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by atikovi
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tip Dental Hygienist for Teeth Cleaning? Thanks everyone.
Replies: 63
Views: 3929

Re: Tip Dental Hygienist for Teeth Cleaning? Thanks everyone.

I think I'll wait for Christmas as some suggested and give her a bag of fresh shipped kona coffee beans and a nice card. Why do most people assume everybody likes coffee or wine and beer for that matter? If I got any one of those I wouldn't consume them. Probably have to re-gift them. Maybe give a ...
by atikovi
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New locks for doors - any recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 951

Re: New locks for doors - any recommendations?

I have this Schlage at many properties. No need to carry house keys anymore. https://smedia.webcollage.net/rwvfp/wc/cp/1538161099072_9b1280bf-449d-4abc-bb13-96c348508a4c/module/schlage/_cp/products/1504902039160/tab-a089dc27-97fb-4a82-bec5-d23850fbd4f3/5067752b-dddd-4278-b59c-cd44d4768f77.JPG.w1920....
by atikovi
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tip Dental Hygienist for Teeth Cleaning? Thanks everyone.
Replies: 63
Views: 3929

Re: Tip Dental Hygienist for Teeth Cleaning? Thanks everyone.

I think I'll wait for Christmas as some suggested and give her a bag of fresh shipped kona coffee beans and a nice card. Why do most people assume everybody likes coffee or wine and beer for that matter? If I got any one of those I wouldn't consume them. Probably have to re-gift them. Maybe give a ...
by atikovi
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan
Replies: 43
Views: 1797

Re: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan

capsaicinguy wrote:
Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:23 am
Their claim was it was effectively breaking the law for them to intentionally disable a functioning safety feature.
They were correct. Plus if you get in a rollover accident from an underinflated tire, they will be the first ones the lawyers go after.
by atikovi
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions re Facebook Privacy
Replies: 11
Views: 651

Re: Questions re Facebook Privacy

Strider wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:58 pm
How did Facebook uncover such information about my life? What are the options to ensure my privacy, other than to delete my account?
Is there something you're so worried about that Facebook will find out about you?
by atikovi
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: safety thing for stairs?
Replies: 42
Views: 2490

Re: safety thing for stairs?

Oregano wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:47 pm
Cats are pretty good at landing. Don't worry about it. If anything, get a new cat if yours is defective.
I take it you're not a cat person?
by atikovi
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan
Replies: 43
Views: 1797

Re: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan

TPMS systems do not monitor for correct tire pressure, they monitor for catastrophically low tire pressure. Even with TPMS, tire pressure still needs to be checked regularly to be at optimal performance. Wrong. Many GM cars do display the actual pressure of each tire. Tire pressure can be checked w...
by atikovi
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At crossroads with 2003 Ford Ranger
Replies: 15
Views: 850

Re: At crossroads with 2003 Ford Ranger

OP's Ranger is a far cry from a semi tractor. And I do have a place with an association and each house has their own driveway. If someone parked on the street in front of the house and dripped some oil, there is nothing the association could do unless maybe a board member witnessed it and took a pic...
by atikovi
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At crossroads with 2003 Ford Ranger
Replies: 15
Views: 850

Re: At crossroads with 2003 Ford Ranger

It's not a matter of "breaking even", because the cost of the lost oil isn't just the price of the oil, it's the damage that the dripping oil does to other people's property. You go to visit someone, and now that person incurs the wrath of their residence association because you dripped on their sh...
by atikovi
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reliable and simple 30" range (with oven)
Replies: 17
Views: 572

Re: Reliable and simple 30" gas/electric range

Reliable and simple 30" gas/electric range No such thing as far as I know. They are either gas or electric, not both. We have a Samsung Dual Fuel Stove that replaced our original gas only. Gas top with electric oven which is better for baking. I thought a range was the thing on top of the stove you...
by atikovi
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan
Replies: 43
Views: 1797

Re: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan

Had not considered this, but mine are still working after 10.5 years on 2010 Rav4...so any day now. Can the batteries be replaced? It's possible Discount did so when I got new wheels and tires in ~2013. No. You think the manufacturer would rather sell you a $2 battery or a new sensor.? You can get ...
by atikovi
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reliable and simple 30" range (with oven)
Replies: 17
Views: 572

Re: Reliable and simple 30" gas/electric range

blackwhisker wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:45 pm
Reliable and simple 30" gas/electric range
No such thing as far as I know. They are either gas or electric, not both.
by atikovi
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: At crossroads with 2003 Ford Ranger
Replies: 15
Views: 850

Re: At crossroads with 2003 Ford Ranger

So I'm guessing a bill of around $1,500 would make my truck stop dripping oil on my driveway. OMG! Oil dripping from a 17 year old truck. It must be scrapped immediately. But seriously, so what, it's an old vehicle and most of them are going to leak something sooner or later. I never could understa...
by atikovi
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan
Replies: 43
Views: 1797

Re: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan

Had not considered this, but mine are still working after 10.5 years on 2010 Rav4...so any day now. Can the batteries be replaced? It's possible Discount did so when I got new wheels and tires in ~2013. No. You think the manufacturer would rather sell you a $2 battery or a new sensor.? You can get ...
by atikovi
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?
Replies: 66
Views: 3161

Re: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?

I didn't. They may stink just as much. Plus the center seats are supposed to be empty.
by atikovi
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?
Replies: 66
Views: 3161

Re: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?

Just got on the bus. Miscalculated the carrryon. More like 20 lbs. 22 min walk for someone not in condition in 85 degrees, more like 95 with the humidity, was a workout. Have to transfer downtown to get airport bus.
by atikovi
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1st Car Purchase - Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX350
Replies: 70
Views: 4693

Re: 1st Car Purchase - Volvo XC90 vs. Lexus RX350

If you do have a 3rd child, a minivan would be the best choice. 3 row SUVs are not as practical as a minivan. Or alternatively try to do 3 across in a 2 row SUV. +1 With little kids, a good minivan is the way to go. After the 100th time opening and closing a back door and hitting whatever may be ne...
by atikovi
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Virtual credit card number," Capital One: any reason why not?
Replies: 16
Views: 1279

Re: "Virtual credit card number," Capital One: any reason why not?

What is a virtual number? Does that mean I have to enter the new number as well as the expiration date, security code, zip code, every time I make a purchase instead of a one click transaction? No thanks. Too much hassle.
by atikovi
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?
Replies: 66
Views: 3161

Re: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?

Most of those episodes were filmed else wear, Boca del Vista, the Everglades when Jerrys car whent into the drink. Leaving tomorrow to catch a 12 o'clock flight. Stuffing a weeks worth of clothes and stuff into a free personal item. I ain't paying a carry-on charge. At least I got an isle seat.
by atikovi
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Basic eBay Questions - New to eBay
Replies: 63
Views: 2228

Re: Basic eBay Questions - New to eBay

Been on Ebay buying and selling since 2000 and have over 1,600 feedbacks. I can say less than 5 sales turned troublesome and only one went bad. Other than cars, some of the stuff I list I would have tossed in the trash and most are my person items or things that haven't cost me anything. It's a lot ...
by atikovi
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?
Replies: 66
Views: 3161

Re: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?

Hiker-Biker wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:24 pm
OP - I assume you're retired. What city in Florida did you retire to, if you don't mind saying.
No but I work for myself. This house is in Sarasota.
by atikovi
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for a good efficient mini tower PC
Replies: 56
Views: 2463

Re: Recommendation for a good efficient mini tower PC

Most people use their phones for everything, a few have a notebook for real computing. The monster gaming computers are good for warming a room in the winter. Serious? Maybe if you're under 25 or only use the phone online for checking email. I couldn't imagine doing any serious work on a phone and ...
by atikovi
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?
Replies: 66
Views: 3161

Re: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?

Well, some of us are, judging by some of the comments posted. If it was say, $20 total with tip to Uber or taxi, I probably would. That $50 I don't have to pay will more than cover the gas to drive back home the car I left here, when I fly back down in the fall.
by atikovi
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sports drink preferences
Replies: 41
Views: 1756

Re: Sports drink preferences

Not a sports drink but Arizona Diet Peach Iced tea. Go through 2 gallons a week in the summer. Pretty cheap when on sale, not too sweet, doesn't have the bad sweeteners like soft drinks, tastes great so you drink more than plain water. Haven't had a stone in years.
by atikovi
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pool Maintenance - The Boglehead Way
Replies: 25
Views: 1385

Re: Pool Maintenance - The Boglehead Way

OK, just going by what I've heard all the time about that.
by atikovi
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pool Maintenance - The Boglehead Way
Replies: 25
Views: 1385

Re: Pool Maintenance - The Boglehead Way

jebmke wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:58 pm
If so, I'll drain the pool and cover it.
Then don't be surprised if it's popped out of the ground when you return.
by atikovi
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?
Replies: 66
Views: 3161

Re: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?

I'd ride a camel to the airport to save $50.
by atikovi
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pool Maintenance - The Boglehead Way
Replies: 25
Views: 1385

Re: Pool Maintenance - The Boglehead Way

sycamore wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:51 pm
How do you live below your means? Do you keep costs low in some areas of your life?
I walk a mile to the bus stop to catch a bus to the airport instead taking a taxi or Uber.
by atikovi
Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pool Maintenance - The Boglehead Way
Replies: 25
Views: 1385

Re: Pool Maintenance - The Boglehead Way

1) Fire the pool guy (if you have time and inclination) and do it yourself. OK only if you live there full time. I'm at my place in Florida just a few times a year so it's good to have someone at least see that the mechanical systems are working once a week, even if by some college kid. Dealing wit...
by atikovi
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: safety thing for stairs?
Replies: 42
Views: 2490

Re: safety thing for stairs?

DaftInvestor wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:35 am
Hard to read your lips over a forum so I only read your words and it wasn't clear it was an adult cat from your original post.
He said 3-4 years old on one post which ain't a kitten. 'bout time for pictures.
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop freezes up soon after coming out of sleep or hibernation
Replies: 11
Views: 737

Re: Laptop freezes up soon after coming out of sleep or hibernation

Don't think it has an SD card, just a solid state hard drive. Driver version 2.2.2.1051 from 2013.
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?
Replies: 66
Views: 3161

Re: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?

UpperNwGuy wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:26 pm
Just take the taxi. It's part of the cost of the trip. I pay $60 each way for a taxi to and from the airport. I don't like it, but I accept it. Don't be cheap.
But you do know what forum this is?
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?
Replies: 66
Views: 3161

Re: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?

If I was going to the airport to get a flight I would do something different than if I was going to the airport to take a shower or if I was going to airport to pick up someone. Why are you going to the airport? I'd have a friend drive me to the bus stop. HAHA, I'm going to the airport to bet on wh...
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop freezes up soon after coming out of sleep or hibernation
Replies: 11
Views: 737

Re: Laptop freezes up soon after coming out of sleep or hibernation

bob60014 wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:56 pm
Right click on "O2Micro Integrated MMC/SD controller" and disable this driver.
The Disable button is ghosted. Can't click it.
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace Fence- Selling House
Replies: 13
Views: 788

Re: Replace Fence- Selling House

Others might feel different, but I’d not fool around, and would just follow the realtor’s advice at a minimum. Realtor want to sell the house fast to get their commission as soon as possible so of course they will tell you to do all this work in the hopes it does. Still, you should tear down an ugl...
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace Fence- Selling House
Replies: 13
Views: 788

Re: Replace Fence- Selling House

Others might feel different, but I’d not fool around, and would just follow the realtor’s advice at a minimum. Realtor want to sell the house fast to get their commission as soon as possible so of course they will tell you to do all this work in the hopes it does. Still, you should tear down an ugl...
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop freezes up soon after coming out of sleep or hibernation
Replies: 11
Views: 737

Re: Laptop freezes up soon after coming out of sleep or hibernation

cheese_breath wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:05 pm
I don't know, but given it's almost 6 months since Microsoft dropper W7 support I wouldn't rule out malware.
I recall this happening when I got the laptop used 2 or 3 years ago so that wouldn't be it. Might try W10 but I hate change. I can undo it if I don't like it and go back to 7?
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laptop freezes up soon after coming out of sleep or hibernation
Replies: 11
Views: 737

Laptop freezes up soon after coming out of sleep or hibernation

Dell Latitude E6230 with a SSD using W7 and Chrome. If I put it to sleep or hibernate, it will freeze up within a minute of turning back on. Is this a hardware, software or setting issue most likely? Now I just shut it down when I don't need to use it for more than 10 minutes because with the SSD it...
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace Fence- Selling House
Replies: 13
Views: 788

Re: Replace Fence- Selling House

It's like selling a nice pickup with a ratty old topper on the bed. Sure it has a practical purpose, but it also makes a bad impression the first time you see it so that some buyers walk away before looking inside. Tear it down.
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?
Replies: 66
Views: 3161

Re: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?

90’s and humid? Does the bus stop have shade? If there’s shade, I would Uber to the bus stop. If not, I’d Uber to the airport. But depending on the distance, I would be very tempted to rent a car and drive to my destination. Flying doesn’t seem like a good idea right now. Backstory is I drove 15 1/...
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?
Replies: 66
Views: 3161

Re: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?

OK, it took 19 minutes getting to the bus stop pushing a bicycle at 11 am. Sidewalk is totally flat. Hardly any shade and the sun is brutal but made it fine. And no, I don't walk much otherwise. I could walk under trees most of the way but it's on grass which requires more energy of course. I would ...
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?
Replies: 66
Views: 3161

Re: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?

Watty wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:44 am
One way to get to the airport is to get a one way rental car the day before then drop it off at the airport when you go to catch your flight.
I've done that here before when it was like $30. Currently it would be around $75.
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Issues - No Oil
Replies: 89
Views: 6364

Re: Car Issues - No Oil

Rings or valve seals would be choice one or two.. or both. Compression test and visually inspect value seals after pulling covers. Something is wrong. Almost certainly not replacing rings on a car like that. Even valve seals could be questionable. As long as it's not burning so much oil that it won...
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?
Replies: 66
Views: 3161

Re: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?

If I was going to the airport to get a flight I would do something different than if I was going to the airport to take a shower or if I was going to airport to pick up someone. Why are you going to the airport? I'd have a friend drive me to the bus stop. HAHA, I'm going to the airport to bet on wh...
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?
Replies: 66
Views: 3161

Walk or taxi to bus stop to get to the airport?

It's about a mile to the bus stop where a city bus would take me to the airport for free due to Covid. Taking a taxi to the airport is probably $50-$60 which is as much as the plane ticket cost. I'm as cheap as the next guy here, so would you walk to the bus stop, take a taxi to the airport or take ...
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Issues - No Oil
Replies: 89
Views: 6364

Re: Car Issues - No Oil

Why do people buy $1,000 beaters and then complain about having to add some oil now and then?
by atikovi
Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deck on setback- violation?
Replies: 27
Views: 1568

Re: Deck on setback- violation?

StevieG72 wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:51 pm
I would pass on the deal, why deal with the headache?
Maybe because,

Hello All,
I am buying a home in NJ, my wife loves this home.
by atikovi
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: losing ability to ensure good computer hygiene- what to do
Replies: 49
Views: 3757

Re: losing ability to ensure good computer hygiene- what to do

Over 20 years on the internet and never had any of situations you describe. Just get a used $100 computer for the kids and if it gets a bad virus, toss it.