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by iamlucky13
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel Trailer vs My Pickup Truck: Specs?
Replies: 46
Views: 2633

Re: Travel Trailer vs My Pickup Truck: Specs?

Yes, but it's not ideal. Don't expect to maintain highway speed on significant hills, and pay some heed to how much weight you put in the trailer when packing, including water and propane. Also, tongue weight + 2 adults puts you right at the pickup's payload capacity, although I think you can check ...
by iamlucky13
Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New or Used: car purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1270

Re: New or Used: car purchase

I'm favorable to the idea of keeping the Cherokee as a bad weather car and getting a cheaper to operate good weather car. Repairs are frustrating, but still far less than a new Cherokee or equivalent. If going with the replacement option: Locking differential and low with a 4WD could be hard to repl...
by iamlucky13
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Housing circumstances
Replies: 44
Views: 2588

Re: Housing circumstances

There is a huge difference between 2000 SF and 4000 SF. You indicated your immediately family would be comfortable in 2000-2500 SF. I think even 500 SF extra would go a long ways towards giving two more adults a little personal space and privacy, so it seems pretty reasonable to me to focus more in ...
by iamlucky13
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?
Replies: 90
Views: 3239

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

I don't follow NIkon so does anyone know what the two new NIkon dslr (vs. mirrorless) bodies to be introduced this year (2021) will be? I wouldn't buy a Nikon dslr without knowing that. Nikonrumors.com has always done a good job of keeping up with the latest details like this, although lately there...
by iamlucky13
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair or Replace 2003 Toyota Corolla
Replies: 67
Views: 5598

Re: Repair or Replace 2003 Toyota Corolla

Where are people getting the highlighted info above? I can't find it anywhere, in fact: Repairs won't stop at the list you posted (lots of rubber based parts in the suspension will need replacement soon as well) and the Corolla isn't on the list of the top 20 cars predicted to go for 300,000 miles....
by iamlucky13
Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The best $10,000 to $15,000 vehicle.
Replies: 42
Views: 3217

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 iamlucky13
Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair or Replace 2003 Toyota Corolla
Replies: 67
Views: 5598

Re: Repair or Replace 2003 Toyota Corolla

I think it's funny that when children are newborns and toddlers parents put them in the latest and greatest car seats and generally purchase and drive them around in vehicles with high safety ratings. Then once they are old enough to drive parents give them the old crappy run down cars that have li...
by iamlucky13
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The best $10,000 to $15,000 vehicle.
Replies: 42
Views: 3217

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

$15k would buy a brand new Honda FIT. Or a slightly used Civic LX. What's important to you besides reliability and fuel mileage? Heck...a Mazda Miata fits the mpg and reliability requirements. A newer NB with low mileage fits your budget easily. The Honda Fit is discontinued in the US market after ...
by iamlucky13
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?
Replies: 90
Views: 3239

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

This thread has gotten completely derailed. As far as we know the OP has an upper-mid-range 14-year old dslr with a built-in flash, 12mp crop sensor and a kit lens. The OP is considering upgrading to what today is roughly the equivalent camera. The D300 was more or less the D850 of its day, despite...
by iamlucky13
Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family car
Replies: 86
Views: 6631

Re: Family car

Father of two here. Used to drive a sports car. Cant tell you how much I love the Minivan, it’s been the best thing I’ve ever purchased for the family. The sliding doors take the cake. The thing most people don’t emphasize is the visibility for the kids. Sedans and SUVs don’t allow the kids to see ...
by iamlucky13
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?
Replies: 90
Views: 3239

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

The other thing that blows my mind is I can get a 1" sensor point and shoot like the Sony RX100 that matches the ISO performance of my SLR, has a F/2.8 lens, and fits in my pocket. I'm a huge fan of Sony's 1 inch stacked sensor. I have the ZV1 at work an it's a gem. The RX10 is a lot of fun to...
by iamlucky13
Tue Apr 06, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?
Replies: 90
Views: 3239

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

What's the aperture or F-stop range on your current lenses? If it's like F 3.5-5.6 (kit lens range) you'll need a tripod to keep the camera steady or crank the ISO way up. If the shutter speed is slower than 1/60 you'll probably have noticeable camera shake in most of your shots. Getting a fast 35m...
by iamlucky13
Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?
Replies: 90
Views: 3239

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

I only use the pop-up flash when desperate for some extra fill, or to trigger the optical sensor on an off-camera flash when I didn't bring my radio triggers. The nearly face-on lighting angle is not very natural due to the lack of shadows, and it is especially noticeable when the color temperature ...
by iamlucky13
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of DIY Yard drain project.....
Replies: 37
Views: 2978

Re: Talk me out of DIY Yard drain project.....

My undergrad degree was engineering so I understand the mechanical and fluid dynamics. It's clay soil and will require some labor. My wife says no hire it done. It's simpler than that. Most drainage installations are done with standard fall rates. I don't know what will apply in this case, but most...
by iamlucky13
Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family car
Replies: 86
Views: 6631

Re: Family car

If you're wife requires a Escalade ESV I think I would be looking for a new wife. We're the prototypical outdoorsy family whose vacations almost exclusively include dozens of miles of hiking and a tent. We currently do it, with our two kids, out of a VW jetta and did it out of a 3-door hyundai acce...
by iamlucky13
Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair or Replace 2003 Toyota Corolla
Replies: 67
Views: 5598

Re: Repair or Replace 2003 Toyota Corolla

Do also consider that cars have undergone large improvements in structural strength over the years, in no small part due to "tougher" IIHS crash tests. They added testing for side impacts and small overlap frontal impacts in 2003 and 2012. When cars perform poorly on such benchmarks, the ...
by iamlucky13
Mon Apr 05, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair or Replace 2003 Toyota Corolla
Replies: 67
Views: 5598

Re: Repair or Replace 2003 Toyota Corolla

1. Should I repair the car? The repair price is more than the car's value. The mechanic told me that Corolla can be driven by 300,000 miles. Will I have more repairs coming up? Is it worthwhile to repair the car? The value of a car at this age is affected in part by the assumption that major mainte...
by iamlucky13
Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco rotisserie chicken
Replies: 183
Views: 34475

Re: Costco rotisserie chicken

Where I live, Safeway grocery is going head-to-head with a $5 chicken. Anyone else seeing competition like this out there? Yes and no. Similar price, but a much smaller bird at my local Safeway vs. the local Costco. I've never checked weights, but I would estimate on average, the Costco chickens ne...
by iamlucky13
Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Tool Suggestions
Replies: 31
Views: 2166

Re: New Tool Suggestions

Table saws often go for a pretty decent discount used. A lot of people buy them for one or two projects, don't use them much afterwards, and sell them years later with maybe a little surface rust that can be polished away or other aesthetic defects, but good overall shape. My experience is that smal...
by iamlucky13
Thu Apr 01, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will building material costs return to Earth? Bonus (?): Deck Material Selection
Replies: 25
Views: 3132

Re: Will building material costs return to Earth? Bonus (?): Deck Material Selection

Building costs, labor and materials, are not going down. Sometimes they lag or slow down, though not in a long while. Composite for your deck given your conditions. For a long time, the only way to significantly lower project costs is to change design and/or materials used. As a general trend, yes,...
by iamlucky13
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mulch from Costco or Lowes
Replies: 41
Views: 4154

Re: Mulch from Costco or Lowes

Some are conflating mulch (shredded hardwood, wood chips, cocoa fiber) with green compost (anything that has green matter blended in, e.g., the stuff the tree services and transfer stations (dump) gives away for free). The green stuff will consume some nitrogen as it breaks down, will break down qu...
by iamlucky13
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV size question
Replies: 105
Views: 5777

Re: TV size question

Am I being overly concerned with rtings? As I asked earlier and people mostly agreed, I'm not really going to notice some/most of the items that rtings complains about, correct? You are probably being overly concerned with rtings. From your initial posts about what this TV would be for and what I p...
by iamlucky13
Wed Mar 31, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mulch from Costco or Lowes
Replies: 41
Views: 4154

Re: Mulch from Costco or Lowes

Neither. Organic based mulch (non-wood) is better for the soil and your plants. Cocoa shell husks work very well, though need to be replaced every year, but seasons to a nice dark brown. Wood based mulch sucks nitrogen from the plants, and can actually harm plants where it's used. Agway sells this ...
by iamlucky13
Wed Mar 31, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family car
Replies: 86
Views: 6631

Re: Family car

If person #5 is another child, I see nothing wrong with sticking them in the middle between the 2 carseats, especially if you use some of the narrower carseats available like the Diono Radian. In such case, a 3-row vehicle is not necessary. Personally, I have no qualms about sitting there as an adul...
by iamlucky13
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Subaru would you recommend for my mom (mid 70s)?
Replies: 31
Views: 1978

Re: Which Subaru would you recommend for my mom (mid 70s)?

I would HIGHLY recommend that you bring your mom to a Subaru dealer. Recommendations are worthless. Looking through pictures on the internet is worthless. I agree with this. Although your mom's experience hands-on matters most, I can say that my grandmother chose a Forester because the height was e...
by iamlucky13
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla for people that keep cars a long time
Replies: 147
Views: 11207

Re: Tesla for people that keep cars a long time

And there will probably be all manner of new businesses crop up like "valet charging service" Drop your car at a mall or restaurant and someone will whisk it away to get charged while you shop or dine. Right now most charging stations are self-serve. As electric cars become more common I ...
by iamlucky13
Mon Mar 29, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla for people that keep cars a long time
Replies: 147
Views: 11207

Re: Tesla for people that keep cars a long time

Yeah but the difference is four-fold: 1. Tesla’s are designed to have their batteries be swappable. An LS400 engine is not designed to be easily swappable. 2. An LS400 engine is not improving in efficiency by 10% every year, with cost going down even faster than that. 3. An LS400 does not receive O...
by iamlucky13
Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I stop working? [New car discussion]
Replies: 63
Views: 3295

Re: Can I stop working? [New car discussion]

Weird thread. The OP asked for advice about retiring earlier than they previously planned, and started getting lectured about his car. I think a newer car sounds like a great idea for the OP, but it really seems like they want to figure out their bigger financial picture before even thinking about t...
by iamlucky13
Mon Mar 29, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla for people that keep cars a long time
Replies: 147
Views: 11207

Re: Tesla for people that keep cars a long time

All good points. Also remember snow. Vision based systems can’t work when they can’t see the lines on the roads..... For example: The Honda I just bought decided during my test drive that a seam in the pavement in the middle of the lane was a line, due to wet pavement that made it more visible than...
by iamlucky13
Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla for people that keep cars a long time
Replies: 147
Views: 11207

Re: Tesla for people that keep cars a long time

Even with widespread EV adoption, gasoline station will still be around 50+ years from now. EV's work great for passenger vehicles that have defined commutes, but they don't work so well in long haul trucking. As long we are still using diesel trucks as the backbone of our distribution industry, th...
by iamlucky13
Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Taking care of patio concrete?
Replies: 14
Views: 1922

Re: Taking care of patio concrete?

Icy rains and kids dropping things shouldn't damage properly poured and cured concrete. The way the original poster is describing it, I suspect they have higher expectations for the appearance of their patio than most of us. In such case, a concrete paint or epoxy might be an option. Note that I've...
by iamlucky13
Thu Mar 25, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which car supports easy upgrades of driver assist features year over year without buying a new car every year ?
Replies: 34
Views: 3013

Re: Which car supports easy upgrades of driver assist features year over year without buying a new car every year ?

If this is an important need for you, perhaps consider leasing a car rather than purchasing. That is not a typical Boglehead approach, however. I'm not personally a fan of leasing, but I've noticed there are plenty of Bogleheads who are. People of sufficient means can live below their means without...
by iamlucky13
Thu Mar 25, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV size question
Replies: 105
Views: 5777

Re: TV size question

How concerned should I be with a TV where something like rtings.com says the viewing angle isn't great? Does that just technically mean it's not great, and perhaps a videophile would notice, but in reality, the average consumer won't really notice an issue watching from a non-direct angle? I would ...
by iamlucky13
Wed Mar 24, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oddly Difficult to Find Items During the Pandemic
Replies: 317
Views: 31059

Re: Oddly Difficult to Find Items During the Pandemic

abuss368 wrote: Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:25 am Toilet paper!

Tony
Yes, I already mentioned $100 bills just a few posts up.

/ Jeff Bezos humor :twisted: :moneybag
by iamlucky13
Wed Mar 24, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a TV - What Brand
Replies: 37
Views: 2265

Re: Need a TV - What Brand

For the OP - I may be mistaken, because I don't own an iPhone to experiment, but I believe newer TV's featuring Roku as their smart platform can mirror both iPhone and Android screens with . Airplay should not be the only way to do this. Honestly... ANY brand on the market is fine, today. Buy what i...
by iamlucky13
Wed Mar 24, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV size question
Replies: 105
Views: 5777

Re: TV size question

According to all the online calculators, I can get a much bigger tv than I thought. TLDR; what size TV for an approx. 10' distance, and does it matter if ceiling is a bit lower than a standard ceiling? Whatever size you want. The purpose of the screen size calculators is not to guide you to the per...
by iamlucky13
Wed Mar 24, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oddly Difficult to Find Items During the Pandemic
Replies: 317
Views: 31059

Re: Oddly Difficult to Find Items During the Pandemic

Another addition to the thread I encountered today. $100 bills. I made a large cash withdrawal today for a private party used car purchase. They said they had to issue a significant portion of it in $50 bills because the stimulus funds have led to a large number of people making large withdrawals to...
by iamlucky13
Tue Mar 23, 2021 12:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overthinking my Lawnmower Purchase (Push vs. Riding)
Replies: 56
Views: 2907

Re: Overthinking my Lawnmower Purchase (Push vs. Riding)

I can tell with my hills though, it does strain the transmission, so I'm fairly certain that a big-box version would likely fail due to transmission problems. Some groaning noise is normal with a hydrostatic transmission under load, not generally a sign of excessive strain. What is a sign of strain...
by iamlucky13
Mon Mar 22, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overthinking my Lawnmower Purchase (Push vs. Riding)
Replies: 56
Views: 2907

Re: Overthinking my Lawnmower Purchase (Push vs. Riding)

Regarding mowing two times a week, I live in NE Ohio. When the grass comes in early in the season it grows and grows. At best you can let it go for five days but that is pushing it. Honestly there are a lot of times where it looks like it needs cut just two days later. The point of the suggestion i...
by iamlucky13
Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealing with an extremely weird seller
Replies: 34
Views: 3828

Re: Dealing with an extremely weird seller

That was it. The guy liked having a shop, he liked having a place to hang out where he was in charge, he liked being surrounded by his treasures ("king of all he surveys" as the old saying goes), but he only wanted to sell the junk and he wasn't concerned with sales. There was no way to g...
by iamlucky13
Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overthinking my Lawnmower Purchase (Push vs. Riding)
Replies: 56
Views: 2907

Re: Overthinking my Lawnmower Purchase (Push vs. Riding)

If it were me, I would stick with a self-propelled and just mow once a week, except ahead of special occasions. Am I on the right track thinking that a regular riding mower won't save me *that* much time due to the back yard's shenanigans? I think so. I have a about 1.5 acres and use a lawn tractor ...
by iamlucky13
Mon Mar 22, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My $2 a day car - for frugal living / car depreciation nerds.
Replies: 40
Views: 5821

Re: My $2 a day car - for frugal living / car depreciation nerds.

A car that old is of a generation that was repairable at home with the right tools and skills. So for the right person, who has low income, or is cheap... Newer cars have too much tech for that. The only real complication is that certain manufacturers rely heavily on proprietary diagnostic systems ...
by iamlucky13
Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My $2 a day car - for frugal living / car depreciation nerds.
Replies: 40
Views: 5821

Re: My $2 a day car - for frugal living / car depreciation nerds.

A real Boglehead would drive that car for 200k miles. 238,000 miles on my Civic. Similar year, bought at a similar age. I'm hoping to get $1500 for it. I think it would be over $2,000 with a little bit of work, but my wife has forbidden me from investing any more time in it. She does not understand...
by iamlucky13
Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My $2 a day car - for frugal living / car depreciation nerds.
Replies: 40
Views: 5821

Re: My $2 a day car - for frugal living / car depreciation nerds.

I'll throw in my numbers as an example probably closer to the OP's (+/- 10% or so, since I don't have the written values in front of me at the moment): What about... Depreciation - $1.77 / day Car Insurance Expenses - $1.18 / day Car Repair Cost - $0.33 / day Car Maintenance Cost - $0.18 / day Vehic...
by iamlucky13
Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Irish Whiskey
Replies: 32
Views: 2920

Re: Irish Whiskey

I recommended Tullamore Dew as a safe, easily affordable choice. It definitely doesn't count as an exploration of Irish whiskey...just an entry level blend that suites the occasion. But in general, I would consider the Irish whiskey's I've had tending to be lighter flavored than other styles, so if ...
by iamlucky13
Thu Mar 18, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a new construction home - should I plant a yard
Replies: 24
Views: 1302

Re: Selling a new construction home - should I plant a yard

If major grading was done to build the home, top soil often is needed to be added in order to have a maintainable lawn. For that price, I don't think you are getting soil, except perhaps a thin top-dressing over existing halfway decent soil. The bare minimum I would do is spend $50 on grass seed, a ...
by iamlucky13
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I redo my front yard and backyard landscaping?
Replies: 24
Views: 1662

Re: Should I redo my front yard and backyard landscaping?

You understand. Money is the tool. Money works for you. Do not become a slave to it. It is a method to enable you to get something of personal value. Sitting and staring at a pile of cash in your backyard isn't as fun as turning the pile into a real fire brick fireplace or a deep front porch. Too m...
by iamlucky13
Thu Mar 18, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla for people that keep cars a long time
Replies: 147
Views: 11207

Re: Tesla for people that keep cars a long time

I owned a Tesla Model S for 5.5 years. I enjoyed it but it is not a car I would consider for long term ownership. Mine was a relative antique compared to the new ones when I sold it. A current model Camry or Accord or Lexus seems far better suited to long term ownership as the internal combustion e...
by iamlucky13
Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Irish Whiskey
Replies: 32
Views: 2920

Re: Irish Whiskey

Alf 101, care to share what your choice was?

For myself, I'm out of Irish whiskey, and I worked a long day with a relatively early start to follow this morning, so my wife and I shared a can of Irish Death dark ale.
by iamlucky13
Thu Mar 18, 2021 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I redo my front yard and backyard landscaping?
Replies: 24
Views: 1662

Re: Should I redo my front yard and backyard landscaping?

We live in a very nice suburban home in a nice neighbhorhood. Our community of homes are well kept by the people who live here. I have noticed our front yard and backyard are becoming overgrown and don't look so pretty. Wife really wants us to redo them. Recently we hired a landscape architect who ...