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by canderson
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Airtags/Tile
Replies: 30
Views: 2369

Re: Apple Airtags/Tile

Interesting technologies but at that price point, I don't personally have any use .... yet. I do have a relative who has a habit of letting her phone slip out of her pocket or leaving it on a counter (not at home - not concerned there) and then walking away not knowing it is "gone." Is th...
by canderson
Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best nonstick pans?
Replies: 65
Views: 5286

Re: Best nonstick pans?

Big fan of Made In pots, pans and dinnerware They have several nonstick pans and woks that I have and all are quite excellent.
by canderson
Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 gallon water heater questions
Replies: 70
Views: 4350

Re: 50 gallon water heater questions

Just want to say I’d never heard about replace anode rods before this site and have never heard of it elsewhere. I’ve known no one has ever done it. It’s a waste of effort imo.
by canderson
Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Fridge
Replies: 22
Views: 1372

Re: New Fridge

Thegame14 wrote: Sun Mar 14, 2021 6:30 pm so far this is the best fit I have found....

https://www.bjs.com/product/whirlpool-2 ... 0000973998
That fridge is 32.75” wide.
by canderson
Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Fridge
Replies: 22
Views: 1372

Re: New Fridge

In those dimensions you’re not getting anything other than a standard one door fridge with a one door freezer. Fridges under 32” wide are increasingly rare.
by canderson
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone use travelers checks any more?
Replies: 110
Views: 5784

Re: Does anyone use travelers checks any more?

What is a travelers check? Not being snarky - I’ve never heard of these. I’m in my mid 30s. You would buy them at a bank or AAA or such. When you bought them, you signed each check. Then, when you cashed or spent them, you signed them again and the matching signatures showed that they were really y...
by canderson
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone use travelers checks any more?
Replies: 110
Views: 5784

Re: Does anyone use travelers checks any more?

What is a travelers check? Not being snarky - I’ve never heard of these. I’m in my mid 30s.
by canderson
Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airport lounges
Replies: 24
Views: 3198

Re: Airport lounges

Domestic Limoges are hardly worth it - except the Centrium ones. The rest are marginal. International is where they make it worth while (or foreign lounges here - IE the Turkish lounge at IAD)
by canderson
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone have a pill splitter recommendation (specifically for small pills)?
Replies: 24
Views: 1442

Does anyone have a pill splitter recommendation (specifically for small pills)?

We are need of a pill splitter to cut in half pills for our cat. These are pretty small pills to begin with, and the top ones on Amazon all have reviews saying they don’t work well with smaller animal pills.

Any recs?
by canderson
Sun Feb 21, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Busted water pipe, now what? Help a Texan out.
Replies: 187
Views: 14298

Re: Busted water pipe, now what? Help a Texan out.

I live in Pennsylvania and my house built in 2006 doesn’t have shutoff valves for our two outdoor spigots, but we’ve never had any issues as they are frost free. Is this something I should explore as a retrofit (although one is in the wall of the living room and that’d be almost impossible to hide).
by canderson
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8748

Re: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation

For those like me who lives in a dense urban environment, gas/propane generators are a non-starter due to noise, storage limitations, nowhere safe to keep it while running, etc. I long for the day powewall-type devices are the norm for home backups. Perhaps you and others can expand on this. Exampl...
by canderson
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation
Replies: 162
Views: 8748

Re: [Generators]/ supplemental power generation

For those like me who lives in a dense urban environment, gas/propane generators are a non-starter due to noise, storage limitations, nowhere safe to keep it while running, etc. I long for the day powewall-type devices are the norm for home backups.
by canderson
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?
Replies: 226
Views: 18621

Re: Any Boglehead Lessons From the Texas Winter Storm?

My brother got power back this afternoon - his was out 97 hours. Water is out since Wednesday. He has survived by using his hybrid F 150 as a generator and melting snow in a Weber Q1200 grill using camping propane bottles.

Great suggestions here.
by canderson
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men, Where do you Carry Your Cell phone?
Replies: 16
Views: 1082

Re: Men, Where do you Carry Your Cell phone?

Left front pocket. All day, every day.
by canderson
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1password clarification
Replies: 7
Views: 703

Re: 1password clarification

They are being stored locally in your chrome, not with 1Password.

You have chrome set to remember all passwords (or allowed it at least for 1Passsword.)
by canderson
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Real reviews of Gas Hot water heaters
Replies: 31
Views: 2344

Re: Real reviews of Gas Hot water heaters

TheDDC wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:09 pm I have a gas tankless demand-based system. I’m on my second. I would not go back to a silly tank.

-TheDDC
I would love this but with a 3 story house and the heater on the first floor it’s not practical here in PA.
by canderson
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to use American Airlines miles?
Replies: 6
Views: 805

Re: how to use American Airlines miles?

I’ll gladly take them! :D
by canderson
Sat Dec 26, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turbotax on Sale Today Only
Replies: 103
Views: 8945

Re: Turbotax on Sale Today Only

interwebopinion wrote: Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:52 pm No need to rush - they're simply price matching to Costco and the Costco promo is available till 1/24.

https://www.costco.com/CompareProductsD ... 66,1489868
This is $10 more than Amazon; Amazon is giving a $10 gift card so essentially the price is $29.
by canderson
Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turbotax on Sale Today Only
Replies: 103
Views: 8945

Re: Turbotax on Sale Today Only

Have a note in my calendar every Dec 26 at 8 pm to buy this, it’s the best deal you can get for Deluxe + State for Mac by far. Thanks, OP!

It is dumb they have to physicked send the gift card though - very wasteful.
by canderson
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you get your news?
Replies: 45
Views: 2583

Re: Where do you get your news?

As a journalist, you saying you will pay very little for high quality work is the reason why so many think news is the enemy. No offense, but it’s frankly offensive. Legitimate journalists - not taking heads, not pundits, not the crazy zealots - work their butts off to serve as a watchdog. It’s hard...
by canderson
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to find help for "low vision" that can't be corrected with regular glasses?
Replies: 8
Views: 607

Re: How to find help for "low vision" that can't be corrected with regular glasses?

Hi. I am legally blind - born with albino oculocutaneous. I am now 39, have worked professionally since graduating college (in fact, I am a graphic designer and former newspaper design editor). Eyesight uncorrected is 20/~400. I wear a combo of glasses and contacts and corrected I’m around 20/240. I...
by canderson
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to donate unwanted real estate?
Replies: 52
Views: 3320

Re: How to donate unwanted real estate?

My next idea is to donate the land to the state as it is adjacent to a state park. One more thought. Are there any other adjacent landowners? If so then one of the might love to buy the land for a nominal amount so that they could clear out it out and make their property more desirable. It's adjace...
by canderson
Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Restaurant take out during the pandemic?
Replies: 93
Views: 7437

Re: Restaurant take out during the pandemic?

We have had great success. We are getting takeout 2-3 times a week from high-end places all the way to Chick fil A. I’ve been impressed with what restaurants are doing.
by canderson
Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TurboTax 2020 Price
Replies: 27
Views: 3721

Re: TurboTax 2020 Price

I have no idea about that site but as I said in another thread, on Amazon on 12/28/2019 I bought Deluxe with state+$10 Amazon gift card for $39.98. Someone else said that they got this same deal on the 28th in both 2019 and 2018. There's no guarantees it will happen this year of course but Amazon a...
by canderson
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best non-cotton undershirts that run long and stay tucked in?
Replies: 9
Views: 1229

Re: Best non-cotton undershirts that run long and stay tucked in?

RibbedTee, by a county mile. But buy ASAP - they are shutting down.
by canderson
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: removed
Replies: 136
Views: 8518

Re: Heat - What do you set your temps to in Winter?

PA here. 69 when home, 64 at night.

It is funny cause with our old furnace (replaced last year) it was 74 and 68 and felt colder than now. Efficiency matters!
by canderson
Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me into buying a Tesla Model Y
Replies: 93
Views: 8343

Re: Talk me into buying a Tesla Model Y

Yes but would wait about 1 year for build quality kinks to be worked out. That's about how long it took for Model 3 to improve (panel gaps and other road noise issues). There is also this coming soon AND will be eligible for the $7500 fed tax credit. https://electrek.co/2020/09/25/vw-id-4-electric-...
by canderson
Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how do you make your home smell good?
Replies: 84
Views: 6923

Re: how do you make your home smell good?

Unscented candle + candle warmer

And open windows and a clean home.

It’s that easy.
by canderson
Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me into buying a Tesla Model Y
Replies: 93
Views: 8343

Re: Talk me into buying a Tesla Model Y

Yes but would wait about 1 year for build quality kinks to be worked out. That's about how long it took for Model 3 to improve (panel gaps and other road noise issues). There is also this coming soon AND will be eligible for the $7500 fed tax credit. https://electrek.co/2020/09/25/vw-id-4-electric-...
by canderson
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A simpler car.
Replies: 233
Views: 16981

Re: A simpler car.

The simplest car on the road is probably a Tesla Model S. A cheaper Nissan Leaf is too.
by canderson
Sat Sep 12, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fridge Freezer Drain Hole Freezing
Replies: 11
Views: 674

Re: Fridge Freezer Drain Hole Freezing

I had a similar problem with an old Whirlpool top freezer fridge and I was able to solve it by connecting solid copper wire to the defrost heater. The wire goes into the drain and transfers heat when the defrost cycle takes place. Not sure if that is applicable to your situation. A link explaining ...
by canderson
Sat Sep 05, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shower slippers?
Replies: 8
Views: 964

Re: Shower slippers?

$1 Old Navy flip-flops is what we use when traveling - bare feet don’t touch any surface in a hotel.
by canderson
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walmart+ service ($98/year = free delivery w/ $35+ order). Thoughts?
Replies: 122
Views: 8891

Re: Walmart+ service ($98/year = free delivery w/ $35+ order). Thoughts?

I’ll never give WM another penny but ymmv. I had my identity stolen and they absolutely refused to do ANYTHING even despite local and state police reports asking them to.
by canderson
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sit and Stand desk + a regular desk?
Replies: 15
Views: 966

Re: Sit and Stand desk + a regular desk?

Last month we bought an iMovr Lander Lite with solid wood top. Incredibly happy and it is US-made.

https://www.imovr.com/lander-lite-stand ... d-top.html
by canderson
Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: charging an EV
Replies: 250
Views: 15975

Re: charging an EV

I will buy an EV when in the dead of winter we can drive the 175 miles each way to NYC and back home on a single charge. We often do theater daytrips and I don’t want to stop at 11 pm in February to charge.* I’d get a RAV4 Prime but a) they’re impossible to find and b) if you do they’re going at a ...
by canderson
Sat Aug 29, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: charging an EV
Replies: 250
Views: 15975

Re: charging an EV

I will buy an EV when in the dead of winter we can drive the 175 miles each way to NYC and back home on a single charge. We often do theater daytrips and I don’t want to stop at 11 pm in February to charge.* I’d get a RAV4 Prime but a) they’re impossible to find and b) if you do they’re going at a m...
by canderson
Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chase Sapphire Reserve and DoorDash
Replies: 9
Views: 1183

Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve and DoorDash

Correct on alll x credit is good for any expenditure. It’s a statement credit, not shows in the DD app itself.
by canderson
Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tires recommendations?
Replies: 61
Views: 4597

Re: Tires recommendations?

Michelin Defender LTX.....good all season tire, very durable and long lasting. Have these in our RAV4 and at 44,000 miles they’re at 4/32 so I will need to replace them in October. Good tires but that’s pretty short lifespan imo. Edit: oops nevermind - I have the Michelin Premiere A/S. And apparent...
by canderson
Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A primer on backup battery systems for power outages
Replies: 195
Views: 13344

Re: A primer on backup battery systems for power outages

This is why I wish the Powewall was more affordable. We live in a dense urban environment and a generator isn’t an option. We have no fireplace and forced air ac/gas so in a outage we would be out of luck (and in winter terrified of frozen pipes). Interesting post even for a simpleton non-technical ...
by canderson
Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New refrigerator
Replies: 36
Views: 2800

Re: New refrigerator

I’d never buy another Whirlpool fridge for as long as I live. Bought one, four mi this later the compressor died. Replacement a year and half later had the same thing.
by canderson
Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota RAV4 Gas vs Hybrid?
Replies: 91
Views: 7168

Re: Toyota RAV4 Gas vs Hybrid?

The gas tank issue (it’s a sensor issue technically) is supposedly corrected in any RAV4 manufactured after April 2020, fwiw.
by canderson
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pre-fab (modular) home building experience
Replies: 61
Views: 4723

Re: Pre-fab (modular) home building experience

Here is mine, erected in 48 hours: https://i.ibb.co/HXNYhMw/2560-Rogue-River-050.jpg https://i.ibb.co/sHybFxw/Home-Build-009.jpg https://i.ibb.co/p3Y4hVt/Home-Build-016.jpg Our local contractor added an attached garage and country porch on-site. This is the following summer: https://i.ibb.co/gMVL5X...
by canderson
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 392
Views: 50884

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

Starfox wrote: Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:44 pm Xm select now includes internet streaming/app.
Sweeeeet!
by canderson
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 392
Views: 50884

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

Thanks all! I’ll report my deal back in a few weeks. :) If your current subscription is more expensive than the $60, you should resubscribe immediately to get the credit at the higher rate. If current subscription is due to something like a new car promo (not sure if there would be a credit) or che...
by canderson
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 392
Views: 50884

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

Thanks all! I’ll report my deal back in a few weeks. :)
by canderson
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 392
Views: 50884

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

Any negative to renewing a week or so early? I’m hop July 31 but would just like to get this off my desk.

I’ll be doing the online chat instead of the usual call
by canderson
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 174
Views: 17938

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

bloom2708 wrote: Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:28 pm
canderson wrote: Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:25 pm I pay DirecTV $40.43/month for the Premium Choice Plus (250 channels) + HBO.

If you’re looking around ...
What is full price after the promotion ends? 1 TV or 5 TV?
I was paying $71 but got them to lower it to this rate two straights years. Had DTV since 2009.

2 TVs, whole home receivers.
by canderson
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month
Replies: 174
Views: 17938

Re: YoutubeTV subscription now $64.99/month

I pay DirecTV $40.43/month for the Premium Choice Plus (250 channels) + HBO.

If you’re looking around ...
by canderson
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for $5,000+
Replies: 127
Views: 11247

Re: Best watch for $5,000+

A friend is into high-end watches and we went to the Jacob & Co store last year and while not many you can find a few there around $7k.

They get my vote. Jacob & Co is amazing.