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Re: Home Depot Warranty not honored

We have a problem with our refrigerator we bought from Lowes and they replace it if it can't be fixed after three repair attempts.

I suggest going into the store where you bought it and get them to assist you. Involve the GM if needed.
by XtremeSki2001
Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:47 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Depot Warranty not honored
Replies: 26
Views: 2989

Re: Cleaning Up Leaves

I bought a lawn mower with a bagger. I just bag them up and dump them in the back (we have an area we use as a compost). If I was challenged for space, I might be inclined to burn them or just mulch them with my mower (sans bag).
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning Up Leaves
Replies: 40
Views: 2991

Re: Wife Expecting, Down to One Income Source

Staying the course is great as long as you have a course - reading your response I wonder is it: (1) stay at home for 7 years ? (2) back to work for 5 days/week starting in January (3) back to work for 7 days/week starting in January or (4) back to work for 2 days/week starting in January Thought t...
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:40 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wife Expecting, Down to One Income Source
Replies: 116
Views: 8030

Re: Wife Expecting, Down to One Income Source

Reduced my monthly investment savings substantially today. My wife and I are expecting which is terrific news, but kind of bumbed at the economic implications. Any stories out there of moving to one income source and making it work! Went from maxing two IRAs and nearly maxing my 401k (she doesn't h...
by XtremeSki2001
Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wife Expecting, Down to One Income Source
Replies: 116
Views: 8030

Re: Real life windfall experiences?

Received a six figure windfall recently. Most important was using the money in a way the person who left it to me would approve. We used it for a few things: - Larger down payment on a home, thus enabling my wife to stay home to raise our children. - Paid off student loans where the interest rate wa...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Real life windfall experiences?
Replies: 23
Views: 4280

Re: Those under 35 with a child 5 or under: Costs of child?

I am trying to wrap my head around exactly how much raising a child costs these days. I'd appreciate info on how much you spend roughly every month on your children. I'm interested in direct costs (diapers, clothes, etc) and also indirect costs (the choice to buy a larger car or move to a larger re...
by XtremeSki2001
Thu Oct 02, 2014 3:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Those under 35 with a child 5 or under: Costs of child?
Replies: 58
Views: 4410

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 3372
Views: 1192657

Re: How would you handle this situation ?

I think this happens often, but not to this extent. My group of friends will sometimes have outings, which may require going to a concert or to a casino for the night, etc. We usually don't go if the cost is too high and it's not something we're passionate about. However, sometimes the value of spen...
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How would you handle this situation ?
Replies: 33
Views: 2647

Re: Cruise Around the World

Never been on a cruise, but have travelled for extensive periods of time during my career/personal time. Often times to one location for 5+ weeks. I suggest doing a longer cruise, maybe 27 days like the previous poster, and see how you feel especially if you haven't travelled extensively in the past...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cruise Around the World
Replies: 14
Views: 1447

Re: The daddy of all grill islands

TRC wrote:No island, but I have a webber genesis that is bulletproof and love it.


Love my Genesis. It's a beast. I get comments every time we have friends over.
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The daddy of all grill islands
Replies: 35
Views: 2811

Re: Visit to SFO Area - Dining

Rogue Brewery/Pub is a few blocks from the Wharf. It's a company based in Oregon but has good food, good beer, cool place. Probably can keep it under $100 for the two of you unless you get carried away with the beer. Otherwise, Yelp is your friend.
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Visit to SFO Area - Dining
Replies: 14
Views: 1073

Re: Issues with home inspector?

Inspector actually returned my call within a few hours (probably because of the e-mail I sent my realtor). I was very friendly and cordial and we walked through my concerns. He stuck to his guns and said a lot can happen in a year and when he inspected it he didn't noticed any problems that I mentio...
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues with home inspector?
Replies: 24
Views: 1136

Re: Issues with home inspector?

The most expensive problems tend to be lurking in walls and under shingles, etc. How does a buyer discover these issues? I guess I don't know enough about the specialized inspection process and assumed they could uncover these lurking things better than a general home inspector. How would the issue...
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:46 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues with home inspector?
Replies: 24
Views: 1136

Re: Issues with home inspector?

Did you receive any type of homeowner's warranty from the seller when you purchased? Not saying they are very helpful. We have had them in several houses and both times they were totally worthless. And to even start the process you have to pay to have someone look at the problem, so ask LOTS of que...
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues with home inspector?
Replies: 24
Views: 1136

Re: Salary Info double standard?

This application process, in my opinion, is evidence the employer may not pay competitively I don't agree - it is evidence that the company is fiscally responsible and doesn't want to waste your time or theirs unnecessarily. I've used this question myself in hiring. If the most I can pay is X for c...
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Salary Info double standard?
Replies: 53
Views: 4252

Re: Issues with home inspector?

Many states require a Seller's Disclosure form, which describes the homes condition and/or lists any known defects. It appears you are in Pennsylvania, and a quickie Google indicates such Seller Disclosures are the law there. http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/pennsylvania-home-sellers-disclosu...
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues with home inspector?
Replies: 24
Views: 1136

Re: Issues with home inspector?

What sort of paperwork did you sign when you contracted with the home inspector? Read it carefully because their liability is often limited to the price you paid for the home inspection. You might get your $500 back. Yes - says it's limited to $500. If I could get that back it would be a start. How...
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues with home inspector?
Replies: 24
Views: 1136

Issues with home inspector?

All, Wanted to get your input as I suspect many of you have had experience in this area. I bought a house in May of 2013 and paid ~$500 for a home inspector prior to closing. The inspector was recommended by our realtor (who we had a great experience with) and we independently validated them by look...
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Issues with home inspector?
Replies: 24
Views: 1136

Re: Salary Info double standard?

Based on the requirements, my background is a dead on match. But I do expect to be paid and I certainly wouldn't take a paycut. I have to wonder, if a company is so focused on saving, say, 15K on a person's salary that they'd screen them out even though the person could come in and hit the ground r...
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:38 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Salary Info double standard?
Replies: 53
Views: 4252

Re: How much does your home *really* cost?

As one who is paying for re-roofing and re-guttering, a deck renovation, and various and sundry dry-rot repairs, prior to re-painting, I would respond: "a lot". I'm there with ya ... bought in May 2013 (house in 20 years old) ... replacing roof, partial stucco, furnace, water heater, air ...
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much does your home *really* cost?
Replies: 23
Views: 4306

Re: Thailand/Cambodia Travel Recommendations

8 days is too short. I went for two weeks and only did Bangkok and a handful of islands (Phuket, ko samui, etc.)
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thailand/Cambodia Travel Recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1404

Re: Moving to Eastern PA - need advice

1 hour to the airport! For a morning flight. Best wishes my friend. You are not moving to eastern PA. You are moving to suburban Philly aren't you? From your post and google search based comments I would bet that you have never been there? "Morning" is subjective. I live near Doylestown a...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Eastern PA - need advice
Replies: 29
Views: 1949

Re: Repairing (Replacing?) Stucco

Isn't Dryvit also a synthetic stucco? Have any of your neighbor's fixed their stucco? If so, maybe they can provide a referral for another opinion. It's not a bad idea to talk to several contractors. I believe it is also a synthetic stucco, but applied differently and has a different look. The cont...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repairing (Replacing?) Stucco
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Re: Zegna Suits

I knew this would be an exciting thread. I see nothing wrong with spending a lot on a suit if you can afford it and it's important to the individual. With that being said, I would personally never buy a suit over $1k unless it was made-to-measure. I suggest checking out askandyaboutclothes or stylef...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zegna Suits
Replies: 197
Views: 9856

Re: Moving to Eastern PA - need advice

Depends what your wants and needs are. If you want to live close to a lovely, bustling, everybody out and walking little town that is quaint (and pricey) I recommend a hard look at Doylestown, the Bucks County seat. It's very Normal Rockwell, tons of people out and about enjoying the boutique shops...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Eastern PA - need advice
Replies: 29
Views: 1949

Repairing (Replacing?) Stucco

Hi, This forum is good for everything so definitely looking forward to some input here as I know there are builders/contractors here. Background : Early 30's. Southeast PA. Just bought a house in 2013 (already put on a new roof :oops: ), built in 1992 (we're the third owner), two-story w/ day light ...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Repairing (Replacing?) Stucco
Replies: 3
Views: 490

Re: The (un)freshness of Starbucks bakery products

Starbucks is a marketing company that sells coffee. There are plenty of alternatives that can be had for much less and much more fresh.
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Aug 18, 2014 3:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The (un)freshness of Starbucks bakery products
Replies: 49
Views: 4708

Re: Attitudes toward inheritances.

A member of my family passed a year or two ago and left a sizable inheritance to his children and grandchildren (me). My father was the executor. It was very interesting how pushy my cousins were in getting "their part". Several of them spent and went into debt once they learned of the inh...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attitudes toward inheritances.
Replies: 113
Views: 11204

Re: Best Coffee Maker? What do you have?

Folks, For people using Aeropress, are you brewing the coffee using the normal Aeropress process or the inverted Aeropress process?? KlangFool IMO there's enough room for variation in the manufacturer method to find a sweet spot in your technique without having to bother with all the other exotic m...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Coffee Maker? What do you have?
Replies: 75
Views: 6318

Re: Bathroom remodel, cost per square foot

Sounds high to me. We have a ~200sqft bathroom and we're looking at ~$20k for an average remodel on a ~$400k house. When I see numbers around $50k or higher I start thinking of kitchen remodels, not bathrooms. Of course this depends on the features - sounds like this bathroom would be pretty high-sc...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bathroom remodel, cost per square foot
Replies: 22
Views: 2431

Re: Best Coffee Maker? What do you have?

prn27 wrote:For a single cup, this is a great option: Aeropress
I have been using it every morning for the past 3 years and absolutely love it.


Just bought an aeropress to make "espresso". Otherwise have a Bonavita for daily coffee.
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Coffee Maker? What do you have?
Replies: 75
Views: 6318

Re: Have you used Ramit Sethi's Courses?

Ramit is one of the good guys. I followed his blog and read his book, what I feel like was 10 or so years ago. I used to e-mail him and he'd respond promptly. His blog has definitely changed over the years into selling his products, but his approach is pretty logical. Most of the methods he teaches ...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Have you used Ramit Sethi's Courses?
Replies: 28
Views: 4947

Re: "best" online booking service for hotel room?

dickenjb wrote:The Springhill Suites by Marriott is very nice and right by the PA turnpike / 376.


+1 Marriott has a few good hotels in and around Monroeville. Tripadvisor for hotel reviews.
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "best" online booking service for hotel room?
Replies: 27
Views: 2441

Re: Extremely Heavy Duty Office Chair

Many of us desk jockeys spend the majority of our awake hours sitting in a chair - I think it's totally reasonable to spend a lot for a chair.
by XtremeSki2001
Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extremely Heavy Duty Office Chair
Replies: 15
Views: 1835

Re: Boglehead Beer

That's fine, but it tastes nothing like a wheat beer and 100% like an IPA. Love the Sumpin Sumpin, along with Lagunitas Pils, Censored, Hairy Eyeball and Brown Shugga'. Their brewpub in Petaluma is a lot of fun. At a limited cellar event last year a cask of Hairy Eyeball was available which was rid...
by XtremeSki2001
Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 386
Views: 48760

Re: Boglehead Beer

I also got lucky last week and found some Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. Unfortunately, it's $10/bottle so I only bought two and will save them for when my son is born. I was in one of my local brewpubs and heard a couple of people discussing beer and in discussion of some other beer referenced "...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:52 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 386
Views: 48760

Re: Neighbor's Fireworks

Thanks all for the input. Seems like my gut was right and I should just let it pass. Next year I'll speak to him a few days before the 4th to talk about the fireworks. I think he'll be more receptive at that point in time.
by XtremeSki2001
Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor's Fireworks
Replies: 50
Views: 4633

Neighbor's Fireworks

We've lived in our neighborhood for about a year and this was our second 4th of July here (first one actually at home, however). OOur neighbor two doors down put on quite the firework display last night. There was a slight breeze so much of the firework debris ended up on my yard and on my roof. It'...
by XtremeSki2001
Sat Jul 05, 2014 7:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor's Fireworks
Replies: 50
Views: 4633

Re: Should I go back?

The only problem is my husband will not be happy if I leave this state job . He likes that I'm home more and less stress. He thinks my job will be more stable and the state will take care of me when I'm old. I think you have a pretty good situation at the state job. That being said, as someone who ...
by XtremeSki2001
Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:15 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I go back?
Replies: 32
Views: 3245

Re: I found a new coffee.

We have a Full Automatic espresso maker...basically it grinds the beans and dispenses the espresso. We buy a 5 pound bag of coffee from CoffeBeanDirect and then split it up into glass mason jars. I pour enough beans into the hopper for each serving. I will say that cold brewing in a French Press gi...
by XtremeSki2001
Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I found a new coffee.
Replies: 72
Views: 5840

Re: do you lie about your finances to friends

I avoid finance discussions such as that like the plague. +1 I keep my comments very vague and general when this stuff comes up. I'll say something general like "I know what you mean" and "it's tough to spend less then you make when all these things need to be paid for". I keep ...
by XtremeSki2001
Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: do you lie about your finances to friends
Replies: 103
Views: 9724

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 ...
by XtremeSki2001
Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:02 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bad paint job - Course of action help pls
Replies: 28
Views: 2789

Re: Boglehead Beer

Thought I'd post one of my favorites lately, although not very boglehead, Firestone Walker's Double Jack IPA. It comes in a 4-pack for ~$12, but it is delicious. Best part is it's brewed year-round and I don't usually have trouble finding it. I also got lucky last week and found some Dogfish Head 12...
by XtremeSki2001
Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 386
Views: 48760

Re: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?

I wouldn't marry anyone who wanted a pre-nup. Either all in or all out is my philosophy with anything I do. This. If I met a potential partner who wanted one I would know immediately they're not right for me - they're not committed as I am to the relationship. Why get married at all then? If you ar...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed May 28, 2014 12:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?
Replies: 199
Views: 13038

Re: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?

If I met a potential partner who wanted one I would know immediately they're not right for me - they're not committed as I am to the relationship. Also, the two of you might want to qualify your remarks a bit... Would a potential partner with kids who wanted a prenup to protect his/her kids be out ...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed May 28, 2014 11:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?
Replies: 199
Views: 13038

Re: How to buy a house?

How do you know how much mortgage you can afford and how big/small your house should be? My wife and I have started talking about buying a house this year but we have absolutely no idea how to go about it. Does the mortgage (or is total house cost?) shouldn't exceed twice your annual income still h...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed May 28, 2014 11:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to buy a house?
Replies: 30
Views: 2829

Re: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?

tainted-meat wrote:I wouldn't marry anyone who wanted a pre-nup.

Either all in or all out is my philosophy with anything I do.


This. If I met a potential partner who wanted one I would know immediately they're not right for me - they're not committed as I am to the relationship.
by XtremeSki2001
Wed May 28, 2014 10:56 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pre-nup at only $1M networth, do I need it?
Replies: 199
Views: 13038

Re: High Earners - What's Your Profession?

CPA - 200K. I only saw one other one so far... so as a group maybe we're shy or aren't Bogleheads. I'll bet on shy. Def shy. CPA here also. Earn above $100K but would like to earn $200K. Any advice and/or tips? Thanks so much!!! Do you work in private or public accounting? Just curious at what poin...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue May 27, 2014 9:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Earners - What's Your Profession?
Replies: 357
Views: 28764

Re: Your Company Ever Been "Spun-Off"? Any Stories/Suggestio

I think jr6857 had some good points. Every situation is different. I think it's true some people will inevitably lose their job. However, depending on the nature of the spin there is generally a lot of opportunity to have better more prominent roles in the new organization. The company will continue...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue May 27, 2014 9:05 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Your Company Ever Been "Spun-Off"? Any Stories/Suggestions?
Replies: 23
Views: 1923

Re: How do you dress for work travel?

It depends. If I have a same day meeting I'll dress the way I normally dress for work. Sometimes I'll change for the flight home if I have time. If I fly in the night before I'll travel in casual clothes.
by XtremeSki2001
Tue May 27, 2014 8:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you dress for work travel?
Replies: 21
Views: 1915
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