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by researcher
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contractor - Threatening Lien/Lawsuit
Replies: 43
Views: 3453

Re: Contractor - Threatening Lien/Lawsuit

Thank you - To be clear, the BBB is where I found a pretty damning complaint about the contractor (it’s not related to my personal experience). You are getting lots of bad advice to seek legal counsel. There is absolutely no need to contact a lawyer. This guy has ZERO intention of bringing legal ac...
by researcher
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contractor - Threatening Lien/Lawsuit
Replies: 43
Views: 3453

Re: Contractor - Threatening Lien/Lawsuit

I recently hired a contractor I found on a Craigslist . The contract was written by hand on an invoice note, without the kind of verbiage a binding contract would typically include The contractor was a no show ....was told the contractor was in and accident but could complete the job in the next co...
by researcher
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A vehicle that "sits up" but can't afford CRV
Replies: 63
Views: 4892

Re: A vehicle that "sits up" but can't afford CRV

My daughter is looking to replace an old CRV. She loves the car but can not afford the initial price point to get a lower milage one. Plus she is only 5 feet tall and wants a vehicle that "sits up" high like a CRV. Any suggestions of a cheaper than a CRV but still sits up nicely. Surprised no one h...
by researcher
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Light Camping Trailer
Replies: 42
Views: 3365

Re: Light Camping Trailer

We looked around at the options for a roughly 2000 pound trailer and ended up with the Alto (from Safari Condo). All aluminum with unique streamlined design that electrically raises when camping and lowers when you travel or want to stow it in the garage. Only downside is that it is very much in de...
by researcher
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you celebrate (potty trained kid) milestone with your spouse?
Replies: 93
Views: 4699

Re: How do you celebrate (potty trained kid) milestone with your spouse?

Pretty sure OP isn't looking to start a new worldwide trend here. OP, is there a restaurant that you've both been meaning to try and haven't had the chance yet? Maybe a day of golf if that's your thing or even a trip to the movies. Some time away from the toddler. You must have missed the OP's foll...
by researcher
Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a lemon? 2018 Outback Infotainment issues
Replies: 19
Views: 2501

Re: What is a lemon? 2018 Outback Infotainment issues

htdrag11 wrote:
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:45 am
I certainly could drive the car, but not for longer than 30 minutes in total silence.
Please tell me you are not being serious?

Sounds like you may be an overstimulated snowflake if you can only drive for 30 minutes without the distraction of an infotainment system.
by researcher
Wed May 23, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need help with debt strategy
Replies: 47
Views: 2620

Re: Need help with debt strategy

No, OP is a young, single student who is graduating from college with a very reasonable amount of debt and a good salary, not someone with long-term problems due to a complete absence of money management skills and massive amounts of credit card debt who needs to follow bad advice.... The OP is 29 ...
by researcher
Wed May 23, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need help with debt strategy
Replies: 47
Views: 2620

Re: Need help with debt strategy

I wouldn't advise that at all because of the irrationality of paying off the lowest balance card first rather than the one with the highest interest rate. For someone who is reasonably rational with an adequate salary, focusing on cash flow is not the best perspective. It's simply not necessary in ...
by researcher
Fri May 11, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another new car question (BMW i3)
Replies: 19
Views: 856

Re: Another new car question (BMW i3)

Because you can buy a 2015 Honda Civic for $10k less. Put 50k miles on both and your fuel savings with the i3 will be less than $3k saved. With the Civic you don't have to worry about the range being lowered because it's too cold or too hot. The i3 exterior panels are very flimsy. Using a standard ...
by researcher
Wed May 09, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another Vehicle Question
Replies: 31
Views: 1706

Re: Another Vehicle Question

We have 3 boys, live in Colorado and currently have 2013 Odyssey. I'm looking at "upgrading" to one of the new Ford Expeditions as we are starting to outgrow the minivan ... As others have pointed out, the logic of buying an Expedition because you are "outgrowing" a minivan doesn't make sense. Here...
by researcher
Wed May 09, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida road trip - what towns to stay in?
Replies: 28
Views: 1821

Re: Florida road trip - what towns to stay in?

The Florida Keys are 100 miles in length. It just seems excessive to me to stay in four different hotels over that distance. There's not an awful lot to do in the Keys other than fish and drink. Do you realize that those 100 miles are almost entirely 2-lane roads, with speed limits of 35-45 MPH? De...
by researcher
Wed May 09, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida road trip - what towns to stay in?
Replies: 28
Views: 1821

Re: Florida road trip - what towns to stay in?

Researcher has you staying in four different places in the Keys. I don't see any need to move three times. I'd reduce that to maybe just one place such as Marathon for three nights and see the Keys from there. The one night saved I'd spend in Sanibel. You might also consider Fort Lauderdale for one...
by researcher
Wed May 09, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida road trip - what towns to stay in?
Replies: 28
Views: 1821

Re: Florida road trip - what towns to stay in?

We will be driving down the entire east coast of Florida to Key West, then up the west coast to Tampa... My question is about the days we will be driving from the Jacksonville area to Key West to Tampa... Assuming we have 7 nights to spend on this leg of the trip, where should we stay each night? T...
by researcher
Wed May 09, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Custom suit needed for a wedding. Help me shop around!!
Replies: 30
Views: 2214

Re: Custom suit needed for a wedding. Help me shop around!!

He wants us buy matching suits for his wedding instead of renting... He told me his experience has never really landed him a great fitting suit...so he understandably wants to go this route for his wedding... I kinda *think* he wants me to go custom as well so we match and we can get buy one get on...
by researcher
Tue May 08, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to remove garden hose nozzle that is stuck on a hose
Replies: 40
Views: 3515

Re: How to remove garden hose nozzle that is stuck on a hose

newbie003 wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 4:11 pm
I have tried wd40, pliers, etc... and I cannot get my hose nozzle to budge. Any thoughts?
Put a set of vice grips or channel locks on the hose nozzle.
Put another set on the hose.
Turn the hose nozzle counter clockwise.
by researcher
Tue May 08, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much car to buy on $250K income, $200K NW, newborn on the way
Replies: 78
Views: 6253

Re: How much car to buy on $250K income, $200K NW, newborn on the way

The cars we think we might need (or want) range from a $5,000 10+ year old wagon to a brand new $50,000 Lexus SUV... we wonder if putting 2.5% of our NW instead of 25% into a depreciating asset is a good idea... we thought it would be a better measure to plot it against NW rather than HI... We are ...
by researcher
Tue May 08, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 36" or 42" wide Refrigerator?
Replies: 33
Views: 2782

Re: 36" or 42" wide Refrigerator?

Don't overthink this. You have already answered your own question... in our current house, we have a a 36" W refrigerator at 25.5 cu ft capacity...and that seems to satisfy our needs for the most part ... most big box stores (i.e Home Depot) wouldn't even install a 42" wide fridge... they wouldn't e...
by researcher
Tue May 08, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying new car or buying used car
Replies: 91
Views: 5221

Re: Buying new car or buying used car

Another example: Nissan Altima S 2018: $19.9-21.5k 2016: $13-14k Based on how most people drive, your example actually supports buying the NEW vehicle... - Say you keep a car for 10 years or 120,000 miles, whichever comes first. A reasonable assumption that applies to a broad majority of people. - ...
by researcher
Tue May 08, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying new car or buying used car
Replies: 91
Views: 5221

Re: Buying new car or buying used car

I often see people post that a 2ish year old car can often be had at similar price as a new car, especially for the models that are very reliable... I did a quick check of two models by Toyota, Camry and Corolla using local Truecar good price and a typical used car price for a 2016 model... So it a...
by researcher
Fri Apr 27, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comfortable Commuter Cars under $50K
Replies: 81
Views: 5911

Re: Comfortable Commuter Cars under $50K

Actually you need to go back and read the first post. And the OP has received excellent advice in this thread. The OP specifically said he was interested in cars AND SUVs ... I have no idea what the OP wants/needs to cart around with him. But the OPs interest in SUVs opens up consideration of a Che...
by researcher
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comfortable Commuter Cars under $50K
Replies: 81
Views: 5911

Re: Comfortable Commuter Cars under $50K

My wife and I like our Acadia. It also has plenty of room for 2 kids, a dog and stuff. I don't remember what we paid for it though. Does anyone actually read the first post before commenting? The OP is a young, single, professional male looking for a comfortable commuter car that is suitable to his...
by researcher
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Building/House Plans
Replies: 26
Views: 1701

Re: Building/House Plans

bonesmd wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:23 am
Lot would probably be pretty narrow (~30 ft).
Is this correct?
Is it an urban infill lot? Or possibly oceanfront?

30' is extremely narrow.
Just a 5' property setback would mean the house can be no more than 20' wide.
by researcher
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AAA? What to do in car emergencies?
Replies: 90
Views: 5667

Re: AAA? What to do in car emergencies?

Earl Lemongrab wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:04 pm
Luke Duke wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:57 am
The part of the post that you didn't quote.
Really? As you see it, perhaps you could point it out. I just checked and can't find it still.
Are you being serious???

"Horace Mann. I've had them for years..."

https://www.horacemann.com/
by researcher
Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have a 2017/2018 Highlander Hybrid?
Replies: 15
Views: 1044

Re: Anyone have a 2017/2018 Highlander Hybrid?

The other child is in a booster and has no problems. The issue with the infant car seat is there is no leg room in the front seat. Did child #1 never travel in your current vehicle while in an infant car seat? Again, I would suggest purchasing a new/smaller car seat. I guarantee you can find one th...
by researcher
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have a 2017/2018 Highlander Hybrid?
Replies: 15
Views: 1044

Re: Anyone have a 2017/2018 Highlander Hybrid?

Motivation is our Hyundai Tucson is too small as we now how 2 children, and the car seat doesn't fit comfortably for the baby. If anyone has feedback vis-a-vis having children in the back Im interested in hearing it. So the carseat fit comfortably for child #1, but somehow doesn't fit comfortably f...
by researcher
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: estate planning with animals
Replies: 28
Views: 2374

Re: estate planning with animals

notmyhand wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:44 pm
~100 animals between the farm animals like chickens, four large dogs, and about twenty cats.
I would start following Bob Barker's advice on pets.

So if you have 24 dogs/cats, what do the 76 other farm animals consist of?
Do you treat these 76 farm animals as pets or livestock?
by researcher
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IPhone Faulty Battery Diagnosis
Replies: 32
Views: 1644

Re: IPhone Faulty Battery Diagnosis

TravelforFun wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:46 pm
Were they using tactics to try to scare away customers so they wouldn't have to replace their phone batteries?
YES. That is exactly what they were doing.
by researcher
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 278
Views: 39306

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

I purchased a 2018 CR-V in March with the 1.5 L turbo... I have driven my CR-V about 1300 miles so far... Mine showed up at about 8500 miles. So don't count your chickens just yet... Agree with this. You've only owned your car for a month. I think you'd need to drive it for least 6 months before ev...
by researcher
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: To take or not to take delivery of Tesla 3
Replies: 1067
Views: 84718

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

I also have never seen a Model 3 in person. I just saw my first Model 3 on the drive into work this morning. I can't say that I was all that impressed with the exterior design. Something like the new Mazda 6 looks much better from the outside. Not the most glowing reviews either... https://www.cara...
by researcher
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Honda Fit EX
Replies: 33
Views: 2616

Re: 2018 Honda Fit EX

My thinking is that I know that the 2018 Honda Fit EX checks all my boxes so even if I buy a used one in 2 years, I'd still like to know how happy people are with their choice, even if it is from an earlier year. The Fit you plan to purchase had a complete revision in 2014. All of the feedback you'...
by researcher
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Honda Fit EX
Replies: 33
Views: 2616

Re: 2018 Honda Fit EX

Hello, All! I am anticipating replacing my 2000 Honda Accord EX in the next couple of years (probably when it hits 20 years old or 200k miles). I'm curious why you are asking this question now if you don't plan to buy for 2 years. Soliciting opinions now on a NEW 2018 model vehicle doesn't seem all...
by researcher
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 278
Views: 39306

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

I would actually trust the Honda techs to collect the sample. Hahaha. Your trust would be misplaced. I don't think they would screw it up out of a malicious intent to protect Honda, rather simply sheer incompetence. All you need to do is read the voluminous threads on the topic to see that dealer s...
by researcher
Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise or other vaca ideas for Dad w/13yr old twin boys?
Replies: 36
Views: 2501

Re: Cruise or other vaca ideas for Dad w/13yr old twin boys?

But I’m looking for other ideas for good vacations for myself and my twin boys... They both like water parks... I was hoping to save on airfare ... my boys don’t like the “beach” really... I would NOT pursue the Atlantis vacation. I looked into it myself and found it to be overpriced and uninterest...
by researcher
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1st World Problem - Pet Insurance
Replies: 19
Views: 2094

Re: 1st World Problem - Pet Insurance

Their $1000 deductible plans are only like $12 a month for me and there is no annual lifetime limit. If my dog gets cancer and needs a 10-15k treatment, I would feel like a horrible person if I couldn't afford to treat it knowing that I could have for $12 a month. $12 a month for 10 years is ~$1500...
by researcher
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4
Replies: 130
Views: 13390

Re: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4

After just a few years with children it is really hard to beat a minivan - in our experience either an Odyssey or Sienna. Just send some time observing the pick-up lines at your local elementary, middle and high school and it will all become clear. It was only a matter of time before one of the min...
by researcher
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House Flooded - Process with Insurance and Experience?
Replies: 13
Views: 1486

Re: House Flooded - Process with Insurance and Experience?

At least 3 posters, including the OP, have mentioned being away for a few days and coming home to a flooded house. This is why EVERYONE should shut off the water main prior to leaving the house for more than a day. Shutting the water off takes no more than 15 seconds and is easy insurance against de...
by researcher
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 2019 RAV4 is now out - looks good
Replies: 34
Views: 2993

Re: New 2019 RAV4 is now out - looks good

02nz wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:18 pm
As with seemingly all these cars each generation gets bigger.
The overall length of the 2019 model actually shrinks by 2.6 inches, compared to the current generation.
by researcher
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 278
Views: 39306

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

Today I had the dealer change the oil and filter, when I checked the oil level after the oil change it was above the orange indicator and 1/8" into the metal part of the dip stick. I took the car back to the dealer and they said the oil level was fine.... I said show me on the stick, guess what the...
by researcher
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota truck frame replacement program
Replies: 23
Views: 3223

Re: Toyota truck frame replacement program

Morning of Day 2: In first pic, old frame with engine (and truck bed and shell) on left, new frame on right. He said I won the award for cleanest 2005 Tacoma coming in for frame replacement and the techs appreciated it. I think I spent 25 quarters at the car wash blasting everything clean last week...
by researcher
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Underrated places to visit in U.S.?
Replies: 126
Views: 11727

Re: Underrated places to visit in U.S.?

This thread is the equivalent of throwing darts at a US map.
by researcher
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Underrated places to visit in U.S.?
Replies: 126
Views: 11727

Re: Underrated places to visit in U.S.?

My wife and I love to take road trips but we haven't been to too many different places...For those who travel, are there cities that you would consider underrated destinations? Thanks in advance. This question is impossible to answer without knowing what your interests are. What do you do for fun? ...
by researcher
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drink package on Royal Caribbean, worth it?
Replies: 73
Views: 7107

Re: Drink package on Royal Caribbean, worth it?

There are 3 drink packages: non-alchoholic beverage package - any non-alcoholic beverage, including sodas, specialty coffees, fresh squeezed OJ at breakfast, bottled water, virgin cocktails If you don't purchase any type of drink package, what complimentary beverages are available, if any? Room tem...
by researcher
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drink package on Royal Caribbean, worth it?
Replies: 73
Views: 7107

Re: Drink package on Royal Caribbean, worth it?

Shallowpockets wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:40 pm
$900 a week for liquor sounds outrageous to me and probably many BHs.
THIS!

I'm surprised at the number of posters who are so nonchalant about spending nearly a grand on booze for a week.

I wouldn't buy such a package at even half that price.
by researcher
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Honda Accord LX ... is this a good deal?
Replies: 44
Views: 3802

Re: 2018 Honda Accord LX ... is this a good deal?

The CRV is the Accord Wagon. It's also the Civic Hatchback. There was too much internal competition between these, and it was too much trouble to keep so many models, so the CRV is what remains as the most general of the choices. The sharing of vehicle platforms (as all automakers do) does not mean...
by researcher
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Honda Accord LX ... is this a good deal?
Replies: 44
Views: 3802

Re: 2018 Honda Accord LX ... is this a good deal?

That's true, the CRV does have more cargo room. My wife and I had an Accord and an Acura RDX at the same time and I do remember one time in 5 years that we had to use the RDX to haul an end table that wouldn't fit in the Accord. It sounds like a sedan is a good fit for you then. I've owned both an ...
by researcher
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Honda Accord LX ... is this a good deal?
Replies: 44
Views: 3802

Re: 2018 Honda Accord LX ... is this a good deal?

I will tell you right now that a $25k Accord is better in nearly every way than any $25k small SUV. While I generally agree, there is one big deficiency...Cargo Volume - Accord - 16.7 cu ft - CRV - 39.2 cu ft If the Accord came in a Wagon, or at least a hatchback model, I would be in the market. Bu...
by researcher
Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV and set up recommendations for above fireplace
Replies: 35
Views: 2493

Re: TV and set up recommendations for above fireplace

We'd like a more social living room set up and are considering getting a new tv and putting it above our fireplace to allow for more seating... Also, I may look to get a mount that I can lower down in front of the fireplace so the viewing angle is better when we do watch TV. Any recommendations? As...
by researcher
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4
Replies: 130
Views: 13390

Re: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4

Actually, I have, indeed been counting. Posts and recommended reasons... My criteria for a car would be #1 safety, #2 reliability, #3 good for kids in back (none yet but planning soon), #4 everything else. Based on these criteria, would you still recommend the CX-5? I guess it is not that I specifi...
by researcher
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4
Replies: 130
Views: 13390

Re: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4

Unlike RAV4 and CRV, it has full time AWD and 2 additonal inches of ground clearane, both of which make it a superiour vehicle on unploughed roads and offroad. Given that he selected FWD versions for the other two vehicles on his list, I don't think ground clearance, offroad driving, or unplowed ro...
by researcher
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4
Replies: 130
Views: 13390

Re: 2018 Forester vs CRV vs RAV4

Thank you for adding another vote for the Mazda CX-5. Thank you, also, for clarifying why it may not be too risky to buy a first-year model and for sharing your experience re the reliability of a first-year model car that you owned. If you are keeping track, this is the 4th or 5th suggestion (inclu...