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Re: How often do you change your car's oil?

flyingaway wrote:I doubled the amount of recommended time and miles. I think the only purpose of the oil is to cool down the engine, which does not need new oil.


Say what??? :shock:
by Mingus
Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you change your car's oil?
Replies: 80
Views: 3559

Re: How much to spend on a remodel?

Fix the problem, reevaluate a full remodel in the future.

Every remodel costs more and takes twice as long as you think.
by Mingus
Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much to spend on a remodel?
Replies: 7
Views: 829

Re: Debit Card was hacked. Should I just use cash from now

I never use a debit card. After two breaches, the first in 2005, and again in 2008 a direct line to my checking account, via debit, is just bad business. Yes, I was eventually reimbursed for my monetary losses, but not for the hassle. Credit card and cash only, and maybe sometimes checks. Checks can...
by Mingus
Sat Oct 18, 2014 3:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Debit Card was hacked. Should I just use cash from now on?
Replies: 54
Views: 3311

Re: bath tub [replacement]

Kohler cast iron tub. GF worries you drop something on it and it chips and is difficult to repair. What kind of sharp heavy objects does your girlfriend take into the shower and tub with her she is worried she is going to drop and chip the enamel surface? I have two cast iron tubs in the house, the...
by Mingus
Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bath tub [replacement]
Replies: 9
Views: 792

Re: bath tub [replacement]

Kohler cast iron tub.
by Mingus
Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bath tub [replacement]
Replies: 9
Views: 792

Re: What happened to the audiophile?

People may not realize it, but, after all, an Apple iPod with the $29.95 earpods that come with it--and similar grades of equipment--are completely free from 60 cycle hum, hiss, ticks, pops, scratches, surface noise, wow, flutter, and rumble. They are extremely low in distortion. And the frequency ...
by Mingus
Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What happened to the audiophile?[High quality music sources]
Replies: 71
Views: 3708

Re: What happened to the audiophile?

decent tubes are a MAJOR problem. .. and what's really good has gotten scarce and demands a huge price premium. Late 1950's Valvo's from Holland and early 1960's Siemens & Halske from Germany to name just a couple. What I could buy a decade ago for $60 are now $300 to $400 each. When I bought m...
by Mingus
Wed Oct 15, 2014 12:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What happened to the audiophile?[High quality music sources]
Replies: 71
Views: 3708

Re: What happened to the audiophile?

Where did they go? Most died out or lost interest. There are some die-hards left though. The integrated circuit became too inexpensive to manufacture compared to vacuum tubes and point to point wiring. The advertising agencies made people believe the more watts the better. A 35 watt per channel tube...
by Mingus
Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What happened to the audiophile?[High quality music sources]
Replies: 71
Views: 3708

Re: Buffett Says ‘No-Brainer’ to Get a Mortgage to Short Rat

My take is that for the average working stiff, homes are still too expensive (at least the land is anyways), the median household income is too low, and job stability (perceived or real) is not there. This would be my take in the city I live in. A fixer upper that hasn't been regularly maintained in...
by Mingus
Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buffett Says ‘No-Brainer’ to Get a Mortgage to Short Rates
Replies: 77
Views: 8846

Re: Cleaning Up Leaves

What I did last year was progressively cut the grass shorter and shorter in anticipation of leaves falling. This would allow me to have the deck of the mower set lower to better be able to mulch when leaves began to fall. When leaves began to fall, I acted quick and often. Often mowing and mulching ...
by Mingus
Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning Up Leaves
Replies: 40
Views: 3023

Re: Couch Surfing

leonard wrote:Strangers allowing strangers to sleep on their couches. What could possibly go wrong...

Host: "Did I show you the sound proof room in our basement...."


Its the modern twist on hitchhiking that focuses on the destination rather than the journey.
by Mingus
Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Couch Surfing
Replies: 90
Views: 5311

Re: Small Moneysavers Which Add Up

can someone explain the leftovers thing to me - are there people who, after cooking, simply throw out the extra food? Or is it that they put it in the fridge, forget it, then it goes bad and they have to throw it out? Yes, some people just have a natural aversion to leftovers. Maybe its genetic.. M...
by Mingus
Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small Moneysavers Which Add Up
Replies: 74
Views: 6855

Re: Marvin vs. Andersen Windows: The Eternal Struggle

The window business is such a scam. It needs to be in the same category of whole life insurance and annuities.
by Mingus
Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Marvin vs. Andersen Windows: The Eternal Struggle
Replies: 32
Views: 4029

Re: Furnace Condensate Neutralizer Media

dbCooperAir wrote: the guy are work are already giving me grief about over thinking this :)


Mmmmhmmm...
by Mingus
Wed Oct 01, 2014 4:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Condensate Neutralizer Media
Replies: 9
Views: 370

Re: Furnace Condensate Neutralizer Media

Drano, liquid plumber, etc are all extremely alkaline and do not harm plumbing.

Whatever comes out of your filter will be no where near as alkaline as drain cleaners.
by Mingus
Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Condensate Neutralizer Media
Replies: 9
Views: 370

Re: Furnace Condensate Neutralizer Media

I bet it would. limestone has a very high pH.

Do you have pH test strips? Measure the pH of the condensate before and after going through the crushed limestone.
by Mingus
Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Condensate Neutralizer Media
Replies: 9
Views: 370

Re: Replacing Some, not all, Windows in House

Are they wood windows?

If so, they can be fixed and made to operate as close to new as possible for less than it would cost for replacement windows. And everything would still match.
by Mingus
Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Some, not all, Windows in House
Replies: 15
Views: 1209

Re: Would you pay for these upgrades in a new construction h

is Oil rubbed bronze out of style already and satin nickle a safer bet for resale in 10 years? Depends on the style of the house and the room. Recently I bought new oil rubbed bronze sash locks for the dining room double hung windows, and polished chrome locks for the upstairs bathroom windows. I w...
by Mingus
Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay for these upgrades in a new construction house
Replies: 17
Views: 1350

Re: Would you pay for these upgrades in a new construction h

Satin Nickle seems to be the fad now. Polished chrome, while maybe not the current flavor of the month, if of high quality plating process and tasteful fixtures will not go out of style. A bigger question to ponder more than the finish of the fixtures is the design. Will they go out of style? That m...
by Mingus
Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay for these upgrades in a new construction house
Replies: 17
Views: 1350

Re: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking

I have a small collection of old cast iron cookware. My go to is a vintage Wagner for almost everything. As someone mentioned above it is very lightweight, and the inside is almost as smooth as glass. My gf has some Lodge items.. heavy, rough, and heavy. I'm sure the profit margin could still be bak...
by Mingus
Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking
Replies: 107
Views: 9285

Re: Backyard Shed

I have a detached workshop/garage. 18' x 20'. Two stories. I wish it were bigger. It is not sufficient for my needs. The stairway eats up a lot of real estate. And the ceiling is too low on the main floor, but vaulted on the second so more than tall enough up there. But because of the stairs, every ...
by Mingus
Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backyard Shed
Replies: 21
Views: 1562

Re: Kimchi

atwood wrote:Kimchi is great if you like it or once you get used to it. Too much of anything though is not good, and one of the reasons Koreans have a high rate of stomach cancer is eating kimchi at nearly every meal.



I don't believe kimchi is a carcinogenic food. But I could be wrong.
by Mingus
Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kimchi
Replies: 40
Views: 1963

Re: Subaru Blues

The only bad thing I've heard about Subarus is they have, or had, head gasket issues.

They may have resolved that problem by now, or not. Time will tell.
by Mingus
Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Blues
Replies: 87
Views: 8214

Re: Neighbor's Tree

pshonore wrote: Pruning that would be a major expense. Better to make maple syrup if he lives where It gets cold enough. :happy


Dead branches and such. Or if a street tree, the limbs need to be so many feet above the right of way.
by Mingus
Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Neighbor's Tree
Replies: 44
Views: 3144

Re: Neighbor's Tree

You should expect them to prune it and keep it healthy.

I use my lawnmower to mulch the leaves that enter my space from neighboring properties. I don't rake except to pull leaves back from the house and landscaped areas into the grass where the lawnmower can mulch them into the earth.
by Mingus
Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Neighbor's Tree
Replies: 44
Views: 3144

Re: Central AC replacement decision

If your summers are mild, there is no reason to replace a well functioning unit with something new. It might have another 23 years in it.
by Mingus
Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Central AC replacement decision
Replies: 54
Views: 4346

Re: Home Appraisal

I think they just come in and measure the square footage of the house. Count the bedrooms and bathrooms. And make sure the house isn't falling down. Then go back to the office, and multiply whatever square footage figure they added up by the average $/sf for the neighborhood comps. If it is for a ne...
by Mingus
Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Appraisal
Replies: 20
Views: 1510

Re: Kitchen Remodel... Or Not?

We have spec'd out a kitchen remodel plan with a local remodeling firm I only want to comment on having a 130 year old house you might want to be working with an architect/designer who specializes in historic homes. There are color choices and materials that will work better for your home than othe...
by Mingus
Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel... Or Not?
Replies: 53
Views: 3106

Re: Buying a car- 2011 Lexus IS 250 9k miles

I'd avoid the IS250/IS350 vehicles. The build quality of the smaller and larger engine versions of that car is not that stellar. Rattles. Squeaks. Vibrations. More rattles. The direct injection on the engine in the IS250 is problematic as well causing all sorts of engine troubles. Won't be an issue ...
by Mingus
Thu Jul 24, 2014 10:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a car- 2011 Lexus IS 250 9k miles
Replies: 27
Views: 2110

Re: Dumb 3rd grade math question about beach house rental

sscritic wrote:[
For a total of $9,240. I bet the landlord will not be amused.


You're fast! check out my edit.
by Mingus
Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dumb 3rd grade math question about beach house rental
Replies: 61
Views: 5318

Re: Dumb 3rd grade math question about beach house rental

The couple, out of three couples, staying eight of the ten nights would pay 80% of 1/3rd the total cost. (10000)(.33)= 3300. (3300)(.08) = $2640 The two couples staying the whole 10 nights would split the remainder of the balance. 10000 - 2640 = 7360 7360/2 = $3680 Couples 1 & 2 each pay $3,680....
by Mingus
Wed Jul 23, 2014 1:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dumb 3rd grade math question about beach house rental
Replies: 61
Views: 5318

Re: Have you quit your job because of your boss?

Jerrybaby wrote: At the end, I signed off with, "Bridge burned".


Hilarious! Just out of curiosity, how old were you when you did this?

Because it sounds like something I would have considered doing if the circumstances were right when much younger than I am now.
by Mingus
Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Have you quit your job because of your boss?
Replies: 66
Views: 7502

Re: Have you quit your job because of your boss?

I can tell you what I did. I had a boss that I seriously disliked. He would have fired me were it not for the fact that I was good at my job, and I think he wanted to anyway. Absolutely hated going to work, and I've never been like that, before or since...... After a year and a half on the job, a f...
by Mingus
Sun Jul 13, 2014 2:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Have you quit your job because of your boss?
Replies: 66
Views: 7502

Re: Replacing the front door to house

Shop around.

I've replaced both my front and back doors, and bought them from a local lumberyard. The local store's prices were close to five or six hundred dollars less than what HD wanted, each. For the exact same doors.

They would have been special order though..
by Mingus
Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing the front door to house
Replies: 20
Views: 3176

Re: Is this a Good Quote for a Porch Rebuild?

Some respond to heat. But its slow going.. Some respond pretty well to boiling hot water. In fact ive removed quite a bit with boiling water on top of a wood floor, and scrubbed it up with a 3M Doodlebug floor scrubbing pad. Then vacuumed the mess up with a shop vac. Give those a try first. If all y...
by Mingus
Fri Jul 04, 2014 1:23 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this a Good Quote for a Porch Rebuild?
Replies: 6
Views: 688

Re: Is this a Good Quote for a Porch Rebuild?

How much per square foot are the materials? If it's a mastic adhesive, that stuff is murder to remove. Its like a combination of bubble gum and superglue all rolled into one... (I have a big job coming up that I have to remove close to 200 SF of mastic) Demo it yourself. Getting the tiles off yourse...
by Mingus
Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this a Good Quote for a Porch Rebuild?
Replies: 6
Views: 688

Re: Bad paint job - Course of action help pls

This thread nauseates me. Why is it so difficult to find contractors who do quality work? I've fired two contractors for shoddy work, one of whom was stealing from me. Had a third contractor swap a less expensive garage door in than what was in the bid... I deducted the price differential from the f...
by Mingus
Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bad paint job - Course of action help pls
Replies: 28
Views: 2793

Re: Old wood cellar stairs

If they are in good shape and not water damaged or anything I'd be inclined to leave them alone until higher profile projects are completed. And even then at that point, I'd sand them clean and smooth, and wipe down with several coats of tung oil. And call it good. Avoid paint if possible. Most peop...
by Mingus
Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old wood cellar stairs
Replies: 18
Views: 1540

Re: Military [Survivor Benefit Plan] and Other Mistakes

Unfortunately, "creative" insurance sales folks convince career military and retirees to buy various kinds of insurance products, such as whole life or annuities, Somehow, the guys/gals that pitch this line to career military and retirees are very convincing. Lol.. They can try. When I wa...
by Mingus
Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Military [Survivor Benefit Plan] and Other Mistakes
Replies: 22
Views: 1376

Re: FERS retirement: Final taxes and TSP

Don't know for sure, but I bet those statements are correct. I know on the few occasions I've worked overtime, the two or three hundred extra dollars on my paycheck doesn't change the 5% allocation going into my TSP account one cent. And all my taxes go up for that pay period. I told my boss if I co...
by Mingus
Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FERS retirement: Final taxes and TSP
Replies: 38
Views: 2577

Re: How much $$ to change jobs?

This is what stuck out to me: One point to add is that I previously left risk management in the same industry to move to the federal govt because I did not particularly enjoy the work and was not comfortable with being accountable for such high levels of risk. You don't enjoy risk management, and yo...
by Mingus
Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much $$ to change jobs?
Replies: 52
Views: 4262

Re: Good places to live in Renton, WA?

One other terrible option would be to consider living in Tacoma. There is a commuter train that goes up to Seattle, then take the bus into Redmond. I commuted for awhile from Seattle to Redmond via bus. It was horrible after awhile. Would be much worse coming in from Tacoma first. And then drive to ...
by Mingus
Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:40 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good places to live in Renton, WA?
Replies: 21
Views: 777

Re: Should I add a detached garage?(resale value)

I can't imagine why anyone would think a detached garage/workshop would lower resale value... or needing a two acre + site for it to be feasible. Just about every male I know, who doesn't have a detached workshop would love to have one. My house has a detached garage/workshop. And even has it's own ...
by Mingus
Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I add a detached garage?(resale value)
Replies: 24
Views: 1519

Re: Remodeling for 4th bedroom

Without seeing a floor plan, it's hard to comment. Based on what I know of ranch style houses looking like inside with walking right into the living room, I think converting the living room into a bedroom would be a bad idea for now, and especially if you ever want to sell the house. This does not a...
by Mingus
Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:41 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remodeling for 4th bedroom
Replies: 6
Views: 744

Re: A $1000 lesson on how manipulative salespeople can be?

Once you have taken the bait, you are fighting an uphill battle. Nearly all of us have made similar mistakes. Mine was a $6000 piece of Chihuly glass. It sits in my living room as a constant reminder of how not to get taken again. Yikes! I've made some dumb purchases in my life and this is how it p...
by Mingus
Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A $1000 lesson on how manipulative salespeople can be?
Replies: 107
Views: 17377

Re: Poll: Luxury and Happiness

While I don't endorse investing in jewelery, if you had bought a $2500 Rolex watch in 2003, it is now worth about $6000 if in good condition. Used Rolexes are highly sought after and do appreciate in value considerably. A lot of people hand them down to their children. They last forever. I'm not su...
by Mingus
Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Poll: Luxury and Happiness
Replies: 141
Views: 8834

Re: Hiring someone versus painting yourself

Properly prepped and painted wood siding shouldn't need to be repainted every few years.. PROPERLY is the key word. A quality paint job should last for 25 years plus. But a lot of painters are sort of flunkies, and most buyers of paint jobs are focused on cheap, cheaper, or cheapest when it comes t...
by Mingus
Thu May 29, 2014 3:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiring someone versus painting yourself
Replies: 51
Views: 4376

Re: Best Large Purchase(s) Ever?

My first Toyota. And then my second Toyota. I think the second one was an even better purchase than the first one.
by Mingus
Wed May 28, 2014 1:20 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Large Purchase(s) Ever?
Replies: 45
Views: 3293

Re: Worst "Large purchase" ever?

Bought a Lexus. I hated it.

Driving a Toyota again. Loving it.
by Mingus
Mon May 26, 2014 11:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worst "Large purchase" ever?
Replies: 110
Views: 12129

Re: Paying for a date

How aware are you of the other person's financial status when you start dating? Figuring out if the other party has more or less than you seems awkward to me. Do you google your dates to find out their finances? I briefly dated a girl who asked me non-nonchalantly one day if I made a lot of money. ...
by Mingus
Tue May 20, 2014 12:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying [on] a date
Replies: 73
Views: 3262
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