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by teCh0010
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The best $10,000 to $15,000 vehicle.
Replies: 42
Views: 3311

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

At the top end of that range you can get a 2018+ Corolla with Toyota Safety Sense.
by teCh0010
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for simple home gym
Replies: 41
Views: 3324

Re: Recommendation for simple home gym

Resistance bands and a treadmill.

First things first is just activity. Have her start walking around the neighborhood 3 times a week for 30 - 40 min.
by teCh0010
Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High spenders what do you spend on?
Replies: 255
Views: 25271

Re: High spenders what do you spend on?

I’m certainly not a “high spender”, but I do really enjoy high end equipment. Mostly fishing tackle, but also shotguns and other gadgets. The value of my fishing tackle would probably shock most ($500 plus reels and individual lures that are worth more than $500) , but I’ve acquired it deliberately...
by teCh0010
Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family car
Replies: 86
Views: 6695

Re: Family car

I'm going to go out there and suggest a used Chevy Suburban. You say you will only be using it for trips so you may as well get a vehicle that is comfortable and can carry everything without having to install a rooftop carrier and a basket hanging off the rear. I agree. I think for decades the Subu...
by teCh0010
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I reconsider Solar? Did I miss the boat?
Replies: 31
Views: 2260

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

One consideration is if they offer net metering, and how long they are willing to commit to net metering. Some utilities are moving away from net metering to a model where you get paid at wholesale rates for energy that flows their way, vs retail for energy that flows your way. So people are going f...
by teCh0010
Sun Apr 04, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor living space/patio recommendations?
Replies: 22
Views: 2825

Re: Outdoor living space/patio recommendations?

I got quotes for the following : Demo and remove existing 22 x 30 patio Pour new patio (washed aggregate) with engineered footings for porch and fireplace Construct 20 x 20 porch (attached to house on one side) with clear pine stained ceiling and cedar posts Construct brick wood burning fireplace El...
by teCh0010
Sat Apr 03, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AWD vs 2WD in up state new york
Replies: 53
Views: 3307

Re: AWD vs 2WD in up state new york

I lived for a long time in upstate NY including part of that time in the Adirondacks. Like most people for much of the time I had RWD with 2, or arguably 1, wheel drive. It wasn't a problem 99% of the time, including for the years I commuted. The biggest problem was stopping, and that wouldn't have...
by teCh0010
Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AWD vs 2WD in up state new york
Replies: 53
Views: 3307

Re: AWD vs 2WD in up state new york

Ground clearance comes into play. The Odyssey has 4.5 inches, the pilot has 7.3. I’ve had an AWD pilot on all seasons out in 8in of snow without problem, but at some point you will start to have problems with elevation change and plowing or snow pushing up on the floorpan and taking the weight off t...
by teCh0010
Thu Apr 01, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will building material costs return to Earth? Bonus (?): Deck Material Selection
Replies: 25
Views: 3173

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

I sold my beach condo but still rent in the same 24 unit complex. Our beach walkover was rebuilt with composite decking in 2009 and that thing looks brand new. Super impressed how it has handled high traffic.
by teCh0010
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High spenders what do you spend on?
Replies: 255
Views: 25271

Re: High spenders what do you spend on?

Recently we have seen some posts of folks spending $150-$200k/yr, excluding housing, college tuition and daycare . If you fit this description, I’m genuinely curious, what are you actually spending your money on? For reference my HHI is $700-800k, excluding housing and daycare and charity, my spend...
by teCh0010
Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Resole hiking boots?
Replies: 40
Views: 2044

Re: Resole hiking boots?

The soles of my Danner hiking boots recently started de-laminating from the leather upper. Danner says that they cannot resole the boots, but that "I might get it done locally." I've certainly gotten my money's worth from this pair, but I hate to just toss them as the uppers are in great ...
by teCh0010
Thu Apr 01, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family car
Replies: 86
Views: 6695

Re: Family car

For 38.6k the Pilot EX-L gives you decent tech and a usable backseat for a decent price. Easy to price shop since they are all the same, call as many dealers as you want and play them against each other on price.
by teCh0010
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can I stop working? [New car discussion]
Replies: 63
Views: 3304

Re: Can I stop working?

My 10 year old American made car is tough. It has been hit by a Camry and a hit-and-run car in a parking lot. The Camry sustained heavy damage and had to be towed. Camrys are made in Georgetown, Kentucky. Any more bs you wish to propagate here? In 2016 the Camry topped the list as American made. &q...
by teCh0010
Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need a TV - What Brand
Replies: 37
Views: 2271

Re: Need a TV - What Brand

Separate the smart features from the TV, you will be happier in the long run. Most TVs are terrible at keeping their smart features up to date.

Buy an Apple TV streaming box and connect it to whatever TV you pick.
by teCh0010
Fri Mar 12, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 days in Asheville NC -- end of march weekend
Replies: 39
Views: 3131

Re: 3 days in Asheville NC -- end of march weekend

Start with this website: https://www.romanticasheville.com/ If you want to visit Biltmore, you should buy ticket online several days ahead. But I'd spend all 3 days in Blue Ridge parkway. There are many places to visit there. (https://www.romanticasheville.com/BlueRidgeParkway.htm) Be sure to have ...
by teCh0010
Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audio Receiver Recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 3478

Re: Audio Receiver Recommendations

I would give Crutchfield a call and have them help guide you. Ceiling mounted speakers aren’t going to sound great, so you are mainly buying on features, price, and user interface. As noted, to have 3 fully separate zones will be fairly expensive. Another option is, as mentioned, to just forget abo...
by teCh0010
Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paving plant neighbor
Replies: 25
Views: 3335

Re: Paving plant neighbor

Did they move in after you bought the house? People are telling you to get out-Can you sell the house at a reasonable price? The important question. The airport I fly out of has been in a decades long legal battle with a neighborhood trying to get it shut down. The airport was built in 1954, the ne...
by teCh0010
Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Online vs In-Person MBA
Replies: 20
Views: 1397

Re: Online vs In-Person MBA

Given your likely circumstance, I would give thought to a hybrid or low residency MBA that blends online learning with group projects and periodic face-to-face gatherings on campus or at locations nearer to your work. I'm not so sure that the MBA experience builds much of a networking base, but a b...
by teCh0010
Fri Mar 05, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite All Inclusive Beach Resort
Replies: 23
Views: 2987

Re: Favorite All Inclusive Beach Resort

Current Favorite : Grand Velas, Playa Del Carmen

https://rivieramaya.grandvelas.com/
by teCh0010
Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1987 Carrier HVAC. Replace or fix?
Replies: 57
Views: 3448

Re: 1987 Carrier HVAC. Replace or fix?

...comparison to my system, the tech said that the 80% will pay for itself . Of course, the mid-90% system would be more efficient but it would cost an additional $2-3K. Yeah it will pay for itself in 50 years? Buy yourself a couple of $40 space heaters just in case the furnace goes out. We general...
by teCh0010
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone employ personal assistants? House managers?
Replies: 49
Views: 4184

Re: Anyone employ personal assistants? House managers?

We had someone working for us like this when I was a kid. Household employee, worked 10am to 6PM. They would leave when dinner was ready on the stove. Handled cleaning, laundry, picking kids up from school, making dinner, pre making lunches for the next day. House stuff my dad would schedule, but sh...
by teCh0010
Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar...what am I missing?
Replies: 109
Views: 8236

Re: Solar...what am I missing?

I look at my install the same way. If I have to sell my home tomorrow and I get zero value for the solar system I got installed, I’m ok with having lost that $9k. At that price level, my enjoyment of it was worth even a 0% return on investment. Climate change is considered political on BH, so I won...
by teCh0010
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: All Wheel Drive vs. Front Wheel Drive
Replies: 59
Views: 18989

Re: All Wheel Drive vs. Front Wheel Drive

No one has mentioned it but with AWD, if one tire needs replacement, all needs to be replaced. Otherwise the replaced tire spins at a different revolution and you wear out the differential prematurely. We had a Subaru and had to do that once. 3 perfectly good tires to the landfill. Well, we negotia...
by teCh0010
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2011 Highlander Hybrid won't start
Replies: 7
Views: 585

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.
by teCh0010
Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar...what am I missing?
Replies: 109
Views: 8236

Re: Solar...what am I missing?

I looked at it, but my provider doesn’t have net metering. You pay them 10c per KWh for electricity that flows your way through the meter, and they pay you 1.7c for electricity that flows their way through the meter. Terrible deal. Bigly bad. Basically you sell back at wholesale like they would pay ...
by teCh0010
Sat Feb 27, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car suggestion for 70+ year-old mom
Replies: 160
Views: 8967

Re: Car suggestion for 70+ year-old mom

My mother had extremely bad knees when car shopping at 90+ but couldn't comfortably get in/out of any of the small SUVs she tried because they were "too tall." intuitively what you say makes sense but she chose a Corolla-like car. Probably person dependent. I drive an accord and my mom dr...
by teCh0010
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car suggestion for 70+ year-old mom
Replies: 160
Views: 8967

Re: Car suggestion for 70+ year-old mom

The Chevy Malibu with the Driver Confidence I and II package appears to have all the safety features. It appears that many of GM's middle priced SUVs lack the automatic braking, even with all safety packages added. This feature also appears to no be there on the very well-priced and safety featured...
by teCh0010
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car suggestion for 70+ year-old mom
Replies: 160
Views: 8967

Re: Car suggestion for 70+ year-old mom

The Chevy Malibu with the Driver Confidence I and II package appears to have all the safety features. It appears that many of GM's middle priced SUVs lack the automatic braking, even with all safety packages added. This feature also appears to no be there on the very well-priced and safety featured...
by teCh0010
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is so special about the Toyota Tacoma?
Replies: 97
Views: 10506

Re: What is so special about the Toyota Tacoma?

Versus a Sierra 1500 or a Silverado? Is there a reason they are prices as high as they are? What staples do they have over a domestic truck? Tacoma TRD Pro in particular. I think they are all terrible. Compared to Dodge and Ford their interior styling & tech are from the 1990s. You'll hear folk...
by teCh0010
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SUV or Van Rental for 4 Adults and 2 toddlers and 1 baby
Replies: 13
Views: 840

Re: SUV or Van Rental for 4 Adults and 2 toddlers and 1 baby

Double check the cost of a Ford Transit as well as the minivan options. Most rental agencies carry Transit passenger wagons in their fleet now, would give you more space than the mini van.
by teCh0010
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience with replacing heat pump - Carrier or Lennox?
Replies: 24
Views: 2477

Re: Experience with replacing heat pump - Carrier or Lennox?

Generally the manufacturer provides a parts only warranty that is 5 - 6 years if you don’t register it, and 10 or 12 years if you register it. The installing vendor provides a warranty for their labor, and will provide the labor for putting in the manufactures parts, but normally for a much shorter ...
by teCh0010
Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Marantz/Samsung/Harmony Home Theater Experts: Willing to Help?
Replies: 13
Views: 919

Re: Marantz/Samsung/Harmony Home Theater Experts: Willing to Help?

Since you have a harmony and receiver you don’t want ARC.

Disable it in the Samsung menu.
by teCh0010
Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is so special about the Toyota Tacoma?
Replies: 97
Views: 10506

Re: What is so special about the Toyota Tacoma?

I buy a new 4-wheel drive Tacoma access cab every 2-3 years with the "work" package. I live on a dirt road, have much winter exposure to salt, and use the truck to haul firewood, manure, hay, etc. Tacomas are reliable, but my use is tough on any truck. Tacomas come with two years (or 25k ...
by teCh0010
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sienna vs Odyssey
Replies: 41
Views: 3270

Re: Sienna vs Odyssey

I have a 2016 Odyssey EX that I bought new for $30k OTD. So I think I could’ve gotten the EX-L (leather) for ~$33k OTD. The cost of a factory maintenance plan for 7 years was about $1.1k (buy that from a dealer that specializes in those deals nationwide over email, not your dealer.) For $30k, the v...
by teCh0010
Sun Feb 14, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Urgent passport issue
Replies: 42
Views: 7086

Re: Urgent passport issue

FYI for the passports that aren’t expired, make sure they are good for 6 months past the departure date. Many countries may not let you enter if your passport is within 6 months of expiring.
by teCh0010
Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HIIT question [High-Intensity Interval Training]
Replies: 38
Views: 2780

Re: HIIT question [High-Intensity Interval Training]

The statement that heart rate will stay fairly consistent is false though. 30 seconds to 1 min at 100% effort will absolutely send your heart rate up quickly. I didn’t do HIIT by any types of heart rate zones, I just put 100% effort into my 45 second high intensity intervals, but I absolutely saw my...
by teCh0010
Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HIIT question [High-Intensity Interval Training]
Replies: 38
Views: 2780

Re: HIIT question

MittensMoney wrote: Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:28 pm Your heart rate is going to stay fairly consistent if you're doing 30 seconds or 1 minute of effort. It won't jump to 90% max for a few seconds and then go back to resting in that quick of intervals.
You don’t seem to have experience with High Intensity Interval Training.
by teCh0010
Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HIIT question [High-Intensity Interval Training]
Replies: 38
Views: 2780

Re: HIIT question

I was really trying to drop body fat in 09. Got good control of my diet, good macros and caloric intake, and killed it with HIIT. I did 45 seconds full blast, and 1.5 minute recovery on the bike. I also ran, so if I was going to run that day I would only do 7 sets of intervals. If I wasn’t going to ...
by teCh0010
Thu Feb 11, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Written warranty from contractor
Replies: 8
Views: 651

Re: Written warranty from contractor

I have the manuals, and model / serial numbers of the equipment. So in the worst case, mostly I can register on Trane's website myself. Yes, it is very important to register the warranty with Trane within 60 days of install. It takes the warranty from 5 years for most Trane equipment to 10. https:/...
by teCh0010
Thu Feb 11, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Written warranty from contractor
Replies: 8
Views: 651

Re: Written warranty from contractor

Hi, I got the HVAC work done by a licensed contractor. Given the stringent requirements for the permit (and partly because of pandemic), I decided to not go for permit. The work is all done today, and things are good. I paid the contractor by check at the end of the day. This is in bay area, Califo...
by teCh0010
Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backpacking gear recommendations - backpack, shoes, sleeping bag
Replies: 100
Views: 5434

Re: Backpacking gear recommendations - backpack, shoes, sleeping bag

For shoes I have the Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof. They aren’t as heavy as old hiking boots, but still haven ankle support. Love them. Sleeping Bags depend on the conditions and length. I have a Kelty Tuck 20 degree bag, it’s fine for two day trips but you will want something that compresses more (...
by teCh0010
Sun Jan 31, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cloud storage
Replies: 36
Views: 2324

Re: Cloud storage

Currently using the google drive as part of a $12 a month gsuite subscription, pretty sure when they convert my account to workspaces I’ll have to go to a $20 a month enterprise subscription.

7TB stored in the cloud.
by teCh0010
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best 'redundant' backup internet for home work
Replies: 40
Views: 2800

Re: Best 'redundant' backup internet for home work

My office provides me a work from home solution that includes backup internet. They shipped me an appliance (made by Velocloud) that plugs into my home internet. It makes a VPN connection back to the office. It supports having two internet connections, so if you have two wired options you are good t...
by teCh0010
Sat Jan 23, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any recs for HIGH quality webcams? Has to be better then a Macbook Pro webcam
Replies: 15
Views: 1220

Re: Any recs for HIGH quality webcams? Has to be better then a Macbook Pro webcam

In addition to the Logitech Brio as has been mentioned the Microsoft Lifecam Studio is good.
by teCh0010
Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washing machine decision/feedback - GE GFW850SSNWW vs. LG WM4000HWA
Replies: 30
Views: 2334

Re: Washing machine decision/feedback - GE GFW850SSNWW vs. LG WM4000HWA

I have the LG3700 pair, very happy with them and no issues during the two years I’ve had them. I ordered from Costco.com and was impressed with the delivery, setup, haul away. They didn’t try and nickel and dime me for hoses, everything was included. They spent a decent amount of time setting up the...
by teCh0010
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radio Frequency Interference Issue
Replies: 25
Views: 1755

Re: Radio Frequency Interference Issue

So what changed?

Have you had any work on the house before right before this all started? Electrical, plumbing, roofing, etc?
by teCh0010
Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotels for travel through Georgia?
Replies: 37
Views: 2565

Re: Hotels for travel through Georgia?

On the way down Kennesaw looks like a winner. On the way back, I'm thinking around the Chattanooga area I75/I24. This is about the same distance/time length as Indy to Kennesaw (always depending on traffic of course). Chattanooga area suggestions? Chattanooga has a fantastic aquarium if you wanted ...
by teCh0010
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Very very warm Men’s Winter Coat
Replies: 67
Views: 5437

Re: Very very warm Men’s Winter Coat

I second the parkas from LL Bean. Something like the Maine Warden works well, I used to live in MSP. I like to have something that is long enough to cover your butt and snug at the waist. I lived in Minneapolis for several years and walked to work in the winter. If you need something cheaper the res...
by teCh0010
Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to find very simple idiot proof smoke detector
Replies: 23
Views: 1197

Re: Want to find very simple idiot proof smoke detector

First Alert SA521CN-3ST

Wired, battery backed up smoke detector that also supports wireless interconnect. So you can expand the system by adding battery powered smoke/co in places where you don’t have hardwire and they all still go off together.
by teCh0010
Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recirculator for tankless hot water heater?
Replies: 20
Views: 1800

Re: Recirculator for tankless hot water heater?

OP here for a follow-up. I had a plumber and his apprentice out to see if they could add a recirculator. They looked at my set-up and both advised against it. Said since the system hadn't been originally built to accommodate a recirculator that they would have to use the cold water line to serve th...