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by Voltaire2.0
Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Clothes Dryer Questions & Recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 976

Re: New Clothes Dryer Questions & Recommendations

We bought this: www.homedepot.com/p/GE-7-4-cu-ft-240-Volt-White-Electric-Vented-Dryer-with-Sanitize-Cycle-ENERGY-STAR-GTD72EBSNWS/311324406 and it's great. I'm curious. Did you buy a GE for a specific reason? I see lots of recommendations for Whirlpool made stuff, not so much for GE. Glad to hear i...
by Voltaire2.0
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Car Maintenance Do You Do?
Replies: 155
Views: 7455

Re: What Car Maintenance Do You Do?

-Replace burned out light bulbs -clean/replace engine air filter -replace cabin air filter -check/top off fluids -change wiper blades -check and fill tires to proper air pressure -run it through the car wash -vacuum it out and detail it when it needs it. Everything else I hire out because I have le...
by Voltaire2.0
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for gardeners - What is the best herbicide to get rid of Canada Thistle? An update
Replies: 37
Views: 1642

Re: Question for gardeners - What is the best herbicide to get rid of Canada Thistle?

I use Natria as an broad spectrum alternative to Round-Up.

It does nor work at predictably as Round-Up in that it kills some plants within minutes (not exaggerating) but others are immune. I use it on blackberry.

You need to test it on your targets, and it does not contain glyphosate.
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: top suvs for tall driver & good mpg
Replies: 36
Views: 2359

Re: top suvs for tall driver & good mpg

I am 6'4" and am comfortable in a RAV4. Gas version gets decent (~25MPG city+highway) mileage. Am sure the hybrid does better if you're willing to pay the upfront extra charge.

Lots of other things to like about this vehicle, especially compared to an older sedan.
by Voltaire2.0
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Duct Cleaning- Your Thoughts
Replies: 37
Views: 2253

Re: Duct Cleaning- Your Thoughts

Duct cleaning is a racket.
by Voltaire2.0
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walking OK with sun exposure?
Replies: 87
Views: 5733

Re: Walking OK with sun exposure?

Some SPF is good, and staying out of the sun between 9AM and 3PM will help a lot.
by Voltaire2.0
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bank temporary closed - safety deposit box
Replies: 48
Views: 3303

Re: Bank temporary closed - safety deposit box

Is the bank closed or is the bank lobby closed?

In most banks I see, the latter is the case and those banks will open the lobby by appointment. Call your branch and if someone there answers, you can probably arrange an appointment.
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sudden loss in battery life: iPhone 7
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Sudden loss in battery life: iPhone 7

I turned off WiFi calling and the decline in battery capacity improved markedly. The phone was apparently pinging the WiFi network all day and night due to our poor cellular coverage.

So it goes...
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it unreasonable to expect custom blinds in new construction?
Replies: 26
Views: 1371

Re: Is it unreasonable to expect custom blinds in new construction?

I've bought 4 new houses in my life. Only one came with window treatments, and they were generic 1-inch metal blinds.

You might negotiate for a window treatment allowance to defray part of the cost of whatever you buy.
by Voltaire2.0
Tue Jul 14, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sudden loss in battery life: iPhone 7
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Re: Sudden loss in battery life: iPhone 7

See if you have Wifi calling enabled. I know for some strange reason this would drain the battery overnight on our iPhone 7. Yes, I enabled W-Fi calling about six weeks ago because of poor cell coverage. This battery behavior is much more recent. However, I'll accept itif it means I can make & rece...
by Voltaire2.0
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sudden loss in battery life: iPhone 7
Replies: 30
Views: 1756

Sudden loss in battery life: iPhone 7

About a week ago, seemingly overnight, I noticed that my not-too-old iPhone 7 was losing its charge rapidly. It happens with little or no use- just sitting there for several hours with no calls or app usage. 905+ charge goes to 50-60%, or less. I have not updated the software in quite a while or cha...
by Voltaire2.0
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who has painted their own house?
Replies: 45
Views: 3760

Re: Who has painted their own house?

I know two different people who fell off of ladders painting their houses. One is dead. The other spent time in the hospital with a head injury. Personally, I would hire someone who climbs ladders for a living rather than do it myself. I knew someone who did this- fell and fractured his skull. He s...
by Voltaire2.0
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 5662
Views: 1369396

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Just Mercy.

It was OK.
by Voltaire2.0
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you listening to now
Replies: 811
Views: 44859

Re: What are you listening to now

Anything but the news.
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon may be giving me money that is not mine
Replies: 22
Views: 2717

Re: Verizon may be giving me money that is not mine

J295 wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:49 pm
Oh Verizon. I gave up trying to understand the methods in their bills a long time ago. I realize I’m not answering your question, but I just get a chuckle out of thinking about trying to understand the machinations at Verizon.
Think Verizon is bad? Try dealing with Comcast.
by Voltaire2.0
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has Amazon ever called you to verify a purchase?
Replies: 28
Views: 2275

Re: Has Amazon ever called you to verify a purchase?

I wonder if my Amazon account is not safe. Do others see this ==>> If I am on my computer that I use to order Amazon - If I go on Google & click Amazon.com - up comes Amazon & a cheerful "Hello Miriam2!" I click on Accounts & Lists - up comes Your Account - I can click on Orders When I click on Ord...
by Voltaire2.0
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car servicing long distance trip
Replies: 27
Views: 1807

Re: Car servicing long distance trip

Tires should be fine at 23K miles, but check them for uneven wear and ensure they are holding pressure. Give your son a tire pressure gauge and teach him to use it correctly, on a regular basis.
by Voltaire2.0
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perpetual vs Subscription License - Microsoft Office
Replies: 41
Views: 2374

Re: Perpetual vs Subscription License - Microsoft Office

Perpetual. Generally disinclined to "subscribe" (marketing-speak for enhanced revenue) for software. You can often find good deals for perpetual MS Office licenses if you shop around the internet, especially if you want the home version and are willing to use a version that is a couple years old. FW...
by Voltaire2.0
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone- blocking texts, but only texts
Replies: 2
Views: 309

iPhone- blocking texts, but only texts

Is there a process or iPhone app that blocks texts from selected Contacts?

I know you can block a contact or phone number completely (calls + texts) through the settings. I only want to block text messages. Alternatively, silence the audible alerts on texts from selected Contacts.
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New construction house - what to consider?
Replies: 160
Views: 9744

Re: New construction house - what to consider?

$3,000 for a transfer switch is ridiculous. $3,000 should get you the switch, gas plumbing and the footing for a gas-powered generator. A whole-house surge protector. Timer switches and dimmer switches for bathroom exhaust fans and appropriate built-in lights, respectively. Make sure the dimmers are...
by Voltaire2.0
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GE Profile Refrigerator/Freezer vs Regular GE
Replies: 45
Views: 2586

Re: GE Profile Refrigerator/Freezer vs Regular GE

I have and have had lots of GE appliances (frig, oven, dishwasher, clothes washer, dryer) and they are/were all good. My one comment on your question is that french door style refrigerators have more moving parts than side-by-side or traditional top and bottom units. Any brand has more points of fai...
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chicago Home addition: 42K for bed/bath addition reasonable?
Replies: 14
Views: 1199

Re: Chicago Home addition: 42K for bed/bath addition reasonable?

The cost might be appropriate ... but that's a tiny footprint for a new bedroom and bath. Can you expand the size any? The biggest cost will be in the bathroom, and if you can add some square footage to the bedroom portion .... that will be incrementally cheaper (just lumber, not fixtures). Otherwi...
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Real estate/home sale commission fee question
Replies: 12
Views: 1066

Re: Real estate/home sale commission fee question

Since the price would change, as well as the commission structure, would that not require rewriting the entire Purchase & Sale agreement? If so, the Seller's agent would have to be involved and do additional work. As to the Seller's agent being shorted on commission, that is really the agency. Where...
by Voltaire2.0
Sat May 30, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lifelong New Yorker relocating to Philly for FIRE?
Replies: 39
Views: 3227

Re: Lifelong New Yorker relocating to Philly for FIRE?

The problem is that "live without a car" and "less expensive" don't go together, especially in an east coast city. You could live in a dumpy city like Hartford or Trenton and still have access to NYC, but both are high-tax states and body armor may be required. D.C. has good mass transit, but COL is...
by Voltaire2.0
Fri May 29, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What will you NOT buy online?
Replies: 94
Views: 6345

Re: What will you NOT buy online?

Furniture.

The big pieces need to be seen in the flesh, tried out, etc.

Small pieces sold online tend to be junky, heavy and in need of complex assembly.
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Apr 29, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Highlander or RAV4
Replies: 57
Views: 3402

Re: Highlander or RAV4

Can only speak directly about a RAV4. We have a 2018 model. Great vehicle. I'm 6'4" and easily fit in the drivers seat. Great driving vehicle.

Obviously the Highlander is larger, so if you need the hauling capacity it is superior the the RAV4, although the RAV is pretty roomy for a smaller SUV.
by Voltaire2.0
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: In your experience, what is the credit card with the best customer service?
Replies: 36
Views: 2123

Re: In your experience, what is the credit card with the best customer service?

Amex, when I had it, was good.

Among the generics, US Bank is good.

Citibank is worthless.
by Voltaire2.0
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experian and TransUnion
Replies: 1
Views: 227

Experian and TransUnion

For reasons that aren't relevant to my question, I turned off my credit freeze at Experian while leaving my credits freezes at TransUnion and Equifax turned on. Several days later I got an email from TransUnion telling me my credit freeze there was turned off. I looked at my TransUnion dashboard and...
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you had to buy one new car which of these three would you buy Corolla, Camry or Prius? You only have these three to
Replies: 131
Views: 6532

Re: If you had to buy one new car which of these three would you buy Corolla, Camry or Prius? You only have these three

Any tall Camry owners here? My husband is 6'5 so I will obviously have him sit/drive any potential new vehicles. He was pleasantly surprised at the space inside a Corolla a couple of years ago when he drove from Miami-DC with our daughter when she moved. So I'm hopeful the Camry will also fit him o...
by Voltaire2.0
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you had to buy one new car which of these three would you buy Corolla, Camry or Prius? You only have these three to
Replies: 131
Views: 6532

Re: If you had to buy one new car which of these three would you buy Corolla, Camry or Prius? You only have these three

Very different vehicles optimized for different use cases.

But all are good, and you can laugh at insecure Subaru and Mazda owners who feel compelled to justify their purchase decisions.
by Voltaire2.0
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Exit Interview
Replies: 78
Views: 5967

Re: Exit Interview

Flaming someone on the way out can be tempting, but you need to ask, "Will it benefit anyone? How?" Usually the answers are "No" and "Can't." If those are true for you, just smile ruefully on the way out and tell 'em you're looking forward to better things. Life is too short to have a trail of ranco...
by Voltaire2.0
Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House Sale Proceeds for IRS Reporting
Replies: 4
Views: 592

House Sale Proceeds for IRS Reporting

When selling a house and calculating the capital gain, is the unpaid mortgage balance deducted from the proceeds or not? IRS Publication 523 says to start with "All money (currency, check, wire transfer)". My wire transfer was for the net amount, after mortgage payoff, taxes, fees, etc. However, the...
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Convince me - for or against bigger home
Replies: 92
Views: 5632

Re: Convince me - for or against bigger home

WRT timing, you probably have to wait to see if your house will sell at the anticipated value. Houses are selling, especially if you are in a desirable school district. You could list and see what kind of offers you get. No mandate to accept. WRT the choice, I would find 2,000 sq feet tight for four...
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Yard Leaves: Mulch or Blow?
Replies: 21
Views: 1114

Re: Yard Leaves: Mulch or Blow?

Our lawn is surrounded by trees, so simply mulching becomes impossible in the fall. My rule of thumb (which isn't green btw) is we mulch for as long as we can, but when the chopped leaves are so abundant that they pile up on top of the grass canopy, we bag and dump in the woods (we add some to gard...
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Apr 15, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: citicard customer service
Replies: 10
Views: 411

Re: citicard customer service

I had an identity theft issue associated with my Citibank CC. Collected a raft of phone numbers associated with their many security departments. These people were generally OK to deal with. But the garden-variety customer service reps you reach by calling the number on the back of the card were unde...
by Voltaire2.0
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Buying Advice- Sitting On Cash
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Home Buying Advice- Sitting On Cash

We recently sold our house in a HCOL area where the market was red hot, driven by technology jobs. Our plan is to downsize and move to a lower COL area, not too far away. It will probably be our last house. Sitting on a lot of cash. Real estate agents advise us to buy now because, "When this is over...
by Voltaire2.0
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?
Replies: 557
Views: 20679

Re: Bird watchers – what birds are you seeing?

Robins, repeatedly flying straight into my windows and bouncing off.
by Voltaire2.0
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is the coronavirus stay-at-home experience a preview of retirement life?
Replies: 61
Views: 4360

Re: Is the coronavirus stay-at-home experience a preview of retirement life?

Anything but a preview. Stay-at-home seems like work was for me, just a different place.

In retirement I was outdoors more often and went more places, until the crackdown.
by Voltaire2.0
Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving During A Pandemic
Replies: 17
Views: 1449

Re: Moving During A Pandemic

Moving and storage people are considered essential services in many areas with "Stay Home" orders. Title and escrow services are also working. You should be able to sell, buy, close and move. You probably want to keep your distance from the movers, and they will probably want to do the same from you...
by Voltaire2.0
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How are you supporting your community?
Replies: 60
Views: 3294

Re: How are you supporting your community?

Continuing to buy from local business, especially restaurants.
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What very simple computer system or ? would you recommend?
Replies: 12
Views: 611

Re: What very simple computer system or ? would you recommend?

A Lenovo M720 Tiny is a great Windows 10 system. For $665 you can get a system with more than enough power to meet the needs, lots of memory, integrated Ethernet, WiFi, HDMI and a 256MB SSD. A big monitor costs $100 - $130 extra. Search Amazon and you can find Microsoft Office (perpetual license, no...
by Voltaire2.0
Tue Mar 03, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Problem setting up wi fi router
Replies: 14
Views: 712

Re: Problem setting up wi fi router

FWIW, I have found ASUS routers/WiFi access points to be easy to set-up and simple to manage.
by Voltaire2.0
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: new VG dashboard [New Vanguard home page]
Replies: 47
Views: 2836

Change in investor homepage?

[Thread merged into here, see below. --admin LadyGeek] On the investor homepage, under "Account Overview" there used to be a row of drop-down menus. One menu was titled "Activity." I don't see the drop-down menus anymore, and I appreciated the Activity menu. Is anyone else noticing this change? Obv...
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Feb 26, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1661
Views: 138768

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

I prepare by laughing at the people wearing plastic gloves and masks in parks and other public places.
by Voltaire2.0
Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Excess contribution to Roth IRA
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Excess contribution to Roth IRA

In January 2019 I contributed to my Roth IRA for the tax year 2019. Upon doing my 2019 taxes I just discovered that my income made me ineligible to contribute. First world problem, I know. The simplest course is the remove the 2019 contribution and the associated income. Vanguard is able and ready t...
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perform own oil change pros & cons?
Replies: 224
Views: 11375

Re: Perform own oil change pros & cons?

We use a local, reputable non-dealer garage for oil changes. A Toyota and an Acura. Very reasonable and reliable. Pros: I don't want to do it. (I did change my own oil when I was younger.) Cons: A few more bucks. I pay them a reasonable fee for something I'd rather not do. +1 on this. Oil changes a...
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Importing tax info into tax programs. Who does it?
Replies: 24
Views: 1396

Re: Importing tax info into tax programs. Who does it?

I have imported 1099s (all versions) from Vanguard into TurboTax for years, savings many man-hours and avoiding errors. Never a problem.

I do use TurboTax software (not the online version), have a very secure PC and a secured internet connection.
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can we trust wirecutter reviews?
Replies: 41
Views: 5098

Re: Can we trust wirecutter reviews?

I am firmly in the "mixed camp" camp, also. Some reviews were spot-on and some steered me to junky products. I understand the dilemma- they review an incredible volume and variety of things, some of which can only be reviewed on subjective criteria. Others just make you scratch your head- "Can they ...
by Voltaire2.0
Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Replace the anode rod on your water heater every few years to prolong its life.
Replies: 89
Views: 7671

Re: PSA: Replace the anode rod on your water heater every few years to prolong its life.

Try this instead, I installed one of these years ago, my 20 year old tank works like new, and I’ve never replaced the anode rod https://www.fieldcontrols.com/water-treatment-2/ Magnet "technology" has been promoted for years to solve everything from hard water to rheumatism to poor gas mileage. Cav...