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Finance Dave 03-08-2021 03:07 PM

Nice Explorer deal Street!

A few days ago, I ordered some fancy (warm) socks that cost $15 a pair. Never done that before, but my feet FREEZE in cold weather so I thought I'd try one pair. They should arrive today.

arbeadub 03-08-2021 03:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Sunset (Post 2572399)
We have a 55" LG plasma, and every now and then the controller stops working, but the problem is dust in the back part of the tv. I blow hard into the back of the tv and the controller works again for about 6 months.

Totally weird, I found the answer a couple of years ago on the internet, while looking for a new controller. :laugh:

Finally a problem that can be solved by being a blow hard.

RobLJ 03-09-2021 05:24 PM

Blowing Dough
 
We picked up a RAV4 Prime (plug-in hybrid) in Elk Grove, CA Friday on the way to visiting our son the winemaker and sold him the Silverado for about 11k off Bluebook.

It can scoot (305 hp; 0-60 at 5.6 seconds) and got 40.5 mpg on the way back from Modesto to Reno. It has AWD, which is key since we'll use it as the skiing and long-range camping vehicle. MrsRobj thought the Silverado was too big, didn't want a trailor, and we can use solar energy for short distances of less than 42 miles.

Koogie 03-09-2021 06:44 PM

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Originally Posted by RobLJ (Post 2574282)
We picked up a RAV4 Prime (plug-in hybrid) in Elk Grove, CA Friday on the way to visiting our son the winemaker and sold him the Silverado for about 11k off Bluebook.

It can scoot (305 hp; 0-60 at 5.6 seconds) and got 40.5 mpg on the way back from Modesto to Reno. It has AWD, which is key since we'll use it as the skiing and long-range camping vehicle. MrsRobj thought the Silverado was too big, didn't want a trailor, and we can use solar energy for short distances of less than 42 miles.

Nice. I have a Rav4 now and am about 3 years away from needing a new vehicle and liked the looks of the Prime when it was announced.

What do you mean about the solar ? You've hooked it to solar somehow ?

RobLJ 03-09-2021 06:56 PM

We installed solar panels in Oct 2019 and traded the Forester for a Chevy Bolt, which gets charged off of our SolarEdge inverter (the panels generate enough during the day to charge it but otherwise it's about 9c/kwh if we charge at night. We have reverse metering so it really doesn't matter much when we charge the vehicles).

So the RAV4 also can charge from our solar inverter for about a 42 mile battery range around town, but also use the gas engine for longer range trips (long distance camping and babysitting the grandkids in CA)



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Originally Posted by Koogie (Post 2574341)
Nice. I have a Rav4 now and am about 3 years away from needing a new vehicle and liked the looks of the Prime when it was announced.

What do you mean about the solar ? You've hooked it to solar somehow ?


street 03-09-2021 07:12 PM

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Originally Posted by RobLJ (Post 2574282)
We picked up a RAV4 Prime (plug-in hybrid) in Elk Grove, CA Friday on the way to visiting our son the winemaker and sold him the Silverado for about 11k off Bluebook.

It can scoot (305 hp; 0-60 at 5.6 seconds) and got 40.5 mpg on the way back from Modesto to Reno. It has AWD, which is key since we'll use it as the skiing and long-range camping vehicle. MrsRobj thought the Silverado was too big, didn't want a trailor, and we can use solar energy for short distances of less than 42 miles.

An outstanding set of wheels you just purchased. If I would have had a dealer closer then 4 hours away that would of been my new ride also.

RobLJ 03-09-2021 07:18 PM

I also liked the Escape plug-in like the Escape you got (I think it was you), but AWD isn't available in the plug-in Escape and we go over Donner Pass so often to babysit, the second vehicle pretty much had to have AWD.


We just visited our son the winemaker, and ironically his next door neighbor had a new Escape (I think it was the same color as yours); nice car. Maybe Ford will add AWD in future versions!
Looked and I think it was an Explorer--still looks nice!


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Originally Posted by street (Post 2574353)
An outstanding set of wheels you just purchased. If I would have had a dealer closer then 4 hours away that would of been my new ride also.


RunningBum 03-09-2021 09:24 PM

Ordered a lightweight 17.3" LG Gram laptop today. As much as I'm on my laptop it's silly to compromise with a older, smaller, slower laptop.

braumeister 03-10-2021 05:12 AM

Got a new recliner chair that cost more than my first car. Hard for me to believe, but it's the most comfortable thing I've ever sat in so it's justified, as well as qualifying for the BTD thread!

finnski1 03-10-2021 06:21 AM

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Originally Posted by RunningBum (Post 2574394)
Ordered a lightweight 17.3" LG Gram laptop today. As much as I'm on my laptop it's silly to compromise with a older, smaller, slower laptop.


I agree. I am on a new HP Envy 15.6" and won't go any smaller. I wanted a full numeric keyboard and I really like the backlit feature on the keyboard as well.
The bigger screen is great for spreadsheets, graphs etc. and I ordered it with 16gb of RAM and a SSD. All good.

donheff 03-10-2021 06:25 AM

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Originally Posted by RobLJ (Post 2574282)
We picked up a RAV4 Prime (plug-in hybrid) in Elk Grove, CA Friday on the way to visiting our son the winemaker and sold him the Silverado for about 11k off Bluebook.

It can scoot (305 hp; 0-60 at 5.6 seconds) and got 40.5 mpg on the way back from Modesto to Reno. It has AWD, which is key since we'll use it as the skiing and long-range camping vehicle. MrsRobj thought the Silverado was too big, didn't want a trailor, and we can use solar energy for short distances of less than 42 miles.

Damn things are almost impossible to find. I finished a lease on a Lexus NX Hybrid this month and wanted a RAV4 Prime but couldn't find one. Lexus will adopt the Prime technology in the NX next year. I only had 15K on the NX and the residual was about what I could sell it for so I just bought it. No more leases for me, too little flexibility on when to get rid of it. By next year the Prime will probably be readily available. It will probably be two years before the NX PIH is readily available. By then I will probably have multiple attractive choices to blow my dough on.

Finance Dave 03-10-2021 07:40 AM

Signed up for a woodworking class at MASW (Marc Adams School of Woodworking). I go to a class about once every 2 years. They teach all sorts of things, not just woodworking...including stained glass, working with leather, making new furniture look antique, classes on paint/finishing including "wash" painting, making copper patina, and much more. Their facility is big enough that they offer 4 classes at a time, each on a different subject. They bring in instructors from all over the world, and get the best in the business...many of them are considered authorities and write books, are commissioned by Congress, used for expert testimony, and so on. Most classes are a week long, but they do offer some weekend classes. It's a great place to learn.

I stick with the woodworking stuff. This year (May) I'm taking one on "Detailing your projects" using things like banding and inlays. It's a week-long class. Typical week-long classes cost about $950, and then there are always a few tools you have to buy...so I estimate about $1,400 that I "blew" on that class.







https://www.marcadams.com/

Palmtree 03-10-2021 08:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Finance Dave (Post 2574541)
Signed up for a woodworking class at MASW (Marc Adams School of Woodworking).


https://www.marcadams.com/


Good for you! I've got workshop full of tools but I've never attended a multi-day woodworking class but I've always wanted to. I live in the southeast and most of the schools are all in the north. Maybe post covid I can find something in my area.

Mango1956 03-10-2021 05:45 PM

Blow That Dough! -2021
 
Just got home from camping in Anza Borrego desert (eastern San Diego county) They had a plein air paint-out art event last week and we timed our trip to coincide with the event. We walked away with two oil paintings. The most expensive camping trip yet!

skipro33 03-10-2021 06:55 PM

Looking to build a 1,000 square foot deck out back of our house. First priced last March at $25,000. Lumber prices have shot up over 140% since then and we are now quoted over $75,000 for the same deck. I looked into composite decking and steel framing. Cost is $80,000. For $5K more than conventional wood, this would be indestructible and maintenance free. The problem is that it's still $80 a square foot for a deck that 1/3rd that just a year ago. One contractor suggested I look at it this way; my house is now worth over $375 a square foot, so $80 a square ft for a deck is in line. This includes the deck stairs and railing. Turn key solution.
I'm just struggling with all the things I could buy with $80K other than a deck though. I made the mistake in 2006 on not going forward with buying a helicopter, a Bell Jet Ranger 206, for $125,000. (It's a long story about starting a side business in retirement) The same airship now sells for between $500,000 and $700,000. Will the price of deck materials and construction go up where I'll be glad I bought in at $80K, or will I look the fool to spend that kind of dough on a deck I really don't NEED but really want?

doneat54 03-10-2021 07:08 PM

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Finally, my chance to post in the BTD thread.

Bought this in central PA today and drove it 390 miles home. 2018 with 17k miles. This thing is LOADED and a dream to drive. My first Jeep.

By far the most expensive vehicle that I have ever bought (but not the most valuable, interestingly enough).

Ronstar 03-10-2021 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Finance Dave (Post 2574541)
Signed up for a woodworking class at MASW (Marc Adams School of Woodworking). I go to a class about once every 2 years. They teach all sorts of things, not just woodworking...including stained glass, working with leather, making new furniture look antique, classes on paint/finishing including "wash" painting, making copper patina, and much more. Their facility is big enough that they offer 4 classes at a time, each on a different subject. They bring in instructors from all over the world, and get the best in the business...many of them are considered authorities and write books, are commissioned by Congress, used for expert testimony, and so on. Most classes are a week long, but they do offer some weekend classes. It's a great place to learn.

I stick with the woodworking stuff. This year (May) I'm taking one on "Detailing your projects" using things like banding and inlays. It's a week-long class. Typical week-long classes cost about $950, and then there are always a few tools you have to buy...so I estimate about $1,400 that I "blew" on that class.







https://www.marcadams.com/



Excellent, I cannot think of a better way to blow some dough!

NW-Bound 03-10-2021 07:43 PM

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Originally Posted by skipro33 (Post 2574914)
... I made the mistake in 2006 on not going forward with buying a helicopter, a Bell Jet Ranger 206, for $125,000. (It's a long story about starting a side business in retirement) The same airship now sells for between $500,000 and $700,000...

If you bought the S&P with that money, you would have $513K now. And it does not require costly maintenance like that chopper.

Even with sleepy Wellesley MF, you would have $361K.

JohnnyBGoode 03-10-2021 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by RobLJ (Post 2574282)
We picked up a RAV4 Prime (plug-in hybrid) in Elk Grove, CA Friday on the way to visiting our son the winemaker and sold him the Silverado for about 11k off Bluebook.

It can scoot (305 hp; 0-60 at 5.6 seconds) and got 40.5 mpg on the way back from Modesto to Reno. It has AWD, which is key since we'll use it as the skiing and long-range camping vehicle. MrsRobj thought the Silverado was too big, didn't want a trailor, and we can use solar energy for short distances of less than 42 miles.

I have been eyeing those for a while. I have a 2017 RAV4 Limited Hybrid that is an absolutely excellent car, so I can't quite justify it. I would like the plug-in feature (I drive less than 10 miles a day, so I'm thinking I will be on electric 99% of the time) and Apple CarPlay would be sweet. But they are pretty $$$ - I would want the top model because that's the version my 2017 is. Plus you need to put $500 at the local Toyota dealer to even get in line for one. I think it's inevitable, but I can probably hold out for a while.

Definitely not a need, but a want...

Finance Dave 03-11-2021 12:00 AM

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skippro, wow that's extreme...I'd hold off if you can. But you're right, never know if it may go even higher.

I'll tell you this story...

I was a home inspector for 7 years. Of course on every house, I'd take off the electrical panel cover and inspect the wiring/breakers. We were trained in school that the main line into the house (called the service cable) is typically copper, but aluminum is permitted so long as it is larger diameter...because it's not as good of a conductor as copper.

I started noticing that all houses prior to about 2006 had copper service wires, but then most houses built from about 2006 to about 2008 had aluminum service wire (of the proper diameter), and then houses built from 2009-2010 had copper again. At first this confused me...but then I looked at the copper chart...

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No one knows what will happen with lumber prices...so it's a tough call...but I'd be looking for other options or waiting. What about a concrete patio instead? Can you find some "reclaimed" lumber somewhere else and cut it yourself? What about using engineered I-joists at least for the structure (not sure if they are permitted for outdoor use...but worth checking)?


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