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by CheCha54
Sat Oct 24, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New smoker recommendation?
Replies: 103
Views: 7095

Re: New smoker recommendation?

Pit Barrel Cooker

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by CheCha54
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?
Replies: 278
Views: 31760

Re: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?

deanbrew wrote: Wed Sep 23, 2020 7:16 pm
CheCha54 wrote: Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:20 pm Weller Special Reserve at between $30 and $40 where I am.
And where's that? I've looked in PA , MD, NC and SC and haven't found it at any price.
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Northwest Ga.
by CheCha54
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?
Replies: 278
Views: 31760

Re: What is your favorite reasonably priced bourbon?

Weller Special Reserve at between $30 and $40 where I am.
by CheCha54
Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What can I expect from new golf clubs
Replies: 96
Views: 5686

Re: What can I expect from new golf clubs

If your clubs are 20+ years old and you have not changed the grips , that would be a good upgrade. What you have might be good if your shafts match your swing speed. You can tell if you have trouble getting the ball air born. Work on that short game.
by CheCha54
Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Golf club membership - should I?
Replies: 39
Views: 5312

Re: Golf club membership - should I?

Golf is all about the "game" and by that I mean who you play with. Some of the best times of my life were spent at a private club with 20 or so very good golfers. We played every week end and traveled to tournaments together over the years. If you don't have a "game" you won't en...
by CheCha54
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Feedback on Empire Today for Vinyl Plank Flooring
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Re: Feedback on Empire Today for Vinyl Plank Flooring

Look for a product comparable to Smart Core Pro at Lowes. If DIY having the pad attached is a plus. What's important is the waterproof solid polymer core. Don't put a pad under a product that has pad attached. There's no value in that and it can cause fatigue at the joints in heavy traffic areas. Ha...
by CheCha54
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Feedback on Empire Today for Vinyl Plank Flooring
Replies: 3
Views: 473

Re: Feedback on Empire Today for Vinyl Plank Flooring

I would look at big box stores or local retailers as an alternative.
by CheCha54
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace my 4 Runner? Update on Repair Post 47
Replies: 65
Views: 4683

Re: I May Need to Replace my 2005 4 Runner :(

Find a good/reputable independent mechanic and see what the issues are. 180K is not high milage.
by CheCha54
Tue May 26, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternatives to Craftsman Tools
Replies: 98
Views: 7004

Re: Alternatives to Craftsman Tools

"I buy German made tools online for quality tools. The brands I've tried are all great quality.

For tools I'm not particular about, Harbor Freight is surprisingly decent and cheap."

+1 The Icon brand is good quality. I also favor Gearwrench when I can find them on sale.
by CheCha54
Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Hotmail account is getting spammed big time
Replies: 48
Views: 5812

Re: My Hotmail account is getting spammed big time

I'm a Hotmail user as my primary email account. I just signed up for Fastmail trial and so far I'm impressed.
by CheCha54
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Detached garage: Recommended ways to heat water for shower? Save space and money?
Replies: 44
Views: 3158

Re: Detached garage: Recommended ways to heat water for shower? Save space and money?

Go to https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/ and ask your question and anything else you want to know about garage, shops, tools, heating, floors, etc.
by CheCha54
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacuum recommendations for Nylon 6.6 carpet
Replies: 7
Views: 769

Re: Vacuum recommendations for Nylon 6.6 carpet

Any "manufacturer recommendation" should be evaluated with a big pile of salt. Most of the time, this is not based on any analysis of the best equipment for the purpose, but on a marketing agreement between the two companies, i.e. vacuum company pays carpet company $X a year to be "re...
by CheCha54
Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacuum recommendations for Nylon 6.6 carpet
Replies: 7
Views: 769

Re: Vacuum recommendations for Nylon 6.6 carpet

6.6 is no different than other fiber materials. The "soft" comes from the denier or "fineness" of the fiber. Dyson is know to be harsh. If your carpet is very thick an upright may give you trouble. I like the Oreck products, but Hoover etc make good products. Focus on the filter ...
by CheCha54
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lowe’s flooring for condo, pt rental ?
Replies: 5
Views: 768

Re: Lowe’s flooring for condo, pt rental ?

I am very familiar with the Coretec and Smartcore products and they are comparable in quality and performance. I am not familiar with the Procore product, but looking at the specifications it should serve your purpose. All of these products will perform well in a residential environment. Their weakn...
by CheCha54
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 661
Views: 94283

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

2001 4Runner 314,000.
by CheCha54
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need some Xmas Suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 2631

Re: Need some Xmas Suggestions

I've given money through Fidelity's Gift for Giving program.
by CheCha54
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for a charity giving Christmas experience
Replies: 44
Views: 2430

Re: Looking for a charity giving Christmas experience

Local family crisis centers and children's homes are good choices. Toys for tots through the Marine Corps would work.
by CheCha54
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Organization supporting Veterans - Donation
Replies: 19
Views: 1048

Re: Organization supporting Veterans - Donation

I currently support these two. https://semperfifund.org/ and https://www.hfotusa.org/ . Fisher House is also one that I would support.
by CheCha54
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for Car experts - how urgent/important are these maintenance items
Replies: 36
Views: 3842

Re: Question for Car experts - how urgent/important are these maintenance items

I would go to a trusted independent shop. My experience with Dealer shops has not been good. I would be surprised if either needs to be replaced.
by CheCha54
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Physical activity suggestions for a non athletic youth
Replies: 189
Views: 10847

Re: Physical activity suggestions for a non athletic youth

I might suggest going after long distance running. Give this method a try http://www.jeffgalloway.com/. He would start by walking and progress to Run/Walk. He may find a sense of accomplishment doing a 5/10K Half or Full Marathon. There is a great community out there.
by CheCha54
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Physical activity suggestions for a non athletic youth
Replies: 189
Views: 10847

Re: Physical activity suggestions for a non athletic youth

As mentioned earlier Golf is a great game/sport that requires many miles logged walking and carrying a bag. If he likes that and becomes "known" as a golfer it could increase his confidence in other activities. When my son became competitive in golf we mixed in running and weights in his t...
by CheCha54
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mensa membership
Replies: 90
Views: 7967

Re: Mensa membership

I took the test and passed, but never joined. My DNA results also say I'm 2.7% Neanderthal. I'm just confused.
by CheCha54
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alumni donations to help children get into college
Replies: 64
Views: 6168

Re: Alumni donations to help children get into college

I would not forecast where my child wants to go to college if at all. Save the money and let the child earn their way to the college of their choice within your budget. Two many variables to make that bet on both the school and the child.
by CheCha54
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?
Replies: 326
Views: 51510

Re: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?

According to Mark Twain, "work is what the body is obliged to do and play is what the body is not obliged to do." I don't think getting paid has anything to do with it.
by CheCha54
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mismatched flooring - discovered halfway through install
Replies: 24
Views: 2355

Re: Mismatched flooring - discovered halfway through install

Your best chance of getting a good match is to replace the bathroom. There should be current material for the newer material.
by CheCha54
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ethics of "bonus payback" when quitting a job
Replies: 158
Views: 12653

Re: Ethics of "bonus payback" when quitting a job

I would follow the agreement to repay the bonus. It seems a strange agreement to me that a company would prepay for employment. In my world we would put money in a "bank" that would vest and pay out over time.
by CheCha54
Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Organization
Replies: 57
Views: 5563

Re: Garage Organization

These can be purchased for around $400 if you're patient and have a coupon. Very high quality.

https://www.harborfreight.com/tool-stor ... 64133.html
by CheCha54
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Organization
Replies: 57
Views: 5563

Re: Garage Organization

Keep things off the floor where possible. Wall control for pegboard works great. https://www.wallcontrol.com/ It's galvanized and magnets work on it as well. All you want to know is here https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/index.php
by CheCha54
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lightweight, durable, laptop bag
Replies: 29
Views: 2103

Re: Lightweight, durable, laptop bag

I used on of these for a couple of years with good results. I did have a seam come loose toward the middle of the third year. I did make me be more disciplined about not carrying junk.. https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-15-6-Inch-Laptop-Tablet-Bag/dp/B00DUGZFWY/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3SR49231CW206&ke...
by CheCha54
Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Smoker
Replies: 154
Views: 13567

Re: Buying a Smoker

Whatever you decide this should be in the budget.
https://www.thermoworks.com/Thermapen-M ... gLdnPD_BwE
by CheCha54
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Smoker
Replies: 154
Views: 13567

Re: Buying a Smoker

I have a Green Egg, Weber Genesis gas, and a Pit Barrel cooker. The Pit Barrel is my go-to for most every thing including brisket. Great web site and support.
https://pitbarrelcooker.com/
by CheCha54
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you approach tipping at carry-out restaurants
Replies: 111
Views: 9232

Re: How do you approach tipping at carry-out restaurants

Typically $2-$3 tip on carry out.
by CheCha54
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sports classes in Universities
Replies: 60
Views: 4323

Re: Sports classes in Universities

Many years ago Georgia Tech required two classes for all students, Swimming and Aerobics. The Swimming class was actually drown proofing modeled after the Naval Aviator survival training. It was actually taught in the Naval Armory pool on campus. The Aerobics class was modeled after the Army fitness...
by CheCha54
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best women's starter golf clubs?
Replies: 17
Views: 1101

Re: Best women's starter golf clubs?

Serious golf and customer golf are two different things. Most of the time business golf is played as a team with a A,B,C,D player in each group. There are always plenty of D's to go around. Get a set of used clubs from someone upgrading and take some lessons. I'm an A player and that's how I started...
by CheCha54
Tue May 07, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Buy an Area Rug in a Particular Color
Replies: 7
Views: 880

Re: Where to Buy an Area Rug in a Particular Color

Most any independent flooring retailer can have a rug made to your dimensions from broadloom (wall to wall) product. This will expand your selection choices.
by CheCha54
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Whats the Point of Climbing the Corporate Ladder?
Replies: 164
Views: 19959

Re: Whats the Point of Climbing the Corporate Ladder?

I recently retired from the corporate environment and spent my career "climbing" the ladder. The advice I gave was that it is acceptable to be content in one's job, however it is dangerous to become complacent. Always work to increase your contribution.
by CheCha54
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood vs Laminate Flooring
Replies: 56
Views: 4977

Re: Wood vs Laminate Flooring

I would go with a Solid Polymer Core (SPC) vinyl product with a pad underneath, not attached. Laminate has its drawbacks, moisture and sound. Wood is great, but cost and moisture can be an issue. A solid core product with a vinyl top is the closest to wood and moisture is a non issue. Look for "...
by CheCha54
Fri Apr 05, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there value in conversation/communication books?
Replies: 15
Views: 1111

Re: Is there value in conversation/communication books?

I have to agree with JoeRetire I personally found absolutely no value in "Crucial Conversations". The book was part of an internal course mandated for all managers by my former employer. It was simply part of the overall MegaCorp "training" nonsense. The course, and the book, was...