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by XtremeSki2001
Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oversized HVAC?
Replies: 37
Views: 3632

Re: Oversized HVAC?

Cool the water? :confused You mean cool the Puron or other compatible gas? This is the first I'm hearing of an A/C condenser cooling water. Usually the A/C if it has a de-humidifier built in will remove the water from the atmosphere and pump it to a drain or depending on location directly into a gu...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oversized HVAC?
Replies: 37
Views: 3632

Re: Oversized HVAC?

Knowledge is power. I suspect you’re right on sizing, but as a retired engineer I wonder – 1) When the system runs for 7 minutes or whatever duration how long is the compressor (outside unit) actually running? And on a hot day what percent of time is the compressor running and at what level(s)? 2) ...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Aug 26, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oversized HVAC?
Replies: 37
Views: 3632

Re: Oversized HVAC?

Out of curiosity I did a time test last evening. It was a moderate day yesterday - mid 80s. I got the following results ~ 7-8PM System ran for 6-7 minutes Off for 9-10 Ran for 6-7 Off for 9-10 According to Energy Star, from the article I quoted above: "It is common for contractors to install o...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $100 k for a MBA, worth it ?
Replies: 35
Views: 6356

Re: $100 k for a MBA, worth it ?

An MBA can be helpful for some people, but it depends on your situation and what your long term goals are. I was director of a large IT department supporting a large organization. I had a number of people go back to school to get MBAs and the only ones who it arguably helped were those who used it ...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oversized HVAC?
Replies: 37
Views: 3632

Re: Oversized HVAC?

R-19 in the attic seems light? Is that what is recommended for your geographic region? It is light ... we should have ~R49. That's a separate project. :D I was advised against a 2 stage system for a 2 story house because of short cycling. If the thermostat is on the bottom floor (and especially nea...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 25, 2015 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oversized HVAC?
Replies: 37
Views: 3632

Re: Oversized HVAC?

If low stage is 2.7 tons and it sounds like it only runs about 1/2 the time on design temperature days which means maybe you only need 1.5 tons of cooling. You must have a very well insulated house. Are they sure it is running on low stage? But it is possible that is all you may need because I'm ab...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oversized HVAC?
Replies: 37
Views: 3632

Re: Oversized HVAC?

What is the indoor humidity? Is the humidity inside the same now as with the old system? How many times per hour did the old system go on and off? 6-8 minute run times, four times an hour seems okay to me. What qualifies you to judge this as short cycle? If the house is cooling and moisture is bein...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 25, 2015 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ant Control
Replies: 63
Views: 3966

Re: Ant Control

If you're only trying to control ants make a paste of 50% sugar and 50% borax with a little water. Spread it on the trails. The sugar will attract the ants and the borax will do the rest. When I've put it down in the evening the ants are gone by morning. A box of borax costs maybe $5 or $6 and will...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 25, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oversized HVAC?
Replies: 37
Views: 3632

Re: Oversized HVAC?

I got a 3 ton (Rheem) replaced last year in Florida in the middle of summer for $4400. If I spent 12 grand, I'd expect it to run like a Rolex (not that my system has had any issues). You might make sure your thermostat is in a good spot. My old one was practically in the kitchen so they moved it wh...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oversized HVAC?
Replies: 37
Views: 3632

Re: Oversized HVAC?

Thanks all for the feedback. A few responses ... Most of the time our system runs at low stage with blower fairly low volume. Ours runs on low stage even on days when the temperature is at or above the design temp. Even then it only runs 6-8/off for 7-8 minutes and does this four (4) times an hour. ...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oversized HVAC?
Replies: 37
Views: 3632

Re: Oversized HVAC?

Watty wrote:How does that compare to the size of your old system?


Old system was a 3.5 ton one-stage. New one is 4-ton (2-stage).
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oversized HVAC?
Replies: 37
Views: 3632

Re: Oversized HVAC?

Thanks, Cheese. Fortunately, the furnace is a modulating one so even if it was oversized it shouldn't be a significant issue. If it is two stage it really makes no sense that it short cycles. Sounds like a misconfiguration. Stage One runs @ 2.7 tons so I'm inclined to agree. Even on design temp days...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oversized HVAC?
Replies: 37
Views: 3632

Re: Oversized HVAC?

edit: Where do you live? Is it an exceptionally hot area? My home in southern MI is about 100 sq. ft. smaller than yours with a basement and 4 ton Carrier, and my A/C works fine. Thanks. Live just outside Philly. I'd give the installers and Carrier time to check things out. We installed a new 4-ton...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oversized HVAC?
Replies: 37
Views: 3632

Oversized HVAC?

Hi All, Always appreciate the opinions of our knowledgeable user base. Would love some input / thoughts on this situation. Had a installer out in December 2014 to install a new Carrier HVAC system (furnace and AC). Some small install issues that were quickly remediated. During the summer months I no...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Hawaii
Replies: 28
Views: 2640

Re: Boglehead Hawaii

Never been to the Big Island, but we saved a lot by (1) making most of our own meals, (2) snorkeling from the beach w/ our own gear, and (3) lots of hiking on national/public park land. Maui even has its own Costco.
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who are you able to share good financial news with?
Replies: 103
Views: 8647

Re: Who are you able to share good financial news with?

My spouse. I have a friend who works in the same industry, we don't share numbers, but we have an idea of what certain levels mean. Most my friends, think we're rich and cheap :P
by XtremeSki2001
Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a House Drama
Replies: 23
Views: 2828

Re: Buying a House Drama

Tell her, "thank you for showing us the house. We think you should take the higher offer. Best of luck to you." Then move on, and don't look back. It does sound like you're being played. This. We walked away and the seller contacted us a month later asking if we were still interested and ...
by XtremeSki2001
Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: standby generators
Replies: 9
Views: 1304

Re: standby generators

Just curious what many paid for the install? For my home, we'd need to go with a 16k, which from Generac is ~$3.5k
by XtremeSki2001
Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Purchasing first home - withdraw from 403(b) advised?
Replies: 8
Views: 599

Re: Purchasing first home - withdraw from 403(b) advised?

IMHO, if he hasn't saved enough for a 20% down-payment on a home as well as an emergency fund, he's not ready to buy a house.
by XtremeSki2001
Sat Jul 11, 2015 5:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: who do you have your term life insurance with?
Replies: 32
Views: 2212

Re: who do you have your term life insurance with?

Principal - $1M in coverage for me, $500k for my wife
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Average raises for promotions
Replies: 32
Views: 3793

Re: Average raises for promotions

I just read the thread where someone working for a boutique consultancy is interviewing with Big 4 firms but has been told at his current firm that he is likely to be promoted this fall with a 20-25% raise. I've spent my entire career at mega corps and my experience with increases from promotions i...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: $100 k for a MBA, worth it ?
Replies: 35
Views: 6356

Re: $100 k for a MBA, worth it ?

You should ask mentors within your company and broader industry. If they can give you specific answers with examples pro or con, listen to their answer. Also, I would think the choice of school should be somewhat dependent on your specific goals. Your view of the degree probably should be more spec...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Upgrading from Underwater Home (Rcvd Windfall)
Replies: 19
Views: 1676

Re: Upgrading from Underwater Home (Rcvd Windfall)

FWIW, when I married my wife we sold her condo at a lost of $20k. We could have rented it for a few years and sold it at a loss and save a few $$. However, she was pregnant and we knew we were going to grow a family and didn't want the potential headache of playing landlord. We had the money and ate...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Auto Loans getting out of control?
Replies: 16
Views: 3295

Re: Auto Loans getting out of control?

Saw this on the WSJ today: http://blogs.wsj.com/totalreturn/2015/06/30/loose-car-lending-practices-trouble-a-regulator/ If you're not a subscriber, Google "Loose Car Lending Practices Trouble a Regulator" and follow the link to get around the paywall. I didn't know this was a thing, but a...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Jul 06, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 533
Views: 86004

Re: Boglehead Beer

I know there are many from SE PA on here so if you like hops make sure you get a 4-pack of Shape of Hops to Come, made by Neshaminy Creek Brewing in Bucks County. It won't last long.

http://neshaminycreekbrewing.com/2015/06/30/shape-of-hops-to-come-release-july-1st/
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Money arguments with spouse and how did you resolve
Replies: 72
Views: 8948

Re: Money arguments with spouse and how did you resolve

My DW and I used to argue about money quite a bit. Leveraging Bogleheads, we made a budget together by identifying long-term goals we both agreed with. After accounting for the money we needed to meet our goals there was "what's left". Half went to general savings for house projects, ad-ho...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 533
Views: 86004

Re: Boglehead Beer

roymeo wrote:I'm a part owner of the Three Floyd's Brewpub in Munster, IN, attached to the brewery.
And donated to Ferment.Drink.Repeat a Nano Brewery, Homebrew Supply, and Brewery Incubator in SF during their CrowdBrewed fundraising campaign.


As part owner, please do your part in getting 3F's to PA :sharebeer
by XtremeSki2001
Tue May 26, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I found a new coffee.
Replies: 86
Views: 9922

Re: I found a new coffee.

My beans stay fresh for a month+ using simple mason jars in the freezer. Costs me ~$10 for a dozen or so 16oz jars.
by XtremeSki2001
Tue May 26, 2015 6:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I found a new coffee.
Replies: 86
Views: 9922

Re: I found a new coffee.

It's not very boglehead, but my wife and I really love Red Bird Coffee (http://redbirdcoffee.com/). We usually order it 5lbs at a time and freeze it until needed. Our favorite is their Ethiopia Sidama - Shakisso.
by XtremeSki2001
Thu May 21, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor hired a surveyor. Should I be nervous?
Replies: 81
Views: 11707

Re: Neighbor hired a surveyor. Should I be nervous?

Time to introduce yourself to the neighbor. My neighbor introduced himself ... asked me about the property line. Technically he wanted to make changes to arborvitae that separated our properties. They were on my property, but I told him to have a blast ... two years later he has paid someone to repl...
by XtremeSki2001
Thu May 21, 2015 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Put money down on new car, dealer wants color change
Replies: 52
Views: 4474

Re: Put money down on new car, dealer wants color change

I've never heard of a dealer having to conduct a search .... we bought our new car and they didn't have the color and they called a dealer out of state and had it delivered in a few days. The whole calling the other dealer took maybe 5 minutes.
by XtremeSki2001
Tue May 19, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Huge Problem With First Home
Replies: 28
Views: 5328

Re: Huge Problem With First Home

This one rings true for me. I'm so frustrated that I blindly trusted the home inspector it makes me feel sick. Optimistically speaking, $20k is not as bad as it could have been. Be sure to get two more quotes. I had a lot of other issues wrong with my house (now in it 2 years). I think we're at $45...
by XtremeSki2001
Sun May 17, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Huge Problem With First Home
Replies: 28
Views: 5328

Re: Huge Problem With First Home

I'm sorry to hear of your issues! What I've learned (the hardway) is that home inspectors are a dime a dozen and, generally, can't really be trusted to do a thorough review. In fact, they're often in bed with buyers or sellers (sometimes both) realtors to ensure a smooth transaction (e.g., no major ...
by XtremeSki2001
Sun May 17, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Hate Vacations
Replies: 113
Views: 10808

Re: I Hate Vacations

Random Poster wrote:I hate vacations.

Honestly, they seem like such a production.


Take a two week vacation, say to Hawaii. Lay on the beach for two weeks. It will be relaxing. After the vacation, come back here and tell us what you think.
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 533
Views: 86004

Re: Boglehead Beer

Wondering if anyone here home brews? Specifically electric home brew?
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honeymoon Ideas
Replies: 31
Views: 2828

Re: Honeymoon Ideas

Specifying your location may help people with the "bang for the buck" question. (e.g. flights from the East Coast might be cheaper to the Carri bean while flights on the West Coast are cheaper to Hawaii). Specifying your approximate budget will also help (for some spending $2K on flights ...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honeymoon Ideas
Replies: 31
Views: 2828

Re: Honeymoon Ideas

My wife and I originally wanted to do something great ... travel around Europe for several weeks, etc. However, we decided on spending it somewhere we could rest and play. We chose Hawaii, specifically Maui (the other islands, which we visited, have their merits, too). We've went back every year sin...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hate where we live, do we make major changes?
Replies: 132
Views: 13913

Re: Hate where we live, do we make major changes?

Put me in the camp advocating you move. If it was me, I'd be certain I'm actually seeking a different place to live versus change. I'd probably list out why I want to move and where ... what will those places provide that my current home cannot. I'd also take some time off and experience an area for...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help! Are we making a huge [career] mistake?
Replies: 46
Views: 7396

Re: Help! Are we making a huge [career] mistake?

Doesn't sound like you have a lot to worry about so perhaps try choosing an opportunity independent of the financial benefits? Edit: You've made your decision, but thought I'd recommend this book that's helped me in my career and other areas of life. "Blink is a book about how we think without ...
by XtremeSki2001
Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 533
Views: 86004

Re: Boglehead Beer

I tried Stone's Enjoy By IPA because the wine bar said it would only be around for 35 days. It was great, and deserves these grades: http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/147/84596/ It is delicious! It comes out every ~3 months or so and the Enjoy By date is typically 3-months after the bottling...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sellers Won't Fix Leaking Roof; Fear of Additional Damage
Replies: 58
Views: 6702

Re: Sellers Won't Fix Leaking Roof; Fear of Additional Damag

Edit : My response was seemingly a day late and a dollar short.
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: job advice: move to Florida Keys??
Replies: 21
Views: 3679

Re: job advice: move to Florida Keys??

I'd caution that one Mega-Corp experience does not equal all Mega-Corp experiences. When I was your age I worked for a large consulting company with many people my age, traveled all over the world, experienced different cultures, met leaders of some of the largest corporations in the world, worked w...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What was your financial situation before having first child?
Replies: 34
Views: 3174

Re: What was your financial situation before having first ch

We were pretty much like you and only a few years ahead in the growing family department. We've dipped into the emergency fund a few times to repair our home, but found ways to replenish it (through tax returns, bonuses, etc.). We didn't notice a sizable financial impact for each of our boys - we do...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 533
Views: 86004

Re: Boglehead Beer

Had Dogfish Head's Raison D'Extra last night - a very intense Belgian Strong Dark Ale (ABV is 18%), but delicious beer. http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/64/3089/ I love this one. And the whole Dogfish Head lineup. If I don't want to be donezo after one beer, I'll stick with the 60 minute. :...
by XtremeSki2001
Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Beer
Replies: 533
Views: 86004

Re: Boglehead Beer

Had Dogfish Head's Raison D'Extra last night - a very intense Belgian Strong Dark Ale (ABV is 18%), but delicious beer.

http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/64/3089/
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Determining House Needs
Replies: 12
Views: 1646

Re: Determining House Needs

I've seen a substantial amount of too much/little house threads (and the associated debt from said house) on here and I thought I would try to get some understanding on how those of us who have been renting our entire adult lives should think about how much house to get. My understanding is that pe...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hawaii Visit (Maui). Need advice
Replies: 31
Views: 2882

Re: Hawaii Visit (Maui). Need advice

From tomorrow we are visiting Maui for 5-6 days. Our airline, hotel ( Napili point, kapalua, ) and car are booked. I am looking for advice for activities, eating places etc. Wife and I are going and we in our late 40's , early 50's and in good health. I will be attending a conference for 4-5 days f...
by XtremeSki2001
Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Interview question...salary
Replies: 30
Views: 4018

Re: Interview question...salary

Unreasonable? No. Working for company is a two way street. You need to be a nice fit for them, and they need to be a nice fit for you. I would not want to work for a company that is withholding information from the get go. I say one more email to HR before stepping back from the table. +1 to this. ...
by XtremeSki2001
Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 945
Views: 197494

Re: What experts say about $5,000 watches

Outside of my regular golf group and my family, I have discussed my Rolex with only two people, and both those people owned a similar Rolex. I doubt anyone knows what type of watch this is. In contrast, I have had many dozens of conversations about my other Christmas gift -- my Fitbit. Go figure. W...

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