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Re: swimming pool pumps

You can pull the pump off and bring it to an electric motor shop and have them test it. They may be able to fix it for a reasonable fee. I was able to do that the first time I had a pump burn out and paid about $50 to have the motor fixed. The second time it was completely burned out and I bought a...
by Valdeselad
Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: swimming pool pumps
Replies: 14
Views: 1643

Re: swimming pool pumps

Going to bump this thread since it's a year old and my question is basically identical to the OP. Any specific makes/models that folks would recommend for a energy efficient pool pump replacement? Thanks, Valdeselad Is it the pump that died or just the motor? Motors are a commodity and they are pre...
by Valdeselad
Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: swimming pool pumps
Replies: 14
Views: 1643

Re: swimming pool pumps

Going to bump this thread since it's a year old and my question is basically identical to the OP.

Any specific makes/models that folks would recommend for a energy efficient pool pump replacement?

Thanks,

Valdeselad
by Valdeselad
Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: swimming pool pumps
Replies: 14
Views: 1643

Re: Riding Mower Help Needed

FWIW - When we moved to a larger yard (1.5 acres) I went to the local Deere store, and happened to find a recently used 175. That was 25 years ago, and it's still going strong ("nothing runs like..."). If you have local dealers, you might want to check if any decent used models are availa...
by Valdeselad
Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Mower Help Needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2591

Re: Riding Mower Help Needed

westie wrote:with all those trees, you'll need to buy the bagger. The fall is when mine gets a workout.


@westie - great suggestion, glad you mentioned that
by Valdeselad
Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Mower Help Needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2591

Re: Riding Mower Help Needed

victorb wrote:1.You have gotten some great advice, as usually from the Boglehead community, I am always impressed with that!


Absolutely...could not agree more. I'm always amazed with both the knowledge and generosity of the Boglehead community.
by Valdeselad
Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Mower Help Needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2591

Re: Riding Mower Help Needed

Not sure if it's prudent to post external links, but this is an example of a used JD X300 that is fairly close to me. Would you guys steer clear of used equipment or is this something to consider? The price seems pretty good considering the low hours: http://houston.craigslist.org/grd/4590635199.html
by Valdeselad
Sat Aug 02, 2014 3:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Mower Help Needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2591

Re: Riding Mower Help Needed

I've been farming since 1975 and have owned a number of medium sized tractors and farm equipment. I think I know good equipment but on the other hand I am no lawn tractor expert. That said I ended up buying this to mow our 3 acre lawn: http://www.lowes.com/pd_521688-63311-960450046_4294612687%2B429...
by Valdeselad
Sat Aug 02, 2014 3:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Mower Help Needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2591

Re: Riding Mower Help Needed

If it is mostly flat with a lot of things to mow around go with a Zero Turn instead of a tractor style. Unless you are planning on doing some time of gardening you will get done much faster with a Zero Turn mower than you will the tractor type and you will find it much easier to mow around things. ...
by Valdeselad
Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Mower Help Needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2591

Re: Riding Mower Help Needed

Deere X series. Given the size of your lot I'd be looking at the X500's. Robust transmission and nice Kawasaki engines. For your lot I think the X300s might be a little light weight. The X700s are nice, but for what they cost you are starting to be in subcompact tractor range. Don't mess with anyth...
by Valdeselad
Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Mower Help Needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2591

Re: Riding Mower Help Needed

Would it be advisable to consider a "zero turn" mower? What about the deck? 48" or 54"? Is the HP a direct indicator of how long it will take me to mow (i.e. more horsepower will move it that much faster)?
by Valdeselad
Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Mower Help Needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2591

Re: Riding Mower Help Needed

How much money are you considering spending? Simplicity makes some very highly rated lawn and garden tractors as does John Deere. I personally have a Husqvarna with a Kawasaki engine that has been flawless now for 2 years. I bought the model with the Kawasaki engine because the reviews for the entr...
by Valdeselad
Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Mower Help Needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2591

Riding Mower Help Needed

Hi All, I'm turning to the Boglehead experts once again. Our recently purchased home comes on a 2.7 acre lot and I need help with the purchase of a riding lawnmower. I have read some previous posts on this topic so I know there are some very knowledgeable folks that frequent these boards. Some other...
by Valdeselad
Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Mower Help Needed
Replies: 44
Views: 2591

Re: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations

OP here...just wanted to give an update on what we finally decided: Refrigerator : GE GNE26GSDSS - This one is a 26 cubic ft. french door model without the ice/water dispenser in the door - we figure one less thing that will break. This also had a relatively large freezer compared to similar models ...
by Valdeselad
Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 4434

Re: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations

Op, I am in the middle of a kitchen remodel myself (I guess a small one? Kitchen + whole house popcorn ceiling removal and painting = $30k). However, I've been doing my appliances "as I go". I ended up with all Maytags, but that is just how it turned out to be. Each piece was bought in a ...
by Valdeselad
Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 4434

Re: Sub Zero, Bosch

If you have the money, don't settle for less in a refrigerator. Sub-Zero. Had one for 24 years. Miss it in the new house. Will get another after I save up the money. Screw stainless steel. Get it integrated. For dishwasher. Bosch. Any model with a list price of $1000+. Quiet. Cleans well. On my 4th...
by Valdeselad
Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 4434

Re: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations

sdsailing wrote:+1 on the GE dual fuel convection range (not the very top ge line, but one removed from it...cant remember the name). We have another kitchen with much "higher end" oven and gas top separates and the GE is far superior.


Profile line?
by Valdeselad
Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 4434

Re: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations

Thanks everyone for the feedback - it is very helpful.
by Valdeselad
Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:20 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 4434

Re: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations

If you want dual ovens I would look at the GE-- last when we looked they had the most usable dual ovens (at least until you got to the super-expensive brands like Wolf). FWIW we ended up with a GE range, Kitchenaid dishwasher, and LG fridge. Agree gardenweb is very helpful. Thanks lorek - when you ...
by Valdeselad
Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 4434

Re: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations

As someone who is contemplating a kitchen and 3 bath reno I wish I knew! There are so many options out there. In my case I'll be limited by space and will be focused on a 36" slide in range, probably gas and a 36" counter depth or built in fridge which offers the most interior space and t...
by Valdeselad
Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 4434

Re: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations

I like the 48" Wolfe gas range, just make sure you get a 1200 CFM vent hood for exhaust. For dishwashers I like Bosch or Thermodor. Of course Subzero is a very good but very expensive refrigerator. Allan Thanks Allan, I see we are both in Houston. Ideally would like to find some of these items...
by Valdeselad
Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 4434

Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations

Hi All, We just closed on a new house and are in the beginning stages of a kitchen remodel that will be completed before we move in. One of the items we will need to decide on is what brand and model of appliances we will purchase and install. We are going to need a range/oven (gas), refrigerator an...
by Valdeselad
Fri Jul 04, 2014 11:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 4434

Re: Appropriate Investments for HOA

If you really have that much extra cash (that will in all likelihood not be needed for unpredictable or unforeseen events) I would look at it the same way a large company with an excess cash position operates (i.e. Apple). They are always looking for the best way to return money to shareholders. Thi...
by Valdeselad
Fri May 30, 2014 4:46 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Appropriate Investments for HOA
Replies: 18
Views: 1229

Re: Yahoo changes are awful - what homepage do you like?

sclaus wrote:FYI, looks like http://uk.my.yahoo.com is working.


Not anymore...
by Valdeselad
Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:54 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Yahoo changes are awful - what homepage do you like?
Replies: 66
Views: 6143

Re: HSA Tax Forms Not Available (Chase)

I noticed that my 1099 or 5498-SA is not available. Did you take any distribution from the HSA in 2013? If not, no 1099-SA will be issued. 5498-SA isn't due until May. @tfb - Thanks, that's the likely explanation. Provided I have no 1099, I'll run back through Turbo Tax and see what kind of info. i...
by Valdeselad
Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:12 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA Tax Forms Not Available (Chase)
Replies: 4
Views: 246

HSA Tax Forms Not Available (Chase)

My company's HSA account/investment is done through Chase (http://www.chasehsa.com). I assume many other companies are utilizing the same system. My dilemma is that as I was doing my 2013 taxes this weekend, I noticed that my 1099 or 5498-SA is not available. I don't recall Chase being this late in ...
by Valdeselad
Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA Tax Forms Not Available (Chase)
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Brooks Brothers Pants - To buy now or wait

market timer wrote:Yes, I bought those exact trousers for something like 30% off at a recent sale.


@market timer: Thank you, just the response I was looking for.
by Valdeselad
Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:54 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brooks Brothers Pants - To buy now or wait
Replies: 10
Views: 1176

Brooks Brothers Pants - To buy now or wait

All, Hoping some of the fashion experts will chime in. I was in Brooks Brothers yesterday and came across the Gabardine trousers - Madison fit...great fit, great work pants and really liked the quality; however they were pricey. My question is are these pants typically included in the big sale that ...
by Valdeselad
Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:45 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Brooks Brothers Pants - To buy now or wait
Replies: 10
Views: 1176

Re: Aggressive Mortgage Paydown

I think in these situations which are a close call it's totally okay to do what makes you feel better. It's in those situations where your emotions are leading you to make really bad financial decisions that you should take all of the emotion out of it. I devote all extra money to taxable investing...
by Valdeselad
Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:21 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aggressive Mortgage Paydown
Replies: 47
Views: 6190

Re: PenFed Rewards Point Change?

Wow, really glad I just did a redemption 2 days ago at the old rates.
by Valdeselad
Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:42 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PenFed Rewards Point Change?
Replies: 63
Views: 5990

Re: Does VTI already include REIT

Yes, it does. If you click "Compare" on the Vanguard page for any fund, then scroll down towards the bottom, you'll see "Equity sector diversification." It lists "Real Estate" as 3.59%. The REIT fund (VNQ) has 98.67%. Small-cap value (VBR) has 17.41%, Total Internation...
by Valdeselad
Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does VTI already include REIT
Replies: 17
Views: 1993

Re: RBD (Really Bad Day) today ?

You've got to be kidding.
by Valdeselad
Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: RBD (Really Bad Day) today ?
Replies: 69
Views: 7466

Re: How have stocks fared when CAPE > 24?

If you're referring to an end of year basis, and you're using reported earnings instead of operating earnings (which you should), PE10 is highly skewed because of 2008 (PE of 60). Even if the market continues to increase in price, PE10 will actually decrease (to about 18) once we hit 2018 and roll o...
by Valdeselad
Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:31 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How have stocks fared when CAPE > 24?
Replies: 98
Views: 6813

Re: Stumped by a Stump

I've removed several 1-2' diameter stumps, attempting every technique possible. >Burning. Forget it. Takes forever. >Stump-rotting chemicals: Never worked for me. >Ax, shovel, and winch or high-lift jack. Works, but a LOT of work. Take care what you attach your come-along to; you could easily pull ...
by Valdeselad
Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:48 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stumped by a Stump
Replies: 49
Views: 3528

Re: Stumped by a Stump

guitarguy wrote:How big is the stump?


Not exactly certain, but I'm going to say about a foot in diameter, give or take a bit.
by Valdeselad
Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:39 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stumped by a Stump
Replies: 49
Views: 3528

Re: Stumped by a Stump

Unless you're grinding/pulling it out, stump removal can be a slow process. After cutting the tree, drill holes into the stump and then wait a few months for it to dry out a bit. Next, pour stump remover into those holes and wait 3-6 months. Finally, soak the stump in kerosene and burn it out. Even...
by Valdeselad
Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stumped by a Stump
Replies: 49
Views: 3528

Re: A Boglehead in the NFL????

Would be interesting if any famous athletes or celebrities actually do post or lurk on Bogleheads, flying under the radar. These are groups that are heavily stereotyped but, like everything else, I'm sure there are exceptions.
by Valdeselad
Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:33 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A Boglehead in the NFL????
Replies: 13
Views: 1830

Re: Stumped by a Stump

If you're reasonably comfortable with power equipment, small stump grinders can be rented. I'm assuming the stump is relatively small as it was an overgrown weed and you handled the cutting down on your without a professional. Brian You're correct, the stump is not that big since it started as a we...
by Valdeselad
Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stumped by a Stump
Replies: 49
Views: 3528

Stumped by a Stump

I need some advice removing a pesky stump that remains from cutting a tree down. I should clarify a bit. I live in Texas and this was really just a weed that turned into a (rather large) tree. Some friends of mine helped to cut the tree down and haul it away, but the stump remains. At the suggestion...
by Valdeselad
Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stumped by a Stump
Replies: 49
Views: 3528

Re: PenFed Platinum Rewards Visa CC changes

This is really a mess. I just called to try and verify if they were changing me from 5/3/1 to 3/2/1 rewards. The customer service person looked up my account, said that I was changing, that I had been sent notification and that there was no way to opt out. When I asked her to verify when I had been...
by Valdeselad
Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:55 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PenFed Platinum Rewards Visa CC changes
Replies: 118
Views: 20660

Re: PenFed Platinum Rewards Visa CC changes

I'm confused...I just got the new Signature card in the mail the other day. I just checked PenFed's website and it appears that the 5 points towards gas is a promo that's only being run until 10/31/13, and then it reverts to 3 points. Am I reading this right? Yes. I thought that might have been tru...
by Valdeselad
Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PenFed Platinum Rewards Visa CC changes
Replies: 118
Views: 20660

Re: Cutting the cord on Cable

We got rid of Dish Network about 6 months ago and now just use Netflix and ESPN's app on Apple TV for College Football. We have a Roku, Apple TV and Xbox to stream with and haven't had a problem. We tried Hulu but after 6 months of not having any commercials the commercials drove us insane. We are ...
by Valdeselad
Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the cord on Cable
Replies: 95
Views: 9931

Re: Weber Grill and Consumer Reports

I would recommend shelling out a little extra dough and move up to ceramic grills. I have a Primo XL. Big Green Egg, and Kamodo Joe are also popular brands. Ceramics give that classic BBQ flavor and keep food far more moist, I light the natural lump charcoal with a torch in just a few minutes. I wa...
by Valdeselad
Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weber Grill and Consumer Reports
Replies: 44
Views: 5928

Re: PenFed Platinum Rewards Visa CC changes

Sorry for resurrecting an older thread. Just got my new Pentagon VISA Signature Card. I, too, have just received the new card. Unlike the old one, it's flat, i.e., the numbers and my name are not raised above its surface. Are there other "flat" credit cards? This may create issues with me...
by Valdeselad
Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PenFed Platinum Rewards Visa CC changes
Replies: 118
Views: 20660

Re: Trying to Better Understand Safe Withdrawal Rates

I think you should also consider failure on the upside: You will live more frugally than you need to, and die with plenty of resources left. Even at 4%, this is a much more likely scenario than running out of money. Keith Keith - Thanks for the comment...this was part of what I was getting at in th...
by Valdeselad
Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Trying to Better Understand Safe Withdrawal Rates
Replies: 33
Views: 3039

Re: Trying to Better Understand Safe Withdrawal Rates

This study, overlaid with other studies on portfolio success with varying SWR's and AA's makes me feel that a fixed 4% SWR with at least a 50/50 AA has a pretty good chance for success. But that's for 30 years, right? What would the SWR and AA be if you wanted to be confident for 40 years? 50 years...
by Valdeselad
Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:10 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Trying to Better Understand Safe Withdrawal Rates
Replies: 33
Views: 3039

Trying to Better Understand Safe Withdrawal Rates

All, I'm trying to get a better understanding on the details and assumptions of longer-term safe withdrawal rates. When a comment is made referring to 2, 3 or 4% SWR, is this supposed to be valid for an infinite amount of time or only for a set # of years (wiki has 15-30 years)? Does this base SWR a...
by Valdeselad
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:06 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Trying to Better Understand Safe Withdrawal Rates
Replies: 33
Views: 3039

Re: Never time the market, i know...

International and emerging markets are not at their highs - you can start there if that would help with your concerns.
by Valdeselad
Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:31 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Never time the market, i know...
Replies: 48
Views: 5356

Re: Buying Wall-to-Wall Carpet: What Do I Need to Know?

Recommend BCF - band continuous fiber and nylon carpet preferably with good stain guarantee. Also look for fiber density and/ or weight of the carpet to compare two types. Finally the type of fiber weave used loop versus cut pile also makes a difference. Google search will also help you understand ...
by Valdeselad
Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Wall-to-Wall Carpet: What Do I Need to Know?
Replies: 28
Views: 2859

Re: WiFi Router Recommendations?

They are on the pricey end but the most robust router I've ever owned, bar far, is the Apple AirPort Extreme: http://www.apple.com/airport-extreme/. Very reliable and extremely easy to use. The only change I recommend from the default settings is assigning a different SSID for the 5ghz band. I foun...
by Valdeselad
Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:00 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi Router Recommendations?
Replies: 44
Views: 3646
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