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by Hogan773
Thu May 21, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what to do about 1000s of dandelions/weeds?
Replies: 55
Views: 4078

Re: what to do about 1000s of dandelions/weeds?

thanks for all the thoughtful replies! My wife plans to spend an hour or two a day in certain parts of the yard trying to get the weeds under control. let's see how that goes, it seems to me like a crazy amount of work for something we don't care too much about. We do have a couple of gardens on th...
by Hogan773
Thu May 14, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Brake Pads
Replies: 87
Views: 4070

Re: New Brake Pads

Aside from allowing a jacked up car to fall on me, are there any other safety issues I should be concerned about in doing this myself that a basic YouTube video may miss? I'm mostly concerned at barrelling into something at high speed with no brakes. Safety first, always: Place automatic transmissi...
by Hogan773
Thu May 14, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Brake Pads
Replies: 87
Views: 4070

Re: New Brake Pads

I will resurface the rotors. Why? I assume this is the car's first brake job and if you don't have any pedal pulsation, it's unnecessary. I doubt it's anywhere near worn out. Why remove the rotor and possibly introduce runout and wobble when you put it back? The difference between a $10 rotor and a...
by Hogan773
Thu May 14, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Brake Pads
Replies: 87
Views: 4070

Re: New Brake Pads

I will resurface the rotors. Why? I assume this is the car's first brake job and if you don't have any pedal pulsation, it's unnecessary. I doubt it's anywhere near worn out. Why remove the rotor and possibly introduce runout and wobble when you put it back? The difference between a $10 rotor and a...
by Hogan773
Thu May 14, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you back up your important data?
Replies: 102
Views: 5097

Re: Where do you back up your important data?

Unless somebody breaks in and steals your computer and backup drive. I figure the odds of that ever actually happening are so low they might as well be zero. My main PC is a full-sized desktop and my external backup drive sits behind it, and both are quite difficult to get to (underneath/behind a l...
by Hogan773
Tue May 12, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Front load washing machine recommendations
Replies: 98
Views: 4660

Re: Front load washing machine recommendations

My solution to the stink has been: 1. Use Only the detergent measure that comes with the detergent and use a little less than it indicates. I no longer use the one in the tray, which is a lot more per load. I read somewhere that using too much Detergent doesn’t rinse completely and makes it much ea...
by Hogan773
Mon May 11, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Brake Pads
Replies: 87
Views: 4070

Re: New Brake Pads

I use Honda OEM parts for my brake work. There are a couple of online Honda dealers in the New England area that sell parts at a reasonable price. I've had problems with aftermarket parts not fitting correctly. For me, car parts are like painting my house. The labor is expensive, so I invest in OEM...
by Hogan773
Sat May 09, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AJ Madison?
Replies: 16
Views: 2731

Re: AJ Madison?

When I read the headline I literally thought someone on Bogleheads was inquiring about the "life is short...have an affair" website and how best to use it

Then I clicked in and remembered that was called Ashley Madison
by Hogan773
Tue May 05, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?
Replies: 94
Views: 6274

Re: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?

We replaced the vinyl cover a couple of times before reading somewhere that a cover is unnecessary — curious what others do (we are in the mid-atlantic, a fair bit of rain and sun and a bit of snow). Covers in general are not great, because they trap moisture which then causes corrosion. That said,...
by Hogan773
Tue May 05, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best [BBQ grill] for the money?
Replies: 94
Views: 6274

Re: Best BBQ for the money?

I have a Weber Spirit E-310 that I bought in 2007 that is still going strong. My first Weber after buying the typical Home Depot $200 grills that would last 5 years or so. I’ve replaced a few parts on the Weber (flavorizer bars, thermometer, burners) but those parts have been inexpensive, readily a...
by Hogan773
Fri May 01, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]
Replies: 139
Views: 12297

Re: [Anyone drop cable for YouTube TV?]

I just dropped my Xfinity cable boxes and went to Internet only. Saved $130 a month which felt great. We are already paying for Netflix, Amazon and borrowing a Hulu basic. I just tried YouTube TV for 3 days and it seems great. Love the unlimited DVR function. Haven't pulled the trigger to officially...
by Hogan773
Thu Apr 30, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ridiculous HVAC Duct cleaning quote
Replies: 51
Views: 4711

Re: Ridiculous HVAC Duct cleaning quote

I had a local company come and service my HVAC units for a $69 special on a neighbors referral. The company rep was professional and seemed to do a good job, then came the sell. He shows me a couple of pictures on his iPad of my duct work and blower motor. He says the ducts are filled with a lot of...
by Hogan773
Thu Apr 30, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ridiculous HVAC Duct cleaning quote
Replies: 51
Views: 4711

Re: Ridiculous HVAC Duct cleaning quote

I had a local company come and service my HVAC units for a $69 special on a neighbors referral. The company rep was professional and seemed to do a good job, then came the sell. He shows me a couple of pictures on his iPad of my duct work and blower motor. He says the ducts are filled with a lot of...
by Hogan773
Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why doesn't Porsche have better resale value?
Replies: 50
Views: 5390

Re: Why doesn't Porsche have better resale value?

I think a few reasons... Generally they are more expensive to maintain and parts more expensive They start as much more expensive so further to fall over a given time frame. If Honda made $120,000 versions of cars too, I would guess they would depreciate faster than a $30,000 Honda. Honda and Toyota...
by Hogan773
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cox Internet Retention
Replies: 20
Views: 1054

Re: Cox Internet Retention

I currently have Cox Ultimate 300 service which I have no complaints about, except for the increase in price I received from $69.99 per month to $84.99 per month. I called both an 844 number and my local Cox number and got different promo rates both times, albeit there wasn't much $$ difference bet...
by Hogan773
Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Household batteries + charger
Replies: 24
Views: 1215

Re: Household batteries + charger

I concur with @livesoft in recommending Eneloops from Amazon. NiMH batteries have been one of my strange obsessions for the past 25 years. Certain AmazonBasics used to be good but I think the reviews are coming in too unreliable for me to trust them anymore. That said, if you have an IKEA near you ...
by Hogan773
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which new kid's bike to buy online?
Replies: 42
Views: 1672

Re: Which new kid's bike to buy online?

I have always been fortunate to get good deals on "real" bikes through CL, or our town holds a bike sale every May too. I generally have gotten Trek or Specialized mountain bikes for around $100-120. My view is that bike "technology" really hasn't changed, so I am fine paying $100 for an all-aluminu...
by Hogan773
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Paint Peeling
Replies: 26
Views: 1646

Re: Fence Paint Peeling

I have always used an oil based, semi-transparent stain that actually soaks into the wood. Haven't tried "painting" a fence but could see that any item that is just forming a film on top of the wood is more likely to fail than something that soaks into the wood. Otherwise I would assume that you wou...
by Hogan773
Tue Apr 21, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which FREE streaming services don't have commercials?
Replies: 19
Views: 1231

Re: Which FREE streaming services don't have commercials?

I would like more high quality free stuff as well, across all types of items and services
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trusts/Wills/Etc
Replies: 13
Views: 985

Re: Trusts/Wills/Etc

You would get more useful advice if you gave more specifics. What state are in you? What's your net worth now? Are you still working and saving or retired and spending down your investment accounts? Still working, high 40s age, mid 7 figures paper net worth, kids ages 9-15 Then, I highly recommend ...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trusts/Wills/Etc
Replies: 13
Views: 985

Re: Trusts/Wills/Etc

You would get more useful advice if you gave more specifics. What state are in you? What's your net worth now? Are you still working and saving or retired and spending down your investment accounts? Still working, high 40s age, mid 7 figures paper net worth, kids ages 9-15 Then, I highly recommend ...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed
Replies: 48
Views: 1972

Re: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed

I'll just add that it pays to check your monthly usage every now and then. We typically use about 700 to 1,500 gigabytes a month, but we started going to 7 terrabytes a month for a couple of months. It turned out that Google Drive got confused and was repeatedly resyncing the same set of files. I n...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trusts/Wills/Etc
Replies: 13
Views: 985

Re: Trusts/Wills/Etc

oldfort wrote:
Mon Apr 20, 2020 2:37 pm
You would get more useful advice if you gave more specifics. What state are in you? What's your net worth now? Are you still working and saving or retired and spending down your investment accounts?
Still working, high 40s age, mid 7 figures paper net worth, kids ages 9-15
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed
Replies: 48
Views: 1972

Re: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed

Watch out for data caps at lower speeds. Varies by ISP but generally data caps apply to most/all speed tiers, paying for faster speeds doesn't exempt you. Also, as I noted above OP's ISP (Comcast) and many others are temporarily waiving caps during COVID. True, but data caps go up when the speed go...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed
Replies: 48
Views: 1972

Re: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed

This is partly why I am scared to switch to WOW from Comcast. WOW is wired in our town and I could get 100mbps for $35 plus a $100 gift card, or 200mbps for $45 plus $200 gift card, but that requires a TWO YEAR contract and while I can't be sure, I've read some internet chatter that suggests people...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed
Replies: 48
Views: 1972

Re: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed

Watch out for data caps at lower speeds. Varies by ISP but generally data caps apply to most/all speed tiers, paying for faster speeds doesn't exempt you. Also, as I noted above OP's ISP (Comcast) and many others are temporarily waiving caps during COVID. I looked back and our usage on Comcast show...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed
Replies: 48
Views: 1972

Re: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed

Agreed that 100Mbps should be more than enough, and if not, your home wifi needs an upgrade. We are a family of 5 fully working and schooling remote. We often have 5 simultaneous video calls going on. Not a hiccup on our 100/10 connection. We are only occasionally constrained on the upload, and eve...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trusts/Wills/Etc
Replies: 13
Views: 985

Re: Trusts/Wills/Etc

The estate tax is slated to return to $5M in 2026. If you expect to leave an estate above $5M, adjusted for inflation, I would consult with an attorney about estate planning for tax purposes. Thanks Do you know if the trusts can just be set up to spring to life when one passes, so I don't have to c...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed
Replies: 48
Views: 1972

Re: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed

I think you'll find 100 mbps download speed just fine. However, if those TVs are streaming 4K video, look out for the Comcast data cap! At 7-ish GByte/hour per stream, 2.5 hours of viewing/day/TV will put you over the 1 Terabyte data cap. Comcast is lifting the data cap temporarily (https://corpora...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trusts/Wills/Etc
Replies: 13
Views: 985

Trusts/Wills/Etc

I need to update our will. We did one 15 yrs ago when first child born. I think it still "works" as it contemplated multiple children with per stirpes distribution etc. I believe it also called for a trust to be formed if the children were under 25yrs old or something - need to refresh on it. I thin...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed
Replies: 48
Views: 1972

Re: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed

Downgraded our Xfinity plan exactly like the OP's in the Chicago area. Absolutely no issues or indications of degradation of service. Very happy and love the savings......for now! I am excited too. I can't wait to return the boxes. I have a sinking feeling at some point I am going to need to spring...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed
Replies: 48
Views: 1972

Re: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed

For streaming, browsing, and gaming, I don't think anyone will notice the difference between 100 Mbps and 200 Mbps. Like you said, streaming doesn't actually use much since Netflix and friends compress everything heavily. The only time you'll notice is if you're downloading something large (e.g. an...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed
Replies: 48
Views: 1972

Re: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed

I wrote this in another thread but totally applies here: Most people way overestimate how much internet bandwidth they need, spurred by misinformation from the ISPs. We had 30 mbps before (now 50, free upgrade) and that was enough to stream a 4K movie, or 5 simultaneous streams of full HD Netflix. ...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed
Replies: 48
Views: 1972

Re: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed

Anyone working from home? Anyone schooling from home? I'd go with 200mb+ right now with the high demand and usage. We have 150mb and I am considering going to 500mb ($10 more) but it does require me buying a new 3.1 modem. ($150 one time expense). Check your cable modem to make sure it has enough u...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed
Replies: 48
Views: 1972

Re: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed

Just checking to see if anyone has first hand knowledge that 100mbps really isn't that much for multiple users. 100 mbps is more than enough IMHO. Though, internet traffic is aggregated and centralized onto common backbones around the world. Much like traffic congestion, it does not matter if you h...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed
Replies: 48
Views: 1972

100mbps vs 200mbps broadband speed

Hi all - I am about to move to an all-streaming model at home (dump my Comcast boxes and just go internet). For past number of years I have been getting 120mbps on my Comcast triple play even though they had been increasing speeds. For some reason I thought it was my modem but I never bothered getti...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Porting a cell phone number to google voice?
Replies: 13
Views: 881

Re: Porting a cell phone number to google voice?

I currently have 2 iPhones with Cricket wireless paying $15/month for 2gb of data for each line. I only need one phone/line. But I would like to keep the 2nd phone number for any potential texts/2 factor authentication in the future. After doing some research, it appears that the best thing to do i...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Porting a cell phone number to google voice?
Replies: 13
Views: 881

Re: Porting a cell phone number to google voice?

I am doing this right now, but it is to convert my old landline (from Comcast) phone to Google Voice to use with the OBIHai 200 I just bought. Right now my line is halfway, sitting in an AT&T Prepaid $15 account. I am letting it rest there a few days before it makes the journey to Google Voice. And ...
by Hogan773
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advise what to do after receiving email from Hacker trying to extort money
Replies: 57
Views: 4487

Re: Advise what to do after receiving email from Hacker trying to extort money

This is a current scam. They found your wife's password in a password dump. They don't have any actual sensitive information nor did they install anything on your laptop. Just ignore it. https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/07/13/sextortion-scam-knows-your-password-but-dont-fall-for-it/ Exactly. M...
by Hogan773
Thu Apr 16, 2020 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advise what to do after receiving email from Hacker trying to extort money
Replies: 57
Views: 4487

Re: Advise what to do after receiving email from Hacker trying to extort money

Thank you, everyone, for inputs. Here is the actual text "Pay $1000 in btc to the down below address (remove***from it): bc1***qwc5ldj8h25adqfwlhsvlwn29pu62h2d6p46f9l You may be wondering why the heck would you do that? Very well, put together yourself simply because I am going to move your entire ...
by Hogan773
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advise what to do after receiving email from Hacker trying to extort money
Replies: 57
Views: 4487

Re: Advise what to do after receiving email from Hacker trying to extort money

[OT comment removed by admin LadyGeek] That is usually the email I get. It has some password I've used for some random forum like Honda forums or whatever, and then it proceeds to tell me that they activated my webcam while I was pleasuring myself looking at adult sites and they will send that vide...
by Hogan773
Wed Apr 15, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sump pump recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1645

Re: Sump pump recommendations

Must do: add check valve to pump set-up, will help pump longevity. It depends on the amount of water that would get recycled. Check valves prevent water from getting recycled, so in that sense they reduce the amount of work that your pump must do, thereby helping with its longevity. If we are not t...
by Hogan773
Tue Apr 14, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Fix My Lawn!
Replies: 31
Views: 2388

Re: Help Fix My Lawn!

The reality is you can spend a little or a lot on lawn. If you feed your lawn, kill the weeds in it, and you water it sufficiently, you'll soon have a nice lawn. If you neglect any one of the three, you lawn isn't going to do as well. I live in Iowa which is equivalent to Illinois in respect to gro...
by Hogan773
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Fix My Lawn!
Replies: 31
Views: 2388

Re: Help Fix My Lawn!

Once the July/August drought and sun come and my neighbors using lawn services have nice brown lawns, mine is green as can be. How do I do it? I let it grow maybe 6 inches or more before cutting, then cut on the highest setting on my mower. No fertilizer, or water or any work other than driving acr...
by Hogan773
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Fix My Lawn!
Replies: 31
Views: 2388

Re: Help Fix My Lawn!

I spoke wit a county extension (Southeast Texas) agent that has St. Augustine in his yard and said it would win all the rewards. His suggestion was to not use a weed and feed in the Spring, but fertilize in the Spring and mulch with your mower all the time. Mulching during the summer adds nitrogen ...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: T-Mobile Connect - $15/mo 2GB
Replies: 27
Views: 2549

Re: T-Mobile Connect - $15/mo 2GB

I don’t know what to do I am hyper analyzing such a small purchase. We currently pay $75/mo for Verizon Prepaid, two lines, 15gb a month each. I used to get $75 of VZ gift cards on eBay for about $45 so it was great. Those deals have dried up and now I’m paying $75 full freight. We never used that ...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sump pump recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1645

Re: Sump pump recommendations

You make some great points; thanks! For me it was a question of getting something that I could quickly "drop" into the sump basket and not have to re-do existing plumbing. (I was leaving town soon and didn't have time for any re-do.) Incidentally, this unit does have a separate float switch for the...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 13, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stale Gasoline?
Replies: 25
Views: 1824

Re: Stale Gasoline?

Spend $1000 to build a secure storage bunker under your back yard. Then you can properly store these 30 gallons of gas that you are saving a few dollars on
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Fix My Lawn!
Replies: 31
Views: 2388

Re: Help Fix My Lawn!

I switched to Milorganite a few years ago and like it a lot. I still use a regular high nitrogen fertilizer in November just to give the roots a good eat which they store over the winter and it helps with green up. Many say to never use a high nitrogen fertilizer in spring because you just turbochar...
by Hogan773
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Yokohama vs Arizonian Tires
Replies: 11
Views: 949

Re: Yokohama vs Arizonian Tires

Consumer Reports really likes General Tire, AltiMax RT43 tires. They are rated #1 under "All Season" tires. $87 each - - you could probably find them for less. We put a set on our Avalon a fews months ago, and are happy. General Tire is a Continental budget label for those who are wondering I agree...