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by p14175
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirement: Anyone here from\live in Anthem, AZ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1914

Re: Retirement: Anyone here from\live in Anthem, AZ?

Lived in the Phoenix Metro area for 50 years. Retired to southern Az -- yep! down by the US-Mexico border. The air is clean down here, not so much in the Phoenix area even with emissions testing in Maricopa County. I don't know a lot about Anthem except that it has washes that run through it and som...
by p14175
Sun Dec 13, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help: wrong medical charges, now with collections
Replies: 9
Views: 1137

Re: Need help: wrong medical charges, now with collections

A couple of years ago I had major surgery w/o insurance. Yes. It was very expensive. Since then I have had insurance. The hospital divided our bill into two categories: Accounts on the Payment Plan and Accounts not on the Payment Plan . When paying the monthly bill, the payment was directed to the A...
by p14175
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Retire?
Replies: 262
Views: 23354

Re: Where to Retire?

Tucson, AZ . Cooler than Phoenix by 10F since it's higher in elevation. Has a university (University of Arizona), UofA medical school and good hospitals. It has 'culture' being one of the older cities in the US (founded in 1775 as a Spanish military outpost). I don't live there and try to avoid goin...
by p14175
Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Notes taking for math, computer science
Replies: 36
Views: 1784

Re: Notes taking for math, computer science

I found that mechanical pencils worked much better than pens for note taking. :D Mathematician, engineer, technologist, software designer/developer, and mechanical designer here. <whew!> I have taken a lot of technical classes. The only thing that works better than pencil and paper is a video of the...
by p14175
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Harbor Freight Good Values?
Replies: 88
Views: 5212

Re: Harbor Freight Good Values?

I have a big green mill w/auto table feed and a 7x12 mini lathe both from Harbor Freight. Both have been heavily used over the last 10 years and have held up remarkably well.
by p14175
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heating smaller 1-car Detached Garage
Replies: 27
Views: 1938

Re: Heating smaller 1-car Detached Garage

I have a 14' x 28' single car I use as a workshop and a quiet space. It's a sheet metal building with insulation. The interior of the building gets into the 30s in the winter. In the summer it can easily reach 85F. In the winter I dress warmly when I'm out there and supplement with a space heater (H...
by p14175
Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trail sneakers
Replies: 59
Views: 3672

Re: Trail sneakers

I got a pair of Men's Trail Running Minimalist Barefoot Shoes last spring for desert trail walking. I have been wearing them for 6 months now and they are very comfortable, cheap, they aren't wearing out, mesquite thorns haven't gone through them -- yet, and they are easy to clean, just use the gard...
by p14175
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small Travel Trailer Advise needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2677

Re: Small Travel Trailer Advise needed

+1 on Casita trailers. We have owned two of them. Our last one is a 2006 17ft Spirit Deluxe.
by p14175
Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to find a quality, lower cost muscle car
Replies: 92
Views: 5873

Re: Where to find a quality, lower cost muscle car

Have you considered a Ford Crown Victoria P71 Police Interceptor? Body on frame, rear wheel drive, V8. Some have fire suppression systems and kevlar panels in the doors. They have a loyal following. Though not really a muscle car, they do turn heads. https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/9824718_f520.j...
by p14175
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oddly Difficult to Find Items During the Pandemic
Replies: 307
Views: 29220

Re: Oddly Difficult to Find Items During the Pandemic

Alcohol-free Mouthwash. I think it's because wearing face masks makes your breath smell bad.
by p14175
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New roof needed - Consider METAL ROOF?
Replies: 32
Views: 3165

Re: New roof needed - Consider METAL ROOF?

Metal roofs are great! I have one on my house. One thing not brought up is home insurance. I'm out in a rural area so the insurance company doesn't care. In my old neighborhood, within city limits, my neighbors with sheet metal roofs had fun finding insurance companies that would insure them.
by p14175
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus Key Fob Issue
Replies: 42
Views: 1970

Re: Lexus Key Fob Issue

I bought a used 2005 Jeep Liberty recently. It came with the key fob with a bent key. Obviously it had been used for something other than starting the car. I purchased 2 generic transponder keys from Amazon and then called the closest dealership for the key cut code and PIN. The dealership had no tr...
by p14175
Sun May 03, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn mower recommendation
Replies: 91
Views: 6343

Re: Lawnmower recommendation

I have a Honda mower that's at least 30 years old. Never had a problem with. I do the maintenance on time and keep it inside when not it use.
by p14175
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [recommend a basic] refrigerator
Replies: 22
Views: 1826

Re: [recommend a basic] refrigerator

We have a large farm kitchen that can easily accommodate a 28+ cu. ft. fridge without it looking out of place, but there is only 2 of us and our current 18 cu. ft. refrigerator stays empty most of the time. We are looking at scaling down. This is the refrigerator we are thinking about getting. No ic...
by p14175
Sun Apr 19, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a low cost CADD program
Replies: 11
Views: 540

Re: Recommend a low cost CADD program

I am using Nano CAD. It's free.
by p14175
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 227
Views: 17903

Re: Gardening 2020

After two years I'm finally getting a garden going again. I am trying out the 'weedless gardening', Lee Reich, in Zone 8 high desert. We have better soil here than we had in the Phoenix metro area, plus it's cooler. Sunflowers already in the ground Tomatoes - Yellow Pear and Purple Russian Peppers -...
by p14175
Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 363
Views: 27905

Re: So what are you cooking

4lb point cut corned beef brisket in the crock pot.
by p14175
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: stove with timed turn-off?
Replies: 13
Views: 866

Re: stove with timed turn-off?

Some Empava gas appliances have timers that need to be set for the ovens to operate.
by p14175
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Router & WiFi Extender Setup for large area: Help Please.
Replies: 43
Views: 1638

Re: Help with Router & WiFi Extender Setup for large area: Help Please.

I used NetGear PowerLine units (uses house wiring) for home and workshop connections. All the buildings power is off the same meter so what the heck. Using the house wiring is old school, but I found the speed is better. Please explain "Powerline Units" and "using house wiring"....
by p14175
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Router & WiFi Extender Setup for large area: Help Please.
Replies: 43
Views: 1638

Re: Help with Router & WiFi Extender Setup for large area: Help Please.

I used NetGear PowerLine units (uses house wiring) for home and workshop connections. All the buildings power is off the same meter so what the heck. Using the house wiring is old school, but I found the speed is better.
by p14175
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirement in AZ-suggestions please
Replies: 104
Views: 7468

Re: Retirement in AZ-suggestions please

For some reason, we rarely have snakes on our 20 acres. Lot's of gopher holes. Occasional gopher/brown snake. That's about it. We keep the pastures mowed low for firebreak and to keep crawling things visible. Also a perimeter "no climb" fence with 2" web spacings. It could be that we...
by p14175
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirement in AZ-suggestions please
Replies: 104
Views: 7468

Re: Retirement in AZ-suggestions please

My DH and I bought land near the US-Mexico border for retirement back in 1998. We finally moved to southern AZ but to the small farming and ranching town of Willcox instead. It's high desert with moderate temperatures and an occasional snow in the winter. Willcox has a growing wine industry. Oh. And...
by p14175
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1775
Views: 150298

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

All I am doing to prepare is when I have to go to Walmart for anything, make the trip early Sunday morning when the store is really empty.
by p14175
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help to repair a 1975 Maytag dryer Need some folks that are dryer pro's here
Replies: 11
Views: 946

Re: Need help to repair a 1975 Maytag dryer Need some folks that are dryer pro's here

I did a quick search on '1975 Maytag dryer felt band' and came up with this. I don't know if this is the correct felt seal, but also listed is a high temp adhesive for attaching felt seals. https://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Felt-Seal/WP37001132/1063784?TLSID=1779&Ref=611198&gclid=Cj0KC...
by p14175
Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cosmetology School vs Traditional College
Replies: 99
Views: 6528

Re: Cosmetology School vs Traditional College

If she wants to go to cosmetology school, support her. But also suggest studies in business ownership and management. Cosmetology schools (just like medical schools) don't teach the business aspect. There's more money made in owning and operating a beauty salon then there is in renting a chair in one.
by p14175
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternative to stairs?
Replies: 38
Views: 3393

Re: Alternative to stairs?

I agree with moving to a one story house. But also, look at outdoor stairs as well.
by p14175
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spin Cycle or Upright Bike?
Replies: 56
Views: 3668

Re: Spin Cycle or Upright Bike?

Here are 50 exercises you can do with a Schwinn Airdyne.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyhTm-7_bGU
by p14175
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best thing you have ever bought?
Replies: 151
Views: 14540

Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

The space heater for my workshop.
by p14175
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cricut Maker Machine questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1073

Re: Cricut Maker Machine questions

I have a Silhouette paper cutter. I don't know how it compares to a Cricut, but it doesn't require special paper or materials. I have cut light sheet metal and plastics along with different types of paper with mine. I have also used CAD programs like SolidWorks and AutoCAD to create 3D designs thoug...
by p14175
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bigger car for baby?
Replies: 62
Views: 3281

Re: Bigger car for baby?

How about a Ford Crown Victoria? Big, body on frame, huge trunk, safe, reliable... the Police Interceptor models come with a fire suppression system. You can get a great one for way less than $10k and it will easily last 300,000 miles if you take care of it.
by p14175
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blankets/Bedding for Cold Winter Nights
Replies: 56
Views: 4127

Re: Blankets/Bedding for Cold Winter Nights

I made some personal sized flannel 'blankets' 2.5 yards of 44" wide flannel from Walmart. They are great for layering without adding too much weight.
You can get flannel for about $3.50/yd so $8.75.
by p14175
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: benefit enrollment - medical insurance premium change
Replies: 5
Views: 677

Re: benefit enrollment - medical insurance premium change

My Obamacare plan doubled in price for 2020, from $50 to $100, but the deductible was decreased to $5600 to $5000. So I am paying the same price.
by p14175
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?
Replies: 38
Views: 4222

Re: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?

Nope. I just replaced my hand-me-down clunky grocery store dinnerware with basic frosty white Corelle. My hands were damaged by recent chemo. The Corelle is so much easier for me to handle.
by p14175
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1 week camping tour, Phoenix-El Paso, suggestions?
Replies: 21
Views: 1581

Re: 1 week camping tour, Phoenix-El Paso, suggestions?

Mount Graham (one of the taller mountains in AZ at 10,700 ft.) and the Mount Graham International Observatory. The Vatican also has a telescope up there. The road going to the top is just outside Safford, AZ. There are established and primitive campgrounds along the road. Food? The last Waffle House...
by p14175
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What workout equipment to get?
Replies: 63
Views: 5697

Re: What workout equipment to get?

I have a basic CAP power rack and found it will move when doing Australian pull ups. It is now secured to the wall. The CAP rack needs 4' x 6' space if using it for the chin up bar only. If you are using it with bar bells, probably an 8' x 6' space.
by p14175
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles
Replies: 40
Views: 3617

Re: Most economical way to move small load 1000 miles

Have you priced out Greyhound for shipping?
by p14175
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Bath Tub Install $$$
Replies: 22
Views: 1845

Re: New Bath Tub Install $$$

If the crack isn't bad there are some fiberglass shower/tub fixit products that will work short time. We have a crack in our one-piece shower stall and used a piece of Gorilla waterproof patch & Seal tape to repair it until we are ready to fix it. The shower gets used every day and the tape has ...
by p14175
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ethernet, MoCA, House Wiring
Replies: 24
Views: 2394

Re: Ethernet, MoCA, House Wiring

I wanted to get internet access in my workshop. My workshop is a steel building about 100 ft. from the house. I looked at all the options available and settled for a powerline network adapter. It uses your existing electrical wiring to extend your Internet access to any room in your house. It works ...
by p14175
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Activity tracking- Fitbit charge versus Apple Watch 3
Replies: 7
Views: 855

Re: Activity tracking- Fitbit charge versus Apple Watch 3

I settled on a fitbit because my computers operate on Windows 7 Pro and 8.1. Some fitbits still work with those operating systems. Fitbit support recommended the following:
The devices that can be connected to windows 7, windows 8 are:
Alta HR
Charge 2
Flex 2
Blaze
Alta
Charge HR
Zip
by p14175
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hybrid Water Heater
Replies: 26
Views: 2474

Re: Hybrid Water Heater

Instead of a water heater replacement, perhaps a mini-split, through-wall air conditioner, or small swamp cooler in the garage will work.

Oops! All that was already mentioned. Do you have room for quick growing trees to shade your garage and driveway?
by p14175
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bike for 79 year old man
Replies: 26
Views: 2795

Re: bike for 79 year old man

Many years ago I found that I couldn't keep my balance on a bike, plus my hands kept going to sleep so I bought a recumbent.
They can be pricey, but are a lot of fun to ride.
FWIW, I have an older Catrike Pocket https://www.catrike.com/pocket
by p14175
Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep garage 'cooler' during summer
Replies: 31
Views: 4203

Re: Keep garage 'cooler' during summer

When we lived in the Phoenix AZ metro area we had a vent in the ceiling of the garage and turbines on the roof. It helped a bit in reducing temperature. Big trees shading the garage in the afternoon helped the most. Where we are at now, in southern AZ, our two garages are detached. One garage has a ...
by p14175
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Company requiring salaried employees to clock in?
Replies: 92
Views: 5500

Re: Company requiring salaried employees to clock in?

Sometimes contracts require exact hours/minutes worked.
by p14175
Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iTunes replacement for Windows?
Replies: 14
Views: 1211

Re: iTunes replacement for Windows?

The first replacement I found was Foobar2000. It's free and it works.
by p14175
Sun May 05, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bare root trees - best place or website to purchase from?
Replies: 54
Views: 4406

Re: bare root trees - best place or website to purchase from?

I do not recommend Tennessee Wholesale Nursery. I ordered 5 bare root fruit trees from them and only received 3 of them. One was unmarked so I have no idea what it is. They offered a in-store credit for the missing trees, but I have a feeling that by the time November rolls around, that in-store cre...
by p14175
Wed May 01, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Off Road Driving Schools
Replies: 7
Views: 935

Re: Off Road Driving Schools

As a long-time 4-wheeler (in Az) I would recommend joining a 4x4 club to gain experience. Check out the Virigina 4 Wheel Drive Association for a club in your area. http://www.va4wda.org Also, check out the Expedition Portal ( https://expeditionportal.com/forum/ ) This forum contains a lot of informa...
by p14175
Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best pillow under $50?
Replies: 33
Views: 3088

Re: Best pillow under $50?

I have a cluster poly fill pillow from 'A Little Pillow Company'. I believe they are less than $50.
by p14175
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you have a serious health problem, do you retire or?
Replies: 50
Views: 7281

Re: If you have a serious health problem, do you retire or?

I was forced to retire due to serious health issues including cancer. My career, manufacturing, was physically demanding and I had hard time moving without pain. So I decided to start a software development company. I feel sorry for Mr. Trebeck regardless of his income. Pancreatic cancer is one of t...