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by NHRATA01
Fri Jun 26, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions about brick paver driveway
Replies: 12
Views: 1780

Re: Questions about brick paver driveway

I am in NY and would never consider pavers for a driveway. My in-laws did about 5 or 6 years ago, and here's what I've noticed (a few reasons mentioned so far) - First and foremost they have heaved in a few places due to the weather changes, and surely the water getting underneath and freezing in th...
by NHRATA01
Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Natural Gas Heated Home w/o Flue?
Replies: 17
Views: 1862

Re: Natural Gas Heated Home w/o Flue?

Just one small add - you could have a standard efficiency boiler with a power venter somewhere around the foundation. Basically an electrically powered exhaust fan that is cheaper for the builder than putting in a chimney and flue. The negative is maintenance is higher and they do need to be replace...
by NHRATA01
Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overfilled Oil in Car - Cause of Oil Leak?
Replies: 39
Views: 3568

Re: Overfilled Oil in Car - Cause of Oil Leak?

I put Fumoto valve on all of my cars. Never had one leak and one car has had it on for 23 years. Makes changing the oil so much easier. :) Same here. This should be standard equipment on cars. If it's every overfilled, just let a little oil out - done. (Change oil myself, Jiffy Lube or dealer would...
by NHRATA01
Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Broken Oxygen Sensor on Car
Replies: 43
Views: 3241

Re: Broken Oxygen Sensor on Car

Would you take advice about investing from bunch of oil nerds on the internet? Why would you ask car repair questions here? But to iterate earlier advice; there is nothing which will cause the oxygen sensor to be physically broken. In all likelihood you have been lied to. If it is under warranty, y...
by NHRATA01
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overinflating Tires
Replies: 31
Views: 3016

Re: Overinflating Tires

What is "spec"? The door jamb spec is for the tires that first came with the car and yields a smushy ride. Most tires shops tend to go with 30-35 regardless of the vehicle or the tire. I would call this "underinflated" by 10psi. The spec I use is the max sidewall pressure of the...
by NHRATA01
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overinflating Tires
Replies: 31
Views: 3016

Re: Overinflating Tires

You don't want to be at the max cold. Oh yes I do. Pressure readings should be taken when the tire is cold. If they happen to go over the rated pressure when hot, so be it - that's what they are designed to do. Reference: http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=196 You should not...
by NHRATA01
Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best albums of 2015
Replies: 90
Views: 9443

Re: Best albums of 2015

Well, too early to tell but since it's looking like potentially new albums from Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax and Testament, it's going to be a great year for the legions of thrash metal fans here on the boglehead forums!
by NHRATA01
Fri Mar 27, 2015 2:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 457 or 403(b)
Replies: 6
Views: 589

Re: 457 or 403(b)

I would see what options the state 457 offers. I enrolled my wife in the NYS which has several Vanguard index funds to meet my asset allocation requirements, so I was very happy with those offerings. Her 403b on the other hand was atrocious with nothing but life insurance companies. I see yours at l...
by NHRATA01
Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 457(b) Question
Replies: 8
Views: 683

Re: 457(b) Question

^ It does look to me based upon those 3 funds, that you can do the simple 3 fund portfolio with minimal expenses.
by NHRATA01
Tue Mar 17, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Barron's article...Closed End Funds Advantage....
Replies: 13
Views: 1539

Re: Barron's article...Closed End Funds Advantage....

Another good reason to invest is that you can often buy these funds at a discount to Net Asset Value. Of course a closed-end fund can trade at a discount for years and years. Not only can a closed end fund trade at a discount to NAV for years and years, but the discount can get bigger after you buy...
by NHRATA01
Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sedan or SUV
Replies: 22
Views: 1845

Re: Sedan or SUV

A car is a personal choice. I would hate to impose upon my spouse to make her buy a car chosen by an internet forum. Yes, it's very hard to offer a suggestion not knowing your personal preference. Personally, if I do not need the room nor "utility", I will take a sedan over an SUV. SUV/CU...
by NHRATA01
Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Backdoor Roth Tax Concern - Exceeded 2014 limits?
Replies: 1
Views: 263

Backdoor Roth Tax Concern - Exceeded 2014 limits?

I think I may have a problem but am not sure so I call upon the bogleheads expertise and experience. I sent an email to Vanguard so we'll see what they say but perhaps the forum can clear my confusion. This is in regards to using a backdoor Roth contribution. Jist of the email follows below. In prin...
by NHRATA01
Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:43 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What's your average ER? [Expense Ratio]
Replies: 123
Views: 8759

Re: What's your average ER?

I enjoy that this thread has so many responses which proves I'm not the only nerd out there calculating the effective ER of my retirement portfolio! As of month-end February, just updated about an hour ago: My 401K - 0.0872 My Roth IRA - 0.0871 Wife's 457b - 0.0736 (Wife's Roth IRA is 100% in TD2045...
by NHRATA01
Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are remote starters bad for cars?
Replies: 42
Views: 3644

Re: Are remote starters bad for cars?

Any car this century ...(t)he maximum you should generally warm up your engine is as 'wander' said "when the temperature gauge starts to move". Such this century cars may exist, but my cars from this century do not have temperature gauges. :) They did mid-last century though. :) Some of u...
by NHRATA01
Fri Feb 27, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are remote starters bad for cars?
Replies: 42
Views: 3644

Re: Are remote starters bad for cars?

I would be worried about the effect on the engine by warming at idle in the winter. When the engine is cold, lubrication is at its worst, and you would be prolonging operation with poor lubrication. As I recall, auto owners manuals suggest immediately after starting to drive at moderate speeds to w...
by NHRATA01
Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I shut off water in a vacant home in winter?
Replies: 15
Views: 1644

Re: Should I shut off water in a vacant home in winter?

If the choice is shutting off water and heat or having both on, I think I'd leave them both on. Have you asked the owners what they want or presented them with some of the monitoring options in this thread? I think my only concern would be if there's a failure of the heating system which goes unnot...
by NHRATA01
Sun Feb 15, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overfilled Oil in Car - Cause of Oil Leak?
Replies: 39
Views: 3568

Re: Overfilled Oil in Car - Cause of Oil Leak?

NEVER, EVER go to a quick change oil shop. +1 As I understand it, the people who work there are not qualified mechanics, and don't really follow the necessary procedures. The people who change their oil themselves are not qualified mechanics and don't really follow the necessary procedures. One nee...
by NHRATA01
Sat Feb 14, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Overfilled Oil in Car - Cause of Oil Leak?
Replies: 39
Views: 3568

Re: Overfilled Oil in Car - Cause of Oil Leak?

Most likely it is not the cause of the leak. For one, check the oil shortly after turning the car off, this will give you an accurate reading of what the level in the sump is while the car is running. When the car sits overnight, all of the oil that circulates in the engine's top end (the head(s) ie...
by NHRATA01
Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which light bulbs are best bang for the buck?
Replies: 41
Views: 4012

Re: Which light bulbs are best bang for the buck?

replace with an LED and be confident that with luck, you won't replace it again in your lifetime in the house. Well hold on now, depending upon the owner's age that might be the wrong luck! :mrgreen: It is amusing to consider the possibility my 3 y/o''s children may very well see some of my existin...
by NHRATA01
Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which light bulbs are best bang for the buck?
Replies: 41
Views: 4012

Re: Which light bulbs are best bang for the buck?

Honestly for a closet or location with typical short duty cycle use, I would stick with an olden-style incandescent. The light isn't on long enough to generate much savings over a more efficient CFL or LED and they're cheap out of the box. CFL's dont' deal well with short duty cycles and while LED's...
by NHRATA01
Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: question about investing in oil, USO
Replies: 15
Views: 1333

Re: question about investing in oil, USO

If you want to engage in energy speculation, my suggestion would be VDE, the Vangauard energy index ETF (or VGENX the corresponding mutual fund). It reasonably correlates to oil price but adds the diversity of producers/refiners (like Exxon-Mobil) and service providers (like Halliburton) as well as ...
by NHRATA01
Sat Jan 17, 2015 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Survey - Men Who Exercise At a Gym
Replies: 23
Views: 2799

Re: Survey - Men Who Exercise At a Gym

I'll wear a shirt/shorts two times to the gym then wash. However I go to lift so while I do sweat a little it's not like doing a 30 minute spin class.
by NHRATA01
Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: boglehead workout
Replies: 39
Views: 5074

Re: boglehead workout

The nice thing about starting strength or stronglifts is it really builds functional strength. Yes, it will help aesthetically as well, though if that's truly what you're after, there are probably more targeted programs to get you the washboard and big guns. But building functional strength helps wi...
by NHRATA01
Sun Jan 11, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: boglehead workout
Replies: 39
Views: 5074

Re: boglehead workout

I've been lifting almost 20 years and I was also going to say the stronglifts 5x5 is a boggleheadish routine for someone starting weight training at a gym. 5 exercises total, done 3 at a time, 3-4 days per week. Roughly one hour needed to complete a session. Only need a floor, squat rack, and flat b...
by NHRATA01
Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow blower maintenance and repair
Replies: 26
Views: 2627

Re: Snow blower maintenance and repair

The ethanol is a pain in the behind. I have a very lightly used 3 year old blower, and I was always good about draining the gas come springtime and running until stall out. Well this fall (2 days before an early snowstorm that caught me off guard) I go to fire it up, and it will only run on full cho...
by NHRATA01
Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Buying Vanguard Energy Index
Replies: 22
Views: 3157

Re: Buying Vanguard Energy Index

I don't think it's a bad idea presuming you have a longer term outlook, because energy WILL get more expensive at some point in the future. Will the energy sector outperform the S&P 500 or the total market over the next few years? That's hard to know. I do invest in the Vanguard Energy ETF (VDE)...
by NHRATA01
Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealer Regular Sched. Maintenance Question
Replies: 15
Views: 921

Re: Dealer Regular Sched. Maintenance Question

Further he said, he imagined it would be the same cost. When I pointed out that the oil changes are not required for 7500 miles or 12 month, he went on to say that we do not live in normal conditions [Western NY]. He said the owners manual would only work if I lived in AZ and had full synthetic oil...
by NHRATA01
Thu Dec 04, 2014 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2012 Honda Pilot Tranny Fluid Change?
Replies: 23
Views: 3122

Re: 2012 Honda Pilot Tranny Fluid Change?

I've never knew of a car that needed a trans fluid change that soon. A lot of owners manuals are very ambiguous about trans fluid changes these days, usually something along the lines of 100K for "non severe service" if an interval is called out at all. Transmission fluid is not exposed to...
by NHRATA01
Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a lasting vehicle
Replies: 33
Views: 5656

Re: Buying a lasting vehicle

I've been in a GM family for years and between my parents and I, the only real reliability lemon in there was an '03 Blazer I bought at the end of it's model run for dirt cheap ($14.7K on a 27K sticker) after sitting on the lot for a year. That said in general it is hard to dispute that Toyota and H...
by NHRATA01
Thu Nov 20, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Light Bulb Question
Replies: 66
Views: 7775

Re: Light Bulb Question

:oops: All I had a question was about spiral versus regular cfl's, I am not interested in being sold on led's. Vs. a CFL, it's a far better solution though. If you're not concerned about energy savings then get an incandescent. CFL's have horrible quality light, don't dim well (no matter what the b...
by NHRATA01
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buick regal/chevy impala
Replies: 12
Views: 1556

Re: Buick regal/chevy impala

What is the average age of the owners of a buick car? I like the accord or camry, but perhaps those are a different consumer than a buick. Actually Toyota/Lexus is seeing their average age rise, while Buick's has been dropping for some time. The Avalon/Camry/ES350 tend to be the newer favorites of ...
by NHRATA01
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buick regal/chevy impala
Replies: 12
Views: 1556

Re: Buick regal/chevy impala

I have a 2012 Regal GS, was 32 when I bought it. I have had no issues at all so far in 28K miles. They do come with a 4/50 bumper to bumper (the Chevy is 3/36) and 6/70 (Chevy is the same) powertrain warranty. On the forums most of the issues tend to be nagging electrical gremlins and affect the 11'...
by NHRATA01
Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:39 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Basic investment question
Replies: 17
Views: 2312

Re: Basic investment question

Great breakdown, Thank You! So if I'm not going to be working at the margins of the maximum allowed, it really isn't going to effect me in this way. Granted any money taken out can never truly be 'replaced' in the account (Even if you take out $1,000, and put in $5,500 you're only up $4,500 instead...
by NHRATA01
Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Basic investment question
Replies: 17
Views: 2312

Re: Basic investment question

What does that mean it can't be 're-filled'? From Forbes: "Keep in mind you’re losing tax-free compounding on the amount you withdraw, and you can’t replace the money in the account. Instead you can simply start anew with future annual contributions." I'm confused. Does that mean that if ...
by NHRATA01
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car sensor showing TPMS sign
Replies: 26
Views: 2442

Re: car sensor showing TPMS sign

Would replace the TPMS unit, or depending on age of car all 4 units, next time you swap out new tires. I think TPMS units have a lifespan of about 10 years or so. As a side note, depending on what year/model your car is you may not have TPMS integrated in the valves at all. Most car manufactures ha...
by NHRATA01
Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What To Do With $85K Inheritance?
Replies: 46
Views: 3048

Re: What To Do With $85K Inheritance?

I'm not understanding the suggestion to pay off the 2% car loans. Unless your tax-adjusted interest rate on your real estate is less than 2%, that just doesn't make sense to me. Someone mentioned that the auto loans are unsecured. They are not. -Increase Cash Flow -Eliminate Debt -Simplify -Many pe...
by NHRATA01
Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What To Do With $85K Inheritance?
Replies: 46
Views: 3048

Re: What To Do With $85K Inheritance?

As a recently divorced person, I personally would never co-mingle inheritance. I was married for a long time and never thought it would happen to me. My advice: Taxable account in you own name. As a happily married person who has virtually joint everything with his wife, I would not co-mingle an in...
by NHRATA01
Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: IRA for young kids - undecided IRA or something else
Replies: 4
Views: 483

Re: IRA for young kids - undecided IRA or something else

I was kind of thinking the earned income would be an issue. Can you fund a non-deductible IRA for a child? What I did for each of the 3 (7, 5, 2.5) is put their cash gifts into a savings account up to $2K and thereafter put the rest in a (taxable) Vanguard TSM index. Of course I kind of co-mingled a...
by NHRATA01
Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you set your thermostat to (in F)?
Replies: 81
Views: 5257

Re: What do you set your thermostat to (in F)?

Usually about 71-72 until my wife sees it and jacks it up more. Then I have to wait a few minutes 'till she's not looking and turn it back down again. That's funny, in the summer I try to keep the AC at 74. Wife usually bumps it down to 72. And I've had her bump the heat up to 70 because she was co...
by NHRATA01
Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you change your car's oil?
Replies: 168
Views: 14303

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

Change the oil when the car tells you to. If your car won't say, get a GM car. Or, at least once a year, in the fall. Like now. Oil does play a significant role in cooling the engine properly. Don't run low on oil level. (Oil splashing takes heat from the underside of the pistons and distributes it...
by NHRATA01
Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you set your thermostat to (in F)?
Replies: 81
Views: 5257

Re: What do you set your thermostat to (in F)?

67, only because of the Mrs. I'm quite happy at 65, or even lower at night under blankets.

I turn it down to 60 when we leave for work. The basement is at 58. I'm hesitant to push it too much lower for fear of freezing a pipe on an outside wall.
by NHRATA01
Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long can a 1995 Chevrolet Beretta last?
Replies: 10
Views: 899

Re: How long can a 1995 Chevrolet Beretta last?

rec7 wrote:
deanbrew wrote:Longer than I would want to drive it.


You won't see them in the indy 500 no time soon.


You would if it were 1990 :D
by NHRATA01
Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Donald Trump - The Apprentice
Replies: 27
Views: 1902

Re: Donald Trump - The Apprentice

Used to watch it. When it was real people it was interesting, but then when the celebrity shows came on, it came down to keeping 'colorful' people on to keep ratings. Trump himself has begun to pontificate too much. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/penn-tell-all-magician-rips-dona...
by NHRATA01
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement luxury vehicle
Replies: 62
Views: 4869

Re: Retirement luxury vehicle

Mercedes bought Chrysler who bought American Motors. That sort of stuff sticks. Get a Lexus. In their defense, Chrysler was running quite profitably before the Germans took over. Daimler wanted Chryslers SUV platform which they built the ML off of while tossing Mopar an old E-class platform to buil...
by NHRATA01
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement luxury vehicle
Replies: 62
Views: 4869

Re: Retirement luxury vehicle

I would much favor owning a Lexus out of warranty over a Benz or other German make.

The CLA is an extremely harsh riding car, and frankly feels cheaper than an Accord.
by NHRATA01
Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:32 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Partial transfer from Ameritrade to Vanguard
Replies: 8
Views: 643

Re: Partial transfer from Ameritrade to Vanguard

TDA does wave commissions if you set up an automatic recurring monthly investment - however I can't recall if it's limited to mutual funds (I use it with VFINX) or inclusive of ETF's.
by NHRATA01
Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Mower Help Needed
Replies: 57
Views: 4466

Re: Riding Mower Help Needed

At almost 3 acres and relatively flat, I would also suggest a zero turn. I can echo much of the earlier advice - avoid the cheap stuff at the big box stores and go for quality. On the low end you're probably looking at $3-$5K range, high end at $7K and up. While I don't think you need to go straight...
by NHRATA01
Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Enclave?
Replies: 112
Views: 13736

Re: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Encla

Please don't just take my advice on the Sequoia though...I encourage you to continue to do your due diligence and look for data you can trust. As you know, there are plenty of websites with opinions, but you really want actual data. I agree. One fact: 2013 Toyota Sequoia Sales: 13k 2004 Toyota Sequ...
by NHRATA01
Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Enclave?
Replies: 112
Views: 13736

Re: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Encla

So all those '99-'04 Honda Accord/Acura automatic transmission failures were the car holding up? Or the ongoing Toyota 3.0 V6 sludge problems? Nissan generally being mediocre and Mitsubishi continually at the bottom for over a decade? Honda/Toyota had stellar reliability in the 80s and 90s which go...
by NHRATA01
Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Enclave?
Replies: 112
Views: 13736

Re: New vehicle...GMC Acadia, Chevy Traverse, or Buick Encla

Single data point, but Car and Driver completed its 40,000 mile road test of the Ram 1500 and only item to repair was a $3 fuse. Drivers remain very impressed with comfort, performance, and reliability. Can't rule out an American car, just because it's American. I still want to see 1st year reliabi...

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