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by Plymouth56
Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rodents ate my car!
Replies: 61
Views: 5633

Re: Rodents ate my car!

Obviously not as expensive as newer cars , but the 1978 Chrysler New Yorker I own had been parked next to a corn field by its previous owner. Mice built a nest under its back seat and were hoarding food in the cars heater box under the dash. Though the car was cleaned up, the smell of mouse urine th...
by Plymouth56
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?
Replies: 188
Views: 23870

Re: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?

I think the reason is that they have nothing else. Cultivated no hobbies. They are miserable, unhappy, nasty people. Invariably male. So true..Co-worker of mine is 65 with 44 years in at our company. He has no interests outside of work, has no plans of retiring yet does as little as possible most d...
by Plymouth56
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it time for me to "call in rich"?
Replies: 75
Views: 13043

Re: Is it time for me to "call in rich"?

tbradnc wrote:
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:23 pm
Pretty good! But consider there's a 14 year old around here somewhere with $5,000,000 wondering if he's doing OK... :)
As another long time lurker here , this had me laughing out loud!!
by Plymouth56
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long Term House—Any Regrets on things you didn’t do?
Replies: 48
Views: 6658

Re: Long Term House—Any Regrets on things you didn’t do?

We have been in our house 28 years,a small 1950's style rambler. The remodel of our kitchen was a hit for us in the fact as we waited until we could afford to do it right. Quality cabinets appliances, flooring etc all paid for with out a loan. A hit and miss for us was replacing our worn out asphalt...
by Plymouth56
Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 483
Views: 45048

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

MichaelRpdx wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:05 pm
Plymouth56 wrote:
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:57 pm
One hour and sore knees later, I re-did all my wire connections, while also shorting excess speaker wire I didn't need.
My system now sounds as fantastic as it did in 1992! :happy
I really, really hope you mean shortening instead of shorting.
Oops... That makes two of us :wink:
by Plymouth56
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 483
Views: 45048

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

While watching TV this afternoon I finally decided to deal with a fuzzy sounding bookshelf speaker that runs off our 26 year old Sony receiver . Internet research told me to check speaker wire connections ,and also that my 18 gauge speaker wire is perfectly acceptable for the short length speaker pl...
by Plymouth56
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another car thread - old ones?
Replies: 14
Views: 1110

Re: Another car thread - old ones?

But forget safety. We are talking having fun. Sadly I remain puzzled. I find modern cars vastly more ... fun to drive. Yes fun. Don't get me wrong, if it makes somebody happy to drive one of these things on a daily basis, it's not much sillier than a lot of car choices (albeit less safe) but I hone...
by Plymouth56
Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What frugal thing did you do today?
Replies: 483
Views: 45048

Re: What frugal thing did you do today?

For the last minute run around shopping today drove my Nissan Leaf instead of my ICE car.
While at the local Hy Vee supermarket charged my Leaf there for free. :D
by Plymouth56
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Home Blood-Pressure Monitor for Accuracy?
Replies: 6
Views: 858

Re: Best Home Blood-Pressure Monitor for Accuracy?

I've been happy with the monitor linked below. While it is automatic, you'll note in the top review that a medical person says its results compare well with those taken manually. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KPQB2NS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I would recommend this one also...
by Plymouth56
Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Car (Nissan Leaf) for a teen driver?
Replies: 43
Views: 3937

Re: Electric Car (Nissan Leaf) for a teen driver?

As the owner of a 2015 Leaf I would say go for it! "Rocket"acceleration if a concern can be calmed by driving in eco mode. I drive in Minnesota and my Leaf does fine on snow and ice . In fact weight distribution is better on a Leaf than many ice cars. I drive 26 miles a day , plug in to a 110 outlet...
by Plymouth56
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bosch dishwasher?
Replies: 91
Views: 8967

Re: Bosch dishwasher?

I bought a new top of the line Bosch due mainly to its quiet rating. It lasted about a month past the warranty and self destructed beyond repair. Then bought a KitchenAid, based on Consumer Reports rating and its good. Just as quiet too. Interesting. Like most reviews I read when shopping products ...
by Plymouth56
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contemplating an Electric Car
Replies: 147
Views: 11795

Re: Contemplating an Electric Car

Either of you guys ever drive an EV? If not, you don't understand the initial 'fun' comment. I do, and I am NOT a hypermiler.
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I would ask the same question as I am into the the first month of ownership of my new to me 2015 Leaf.
And guess what ? It is fun to drive!
by Plymouth56
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 387
Views: 45548

Re: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?

An absolute top of the line Kitchenaid dishwasher.
6 service calls in 2 and 1/2 years and it is still down awaiting installation of its 2nd tub.
My wife and I have never washed as many dishes by hand as we have since buying this dishwasher :x
by Plymouth56
Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time replace washer and dryer [back of dryer so hot it burnt me]?
Replies: 21
Views: 2020

Re: Time replace washer and dryer [back of dryer so hot it burnt me]?

I would check the venting on the dryer .
I see that you are using a flex type vent pipe that isn't the best for air movement.
Especially if it is becoming clogged with lint.
by Plymouth56
Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Happy Fathers Day - got me a used Weber grill!
Replies: 26
Views: 4052

Re: Happy Fathers Day - got me a used Weber grill!

[quote="41fan"] Am I crazy for buying a used grill on Craigslist as my Father's Day gift? Not at all! I purchased a used Weber gas grill off Craigslist for $45 three years ago and its still working great. Of course it is quite old ,as it predates stainless and has an enameled type red cover and is o...
by Plymouth56
Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a good commuter car fairly soon
Replies: 86
Views: 8583

Re: Need a good commuter car fairly soon

Get a Nissan LEAF, charge at home, operating cost about 25% that of an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle, much less maintenance and a great amount of fun to drive! I leased a 2016 SV for about $300 per month (36 mo) and expect to be able to buy out the lease at the end for around $5K, they a...
by Plymouth56
Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you could only choose one [car] to keep...?
Replies: 26
Views: 2592

Re: If you could only choose one to keep...?

Abe wrote:Even though it's a little older, I think I would keep the Honda, mainly because of the lower mileage.
Hands down keep the Honda vs GM reliability.
by Plymouth56
Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3658
Views: 1039230

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

friar1610 wrote:"Manchester by the Sea" with Casey Afflick. Very good movie. Excellent acting by Affleck. Sort of a local setting for me - it's set on the North Shore; I live on the South Shore.
I also thought this an excellent movie, though a bit slow at times.
I did chuckle at the two Minnesota references.
by Plymouth56
Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any way to improve single stage snowblower?
Replies: 22
Views: 3219

Re: Any way to improve single stage snowblower?

"A single-stage snowthrower works better with wet snow than a two-stage snowblower. Why? Fewer direction changes = fewer places for the snow to stop/stick when it changes direction." I would agree with this . I have both a two stage Toro ,and single stage paddle type Toro .' Both are 5hp. The single...
by Plymouth56
Sun May 10, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to use to clean car
Replies: 45
Views: 8030

Re: What to use to clean car

For the interior, I use a damp cloth with a bucket of water, along with a good vacuum, once/year. This makes everything look new again. (The miracle of modern plastics.) I periodically wash the outside at the manual car wash. I used to be a lot more obsessive, and I still have a tote full of produc...
by Plymouth56
Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hearse as daily driver?
Replies: 58
Views: 9140

Re: Hearse as daily driver?

When I was 12 years of age in 1968 my Dad purchased a 1949 Cadillac hearse for cheap. He had grand plans for making it an extra large station wagon-van of some sort. The plans never materialized, but I can attest to the fact that hearses (at least 1949 vintage ones ) are maybe not so much huge as lo...
by Plymouth56
Sat Mar 14, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3658
Views: 1039230

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

FabLab wrote:Birdman

Loved it!
That makes two of us!
I enjoyed it so much I watched it a second time with my daughter.
by Plymouth56
Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru and Consumer Reports ratings
Replies: 100
Views: 18820

Re: Subaru and Consumer Reports ratings

The top rated sports sedan is a buick. A BUICK? In my mind, this invalidates all past, present and future consumer reports opinions on anything. I believe you have a inarguable point there :) My Subaru ownership experience probably has no validity here, as it was a Brat pickup purchased new in 1979...
by Plymouth56
Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old homes and radiator heating
Replies: 41
Views: 8275

Re: Old homes and radiator heating

I wish I had a house with radiator heating. So much healthier than the forced air from gas or heat pump. Lucky you if you get it. Yes. I grew up in a 1920's era home with radiator heat. The house seemed to have less temperature swings than my now newer home , and was definitely less dusty. As an as...
by Plymouth56
Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying New Used Car - Input Appreciated
Replies: 27
Views: 3394

Re: Buying New Used Car - Input Appreciated

If I were shopping for a car in that price range it would definitely be a Corolla or Civic. My experiences with my last two cars a Ford and Pontiac both 2001 models were less than stellar, especially with the Pontiac. My current car a 2008 Corolla , that is soon to turn 80,000 miles has been close t...