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by Teague
Sun May 09, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowners insurance: How much ordinance or law coverage do I need?
Replies: 9
Views: 973

Re: Homeowners insurance: How much ordinance or law coverage do I need?

The percentages seem arbitrary, true, so it would be best if you could decide in advance what sort of loss you planned to have. Will the mother-in-law cottage get plowed into by a wayward driver? Maybe you'd need only the 10% option. Will you have a regional major disaster whereby the whole house is...
by Teague
Mon May 03, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is the maximum amount I should spend on financial gambling?
Replies: 84
Views: 6374

Re: What is the maximum amount I should spend on financial gambling?

I'd look at it a bit more broadly and ask the acceptable combined amount of gambling and recreational drugs. Let's limit that to legal ones including alcohol, since discussion of anything illegal is prohibited in this forum. You're really buying the same thing - little hits, or releases, of dopamine...
by Teague
Sun May 02, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips for Carrying Food in Hot Climate?
Replies: 39
Views: 2780

Re: Tips for Carrying Food in Hot Climate?

Simple is to keep a spare towel in your car, a good idea for lots of reasons. Pile the cold and frozen foods together, thereby decreasing their effective surface area to volume ratio. Cover them with your towel. This is imperfect but adequate and easy for a 20-30 minute drive in our hot climate.
by Teague
Mon Apr 26, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC replacement when experts disagree
Replies: 96
Views: 6146

Re: HVAC replacement when experts disagree

Was your current unit adequate back when it was working well?

How humid is your location? The more humidity the more important it is to not oversize.
by Teague
Sat Apr 24, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Mobil 1 extended performance full synthetic oil really good for 20k miles?
Replies: 74
Views: 5685

Re: Is Mobil 1 extended performance full synthetic oil really good for 20k miles?

I'm pretty sure that (unsubstantiated assertion.) In fact, I know one guy who (anecdote) and another who (anecdote), and both of them said that after that they'd (never/always) be sure to (employ/reject) (unproven procedure.) Now, if you look at the owner's manual they'll say to do it different, but...
by Teague
Sat Apr 24, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco rotisserie chicken
Replies: 195
Views: 38125

Re: Costco rotisserie chicken

I normally shop at Sam’s Club, and almost always pick up one of their rotisserie chickens. However, tonight I popped into Costco and bought a few things, including a chicken. Both stores sell 3 pound chickens for $4.99. One man’s taste test - I think that the Sam’s chicken is juicier and tastier th...
by Teague
Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cell phone towers: Any health issues living near?
Replies: 17
Views: 812

Re: Cell phone towers: Any health issues living near?

Ok, nothing to see here folks, lets move along, that's right...

How about them Mets?...
by Teague
Fri Apr 23, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Towing with Small Truck
Replies: 34
Views: 2008

Re: Towing with Small Truck

...the hill climb exercise is a 5% grade at 35 mph. Minor correction to that - 35MPH is for dual rear wheel trucks, for all others it's 40MPH. Which admittedly is not warp speed, but probably not unreasonable given the required high ambient temperature with a maxed out load on a grade considered no...
by Teague
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Towing with Small Truck
Replies: 34
Views: 2008

Re: Towing with Small Truck

willthrill81 wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:22 pm You do whatever you want.
Likewise.
by Teague
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Towing with Small Truck
Replies: 34
Views: 2008

Re: Towing with Small Truck

The numbers from the manufacturer are determined by engineers who have intimate knowledge of the specifics of the vehicle. These days the criteria are standardized as every manufacturer complies with the SAE J2807 towing standard, done through real-world testing. Anyone who puts forth the idea that...
by Teague
Thu Apr 22, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Towing with Small Truck
Replies: 34
Views: 2008

Re: Towing with Small Truck

The numbers from the manufacturer are determined by engineers who have intimate knowledge of the specifics of the vehicle. These days the criteria are standardized as every manufacturer complies with the SAE J2807 towing standard, done through real-world testing. Anyone who puts forth the idea that...
by Teague
Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Will I get a bill for an ambulance service if the ride was declined?
Replies: 7
Views: 1676

Re: Will I get a bill for an ambulance service if the ride was declined?

As mentioned it depends on your area. Here if you are not transported there is no charge.
by Teague
Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Towing with Small Truck
Replies: 34
Views: 2008

Re: Towing with Small Truck

The numbers from the manufacturer are determined by engineers who have intimate knowledge of the specifics of the vehicle. These days the criteria are standardized as every manufacturer complies with the SAE J2807 towing standard, done through real-world testing. Anyone who puts forth the idea that ...
by Teague
Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raised Garden Beds - Building Material
Replies: 62
Views: 4242

Re: Raised Garden Beds - Building Material

How about cedar cedar fence pickets? The won't be quite as thick, but you can either line the inside with them, so your soil isn't in contact with treated lumber, or I'd imagine depending on the size of the bed that they'd hold up fairly well on their own. That's exactly what we do, and you can get...
by Teague
Mon Apr 19, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling old car - CarMax etc.
Replies: 66
Views: 5586

Re: Selling old car - CarMax etc.

FWIW- my Carmax datapoint:

I sold them my 8 month old low mileage car in excellent condition. The next day it was for sale on their lot for 12% more than they paid me for it, which I consider a reasonable markup. Particularly considering their overhead and regulatory compliance obligations.
by Teague
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you tip your hibachi chef?
Replies: 22
Views: 2360

Re: Do you tip your hibachi chef?

Maybe wrap a few bills into a cone and set it on fire?
by Teague
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Great Swing Set Dilemma
Replies: 56
Views: 4673

Re: The Great Swing Set Dilemma

We decided to make things simple and almost ever-lasting. Benefitting from a couple of well-situated trees, we used a 20' section of 3.5 inch schedule 40 galvanized pipe, and purchased commercial hardware and chain and swing seats from a playground supplier. It's just a swing set, no playhouse, no p...
by Teague
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2021
Replies: 46
Views: 4074

Re: Gardening 2021

I've got 6 tomato plants in the ground so far, using large amounts of straw as mulch this year. Planting some corn is next.
by Teague
Sun Apr 04, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco organic chicken / eggs
Replies: 23
Views: 2305

Re: Costco organic chicken / eggs

Only the chickens know for sure, and they're not talking.
by Teague
Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best nonstick pans?
Replies: 65
Views: 5302

Re: Best nonstick pans?

This pops up here from time to time. I'm in the "treat it as disposable" camp, replace every 2 years approx. Votes for cast iron and carbon steel often appear, but I think for eggs or fish nothing works as well as PTFE and its cousins. Just don't have your parakeet near the pan when you se...
by Teague
Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mulch from Costco or Lowes
Replies: 41
Views: 4402

Re: Mulch from Costco or Lowes

This talk of $30/cubic yard for compost has me recalling about 4 years ago when I got my last delivery, $6.25/cubic yard, dairy compost, well-cooked. Of course, you need a certain amount of room for that kind of delivery, which was about 110 cubic yards.
by Teague
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Received Stimulus Check - Not Eligible, Free Lunch?
Replies: 17
Views: 2012

Re: Received Stimulus Check - Not Eligible, Free Lunch?

To the extent that it could be a "free lunch," you could think of it as a rebate from a lunch money system you have most likely paid into for many years.
by Teague
Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retire vs resign - Is there a difference?
Replies: 81
Views: 8236

Re: Retire vs resign - Is there a difference?

For me it was important that I noted that I was "resigning for the purpose of retirement." If that wasn't made clear the HR wheels got all gummed up and, worst case, important benefits might be forfeited, eventually.
by Teague
Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [On-going Scams - Post them here]
Replies: 465
Views: 35313

Re: So how exactly would this text message scam work?

Instead of a scam, maybe someone just sent their message to the wrong number (yours)? With the recipients name and address correct? Doubtful. I don't think this is a scam in the sense of stealing your bank account, but more likely a scam in the sense of a bad business deal. Sounds to me like someon...
by Teague
Thu Mar 18, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [On-going Scams - Post them here]
Replies: 465
Views: 35313

Re: So how exactly would this text message scam work?

Instead of a scam, maybe someone just sent their message to the wrong number (yours)? I've gotten all sorts of misdirected messages. Once I was included in a family group closely tracking the labor and delivery of their newest member. Minute by minute updates. I eventually sent my congratulations al...
by Teague
Thu Mar 18, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 gallon water heater questions
Replies: 70
Views: 4356

Re: 50 gallon water heater questions

My 11 year old gas water heater has a leaking pressure release valve. I wonder if I should replace the water heater or just replace the valve? One plumber said that it means that the water heater is going. Friend who does plumbing said to just replace the valve. Amanda I think it indicates plumber ...
by Teague
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me with downhill backyard soil erosion
Replies: 10
Views: 859

Re: Help me with downhill backyard soil erosion

Do you have neighbors that have had the same problem fixed? That's where I always start. Good idea. I will post in my neighborhood FB group and ask the same. Hopefully, someone had a similar issue resolved. Thank you! The downslope neighbor may see that post and feel especially motivated to provide...
by Teague
Tue Mar 16, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me with downhill backyard soil erosion
Replies: 10
Views: 859

Re: Help me with downhill backyard soil erosion

These folks shouldn't be hard to find, they are used in all sorts of projects. As far as I know they are all required to be licensed by the state so should have a minimum competency assured. This is the kind of thing they do. Ever see a majestic house sitting on top of a hill thinking "gee, tha...
by Teague
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me with downhill backyard soil erosion
Replies: 10
Views: 859

Re: Help me with downhill backyard soil erosion

I think I'd look for a soil engineer, or a landscape architect could be consulted. Note that a landscape architect is completely different than a landscaper or gardener. Landscapers plant flowers and put in sprinklers, landscape architects do calculations and have lots of education and dictate how a...
by Teague
Tue Mar 16, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Parking RV In Driveway
Replies: 60
Views: 4624

Re: Parking RV In Driveway

I parked a 2100 pound double axle car trailer with a 1600 pound racecar on my relatively new asphalt driveway for a few weeks. One wheel was near the edge. It was during the middle of the summer in New England. When I moved the trailer, the tire had sunk in about an inch and a half. I have a neighb...
by Teague
Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Trustee is refusing to give me an annual statement
Replies: 39
Views: 3783

Re: Trustee is refusing to give me an annual statement

Please don't take the wrong way, but by any chance are you under a conservatorship?
by Teague
Mon Mar 15, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Fridge
Replies: 22
Views: 1379

Re: New Fridge

Maybe someone can help me find the exact dimensions, I want to make sure the Cubic footage of the inside of any new fridge is not any smaller. Over time energy efficiency standards have changed. One part of this is the amount of insulation has increased on such things. Water heaters have gotten fat...
by Teague
Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What is this "bonus" gray bar?
Replies: 21
Views: 1799

Re: What is this "bonus" gray bar?

^^^ Agreed, now that I know the matter is of no practical consequence I will treat it as such.
by Teague
Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What is this "bonus" gray bar?
Replies: 21
Views: 1799

Re: What is this "bonus" gray bar?

GrowthSeeker wrote: Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:20 pm Try zooming in and out.
Ding ding ding! I was zoomed to 110% without being aware. Apparently zooming to anything other than 110%, or 90%, fixes it in my case. In other words, it only happens at 90% or 110% zoom. Even then, only quite rarely. :happy
by Teague
Sun Mar 14, 2021 8:03 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What is this "bonus" gray bar?
Replies: 21
Views: 1799

Re: What is this "bonus" gray bar?

I tried clearing my cache but no difference. I'm using Windows 10 and Chrome. It occurs pretty rarely for me, and I haven't been able to relate it to any particular action, inaction, pattern, barometric pressure, St. Swithin's day forecast, etc. It does indeed appear to be a scrollbar, (thanks!) and...
by Teague
Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What is this "bonus" gray bar?
Replies: 21
Views: 1799

Re: What is this "bonus" gray bar?

Below is a screenshot. Notice at the bottom of the first post there is a gray line, similar to the signature separator line, but thicker. (If no one can see it this time I'm blaming the cumulative effects from the indiscretions of my youth, particularly the 80's.) https://i.ibb.co/6By0sgM/Hallucinat...
by Teague
Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What is this "bonus" gray bar?
Replies: 21
Views: 1799

Re: What is this "bonus" gray bar?

What "gray bar" are you talking about? Are you talking about the break that appears above your signature block "Semper Augustus" :confused Uh-oh, I was afraid of this. No, not the signature separator line, which appears as a thin line, but similar. More pixels high, maybe oh, I ...
by Teague
Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:47 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: What is this "bonus" gray bar?
Replies: 21
Views: 1799

What is this "bonus" gray bar?

Greetings all, Occasionally I've noticed a grayish bar at the bottom of a post. A recent example may be seen at the bottom of the first post, here: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=343126&newpost=5881411 At least I see one there, perhaps others do too? I once saw this app...
by Teague
Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton purchase inquiry
Replies: 27
Views: 2545

Re: Peloton purchase inquiry

Personally I plan to wait for an improved version of these things. I'm hoping that someday someone can come up with a similar experience, but more immersive. For example, you would see the environment on more than a smallish screen, so it could be much more surrounding. Maybe with a breeze and smel...
by Teague
Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Peloton purchase inquiry
Replies: 27
Views: 2545

Re: Peloton purchase inquiry

Personally I plan to wait for an improved version of these things. I'm hoping that someday someone can come up with a similar experience, but more immersive. For example, you would see the environment on more than a smallish screen, so it could be much more surrounding. Maybe with a breeze and smell...
by Teague
Tue Mar 09, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast iron cooking tips
Replies: 59
Views: 4468

Re: Cast iron cooking tips

edgeagg wrote: Tue Mar 09, 2021 1:11 pm
csmath wrote: Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:49 pm So... bacon is one of the 3 magical ingredients for me. Cheese and chocolate are the other two! I joke that 100% of all dishes in the world can be improved with at least one of them.
:beer . Is there anything that bacon cannot improve!..
A pig's life expectancy?
by Teague
Mon Mar 08, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 172
Views: 23171

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

And then some smart aleck will chime in and say there are no such things as motor oil weights, but there are different viscosities. Usually the same guy who says the "W" in 10W-30 doesn't stand for weight. Don't you hate guys like that? :wink: I'm the smart aleck who says that the "w...
by Teague
Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 172
Views: 23171

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

Oh no, another oil thread, that will go nowhere. What does the manufactures manual say? Oh you stated it. Why not just follow that??? Half the people think that is too soon, the other half, too early. :D While we are at it we should ask people their favorite oil filter and watch this thread explode...
by Teague
Sun Mar 07, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast iron cooking tips
Replies: 59
Views: 4468

Re: Cast iron cooking tips

Next time with the steaks do not add any oil. I know that sounds odd at first. With no oil you are "pan broiling" and that's not a term I just invented; go ahead and look it up. Hot is good but you can get these things too hot and vaporize all your hard-won pan seasoning, practice makes pe...
by Teague
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 172
Views: 23171

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

2 years seems like a long time for synthetic oil change. But for a car that is hardly driven except warmed up once in a while it's hard to believe it is harmful to the engine. Can anyone comment what can happen to the oil itself after 2 years in the vehicle. Do they spoiled or stale? Maybe grow mol...
by Teague
Sat Mar 06, 2021 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slight Sewer Gas smell coming from bathroom - Problem solved -maybe!
Replies: 25
Views: 3720

Re: Slight Sewer Gas smell coming from bathroom

Thank you all for the replies and suggestions! Once the weather warms a little I plan to check the vent stack first, then the duct tape around the base :D. I have a feeling it could be a cracked flange but hopefully maybe it will only need a new wax ring or double wax ring! Thanks guys :sharebeer I...
by Teague
Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Becoming a Plumber
Replies: 72
Views: 7228

Re: Becoming a Plumber

I should add my goal is to have my own company. I enjoy this type of work and love being hands on, but I would like to have my own shop. Not to belabor the issue, but know that tradesman type work when you feel like doing it is completely different than having to wake up at 05:30 5-7 days per week,...
by Teague
Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Becoming a Plumber
Replies: 72
Views: 7228

Re: Becoming a Plumber

Not in the trades now but was for about 15 years before changing to a white collar job. The trades get physically harder as you get older, a main reason I switched. Even when young expect to finish the day somewhat to very sore and physically worn out, maybe with a few more cuts/bruises and cracks o...
by Teague
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can Subaru Outback cabin and air filters get really dirty in just 3500 miles?
Replies: 77
Views: 3888

Re: Can Subaru Outback cabin and air filters get really dirty in just 3500 miles?

No point in raising a stink with the shop, you have no proof as the old filter is in a landfill by now. On a related note, and counterintuitively to some, know that these filters do a better job of filtering as they get older and dirtier. Of course eventually you will reach a state where not enough ...
by Teague
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slight Sewer Gas smell coming from bathroom - Problem solved -maybe!
Replies: 25
Views: 3720

Re: Slight Sewer Gas smell coming from bathroom

Depending on the type of flooring, and the toilet installation, could be a leaky wax ring with some foul water hidden under the vinyl or other flooring material. For this reason, when installing a toilet I leave a 1 inch gap at the back side when caulking around the base. That way a water leak is m...