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by Fletch
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Timing if Medicare annual physical
Replies: 26
Views: 1163

Re: Timing if Medicare annual physical

The Medicare wellness exam is a JOKE. Nothing like the completeness of the physical my doctor used to perform. Draw a clock, review bloodwork that I've already seen, remember three words, no stethoscope, no EKG, etc. What a waste of time (mine and physician's) and money (taxpayer).
by Fletch
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Regrets after reaching retirement?
Replies: 42
Views: 4239

Re: Regrets after reaching retirement?

No regrets for me while working for pay, or after retiring from paid work (16+ years). I love my blood family and my church family. It is almost always wiser to focus on helping others, beginning with my immediate family, rather than focusing on your own flaws or mistakes; all one can do is to learn...
by Fletch
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you meditate?
Replies: 107
Views: 6358

Re: Do you meditate?

Yes, randomly and frequently. Martin Luther described the Christian spiritual life as consisting of three things: Oratio, Meditatio, and Tentatio – Prayer, Meditation, and Struggle. The first two are disciplines I can fool myself into thinking I somewhat do on my own terms. The third is the gift tha...
by Fletch
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: CR doesn't like some formerly favored SUVs
Replies: 25
Views: 2869

Re: CR doesn't like some formerly favored SUVs

https://www.truedelta.com

This is another site that has some owner provided data on vehicles.
by Fletch
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fix or replace my vehicle
Replies: 33
Views: 1549

Re: Fix or replace my vehicle

Replace: :D Keep: :oops:
by Fletch
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lastpass on iPhone easy to use?
Replies: 16
Views: 1193

Re: Lastpass on iPhone easy to use?

I have used LastPass on both iPhone and Android - it is integrated system wide in Android beautifully, on iPhone it is a royal pain to use. This is just one of the reasons why I gave up on iPhone. I had a Nexus 5X, it died so I tried iPhone 7, I just couldn't adjust so I sold it and bought a Samsun...
by Fletch
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations on truck/suv/crossover/wagon with comfortable seating
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: Recommendations on truck/suv/crossover/wagon with comfortable seating

You might also consider an Audi Q5 (or Q7 if you need something larger). My wife just got a 2018 Q5 Premium Plus, I have a 2012 Volvo XC60 Platinum Edition. The Audi seats are as comfortable to us as the Volvo seats and the Audi rides smoother and is quieter. I still love my XC60 though. Both are gr...
by Fletch
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Chrome Fonts Appear Fuzzy
Replies: 7
Views: 645

Re: Google Chrome Fonts Appear Fuzzy

Perhaps a long shot, but is your monitor set at the recommended native resolution? I have experienced fuzzy text when resetting the resolution to something other than the native.
by Fletch
Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daughter's auto repair shop problems, what should we do now?
Replies: 34
Views: 3515

Re: Daughter's auto repair shop problems, what should we do now?

Sandtrap wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:21 pm
livesoft wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:15 pm
My daughter of same age had car problems. Not my problem. She traded her car in and got a loan on a new RAV4.

If you want to help her, just give her money. Otherwise, you are preventing a great learning experience from being experienced to the fullest.
++++1
Ditto.
by Fletch
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I replace AC evaporative coil or get a new unit?
Replies: 26
Views: 1852

Re: Do I replace AC evaporative coil or get a new unit?

Many (most?) new HVAC systems (furnace, AC, coil) come with 10 year warranty on parts and some manufacturers include 10 years on labor as well. Are you sure you are out of warranty?
by Fletch
Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your news?
Replies: 131
Views: 8777

Re: Where do you get your news?

Currently I read the Economist, and a bit of Washington Post for breaking news. Thing is, I have recently had several smart people give me the advice to stop consuming news completely. The argument is that: 1) virtually none of it is actionable 2) it makes you unhappy Go cold turkey? Pretty much ye...
by Fletch
Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pork shoulder on Weber E-310: Best practices?
Replies: 37
Views: 2642

Re: Pork shoulder on Weber E-310: Best practices?

Comments not related to cooking pork: I've had a Weber propane grill for almost 25 years and it is still in excellent shape (I replaced the original enameled steel grates with cast iron after 15 years or so. I also replaced the flavorizer bars after 15 years or so, and the original propane bottle co...
by Fletch
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Harvey relief?
Replies: 42
Views: 3354

Re: Hurricane Harvey relief?

https://www.lcms.org/harvey This is the organization I give to for disaster relief. I have very high confidence money is used wisely. Reputable, physical and spiritual care, never a charge for work done by the volunteers - e.g. removing trees that have fallen on houses. Lots of details on the page I...
by Fletch
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to get eyeglasses / no vision insurance
Replies: 89
Views: 10889

Re: Best place to get eyeglasses / no vision insurance

Wow I really need to look into Costco next time around. Last time at my optometrist my total bill was around $800, the exam (which is mostly covered) plus frames plus lenses. I usually upgrade to thinner lens and also get progressives add UV 400 and transitions. I think the frames were around $170 ...
by Fletch
Sat Aug 26, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fixing Slow Drains
Replies: 40
Views: 3319

Re: Fixing Slow Drains

Zep Professional Strength Drain Care is another enzyme material that works great for preventative maintenance and clogs (but there needs to be a partial flow before use if the drain is clogged). I use it every month or two and have had no recurring drain issues. Label says it is for sinks, toilets, ...
by Fletch
Sun Aug 06, 2017 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Love your family car? Under $16,000 Used? Please share!
Replies: 39
Views: 4672

Re: Love your family car? Under $16,000? Please share!

Since you mentioned safety, be sure to check out this site: http://www.informedforlife.org
by Fletch
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LastPass Premium price increasing
Replies: 32
Views: 3256

Re: LastPass Premium price increasing

One Password is great. A balance of security and reliability for a good, fair price. Optimum value is a function of price, quality, service and security ... not just price.

https://1password.com/security/
by Fletch
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does mower brand matter much if they're all Briggs & Stratton engines?
Replies: 84
Views: 7554

Re: Does mower brand matter much if they're all Briggs & Stratton engines?

azanon wrote:OP - probably not, which is why I get a Honda with a Honda engine - HRX variant.
+1 I'm on my second. First one lasted 20+ years. Second is over 5 and going strong. Both started on first pull. Cut quality is outstanding.
by Fletch
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your "at peace" moments.
Replies: 98
Views: 11920

Re: Your "at peace" moments.

Enjoying the company of my wife .... wherever and whenever we are together. Sunday mornings receiving the gifts of Jesus. Every day while reflecting on the gifts of life, family, friends, forgiveness, salvation. That first sip of morning coffee while looking out the window at a marvelous creation.
by Fletch
Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wooden flooring in kitchen
Replies: 51
Views: 4724

Re: Wooden flooring in kitchen

We have had oak floors (red oak, laid, sanded, finished in place) for over 12 years in the kitchen and powder room. I think having the floors finished (3 coats of polyurethane applied with a wool mop a day apart if I remember correctly) in place helps to prevent future water leaks through the board ...
by Fletch
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Am I getting good advice - replace the AC, not the 21 year old furnace
Replies: 33
Views: 3081

Re: Am I getting good advice - replace the AC, not the 21 year old furnace

I agree with those who say get both furnace and A/C now. I assume you still have the original heat exchanger in the furnace so I think the average lifespan on the heat exchangers is around 20 years. Also, if you wait for the furnace you will end up paying the installer labor to remove and install t...
by Fletch
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to do in Corolla, NC (Outer Banks)
Replies: 41
Views: 3548

Re: Things to do in Corolla, NC (Outer Banks)

Not in Corolla but best restaurant this past May was the Colington Cafe, 1029 Colington Rd., Kill Devil Hills - pricy but food was excellent. Rather small and intimate setting so might not be good for 4 families and kids. Would be great for a couple or two.
by Fletch
Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Sam's Club, Costco, BJ's, and other wholesaler clubs]
Replies: 274
Views: 15824

Re: Costco with a "gentle" bump for membership

Pro for Costco: Usually equivalent or lower price for items. The main draw for us is quality (much better than our local grocery stores) of food and and merchandise, and the easy return policy if you are not happy. Con for Costco: 10 miles away vs. 3 for the local grocery. We typically buy food stap...
by Fletch
Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outside Pittsburgh short trip ideas
Replies: 36
Views: 2515

Re: Outside Pittsburgh short trip ideas

Consider a visit to West Virginia. http://www.thingstodo.com/states/WV/northern_panhandle.htm Moundsville WV: West Virginia Penitentiary - A historical site that is over 120 years old. It is an imposing stone structure fashioned in the castellated Gothic architectural style and features opportunitie...
by Fletch
Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting a new cooktop, gas vs electric?
Replies: 72
Views: 4561

Re: Getting a new cooktop, gas vs electric?

electric coil next safest (you definitely see where the stove may be hot) Not really. Coils that are on full are evident as they glow red, but ones that have been shut off or are on lower settings don't. My smooth-top has an indicator light to signal that burners are hot, probably newer coil stoves...
by Fletch
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a dishwasher
Replies: 46
Views: 3091

Re: Buying a dishwasher

Spend the money for a quiet one. Get one with an adjustable height top rack. Call up the local appliance repairman and ask which brand he recommends. In my area, you can't get parts for certain brands meaning it is impossible to get repaired if necessary. They also know which brands they have to re...
by Fletch
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stupid Security Questions
Replies: 46
Views: 4308

Re: Stupid Security Questions

samsoes wrote:
sco wrote:
...
That's like remembering your 2nd grade teachers name...
Rosabell

(2nd grade was c. 1970)

My second grade teacher's name was Mrs. :beer
by Fletch
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting a new cooktop, gas vs electric?
Replies: 72
Views: 4561

Re: Getting a new cooktop, gas vs electric?

Perhaps another dimension to consider is safety. In my opinion,
induction safest, especially if children will be in the area
electric coil next safest (you definitely see where the stove may be hot)
electric smooth top next safest
gas least safe due to potential leak points in piping and stove
by Fletch
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Reports Renewal (or not?)
Replies: 53
Views: 4084

Re: Consumer Reports Renewal (or not?)

We subscribed from, let me think, something like 1972 to maybe 2015, over forty years, and dropped it. It wasn't just the sleazy sweepstake stuff which they've been doing for a very long time. It was a combination of a) siphoning off more and more content from the main magazine into various extra-c...
by Fletch
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Can I move data from Microsoft to Mac with new computer?]
Replies: 13
Views: 883

Re: [Can I move data from Microsoft to Mac with new computer?]

Ditto on making a successful move from PC to Mac several years ago. I believe Open Office can also be installed on a Mac. But, I was very happy with the MS Office / Open Office Mac equivalents offered by Apple; I would not go back to any Microsoft or Microsoft wannabe applications. The only thing I ...
by Fletch
Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Evaluating Asphalt Driveway Sealing Bid
Replies: 8
Views: 888

Re: Evaluating Asphalt Driveway Sealing Bid

I have had best results with hand poured from 5 gal bucket of sealer and hand brushed on. My driveway is 1700sf and takes about five 5 gallon buckets. Cost when I do it is about $30-$40/bucket for the highest grade sealer I could find (don't remember the brand, bought it at a True Value hardware st...
by Fletch
Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Evaluating Asphalt Driveway Sealing Bid
Replies: 8
Views: 888

Re: Evaluating Asphalt Driveway Sealing Bid

Duplicate post. Oops.
by Fletch
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your car's average cost ownership?
Replies: 70
Views: 5835

Re: What is your car's average cost ownership?

$318/month which continues to decline with age of vehicle. 1996 Volvo 850 turbo sedan purchased new - currently 106,000 miles. Includes all maintenance, repairs, insurance, gasoline, and depreciation to date. $536/month which continues to decline with age of vehicle. 2012 Volvo XC60 turbo purchased ...
by Fletch
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turbochargers
Replies: 60
Views: 4835

Re: Turbochargers

My uncle flew a turbocharged P-47 at the end of WWII. Turbos have been around for quite a while. Never fear a turbo engine .... I had a 1995 Volvo turbo that went over 210K miles with zero engine problems.
by Fletch
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multi-page scanner?
Replies: 26
Views: 2094

Re: Multi-page scanner?

iPhone and Scanner Pro (by Readdle) app; more versitle with qualtity just as good as my MFP scanner which I rarely use anymore.
by Fletch
Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many tech devices do you have?
Replies: 74
Views: 4399

Re: How many tech devices do you have?

The most important one is my wife. The rest I could do without. :wink: Too many to count when you include electronic (i.e. with computer chip) timers, clocks, surge protectors, LED lightbulbs and flashlights, battery chargers, and such. If you really stop to think about it probably in the hundreds r...
by Fletch
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Do You Pay for an Oil Change?
Replies: 129
Views: 9799

Re: What Do You Pay for an Oil Change?

Volvo dealer - I've dealt with them for 22 years and have never had anything recommended that was not needed (assessed by my shade tree mechanic background :wink: ). 8 quarts full synthetic Castrol Edge Professional and a Volvo OEM filter plus assundry gaskets and complete car inspection including a...
by Fletch
Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Digital Tire Gauge
Replies: 21
Views: 1957

Re: Good Digital Tire Gauge

This is not digital, but is the best tire gage I've had.

https://www.amazon.com/Joes-Racing-3230 ... tire+gauge
by Fletch
Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Razor
Replies: 17
Views: 1868

Re: Electric Razor

I've had a Braun Series 7 shaver since December 2013 and highly, highly recommend it. I'd wet shaved since I started shaving (I'm 29) and had too much irritation to do so everyday once I started my first job out of law school. I'd also tried various electric shavers over the years, including rotary...
by Fletch
Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas station prices and quality
Replies: 43
Views: 3582

Re: Gas station prices and quality

I have an engineer friend who worked for Shell oil. He said that Shell and Exxon were always in competition as to who could have the best performing gasoline (clean valves, etc.). Also, all top tier gas is not the same according to him. The last I remember Shell had 5X the minimum required by govern...
by Fletch
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beginner needs help choosing which compact camera to buy!
Replies: 16
Views: 1050

Re: Beginner needs help choosing which compact camera to buy!

I use my iPhone 7 Plus (and my previous iPhones) literally for all my photo needs. Great still shots, zoom, video. I always have it with me. I love the portrait mode for people shots. I have not used my Canon S95 for several years - great camera but I never had it with me when photo ops came up. Lik...
by Fletch
Sun Jun 04, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black and white laser printers
Replies: 43
Views: 2958

Re: Black and white laser printers

I have had a Brother MFC 8810 DW for several years. Fast. Excellent quality copies. Trouble free. I use airprint and wifi exclusively so have not tried ethernet. I buy the large toner cartridge from Amazon, about 8000 pages.
by Fletch
Mon May 29, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retiring in southern college town
Replies: 78
Views: 6782

Re: Retiring in southern college town

Unless you are coming from North Pole, Delaware is NOT a sourthern sate! Really; it is like part of New Jersey/Maryland. Nobody calls them southern states. Delaware has three counties. The northern most (north of the C and D Canal) is somewhat more like its adjacent states in regards to traffic, po...
by Fletch
Sat May 27, 2017 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for moisturizing lotions that don't feel greasy
Replies: 37
Views: 3401

Re: Recommendations for moisturizing lotions that don't feel greasy

https://www.amazon.com/Palmers-Cocoa-Butter-Formula-Cream/dp/B001UHSVOY/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1495893975&sr=8-1&keywords=palmers%2Bcocoa%2Bbutter&th=1 https://www.amazon.com/Palmers-Cocoa-Butter-Formula-Vitamin/dp/B0009F3O8Q/ref=sr_1_7_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1495893975&sr=8-7&keywords=palmers%2Bcoco...
by Fletch
Tue May 23, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At what point to buy new car for safety
Replies: 74
Views: 6059

Re: At what point to buy new car for safety

Invest in a driver defensive driving safety course, and continue every three years with advanced defensive driving - it will also lower insurance rates so the insurance companies also recognize its worth. Being a skilled defensive driver 100% of the time (user of the tool) is probably worth more tha...
by Fletch
Tue May 23, 2017 5:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Firefox painfully slow
Replies: 34
Views: 4440

Re: Firefox painfully slow

Old mid-2009 MacBook Pro here running El Capitan. Latest Safari update plus extensions Wipr, 1Password, Pocket. Fast and reliable. I periodically try Firefox and Chrome but always come back to Safari. I've also tried several adbock extensions, Wipr seems to do the best job on blocking. I use PDF Exp...
by Fletch
Sat May 20, 2017 6:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone GPS apps
Replies: 15
Views: 1459

Re: iPhone GPS apps

I have used Navigon for years (works without cell service) and prefer its layout and display. However, it is very pricy; it goes on sale every once in a while. I believe it has been owned by Garmin since 2011.
by Fletch
Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When does it make sense to stop paying to repair your old vehicle?
Replies: 56
Views: 4639

Re: When does it make sense to stop paying to repair your old vehicle?

When? When it becomes unreliable by your standards. With your limited driving (3,000 miles/year) do you go anywhere that a breakdown would be a major inconvenience? One way to think about the economics: You have spent $2 or $3 k per year recently. Say $2400 per year or $200 per month. Can you replac...
by Fletch
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New HVAC - Assessing Quotes? - Update, New Info
Replies: 40
Views: 4226

Re: New HVAC - Assessing Quotes? - Update, New Info

I strongly suggest you consider a multi-stage AC and heating units with a high-end thermostat. The variable speed blower really results in superior comfort and much less noise inside and out compared to my previous fixed speed system. This is what I got about 1 1/2 years ago - I am very happy with i...
by Fletch
Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing a tree - expensive!!!
Replies: 85
Views: 8682

Re: Removing a tree - expensive!!!

Pear and cherry trees? You guys are killing me! Have the tree service cut up the wood in firewood lengths and sell that wood on Craigslist to BBQ smoker people. Fruit wood is one of the best! Actually, I thought of that AFTER I had the tree removed. I did not apparently measure twice and saw once b...