New TVs with built-in Roku
Replies: 51
Views: 2409

Re: New TVs with built-in Roku

I have a five year old Roku 3 on my primary TV, a couple streaming sticks, 32" TCL Roku TV and 55" TCL 4K TV. Both TVs are the low end of the product line. The only device that is slow at times is the old Roku 3 - mainly at moving through the interface but once something is streaming it is fine. Tha...
by tev9876
Sun May 24, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does software play a role in choosing TV
Replies: 28
Views: 1316

Re: Does software play a role in choosing TV

I am also a fan of Roku so for the last two TVs I have purchased I went with Roku TVs. They are no more expensive than the others so it simply saves having to buy another $40 Roku stick and eliminates one remote. They also do a good job of building a TV guide for your over the air channels if you us...
by tev9876
Sun May 24, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to look for when buying a table saw?
Replies: 52
Views: 2408

Re: What to look for when buying a table saw?

A roller stand or two like these is quite useful when ripping longer pieces for those of us with portable saws and limited space. https://www.harborfreight.com/132-lb-capacity-roller-stand-68898.html I just throw a long level on the table saw to get the height right. They are not that great for shee...
by tev9876
Fri May 22, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to look for when buying a table saw?
Replies: 52
Views: 2408

Re: What to look for when buying a table saw?

I bought a Dewalt DWE749 jobsite saw last year to start building outdoor furniture when I couldn't find anything I liked and decided to make my own. First project was an outdoor TV cabinet to hold a 55" LCD that came out great using basic dimensional lumber. This week I put together an end table fro...
by tev9876
Thu May 21, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ecobee3 lite - smart choice?
Replies: 10
Views: 790

Re: Ecobee3 lite - smart choice?

You probably just need time to figure it out and tweak it how you want it. I installed one a year or more ago and have had no issues. It is great to be able to turn off the AC from my phone when I'm at the airport to start a two week trip and realized I forgot to set the vacation schedule. Also grea...
by tev9876
Tue May 19, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ring video doorbell question
Replies: 11
Views: 1108

Re: Ring video doorbell question

Consider the spotlight cam instead of the doorbell. I replaced the "jelly jar" front porch light with one and can see most of the porch, including the edge of the front door, my entire front yard, the yard of the neighbor to the right and four houses across the street. My trigger zone only goes to t...
by tev9876
Tue May 05, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New laptop/desktop for [Work From Home]?
Replies: 41
Views: 2947

Re: New laptop/desktop for [Work From Home]?

Will your company allow you to take your work desktop home? The dual monitors is probably the biggest component of the increased productivity. I know our IT group was configuring desktops so that those users could work from home when this all started. I believe it just required installing VPN softwa...
by tev9876
Fri May 01, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 20 AMP Plugs
Replies: 31
Views: 2063

Re: 20 AMP Plugs

This is not always the right answer. For example, my parents' house (built in 1934) was originally wired with BX cable. There is a nominal ground through the BX cable shield that would be detected by a meter, but it is not considered to be a good enough ground for clearing faults that should trip t...
by tev9876
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 20 AMP Plugs
Replies: 31
Views: 2063

Re: 20 AMP Plugs

15 amp receptacles can pass through 20 amps to downstream outlets without issue so you don't have to use the 20 amp receptacles with the horizontal blade if you won't be using 15-20 amp devices. Think about running the toaster and blender at the same time. Neither needs more than 15 amps individuall...
by tev9876
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon pages often take long time to load
Replies: 17
Views: 997

Re: Amazon pages often take long time to load

Quite possibly COVID related if it is recent. With most retail shut down Amazon is likely getting hit with many more shoppers and orders. With people locked in their homes they are streaming more internet and slowing down your connection. I've been noticing with my local grocery store websites that ...
by tev9876
Sat Apr 18, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues with face masks?
Replies: 92
Views: 5951

Re: Issues with face masks?

Interesting study here about the lack of effectiveness of preventing COVID positive people from spreading the virus wearing cotton and surgical masks: https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/mask-respirators/surgical-cotton-masks-equally-ineffective-blocking-covid-19-spread-say-investigators Short ver...
by tev9876
Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: spin mops
Replies: 4
Views: 433

Re: spin mops

I have the O'Cedar version. PRO: Small so easy to fill, move around and dump Spinning does a good job of drying out the mop. Heads machine washable and cheap generics on Amazon CON: Small head so takes awhile to do a large area No scrubber for difficult spots Short handle (I'm 6'1") so have to bend ...
by tev9876
Thu Apr 16, 2020 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55551

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

My local Gordon Food Service had a couple hundred rolls (paper wrapped individual roll industrial type) for 79 cents yesterday. I believe the limit was four rolls, but if you are desperate and have a GFS nearby... They also had some individual rolls of paper towels and the commercial type (fan fold ...
by tev9876
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hand Truck Tire Replacement
Replies: 19
Views: 757

Re: Hand Truck Tire Replacement

That looks like a dust cap on the end of the axle. Look for a lip on the edge and tap a screwdriver under it to pop it off. You should find a cotter pin holding the wheel onto the axle beneath it.
by tev9876
Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Cable TV with Streaming: Critical Analysis
Replies: 86
Views: 5558

Re: Replacing Cable TV with Streaming: Critical Analysis

I've been bouncing between services as offers pop up on my credit cards for $X off of $Y spend with them. I'm currently back with Sling Blue after I dropped them last year when they lost the local Fox Sports channels. With no sports at the moment that is irrelevant. I just cancelled CBS All Access (...
by tev9876
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.
Replies: 684
Views: 55551

Re: How to get Toilet Paper ? seriously.

Went to our local NJ Target today. Looking for some antibacterial hand soap (no go) and liquid dish detergent (got one of last few). Pretty sure antibacterial soap has been banned. Fear is that it was creating "super bacteria" resistant to the chemicals used in it and antibiotics in addition to bei...
by tev9876
Sun Mar 29, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wireless 5.1 soundbar
Replies: 9
Views: 591

Re: Wireless 5.1 soundbar

I have a Vizio 5.1 soundbar. The subwoofer is wireless and the rear satellites get their power and signal from the sub through an individual cable (thinner than your typical USB cable) to each. The sub is in the back right corner of the room. I have a large window on that wall so I run the cables be...
by tev9876
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Get a 2nd Refrigerator for Home, and put in garage - Good idea?
Replies: 88
Views: 4944

Re: Get a 2nd Refrigerator for Home, and put in garage - Good idea?

Consider putting it on an outlet that is not a GFCI at even better it’s own dedicated one, if you will be using it for frozen meats. Also do not plug it into a plug strip or switched outlet. A friend lost all of his deer meat, and the freezer, when the plug strip was turned off. It took many weeks/...
by tev9876
Sun Mar 01, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dog grooming clippers - any recommendations?
Replies: 18
Views: 609

Re: Dog grooming clippers - any recommendations?

Is your dog good with other dogs, and if so, do you have a doggy daycare place around that also offers grooming? That is how I managed my Aussie's grooming needs - usually while he was there for overnight boarding if I was out of town. Taking him in to play with other dogs, then get groomed, then pl...
by tev9876
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avis charging for existing damage on rental car
Replies: 111
Views: 7628

Re: Avis charging for existing damage on rental car

If you are going to file a claim with Amex, do it immediately. There is a time window in which you must start the claim - 30 or 60 days I think. If you don't initiate it in that window you are done. If you do initiate it you get many more months to get all of the paperwork in so there is no risk. Th...
by tev9876
Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Master of Social Work degree
Replies: 111
Views: 4751

Re: Master of Social Work degree

A friend of mine was about to go down this path - already had the bachelors, was working full time as a social worker and a waitress at night to be able to survive. She signed up for the masters program and dropped it at the last minute when she realized she could never earn the money back. She is n...
by tev9876
Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amex Blue Cash Preferred is the real Apple Card
Replies: 6
Views: 1019

Re: Amex Blue Cash Preferred is the real Apple Card

I downgraded my BC Preferred to the Everyday card (fee free) in favor of the Amex Gold. Streaming is not a big category for me, but restaurants and grocery are and the gold earns 4X Membership Rewards points in those categories. The points are transferable - my last transfer netted me a $.04 per mil...
by tev9876
Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit card [best for air miles?]
Replies: 6
Views: 560

Re: Credit card

Complicated is correct. This week I used 57K AA points and $5.60 to book a one way business flight to Ireland on AA. I used 60K Citi Thank You points and $110, transferred to Avianca's (Columbia) Life Miles program to book a return from Norway on Lufthansa. I'll will likely pay cash for a $50 flight...
by tev9876
Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Player won’t recognize compact disc
Replies: 13
Views: 1085

Re: Player won’t recognize compact disc

My first thoughts would be: 1. It is actually a DVD and not supported by the player. 2. It is a CD-R. CD is a dying format with streaming and download. If demand for CD is low they may be using CD-R as demand warrants instead of paying to master and mass produce a large run of CDs that may sit on th...
by tev9876
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Optometrist vs Independent Office Eye dr
Replies: 42
Views: 2902

Re: Costco Optometrist vs Independent Office Eye dr

Not sure why an ophthalmologist is required for a basic, first time eye exam. Optometrists are able to detect more serious eye conditions even if they are not qualified to fix them. Most optometrists (at least in my local area) do not do dilated retinal exams. I've seen many first visit patients wi...
by tev9876
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Optometrist vs Independent Office Eye dr
Replies: 42
Views: 2902

Re: Costco Optometrist vs Independent Office Eye dr

Not sure why an ophthalmologist is required for a basic, first time eye exam. Optometrists are able to detect more serious eye conditions even if they are not qualified to fix them. My Costco optometrist noticed my cataract forming long before it was impacting my vision and in my mid-40s where most ...
by tev9876
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which Credit Unions offer the best interest rates on deposits as of Jan 2020?
Replies: 30
Views: 2881

Re: Which Credit Unions offer the best interest rates on deposits as of Jan 2020?

Even if the "fake" .01 transactions don't violate anyone's rules, it is still a bad idea IMO. It is obviously not how the credit union expects people to use their debit card to get the high interest rate. Eventually they will figure out they are losing money on you. They may simply change the rules ...
by tev9876
Tue Jan 21, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GPS or Bluetooth cat trackers?
Replies: 8
Views: 733

Re: GPS or Bluetooth cat trackers?

GPS probably won't help much. It will let you know he is in the backyard, but may not be accurate enough to tell you which bush he is under. There is also the issue of battery life. As the escapes are random it will always have to be worn and you can't exactly plug in the cat to recharge each night....
by tev9876
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WWYD- repair or replace washer and dryer?
Replies: 26
Views: 1364

Re: WWYD- repair or replace washer and dryer?

Search the model numbers on YouTube and you will probably find a diagnosis and how to fix it. Even if you don't feel handy enough to do it yourself that will give you a better idea what you are looking at. I made about $3 on my last dryer repair - part cost about $6 but I found $9 of change in the b...
by tev9876
Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me locate the wired doorbell chime
Replies: 32
Views: 2201

Re: Help me locate the wired doorbell chime

That electrical box looks to be low voltage - the square conduit running to it does not appear to be large enough to house wires carrying 120 volts, nor is the box deep enough for an outlet. It is also not original construction since it is surface mounted. My guess would be phone, Ethernet or cable ...
by tev9876
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suing An Airline In Small Claims
Replies: 38
Views: 4817

Re: Suing An Airline In Small Claims

Phone agents are there to rebook flights, assign seats, and do other reservation system work. They are not going to have any idea about the reimbursement approval process since that is not their job. It is like asking the receptionist at your doctor's office to interpret your MRI results when all he...
by tev9876
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suing An Airline In Small Claims
Replies: 38
Views: 4817

Re: Suing An Airline In Small Claims

What, exactly, are you suing for? If it is related to flight delays causing you to miss an event or prepaid hotel reservation, you are basically out of luck. The CoC states they are not liable for delays and cancellations. Basically all they are liable for is: - Getting you from A to B, eventually -...
by tev9876
Tue Dec 10, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airfryer 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 1569

Re: Airfryer 2019

Came across this while pondering a similar question this week. https://thewirecutter.com/blog/you-dont-need-an-air-fryer/ Short version - air fryer = smaller and more difficult to clean convection toaster oven that doesn't work as well. My microwave also has a convection function, but it is horribly...
by tev9876
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Someone stole my wife's phone number (ie. ported to another carrier)
Replies: 57
Views: 7284

Re: Someone stole my wife's phone number (ie. ported to another carrier)

My Social Security is another one that seems to not work with a Google voice number. Since my cell phone is company owned and our IT department controls it, I dropped that number from two factor authentication for my retirement and bank accounts. I'm now locked out of my SSA history until a paper un...
by tev9876
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much are you saving for retirement in 2019?
Replies: 82
Views: 5852

Re: How much are you saving for retirement in 2019?

$20 less than I should be. Apparently I forgot to adjust my 401k percentage after the last pay increase and have been under contributing what I should have to max out, including catch up. If I max out early I lose employer contribution so I start the year a few percent low and increase later to hit ...
by tev9876
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much are you saving for retirement in 2019?
Replies: 82
Views: 5852

Re: How much are you saving for retirement in 2019?

$20 less than I should be. Apparently I forgot to adjust my 401k percentage after the last pay increase and have been under contributing what I should have to max out, including catch up. If I max out early I lose employer contribution so I start the year a few percent low and increase later to hit ...
by tev9876
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Power Lift Recliner
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: Power Lift Recliner

Years ago we managed to find one for my mother used - don't recall if it was a family friend, Craigslist or ??? Might want to check that avenue. I believe it was a lazy-boy. The control was about as simple as could be. It was attached by a cable like a hospital bed control with a single toggle switc...
by tev9876
Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Found hidden safe, should we crack?
Replies: 303
Views: 88433

Re: Found hidden safe, should we crack?

I would go with the drill and boroscope method. A 1/4" hole should be big enough to get the scope inside - just stay away from the moving mechanical stuff. If you decided you want to use the safe eventually you can easily press fit or weld a piece of 1/4" steel bar into the hole to restore the water...
by tev9876
Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water heater - am I getting ripped off
Replies: 58
Views: 4582

Re: Water heater - am I getting ripped off

The only problem is the old one is so heavy, he can’t get it out of the basement. Subsequent quotes for removing the old water heater ran around $400, so he’s trying to figure out a way to do this part himself as well. $29.99 - 20% coupon. https://www.harborfreight.com/6-amp-heavy-duty-variable-spe...
by tev9876
Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV Speakers/sound bar/bose wave
Replies: 20
Views: 1979

Re: TV Speakers/sound bar/bose wave

To create good sound speakers need to move quite a bit of air - especially for bass. That is impossible in a 2" thick plastic HDTV case. For years I had my TV hooked up to a home theater receiver with decent bookshelfs for L/R, a center and wired subwoofer plus rear surrounds built into the wall. So...
by tev9876
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Switch Citi Thank You Preferred for Prestige + card?
Replies: 4
Views: 594

Re: Switch Citi Thank You Preferred for Prestige + card?

Citi recently gutted benefits on all of their cards, and had the nerve to increase the annual fee on the prestige from $450 to $495. Gone are any travel insurance coverage, including rental car CDW that has been a staple of even the lowest benefit Visa or Mastercard. When I first got the Prestige fo...
by tev9876
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IHG credit card and Rewards Nights ...
Replies: 37
Views: 2033

Re: IHG credit card and Rewards Nights ...

The expiration dates for hotels over 40K were extended at some point based on annual fee date - not sure of the actual dates. I have both the old $49 AF and new $89 AF cards and get two free nights. My $49 card night expiring in January 2020 let me book a 50K point Crowne Plaza, but the $89 card nig...
by tev9876
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Condensate pump recommendations wanted
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Condensate pump recommendations wanted

Sounds like you are over complicating things and adding a potential failure point. Are you positive there is not a trap built into the PVC drain below ground? Are you smelling sewer gas? You need an air gap where the drain/pump line enters the sewer system so that a backup does not enter your pump/A...
by tev9876
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience/cost MLB spring training?
Replies: 29
Views: 2203

Re: Experience/cost MLB spring training?

Did it a few years ago, combined with a NHL road trip, basically for free except for game tickets and rental car. Flew to Fort Lauderdale and caught the Red Wings @ Panthers. Drove over to Tampa for Red Wings @ Lightning the next night. Next day I headed up to Lakeland for a Tigers game. The Tigers ...
by tev9876
Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scale of Lionel Trains Rolling Stock: Early 1950's vs. Current Vintage
Replies: 7
Views: 964

Re: Scale of Lionel Trains Rolling Stock: Early 1950's vs. Current Vintage

There are multiple variations of curve radius for O gauge trains. IIRC, standard O gauge is O-31, meaning a circle of track has a 31" diameter. O-27 was also popular for people who didn't have enough space for larger layouts. The high end collectable stuff would most likely be O-31 (and closer to tr...
by tev9876
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wallets [Do you carry a wallet?]
Replies: 102
Views: 9602

Re: Wallets [Do you carry a wallet?]

Combining phone and wallet seems like a horrible idea to me. Phones are high theft items, easy for snatch and grab or opportunist thieves, and exposed in public often. My phone gets used dozens of times per day, often where someone could grab it in a heartbeat. My wallet comes out of my pocket in pu...
by tev9876
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airline Miles for Gift Cards---Tampering
Replies: 8
Views: 1029

Re: Airline Miles for Gift Cards---Tampering

I don't buy with FF miles but I do buy many gift cards at Kroger for free gas. Amazon cards get drained to my account before I even pull out of Kroger's parking lot. Otherwise I mainly buy Home Depot and Lowes cards since I will spend money there anyway. I stick with smaller ($50-100) denomination c...