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timfou (22)

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I have always loved brownies, glow sticks and hippies.

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Nov. 4, 2010

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Boston, MA 02111

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Re: "I want a rooftop cargo box that fits a Lexus RX400h"
(from Pizzaoilo 6 years, 4 months ago)
Thanks to Mitch, I'm now the proud owner of the Thule Atlantis 1600 for my 2007 Lexus RX 350. I went to the Cary, NC REI store and the associate, Keith, brought a boxed unit to the front door, unpacked it, helped me carry it to my RX 350 and installed it (adjusting my factory luggage rack's cross bars) for me to make sure my cargo door would open unimpeded. I'm very impressed with this cargo box. It's a Swedish company, and they manufacture them here in the U.S.A., in New England! Contrary to some negatives I read elsewhere about needing to place all the pressure on the key when opening it, this year's model has a medal ring with a lever surrounding the key-lock which is used to open it, thereby not placing any strain on the key whatsoever. Also, the clamps that affix to your cross-bars are metal with a rubber coating so they won't scratch your rooftop. Included with this box are some nylon lashes to hold down your cargo if needed.

He removed the rubber spacers in the factory rails and we slid the cross bar all the way forward. Doing this there's a few inches (I guess about 4 or so) of clearance for the cargo door. Once he knew it fit, he asked the cashier to ring me up with the 20% discount that is only available tomorrow (8/26/2011) because I'm an REI purchasing club member (membership costs $20). So in addition to receiving such exceptional service, I saved $177 discount and ended up with taxes, costing only $504. And this cargo box carries a LIFETIME WARRANTY--if any problems, any nationwide REI will replace for free!

PS-as an added bonus for us, my RX 350 clears our 8' garage door with the Atlantis 1600 installed, with ease--several inches to spare (I have the standard 18" tires)!
Re: "I want a 4-bike hitch rack"
(from Jenster347 6 years, 5 months ago)
I, too, live in NYC. I like your recommendations here and have done a lot of research too. Did you have someone in NYC install the hitch to your RX350? Lexus Manhattan apparently has their own brand of hitch for 3xs the price. I like etrailer, spent a lot of time on the phone with their customer service and they were knowledgeable and helpful. I am inclined to order the hitch and the Thule from them but need it sent to a mechanic who can do the installation. Please share the info if you were happy with your person. Thanks.
Re: "I want help remodeling the bathroom in my home"
(from meggers 6 years, 10 months ago)
Hi Tim, I just replied on another user's post looking for someone to design a bathroom. Not sure if you have already gone through that stage. If not, check out my reply.

In summary, I got great value out of using a professional bathroom designer for my own remodel project. She pushed me to do things I wouldn't have done on my own and the finished product looks wonderful.

My designer charged me $75 per hour and billed me for 20 total hours. So my total design cost was $1,500, which for me, was money well spent.

Best of luck on your own bathroom remodel. It's a room you use every day and to have it designed to your exact specifications is a true pleasure!
Re: "I want to buy snow tires for my car"
(from mitch 6 years, 11 months ago)
Hi timfou,

I had the same problem when I got my rear-wheel drive sedan. After one winter with all season tires, I bought a set of Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 winter tires. Now, every winter from around the end of November to the end of March I have these tires on my car instead of my All Season tires.

I found that the site TireRack was the easiest place to price shop and compare features, tire ratings and reviews. I also bought a second set of rims to mount the snow tires on. TireRack made it easy to pick a local auto repair shop to ship the tires and rims to, so they could mount and balance them and then install them on my car.

All in all, they did a great job getting me the product information that I wanted as well as coordinating the shipping with my local mechanic. Plus, since I was shopping online, I felt that I was able to research and get the best price for the snow tires. Check them out, if you are so inclined.
Re: "I want a rooftop cargo box that fits a Lexus RX400h"
(from bigben 6 years, 11 months ago)
The Thule Sidekick cargo box and Thule 667ES Excursion ES will probably both be too short to hold the adult skis. My buddy has this hard-shell cargo carrier for his van (not a Lexus RX but has same problem with rear hatch clearance): SportRack A90275 Aero XL Roof Box

It's longer than those two Thule cargo boxes, but shorter than the Thule that Mitch said fits on his Lexus RX, so I'd think it should both allow your rear hatch to open and fit your adult skis. Oh, and it's about half the price too, so that's good.

Some key stats for this cargo box:
  • Dimensions: 63" L x 38" W x 19" H

  • 18 cubic feet (509 liter) capacity

  • Weight: 38 lbs (17 kg), Maximum load: 110 lbs (50 kg)

  • Mounts directly to most OEM and aftermarket crossbars

  • Rear-opening design includes a lock for easy and secure access
Re: "I want someone to paint three bedrooms"
(from meggers 6 years, 11 months ago)
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Hi timfou! I just had a bunch of rooms in my house painted (2 bedrooms, 2 hallways, dining room, living room, den).

Although I was happy with my results, I highly suggest talking with a handful of painting companies to get a cost estimate for your specific job.

My painter did a nice job, but talking around with my neighbors, I think I may have overpaid as much as 20%! Ugh, that takes some of the joy out of my newly painted rooms!

My first tip is to work with a good interior designer to help pick and coordinate the colors between rooms. Even though you might love how that Pumpkin Orange paint looks in your kitchen and the way the Royal Blue pulls out the highlights in your living room curtains, a designer will make sure that the transitions from room to room are not too abrupt and that your tones and saturations fit well together.

You can still get the colors that you want, but maybe instead of or Pumpkin Orange and Royal Blue, you'll use the more compatible Delicious Melon and Riverside Blue.

One you have your colors, your next step is to find three to five painting contractors to take a look at your project and give you specific cost estimates. Don't just make your decision on cost, though. Ask each contractor for references from past clients.

Some sample questions to ask the contractors' references:
  • Did the contractor do a good painting job? Were their border lines (e.g. between the ceiling and wall) sharp and crisp? Was the wall coverage good? Was the paint quality good and has it proven to be durable?

  • Did the contractor clean up adequately every night before going home?

  • Was the contractor professional and courteous? Did they keep their music at a reasonable level and use appropriate language around your family? Did any of the painters smoke, if so, did they do it far enough away from the home to not expose your family to second-hand smoke?

  • Did they avoid getting paint splatter on your rug, hardwood floors and furniture?

  • If you requested faux, textured or decorative finishes, did they execute them well?

  • Would you hire this contractor again to do additional interior painting in your home?

In summary:
  1. Work with an interior decorator to pick beautiful colors

  2. Get cost estimates from at least three local painting contractors

  3. Speak with a couple references from each

  4. Selected a winning contractor and watch the interior of your house be transformed!

Short of adding to or rearranging your furniture, there's nothing quite like the transformative power of paint!

Re: "I want a small digital electronic safe"
(from wantbox 6 years, 12 months ago)
The Neiko Electronic Safe meets your space requirements and is one of Amazon's best selling security safes. It is highly rated earning 4 out of 5 stars from over 41 customer reviews. 78% of users rate it as 4 or 5 stars.

Neiko Digital Electronic Safe for Home or Business - 1.0 Cubic Foot Interior Space - Gray (Click to see current price and reviews)

  • keypad and backup keyed lock

  • kit included to securely attach the safe to a floor or a wall

  • 1000 cubic inches of interior space

  • suitable for storing jewelry, cash, documents and medicine

  • 14 inch W x 10 inch D x 10 inch H exterior dimensions

  • 13.5 inch W x 7.5 inch D x 9.5 inch H usable interior space

Keep in mind, that very few safes in this price range and size will be able to withstand the efforts of a determined intruder with a drill, blowtorch or prybar. The idea is to hide one of these safes in an out-of-the-way location and make it hard for curious, less intent hands to walk off with your valuables.

It's more suitable for securing your items from the cleaning lady, your plumber or your teenage kid's friend, and for that, it should do its job nicely and provide you with a little peace of mind.

If you have the space and want a little more high tech, you can opt for the BARSKA Biometric Safe which can be opened with a touch of your finger.

BARSKA Biometric Safe (Click to see current price and reviews)

  • highly rated 4.5 our of 5 stars from 83 customer reviews

  • 86% of users rate it 4 or 5-stars

  • no users rate it 0 stars
Re: "I want a small digital electronic safe"
(from Sven 6 years, 12 months ago)
Neiko small home digital safeMy small home digital safe
I bought the Neiko digital safe two months ago to hold my family's spare cash and important documents.

It's just like the small safes that your find in most hotel rooms these days. It was very easy to program the keylock and there is plenty of interior room to secure the items we need secured.

I don't think this safe is fireproof, but that's not why I got it anyway. Good purchase and under $100, which is what I was looking for. Two thumbs up.
Re: "I want an Amazon Kindle 3G reader"
(from mitch 7 years ago)
In my humble opinion, why would you opt for a device which does only one thing well, when you could get a similarly cool device which does a ton of things well?

OK, price might be one legitimate reason since the Kindle costs a mere $189 while the iPad I'm recommending costs $570.

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Apple iPad Tablet - 32GB, Wi-Fi (Click to see price)
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Still, with the iPad you get:
* a real, functioning browser
* an excellent communication device (email, facebook, chat, sms)
* a great color touchscreen
* a legitimate portable gaming machine
* a somewhat legitimate productivity device
* access to hundreds of thousands of apps

Plus, with the iPad stepping in for your basic web browsing needs you won't need to replace that old Dell Notebook that no longer performs as it previously did, so factor that into the cost!
Re: "I want an Amazon Kindle 3G reader"
(from amykim 7 years ago)
I'm in love with my Amazon Kindle eBook reader! Don't get me wrong, I also love my boyfriend's iPad as a do-it-all tablet computer and pseudo-eBook reader, but the readability of the Kindle's e-ink screen, combined with its dedicated book reading design makes it the winner. Mine cost $189 when I got it and I think the price is still the same.

When I was searching a month ago, these were the factors which pushed me to buy:
  • cost less than Barnes & Noble Nook or Apple iPad (I did like the Nook's little touchpad tho!)

  • free 3G wireless for book download and basic browsing (browser sux, but oh well free is niiiice :o)

  • easy to read even in bright sunlight

  • nice, sleek and light form factor

  • large ebook catalog and store

  • super long battery life, up to a month with wireless off

  • stores up to 3,500 books which, at my current pace of 35 books/yr will hold me for the next 100 years!

This is the one I have: Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 3G Works Globally, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology. Hey Amazon, why don't you add a few more words to the product name, sheesh!

Also, check out this good info on what is a Kindle and where to buy Kindle.
Re: "I want help remodeling the bathroom in my home"
(from mitch 7 years ago)
I found my bathroom remodeler via ServiceMagic.

They matched me to a handful of bathroom remodelers in my area who listened to my needs and provide me with professional design plans and an accurate job estimate. All that for the low price of free.

Their Bathroom Remodel & Design section is here.



Also, check out my Wantbox request to find someone who knew how to design a bathroom. I got some great feedback over there!
Re: "I want a fast feed hair clipper"
(from mitch 7 years, 1 month ago)
I clip my hair monthly to a 3/8" length and had the same problem with my last clippers: pulling, tugging and slow cutting. I ended up getting the following and am very happy with my purchase:

Oster Professional 76023-510 Fast Feed Clipper - Price: $49

I got this model primarily because of the outstanding customer reviews and ratings (4.5 out of 5 stars, 162 customer reviews) and I can confirm that after using them dozens of times over the past two years, they are a great and fast set of clippers.

A snip from the "most helpful" customer review:
"The 12 amp motor is 50% more powerful than the 8 amp motors in other consumer grade hair clippers. The Oster Fast Feed has more than enough power to cut hair at a reasonable speed and without pulling."
Re: "I want a 4-bike hitch rack"
(from amykim 7 years, 2 months ago)
My roommate has the Yakima Swingdaddy 4 Bike Rack. It's Yakima's version of the Thule Revolver, but it's a whole dollar less expensive, w00t!

Like the Thule, you can swing it out of the way even when loaded with up to four bikes. Very handy when you need to get something out of the back of your car halfway through your trip! Good luck shopping!
Re: "I want a 4-bike hitch rack"
(from wantbox 7 years, 2 months ago)
A search for "4 bike hitch swing" on Amazon returns three other swing-away bike racks:

* Thule Revolver Hitch Bike Carrier with Retractable Locking Cable - 4 Bike

* Allen Deluxe Swing Away 4-Bike Hitch Mount Rack 2-Inch Receiver and

* Surco DBR400 OSI Swing Away Hitch Mount Bike Rack, 2" Receiver, Up To 4 Bike Capacity

The Thule has the most reviews (4.5 out of 5 stars with 23 customer reviews), followed by the Allen (4 out of 5 stars with 17 customer reviews) and then the Surco (4 out of 5 stars with 2 customer reviews).
Re: "I want a rooftop cargo box that fits a Lexus RX400h"
(from wantbox 7 years, 2 months ago)
Here's another cargo box that might work, the Thule 667ES Excursion ES Rooftop Cargo Box (Price: $333)

It's also shorter than the Thule Atlantis, so should allow your back hitch to open even when it is mounted on the top of your Lexus. It's also very highly rated at Amazon (4.5 out of 5 stars from 21 customer reviews).

Product Features
* dimensions: 18.2 x 35.2 x 55.5 inches (H x W x L)
* volume: 13 cubic feet
* opening: Rear
* weight: 38 pounds
Re: "I want a rooftop cargo box that fits a Lexus RX400h"
(from wantbox 7 years, 2 months ago)
If you want a smaller and less expensive alternative you could get the Thule Sidekick Cargo Box. It is also highly rated and will save you a couple hundred dollars versus the larger Thule Atlantis 1600 68BXT. Since it is 20 inches shorter than the Atlantis, I'd imagine that it would still allow your back hatch to open.

Product Features
* Dimensions: 15.5 x 25 x 54 inches (H x W x L)
* Smallest cargo box that Thule makes
* Leaves room for other items on your roof rack
* Lockable
Re: "I want a rooftop cargo box that fits a Lexus RX400h"
(from mitch 7 years, 2 months ago)
Thule Atlantis 1600 (686BXT) on a Lexus RX400hLexus RX400h hatch fully open with Thule Atlantis 1600 (686BXT) mounted on top, 1/2" to spare!
I made the mistake of picking up the Thule Ascent 1100 Roof Box at REI before a ski trip last February. The mistake wasn't in getting this Thule, it's a great box, but in not researching which cargo carrier would best fit on top of my car.

When I mounted the Thule Ascent on top of my 2008 Lexus RX400h, I couldn't open the rear hatch more than a foot or so, which is as annoying and inconvenient as you would imagine.

I did quite a bit of online research and found a Lexus forum member who recommended the highly rated Thule Atlantis 1600 (686BXT) Roof Box. He claimed, that when mounted as far forward as possible on the Lexus RX SUV, the rear hatch would open fully.

I order the Thule Atlantis 1600 (686BXT) online (using Amazon Prime, so free 2-day shipping!) and installed it as far forward as I could. Woohoo! The rear hatch opens fully! There is literally less than an inch to spare (see photos above and below).

Thule Atlantis 1600 with the Lexus RX400h hatch fully openedThule Atlantis 1600 with my Lexus RX400h hatch fully opened
Thule Atlantis 1600 mounted on a Lexus RX400hThule Atlantis 1600 mounted on my Lexus RX400h

I love the features of the box:
  • holds a ton of cargo (16 cubic feet)

  • opens from both sides

  • light enough for me to mount and unmount myself (just barely)

  • super simple connection to the roof rack

  • aerodynamic enough that there isn't a ton of air noise

  • carries up to four snowboards

  • measures 16.3 x 36 x 74 inches (H x W x L)
Re: "I want a 4-bike hitch rack"
(from mitch 7 years, 2 months ago)
I just got this Thule Revolver 4-Bike Carrier

It fits the 2" Curt hitch I had installed and has some great features:
* Pivots to the side even when loaded to allow cargo access
* Locks in place when pivoted
* Folds down when not in use
* Integrated cable lock which hides away when not in use
* Locking hitch pin to secure the rack on the car

I love being able to get into the trunk even when the bikes are loaded up, which was the biggest reason I got this one. Plus, since I'm an Amazon Prime user, 2-day shipping was free! It's very highly rated (4.5 out of 5 stars and 24 customer reviews) online.

Product Features
* Compatibility with 2 inch hitches
* Max Load of 4 bikes, 140lbs (63.5kg)
* Integrated Lock Included

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Timfou has posted 8 Wants

"I want to buy snow tires for my car" posted on Feb. 4, 2011, 2:14 p.m. [2 replies]

"I want someone to paint three bedrooms" posted on Jan. 23, 2011, 4:33 p.m. [2 replies]

"I want a small digital electronic safe" posted on Dec. 24, 2010, 4:05 a.m. [3 replies]

"I want an Amazon Kindle 3G reader" posted on Dec. 23, 2010, 11:25 a.m. [3 replies]

"I want help remodeling the bathroom in my home" posted on Dec. 21, 2010, 1:57 a.m. [3 replies]

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Timfou has posted 6 Comments

"Hi Jenster, I actually bought my hitch and got it installed at a little body shop that my in-laws recommended up in Connecticut. I think it is a pretty straightforward operation. Mine is bolted (not welded) right onto my Lexus RX400h frame. Make sure and shop around a little online before buying the bike rack, because prices vary widely. Since I am an Amazon Prime user, I bought mine from them (free 2-day shipping even for my large, heavy Thule bike rack!). It's a really great and well-built rack. So convenient to be able to open the hitch even when the bikes are loaded." submitted on the reply "Re: I want a 4-bike hitch rack" on Aug. 21, 2011, 5:02 p.m.

"The San Francisco Hilton I stayed at a few months ago had an in room fitness program where you could request a Sole treadmill in your hotel room. Great program and great machine! Very solid and quiet with nice visual feedback and controls." submitted on the reply "I love my Sole F85 Treadmill (Video & Review)" on March 3, 2011, 2:58 p.m.

"Hmmm, gloves for feet. Must try :)" submitted on the reply "Vibra Five Fingers Women's Barefoot Running Shoes" on March 3, 2011, 2:53 p.m.

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