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Re: Marvin vs. Andersen Windows: The Eternal Struggle

When I replaced 29 casement windows about 5 years ago I got bids from Marvin and RBA. I liked the RBA product as it was a composite material (Fibrex) that looked like it would have good durability. The Marvins were fiberglass and were comparable, although the price was somewhat higher than RBA. I we...
by Feb29
Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Marvin vs. Andersen Windows: The Eternal Struggle
Replies: 27
Views: 1786

Re: Contractors, References & Angie's List

I am a huge fan of Angies List. I've used member feedback to get a roofer, an electrician, a garage door repairman, and an appliance repairman. All have been top-notch. I want work done right the first time, and I want to minimize problems. Angies List has been valuable in that regard. It's worth th...
by Feb29
Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contractors, References & Angie's List
Replies: 19
Views: 1876

Re: any boglehead cure for audiophile upgrade-itis?

Upgrade-itis is an affliction common to audiophiles. You have my sympathy. I have been an audiophile for over thirty years and I had it also. Since I just retired I now have to adjust myself to a tight budget and I am now getting off of the upgrade merry-go-round. If you can afford to upgrade, consi...
by Feb29
Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any boglehead cure for audiophile upgrade-itis?
Replies: 62
Views: 3669

Re: Anybody use Legalzoom for trusts etc.?

I used legalzoom to create 2 wills for my wife and myself last year. It was very easy and it looked very similar to the prior wills that a lawyer created. The cost was $82. for the first will and $72 for the second. I was happy with their results. However, for a trust I would probably go to a lawyer...
by Feb29
Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody use Legalzoom for trusts etc.?
Replies: 12
Views: 946

Re: Boglehead Concert Goers?

I used to go to lots of rock concerts when I was young. But as time progressed that music experience became less interesting, more expensive and more of a hassle. Lately, I've been going to a local symphony that does 5 concerts a year for $110. Parking is free, the concertgoers are considerate, and ...
by Feb29
Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Concert Goers?
Replies: 48
Views: 2077

Re: How much to spend on a new washer & dryer

Based on a Consumer Reports review I bought their top recommendation: a Maytag HE washer for over $900. Two years later the control panel and a sensor broke. Replacement cost was $400. The repairman said there was no way of knowing if these replacement parts would last any longer than the originals....
by Feb29
Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to spend on a new washer & dryer
Replies: 66
Views: 7693

Re: Knives set recommendations

Find out if any cooking schools near you offer a knife skills class. Wusthof offers a hands-on 2 hour class where you will learn about knife types, cutting techniques, knife care, and sharpening. The cost was $55, but at the end we all received a $40 Wusthof Classic paring knife. The class was reall...
by Feb29
Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Knives set recommendations
Replies: 43
Views: 3736

Re: road trip to buffalo worth it?

I was born and raised in Buffalo, and live in Chicago now. Whenever I go back to visit family and friends I always do the following: 1. Go to the Anchor Bar. They are good wings. 2. On Fridays get a fish fry. Many taverns have great fish frys. Try Fitzgeralds in Hamburg. 3. Get at least 2 or 3 pizza...
by Feb29
Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: road trip to buffalo worth it?
Replies: 60
Views: 2968

Re: New windows for home- which brand?

I had 29 casement windows replaced about 4 years ago. I wanted high quality, high efficient, no maintenance windows that weathered well in Chicagoland. I got estimates from Marvin and Andersen Renewal. Their windows were of similar quality. I went with Andersen because I liked the look of the look o...
by Feb29
Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:01 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New windows for home- which brand?
Replies: 42
Views: 4931

Re: Film darkroom advice

Silver based paper prints do have a unique character. That doesn't make them better than a digital print, only different. At this point in time the expense, difficulty, and time consumed to create a darkroom print is not worth it. Instead, embrace the possibilities that digital provides. A photograp...
by Feb29
Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Film darkroom advice
Replies: 26
Views: 1740

Re: Anyone everuse Angie's List?

Using Angies List I know I have a higher level of trust in the services I buy. If a service provider has many good reviews, then you can be confident that they provide a consistant high level of work. Since you pay to use Angies List, that eliminates a lot of the suspect reviews you find on Yelp.
by Feb29
Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone everuse Angie's List?
Replies: 19
Views: 1619

Re: Average wedding = 25k?

My only daughter is getting married next month in the Chicago suburbs. I am only paying for the reception. To get an attractive facility with good food will cost me $25K (250 guests @ $100/ea). The groom's parents will be covering everything else for about $10K (rehersal dinner, photographer, flower...
by Feb29
Sun May 06, 2012 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Average wedding = 25k?
Replies: 110
Views: 6769

Re: yellowstone trip -stay in park or out of park?

Because we were late in our scheduling, we couldn't get the whole 5 days in one park lodge. So, we got one night in each of 5 different park locations. That turned out to be the best option, by far. We were able to explore the areas near each lodge and then have a short ride back at the end of the d...
by Feb29
Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: yellowstone trip -stay in park or out of park?
Replies: 29
Views: 2229

Re: Radon Remediation

We bought a house in 2002 that had a radon level of 4.0 in the basement. (4.0 is considered to be the EPA action level). We paid $1000. to get the remediation done. Afterwards, the level went down to 0.8. The remediation was effective and gave us peace of mind.
by Feb29
Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon Remediation
Replies: 36
Views: 2824

Re: Vanguard 25 dollar survey

I completed the survey in about 10 minutes and I got no offer for the $25. I recall the email specified "qualified" responders. That was the last survey I will do for Vanguard (if it actually was theirs).
by Feb29
Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:51 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard 25 dollar survey
Replies: 27
Views: 4304

Obtaining Health Insurance

I'm looking for info on selecting and buying health insurance. I lost my job in July and have been paying $880/mo for COBRA health and dental for my wife and myself. Getting health insurance from my wife's employer is not an option. Finding employment at age 61 has been difficult, and I'm not sure o...
by Feb29
Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Obtaining Health Insurance
Replies: 17
Views: 978

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