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by squirm
Sat Apr 10, 2021 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric water heater for a confined space
Replies: 19
Views: 1108

Re: Electric water heater for a confined space

As you said, you're limited in options. Just get a plumber there and get his opinion and bid.
by squirm
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy a car using Costco Auto?
Replies: 28
Views: 5401

Re: Anyone buy a car using Costco Auto?

People use Truecar, Costco etc, because they don't like to negotiate or are intimated by it or it's more convenient. Nothing wrong with that.
by squirm
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What EV to buy for 20k-25k?
Replies: 62
Views: 5024

Re: What EV to buy for 20k-25k?

Just get the Honda Clarity PHEV. Smoking deals, you can get a Touring for like $22k after incentives. Honda quality. Roomy interior that is quiet. It's not a BEV but close enough, never worry where the next charge is either but still do 80-90% driving on electric.
by squirm
Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gmail asking for birthdate
Replies: 14
Views: 1590

Re: Gmail asking for birthdate

Google already knows your birthdate and everything else about you. Not sure why it's officially asking you but feed it some fake info of you get asked again.
by squirm
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice for Parent struggling with recent retirement
Replies: 12
Views: 1780

Re: Advice for Parent struggling with recent retirement

He probably should seek a therapist.
by squirm
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirement: Filling the time?
Replies: 98
Views: 11153

Re: Retirement: Filling the time?

Why don't you help the less fortunate or volunteer to help seniors? There's plenty of people with disabilities that need help too.
by squirm
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Porsche Macan Excessive Tire Noise: Options?
Replies: 54
Views: 3590

Re: 2019 Porsche Macan Excessive Tire Noise: Options?

Why would the dealer pay for new tires? Didn't you hear the road noise when you took it on a test drive?
by squirm
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The best $10,000 to $15,000 vehicle.
Replies: 42
Views: 3198

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

The used car market is very very large, nobody is smarter then it. In general you're not going to be able to beat the market by buying car A that depreciates faster instead of car B. So just buy a used Toyota or Honda as the market dictates.
by squirm
Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I replace 2 or 4 tires?
Replies: 55
Views: 3066

Re: Should I replace 2 or 4 tires?

Get the new set of four now, don't penny pinch on tires.
by squirm
Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refilling printer cartridge with ink from another cartridge
Replies: 10
Views: 468

Re: Refilling printer cartridge with ink from another cartridge

Just ask the store if you can return it, tell them it was a mistake on your part. See what happens.
by squirm
Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Safe and secure car sale
Replies: 12
Views: 791

Re: Safe and secure car sale

Lots of past threads on this topic. Options are: Meet at bank and have them draw cashier's check in front of you Meet at bank and deposit cash immediately Receive Venmo, Paypal or Zelle payment <--- Don't do these Receive wire transfer Accept cash for purchase Do not: Accept cashier's check Accept ...
by squirm
Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New home, new mortgage?
Replies: 8
Views: 807

Re: New home, new mortgage?

Everyone capable of paying off their mortgage early frets over this, there is no right or wrong answer it's really a personal preference. Perhaps the easiest is to pay half and see how you feel over time. Some people would rather have the cash but a mortgage and others vice versa. Personally I would...
by squirm
Mon Apr 05, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying pantry items in bulk
Replies: 22
Views: 1893

Re: Buying pantry items in bulk

Sam's club has free shipping with their exec membership. But I just buy most of that stuff in the store.
by squirm
Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair or Replace 2003 Toyota Corolla
Replies: 67
Views: 5516

Re: Repair or Replace 2003 Toyota Corolla

Sell it, buy yourself a nice replacement, enjoy it.
by squirm
Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling All Floor Experts
Replies: 24
Views: 2282

Re: Calling All Floor Experts

2. Is there a reason why your contractor won't prep the floor? 625' is very little surface area to cover, and a rental like this will take care of it quickly: https://www.homedepot.com/p/rental/EDCO-Concrete-Grinder-10-50200-HD/309419362 Because it creates an incredible mess, and unless there's an ...
by squirm
Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My Next Car: Tesla S vs BMW 540iX
Replies: 25
Views: 2879

Re: My Next Car: Tesla S vs BMW 540iX

Test drive both cars, make the decision based off that.
by squirm
Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uber ride — how to be sure windows will open?
Replies: 17
Views: 1907

Re: Uber ride — how to be sure windows will open?

I recently ordered an Uber only to learn that the backseat windows did not open. I think they were not designed to open, it wasn’t that they were not working. I cannot think of a normal 4-door car with no window controls but possible I guess. Just contact the driver from the app once they accept th...
by squirm
Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I reconsider Solar? Did I miss the boat?
Replies: 31
Views: 2216

Re: Should I reconsider Solar? Did I miss the boat?

Not sure why a poor response to a question determines if you want solar or not but if you're paying over 20c/kwh it's worth it. I was looking for some enthusiasm and certainly found it. I think if I look at my Ally 25K CD at 3% - that is subject to Tax - that money might be better used in a Solar r...
by squirm
Sat Apr 03, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I reconsider Solar? Did I miss the boat?
Replies: 31
Views: 2216

Re: Should I reconsider Solar? Did I miss the boat?

Not sure why a poor response to a question determines if you want solar or not but if you're paying over 20c/kwh it's worth it.
by squirm
Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Tool Suggestions
Replies: 31
Views: 2162

Re: New Tool Suggestions

I suggest Ridgid, lifetime warranty including the batteries, and quality tools, you can't beat that.
But first, make sure you know what you're doing.
by squirm
Fri Apr 02, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: toyota sequoia vs toyota sienna safety
Replies: 44
Views: 2653

Re: toyota sequoia vs toyota sienna safety

There picks are always done “in class”, to obscure the fact that, for instance, subcompact fatality rates are multiples of full-size fatality rates. Because: For safety: Sequoia Many are killed each year in single car accidents. In my neck of the woods, it is often someone in a big pickup or SUV dr...
by squirm
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: toyota sequoia vs toyota sienna safety
Replies: 44
Views: 2653

Re: toyota sequoia vs toyota sienna safety

Why don't you review the data from iihs and national traffic safety study? That would be my go to place not an internet forum - everything else is noise.
by squirm
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pre buy Disney World tickets as inflation hedge
Replies: 42
Views: 6962

Re: Pre buy Disney World tickets as inflation hedge

If you don't want to wait in lines, go when it rains. Usually the rides remain open.
by squirm
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with 26 year old central AC unit?
Replies: 40
Views: 2657

Re: What to do with 26 year old central AC unit?

I would never pay for an annual "maintenance" or whatever they do. Wait until something breaks. I do simple things on ours, we have two units one for upstairs and one down. when a capacitor blows, i replace it, or the evaporator unit needs cleaning, blah blah blah. 22 years, is about the a...
by squirm
Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tankless Water Heater - Struggling to Justify
Replies: 71
Views: 5857

Re: Tankless Water Heater - Struggling to Justify

We used to run out of hot water after a long shower, I just cranked up the heat all the way on the water heater no more running out of hot water. It's still going strong so can't justify a tankless yet.
by squirm
Sun Mar 28, 2021 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: exipred / obsolete propane jugs
Replies: 58
Views: 3915

Re: exipred / obsolete propane jugs

I found some old star handled propane tanks (long obsolete) and likely expired propane tanks (late 90s early 2000s vintage is my guess). They were kept out of the weather so they are not rusty. The only real issues it has the 5 star knob vs the modern 3 star which has some kind of internal safety v...
by squirm
Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $7500 tax credit on EV purchase
Replies: 11
Views: 1764

Re: $7500 tax credit on EV purchase

I haven't heard good things about the ID.4 (not sure what the name is suppose to mean either).
by squirm
Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digital persona - curating your online presence
Replies: 28
Views: 2074

Re: Digital persona - curating your online presence

No twitter. Facebook with no posts. This forum and one other with fake names. I was going to write something similar but why even have a Facebook account? My wife and I have neither Facebook or Twitter, never had any urge to create an account. We don't feel like we need the world to know anything a...
by squirm
Thu Mar 25, 2021 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Opening credit card for engagement ring?
Replies: 7
Views: 445

Re: Opening credit card for engagement ring?

I open new cards all the time just for the perks. Unfortunately I sometimes forget to close them and get hit with a yearly fee.
by squirm
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: son to major in Business, advice on specialization requested
Replies: 60
Views: 2644

Re: son to major in Business, advice on specialization requested

I suggested my wife get her degree in accounting, she did. She's a manager at a large firm. She makes more money then me and I make good six figures. Not sure where you get it's boring and low pay. Accounting requires hard work to thoroughly understand and opens the door for many specialties. "...
by squirm
Thu Mar 25, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: son to major in Business, advice on specialization requested
Replies: 60
Views: 2644

Re: son to major in Business, advice on specialization requested

I suggested my wife get her degree in accounting, she did. She's a manager at a large firm. She makes more money then me and I make good six figures. Not sure where you get it's boring and low pay.
Accounting requires hard work to thoroughly understand and opens the door for many specialties.
by squirm
Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: benefit of vaccination with kids at home
Replies: 26
Views: 1572

Re: benefit of vaccination with kids at home

Myself, my wife, and my 6 kids got the virus over the winter. It was no big deal, and much easier than past viruses. Go on vacation. We are about at her immunity now anyway, and kids shrug this thing off. Funny how everyone is different, a colleague got the first shot and had many side effects, a c...
by squirm
Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: benefit of vaccination with kids at home
Replies: 26
Views: 1572

Re: benefit of vaccination with kids at home

We're traveling and none of us got vaccinated yet, just use common sense precaution. Anyways, sounds like a medical question.
by squirm
Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6706

Re: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?

See this article about companies coming out with Level 2 chargers for the home to match Level 2 charging found on public chargers. https://mashable.com/article/level-2-faster-home-ev-charging/ "Coming out" with Level 2 chargers? They've been out a long time. The whole point of OP's thread...
by squirm
Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6706

Re: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?

I don't understand how a public L2 charger is faster than a home charger. Usually the public L2 chargers are 208 32A, 6.6kW. Residential is 7.7kW. My Model X can charge at 240V 72A. I only do that if I’m in a rush, which I think happens every year or so. Usually I plug it in at 10A, which is fine f...
by squirm
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6706

Re: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?

Charging losses are significant with wireless charging. That's not too much of an issue for a phone, much more so for a car. This is not becoming reality (meaning commercially available at scale) any time soon, if ever. Read this article. BMW is coming out with it and numerous other manufacturers a...
by squirm
Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6706

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. I hear this kind of talk...
by squirm
Tue Mar 23, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6706

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 squirm
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Romaine Lettuce & bagged salads - concerns
Replies: 45
Views: 4344

Re: Romaine Lettuce & bagged salads - concerns

How likely are you to actually get food poisoning from this lettuce? Realistically, health will probably improve for 99% of Americans who adopt bagged lettuce as part of their regular diet, since the health benefits of eating more veggies will outweigh any E Coli risk... Yeah, my thoughts exactly. ...
by squirm
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6706

Re: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?

2 car garage, plan on buying electric cars in next 5 years. Not sure which ones. What type of outlets would you install and where? Getting some house renovations done, and should I just put two 220V outlets on each side wall? Somewhere else? Or wait? Thanks Yes, do 220v each side with #6. Make sure...
by squirm
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overthinking my Lawnmower Purchase (Push vs. Riding)
Replies: 56
Views: 2903

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

Have you considered an electric self propelled? I picked one up last fall (80V Kobalt) at Lowe’s on an end of season sale for about $300- it was one of those purchases that exceeded expectations, Low noise level, no gas fumes, easy to handle, no gas or oil to deal with, and plenty of charge for my ...
by squirm
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Romaine Lettuce & bagged salads - concerns
Replies: 45
Views: 4344

Re: Romaine Lettuce & bagged salads - concerns

How likely are you to actually get food poisoning from this lettuce? Realistically, health will probably improve for 99% of Americans who adopt bagged lettuce as part of their regular diet, since the health benefits of eating more veggies will outweigh any E Coli risk... Yeah, my thoughts exactly. ...
by squirm
Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar Cost Estimate
Replies: 19
Views: 1284

Re: Solar Cost Estimate

It all depends on what your paying for electricity. If you're paying some ridiculously low kwh price, you're not going to get your $$$ back.
by squirm
Mon Mar 22, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar Cost Estimate
Replies: 19
Views: 1284

Re: Solar Cost Estimate

You need to get a few other quotes then compare.
by squirm
Mon Mar 22, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overthinking my Lawnmower Purchase (Push vs. Riding)
Replies: 56
Views: 2903

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

Why don't you just get some neighbor kid to mow it and move on?
by squirm
Sat Mar 20, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Romaine Lettuce & bagged salads - concerns
Replies: 45
Views: 4344

Re: Romaine Lettuce & bagged salads - concerns

Independent George wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 6:48 pm Do people seriously eat vegetables without washing them?
I do all the time. I doubt rinsing them under water really does anything.
by squirm
Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Romaine Lettuce & bagged salads - concerns
Replies: 45
Views: 4344

Re: Romaine Lettuce & bagged salads - concerns

We eat lots of romaine and spinache for decades, never had a problem.
by squirm
Sat Mar 20, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Natural gas, tank water heater. Which brand?
Replies: 26
Views: 1899

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

Why not just go with price? I seriously doubt any anecdotal opinion her would be considered reliable. Buy a higher end wh based on price and hope for the best.
by squirm
Sat Mar 20, 2021 12:18 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.

Good purchase with the Kona, it will be interesting to see how the EV compares over time. I leased the Kona. Zero down (including no costs for title/license/registration/tax/etc, and first month payment waived) 35 remaining payments of $212 plus tax. All maintenance will be covered, and I'll also s...
by squirm
Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:10 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.

Tingting1013 wrote: Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:07 pm Almost as cheap as flipping a new car every year for free
Those Claritys are a steal too. Great car with Honda quality, can't go wrong there either.