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by shunkman
Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gift Card to Permanently Closed Business
Replies: 15
Views: 2418

Re: Gift Card to Permanently Closed Business

A family member gave us a gift card recently for a restaurant that we would never go to otherwise. We had an okay meal but then when we tried to pay for the meal with the gift card we were told that there was no money on it. Just another reason that I dislike gift cards.
by shunkman
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USPS Delivery issues
Replies: 35
Views: 2500

Re: USPS Delivery issues

From my experience, sending anything certified mail is like taking the slow boat to China. Instead I use USPS Priority Mail with tracking/tracing/delivery confirmation. This works much better for me.
by shunkman
Sun Apr 11, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AAA - American Auto Assn - Service has gone way down
Replies: 98
Views: 8344

Re: AAA - American Auto Assn - Service has gone way down

I stopped being a member of AAA about 10 years ago. I saw that they were expanding the number of branch offices and occupying space in the more costly RE markets while service got slower. If I just need a jump start or tow, I don't want to pay for the fancy office buildings that serve who knows wha...
by shunkman
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would (did) you preemptively replace your Roof Shingles
Replies: 51
Views: 3356

Re: Would you preemptively replace your Roof

Often roofs are not installed properly in the first place. Nailing location (too high or too low) and nail quantity is critical. Roofers often take shortcuts especially in a mass produced housing environment. Ice dam membranes are skipped among other things. I replaced my 25-year roof after 15 years...
by shunkman
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric water heater for a confined space
Replies: 20
Views: 1236

Re: Electric water heater for a confined space

Dept of Wild Ideas: two 20-gallon heaters, in series? But there isn't really enough room on the other side due to the sink drain, and it would mean running connecting pipes every which way. Not to mention doubling the cost. Extreme solution: rip out the existing counter and sink, install the new he...
by shunkman
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are architect estimates for construction costs usually pretty accurate?
Replies: 21
Views: 1459

Re: Are architect estimates for construction costs usually pretty accurate?

From my experience in commercial construction, add 20 percent to A/E's estimate at least for budgeting. I thought the architect usually already does this? Unless he's trying to keep it low so I can feel good about the costs and more likely accept his proposal to draft plans. I don't have a good exp...
by shunkman
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are architect estimates for construction costs usually pretty accurate?
Replies: 21
Views: 1459

Re: Are architect estimates for construction costs usually pretty accurate?

From my experience in commercial construction, add 20 percent to A/E's estimate at least for budgeting.
by shunkman
Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco/Kirkland Premium Paper Towels (Roll Size?)
Replies: 12
Views: 1386

Re: Costco/Kirkland Premium Paper Towels (Roll Size?)

The cost per sheet for the Costco paper towels was supposed to remain unchanged.
by shunkman
Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storage Unit Rent Increase
Replies: 32
Views: 2841

Re: Storage Unit Rent Increase

One of our family friends has a multi zillion dollar business owning storage businesses across several states. He started with just one. I include a nearby storage unit at $100/month with one of my townhouse rental units because there’s so little storage in the unit. Current Tenants love it and hav...
by shunkman
Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storage Unit Rent Increase
Replies: 32
Views: 2841

Re: Storage Unit Rent Increase

So I vowed to myself to never rent one. But then I started a new hobby that takes up a lot of space in my garage and small basement. So I rented a storage unit near my home and moved some of our rarely used belongings to it. Sounds like your "vows" don't mean much, just sayin. ;) It was a...
by shunkman
Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storage Unit Rent Increase
Replies: 32
Views: 2841

Re: Storage Unit Rent Increase

^^^ As a "Boglegirl", you don't need to be told that the $3,500/year could easily equate to $200,000 over 30 years.
by shunkman
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AAA - American Auto Assn - Service has gone way down
Replies: 98
Views: 8344

Re: AAA - American Auto Assn - Service has gone way down

I stopped being a member of AAA about 10 years ago. I saw that they were expanding the number of branch offices and occupying space in the more costly RE markets while service got slower. If I just need a jump start or tow, I don't want to pay for the fancy office buildings that serve who knows what...
by shunkman
Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Resole hiking boots?
Replies: 40
Views: 2041

Re: Resole hiking boots?

tm3 wrote: Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:01 pm
shunkman wrote: Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:58 pm I carry a little duct tape in my first aid kit for shoe repairs.
Good idea, but how do you carry just a little instead of a whole roll?
Gorilla (glue) makes a small roll of duct tape. Can be used for splinting broken bones too (not medical advice).
by shunkman
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Resole hiking boots?
Replies: 40
Views: 2041

Re: Resole hiking boots?

I carry a little duct tape in my first aid kit for shoe repairs.
by shunkman
Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Resole hiking boots?
Replies: 40
Views: 2041

Re: Resole hiking boots?

At a cost of $100, I had the soles replaced on a pair of $300+ motorcycle boots. They were Vibram brand soles. It worked out okay but I don't think it was a good investment and I would not do it again. I did get another season of use out of the boots but then the leather and stitching started to det...
by shunkman
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storage Unit Rent Increase
Replies: 32
Views: 2841

Storage Unit Rent Increase

After watching Storage Wars a couple of times, it became clear to me that people were paying more to store their junk than the junk was worth. So I vowed to myself to never rent one. But then I started a new hobby that takes up a lot of space in my garage and small basement. So I rented a storage un...
by shunkman
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Battling basement humidity
Replies: 26
Views: 1607

Re: Battling basement humidity

We keep a ceiling fan running 24/7 year-round in our basement and use a dehumidifier during the Summer months. The fan seems to help.
by shunkman
Thu Mar 25, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Replies: 12
Views: 1659

Re: Toyota Highlander Hybrid

I have the RAV4 hybrid. Test drive the Highlander and you might be surprised by the power. The electric motors typically provide more torque than a gas powered ICE.
by shunkman
Wed Mar 24, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shower pan leak—advice please
Replies: 24
Views: 2040

Re: Shower pan leak—advice please

What is below the shower or is it on a concrete slab? Is there a ceiling you can open below the shower? Could be a leaking drain.
by shunkman
Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning a long backpacking trip w/ 2 nights in Vegas, recommendations? (Zion Nat'l Park, Yosemite, Grand Canyon)
Replies: 60
Views: 4641

Re: Planning a long backpacking trip w/ 2 nights in Vegas, recommendations? (Zion Nat'l Park, Yosemite, Grand Canyon)

I've only done Yosemite and the Grand Canyon so can't comment on the others. The Grand Canyon was one of the top hikes I've done anywhere. We hiked down the S Kibab trail and spent 2 nights camped at Phantom Ranch. We left via the Bright Angel trail and spent the next night at Indian Gardens. The f...
by shunkman
Fri Mar 19, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Live on a lake in Florida?
Replies: 40
Views: 5388

Re: Live on a lake in Florida?

For several years we spent time at various lakes around Lake Placid, FL. Typically, this was during the month February. We never experienced a mosquito problem. The wildlife is abundant which is one of the reasons we like the area. Great boating and fishing too.
by shunkman
Thu Mar 18, 2021 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the BEST thing you spent money on?
Replies: 242
Views: 23696

Re: What is the BEST thing you spent money on?

Wannaretireearly wrote: Wed Mar 17, 2021 7:42 pm Toto Washlet
Various trips.

All time: lasik
Current: clearlight sauna
+1 Lasik Thank you Dr. Frederic B. Kremer!
by shunkman
Tue Mar 09, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast iron cooking tips
Replies: 59
Views: 4429

Re: Cast iron cooking tips

Cast iron is very overrated. Use a carbon steel pan, like what all restaurants use. Much lighter and gives the same, if not better results. I personally don't use a pan to cook, but use two woks. One stainless steel for steaming and boiling and one black carbon steel for stir frying. Does the job f...
by shunkman
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2021 Sunglasses Thread 😎
Replies: 62
Views: 4681

Re: 2021 Sunglasses Thread 😎

REAL GLASS lenses are important to me. My Maui Jims are excellent. Ok, but just so people know — CR-39 plastic lenses are half the weight of glass, far less likely to shatter, and of nearly equivalent optical quality. I feel that I tell the difference between quality glass lenses and even the best ...
by shunkman
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2021 Sunglasses Thread 😎
Replies: 62
Views: 4681

Re: 2021 Sunglasses Thread 😎

REAL GLASS lenses are important to me. My Maui Jims are excellent.
by shunkman
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What gasoline station
Replies: 19
Views: 1087

Re: What gasoline station

Unless it's an emergency, I only use Top Tier approved gasoline because it has more additives than the minimum that the EPA requires.

https://www.toptiergas.com/
by shunkman
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seasonal Mold - Carport?
Replies: 4
Views: 371

Re: Seasonal Mold - Carport?

Dust or other organic material which is food for the mold may be collecting on the plywood painted surface. If this is the case, you may have to clean it more frequently.
by shunkman
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2011 Highlander Hybrid won't start
Replies: 7
Views: 582

Re: 2011 Highlander Hybrid won't start

If the starting battery battery is more than about three or four years old you may want to replace it before you tow the car to dealer. Hybrid and auto start / stop cars eat through the 12v battery because they start like 25x more than a car without in the same 3 year period. I don't know what they...
by shunkman
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Urgent passport issue
Replies: 42
Views: 7083

Re: Urgent passport issue

This reminds me of a sign we used to have hanging in our office.

"Poor Planning On Your Part Does Not Constitute An Emergency On Mine"
by shunkman
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tax Refund IRS Processed Quickly
Replies: 25
Views: 2358

Tax Refund IRS Processed Quickly

Using HR Block software, we electronically submitted our tax returns on February 15th. Our refunds were deposited today, February 23rd. I know, a true Boglehead would be submitting a payment with their tax return and not ever be due a refund.
by shunkman
Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?
Replies: 226
Views: 18521

Re: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?

One more thing I thought of for emergency situations when the water supply is not working. Most homes have about 50 gallons of water in their hot water tank that can be used in an emergency. Gives a new perspective for those thinking of a tankless water heater... For another perspective: A neighbor...
by shunkman
Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?
Replies: 226
Views: 18521

Re: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?

by prd1982 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:21 pm Up until this incident, I thought a natural-gas generator was the high-end system. But it sounds like many of them would have failed in Texas. Does this mean you need to use propane, even if you already have natural gas to the house? ------ To the best of my kn...
by shunkman
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?
Replies: 226
Views: 18521

Re: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?

Test (close and open) your home's main water valve every 6 months to be sure that it moves freely and does not leak
Know how to drain your home's plumbing system
by shunkman
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fraudulent Auto Insurance Opened in My Name
Replies: 36
Views: 2759

Re: Fraudulent Auto Insurance Opened in My Name

Found this on the internets. Google "ghost broking" In this digital age, insurers are targeted by 'ghost broking'. This is where an individual or group posing as an broker purchases a policy from a legitimate insurance firm using false information. These fraudsters then alter and sell the ...
by shunkman
Wed Feb 17, 2021 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ski Socks
Replies: 23
Views: 1123

Re: Ski Socks

I agree that wearing two pairs of socks is best. I use a thin wool liner sock and then a thicker wool sock over the liners. For some reason the extra layer, even though it is thin, adds a lot of warmth. And I never had a problem with odor. Sometimes I'll wear the outer socks several days in a row wi...
by shunkman
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Space X Starlink Internet
Replies: 118
Views: 8151

Re: Space X Starlink Internet

We have been considering getting this for our cabin. Unfortunately the northern sky is blocked by the mountain behind us. We do have plenty of southern sky though. Once all of the satellites are in place, will Starlink be viable for locations that only have an unobstructed view of the southern skies?
by shunkman
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota RAV4 Gas vs Hybrid?
Replies: 91
Views: 7072

Re: Toyota RAV4 Gas vs Hybrid?

A word of caution about the RAV4s ventilated seats. Some say they don't get as warm as the non-ventilated version. My RAV4's seats are not ventilated and the get very warm.
by shunkman
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota RAV4 Gas vs Hybrid?
Replies: 91
Views: 7072

Re: Toyota RAV4 Gas vs Hybrid?

I believe the gas tank issue is a thing of the past. Had our 2019 hybrid fixed last fall at the dealer as part of a service advisory. I think the 2020s and later may not even have the issue to start with. Very happy with the hybrid and any drone is mostly a non-issue at least for us. If at all, tha...
by shunkman
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota RAV4 Gas vs Hybrid?
Replies: 91
Views: 7072

Re: Toyota RAV4 Gas vs Hybrid?

The battery should last 7-12 years depending on usage. Fuel savings should have easily eclipsed the new battery replacement costs. Now if your relatives are part of those with extremely low annual mileage and their sole purpose was saving on fuel costs, hybrids are horrible. There are lots of non-h...
by shunkman
Tue Feb 09, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Metal Ducts - insulate, seal, or replace
Replies: 28
Views: 2360

Re: Metal Ducts - insulate, seal, or replace

Metal ducts have several advantages. I would fix what you already have installed.
by shunkman
Sat Feb 06, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thought about buying a small motor home, but the market is crazy; Just bought one!!
Replies: 242
Views: 22443

Re: Thought about buying a small motor home, but the market is crazy; Just bought one!!

Growing up (in the mid-late 80's) my mom drove a VW bus as it was the only thing she could afford that could comfortably seat 5 kids. My grandfather lived at the top of a short (maybe 1/4 mile up), but fairly steep hill; whenever we visited we did not even attempt to park at his home. Parked at the...
by shunkman
Mon Feb 01, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Garbage Disposal Time?
Replies: 26
Views: 1347

Re: New Garbage Disposal Time?

A few years ago, my garbage disposal seized, or so I thought. It turned out that the problem was only an un-popped popcorn kernel jammed in the rotating mechanism. I'm glad I tried investigating the problem before purchasing a new unit.
by shunkman
Tue Jan 26, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you cover your AC compressor in winter?
Replies: 50
Views: 4345

Re: Do you cover your AC compressor in winter?

No, I never cover mine but at least once a year I hose it out thoroughly. I spray out the coils too. It is surprising how much stuff gets sucked into the bottom of the unit.
by shunkman
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Microsoft Office - scanning?
Replies: 15
Views: 1323

Re: Microsoft Office - scanning?

I downloaded the MS Scan App to my laptop and it works well.
by shunkman
Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Real reviews of Gas Hot water heaters
Replies: 31
Views: 2280

Re: Real reviews of Gas Hot water heaters

F150HD wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:59 am ah, the annual 'hot water heater' and 'anode rod replacement' thread.
Life would be empty without out this.

Seems 2021 is getting back to normal. :thumbsup
Should you tip the plumber that installs it?
by shunkman
Wed Jan 13, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flipped out on Home Depot employee
Replies: 44
Views: 2755

Re: Flipped out on Home Depot employee

“The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope.” ― Karl Marx Note this post does not condone violence in any way, but we have to be strong and stand up and fight and march on things and never give up. https://checkyourfact.com/2019/11/29/fact-check-karl-marx-capitalist-hang-sold...
by shunkman
Tue Jan 12, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to do the Boundary Waters?
Replies: 30
Views: 2961

Re: How to do the Boundary Waters?

Keep your food safely stored from the bears. We lost our lunch meal duffle bag on the second night out even though we had it hanging in a tree. But we continued our trip in the back country just with less nourishment. Fishing wasn't productive for us so we ended up eating some crayfish and freshwate...
by shunkman
Sun Jan 10, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furniture delivery delays
Replies: 20
Views: 1739

Re: Furniture delivery delays

USPS gets by with this. Promise but not guarantee delivery within a reasonable time frame, with no recourse for tardiness. Why can't every business do the same? Most delivery companies, including the USPS, have services that provide a guaranteed delivery date. But you pay a substantial amount for t...
by shunkman
Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furniture delivery delays
Replies: 20
Views: 1739

Re: Furniture delivery delays

USPS gets by with this. Promise but not guarantee delivery within a reasonable time frame, with no recourse for tardiness. Why can't every business do the same? Most delivery companies, including the USPS, have services that provide a guaranteed delivery date. But you pay a substantial amount for t...
by shunkman
Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furniture delivery delays
Replies: 20
Views: 1739

Re: Furniture delivery delays

I was shopping for furniture recently and the store insisted on full payment in advance but could not guarantee any delivery timeframe. If my furniture was months late to ship, I would have no choice but to keep waiting while they had 100% of my nonrefundable money. I took my business elsewhere.