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by batpot
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Progressive Homeowner's Insurance?
Replies: 9
Views: 756

Re: Progressive Homeowner's Insurance?

Are you able to acquire an Umbrella policy through Geico/Progressive when they are just the "agent" for the homeowners?
Usually Umbrella is tied to the auto policy, but it's rarely ever mentioned.
by batpot
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mini rant -- 401(k)s
Replies: 26
Views: 3903

Re: Mini rant -- 401(k)s

Never heard of this before. Looked up the definition: The IRS defines a highly compensated employee as one who… Owned more than 5% of the interest in the business at any time during the year or the preceding year, regardless of how much compensation that person earned or received, or For the precedi...
by batpot
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me choose which option for furnace installation
Replies: 4
Views: 365

Re: Help me choose which option for furnace installation

When I did a google search for the last 2 part numbers, the only hits were to this thread! Taking the lowest bid isn't always bad, but that last one is so much lower than the others, that I can't help but think he misunderstood, or didn't scope the whole job properly. I generally never go with "larg...
by batpot
Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dyson V6 Motorhead leaves marks on laminate floors.
Replies: 5
Views: 473

Re: Dyson V6 Motorhead leaves marks on laminate floors.

Aren't you supposed to use the fluffy head for hard surfaces?

Sorry, I can't be of more help.
Casually shopping for a stick vac, and the options are overwhelming...which is how they wants it.
by batpot
Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do tax accountants add any value?
Replies: 50
Views: 3442

Re: Do tax accountants add any value?

I don't see it as a value proposition so much as a time savings one.
by batpot
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mylar lined cellular shades?
Replies: 5
Views: 742

Re: Mylar lined cellular shades?

We installed blackout shades (cellular double honeycomb), and tried ordering from both selectblinds.com and justblinds.com. Both were fine, both are still working well 8 years later, and I love the blackout shades. It made it so much easier getting kids down for naps, and they're great for windows ...
by batpot
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best PAID music streaming service?
Replies: 69
Views: 4116

Re: Best PAID music streaming service?

Not a fan of Spotify. One of the best ways I've found new music is through artist/album radio stations. Google Play's algorithm is way better than Spotify's, and will play indefinitely. Spotify's seems to have a short list of songs (~20 or so?), and frequently will have the same song from the same a...
by batpot
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mylar lined cellular shades?
Replies: 5
Views: 742

Mylar lined cellular shades?

Anybody have any experience with these?
Know we want a combination of black out and normal.
No idea about single vs double.
The mylar lined ones seem like a great idea for repelling sun.
by batpot
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Switching insurance, timing cancelation of old
Replies: 14
Views: 880

Re: Switching insurance, timing cancelation of old

Yes, overlap. Don't need to worry about timing; just make sure the new policy is in effect, and call your old insurance company to cancel. Sometimes they'll auto-cancel, but don't count on that. And they will always refund you for the remaining period, so no need to worry about timing it. When I sol...
by batpot
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Satellite radio pricing ridiculousness
Replies: 54
Views: 3847

Re: Satellite radio pricing ridiculousness

What content does XM have that isn't available from a streaming service like google play or spotify?
by batpot
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visiting Hawaii- Big Island - 8 days
Replies: 24
Views: 1825

Re: Visiting Hawaii- Big Island - 8 days

The green sand beach is a must. it's one of like 4 in the world. Very unique.

Big Island Brewhaus makes way better beer than Kona, and I like Kona. You can find their beers around the island, but nothing beats getting it form the source.
by batpot
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacment Key for Toyota
Replies: 4
Views: 557

Re: Replacment Key for Toyota

Take the key apart; it will have a circuit board with switches on it. If the switch on the board itself is broken/intermittent, you'll need a whole new key. If it's just the button cover (e.g. rubber/plastic), and the hard button on the circuit board works by itself, you can just get a new housing o...
by batpot
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen remodel - cost of ultracraft cabinets
Replies: 15
Views: 1873

Re: Kitchen remodel - cost of ultracraft cabinets

Has anyone recently had ultracraft cabinets installed? Would you mind telling me how much the cabinets cost and either your kitchen dimensions, linear cabinet feet, or other useful information for comparing the cost. We used Ultracraft cabinets for a small bathroom remodel 8/2014. They are consider...
by batpot
Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you searched for your unclaimed property?
Replies: 50
Views: 3758

Re: Have you searched for your unclaimed property?

found a couple for a family member.
Notified them.
by batpot
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are You Dumping Netflix?
Replies: 177
Views: 11527

Re: Are You Dumping Netflix?

We dumped it when we got Hulu for a $1/mo.
Will probably buy back in when that promo runs out and we've finished Community.
by batpot
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun
Replies: 171
Views: 12904

Re: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun

DanMahowny wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:40 pm
Smith & Wesson M&P R8
A state-of-the-art fighting revolver. Eight round capacity (.357 cartridge). It's big, light, tough, and accurate. Outfitted with a weapon light and a quality red dot sight, makes for an unstoppable nightstand gun.
Neat.
Now Chiappa needs to make a Rhino version.
by batpot
Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun
Replies: 171
Views: 12904

Re: Recommendations for a 9mm handgun

I hate the Glock trigger because it auto-resets.
There's plenty of DAO/striker pistols on the market that don't flick your finger with every shot.

But I prefer a DA/SA w/a decocking lever; Sig SP2009.
Have a couple 226s as well.
by batpot
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pacifica Hybrid? Alternative? Now or Later?
Replies: 6
Views: 624

Re: Pacifica Hybrid? Alternative? Now or Later?

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has hit the US market after a few years as the best selling SUV in Europe.

I'd trust them over any Chrystler product.
by batpot
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying dress shoes from overseas
Replies: 9
Views: 421

Re: Buying dress shoes from overseas

I've read some great things about Thursday Boot Company online, and you can buy them from Amazon w/ free returns. They've definitely modeled themselves after Allen Edmonds: https://www.amazon.com/Thursday-Boot-Company-Executive-Dress/dp/B07GXSPPL7/ edit...well that first review is far from flatterin...
by batpot
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water seepage in basement
Replies: 23
Views: 1553

Re: Water seepage in basement

I had the same issue, and it was due to a collapsed footing drain in my ~70 year old house. Only solution that made sense for us was a french drain. Had 3 or 4 contractors all bid on slight variations of the same solution. Big issue for me was that it was at basement level, which would have meant tr...
by batpot
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV antennas...
Replies: 35
Views: 2733

Re: TV antennas...

You don't need coax at every TV in the house if you get an OTA digital receiver such as the HDHomeRun Connect. The Quattro will allow 4 TVs to connect simultaneously. This will take a single antenna input, and transmit it via ethernet/wifi to any device w/ its software installed, including Roku, Fir...
by batpot
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Alliant CU 3/2.5% Visa application process
Replies: 18
Views: 1264

Re: Alliant CU 3/2.5% Visa application process

I have noticed slow posting of payments, and it's bitten us once when the card was nearly maxed. Last month I scheduled 2 partial payments a month, the 2nd of which adds up to the statement balance. 3% cash back allows us to use Plastique for a very large monthly child care payment; worth it even at...
by batpot
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: master suite features for addition
Replies: 66
Views: 3475

Re: master suite features for addition

We have very simple tastes. Hardest part was picking shower and floor tile. No heated floors, no separate toilet room, just plenty of room for a king bed, a walk-in closet, and bathroom accessed from the closet. Can shower and get dressed behind the closet door w/out disrupting each other. Got Ikea ...
by batpot
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USPS price increase on 1/27/19
Replies: 74
Views: 6721

Re: USPS price increase on 1/27/19

Get stamps from ebay when they have a 10-20% off coupons.
They're usually current face value, or slightly above.
by batpot
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations on Wire-Free Security Camera System
Replies: 5
Views: 857

Re: Recommendations on Wire-Free Security Camera System

I have 3 Arlo Pro 2 cameras and it has significant disadvantages: The cameras must all be within range of the base station; there's no "repeaters" like Ring. The geofencing is extremely buggy, and getting constant alerts while you are home gets old fast. The app is also buggy, frequently crashing, f...
by batpot
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spotify or Amazon Music?
Replies: 44
Views: 3275

Re: Spotify or Amazon Music?

or if you've never subscribed, here's a 3 month trial of Premium for $0.99 total. I used this in past years. https://www.spotify.com/us/premium/?checkout=false Amazon Prime offers the 3-month trial for $0.99 too: Http://amazon.com/trynow the Spotify one comes w/ a free google home mini; for new acc...
by batpot
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spotify or Amazon Music?
Replies: 44
Views: 3275

Re: Spotify or Amazon Music?

I've tried Spotify, Amazon and Google Play Music. If I were starting now I'd probably go Spotify since I like their curating better. Your phone should have a setting to play only downloaded music. Curating? I like Google Play music because it has the best radio mixes, and I can discover new music t...
by batpot
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fax without a telephone line
Replies: 23
Views: 2312

Re: Fax without a telephone line

Pixafari wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:49 am
We don’t have a traditional landline either, but rather VOIP service via Ooma. Our fax machine works fine through Ooma over our internet service.
interesting...will this work w/ a windows PC?
by batpot
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: safest downhill ski helmet
Replies: 31
Views: 1263

Re: safest downhill ski helmet

MIPS is BS marketing and not much else. Especially over snow/ice. Plus the MIPS bits break off easily. A K2 helmet saved my life a few years ago; went into a creek/crevasse; came to some time later with a massive dent in my helmet, and no idea where I was. Suffered only a concussion. I replaced it w...
by batpot
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advise on how to deal with this insurance claim situation
Replies: 29
Views: 1482

Re: Advise on how to deal with this insurance claim situation

Just curious: does Tesla save any of that backup camera footage?

Thinking of getting a rear facing dash cam just for reasons such as this.
by batpot
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where have the turtleneck base layer shirts gone?
Replies: 13
Views: 1944

Re: Where have the turtleneck base layer shirts gone?

I much prefer the quarter zip variants for inside/outside or active/not active temperature regulation.
by batpot
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to get housing suggestions?
Replies: 8
Views: 537

Re: Best way to get housing suggestions?

redfin has school ratings as determined by GreatSchools.org

Don't think you can filter by that criteria, though. Will have to pick a neighboorhood/zip code based on where the good schools are, and filter by other house criteria.
by batpot
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV
Replies: 10
Views: 794

Re: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV

btenny wrote:
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:55 pm
This thing only goes 17 miles on electric. Wow.
What are you reading?

The CARB doc says when the Crosstrek PHEV uses a combination of gas and electric, the small SUV gets an equivalent all-electric urban range of 26.273 miles and all-electric highway range of 27.381 miles.
by batpot
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV
Replies: 10
Views: 794

Re: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV

Toyota electric technology. I think the infotainment is part Toyota too. Lose 25% storage capacity in the rear because this platform isn't designed to be a PHEV. http://distributed.subarumedia.iconicweb.com/mediasite/libraryImages/40._2019_Crosstrek_Hybrid__mid.jpg That being said, I think it will ...
by batpot
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV
Replies: 10
Views: 794

Re: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV

You'll have to go to:
California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, or Vermont.
by batpot
Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV
Replies: 10
Views: 794

Re: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV

I was looking hard at the Outlander PHEV, but was turned off by it's limited all-electric range (up to 25 miles), and poor hybrid gas mileage (25 mpg). This one appears to be have about the same all-electric range, but doesn't say it's hybrid MPG. Current Crosstrek hybrid is 30 road, 34 highway. Giv...
by batpot
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car rentals, what is the catch?
Replies: 46
Views: 5584

Re: Car rentals, what is the catch?

I get a good discount through my job. It's rare my corporate discount is ever beaten, even by the "small" companies. That being said, booking through Chase Sapphire portal has proved to be a huge savings, as taxes tend to not be included. I recall one trip we used $70 worth of points instead of a $2...
by batpot
Tue Oct 30, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just Moved. Furnishing Apartment. Beanbag recommendations
Replies: 19
Views: 1691

Re: Just Moved. Furnishing Apartment. Beanbag recommendations

gator15 wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:18 pm
Get a love sac.
:o
never knew such a thing existed
by batpot
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: water softener for whole house?
Replies: 35
Views: 5223

Re: water softener for whole house?

I live in Arizona and had a whole house water softeners three times. We never liked them much. I find they make the water "slick and slimy feeling". So we no longer have one even though our house is plumbed for one. We use a counter top Britta carbon filter for cooking water and a in line carbon fi...
by batpot
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Highlander or Murano 2018 ..
Replies: 36
Views: 2486

Re: Highlander or Murano 2018 ..

I understand the Highlander may have higher resale and reliability but $2400 is a lot of money to make up. Also, the Highlander is a 2013 model to be redesigned in less than a year for the 2020 model, I'm more inclined to choose the Murano so I'm not driving an old car in 1 year. I would far rather...
by batpot
Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: People with older car, share your unusual repairs
Replies: 84
Views: 5406

Re: People with older car, share your unusual repairs

First car: 1990 Dodge Dynasty Fake wood panels fell off in summer heat; tried regluing, and it also melted; stopped trying. Carried a case of oil in the trunk; would add a 0.5-1 quart with every fill up; remember at least one occasion where it it passed emission test with technician waving and cough...
by batpot
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 1135
Views: 115657

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

Fargo , on Hulu. Wow - that's all I can say about the first episode. I'm hooked. I've heard the 2nd and 3rd seasons weren't as good, but I'll still watch them. Fargo is fantastic. I think I like the 2nd season more than the first. The 3rd slips just a bit, but is still great. The writer, Noah Hawle...
by batpot
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Friday is coming.. what's on your list?
Replies: 82
Views: 8267

Re: Black Friday is coming.. what's on your list?

dziuniek wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:37 pm
New headunit and speakers for the MR2-S ... just maybe....

Aslo... google chromecast, maybe.
Just got a Pioneer AVH-W4400NEX for my wife's car.
Have had an AVH-4200NEX for about a year in my car, and love it. Android Auto is a game changer.
by batpot
Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hulu & NBC
Replies: 16
Views: 1420

Re: Hulu & NBC

Local channels are completely different depending on they city you are in. The bigger the city, the more likely (just likely) to have all 4 locals included with your streaming package. In our area (130k population), only Hulu Live TV has all 4 local networks. Sony Vue has 3 (no ABC). DirecTVNow has...
by batpot
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hulu & NBC
Replies: 16
Views: 1420

Re: Hulu & NBC

Hulu TV also has a huge flaw in the way they air programs: it only plays for the allotted time slot; if the game goes long (e.g. over time), it just cuts off. It doesn't have a conventional guide like the competition, that let you just play whatever is on a particular channel. Youtube TV and DirecTV...
by batpot
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dental Mishap
Replies: 51
Views: 6051

Re: Dental Mishap

braces and orthodontia for baby teeth?

Sounds like you need a new dentist and orthodontist.
by batpot
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why buy thicker hardwood?
Replies: 16
Views: 2309

Re: Why buy thicker hardwood?

Mingus wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:43 pm
batpot wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:41 pm
100 year warranty
Sigh
I know.... Believe that stuff is very thin veneer, and likely discontinued due to formaldehyde, but still, why 3/4 vs 3/8 assuming both are solid wood?