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by lazydavid
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2021 Wrangler Rubicon unlimited
Replies: 22
Views: 1429

Re: 2021 Wrangler Rubicon unlimited

I just read that Bronco article. That is unacceptable and the hill they went up is powder puff in my opinion. Wranglers use an ancient transfer case with a chain drive front engagement. When locked in, there's nothing but gears, a chain and oil. No fancy AWD stuff. I don't know what the Sahara uses...
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: C8 Corvette?
Replies: 21
Views: 1627

Re: C8 Corvette?

I've been lusting after and planning the purchase of one since it was announced. After all, the mid-engine Corvette has been a dream of mine since I had the poster of the "Corvette Indy" prototype on my wall as a kid. Plan has been to buy one in ~2 years when my 13.5 yo steals my current r...
by lazydavid
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair plasma television or get new TV?
Replies: 76
Views: 5565

Re: Repair plasma television or get new TV?

I realize this post is now 6 months old and OP has likely done whatever he/she was going to do. I was in a similar situation in January, with the exact same model (51PN8500) that just went black one day while we were using it. No power whatsoever. So I elected for both options. I immediately replace...
by lazydavid
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 7 key fraud?
Replies: 17
Views: 1817

Re: Windows 7 key fraud?

Can you link the auction, if it hasn't been purged already?
by lazydavid
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 7 key fraud?
Replies: 17
Views: 1817

Re: Windows 7 key fraud?

EDIT: Using the laptop's serial number, I was able to determine that the original OS was Linux. So, it appears that the seller somehow got a hold of a Windows 7 Pro key that requires the laptop to connect to a KMS server every 180 days to keep Windows 10 activated. To clarify, they didn't "som...
by lazydavid
Fri Apr 09, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laser Printer: Buy a New One?
Replies: 54
Views: 3860

Re: Laser Printer: Buy a New One?

I disagree: not a beast, unless you enjoy diagnosing and replacing parts that are not considered consumables. As I mentioned you have the nuisance of having to buy used parts (motors, etc.) and hoping they're better than the ones you spent an hour digging out of the chassis to remove. Yes, for the ...
by lazydavid
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fan trips GFCI; can I plug into surge protector?
Replies: 22
Views: 1373

Re: fan trips GFCI; can I plug into surge protector?

An outlet tester is only $8: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Gardner-Ben ... /202867890

If the outlet tests out good, replace the fan.
by lazydavid
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laser Printer: Buy a New One?
Replies: 54
Views: 3860

Re: Laser Printer: Buy a New One?

I have an HP LaserJet 4 Plus that I purchased new in 1994 for about $1500 that is still in relatively good working order. That whole series (4/4 Plus, 5/5+, 4000/4050, 4100/4150, 4200/4250, 4300/4350) were all beasts. I got a 4100 for free when it was being retired from a bank after 10 years and 12...
by lazydavid
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The $2000-$4000 Car :) This made me wealthy so jump on board
Replies: 258
Views: 18541

Re: The $2000-$4000 Car :) This made me wealthy so jump on board

Buying cheaper vehicles is a great way to save a lot of cash. I understand the safety part but the reality is the safety argument is not that solid. If you get in a bad accident these newer cars will not save your life....my as well drive something cheap and keep investing :D Aside from the industr...
by lazydavid
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The $2000-$4000 Car :) This made me wealthy so jump on board
Replies: 258
Views: 18541

Re: The $2000-$4000 Car :) This made me wealthy so jump on board

I was inexplicably driving through a Dodge/Jeep dealership last weekend taking a casual look at some of the Wranglers when a nice looking Dodge Ram caught my eye. Not a dually but a sport/off road type but I didn't catch all the ins and outs of the options/model etc. because I didn't linger long wh...
by lazydavid
Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The best $10,000 to $15,000 vehicle.
Replies: 42
Views: 3278

Re: The best $10,000 to $15,000 vehicle.

In general, I think for Honda or Toyota, you're going to be looking at lightly used Fit's or Matrices , and 5+ year used Civic's and Corolla's for the price target stated. Those cars should still be good for 10+ years of reliable use, though. We must have different definitions of "lightly used...
by lazydavid
Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The $2000-$4000 Car :) This made me wealthy so jump on board
Replies: 258
Views: 18541

Re: The $2000-$4000 Car :) This made me wealthy so jump on board

Instead of handing it back this time, get buyout quotes from Carvana, et al. You very likely have positive equity in the SUV (assuming you negotiated well upfront) This. I have a friend who has been leasing luxury cars for over 20 years. He's never once turned one in--he trades them because he come...
by lazydavid
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The best $10,000 to $15,000 vehicle.
Replies: 42
Views: 3278

Re: The best $10,000 to $15,000 vehicle.

Doesn't meet your "used" specification, but just over a year ago one of my employees bought a Chevy Cruze hatchback for his long (now nonexistent) commute. All in with tax and 120k mile extended warranty he paid $13k. I'd probably look at the Hyundai Elantra. It's a great car, but doesn't ...
by lazydavid
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insane to buy a sports car?
Replies: 243
Views: 16654

Re: Insane to buy a sports car?

Cayman GTS? He contrasted it with the Boxter Spyder, so I'm guessing it's the 718 Boxter GTS 4.0. Congrats! I've started looking at the Boxter GTS 4.0 and Spyder recently myself. Post either your Porsche Code or build sheet so we can all enjoy! How far out is your allocation, and what, if any disco...
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 06, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family car
Replies: 86
Views: 6681

Re: Family car

Another option I would consider is a used Lexus RX 450L (hybrid) with second row captains chairs. This is a horrible option. The RXL only exists so Lexus can advertise a "3-row SUV" without actually having to build one. They just added 4 inches to the existing RX and crammed a pair of tin...
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 172
Views: 22659

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

That was from 15 years ago. Oh I know, was just pointing out that at that time, it had been going on for a while. Do you know how long before 2000 they began the program, and were they the first (or who started that wave)? And aside from the 2017 changes (reduction) was it the same program for near...
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 172
Views: 22659

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

Was that corporate on all vehicles or only local dealer? Local dealers have always done free oil changes to keep you coming back, sometimes lifetime, but corporate policy seems to ebb and flow. February 13, 2006 12:00 AM Bumper-to-bumper free maintenance remains a part of BMW's strategy BMW is the ...
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?
Replies: 90
Views: 3294

Re: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?

Let's look at the crop-sensor dSLR Nikon line a bit. I have a D7500. It is what most people would call an "enthusiast" camera and very clearly fits in between their D500 and the D5600*. What's the difference between a D500 (clearly their pro crop sensor camera) and a D7500? 1) The D500 ha...
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles
Replies: 172
Views: 22659

Re: Oil change interval for low-mileage vehicles

A few years back, BMW started with 4 years, but I think it's now only 3. https://www.bmwusa.com/explore/bmw-value/bmw-maintenance/ultimate-care.html It was more than a few years back. My 2000 BMW 3-series came with 4 years of maintenance, which included everything but tires. I got my wiper blades r...
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do maintenance free car batteries last as long in warm/hot climates?
Replies: 53
Views: 3154

Re: Do maintenance free car batteries last as long in warm/hot climates?

I can't tell you how to spend your money, but that's not how I do it. My insurance is a jumpstart in the trunk (with lithium battery that can last a very long time). And I replace a battery when it really dies. I do this as well, but there is a little bit of a false sense of security involved. When...
by lazydavid
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?
Replies: 90
Views: 3294

Re: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?

My ancient D7100 has a built in flash, but I basically never use it. In cases where i might need a little bit of fill, the tiny but awesome SB-400 lives on the hotshoe full-time. Far more powerful than any built-in flash, and can be bounced easily. If I know I'm going to need a flash, my big SB-800 ...
by lazydavid
Sun Apr 04, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Tool Suggestions
Replies: 31
Views: 2192

Re: New Tool Suggestions

Ok, you all have persuaded me that a miter saw would be better than a table saw. I did use the table saw for moulding in the living room and dining room. It took me awhile to figure out the correct angles for the saw blade, and it was a pain. Perhaps with a miter saw I will put moulding in the bedr...
by lazydavid
Sun Apr 04, 2021 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laser Printer: Buy a New One?
Replies: 54
Views: 3860

Re: Laser Printer: Buy a New One?

Not to belittle the pandemic, but seems like that would have caught up a bit by now. Most WFH have been sent back or already bought a printer by now, I would think. I went to Best Buy today and the entire shelf was bare of lasers. Tons of inkjet printers (yuck). The supply chain is in absolute sham...
by lazydavid
Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AWD vs 2WD in up state new york
Replies: 53
Views: 3305

Re: AWD vs 2WD in up state new york

Get snow tires regardless (single most important safety factor, regardless of vehicle), but I agree the Odyssey is a far more compelling vehicle overall than the Sienna, so I wouldn't let its comparative lack of AWD dissuade you if that's what you really want. I live in the Chicago suburbs, so somew...
by lazydavid
Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laser Printer: Buy a New One?
Replies: 54
Views: 3860

Re: Laser Printer: Buy a New One?

I'm going to order a new separation pad and pickup roller from this place: https://www.quikshiptoner.com/catalog Cost is $38.66. I have had to buy only one new toner cartridge for this printer. The original one seemed to last forever. In the interest of being "green" I bought a "recy...
by lazydavid
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: toyota sequoia vs toyota sienna safety
Replies: 44
Views: 2665

Re: toyota sequoia vs toyota sienna safety

I would never recommend anyone buy a new Sequoia. Its sole redeeming quality is exceptional reliability of its ancient drivetrain. It is more cramped than it should be for its size, technology and safety equipment is literally a decade behind everything in its class (and pretty much any class, for t...
by lazydavid
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to make strong coffee equivalent to Starbucks for cheaper?
Replies: 125
Views: 9672

Re: How to make strong coffee equivalent to Starbucks for cheaper?

Nicolas wrote: Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:20 pm
praxis wrote: Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:15 pm I stopped roasting at home because I like dark roast and it smokes too much
I roast in my garage. In nice weather I roast on my deck. Never inside the house.
I roast on a cutting board I set top of my stove, and the range hood helpfully routes the smoke outside for me. :)
by lazydavid
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV size question
Replies: 105
Views: 5794

Re: TV size question

I just bought a 55" TCL 5 series for $489.... built in Roku. Works great and picture is terrific. Sound is pretty adequate as well. You can get a 65" QLED for $649. What did it replace? I have yet to see a mainstream TCL/Hisense set that I would describe with stronger term than "good...
by lazydavid
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mulch from Costco or Lowes
Replies: 41
Views: 4166

Re: Mulch from Costco or Lowes

We buy no-name bagged mulch from Menards, which is a major HD competitor in the Midwest. When they are on sale, it is dramatically cheaper than their bulk mulch--$1/cuft ($27/cu yd), vs usually something around $80/cu yd for the bulk. They deliver it on a pallet dropped on our driveway. I then use a...
by lazydavid
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why the disdain for managed funds like ARKK that destroy total market funds?
Replies: 827
Views: 68906

Re: Why the disdain for managed funds like ARKK that destroy total market funds?

You think the bubble is going to burst within 6 months? Meh, I'll take my chances. I have no idea what ARKK will do over the next 6 months, but surely a 60% drop isn't difficult to imagine for even the most ardent fan. I can imagine only 60% more gain over that time period, and that feels like a wo...
by lazydavid
Tue Mar 30, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I stop working? [New car discussion]
Replies: 63
Views: 3299

Re: Can I stop working?

I think data is just data. If my 25 year old car weight is 5000lb and yours is 2000lb, who do you think get more impact in an accident? Just because it's a new car, it doesn't make it more safe. And yet the driver death rate in cars 18+ years old is 71% higher than that of cars 0-3 years old. If yo...
by lazydavid
Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I stop working? [New car discussion]
Replies: 63
Views: 3299

Re: Can I stop working?

I think data is just data. If my 25 year old car weight is 5000lb and yours is 2000lb, who do you think get more impact in an accident? Just because it's a new car, it doesn't make it more safe. And yet the driver death rate in cars 18+ years old is 71% higher than that of cars 0-3 years old. If yo...
by lazydavid
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New grill: gas vs. pellet
Replies: 50
Views: 4015

Re: New grill: gas vs. pellet

At one point, I had as many as 6 outdoor enclosed cooking appliances--2 smokers, 2 gas grills (one NG, one propane), and 2 charcoal grills (kettle and Kamado). Once I got the Kamado, I found it pretty much eliminated the need for everything else. Got rid of the smokers and the other charcoal grill f...
by lazydavid
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why are Subarus so popular?
Replies: 114
Views: 6226

Re: Why are Subarus so popular?

We used to own one, (2002) that car was a bullet. Handle well felt safe, smooth acceleration One time I was doing 90 never even realized it down the highway on a road trip, handled well in snow, good engine (V6). A bit expensive on the upkeep. unfortunately we didn't like the dealership by us so we...
by lazydavid
Wed Mar 24, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV size question
Replies: 105
Views: 5794

Re: TV size question

Another thing you need to consider is sound. The speakers in most flat panel tv's are not very good. I would suggest you get a sound bar and maybe a sub woofer. Otherwise the poor sound will take away from the big screen experience. Yeah sound is key. We did not buy it for this reason, as we have a...
by lazydavid
Wed Mar 24, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any car enthusiasts? (or soon to be)
Replies: 130
Views: 8710

Re: Any car enthusiasts? (or soon to be)

Question: On an unlimited budget: What would be a quick "car enthusiast car" that has AWD, good ground clearance, traction in snow, high horsepower, easily cruises at 80 mph and is quiet, roomy, and comfy, great visibility front and back and sides, and can easily park in a handicap parkin...
by lazydavid
Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6717

Re: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?

For something high tech like electric charged vehicles, I would wait until I actually was going to purchase one before doing anything to an existing garage structure. Technology, charging methods and charging locations are likely to change many times in the next five years. It sounds like this is d...
by lazydavid
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6717

Re: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?

Great price. But can your panel handle 3 x 50A breakers? If you mean 3 60amp 240v circuits, isn't that 6 x 50amp breakers? No, it's 3 x 50A double-pole breakers. Takes up the same amount of space in the box as six standard breakers, but you don't use a separate breaker for each leg of the circuit.
by lazydavid
Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6717

Re: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?

arsenalfan wrote: Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:23 am Ok electrician installing 3 NEMA 60 240V outlets, one in each garage car slot (decided to do third garage).

$1200 for everything seems a good price.
Yes, very good price.
by lazydavid
Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to make strong coffee equivalent to Starbucks for cheaper?
Replies: 125
Views: 9672

Re: How to make strong coffee equivalent to Starbucks for cheaper?

dukeblue219, Do you mean like the followings: A) $2,800 computer controlled Coffee Roaster I am dreaming of buying one of this: https://www.sweetmarias.com/aillio-bullet-r1-roaster.html I am not the duke, but I wholeheartedly recommend the Bullet. Had mine for exactly one year, and absolutely adore...
by lazydavid
Mon Mar 22, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: REAL ID still set to be effective Oct 1 2021
Replies: 109
Views: 7367

Re: REAL ID still set to be effective Oct 1 2021

I don't understand why you can't have two different types of RealIDs issued by the same entity, but nobody asked me when the rules were made. It creates a problem when you have to surrender one of the IDs for one reason or another (like my adventures with replacing my social security card), or one ...
by lazydavid
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Natural gas, tank water heater. Which brand?
Replies: 26
Views: 1900

Re: Natural gas, tank water heater. Which brand?

I installed a Bradford White at my plumber's suggestion - only to find out after the fact that anode rod placement seems intentionally designed to make it more difficult to DIY and to increase service calls. Never again. Even if the rod is not built into the water fitting as BW does, replacement ma...
by lazydavid
Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: REAL ID still set to be effective Oct 1 2021
Replies: 109
Views: 7367

Re: REAL ID still set to be effective Oct 1 2021

As several of us have mentioned, getting a RealID from the same agency that issues drivers licenses has a huge backlog in many states. It's somewhat similar to saying "just get a Covid vaccination": it may work for a subset of people, but won't work for everyone for the immediate near fut...
by lazydavid
Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Music for tweens and teens
Replies: 18
Views: 1290

Re: Music for tweens and teens

We chose to kill two birds with one stone and subscribe to YouTube Premium on a family plan. For $15/mo (looks like it's $18 for new subscribers), we get ad-free YouTube, as well as YouTube Music (Formerly Google Play Music Premium), for 6 people (though there are only 4 of us). YT Music isn't as co...
by lazydavid
Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: REAL ID still set to be effective Oct 1 2021
Replies: 109
Views: 7367

Re: REAL ID still set to be effective Oct 1 2021

7eight9, Thank you for posting the TSA reference link. We are a couple in our mid-80s and getting a new license would not be easy for us. We might expire before the current ones do. :wink: However, I am a US Navy retiree and we both have military identification cards which appear to be fine for the...
by lazydavid
Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: REAL ID still set to be effective Oct 1 2021
Replies: 109
Views: 7367

Re: REAL ID still set to be effective Oct 1 2021

mnnice wrote: Sun Mar 21, 2021 12:27 pm I have had a real ID compliant DL since mid-2012. When did most places start this process?
The first 13 states went live in 2012, and the last 3 just last year. Full timeline by state is here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_ID_A ... compliance
by lazydavid
Sun Mar 21, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: REAL ID still set to be effective Oct 1 2021
Replies: 109
Views: 7367

Re: REAL ID still set to be effective Oct 1 2021

Actually, the ORIGINAL required date, obviously extended multiple times, was May 2011. Yeah it's been postponed so many times that a lot of people forget that the REAL ID act was passed in 2005, largely in response to events of 2001. Although like Huey above, my state did not become compliant until...
by lazydavid
Sun Mar 21, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Help Buying Car, part 2
Replies: 81
Views: 6312

Re: Need Help Buying Car, part 2

1. One way I could relax my requirements is accept any color and get it painted. Anyone have any experience with that. It would eat into any savings, but if I'm going to get a worse deal on a factory order, maybe I can consider it. Expect a near-factory-quality paint job to cost at least $8,000. I ...
by lazydavid
Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 gallon water heater questions
Replies: 70
Views: 4279

Re: 50 gallon water heater questions

I like the idea of two, but think having them in series would be better - first one to say 100 degrees & the other at full heat. That way semi-hot water doesn't run out & the full heat one gets up to temp real quick. In parallel - unless the lines come back together - if one goes out then h...
by lazydavid
Sat Mar 20, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 gallon water heater questions
Replies: 70
Views: 4279

Re: 50 gallon water heater questions

It's a shame that when the time comes for replacement, a consumer is no longer allowed to think for themselves and select an 80-gallon residential electric water heater since they've been outlawed. I'm immensely enjoying my ten-year-old 80-gallon Kenmore Power Miser water heater with dual anodes an...