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by tev9876
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unoccupied second home: weird temperature spikes on remote monitor
Replies: 17
Views: 2559

Re: Unoccupied second home: weird temperature spikes on remote monitor

What type of thermostat is controlling the heating? If it has any "learning" capability it may have simply been relearning the temperature swings when the outside temperature got colder. The Ecobee I installed a few weeks ago actually uses the forecast (internet based) to manage the duty cycle. I do...
by tev9876
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Charcoal grill
Replies: 18
Views: 2341

Re: Charcoal grill

Head over to the smoking meat forums and look up the threads concerning the Masterbuilt electric smoker with the amazin pellet tray and mailbox mod. Might be sacrilegious to die hard smokers, but works awesome. With digital temp control you can smoke while you sleep. I'll put in a couple pork butts ...
by tev9876
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Creating External Exhaust for Microwave over Range - Need Reality Check
Replies: 26
Views: 3207

Re: Creating External Exhaust for Microwave over Range - Need Reality Check

I did this a few months ago and the difficulty depends on what is in that wall. Most microwaves have a 3.25x10" exhaust that can be directed out the back, top or front by removing the blower motor (a couple screws) and flipping it around. In my case a stud ran right through the center of the microwa...
by tev9876
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Michelin or Bridgestone?
Replies: 67
Views: 12790

Re: Michelin or Bridgestone?

Can anyone verify or disprove the claim that there are tires out there made specifically for warehouse clubs? I highly doubt they do it for individual retailers, but they do for OEMs. I was recently shopping Costco.com for truck tires and found two Michelin tires that appeared to be identical but h...
by tev9876
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Withdrawing cash from ATM in Ireland this morning
Replies: 13
Views: 1726

Re: Withdrawing cash from ATM in Ireland this morning

This is why I always carry a backup cash card. While credit cards are usually a very expensive way to get cash, some are not. My PenFed Visa credit card has no cash advance fee, no foreign transaction fees and only a 9.99% interest rate. Even though interest starts immediately, that is only 2.7 cent...
by tev9876
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with "mini-monovision" cataract implants?
Replies: 16
Views: 3938

Re: Experience with "mini-monovision" cataract implants?

I wore contacts to correct distance vision for about 20 years. I was never too bad - last prescription was -1.25 and -2.00. When my mid 40s hit and presbyopia set it I had more and more problems with reading while the contacts were in, but was OK without them. The Costco eye doctor told me to try mo...
by tev9876
Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The money trail...import vehicle vs domestic.
Replies: 32
Views: 3216

Re: The money trail...import vehicle vs domestic.

There is no such thing as an American car any more. The auto industry is global. My Ram truck built in Warren, MI has a transmission built in Germany and an engine built in Mexico. I believe they opened a transmission plant in the US shortly after I bought mine in 2013, but it is still a German desi...
by tev9876
Sat Sep 23, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cataract surgery: accommodating vs multifocal lens implants
Replies: 15
Views: 1624

Re: cataract surgery: accommodating vs multifocal lens implants

I had my right eye done last summer in my mid 40s. I've worn contacts for decades with my last prescription being +1.25 Left and +2.00 Right. I had actually been doing the monovision thing for a couple years as presbyopia was creeping up on me and I was having a hard time reading with my distance co...
by tev9876
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HELOC Refinance Logistics
Replies: 0
Views: 233

HELOC Refinance Logistics

I am 9.5 years into the 10 year draw period on a HELOC at Bank of America. I owe about $18K on a $48K line on a house worth about $130K at Prime +0.5%. The primary mortgage is paid off so this is the only debt against the house. I want to keep a HELOC available so I am going to refinance or pay off ...