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by Fletch
Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Accord Maintenance at 3 Years - Am I Getting Hosed?
Replies: 95
Views: 5363

Re: Honda Accord Maintenance at 3 Years - Am I Getting Hosed?

Thanks for all the replies, very helpful. If I may summarize: a) hosed on the filters if I am otherwise willing to do that myself, b) everything else a little pricey though not as obviously getting hosed. Why was it "too late" ... well I wrote this post about 10 minutes before they finished the wor...
by Fletch
Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you learning or studying?
Replies: 99
Views: 7011

Re: What are you learning or studying?

I am a more than a little hesitant about posting what I am trying to learn, because some Forum members will derisively be calling 'Bravo Sierra" on me. Oh, well. In any case, for the past year and a half, I have been studying the mathematical foundations of both Quantum Mechanics and General Relati...
by Fletch
Sun Jul 01, 2018 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you learning or studying?
Replies: 99
Views: 7011

Re: What are you learning or studying?

I am a more than a little hesitant about posting what I am trying to learn, because some Forum members will derisively be calling 'Bravo Sierra" on me. Oh, well. In any case, for the past year and a half, I have been studying the mathematical foundations of both Quantum Mechanics and General Relati...
by Fletch
Fri Jun 29, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to clean eyeglasses?
Replies: 59
Views: 3851

Re: Best way to clean eyeglasses?

I wash mine when I shower and rinse them well before cleaning in the running shower water. I use Softsoap Avanced Clean (Costco) in a small pump dispenser and apply with my clean fingers. I rinse thoroughly and then dry with a clean soft cotton towell or wash cloth. Works great, have never had any s...
by Fletch
Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC
Replies: 97
Views: 5155

Re: Road trip Pennsylvania,Maryland,and DC

If you do the Gettysburg to Harpers Ferry route, consider the Civil War Medical Museum in downtown Frederick, MD - unique! http://www.civilwarmed.org/nmcwm/ Frederick also has several very good eating places (e.g. Isabella's, Volt, Lucky Corner, Tasting Room) and pubs (e.g. Brewers Alley), many alon...
by Fletch
Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead guilt with buying a car - Volvo vs Toyota Highlander
Replies: 69
Views: 4506

Re: Boglehead guilt with buying a car - Volvo vs Toyota Highlander

In my opinion, always throw the "service/maintenance department" into your consideration of a vehicle brand, whether an indy or the dealer. An unscrupulous service department can cost you unnecessary thousands over 10 years. Do some research and talk to happy and unhappy customers to help you make ...
by Fletch
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead guilt with buying a car - Volvo vs Toyota Highlander
Replies: 69
Views: 4506

Re: Boglehead guilt with buying a car - Volvo vs Toyota Highlander

In my opinion, always throw the "service/maintenance department" into your consideration of a vehicle brand, whether an indy or the dealer. An unscrupulous service department can cost you unnecessary thousands over 10 years. Do some research and talk to happy and unhappy customers to help you make y...
by Fletch
Wed Jun 20, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Air conditioner compressor replacement cost
Replies: 31
Views: 2874

Re: Air conditioner compressor replacement cost

I had a top of the line 4 ton Carrier with a reciprocating Bristol compressor, whole HVAC system new in 2004. Compressor replaced under warranty 6 years ago. Tech said would have been $2400 if not under warranty.
by Fletch
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommended Parenting Books
Replies: 44
Views: 4902

Re: Recommended Parenting Books

The Bible - this is a good one: https://www.amazon.com/Lutheran-Study-Bible-English-Standard/dp/0758617607/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1527864504&sr=8-1&keywords=lutheran+study+bible Being Dad - https://www.amazon.com/Being-Dad-Father-Picture-Grace/dp/1945978562/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1527864577&...
by Fletch
Thu May 31, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home printer
Replies: 50
Views: 3303

Re: Home printer

If you can live without color, I'd strongly suggest a laser printer. Not only are they far cheaper to operate, but the toner doesn't go bad over time. You said "I think for my infrequent use the deskjet may be a good option". I became so frustrated with the short life of my ink cartridges despite i...
by Fletch
Tue May 22, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?
Replies: 104
Views: 6218

Re: How have you upgraded your wardrobe?

MAJOR upgrade when I retired. Costco jeans, T-Shirts (warm weather), Sweatshirts (cold weather), Keene sandals (3 seasons), Adidas Goretex lined athletic shoes (winter), well broken in ball cap, hardly any major clothing expenses. Suit and tie for weddings and funerals. Business casual for church. A...
by Fletch
Tue May 22, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time For New Car?
Replies: 34
Views: 2626

Re: Time For New Car?

It is almost always cheaper to maintain an old car that buy a new one. In my opinion the reasons to get a new one are questionable reliability/dependability of the old one and better safety of the new one. Last year I developed a spreadsheet to evaluate when to buy a new vehicle from a strictly fina...
by Fletch
Tue May 22, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there a boglehead muscle car?
Replies: 140
Views: 8738

Re: Is there a boglehead muscle car?

My vote for the BH muscle car: 1953 Buick Special with straight eight and three on the column, no power steering, no power brakes, vacuum operated windshield wipers that stopped working when going up a steep hill, starter activated by pushing gas pedal to the floor, knee action shock absorbers that ...
by Fletch
Tue May 15, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: External Portable Hard Drive
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

Re: External Portable Hard Drive

I have a MacBook Pro and use two Seagate 4TB USB drives that I got at Costco - one on my Airport Extreme that backs up automatically all the time, and one I back up to ever week or so. They both seem to work fine with Time Machine and are about a year old. I also have a 1TB USB drive that I bought f...
by Fletch
Tue May 15, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus RX 350, Audi Q5, or Volvo XC 60 (update)
Replies: 121
Views: 9316

Re: Lexus RX 350, Audi Q5, or Volvo XC 60

All good choices. Ride quality is a very personal thing. Wife and I have a 2018 Q5 with the 20" wheels and Pirelli Scorpion all season tires; you can set the ride to 5 different modes - we leave it in Auto which firms up a little bit on slower roads and softens just a bit on the highway. Ride is qu...
by Fletch
Tue May 15, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus RX 350, Audi Q5, or Volvo XC 60 (update)
Replies: 121
Views: 9316

Re: Lexus RX 350, Audi Q5, or Volvo XC 60

All good choices. Ride quality is a very personal thing. Wife and I have a 2018 Q5 with the 20" wheels and Pirelli Scorpion all season tires; you can set the ride to 5 different modes - we leave it in Auto which firms up a little bit on slower roads and softens just a bit on the highway. Ride is qui...
by Fletch
Tue May 15, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Helping someone with Cancer
Replies: 21
Views: 1443

Re: Helping someone with Cancer

Be a friend. Listen to her concerns, fears, and aspirations. Visit frequently. Don't pretend that all will be okay when you both know it may not be. Be honest. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. All this in addition to addressing the physical needs of her and her family.
by Fletch
Fri May 11, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Car Suggestions: BMW Crapping Out
Replies: 61
Views: 5665

Re: New Car Suggestions: BMW Crapping Out

Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60 would be worth checking out. My wife picked the Q5 Premium Plus after looking at and driving a host* of SUVs about 8 months ago. We are both very pleased. Have only had one issue: it had a scratched windshield which the dealer replaced under warranty. The Volvo XC60 was her se...
by Fletch
Thu May 10, 2018 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keeping ones wits when things are chaotic
Replies: 12
Views: 1466

Re: Keeping ones wits when things are chaotic

I think I'd start with Sandtrap's advice. It's a good overall approach to viewing life and keeping balance. If you need to go further, find a friend who is a good listener, a pastor, or a professional counselor, and talk things out. You need to clear your head. If you can't let things go, and you'r...
by Fletch
Tue May 08, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much car to buy on $250K income, $200K NW, newborn on the way
Replies: 78
Views: 6426

Re: How much car to buy on $250K income, $200K NW, newborn on the way

Be sure to think through the stability of your income stream. Things can change quickly. Also, you might wait until your child is born to make the decision on a second vehicle - too many unknowns to process re. future expenses at this time in my opinion, e.g. medical expenses for your child and wife...
by Fletch
Sat May 05, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you pay baby sitters?
Replies: 53
Views: 5298

Re: What do you pay baby sitters?

LOL! We've not had a babysitter since about 1970-75 or so. At that time we paid $0.50/hr. Inflation!!!!!!
by Fletch
Fri May 04, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Vs Amazon Prime
Replies: 62
Views: 4186

Re: Costco Vs Amazon Prime

If you are into healthy lifestyle then you need Costco because of much cheaper prices organic eggs (cheapest in the market) Ghee butter (much better than butter) (cheapest in the market) organic chicken (cheapest in the market) Organic seeds like hemp seed green sprouts (cheapest in the market) Org...
by Fletch
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airbag deployed- would you buy?
Replies: 24
Views: 1860

Re: Airbag deployed- would you buy?

NO. NO WAY. NO, NO Way!
by Fletch
Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lake Tahoe
Replies: 28
Views: 2490

Re: Lake Tahoe

One additional comment: Do not speed and watch for cops especially if you have an out of state License Plate. Got pulled over once north of Tahoe as my wife and I were headed to the Lake area for dinner and definitely was not speeding; I had just merged into traffic and was last in a line of cars an...
by Fletch
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you sell or donate unused items?
Replies: 46
Views: 2984

Re: Do you sell or donate unused items?

carolinaman wrote:
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:46 am
I donate things. Selling is too much trouble and there are plenty of worthy charities who can benefit from donations. I used to get a small tax benefit, but with the new tax law we will likely be taking standard deduction. No matter, that was never the motivation to donate stuff.
Ditto.
by Fletch
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99
Replies: 145
Views: 11549

Re: Amazon to raise Prime membership in US to $119 from $99

I was paying $10/mo for Apple music; I dropped it and started listening to Amazon music which has sufficient variety and quantity of songs for my tastes. So, now for that same $10/mo I get all the music and video and photo backup I want plus free shipping, not to mention all the savings from not hav...
by Fletch
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comfortable Commuter Cars under $50K
Replies: 81
Views: 6118

Re: Comfortable Commuter Cars under $50K

Audi Q5 - Prestige or a loaded Premium Plus but that may top $50k Volvo S60 or XC60 Audi A4 The Volvos will likely have the most comfortable seats, depending on your stature. The Audis are a very close second. Choice of engines again depends on your desire for performance. Our current vehicles, purc...
by Fletch
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you have a car w/o ABS?
Replies: 53
Views: 2434

Re: Do you have a car w/o ABS?

ABS are required on all new passenger cars sold in the EU since 2004. In the United States, the NHTSA has mandated ABS in conjunction with Electronic Stability Control under the provisions of FMVSS 126 as of September 1, 2013.
by Fletch
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car pickup today.
Replies: 48
Views: 3456

Re: New car pickup today.

czr wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:50 am
NO to both.
+1
by Fletch
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Far is too Far, Commuting?
Replies: 211
Views: 13308

Re: How Far is too Far, Commuting?

"Too Far" is when your mindset switches from predominantly "I'm really fortunate to have this job and look forward most of the time to getting there" to "I really am resenting this commute and hate every moment of it".
by Fletch
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prepping My Snowblower for Off-Season
Replies: 11
Views: 1161

Re: Prepping My Snowblower for Off-Season

After carb rebuilding on three of my small engine products (Ariens snowblower now 15 years old, Stihl leaf blower now 5 years old, Stihl weed wacker now about 10 years old) I am a believer in using only premium gasoline, Stabil marine AND Startron in every tank - this was the recommendation of my Ar...
by Fletch
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy new or used cars?
Replies: 113
Views: 8175

Re: Do you buy new or used cars?

Do your research. Get what you want (and your wife). Life is short.
by Fletch
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it necessary to replace brake fluid on a car every 3 years?
Replies: 56
Views: 4458

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

Follow the owner’s manual is the best advice. My vehicles spcify every 2 years to reduce probability of moisture and subsequent caliper piston corrosion (a more expensive issue to fix than a brake line flush). However, if you do not plan to keep the vehicle for a long time or aren’t paranoid on pote...
by Fletch
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo XC 60 T8 eAWD
Replies: 4
Views: 536

Re: Volvo XC 60 T8 eAWD

Not exactly on topic, but I have a 2012 XC60 T6 since new - totally reliable and fun car to drive and the dealer service department is outstanding. My wife was due for a new vehicle last September (1996 Volvo 850 was getting tired). She shopped and drove a variety of new SUVs (Forester, CRV, RAV4, L...
by Fletch
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sump Pump Issues - What can I do, if anything?
Replies: 27
Views: 3178

Re: Sump Pump Issues - What can I do, if anything?

I have had a Zoeller (Model 98 I think) sump pump with a Base Products battery back system up for many years. I noticed early on that the rubber flapper type check valve in the discharge piping failed after a few years (excessive leak back); replaced once in kind - lasted another few years. Then I r...
by Fletch
Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Guy. Inherited a Mid-2012 MacBook Pro ($500 value). Talk me into/out of keeping it.
Replies: 37
Views: 2841

Re: PC Guy. Inherited a Mid-2012 MacBook Pro ($500 value). Talk me into/out of keeping it.

I have a mid-2009 MacBook Pro - 15". Upgraded RAM to 8GB several years ago and likewise with the hard drive. Still going strong and does every thing I need. Great integration with our iPhones.
by Fletch
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealership oil change worth it?
Replies: 69
Views: 5421

Re: Dealership oil change worth it?

Is the car still under bumper-to-bumper or engine component warranty? If so, the dealer's mechanic may spot a problem that's covered and get it fixed for you. I was shocked to get a free battery when the mechanic at my dealership did routine tests during dealer oil change on a 2-year-old vehicle. T...
by Fletch
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco 'Goodyear' wiper blades
Replies: 43
Views: 6713

Re: Costco 'Goodyear' wiper blades

I am amazed by those who report 1 to 3 years wiper blade life. I've never been able to get more than about 6 months before the blades begin to streak so bad that night driving in mist or rain becomes intolerable - pretty much no matter what brand blades I use and I've tried most of them over many y...
by Fletch
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 719
Views: 78202

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

The Crown. Netflix.
by Fletch
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Flashlight?
Replies: 65
Views: 5625

Re: Boglehead Flashlight?

I have been extremely pleased with this. I have three similar Fenix flashlights, 1 in each car, one at home by the back door. Variable light output, extremely well built, great customer service if you need it (I had a minor issue with a switch - they told me how to fix at home, no replacements neede...
by Fletch
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn spraying
Replies: 26
Views: 2102

Re: Lawn spraying

I used to be a DIY lawn care person. Then, the grubs killed much of my turf. I had to have the entire yard reseeded ($$$). My friend recommended Davey Tree and Lawn Services. I went with them and never have looked back. If they are in your area I would give them a try if you are so inclined. http://...
by Fletch
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco 'Goodyear' wiper blades
Replies: 43
Views: 6713

Re: Costco 'Goodyear' wiper blades

I am amazed by those who report 1 to 3 years wiper blade life. I've never been able to get more than about 6 months before the blades begin to streak so bad that night driving in mist or rain becomes intolerable - pretty much no matter what brand blades I use and I've tried most of them over many y...
by Fletch
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Appliance repair: manufacturer authorized tech vs generic repairman?
Replies: 23
Views: 1305

Re: Appliance repair: manufacturer authorized tech vs generic repairman?

We have had the best success with the repairman who works for a local mom and pop independent appliance store. We have Whirlpool and KitchenAid appliances (same company) and a few years back an Asko dishwasher.
by Fletch
Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco 'Goodyear' wiper blades
Replies: 43
Views: 6713

Re: Costco 'Goodyear' wiper blades

I am amazed by those who report 1 to 3 years wiper blade life. I've never been able to get more than about 6 months before the blades begin to streak so bad that night driving in mist or rain becomes intolerable - pretty much no matter what brand blades I use and I've tried most of them over many ye...
by Fletch
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Subaru Outback vs. used Volvo XC-70
Replies: 53
Views: 5813

Re: New Subaru Outback vs. used Volvo XC-70

Since both the vehicles meet your needs, another consideration would be Volvo vs. Subaru service and dealer or mechanic reputation. Go with who is best if you can. I'll personally give a shout out to Volvo being the more comfortable for my wife and me; can't beat those seats.
by Fletch
Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3602
Views: 1028031

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Darkest Hour - supurb acting and cinematography. One of the better movies I've seen. Hard to imagine the enormous weight on Churchill's shoulders. No wonder for his prodigious drinking and smoking. :shock: :mrgreen:
by Fletch
Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books on managing (household) finances for couples
Replies: 13
Views: 1271

Re: Books on managing (household) finances for couples

This may sound overly simplistic but it might be helpful to get you started. 1. Jointly decide the percentage of net income each month that you wish to give to charity. 2. Jointly decide the percentage of net income each month that you wish to save for long term needs, e.g. retirement. 3. Jointly de...
by Fletch
Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trying to help acquaintence - medicare costs
Replies: 75
Views: 3315

Re: Trying to help acquaintence - medicare costs

Two people, Medigap Plan F and Part D insurance about $500/mo. No subsidy. Plus the Medicare insurance payment.