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by just frank
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggest an electric car: Volt? Alternative?
Replies: 49
Views: 4251

Re: Suggest an electric car: Volt? Alternative?

Just get a used LEAF. Plenty fun to drive (excellent 0-30 times, no throttle lag === fun)

Cheap and perfect for your use case, and a great teen car for later.
by just frank
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113185

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

The CCS infrastructure IS set to improve a lot nationwide in both number and power. I also expect that future non-Tesla EVs will accept higher charging speeds to match that infrastructure.

But if going >300-400 miles frequently is your EV use case then Tesla is your option today.
by just frank
Mon Jul 09, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113185

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Not gonna disagree with current CCS being slower than Super. My Bolt runs 43 kW (actual) below 50%SOC at the best current CCS chargers....its ~75 HW miles added per 30 minute stop. Newer CCS will take my Bolt to 65 kW (actual), about 105 miles added in 30 minutes, I expect to have plenty of those ar...
by just frank
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113185

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

:confused https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/Find.do?action=sbs&id=39786&id=39836 As I'm sure you are aware, "long-range" is an option for the model 3. But even the long-range M3 only has 30% more range than the Bolt. I'm not sure how significant a difference that really is, to be honest. I'm having d...
by just frank
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113185

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I know the gigafactory is a joint venture. And that Tesla has been leading US sales for a couple months. There are a LOT of other battery factories and distributed production in East Asia, and the US market is a small fraction of the global market, or the Chinese market. But for Tesla fans those thi...
by just frank
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113185

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

I used to be excited about upcoming EVs from other traditional car manufactures... It's important to read their press releases critically. For example, Volvo has said that by 20xx, all of his cars will be electrified. When that press release came out, many gave them high props. But note that Volvo ...
by just frank
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [100% stock, uncomfortable with international]
Replies: 66
Views: 7201

Re: [100% stock, uncomfortable with international]

Weird. Agree with comments that it makes at most a minimal difference, not worth losing sleep over. That said, I was 100% equities AND 100% US for many years, and switched in the last year to about 60/40% US/international. Gains have been awesome, volatility seems significantly lower. Sleeping fine ...
by just frank
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113185

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Wheel size probably doesn't matter.....drivers of other EVs have been playing the psi game with the tires for years....37-39 psi gives more of a toyota ride, with more body roll and 5% less range, 41-43 psi gives a BMW ride with less roll, and 5% more range. low pressure has better stopping distance...
by just frank
Fri May 25, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Magic Jack Go vs Obihai obi200- which one as landline replacement?
Replies: 37
Views: 4554

Re: Magic Jack Go vs Obihai obi200- which one as landline replacement?

Another satisfied obi+Google voice customer. $15/yr is hard to beat.
by just frank
Fri May 25, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tile roof, natural cooling, solar electric
Replies: 16
Views: 1526

Re: Tile roof, natural cooling, solar electric

Heat flow from attics is poorly understood. Most heat that leaks from an attic to a living space is due to airflow between the two spaces. When it is hotter outside than in, natural convection causes the living space to be at negative pressure at the top and positive pressure at the bottom (like an ...
by just frank
Wed May 23, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bed Bugs
Replies: 42
Views: 4929

Re: Bed Bugs

We had some friends that struggled with this for a long while, the BBs kept coming back. The kids had a huge, hard to move built-in bunk-bed thingy with lots of wood joints that they hid in. After they ditched pretty much everything else, when they got rid of that thing they were done.
by just frank
Wed May 23, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 2018 Nissan Leaf (with 150 mi range)
Replies: 52
Views: 5831

Re: New 2018 Nissan Leaf (with 150 mi range)

Reading that site you can see that he's not getting fleeced at all. The 2018 model is just more expensive than the 2017 model (by $100/month). Totally agree. I was lined up to get a 2018 LEAF to replace my old one....and I went for the Bolt. It was a good bit more than the (old) LEAF, and I took th...
by just frank
Tue May 22, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113185

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt both have sold about the same number of cars as the Tesla S over the past 5 years. Just to help provide some numbers for context: In January, Nissan announced that they reached 300,000 Leaf deliveries (introduced 2010): https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1114685_300000t...
by just frank
Tue May 22, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 2018 Nissan Leaf (with 150 mi range)
Replies: 52
Views: 5831

Re: New 2018 Nissan Leaf (with 150 mi range)

The LEAF lease I got was considerably more favorable.

It was $1500 down and $238/mo (in 2014). My neighbor got $0 down, $214/mo (in 2016).

And we only managed ~9k miles/year.
by just frank
Mon May 21, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 2018 Nissan Leaf (with 150 mi range)
Replies: 52
Views: 5831

Re: New 2018 Nissan Leaf (with 150 mi range)

For these shorter range EVs, with rapidly evolving tech.... lease if you can get a good deal. 300+ mile EVs will be cheap in 5 years. Reasons why you might want to buy instead of lease: 1. Certain discounts (e.g. PG&E) are only applicable to purchases. 2. Leases always include loan interest. Purcha...
by just frank
Mon May 21, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 2018 Nissan Leaf (with 150 mi range)
Replies: 52
Views: 5831

Re: New 2018 Nissan Leaf (with 150 mi range)

For these shorter range EVs, with rapidly evolving tech....lease if you can get a good deal.

300+ mile EVs will be cheap in 5 years.
by just frank
Sun May 20, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 2018 Nissan Leaf (with 150 mi range)
Replies: 52
Views: 5831

Re: New 2018 Nissan Leaf (with 150 mi range)

Sounds like the 2019 LEAF will have an LG pack with thermal management in a 60 kWh size. IOW, it will have a drivetrain similar to the 2017 Bolt, but the interior of the LEAF. In my opinion that will be sweet (depending on price), but I couldn't wait that long. The 2019 Bolt **might** get an upgrade...
by just frank
Sat May 19, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar panels
Replies: 96
Views: 10180

Re: Solar panels

Mine (in Colorado) have a 10-12 year roi. But it is fairly low risk - so that is about 8% per year. You can’t beat that risk/return in the market. Looking back. I would be comfortable buying and installing the panels myself, but then paying a n electrician to install and connect the inverter. Roi w...
by just frank
Sat May 19, 2018 6:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 2018 Nissan Leaf (with 150 mi range)
Replies: 52
Views: 5831

Re: New 2018 Nissan Leaf (with 150 mi range)

Enjoy it! :beer We enjoyed the 32k miles we put on our 2013 LEAF. And we have no regrets on getting a 2017 Bolt to replace it. My wife misses the comfy interior, but loves the 200-220 miles of highway range we are getting now (250-300 miles on back roads). We have family at a 210 mile round trip, so...
by just frank
Sat May 19, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar panels
Replies: 96
Views: 10180

Re: Solar panels

Mine (in Colorado) have a 10-12 year roi. But it is fairly low risk - so that is about 8% per year. You can’t beat that risk/return in the market. Looking back. I would be comfortable buying and installing the panels myself, but then paying a n electrician to install and connect the inverter. Roi w...
by just frank
Fri May 18, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attic HVAC: fan doesn't work in AUTO mode and AC on
Replies: 8
Views: 979

Re: Attic HVAC: fan doesn't work in AUTO mode and AC on

I'd vote for a bad control board OR thermostat.

Replacing the latter is (likely, if its non-proprietary) $20 and a trip to the hardware store.
by just frank
Thu May 17, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar panels
Replies: 96
Views: 10180

Re: Solar panels

If I had a sunny lot I would get solar for a decent price. The investment is not without its risks however. As solar gets cheaper and continues to grow eventually there will be an oversupply of electricity during daylight hours, which will lead to time of use rates, and cut into your savings. This w...
by just frank
Wed May 16, 2018 4:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: keyless ignitions and carbon monoxide
Replies: 83
Views: 5686

Re: keyless ignitions and carbon monoxide

The article is click bait. A similar number die from setting up charcoal grills in their living rooms in the winter. Everyone needs to have a CO alarm in their house. My house is all electric and my primary car is an EV...and I still have a nice CO alarm. I also power vent my attached garage 24/7 at...
by just frank
Mon May 14, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cancer - tips?
Replies: 37
Views: 7336

Re: Cancer - tips?

NB: No medical advice allowed here.

Many blood cancers benefit from state of the art immunotherapy. My medical colleagues nowadays say it 'cures' all but some solid tumor cancers, and late stage. Can cost $500k, is no longer experimental and is available from very few centers around the country.
by just frank
Mon May 07, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113185

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Many people who tour Yellowstone do so in a RENTAL vehicle. I rented a Ford Escape with an infernal combustion engine.

I don't think all those European and Japanese people drove there.

Used my LEAF to go the airport, and back, in 2015.
by just frank
Wed May 02, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to babymoon?
Replies: 38
Views: 4120

Re: Where to babymoon?

travelnut11 wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 1:57 pm
just frank wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 8:13 am
We went to Madrid and Barcelona for our babymoon...really great trip BUT ended up having the baby prematurely in Madrid at 26 weeks, and living there for three months.

:shock:
Wow, that's a heck of a story! I assume baby and mom ended up all OK?
Yup. Kid is currently doing drivers ed.
by just frank
Wed May 02, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to babymoon?
Replies: 38
Views: 4120

Re: Where to babymoon?

We went to Madrid and Barcelona for our babymoon...really great trip BUT ended up having the baby prematurely in Madrid at 26 weeks, and living there for three months.

:shock:
by just frank
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you buy this? (Phone Question)
Replies: 18
Views: 1422

Re: Would you buy this? (Phone Question)

DO IT!

A gig will be plenty unless you have a youtube habit away from wifi.
by just frank
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Deductible Medical Expenses....
Replies: 20
Views: 1360

Re: Deductible Medical Expenses....

Thanks all. The threshold was indeed 7.5% of AGI, correct in 2017 TT, and my deductible medical was below that b/c maybe $10k of my 'counseling' would not have been approved for fed deduction, after a bit of reading. As per the new question...I think PA also does the birthday thing...so many charges...
by just frank
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Deductible Medical Expenses....
Replies: 20
Views: 1360

Re: Deductible Medical Expenses....

OK, update and new question.... Update: many (like 25%) of our expenses were NOT deductible according to the info, and it got us down to spitting distance of the threshold, probably just under by our estimation. Frustrating, but we did not deduct any. New Question: DW and I each have health care opt...
by just frank
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: TD Bank account credit today from Penny Arcade Class Action. www.PennyArcadeSettlement.com
Replies: 11
Views: 1680

Re: TD Bank account credit today from Penny Arcade Class Action. www.PennyArcadeSettlement.com

I've still got 100lbs of coins and am a lifetime TD customer....they took the machines away before I got around to using them. :oops:
by just frank
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: State and fed tax credits - buying a Bolt electric vehicle before it’s needed
Replies: 21
Views: 2369

Re: State and fed tax credits - buying a Bolt electric vehicle before it’s needed

My bolt has the blind spot sensors on the side mirrors. Pretty nice, and silent.
by just frank
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113185

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

that's pretty clear and unambiguous. No matter what the autosteer disclaimer says, that tesla MX didn't do what the website claims it would do. And that guy died. ------------------ Tesla didn't note that. They didn't put a link to the manual. Didn't even bother to put an asterisk. That's misleadin...
by just frank
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The World in 2050 — GDP & Stock Market Capitalization
Replies: 70
Views: 7334

Re: The World in 2050 — GDP & Stock Market Capitalization

The Jetsons were a 1966 prediction of 2066. We are halfway there plus a couple years. Robots and AI are big business. Flying cars went into service in Dubai in 2017. Personal trips (by billionaires) into space have commenced...there is a private crewed mission to circle the moon on the Falcon Heavy ...
by just frank
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113185

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

Its important to remember, re the '$35k Tesla' is that the falling price of batteries means that pure EVS (with long range) will eventually become cheaper than their gasoline counterparts. There will eventually be a really compelling $25k Tesla. That is the endgame. The 3 is just a big hairy step on...
by just frank
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113185

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

One more question for existing owners of any pure EV. I had traveled for work Mon-Thu by flights and left my car in airport parking lots. What is the degradation of battery power that was noticed for EV vehicles in such scenarios (No charge, no driving for 4 days)? We left our 2013 LEAF for a month...
by just frank
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: State and fed tax credits - buying a Bolt electric vehicle before it’s needed
Replies: 21
Views: 2369

Re: State and fed tax credits - buying a Bolt electric vehicle before it’s needed

The answer is simple: go take a Bolt for a test drive. Try to arrange for an 'extended test drive' like 48 hours, and run your commute in it. --If you love the EV driving experience and the tech vs the old car, pull the trigger. Yes there IS a local optimum for buying this year vs buying next. --If ...
by just frank
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113185

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

niceguy7376 wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:16 am
My friend has said that he cannot install a hitch to put a bike carrier at the back of model 3. Thus he is ruling it out as he goes on weekend bike rides in the hills.
This is really hard to believe....I can do that on my Bolt or my old LEAF.
by just frank
Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The World in 2050 — GDP & Stock Market Capitalization
Replies: 70
Views: 7334

Re: The World in 2050 — GDP & Stock Market Capitalization

How did forecasts from 30 years ago turn out? The Club of Rome did a number of projections 40 years ago, with different starting assumptions. They had one one assuming a 'High Resources' case---basically no practical limits to fossil fuels and strategic elements. It projected that buildup of a vagu...
by just frank
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Deductible Medical Expenses....
Replies: 20
Views: 1360

Re: Deductible Medical Expenses....

ooh wait. If my deductible expenses are, say 10% of AGI, I get some chunk of 10-7.5% back in tax savings. I can carry this over to next year? Say I have 5% next year...can I deduct 10+5=15% next year, and save more?? In my example, I would be able to save taxes on 15-7.5 or 7.5%, versus 2.5 in 2017...
by just frank
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Deductible Medical Expenses....
Replies: 20
Views: 1360

Re: Deductible Medical Expenses....

ooh wait. If my deductible expenses are, say 10% of AGI, I get some chunk of 10-7.5% back in tax savings. I can carry this over to next year? Say I have 5% next year...can I deduct 10+5=15% next year, and save more?? In my example, I would be able to save taxes on 15-7.5 or 7.5%, versus 2.5 in 2017 ...
by just frank
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Deductible Medical Expenses....
Replies: 20
Views: 1360

Re: Deductible Medical Expenses....

thanks guys....very helpful. I think TT was using an estimated AGI at one point, and that confused me. So, if my insurance premiums are employer-based pre-tax, I can add the cost of my contribution to the total? So my deductible amount is my med bills - ins reimbursement - my contribution to ins pre...
by just frank
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Deductible Medical Expenses....
Replies: 20
Views: 1360

Re: Deductible Medical Expenses....

Agreed, but that doesn't seem to jibe with my AGI and the TurboTax result....which seems closer to 10%.
by just frank
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Deductible Medical Expenses....
Replies: 20
Views: 1360

Deductible Medical Expenses....

Last year the family had a ton of medical expenses, wiped out most of our emergency fund, etc. We had a high deductible cheapo insurance plan (which we will upgrade shortly) so our reimbursement rate has been like 25%. Liquidating some investments to pay for it all has given me a monster tax bill to...
by just frank
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I insulate my garage?
Replies: 13
Views: 1872

Re: Should I insulate my garage?

Overwhelming 'yes'. I will do it then. @Just frank, I like the idea of having a blower to vent some air outside. Did you vent through the wall, or to the attic, or through the attic? I am also concern that garage insulation will act as a double edge sword. I can imagine in the middle of hot summer ...
by just frank
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I insulate my garage?
Replies: 13
Views: 1872

Re: Should I insulate my garage?

Yes. Not a super high priority, but a nice feature. I upgraded the insulation in my garage, taking it from the 40s in the winter to the high 50s. Mine is a 'tuck under', so it has a lot of house contact area, and not much outside wall area. YMMV. --You should carefully airseal between the garage and...
by just frank
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 Camry. What's wrong with me?
Replies: 99
Views: 6970

Re: 2018 Camry. What's wrong with me?

GoldenGoose wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:09 am
just frank wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:56 am
You need an EV.
Seriously I would buy something like a tesla model 3 if it costs the same as a camry. Paying 30k or more for a car is not in my plan.
The Bolt is about $30k after GM discounts and tax rebate. If you can get past the Dork exterior, its a blast to drive.
by just frank
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2018 Camry. What's wrong with me?
Replies: 99
Views: 6970

Re: 2018 Camry. What's wrong with me?

You need an EV.
by just frank
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113185

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

So when do we get these better chargers? The VW diesel-gate penalty is being used to build out a Tesla-worthy DCFC network on interstates and major cities across the US, that will start with 150 kW (!) SAE/CCS chargers. something like several hundred of them in 2019. My guess is that the 2019 and l...
by just frank
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1326
Views: 113185

Re: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3

OK, I have been driving my Bolt on highway roadtrips, in temps around freezing, with snow tires on, and getting >3 miles/kWh if the speed is under ~70 mph. 2mile/kWh is just nuts. IOW, I am getting 180 miles on a full charge worst case, more like 200 typical in winter conditions at HW speeds. On a 5...