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Re: How long do grilles last?

An 8 year old Weber done? Come on, man! I've had my gas genesis at least 10 years and cook on it regularly. I scrape down the inside every so often. I've replaced the flavorizer bars once. I keep it covered when not in use. I fully expect it to last another 20 years with maybe an ignitor and new bur...
by Bengineer
Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long do grilles last?
Replies: 26
Views: 2465

Re: how to join nylon webbing?

A sewing awl and waxed thread worked for repairing my dog leashes / collars.
by Bengineer
Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: how to join nylon webbing?
Replies: 26
Views: 1747

Re: Help with bottom feeders

You might try hooking him up to a financial adviser who will give him good advice rather than directing him toward such awful investments. You are right about parents not wanting to listen to their children but he is obviously willing to take advice from others. Just get him hooked up with an ethic...
by Bengineer
Tue Dec 02, 2014 3:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help with bottom feeders
Replies: 18
Views: 4111

Re: Just Paid Off My Car

Congratulations! You've set your course, keep at it. There is no better feeling than no debt, money in the bank, finances on track to accomplish your goals. Advice you didn't ask for :) : Maintain the car carefully yourself if DIY and research & find a good independent in advance of an "iss...
by Bengineer
Tue Dec 02, 2014 2:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Just Paid Off My Car
Replies: 24
Views: 2243

Re: Best market solution for a large car/SUV for roadtrips?

I'm in the rental camp too. I dunno about your market, but we rented a minivan for a long weekend for 6 of us & gear for maybe 200 or so. The hertz weekly here for a minivan is < 400. If it is a road, vs backcountry trip, a minivan will tote vast #s of people & gear in a easy to drive, cushy...
by Bengineer
Tue Dec 02, 2014 2:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best market solution for large car/small SUV for roadtrips?
Replies: 17
Views: 1489

Re: Attic fiberglass insulation - energy efficiency

After looking at your pix... Holy Moly! I'll add to my notes in your "plywood" thread. You almost certainly have significant air leaks with the chopped up attic you have (multiple planes & shapes). Can lights? A fair bit of the insulation is well below the joists. Maybe R15 or so effec...
by Bengineer
Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plywood R value attic - energy efficiency
Replies: 29
Views: 1684

Re: Plywood R value attic - energy efficiency

I'd think you'd get more bang for the buck with (my) usual advice. Get a blower door / energy audit to identify the air leaks and your current insulation R-value / insulation install quality. Seal the leaks starting with the biggest ones until the house is pretty tight. Add blown in cellulose attic ...
by Bengineer
Fri Nov 28, 2014 10:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plywood R value attic - energy efficiency
Replies: 29
Views: 1684

Re: Engineered Hardwood Floors

I'm in the install being the issue rather than "its the product" camp. If the installer's forte is unfinished 3/4" oak T&G and he installed your prefinished 3/8" in the same manner, I can see how there might be problems. There was an install sheet for the LL Bellawood product...
by Bengineer
Thu Nov 27, 2014 11:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Engineered Hardwood Floors
Replies: 14
Views: 2402

Re: dryer vent cleaning--your thoughts?

...Hey, that sounds like mine!...A big part of the problem (in addition to the snaking around and huge stack the dryer has to overcome) - the idiot installers used 6-8 screws at every joint. Screws protruding at least 1/2" into the pipe, where they catch lint. ... I think your guys did my hous...
by Bengineer
Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: dryer vent cleaning--your thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 3723

Re: My grown up Christmas wish-A Warm House

Any suggestions on a heat sensor/temp reading thing to buy? Preferably from amazon. Here ya go. It's basically an infrared thermometer set up for measuring temp changes with a targeting spot that changes color. One with video is a little more, but way cooler. :wink: ... and one for your phone !
by Bengineer
Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My grown up Christmas wish-A Warm House
Replies: 27
Views: 3254

Re: Bogleheads, anyone doing "Black Friday"

Spend my time fighting the masses for supposed deals on consumer junk? I think not. I'm taking the dog for a walk and getting together with friends for good home-cooked food & good times.
by Bengineer
Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, any "Black Friday" [recommendations]
Replies: 59
Views: 5685

Re: Carrying alternatives for phone, credit cards, money

...Fortunately, you didn't ask about gun, knife, flashlight, and other EDC / zombie-defense stuff, which require other creative solutions. Just go on over to the edc forums. You could spend days on all the tool/light/key/spray/knife/gun/carry location combos. Cargo shorts/pants? A pocket for everyt...
by Bengineer
Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carrying alternatives for phone, credit cards, money
Replies: 25
Views: 2226

Re: My grown up Christmas wish-A Warm House

I'd start with an energy audit. Your electric utility may subsidize it. It will tell you where your insulations is(nt) and how much air leakage in the building envelope & ducts you have. Air sealing is messy, dirty, but low-tech work you can DIY or contract. With a 3 story house + attic + baseme...
by Bengineer
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My grown up Christmas wish-A Warm House
Replies: 27
Views: 3254

Re: bath tub [replacement]

IMO, good call on going with a rod & curtains. We had glass doors on a past tub. I disliked them. Awkward getting in & out, a pain to keep clean, felt claustrophobic.
by Bengineer
Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bath tub [replacement]
Replies: 14
Views: 1819

Re: Did you energy upgrade california and save money?

An audit will give you a good baseline on how energy efficient your house is now. I had one done in Sacramento when SMUD was subsidizing them with a cost to me of $100. Retail for an energy audit is ~$5-600. I picked a rater rather than a contractor, as my interest was in the audit vs a specific upg...
by Bengineer
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:55 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did you energy upgrade california and save money?
Replies: 7
Views: 1198

Re: Waitress giving me discount - ethical question

Thought about asking the waitress when you get the bill next time?
by Bengineer
Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Waitress giving me discount - ethical question
Replies: 62
Views: 7619

Re: Shower silicone replacement - Price? DIY?

I'd suspect the vertical joints or the drain. I think there (should be) a raised lip behind the tile around the rim of the tub. ... The hardest part of the job is getting every speck of the old caulk removed. That will take some time. Putting the new stuff in is relatively easy... Exactly. If the ve...
by Bengineer
Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shower silicone replacement - Price? DIY?
Replies: 27
Views: 1706

Re: Sell or repair car decision

Maybe your first best shot is finding an independent that works primarily on older Toyotas that comes recommended by your friends, family or coworkers with similar cars, particularly women. I'd be slightly leery of the motives of someone associated with a used car dealer. Any good mechanic will want...
by Bengineer
Sun Nov 16, 2014 10:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sell or repair car decision
Replies: 23
Views: 2715

Re: home insulation question

You might find this EPA sealing and insulating DIY guide useful. It does a good job of covering the basics.
by Bengineer
Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: home insulation question
Replies: 13
Views: 1771

Re: Heat pump question

... I ran it last night as a test. The internal temperature was 68, I set it to 69. It dropped 3 degrees before it started to climb back up. The heat strips did not turn on (seems to happen at 4 degrees below set point) and it took about half an hour or so to claw back up to 69 degrees. The outside...
by Bengineer
Fri Oct 31, 2014 10:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Heat pump question
Replies: 50
Views: 3440

Re: Lightweight Electric Blanket.

Dual zone mattress pad underneath, Down comforter on top.
by Bengineer
Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lightweight Electric Blanket.
Replies: 8
Views: 1009

Re: Gas stove features

Continuous cast iron grates are nice for moving heavy pots around and setting plates / cutting boards on while cooking. A large hi-power burner is good for boiling water, stir-fry / saute & large pots. An ultra-low simmer burner is convenient and widely available. If the range you're considering...
by Bengineer
Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas stove features
Replies: 12
Views: 1092

Re: Indoor tankless water heater recommendations

We have a Rinnai tankless under our home. I've used one of these hot water recirc pumps in an upstairs bathroom for years --> http://www.chilipepperapp.com/ It provides us with a push button start and temp dependent stop. No water gets wasted during this process. It is a good solution when you have...
by Bengineer
Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor tankless water heater recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 2056

Re: Indoor tankless water heater recommendations

We've had tankless natural gas heaters (Noritz #N-0631S-OD, Rheem #RTG95XN) in the last two houses. Details: ⋅  We're a family of two, so low HW use frequency & volume. ⋅  Summer gas costs for HW & clothes drying have been near the minimal billing. ⋅  Both were ...
by Bengineer
Wed Oct 08, 2014 1:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor tankless water heater recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 2056

Re: Repair Van or buy new Van/SUV?

triple post
by Bengineer
Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair Van or buy new Van/SUV?
Replies: 20
Views: 1532

Re: Repair Van or buy new Van/SUV?

triple post
by Bengineer
Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair Van or buy new Van/SUV?
Replies: 20
Views: 1532

Re: Repair Van or buy new Van/SUV?

... I was told last week that the inner CV boots are leaking a 'lot of grease' and strongly recommend replacing both front axles and passenger-side axle seal... Thanks That sounds like the old "your shocks are leaking" scam at the gas station. Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt is a powerful for...
by Bengineer
Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repair Van or buy new Van/SUV?
Replies: 20
Views: 1532

Re: Oatmeal suggestions

Ok, I'll join in. I have cooked steel cut oats for years after a friend introduced them. The oats-to-water ratio and cooking time depend on the cut. I prefer a coarser cut and a bit of chew. For me the McCann's, Bob's, bulk from WF all work with 3Water:1Oats, drop the oats in boiling water with a ge...
by Bengineer
Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oatmeal suggestions
Replies: 147
Views: 12849

Re: How long does it take to break in a boot like this

Most of the time I have found that if the shoes/boots aren't (mostly) comfortable from the start, they never will be. My experience as well. It took me a long time to realize that the shoe/boot should feel right when tried on and what "right" was. I've also gravitated to particular brands...
by Bengineer
Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long does it take to break in a boot like this
Replies: 9
Views: 1298

Re: Chartway offers 2.5% 5-year CD, only 90 day penalty!

Do we not call this a pig in a poke?
by Bengineer
Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:48 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Chartway offers 2.5% 5-year CD [with uncertain terms]
Replies: 12
Views: 2435

Re: Where to start work as an engineering major?

Ged wrote: ... I think engineers are happiest when they are building something.


Or solving a problem with an existing something.
by Bengineer
Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to start work as an engineering major?
Replies: 32
Views: 3009

Re: Which company would you go with? (HVAC contractor)

The Better Business Bureau is a scam; google them. I wouldn't care what they say. If I were you, I'd talk to my neighbors who have added A/C and ask them who they used. Oh, and I would check Consumer Reports and pick an A/C unit that works for you, just because they are selling American Standard do...
by Bengineer
Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which company would you go with? (HVAC contractor)
Replies: 11
Views: 713

Re: Gas Water Heater Upgrade worth the $$$

The builder / contractor can charge you what he wants to for changes from the agreed on plan. Practically, if the change is prior to building, the cost difference should be for the water heater itself, the chimney vent ducting and maybe a bit for larger gas piping. If it's after bulding, you may inc...
by Bengineer
Fri Sep 26, 2014 9:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas Water Heater Upgrade worth the $$$
Replies: 31
Views: 2050

Re: What did you always wish for but never got?

To be able to strike up an easy conversation with a girl I hadn't met.
by Bengineer
Wed Sep 24, 2014 7:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What did you always wish for but never got?
Replies: 87
Views: 5677

Re: Investing in Startup My Father Is Joining as Founder

Maybe Dad is giving you a chance to "see how you do". Do your due diligence on the opportunity, make your decision & have a conversation with your dad about it. Even after whatever analysis you do, I'm agreed with others - I like the "set the money on fire" analogy. It had be...
by Bengineer
Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Investing in Startup My Father Is Joining as Founder
Replies: 16
Views: 1777

Re: Hi performance fleece jacket

I would add Marmot to the list.
by Bengineer
Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hi performance fleece jacket
Replies: 9
Views: 1154

Re: Car Advice: When to Replace?

... What I've been pleasantly surprised to discover is that the advances in short-term vehicle rental have made it quite easy to rent a cargo van or pick-up truck when such needs emerge. I can get a large cargo van for 90 minutes, at $24, taxes and fees included, with very fast transactions. I'm un...
by Bengineer
Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Advice: When to Replace?
Replies: 37
Views: 2934

Re: Car Advice: When to Replace?

... What I've been pleasantly surprised to discover is that the advances in short-term vehicle rental have made it quite easy to rent a cargo van or pick-up truck when such needs emerge. I can get a large cargo van for 90 minutes, at $24, taxes and fees included, with very fast transactions. I'm un...
by Bengineer
Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Advice: When to Replace?
Replies: 37
Views: 2934

Re: New Roof Needed Soon... Advice?

What about the noise? It's similar to washing your car and hitting it with the hose full on. It's much less force, but there's a lot of roof area. I'll bet it's really loud in a downpour. I think it depends on whether the metal roof is over a solid roof deck or on purlins, as with an agricultural b...
by Bengineer
Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Roof Needed Soon... Advice?
Replies: 48
Views: 3088

Re: Suggestions /Advice for a fresh college graduate

Son, I wish you the best with your career. Moving back home after graduation is not an option. Good luck.
by Bengineer
Fri Sep 12, 2014 8:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Suggestions /Advice for a fresh college graduate
Replies: 29
Views: 1645

Re: The daddy of all grill islands

I have a gas grill, charcoal grill, and smoker. Grills are easy. Not much to them. Built in grills look nice, but they are expensive. I am too cheap to spend that kind of money. I bought a large gas grill with lots of horsepower. It works great. I added fire bricks to fill the voids. I also put a g...
by Bengineer
Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The daddy of all grill islands
Replies: 35
Views: 2898

Re: New Roof Needed Soon... Advice?

I will go with a metal roof when the time comes. http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2014/03/24/how-to-install-a-metal-roof/ I read this mmm article as well. I found it enlightning. My takeaways were that: ⋅ There are metal roof systems that install in a manner similar to aluminum or vinyl sid...
by Bengineer
Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Roof Needed Soon... Advice?
Replies: 48
Views: 3088

Re: Refrigerator problem

... With the compressor acting erratic, (voltage pull) it could be a problem with the outlet. Worth a try. Agreed. It might be low likelihood, but is easy to test. - You could also pull the fridge out and use a voltmeter or kill-a-watt to monitor the voltage where it is now plugged in while the fri...
by Bengineer
Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator problem
Replies: 20
Views: 1774

Re: I've been going all tax-deferred, considering to go taxa

You only get one shot at tax-deferred every year. SEP -> self employed -> variable income. You are making a boatload of cash now, but your income may change in coming years, or you may choose employment with a firm that doesn't offer a deferment option. Assets in taxable give you options: capital to...
by Bengineer
Wed Sep 10, 2014 11:50 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: I've been going all tax-deferred, considering to go taxable.
Replies: 37
Views: 3600

Re: Which 4 door with 250+ hp

I'm in the VW hatch and manual trans camp as well. The VWs don't have the reliability #'s of the top 3 Japanese, but I've had good luck with the 3 I've owned - 2 GTI's and an R32. To me, not only are they fun to drive, but have good seats and otherwise well laid out interior for longer drives, but a...
by Bengineer
Tue Sep 09, 2014 4:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which 4 door with 250+ hp
Replies: 104
Views: 8607

Re: Bad water pressure in house

If you have a hose bib where your water enters the house, you could hook up a pressure gauge . Now you can test the pressure there with nothing on in the house and with a few taps on. if the pressure doesn't drop much, you have some sort of flow restriction downstream of the bib in the house and if ...
by Bengineer
Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bad water pressure in house
Replies: 11
Views: 1241

Re: Lawnmower/gas issues

1. It could be bad gas. Drain the gas tank. Then also drain the carburator before refilling the tank. 2. Remove the air filter. If the mower starts, then replace filter. Hope this helps, Steve My first thought as well - bad gas or water in the tank. Drain, clean out the tank, get fresh gas. Drainin...
by Bengineer
Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawnmower/gas issues
Replies: 48
Views: 2260

Re: Kitchen "Backsplash" question

If you cook much, there is just going to be splatter, grease and general mayhem around the stove from time to time. :happy How about a stainless steel backsplash with a brushed finish? Box stores sell them in standard sizes. You can also get a sheet metal shop to cut you one. You can mount it with c...
by Bengineer
Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:18 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen "Backsplash" question
Replies: 14
Views: 1999

Non-qualified pension plan taxation

We have a non-qualified pension from a former employer. They state that the IRS requires that the previously untaxed present value of the benefit be declared as wages for FICA & Medicare in the year employment terminated and so will report an additional XXXXX as wages on this year's W-2. I have ...
by Bengineer
Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Non-qualified pension plan taxation
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: California residents - do you have earthquake insurance?

I came to the conclusion that it wasn't a good value for us. We're a few miles from the nearest fault and on solid ground. The likelihood, cost, exclusions and deductible, coupled with the possiblility of a percentage of claim payout if there is a "big one" just didn't seem to pencil out t...
by Bengineer
Thu Aug 28, 2014 5:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: California residents - do you have earthquake insurance?
Replies: 54
Views: 3377
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