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by lthenderson
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IPhone 6 - showing some age
Replies: 66
Views: 3935

Re: IPhone 6 - showing some age

Other problem my iPhone 6 has is charging port makes poor contact with charging plug. Helps somewhat (but does not cure) to clean out the charging port, but keeping the plug plugged in is always precarious - I probably need a new charging port too. Or maybe I'm not capable of getting it clean enoug...
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IPhone 6 - showing some age
Replies: 66
Views: 3935

Re: IPhone 6 - showing some age

Sometimes it’ll be 70% and the next minute it’ll be 20% and sometime I’ll go to charge it or turn it off and the battery will say 50% when a minute ago that was like 11% in the red. I periodically have this problem but usually with certain apps. If I notice the battery level going down fast, I clos...
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IPhone 6 - showing some age
Replies: 66
Views: 3935

Re: IPhone 6 - showing some age

I have an iPhone 6 purchased in December 2015 that I have become very accustomed to and it has never given me any problems. It serves me well vs. the other way around. I recently noted the battery draining quite a bit faster than it used to, even with all the usual tips to keep it stronger. Are the...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Filling Concrete Driveway Cracks - Best ways?
Replies: 8
Views: 1588

Re: Filling Concrete Driveway Cracks - Best ways?

Concrete expands and contracts with temperature changes so the only way to prevent water infiltration is to fill the crack with a flexible sealant. Many concrete manufacturers sell sealant for just this purpose that is colored grey to match your concrete. Using a mortar or hard setting epoxy is just...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone make their own tortillas?
Replies: 24
Views: 1956

Re: Anyone make their own tortillas?

There is a mexican grocery store downtown that makes corn tortillas fresh daily. Now that we've had freshly made ones (we buy them still warm), I'll never eat another one from a grocery store. Not even close in taste.
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?
Replies: 67
Views: 3836

Re: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?

For the type of Bradford White gas heater that I considered the UEF for the 55 gal tank is 0.61, and the 75 gal tank of the same design is 0.59. So, if you over simplify the answer to your question, the extra 20 gal capacity in my example results in 3%-4% loss of energy efficiency. Not exactly a ga...
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?
Replies: 67
Views: 3836

Re: 50 or 75 gallon water heater?

We currently have a 21 year old, 75 gallon gas water heater located in the basement of our home. I'm thinking about doing a 50 gallon water heater. My concern is...will 50 gallons be enough? I live in a household of five and I am the only male. We've had a 50 gallon tank forever and I can only thin...
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Automobile air conditioning strategy
Replies: 21
Views: 2158

Re: Automobile air conditioning strategy

8foot7 wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:37 pm
I hit 70 degrees, auto, and let the car handle it. Why would you do anything else?
+1

My favorite "newish" car technology feature. I will never buy another car without it.
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retired at 35 and have no friends :(
Replies: 113
Views: 10669

Re: Retired at 35 and have no friends :(

I think this is a troll post. Generally, it's not possible for someone to be a Boglehead and retire at 35. Retiring at 35 requires a huge amount of money (millions) in a short period of time. Options for accuring that money include winning the lottery, buying individual stocks that are on a rocket ...
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles
Replies: 70
Views: 3547

Re: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles

hudson wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:35 am
The 2018 Sienna has a crank down Spare under the passenger compartment. I don’t think that a full size spare will fit. Maybe watch the youtube?
A Toyota Sienna without AWD has this. With AWD, you lose this ability in favor of another driveshaft. The OP and I both have AWD.
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you repair your own appliances?
Replies: 65
Views: 3269

Re: Do you repair your own appliances?

In today's Youtube instructional video rich environment, I attempt to repair just about anything from appliance on up. I've learned a lot along the way and made a few mistakes but it brings me a lot of satisfaction to be able to figure it out by "myself".
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retired at 35 and have no friends :(
Replies: 113
Views: 10669

Re: Retired at 35 and have no friends :(

How does a retired person in their mid 30's find peers in a similar situation? I stopped working perhaps retired at 39. Most of my friends were coworkers at the time so in essence, I started over socially myself. One of the first things I started doing is joining social groups and volunteering. I e...
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles
Replies: 70
Views: 3547

Re: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles

Does the Sienna have a place to store a spare tire if you bought one? I bought a car with no spare. It came with a can of Fix-a-Flat and a little compressor. I bought a factory kit consisting of a doughnut spare, jack, etc. for $250. While it's very unlikely to happen, I don't want to get stranded ...
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Invisalign braces
Replies: 5
Views: 847

Re: Invisalign braces

My wife finished her invisalign treatment and is getting a tweak done and then will move onto the retainer phase. Like the person above, she thought she had a slight lisp while wearing them but I didn't think it was noticeable and thus far, nobody else has even noticed, including her mother. She was...
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share financial info with family?
Replies: 26
Views: 2843

Re: Share financial info with family?

My brother is the guardian of our children should the need arise. I have a list of all our accounts along with phone numbers in a folder that he knows where to find. I hesitate on adding account numbers, usernames and passwords should someone steal said folder, plus I change the passwords often so i...
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles
Replies: 70
Views: 3547

Re: Toyota Sienna tire replacement at 12k miles

Are there any Toyota Sienna owners that have had sub-optimal results with the factory run-flat tires? I just took my 17 AWD Sienna in for an oil change last week with 30k miles. According to the report they gave me, tire tread is around 4/32. My gauge at home shows more around 5/32. Recommended is ...
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ordering custom t-shirts (for a team)
Replies: 5
Views: 390

Re: Ordering custom t-shirts (for a team)

In my experience, t-shirts from printing companies online are very thin and cheaply made. I always go down to my local print shop which carries a wide variety of shirts from cheap to well made name brands. Pricing of course varies depending on amount and complexity of the design.
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which shaving cream / oil?
Replies: 58
Views: 3463

Re: Which shaving cream / oil?

I always use Edge Shaving Gel for Sensitive Skin.
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Careers that combine art/design and science?
Replies: 36
Views: 1505

Re: Careers that combine art/design and science?

She is very into computer design drawing and animation She is also very bright and enjoys science, I spent a summer in college working for a company that basically created computer animations for accident investigations similar to the graphics you see used for the evening news whenever something go...
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 15K CAR with comfortable seats and quiet
Replies: 51
Views: 3888

Re: 15K CAR with comfortable seats and quiet

I have about 15K to spend on a new-to-me car. I'm looking for a car with a comfortable seat, good on gas, reliable, and quiet. Suggestions? There are probably a thousand cars that meat this criteria. My prediction is that you will get so many different answers that you will end up in the same state...
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Costco Visa credit limit
Replies: 48
Views: 3025

Re: Costco Visa credit limit

I have both a Citi double cash card and a Costco Visa. The latter is my main card, for its rewards. I've had them for a few years now. But Citi is kneecapping me with their credit limits. I think I started out at $2k on the DC card! I've consistently applied (both the 'fast approval' and the credit...
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Passport photos cheap
Replies: 50
Views: 2404

Re: Passport photos cheap

Swimmer wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:46 am
We had passport photos taken at Walgreens’s. Cost for one person was just short of $20! Anyone know where to get a bargain?
If you aren't into the DIY route, the USPS office charges $15. We get ours done at a mom and pop drugstore that charges $10. The also guarantee their work.
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anything you wish you had spent money on when you were younger?
Replies: 71
Views: 6456

Re: Anything you wish you had spent money on when you were younger?

Perhaps I achieved the right balance because I don't have any regrets. I did lots of traveling and took lots of vacations in my single years while saving a lot for my retirement. Most of my vacations however didn't require a lot of money other than gas to get there and initial gear costs which I dep...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tree Touching Power Line - Do I Have Any Choice Other Than to Take Down the Tree?
Replies: 24
Views: 2130

Re: Tree Touching Power Line - Do I Have Any Choice Other Than to Take Down the Tree?

Small Law Survivor wrote:
Sun Jun 09, 2019 4:48 pm
I'm wondering what my options are, short of removing the tree, which will be difficult and expensive.
Have you looked into burying the line? At a previous house, I buried my line from the street to the house and it cost me a little over $500 all in. It was much cheaper than removing a tree.
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator Advice
Replies: 46
Views: 3092

Re: Refrigerator Advice

Which brands do you like? We have a Kenmore Elite model that meets all your requirements. Even has great reliability reviews. Then a stray bolt of lightening fried the circuit board. The repairman said it may be six months to a year to get a replacement board since it was made by LG. He totaled the...
by lthenderson
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repairing Jacuzzi Tub Faucet
Replies: 7
Views: 382

Re: Repairing Jacuzzi Tub Faucet

I would replace the faucet and then install some permanent access point that can later be removed without tearing out tile for future repairs. It can be done to make the door almost hidden in the tile field.
by lthenderson
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scanning photos yourself
Replies: 17
Views: 1731

Re: Scanning photos yourself

the main limitation on getting a good scan is basically time. I have found this to be true as well. One tip I have is use good scanning software rather than the software that came with the scanner. Mine has a setting that allows me to randomly toss several photographs at a time on the bed and it wi...
by lthenderson
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bathroom/Kitchen Tiles Online ?
Replies: 11
Views: 658

Re: Bathroom/Kitchen Tiles Online ?

I haven't ordered online but I have asked my local lumberyard to source particular tiles that I wanted but nobody around carried. They were very happy to oblige.
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Protecting wood cabinet doors
Replies: 9
Views: 927

Re: Protecting wood cabinet doors

miamivice wrote:
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:14 pm
Wiping up any water spilled on the cabinets right away will reduce the water impact to your cabinet doors.
+1 This is all I have ever done.
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator Advice
Replies: 46
Views: 3092

Re: Refrigerator Advice

Which brands do you like? We have a Kenmore Elite model that meets all your requirements. Even has great reliability reviews. Then a stray bolt of lightening fried the circuit board. The repairman said it may be six months to a year to get a replacement board since it was made by LG. He totaled the...
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple - Old Product Boxes - Keep or Dispose?
Replies: 48
Views: 6091

Re: Apple - Old Product Boxes - Keep or Dispose?

abuss368 wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:47 pm
Feedback please and thoughts!
I keep my boxes and regift them during the holidays with other things packed inside. It always brings a lot of excitement to opening up presents.
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: mapping software
Replies: 5
Views: 480

Re: mapping software

Not sure what exactly your mapping needs are but I have used Google Earth to map various overlays onto a satellite view. The overlays are saved to my hard drive but I can upload them to any computer terminal via USB and a memory stick and have access to them. The tools to create the overlays are pre...
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bee removal
Replies: 13
Views: 943

Re: Bee removal

My parents were beekeepers and in my youth, I helped them capture hundreds of colonies of bees that made homes in just about anything you can think of that is big enough to store several pounds of honeycomb. When a colony becomes to low on space, the queen lays eggs for a new queen, takes about half...
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 07, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Emergency fund to pay debt
Replies: 25
Views: 1718

Re: Emergency fund to pay debt

For me, it is a no. An emergency fund is just that and paying scheduled debt payments is not an emergency. I would only reallocate incoming money to service the debt faster if so desired.
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pine Tree Incident
Replies: 31
Views: 3535

Re: Pine Tree Incident

In situations like this, my insurance company has always dictated the terms. Most of the time, they just have me get a single quote from someone on their preferred list and I write them a check for my deductible. The insurance company pays the rest. Easy.
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked
Replies: 28
Views: 1209

Re: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked

I’m also looking at smoke alarms and am undecided on the sensor type, photoelectric or ionization. What do you recommend? The last ones I installed have both photoelectric and ionization to monitor both types of fire situations as well as detecting carbon monoxide. I would only buy one that did all...
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked
Replies: 28
Views: 1209

Re: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked

The whole wifi Internet of Things (where, I assume, smoke alarms would be connected via wifi), sounds problematic with me. Prefer not to do that at present. We've had our smart wifi smoke detectors for several years and haven't had an issue with them. In fact, I like them a lot better than the stan...
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Resort vacation w/ 6 month old...?
Replies: 30
Views: 1679

Re: Resort vacation w/ 6 month old...?

Mix that in with checking out some nice local restaurants 4) That may be wishful thinking. I don't know how you define "nice local restaurants" but if you mean even medium high end places that will not work. When going out to diner with a kid you start thinking of things like how it will work if th...
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked
Replies: 28
Views: 1209

Re: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked

The advantage of connecting them is that if one alarm goes off, they all go off. So, if you are sleeping on the second floor and there is a fire in the basement, you will get an alarm much sooner. The connected alarms may still require batteries. This is no longer true. They are making smart fire a...
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Company requiring salaried employees to clock in?
Replies: 92
Views: 4760

Re: Company requiring salaried employees to clock in?

I worked at a tech company where we had to badge into various places of the compound so not only do they track your hours but your movements as well. I've also had to keep time sheets here and there at other companies. From my experience, those exempt employees that complain the loudest about having...
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dental & Vision Coverage
Replies: 16
Views: 1317

Re: Dental & Vision Coverage

We opt to sign up about every three years for vision and just get a full checkup, new glasses, etc during that time and then drop it again. It was the only way we could financially justify it right now.
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Resort vacation w/ 6 month old...?
Replies: 30
Views: 1679

Re: Resort vacation w/ 6 month old...?

I thought some of the most relaxing trips were when our children were babies. Their needs at that age are pretty simple, eating (especially breast fed) and taking lots of naps. The most difficult parts were always the getting to and from, i.e. strapped down in a car seat or in a loud airplane. Fort...
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for 2 way radio.
Replies: 10
Views: 981

Re: Recommendations for 2 way radio.

We use these Motorola 2-way business radios on the farm and they work pretty good. They have a range of three or four miles depending on terrain and weather. The only drawback I've seen, and this isn't specific to the brand of radio, is that the public channels offered are generally full of radio tr...
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are we downsizing too much?
Replies: 63
Views: 4684

Re: Are we downsizing too much?

What is the main reason for downsizing? Financial or too much upkeep, or both. +1 Unless it is for financial or too much upkeep, why bother downsizing? Many of my peers live in houses with plenty of unused rooms from when the kids moved out but still keep the same house because they can afford to f...
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Resort vacation w/ 6 month old...?
Replies: 30
Views: 1679

Re: Resort vacation w/ 6 month old...?

I thought some of the most relaxing trips were when our children were babies. Their needs at that age are pretty simple, eating (especially breast fed) and taking lots of naps. The most difficult parts were always the getting to and from, i.e. strapped down in a car seat or in a loud airplane. Fortu...
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Havasupai, Have a Sticker Shock
Replies: 27
Views: 3689

Re: Havasupai, Have a Sticker Shock

I got to visit both falls absolutely free of charge since I came via a dory boat on the river. Actually it cost money to be on the dory boat but the month I spent was well worth the price.
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon free shipping, bait-and-switch?
Replies: 46
Views: 4264

Re: Amazon free shipping, bait-and-switch?

https://i.ibb.co/r7spwdK/AZ-05.png I logged in using a different non-prime associated email address and got four options as many point out above using my home address. However, when I changed the delivery address to the locker shown in the above picture, I only get the one option. So the "bug" is b...
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Road Trip: After the West Coast
Replies: 8
Views: 686

Re: Road Trip: After the West Coast

To break up the driving, consider catching a ride with your vehicle across Lake Michigan on the SS Badger car ferry from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Ludington, Michigan.
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 04, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?
Replies: 105
Views: 6955

Re: Do you drive old cars for long distance travels?

Not so much anymore with my 21 year old Civic but it isn't due to concerns about it breaking down. The reason I don't do much long drives in it anymore is because it is a stick shift without a cruise control and as I age, I find I like my cruise control especially on long trips over four lane roads...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Value of Zillow house price estimate
Replies: 44
Views: 5995

Re: Value of Zillow house price estimate

SteadyOne wrote:
Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:17 pm
the property is shown on the site below market I think
I wouldn't put to much faith in the zillow estimate. I bought our current house for 40% less than the zestimate.