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Re: Pet fish recommendations

Bettas can take a little bit of abuse. My betta in his 5 gallon tank was the only one to survive the weekend of roommate hell that killed about $200 worth of imported cichlids in a larger tank (let's just say turning off the AC when it's 100F outside and dumping a ton of food in the tank is a great ...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet fish recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1561

Re: Pet fish recommendations

At 3 gallons, you might want to go with the 10W heater instead of the 7.5W heater. You can hide it behind a decoration or fake plant to make it less obvious. A 7.5W might not be strong enough to maintain an even temperature. Even 10W is a bit low, but would be slightly more able to maintain temperat...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet fish recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1561

Re: Sprinklers for the bottom of a sloping lawn

I'm not sure on the pressure issue, as I haven't rigged up something to hook up the pipe-threaded pressure tester I have. I just found a thread online that says the SAMs have a more "stubborn" spring than the regular 1800s, but one can take the head apart to replace the spring. Perhaps tha...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:21 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sprinklers for the bottom of a sloping lawn
Replies: 10
Views: 993

Re: Pet fish recommendations

If one uses a heater in the fish tank, make sure when changing water that the new water is the same temp. But I would see if I could get away without all the accessories. My home is kept at about 78-80 during summer A/C season, but 'cold' water out of the tap is closer to 90 degrees, so it cannot b...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 19, 2014 10:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet fish recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1561

Re: Sprinklers for the bottom of a sloping lawn

When the zone is off, a solenoid valve turns off the water. Are you saying that you want the water to remain in the pipes between the solenoid and the sprinkler heads? What is that 3 gallons at the most? Doesn't water left in the pipes have bacteria and mold growing in it after a couple of days? Do...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 19, 2014 10:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sprinklers for the bottom of a sloping lawn
Replies: 10
Views: 993

Re: Pet fish recommendations

The only thing that can be in a small enough tank to move is a betta, as LowER already said. I would however recommend a very simple filter and at least a 1.5 gallon bowl (preferably a 3 gallon setup). Don't use those little betta cups and don't try to put any other fish in a small tank. A single go...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pet fish recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1561

Sprinklers for the bottom of a sloping lawn

My front yard is small, but has a slope. I've found the appropriate irrigation run time to keep water from running off the lawn when the zone is on, but I can't figure out how to fight the effects of gravity on the sprinklers at the bottom of the slope. Those three sprinklers constantly have a littl...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sprinklers for the bottom of a sloping lawn
Replies: 10
Views: 993

Re: Options/guidance for a lazy person to be fit

As I read this thread, I see the usual responses about how to exercise and how to diet which I think the OP knows about. There are some responses directed to motivation, but how does one get motivated to be motivated? Also what about the time commitment? I ask this because someone close to me could...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Options/guidance for a lazy person to be fit
Replies: 79
Views: 5148

Re: Honda Fit, Civic

Do Civic and Accord have the same ground clearance? Victoria Ground clearance is one of the criteria in my car spreadsheet, but I could not find official numbers online for Honda. Supposedly Consumer Reports has unofficial ground clearance numbers for car models that they review, but I don't have a...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Fit, Civic
Replies: 32
Views: 3012

Re: Honda Fit, Civic

Great input! I live in CT and visit NH often in winter. CRV is larger than I want but the upcoming HRV is of interest. Is there a reason you can't wait for the HRV to come out, if it interests you? If you can wait 6 months, you can see if the HRV turns out to be something you'd want more. Maybe it ...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Fit, Civic
Replies: 32
Views: 3012

Re: Who else hates choosing a car?

*IF* you can afford it, there's no issue with getting a new car to replace a 10 year old car with 150k miles. Those 15 year old 200k mile Toyotas and Hondas you hear people talking so much about started out new at some point in the past. Anyways, even thinking about that, you're falling into the tra...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who else hates choosing a car?
Replies: 75
Views: 6280

Re: Assisted Living Residence and Care Agreement - Questions

A few things to check into or be aware of: First, PA has very extensive filial support laws. You say your mother has the resources to afford the unit. However, if she ever runs out of resources, the facility can (and likely will) send you the bill and you will have to pay for it. There have been sev...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 12, 2014 8:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Assisted Living Residence and Care Agreement - Questions
Replies: 30
Views: 2824

Re: Toys for a Lazy Cat

Check out a cat feeding ball-dry food is poured in and there are adjusting holes. This requires the cat to bat around the ball and only one piece of food comes out at a time. This makes our cat slow down to eat instead of gobbling it all down (and barfing it back up!) I have one of those for my eld...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toys for a Lazy Cat
Replies: 46
Views: 2873

Re: Car did not start: To dispose? How?

The only thing giving me pause about the Accord LX is you can't get the beige interior with the MT option. Black interior, even with silver exterior, just seems like a bad idea, particularly right now when 98F seems like a "cool" day. I don't care about the interior color, for as long as ...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car did not start: To dispose? How?
Replies: 70
Views: 5466

Re: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?

Just got an email with another good reason for subscribing locally. The local newspaper has partnered with a national newspaper to provide free access to the e-edition of the national newspaper with a subscription to the local newspaper. Normally, it's $99/year for an e-edition subscription to the ...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?
Replies: 86
Views: 6110

Re: Do you deviate from the owner's manual?

I personally never paid much mind to the octane rating, although I'm sure if I looked, a '99 Civic is just fine on regular gas. I do recall the manual recommending Chevron gas and Chevron happens to be the cheapest gas station directly on the route between home and work, so I do follow that recommen...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you deviate from the owner's manual?
Replies: 35
Views: 3136

Re: Tapatalk Integration

I'm still pro Tapatalk, but I would settle for a more mobile friendly design which doesn't seem to have happened either... Oh gawd, anything but this. As a person who still uses a desktop computer, I have to say nothing irritates me more these days than going on to a new "mobile friendly"...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:45 pm
 
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Tapatalk Integration
Replies: 46
Views: 12744

Re: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?

Just got an email with another good reason for subscribing locally. The local newspaper has partnered with a national newspaper to provide free access to the e-edition of the national newspaper with a subscription to the local newspaper. Normally, it's $99/year for an e-edition subscription to the n...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?
Replies: 86
Views: 6110

Re: Car did not start: To dispose? How?

Glad it turned out to just need a new battery. Interesting that the OP's original inclination was to consider disposing of a car that wouldn't start. Batteries are consumables and standard maintenance items that need to be replaced every few years (a 5-year warranty is fairly typical and in my expe...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car did not start: To dispose? How?
Replies: 70
Views: 5466

Re: Car did not start: To dispose? How?

If the vehicle is going to be sitting without being run for significant periods of time, as 1997 and 110,000k suggests I'm not sure that follows as mine is a 1995 with 120k and I drive almost every day. My 1999 Civic has 92k miles and also gets driven every day, but only about 10 miles unless I hav...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car did not start: To dispose? How?
Replies: 70
Views: 5466

Re: Toys for a Lazy Cat

For "chunky" cats, my vet doesn't make any specific recommendations other than the standard advice a doctor would give a human: portion control and exercise. Also, you want to gradually slim down cats, as they can have health complications from losing weight too quickly. So ready yourselve...
by Mudpuppy
Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toys for a Lazy Cat
Replies: 46
Views: 2873

Re: Erasing hard disk that have died

Also, good note about SSDs. The way SSDs reserve cells means it's pretty much impossible to do a software-based wipe of an SSD. The OS does not have access to every cell within the drive, only the drive firmware does. Either encrypt the entire SSD to begin with or only buy SSDs that have a WORKING ...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Erasing hard disk that have died
Replies: 40
Views: 3221

Re: Erasing hard disk that have died

An alternative to DBAN is to mount a Linux distro and use dd to write zeros to the drive. dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1M I do this because I've found DBAN doesn't work on some computers. The idea that you need multiple passes is urban legend. One pass is enough. Nobody has demonstrated the abili...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Erasing hard disk that have died
Replies: 40
Views: 3221

Re: Erasing hard disk that have died

Clicking noises are not a good sign, but if the drive is still accessible, software methods will work just fine. I personally prefer DBAN, but any of the software methods mentioned by others will work. If the drive is no longer accessible by software, then you basically have to physically destroy it...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Erasing hard disk that have died
Replies: 40
Views: 3221

Re: Homeowner responsibility for water service line

The subdivision where I live was built in the early 60's. There have been 3 homes that I know of here that had their water line rust and burst. It floated their yards. These old pipes were not copper but galvanized. When I re-landscaped my yard, I decided to replace the line at that time while the ...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowner responsibility for water service line
Replies: 45
Views: 2016

Re: Homeowner responsibility for water service line

This is a way to detect water leaks. Turn all the water off in the house then look at the water meter. If the dial is moving, there is water going through the meter. If everything is off in the house, there is a leak somewhere. Nope. All that does is tell you that there IS a leak. The commenter alr...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowner responsibility for water service line
Replies: 45
Views: 2016

Re: How secure are Vanguard/Fidelity Apps?

As a computer security professional, I find the mobile OSes to be inferior to the desktop OSes when it comes to baseline security features. So I don't use my phone for anything I would consider to be a "high security" connection. At my house, all financial transactions happen from a speci...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How secure are Vanguard/Fidelity Apps?
Replies: 14
Views: 1989

Re: Auto Accident/Insurance/Repair Question

For all the non-police officers out there suggesting the blame or at fault is shared on this one, stop talking. :wink: The accident happened because someone ran a red light. That's the at fault driver. Simple as that. If the not at fault driver was always expected to know what the at fault driver w...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:13 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Accident/Insurance/Repair Question
Replies: 37
Views: 1815

Re: How secure are Vanguard/Fidelity Apps?

My work provides me with Virtual Private Networking with strong security and anti-virus protection on the corporate network. I always connect to the VPN before running any app with confidential information. Using the VPN this way is not against the policy of my employer, although gambling and porn ...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How secure are Vanguard/Fidelity Apps?
Replies: 14
Views: 1989

Re: Homeowner responsibility for water service line

I would point out that someone in San Jose, CA doesn't have to worry about water lines that are deeply buried to avoid the frost line. That means costs will be much less than someone in a climate that experiences freezing, since the piping will be much closer to the surface. That means it will be ea...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowner responsibility for water service line
Replies: 45
Views: 2016

Re: FICO Scores: Which one do you get?

Now that I get one form of the many FICO scores (as others have pointed out, there are oodles of scores) for free on my Discover card statement, I don't bother paying for a score. It's all so variable anyways. And if a creditor wants to deny an application, they'll find some reason, regardless of th...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: FICO Scores: Which one do you get?
Replies: 20
Views: 1697

Re: How secure are Vanguard/Fidelity Apps?

As a computer security professional, I find the mobile OSes to be inferior to the desktop OSes when it comes to baseline security features. So I don't use my phone for anything I would consider to be a "high security" connection. At my house, all financial transactions happen from a specia...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How secure are Vanguard/Fidelity Apps?
Replies: 14
Views: 1989

Re: "Only a fraction of Americans directly own stocks"

My first gut reaction: And only a fraction of Bogleheads directly own stocks too... Since most people interact with the stock market via mutual funds in their retirement plans, it's not surprising that there's a low rate of "directly owned" stocks. But after reading the article, it's clear...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:36 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Only a fraction of Americans directly own stocks"
Replies: 27
Views: 3268

Re: Homeowner responsibility for water service line

In this part of CA, the homeowner is responsible for any breaks in the line that occur after the water meter. This caused a lovely back and forth between myself and the water company when their installation of a new water meter caused a leak at the water meter box. After a couple of weeks of the wat...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowner responsibility for water service line
Replies: 45
Views: 2016

Re: Neighbor's Fireworks

Fireworks that leave the ground are illegal in my town, yet every block had someone setting off aerials this year. You can report it to the dispatch until you're blue in the face and nothing will come of it. There's just too many people breaking the law for them to get everyone. Even though a cop ca...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor's Fireworks
Replies: 50
Views: 4328

Re: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?

What you get is mostly pablum supplemented with gobs of AP and Reuters articles. Unfortunately, most people don't realize that "news" is really controlled by just a few sources. When traveling I noticed almost every radio station and TV station (local or not) will frame the story with a s...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jul 05, 2014 1:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?
Replies: 86
Views: 6110

Re: do you lie about your finances to friends

I am govt employee, so if you know my name, you can find my salary. I keep a copy of the Bogleheads guide to investing promenantly displayed in my office. I get people asking me what it's all about, in which I state that it's the best investment book you'll ever need to read. I preach the boglehead...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: do you lie about your finances to friends
Replies: 103
Views: 8880

Re: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?

I still pay $9 a month for the local newspaper. There are some real personalities in the local opinion columnists and a very good investigative reporter that takes the time to go into more detail than the TV news reporters. I think $9 per month is more than reasonable to support these journalistic a...
by Mudpuppy
Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?
Replies: 86
Views: 6110

Re: Bad paint job - Course of action help pls

As for the paint crew, the original contractor was not happy and sent emails threatening to place a lien on the property with some strong language. I offered to pay him a sum in exchange for a full release/waiver (the difference between what was left on his quote and what the next crew quoted) and ...
by Mudpuppy
Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bad paint job - Course of action help pls
Replies: 28
Views: 2516

Re: do you lie about your finances to friends

Speaking of public information. When I worked for the state, my salary was public information, as was everyone else's. If you wanted to know what someone else made, you just had to walk over to the library and get out the salary book for that year. The only hard part was knowing how to spell your f...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: do you lie about your finances to friends
Replies: 103
Views: 8880

Re: do you lie about your finances to friends

How you should answer depends on why they're asking, rarely is it helpful to disclose info about your own finances to someone who has no intention of doing anything differently. If they just want to vent (and not change) then you listen because you're their friend. If they actually want real advice...
by Mudpuppy
Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: do you lie about your finances to friends
Replies: 103
Views: 8880

Re: Retired Bogleheads want to relocate to California

You may want to consider a lot or land and build your own. You may find something more to your liking in both price and location with a home to suit. If you buy land on the California coast, make sure it is buildable land. There are several coastal communities where it is very hard to build a new h...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retired Bogleheads want to relocate to California
Replies: 109
Views: 6816

Re: Kindle - Which one to buy?

Do you need to purchase the power adapter? I won't have access to a computer for a good portion of my trip, so charging it can only take place at an electrical outlet. The reviews say amazon is ripping of the consumer, what say you? Any USB to power outlet adapter should work, as long as it follows...
by Mudpuppy
Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:43 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle - Which one to buy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2020

Re: Bad paint job - Course of action help pls

It sounds like you have a very poor designer who doesn't have any experience in remodels. To advise you to go ahead without a written estimate or contract - shame on you and her. I was also going to point out that the designer carries some of the blame for the poor paint job. It sounds like you del...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jun 29, 2014 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bad paint job - Course of action help pls
Replies: 28
Views: 2516

Re: Kindle - Which one to buy?

Noobvestor wrote:I prefer my Nook :)

In the interest of full disclosure, I have a Nook with eInk screen as well. Mine is the non-Glowlight version (I can just clip on a book light when I need light). I prefer how it handles page refreshes. But Grt2bOutdoors did specifically ask about the Kindle.
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle - Which one to buy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2020

Re: N+ Routers

In general, is it better to have the router on the first or second floor for best range? It depends on the antennas of both the wifi access point and the wifi devices. To keep it very simple, there's a "shape" to the transmitted signal, and that varies based on the antenna type. Receiving...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: N+ Routers
Replies: 27
Views: 1691

Re: Kindle - Which one to buy?

What do you want to do with it? Need to be able to read it in full sun? Need to be able to read it without any other light available? Concerned about eye strain (e.g. only considering a B&W screen) or do you want a color screen? Read in full/partial sun, yes, reading with no other light availab...
by Mudpuppy
Sun Jun 29, 2014 1:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle - Which one to buy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2020

Re: Kindle - Which one to buy?

What do you want to do with it? Need to be able to read it in full sun? Need to be able to read it without any other light available? Concerned about eye strain (e.g. only considering a B&W screen) or do you want a color screen?
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:22 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kindle - Which one to buy?
Replies: 36
Views: 2020

Re: where is nisiprius?

sscritic, I am looking for the lyrics of that old song, "Go you Chicken Fat, Go", you know the song they would play ad nauseam in "gym" class back in the 60s? I know I can find it out on google, but since you always seem to be on google, I was wondering if you could just post th...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:19 pm
 
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: where is nisiprius?
Replies: 26
Views: 3512

Re: N+ Routers

When all my devices ran on g, there was no reason for n. But then I needed a new router, so I bought n, which was the current standard. I then installed a new wireless card in my laptop to support n. I then bought a new tv that supported n. Then when I bought a Roku, I bought one that supported n (...
by Mudpuppy
Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: N+ Routers
Replies: 27
Views: 1691
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