Search found 198 matches

Return to advanced search

Re: Should I buy house with a crack?

the crack is about 1/4" wide and runs across the slate tile floor across almost the whole width of the house from the living room to the kitchen. Haven't noticed anything about the street, but will ask. Key words: Slate tile floor. Slate tile, also all natural tiles such as marble require more...
by Mingus
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy house with a crack?
Replies: 29
Views: 3121

Re: A perfect profession

Marketing is really interesting. Recently I was at the grocery store and had just put two cartons of eggs into my cart. I chose the reddish brown colored label with the iconic red barn on it. Then I thought those eggs were probably from the same factory farm that the eggs in the plain carton with bl...
by Mingus
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A perfect profession
Replies: 58
Views: 5294

Re: What is a move-up car after mid-size sedan?

I would compare an upper trim Toyota to a Lexus. You may get more for your money and lower depreciation/cost of ownership. If you must buy luxury, consider Certified Pre-Owned for deep discounts. Luxury cars depreciate quickly...... Lexus is a great choice. I would also compare it to a BMW 3 series...
by Mingus
Sun Dec 14, 2014 2:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a move-up car after mid-size sedan?
Replies: 63
Views: 4014

Re: Why did you quit your job?

I regrettably had to quit the best job I've ever had. Awesome manager, awesome co-workers, stimulating fun well paying work. Posh downtown Seattle office, paid parking, masseuse in the office every couple of weeks, etc. Best job ever. But, the company was running into some cash flow issues because o...
by Mingus
Sat Dec 13, 2014 2:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why did you quit your job?
Replies: 37
Views: 4236

Re: Unfrugal Enjoyments

TheTimeLord wrote: For me a Starbuck's latte is great.... I could obviously drink regular coffee or no coffee at all to save money.


Regular coffee is better than Starbucks. I'm exaggerating, no, not really... That stuff is so bad. So many much better coffee roasters out there. Life is too short to drink Starbucks.
by Mingus
Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 231
Views: 19305

Re: Long-Lasting Incandescents + LED Question

Just a general question... Is it fair to say that all types of light bulbs these days -- Halogen, CFL, LED -- have evolved to the point that they can emit the same warm color as a standard incandescent bulb? Or it that pushing it? That would be pushing it. But a halogen bulb is basically an incande...
by Mingus
Mon Dec 01, 2014 12:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long-Lasting Incandescents + LED Question
Replies: 64
Views: 4860

Re: My grown up Christmas wish-A Warm House

Please don't caulk/seal operable wooden windows. They are designed to have air infiltration. This is good for the window assembly to keep it from rotting, and good for you so you have fresh air in the house. A combination of wooden storm windows (too match the aesthetics of the house), and cellular ...
by Mingus
Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My grown up Christmas wish-A Warm House
Replies: 27
Views: 3233

Re: Hybrid electric water heaters

The hybrid heaters have an added benefit of de-humidification, in addition to lower operating expenses. My basement would be a great candidate since I have to run a dehumidifier year round. However, they have far greater complexity... more parts to break, more repairs needed, etc. Also, they need to...
by Mingus
Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hybrid electric water heaters
Replies: 6
Views: 548

Re: Side jobs or hobbies that make you money

interplanetjanet wrote:
VictoriaF wrote:Oldest profession.

Victoria

Farming?



Hardly.. Hunting and gathering is way older. Easy money too.
by Mingus
Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Side jobs or hobbies that make you money
Replies: 127
Views: 18047

Re: Buick regal/chevy impala

If cross shopping, I believe the Lacrosse is the one to compare with the Impala. But, if you like the size of the Regal, you might prefer the Verano far more. It is a really (extremely) quiet smooth riding taut handling car. The Verano is more compact than the Regal, but the interior is only slightl...
by Mingus
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buick regal/chevy impala
Replies: 12
Views: 1025

Re: Not qualified for my job - what to do?

The issue as I see it is you don't have a mentor. Or at least not one in the proper channel, and one is who is going away soon. Years back I was hired for a position I was 80% unqualified for. But I dazzled the principles in the company in the interview and was subsequently offered the position. But...
by Mingus
Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Not qualified for my job - what to do?
Replies: 42
Views: 5088

Re: Does anyone here make "fun" purchases.

I will be the first to say $5K for curtains is not necessarily a bad purchase, if they are a classic color and design that will not go out of style. Does that include all the hardware also? Is it for every window in your home? If I didn't have a kitchen remodel coming up... I would love to have some...
by Mingus
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does anyone here make "fun" purchases.
Replies: 111
Views: 8487

Re: Amazon Echo (Alexa)

Echo is sorta okay, but I think most people want a full on android that can wash dishes and do laundry. Maybe even change diapers.

Now that would be a game changer.
by Mingus
Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Echo (Alexa)
Replies: 40
Views: 5580

Re: Tough spot, decided to lease a car

I vote this thread be closed.
by Mingus
Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tough spot, decided to lease a car
Replies: 209
Views: 14399

Re: I bought this new mattress….

mbres60 wrote:Can anyone answer how fast or slow their new mattress has needed to break in? Was the delivered mattress as comfortable as the one in the store that many people have already been on?



I'm still waiting for mine to be as comfortable as the one in the store. It's been nearly three years.
by Mingus
Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I bought this new mattress….
Replies: 16
Views: 2302

Re: $25K Budget for a Fun Car

1969 to 1972 model Chevelle, LeMans/GTO, Cutlass Supreme, or Buick Regal.

Or maybe even the same years Cadillac Eldorado for something really rare.
by Mingus
Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $25K Budget for a Fun Car
Replies: 64
Views: 6933

Re: Electrical Panel Upgrade

"the original panel from 1979 and it is in need of some work." FWIW, there were a couple of brands of older panels (Zinsco was one, I can't remember the other) that had the ...ahem ... feature that the breakers didn't always actually provide overcurrent protection. I think it is Lincoln.
by Mingus
Mon Nov 03, 2014 7:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electrical Panel Upgrade
Replies: 14
Views: 1117

Re: If holding cash, do you want a Great Depression?

Like the person above said. You'd have to have enough cash to survive.. buy food, shelter, pay for utilities.. and have such a surplus of cash you could invest in an index that has lost 90% of its value. And maybe go on a voluntary starvation diet while you are at it, with an occasional stew made fr...
by Mingus
Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:50 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If holding cash, do you want a Great Depression?
Replies: 50
Views: 4147

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 10:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you change your car's oil?
Replies: 168
Views: 12245

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 9:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much to spend on a remodel?
Replies: 7
Views: 881

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 2:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Debit Card was hacked. Should I just use cash from now on?
Replies: 56
Views: 3982

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 12:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bath tub [replacement]
Replies: 14
Views: 1815

Re: bath tub [replacement]

Kohler cast iron tub.
by Mingus
Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bath tub [replacement]
Replies: 14
Views: 1815

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 4:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What happened to the audiophile?[High quality music sources]
Replies: 71
Views: 4089

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 11:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What happened to the audiophile?[High quality music sources]
Replies: 71
Views: 4089

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 12:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What happened to the audiophile?[High quality music sources]
Replies: 71
Views: 4089

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
Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buffett Says ‘No-Brainer’ to Get a Mortgage to Short Rates
Replies: 77
Views: 9838

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 2:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning Up Leaves
Replies: 40
Views: 3416

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 1:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Couch Surfing
Replies: 90
Views: 6036

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
Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Small Moneysavers Which Add Up
Replies: 74
Views: 7525

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 6:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Marvin vs. Andersen Windows: The Eternal Struggle
Replies: 32
Views: 4850

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 3:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Condensate Neutralizer Media
Replies: 9
Views: 462

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 2:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Condensate Neutralizer Media
Replies: 9
Views: 462

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 12:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace Condensate Neutralizer Media
Replies: 9
Views: 462

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 6:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Some, not all, Windows in House
Replies: 15
Views: 1240

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 2:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay for these upgrades in a new construction house
Replies: 17
Views: 1406

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 2:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you pay for these upgrades in a new construction house
Replies: 17
Views: 1406

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 12:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cast Iron Skillet Cooking
Replies: 108
Views: 11170

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
Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backyard Shed
Replies: 21
Views: 1735

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 3:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kimchi
Replies: 40
Views: 2037

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 12:51 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Subaru Blues
Replies: 87
Views: 8435

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 12:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Neighbor's Tree
Replies: 44
Views: 3368

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 11:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Neighbor's Tree
Replies: 44
Views: 3368

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 8:26 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Central AC replacement decision
Replies: 54
Views: 4537

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 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Appraisal
Replies: 20
Views: 1546

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 6:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel... Or Not?
Replies: 53
Views: 3174

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 9:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a car- 2011 Lexus IS 250 9k miles
Replies: 27
Views: 2217

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 12:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dumb 3rd grade math question about beach house rental
Replies: 61
Views: 5557

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 12:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dumb 3rd grade math question about beach house rental
Replies: 61
Views: 5557

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 12:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Have you quit your job because of your boss?
Replies: 66
Views: 7754
Next

Return to advanced search