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by p14175
Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: binoculars advise
Replies: 29
Views: 1675

Re: binoculars advise

All I can say is try the binoculars on your list and then compare them to Swarovski binoculars of the same power. Yes, Swarovskis are pricey, but you can find them used on eBay for reasonable prices.
by p14175
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family car
Replies: 86
Views: 6559

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.
by p14175
Sat Mar 27, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build detached one car garage for office/theater, but convert back later?
Replies: 10
Views: 970

Re: Build detached one car garage for office/theater, but convert back later?

Where I live, a detached structure is a garage/workshop without a bathroom or an office/livable space if it does. I think it has something to do with tax codes. How far away is your closest bathroom?
by p14175
Tue Mar 23, 2021 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?
Replies: 100
Views: 6707

Re: What Outlets in preparation for electric cars?

I was reading that all electric homes with 100A service might have a problem with EV chargers?
by p14175
Mon Mar 08, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardeners - any online shopping recommendations?
Replies: 6
Views: 635

Re: Gardeners - any online shopping recommendations?

These are my favorite.

Baker Creek Heirloom seeds https://www.rareseeds.com

Native Seeds/SEARCH https://www.nativeseeds.org
by p14175
Sun Mar 07, 2021 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Using OBD2 scanner to evaluate used car buying
Replies: 102
Views: 4750

Re: Using OBD2 scanner to evaluate used car buying

Note: there are tunes for both diesel and gasoline engine ECMs, but this post is mostly about what's happening with diesels. Regardless, this is something to be aware of when buying a newer model used car. Last year I purchased a 2005 Jeep Liberty CRD (diesel). In my pre-purchase research I found th...
by p14175
Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?
Replies: 331
Views: 23130

Re: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?

If not mentioned before. Have your family onboard with your weight loss goals. It's easier if you work together as a team to make it happen than trying to do it alone.
by p14175
Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy this 4Runner with my current situation?
Replies: 46
Views: 3399

Re: Should I buy this 4Runner with my current situation?

A 4runner or any other SUV are nice, but with a 13' camper and kids you really need a truck bed to carry extra stuff like firewood, camp furniture, generator, ice chests, wet and muddy things, etc..
by p14175
Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: space heaters
Replies: 35
Views: 3068

Re: space heaters

I have a 14'x28' sheet metal workshop with insulated walls and a 10' insulated ceiling. In the winter, I use a little space heater keeps the area where I work warm, but the rest of the shop stays cold. I only use my workshop during daytime hours so I am looking at a solar furnace. If you want to kee...
by p14175
Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where would you live in Phoenix if you could WFH
Replies: 125
Views: 8284

Re: Where would you live in Phoenix if you could WFH

Apache Junction is in Pinal County so no emissions testing if you WFM. What does that mean? What is WFM? Oops! WFH. Fumble fingers Okay, now what is emissions testing for when you work from home? Pinal county doesn't have emissions testing if you live and work in the county. If you live in Pinal Co...
by p14175
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where would you live in Phoenix if you could WFH
Replies: 125
Views: 8284

Re: Where would you live in Phoenix if you could WFH

HomerJ wrote: Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:47 pm
p14175 wrote: Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:44 pmApache Junction is in Pinal County so no emissions testing if you WFM.
What does that mean? What is WFM?
Oops! WFH. Fumble fingers
by p14175
Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where would you live in Phoenix if you could WFH
Replies: 125
Views: 8284

Re: Where would you live in Phoenix if you could WFH

I would probably live in Apache Junction or maybe a little further down the road in Gold Canyon. I just need to ask now...WHY would anyone chose to live in Apache Junction? I mean...there are just so many better areas to pick from. If you want to stay on that side of the Valley, why wouldn't you lo...
by p14175
Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where would you live in Phoenix if you could WFH
Replies: 125
Views: 8284

Re: Where would you live in Phoenix if you could WFH

I would probably live in Apache Junction or maybe a little further down the road in Gold Canyon.
by p14175
Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is so special about the Toyota Tacoma?
Replies: 97
Views: 10494

Re: What is so special about the Toyota Tacoma?

The Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon can be had with a diesel engine (2.8L inline 4) though I think 2021 is the last year for this option.
by p14175
Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washing machine decision/feedback - GE GFW850SSNWW vs. LG WM4000HWA
Replies: 30
Views: 2323

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

The black control panel in the upper right hand corner on the LG is hard to read but you get used to it.
by p14175
Sat Feb 06, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirement Planning - Lessons Learned
Replies: 21
Views: 3061

Re: Retirement Planning - Lessons Learned

After retirement we moved out of the big city to a rural setting. Clean air, no airplane noise (we lived 11 miles from the runway at Sky Harbor), no crack head neighbors, no real traffic, no grass to cut. We are actually closer to relatives than we were in the Phoenix metro area. One thing we did wa...
by p14175
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirement: Anyone here from\live in Anthem, AZ?
Replies: 15
Views: 2053

Re: Retirement: Anyone here from\live in Anthem, AZ?

Lived in the Phoenix Metro area for 50 years. Retired to southern Az -- yep! down by the US-Mexico border. The air is clean down here, not so much in the Phoenix area even with emissions testing in Maricopa County. I don't know a lot about Anthem except that it has washes that run through it and som...
by p14175
Sun Dec 13, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help: wrong medical charges, now with collections
Replies: 9
Views: 1147

Re: Need help: wrong medical charges, now with collections

A couple of years ago I had major surgery w/o insurance. Yes. It was very expensive. Since then I have had insurance. The hospital divided our bill into two categories: Accounts on the Payment Plan and Accounts not on the Payment Plan . When paying the monthly bill, the payment was directed to the A...
by p14175
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Retire?
Replies: 262
Views: 23850

Re: Where to Retire?

Tucson, AZ . Cooler than Phoenix by 10F since it's higher in elevation. Has a university (University of Arizona), UofA medical school and good hospitals. It has 'culture' being one of the older cities in the US (founded in 1775 as a Spanish military outpost). I don't live there and try to avoid goin...
by p14175
Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Notes taking for math, computer science
Replies: 36
Views: 1817

Re: Notes taking for math, computer science

I found that mechanical pencils worked much better than pens for note taking. :D Mathematician, engineer, technologist, software designer/developer, and mechanical designer here. <whew!> I have taken a lot of technical classes. The only thing that works better than pencil and paper is a video of the...
by p14175
Thu Oct 29, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Harbor Freight Good Values?
Replies: 88
Views: 5293

Re: Harbor Freight Good Values?

I have a big green mill w/auto table feed and a 7x12 mini lathe both from Harbor Freight. Both have been heavily used over the last 10 years and have held up remarkably well.
by p14175
Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heating smaller 1-car Detached Garage
Replies: 27
Views: 1953

Re: Heating smaller 1-car Detached Garage

I have a 14' x 28' single car I use as a workshop and a quiet space. It's a sheet metal building with insulation. The interior of the building gets into the 30s in the winter. In the summer it can easily reach 85F. In the winter I dress warmly when I'm out there and supplement with a space heater (H...
by p14175
Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trail sneakers
Replies: 59
Views: 3863

Re: Trail sneakers

I got a pair of Men's Trail Running Minimalist Barefoot Shoes last spring for desert trail walking. I have been wearing them for 6 months now and they are very comfortable, cheap, they aren't wearing out, mesquite thorns haven't gone through them -- yet, and they are easy to clean, just use the gard...
by p14175
Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small Travel Trailer Advise needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2717

Re: Small Travel Trailer Advise needed

+1 on Casita trailers. We have owned two of them. Our last one is a 2006 17ft Spirit Deluxe.
by p14175
Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to find a quality, lower cost muscle car
Replies: 94
Views: 6321

Re: Where to find a quality, lower cost muscle car

Have you considered a Ford Crown Victoria P71 Police Interceptor? Body on frame, rear wheel drive, V8. Some have fire suppression systems and kevlar panels in the doors. They have a loyal following. Though not really a muscle car, they do turn heads. https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/9824718_f520.j...
by p14175
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oddly Difficult to Find Items During the Pandemic
Replies: 317
Views: 31056

Re: Oddly Difficult to Find Items During the Pandemic

Alcohol-free Mouthwash. I think it's because wearing face masks makes your breath smell bad.
by p14175
Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New roof needed - Consider METAL ROOF?
Replies: 32
Views: 3224

Re: New roof needed - Consider METAL ROOF?

Metal roofs are great! I have one on my house. One thing not brought up is home insurance. I'm out in a rural area so the insurance company doesn't care. In my old neighborhood, within city limits, my neighbors with sheet metal roofs had fun finding insurance companies that would insure them.
by p14175
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus Key Fob Issue
Replies: 42
Views: 2070

Re: Lexus Key Fob Issue

I bought a used 2005 Jeep Liberty recently. It came with the key fob with a bent key. Obviously it had been used for something other than starting the car. I purchased 2 generic transponder keys from Amazon and then called the closest dealership for the key cut code and PIN. The dealership had no tr...
by p14175
Sun May 03, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn mower recommendation
Replies: 91
Views: 6384

Re: Lawnmower recommendation

I have a Honda mower that's at least 30 years old. Never had a problem with. I do the maintenance on time and keep it inside when not it use.
by p14175
Thu Apr 30, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [recommend a basic] refrigerator
Replies: 22
Views: 1844

Re: [recommend a basic] refrigerator

We have a large farm kitchen that can easily accommodate a 28+ cu. ft. fridge without it looking out of place, but there is only 2 of us and our current 18 cu. ft. refrigerator stays empty most of the time. We are looking at scaling down. This is the refrigerator we are thinking about getting. No ic...
by p14175
Sun Apr 19, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a low cost CADD program
Replies: 11
Views: 542

Re: Recommend a low cost CADD program

I am using Nano CAD. It's free.
by p14175
Fri Apr 17, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 227
Views: 18085

Re: Gardening 2020

After two years I'm finally getting a garden going again. I am trying out the 'weedless gardening', Lee Reich, in Zone 8 high desert. We have better soil here than we had in the Phoenix metro area, plus it's cooler. Sunflowers already in the ground Tomatoes - Yellow Pear and Purple Russian Peppers -...
by p14175
Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 457
Views: 35698

Re: So what are you cooking

4lb point cut corned beef brisket in the crock pot.
by p14175
Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: stove with timed turn-off?
Replies: 13
Views: 871

Re: stove with timed turn-off?

Some Empava gas appliances have timers that need to be set for the ovens to operate.
by p14175
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Router & WiFi Extender Setup for large area: Help Please.
Replies: 43
Views: 1646

Re: Help with Router & WiFi Extender Setup for large area: Help Please.

I used NetGear PowerLine units (uses house wiring) for home and workshop connections. All the buildings power is off the same meter so what the heck. Using the house wiring is old school, but I found the speed is better. Please explain "Powerline Units" and "using house wiring"....
by p14175
Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with Router & WiFi Extender Setup for large area: Help Please.
Replies: 43
Views: 1646

Re: Help with Router & WiFi Extender Setup for large area: Help Please.

I used NetGear PowerLine units (uses house wiring) for home and workshop connections. All the buildings power is off the same meter so what the heck. Using the house wiring is old school, but I found the speed is better.
by p14175
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirement in AZ-suggestions please
Replies: 104
Views: 7541

Re: Retirement in AZ-suggestions please

For some reason, we rarely have snakes on our 20 acres. Lot's of gopher holes. Occasional gopher/brown snake. That's about it. We keep the pastures mowed low for firebreak and to keep crawling things visible. Also a perimeter "no climb" fence with 2" web spacings. It could be that we...
by p14175
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirement in AZ-suggestions please
Replies: 104
Views: 7541

Re: Retirement in AZ-suggestions please

My DH and I bought land near the US-Mexico border for retirement back in 1998. We finally moved to southern AZ but to the small farming and ranching town of Willcox instead. It's high desert with moderate temperatures and an occasional snow in the winter. Willcox has a growing wine industry. Oh. And...
by p14175
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?
Replies: 1775
Views: 150799

Re: Coronavirus (Consumer Issues) How you are preparing?

All I am doing to prepare is when I have to go to Walmart for anything, make the trip early Sunday morning when the store is really empty.
by p14175
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need help to repair a 1975 Maytag dryer Need some folks that are dryer pro's here
Replies: 11
Views: 956

Re: Need help to repair a 1975 Maytag dryer Need some folks that are dryer pro's here

I did a quick search on '1975 Maytag dryer felt band' and came up with this. I don't know if this is the correct felt seal, but also listed is a high temp adhesive for attaching felt seals. https://www.repairclinic.com/PartDetail/Felt-Seal/WP37001132/1063784?TLSID=1779&Ref=611198&gclid=Cj0KC...
by p14175
Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cosmetology School vs Traditional College
Replies: 99
Views: 6547

Re: Cosmetology School vs Traditional College

If she wants to go to cosmetology school, support her. But also suggest studies in business ownership and management. Cosmetology schools (just like medical schools) don't teach the business aspect. There's more money made in owning and operating a beauty salon then there is in renting a chair in one.
by p14175
Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Alternative to stairs?
Replies: 38
Views: 3409

Re: Alternative to stairs?

I agree with moving to a one story house. But also, look at outdoor stairs as well.
by p14175
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spin Cycle or Upright Bike?
Replies: 56
Views: 3715

Re: Spin Cycle or Upright Bike?

Here are 50 exercises you can do with a Schwinn Airdyne.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyhTm-7_bGU
by p14175
Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best thing you have ever bought?
Replies: 151
Views: 14611

Re: Best thing you have ever bought?

The space heater for my workshop.
by p14175
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cricut Maker Machine questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1130

Re: Cricut Maker Machine questions

I have a Silhouette paper cutter. I don't know how it compares to a Cricut, but it doesn't require special paper or materials. I have cut light sheet metal and plastics along with different types of paper with mine. I have also used CAD programs like SolidWorks and AutoCAD to create 3D designs thoug...
by p14175
Thu Nov 14, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bigger car for baby?
Replies: 62
Views: 3294

Re: Bigger car for baby?

How about a Ford Crown Victoria? Big, body on frame, huge trunk, safe, reliable... the Police Interceptor models come with a fire suppression system. You can get a great one for way less than $10k and it will easily last 300,000 miles if you take care of it.
by p14175
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blankets/Bedding for Cold Winter Nights
Replies: 56
Views: 4162

Re: Blankets/Bedding for Cold Winter Nights

I made some personal sized flannel 'blankets' 2.5 yards of 44" wide flannel from Walmart. They are great for layering without adding too much weight.
You can get flannel for about $3.50/yd so $8.75.
by p14175
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: benefit enrollment - medical insurance premium change
Replies: 5
Views: 682

Re: benefit enrollment - medical insurance premium change

My Obamacare plan doubled in price for 2020, from $50 to $100, but the deductible was decreased to $5600 to $5000. So I am paying the same price.
by p14175
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?
Replies: 38
Views: 4277

Re: Anyone have an issue with Corelle plates?

Nope. I just replaced my hand-me-down clunky grocery store dinnerware with basic frosty white Corelle. My hands were damaged by recent chemo. The Corelle is so much easier for me to handle.