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by daveatca
Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anybody else out there still pay for an email address?
Replies: 74
Views: 9463

smarter than the average bear

Yes!
I own multiple domains.
I want to be dave@xxxfamily.com, forever.
I even bought my grandson his own domain.
Companies come and go, but xxxfamily.com will always work.
by daveatca
Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should you stop using your antivirus software?
Replies: 36
Views: 3373

Re: Should you stop using your antivirus software?

SimonJester wrote: But does that mean we should all get rid of anti virus software? ...nor should we stop getting vaccinated...
But, antivirus software contains mercury and will poison you and your children.
by daveatca
Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel - Advice? (Designer, etc)
Replies: 9
Views: 1382

Designer, yes

I have been planning our kitchen redesign for a 2 years now. Yes, I am an engineer. This Monday we had a meeting/conversation with an architect we have known/used for 32 years. Based upon this, I have 7 recommendations: 1. You need to redo your lighting. It is poorly placed and inadequate. LEDs and ...
by daveatca
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building Forever House - Can we afford it? Should We?
Replies: 22
Views: 3041

Forever House?

The only forever "house" is your burial plot—if you plan to be buried. I would do it at the $400K level. We did a dream house renovation and lived in it for 24 years. But, then, we got ants in our pants and moved. I would focus on quality and not on square footage. I would spend at least 18 months p...
by daveatca
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are two in one Washer/Dryer combos a thing?
Replies: 17
Views: 3322

two in one Washer/Dryer combos are a thing

You may want to look at http://www.bosch-home.com/us/products/compact-laundry.html Yes, two units, not one. The best single unit in the USA is probably this LG https://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajmadison/WM3488H.html as it has a 1400 rpm spin speed in the wash cycle. The best combo is probably http:...
by daveatca
Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling diamond engagement ring
Replies: 40
Views: 5409

Keep it

Save it to give to one of your children at the appropriate time.
That way, they won't waste ring money on the training marriage.
My son-in-law got the ring in that manner. Smart boy. Marriage looks like it will last.
by daveatca
Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where to get $100k for home remodel?
Replies: 34
Views: 4270

money

#6
Follow Willie Sutton's advice and path.
by daveatca
Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting my electricity usage under control
Replies: 34
Views: 4324

Energy Audit

Spend the $400+ for a good energy audit. See this example - http://www.gb3energy.com/English/Servic ... Audit.html
Inadequate insulation and/or leaking windows can cost a fortune in heating costs.
by daveatca
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toaster Oven Recommendations
Replies: 34
Views: 3017

Toaster Ovens are cheap

Your best advice will come fromCooks' Illustrated and Consumer Reports.
No matter how much/little you pay, they are a disposable appliance.
by daveatca
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone rent toys?
Replies: 27
Views: 3484

Re: Anyone rent toys?

I did, but she did not care for being called a toy.
by daveatca
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heavy duty cordless drill/hammerdrill recommendation
Replies: 42
Views: 3389

Research

Fine Homebuilding tends to like Festool when evaluating tools.
https://www.festoolusa.com/power-tools/

I would spend the money on an online subscription
https://subscribe.finehomebuilding.com/ ... b-hp-promo

I have the print subscription and find it loaded with useful information.
by daveatca
Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How High is Your TV?
Replies: 41
Views: 4274

Too high, but

56 inches.
Right where the builder put the niche (indent) in the wall above the fireplace.
Not a lot of options for us.
by daveatca
Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washing Machines
Replies: 12
Views: 1653

Here, lt me help you.

As usual, all these "discussions" degenerate into 7 completely predictable responses.
Front loader sucks.
Front loader great.
Top loader traditional sucks.
Top loader traditional great.
Top loader HE sucks.
Top loader HE great.
Speed Queen!

And, 7 posts after this one, Lovely Rita proves my point.
by daveatca
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sonicare ToothBrush
Replies: 35
Views: 4211

Re: Sonicare ToothBrush

We have the original model. Which appears to be similar to the Essence model which is $20 at Amazon.
We paid a lot more ($100+) in 2002 when we bought ours.
Have used both Philips and off brand heads and see little difference.
by daveatca
Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keeping kitchen knives sharp
Replies: 54
Views: 5378

Chef's Choice

https://www.amazon.com/Chefs-Choice-120 ... 00004S1B8/

How much do you have "invested" in knives?
by daveatca
Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3278
Views: 947813

A Really Good One

Hidden Figures is excellent.
Made me angry, proud, sad, happy.
Go see it !!
by daveatca
Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas Water Heater vs Electric Tankless
Replies: 26
Views: 2532

Gas Water Heater

Buy a new gas one. Consumer Reports says - http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/water-heaters/buying-guide.htm : " Warranty : Coverage for most water heaters typically runs 3 to 12 years. While you'll usually pay a bit more for longer-warranty models, we've found that they tend to have larger element...
by daveatca
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Architect Fees-Are these reasonable?
Replies: 4
Views: 1084

reasonable? Yes

Slightly high as a percentage. But, your overall project size is small. I would guess that if you doubled the budget her cost would be similar. Architects are worth the money. We spent $6000 in 1987 on a renovation of $120K and were very satisfied. To this day, our architect is still our friend and ...
by daveatca
Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Requirements to change passwords frequently?
Replies: 42
Views: 3836

Re: Requirements to change passwords frequently?

I find it annoying. I have 581 logins/passwords that I manage. Just for me. I have one that reuse a lot with sites where compromise means nothing. For example, fora. I have ones that are unique for banking. And, forcing me to change passwords or structure them in a certain way just makes me angry. I...
by daveatca
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to dress for winter vacation in Alberta
Replies: 45
Views: 3025

it's Canada, eh

The same way you would dress for a vacation in Yellowknife.
by daveatca
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best printers for home use
Replies: 67
Views: 7086

Brother

Brother - laser, color, duplex, wireless
5+ years out of the first one
3+ and counting on the current one
Home office use

This one looks good for $220
https://www.amazon.com/Brother-HL-3170C ... 00BQU141C/
by daveatca
Sun Dec 25, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are your Christmas Traditions?
Replies: 9
Views: 1499

Christmas Traditions

Enjoy homemade Chile Verde on Christmas Eve.
Watch Christmas Story.
Go to "the kids' house" on Christmas Day. Turkey +.
by daveatca
Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying lot / home in very bad area of City
Replies: 20
Views: 2511

LLCs

gclancer wrote:If you decide to move forward with this make sure you set up LLC(s) to own the lots. Do not own them in your own name, even if you keep them insured.
++1
by daveatca
Sun Dec 25, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bought a house for 560k in 2007
Replies: 73
Views: 10199

Some straight talk is needed

Sunshine22 wrote:Our monthly expenses in NJ -
Cable and telephone -$500.
This makes no sense to me. Seems at least $300 too much.
by daveatca
Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building new house - central vacuum worth it?
Replies: 52
Views: 16406

yes

We had one for 22 years and loved it.
Sadly, new house is "too modern" to have one installed.
Still grumpy even though our Miele Marin does an excellent job.
by daveatca
Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I Buy an IPhone 5S?
Replies: 36
Views: 3979

nope

No.
Buy iPhone SE.
Same size as 5/5S.
Supports Apple Pay.
I really like mine.
by daveatca
Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quartz versus granite
Replies: 44
Views: 4472

Quartz

Engineered quartz. FYI - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engineered_stone Many shades of white from many manufacturers. Consider a 20mm thick slab instead of the usual 30mm to save some money. Thinner is very trendy in Europe now. FYI - http://www.caesarstone.ca/en/News/Articles/Pages/The-less-noticed...
by daveatca
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it rude to dispose of unwanted gifts?
Replies: 60
Views: 6619

Re: Is it rude to dispose of unwanted gifts?

Isn't a MIL an "unwanted gift"?
by daveatca
Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Employer Requiring Travel to "No Travel" Country
Replies: 48
Views: 8024

Re: Employer Requiring Travel to "No Travel" Country

Clover5 wrote:Other than the middle-east countries and some North African ones you would be fine visiting the rest of the list, IMHO.
Not Venezeula!
There is a reason it was just added.
https://dolartoday.com
by daveatca
Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How will you tip this Christmas?
Replies: 51
Views: 5373

tip?

I won't.
It is why I live in Denver.

1. I don't post office employees and our carrier changes weekly as our segment is to bid.
2. The newspaper delivery guy delivers once a week, but not with 100% reliability.
3. The trash is picked up by a city employee driving a truck.
by daveatca
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bosch - Ascenta 24" Dishwasher experience
Replies: 11
Views: 1302

move up

We bought our house 5.5 years ago. Came with the Ascenta model. Hated it. Cleans OK, but was way too noisy for us. We "sold" it to our daughter to replace her condo special dishwasher. We bought a new 500 Series for about $1000. Much quieter. We are very happy. We will never own another brand and wi...
by daveatca
Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gas cooktop power and ignition
Replies: 7
Views: 820

gas cooktop POWER

The cooktop I have been looking at is: Burner - Left Front 9,500 BTU Burner - Left Rear 9,500 BTU Burner - Right Front 11,000 BTU Burner - Right Rear 5,000 BTU Not powerful enough. Look at this 36-inch one for $1000 - https://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajmadison/NGM8655.html - up to 18000 BTU Or, it...
by daveatca
Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for Carbon Monoxide Alarm/Detector
Replies: 11
Views: 1467

Re: Recommendation for Carbon Monoxide Alarm/Detector

CR says 89
Min scoreMax score56 90
All Carbon monoxide alarms Ratings
First Alert OneLInk CO511B carbon monoxide alarm
$36
by daveatca
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a home!
Replies: 35
Views: 4194

Re: Buying a home!

3.5% means mortgage insurance premiums.
They are an expensive ripoff.
Try to put more down and avoid mortgage insurance.
by daveatca
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you buy coffee beans?
Replies: 96
Views: 7520

Re: Where do you buy coffee beans?

4 miles from my house at the roastery
http://novocoffee.com/contact-locations/
by daveatca
Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frying pan recommendations
Replies: 53
Views: 4365

Re: Frying pan recommendations

For large, I use 2 all the time. 1. Le Creuset 11-3/4-inch Signature Skillet. I prefer it over the Lodge due to the shallower sides and a shallower slope to those sides. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/419TOSib8bL._SY355_.jpg 2. All-Clad Stainless Steel Saucier, 3qt. Deeper than a c...
by daveatca
Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone have experience with Kaiser in Colorado
Replies: 36
Views: 3529

Re: Anyone have experience with Kaiser in Colorado

Huge fan.
I gave them the colon cancer on Medicare test.
They passed. With flying colors.
by daveatca
Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me replace my beloved shoes...
Replies: 8
Views: 1483

great shoes

http://www.mephistousa.com

although, I prefer http://www.mephisto.fr

The most comfortable and very durable shoes made. I love mine.
by daveatca
Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to darken type in firefox or chrome?
Replies: 27
Views: 2335

You lose

I build websites for a living.
I am 68 and use black on white.

The kids are enamored with gray on white.
UX designers complain. There are numerous articles on this.
Customers complain.
The kids are in charge.

You lose.
They don't want your money.
by daveatca
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AppleCare?
Replies: 22
Views: 2725

Re: AppleCare?

Buy AppleCare.
Peace of mind.
by daveatca
Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite consumer product?
Replies: 309
Views: 47563

favorite consumer product

A vasectomy.
Mine.
Limited the offspring to 1.
by daveatca
Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Internet Radio through Home Stereo?
Replies: 16
Views: 2763

Perfect

mrb09 wrote:Might be still too pricy, but I use an apple airport express and plug it into the receiver aux jack
This is what we do.
Works very well.
by daveatca
Thu Nov 24, 2016 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen appliances
Replies: 15
Views: 2383

Subscribe to Consumer Reports

Appliance repair people do not like Lucky Goldstar.
by daveatca
Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sharpening Hedge Trimmer Blades
Replies: 8
Views: 1487

Re: Sharpening Hedge Trimmer Blades

Offshore wrote:star shaped screwdriver (screwdriver bit probably has a real name)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torx

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