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by Fletch
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Homeowners - Paint first or fix hard wood floors first?
Replies: 15
Views: 1231

Re: New Homeowners - Paint first or fix hard wood floors first?

Finishing hardwood floors creates a LOT of dust (from the wood) and it goes everywhere. No expert - but I would do the floors first for this reason. Agree, based on our experience; sanding hardwood creates a virtual dust storm no matter how much they try to isolate the rest of the house. The dust g...
by Fletch
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 89
Views: 5954

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

vineviz wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:47 am
Follow the manual.
Always.
+1 Especially if your vehicle is under warranty and keep the proof of maintenance.
by Fletch
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you really have something to retire to?
Replies: 133
Views: 11635

Re: Did you really have something to retire to?

We usually see comments here that "you need to have something to retire to"? For those who are retired, did you really have something solid to retire to? For those who plan to retire soon, do you have something in your mind that you will be retired to? Or let's retire first, and find that something...
by Fletch
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!
Replies: 93
Views: 4380

Re: I need a chainsaw to trim branches and limbs!!

Hire someone who: 1. Has the right equipment 2. Knows what he/she is doing This is what I do. I don't even like to watch the pros with chain saws and wood chippers. To the OP, please follow the above advice. By the time you add up the cost of eye and ear protection, a hard hat, chainsaw chaps, heav...
by Fletch
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What performance to expect from central AC?
Replies: 35
Views: 2391

Re: What performance to expect from central AC?

AC should be sized to provide a 25 degree drop from outside temperature (give or take). Installer should have done a Manual J evaluation of your house that takes into account insulation, windows, climate etc. See: http://www.loadcalc.net for a simplistic version. Suggest you visit this forum and exp...
by Fletch
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Older Toyota/Honda/Similar owners: How often do you clean your car?
Replies: 36
Views: 2195

Re: Older Toyota/Honda/Similar owners: How often do you clean your car?

Wash exterior: when car is dirty via mix of service dept "free" washes, drive through car wash and hand wash. Have never waxed our 2012, now with about 60,000 miles. Clean Interior: windows, dash, instrument panel every week or two (I can't stand smudges on the windshield), vacuum and clean seats, t...
by Fletch
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I like my TechEase progressives. How can I replace them?
Replies: 4
Views: 617

Re: I like my TechEase progressives. How can I replace them?

not sure it's what you want, but Costco does offer "computer" lenses, designed to have "distant" vision at a close distance (like a computer), then progressives down to your reading distance. But of course - you'd need a current prescription. I believe Costco lenses are made by Essilor. Costco will...
by Fletch
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Renewals
Replies: 22
Views: 1226

Re: Auto Renewals

A bit of a rant here but "auto renewal" is the number one reason why I rarely sign up for newsletters, reports, etc. on line. Companies try to spin it by saying "it is for your convenience". Of course it is 99% for the company to make money off people when they didn't realize it auto renews or make...
by Fletch
Sat Aug 18, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help identifying a smell
Replies: 12
Views: 1315

Re: Need help identifying a smell

I have had a few fluorescent bulbs get overheated bases and discolor and stink (burned odor). I stopped using all fluorescent bulbs and switched to LED. So far no overheating issues with them.
by Fletch
Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do in Seattle around Christmas?
Replies: 29
Views: 1528

Re: What to do in Seattle around Christmas?

Second for Leavenworth. Lights are very pretty. Several good restaurants. Prepare for big crowds though
by Fletch
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best consumer products - made in USA
Replies: 62
Views: 3503

Re: Best consumer products - made in USA

Hank’s belts. Gun and regular.
by Fletch
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite reasonably priced Rum?
Replies: 48
Views: 4398

Re: What is your favorite reasonably priced Rum?

Gosling’s Black Seal
by Fletch
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: input on trip to Spokane, Coeur D'Alene
Replies: 25
Views: 1744

Re: input on trip to Spokane, Coeur D'Alene

Try the Redifer brewing company if you happen to go to Yakima.

https://rediferbrewing.com
by Fletch
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crabgrass weed killer
Replies: 16
Views: 1390

Re: Crabgrass weed killer

We have a lot of crabgrass weed on our lawn. I see a good number of crabgrass killer options on amazon, but none of them have the best ratings. If you have successfully used a weed killer to prevent crabgrass, please share what worked for you. Thanks in advance. Davey Tree service. http://www.davey...
by Fletch
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toughest Purchase of my Life. Engagement Ring time
Replies: 207
Views: 10064

Re: Toughest Purchase of my Life. Engagement Ring time

I've spent many months on Blue Nile and I can't push myself to pull the trigger on an engagement ring. :| Although I'm sure my girl would be extremely happy. To me, it's a complete waste of money. How can I get over this? The current ring I'm looking at 1.1 Carat, round diamond, color I, VS2, Perfe...
by Fletch
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iphone purchase
Replies: 19
Views: 2217

Re: iphone purchase

I went from 6s to 7+ a while back. I too was worried about it being too large for my shirt pocket. It took a day or so to get used to it and now my wife's 6s seems tiny. I would never go back to the smaller screen after using the 7+, much easier to do stuff. I can fit the 7+ on my jeans front pocket...
by Fletch
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engineers come in.
Replies: 108
Views: 8160

Re: Engineers come in.

Retired Chemical Engineer. I was in the top 5% of my class in High School and in my ChE class. My advice, go to class, do homework, and study, study, study. In my experience, I rarely if ever used calculus in my working career, I preferred the supervisory/management jobs after all the early technica...
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: 5945

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: 7773

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: 7773

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: 4258

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: 5742

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: 5024

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: 5024

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: 3685

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: 5173

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: 3680

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: 6683

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: 2784

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: 9501

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: 1324

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: 10164

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: 10164

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: 1542

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: 5937

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: 1544

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: 6854

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: 5519

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: 4546

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: 1942

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: 2643

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: 3199

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: 12137

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: 6498

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: 2700

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: 3603

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: 14456

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: 1265

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...