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Re: Canadian RRSP

you have to be careful, that means TD CanadaTrust still consider you Canadian Resident and so does Canadian Government, if so, you need to clearly decalre non residency with Canadian Government or they will come after you for taxes, and if you are making transactions on Canadian RRSP you are consid...
by airahcaz
Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Canadian RRSP
Replies: 27
Views: 1861

Re: Basketball systems: In Ground or Portable?

HardKnocker wrote:Years ago I installed a permanent post and backboard.

If I did it again I'd go with the portable setup.


Ok. Excellent feedback. Tell me why please?! :)
by airahcaz
Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Basketball systems: In Ground or Portable?
Replies: 10
Views: 333

Re: Basketball systems: In Ground or Portable?

The upper end portable units are as good as permanent in my view, if you follow instructions and weight them heavily. We choose portable because we wanted occasional vehicle access through the post area. With sand? Heard using water gets a bit stinky and hard to clean out annually. I'm also struggl...
by airahcaz
Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Basketball systems: In Ground or Portable?
Replies: 10
Views: 333

Re: Basketball systems: In Ground or Portable?

In ground is much better imo. I put in a goalsetter last fall and it is great. You dig the and pour the concrete and put the support pier in the concrete. Let it set and a couple days later you attach the basket to the pier. If you move you can remove the goal and take it with you. Digging the hole...
by airahcaz
Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:24 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Basketball systems: In Ground or Portable?
Replies: 10
Views: 333

Basketball systems: In Ground or Portable?

Do you have an In Ground or Portable Basketball System (pole, rim, and backboard), and how did you decide on one vs. the other?
by airahcaz
Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:54 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Basketball systems: In Ground or Portable?
Replies: 10
Views: 333

Re: FIOS [versus cable]

Optimum Cablevision offered a two-year no contract promotion including TV (one dvr box), phone, and 50/25 mbs "ultra" internet for $113 including taxes and fees.

Competitive?
by airahcaz
Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FIOS [versus cable]
Replies: 28
Views: 2108

Re: Canadian RRSP

Me too, I have about 11k in Canadian RRSP, report it in Turbo Tax every year, and I hope it handles it well, ER is 1.25 average, UNHEARD OF, I was young and stupid then, didn't know anything, just picked some funds, I hope to keep it there till retirement... I pray that TurboTax does all forms well...
by airahcaz
Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:27 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Canadian RRSP
Replies: 27
Views: 1861

Re: Canadian RRSP

Me too, I have about 11k in Canadian RRSP, report it in Turbo Tax every year, and I hope it handles it well, ER is 1.25 average, UNHEARD OF, I was young and stupid then, didn't know anything, just picked some funds, I hope to keep it there till retirement... I pray that TurboTax does all forms well...
by airahcaz
Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:44 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Canadian RRSP
Replies: 27
Views: 1861

Re: FIOS

I did not notice the difference when I switched to FIOS. I did notice that my local sports channel and the history channel rarely came in with a good signal. I eventually dumped the TV package and went with a high quality antennae to get the local broadcast stations. I have discovered some new show...
by airahcaz
Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:15 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FIOS [versus cable]
Replies: 28
Views: 2108

FIOS [versus cable]

So for those of you who have or had FIOS, is it true you'll never go back to cable cause it is that much better and more reliable? Are you paying a lot more or is it decent/similar pricing to cable? Don't care much for TV programming, more so reliable and fast internet, but of course have "to g...
by airahcaz
Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: FIOS [versus cable]
Replies: 28
Views: 2108

Re: The daddy of all grill islands

I own a BBQ retail store. The comments regarding the Weber are 100% spot on. Their Summit line has a built-in grill and their grill center's are the best value for the money. We just built a new house and I have a Fire Magic grill. Retail is over $10,000. I can tell you that while the infrared burn...
by airahcaz
Thu Sep 11, 2014 10:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The daddy of all grill islands
Replies: 35
Views: 2770

Re: AAPL

Today's chart was a roller coaster!
by airahcaz
Tue Sep 09, 2014 7:14 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AAPL
Replies: 166
Views: 36477

Re: The daddy of all grill islands

Fire magic Webers are fine but not as nice. I have a Vermont which is also nice. I would also say get a green egg. Differential between a Fire Magic and Weber would buy a lot pork shoulder and sir loin to smoke. Weber works great. Yes the price difference is substantial but the op did ask for the d...
by airahcaz
Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The daddy of all grill islands
Replies: 35
Views: 2770

Re: The daddy of all grill islands

Google "Weber Summit Series" An absolute joy to grill on and bulletproof. They even have a few built ins. Now if you really want the "Grand Daddy" of all grill islands, then type "weber grill centers". You will pay dearly for those. K.I.S. Well, the Weber Summit S-660 ...
by airahcaz
Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The daddy of all grill islands
Replies: 35
Views: 2770

Re: The daddy of all grill islands

sdsailing wrote:No built ins. I find them unnecessary.


Why? So just get the Mack daddy standalone?
by airahcaz
Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The daddy of all grill islands
Replies: 35
Views: 2770

Re: The daddy of all grill islands

Peterjens wrote:
airahcaz wrote:Looking to see if we can afford the big daddy natural gas grill

Natural gas only?


I think so. We have the line ready and don't want propane, charcoal, or wood.
by airahcaz
Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:08 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The daddy of all grill islands
Replies: 35
Views: 2770

Re: Sump Pumps

I have a decent amount of experience with this, and I would advise not to take the cheap way out. First, you have to decide if there is any chance water can get into your basement. I live in an area that gets a decent amount of rain, so water is an issue. If you live in a dry climate, and you just ...
by airahcaz
Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sump Pumps
Replies: 11
Views: 838

The daddy of all grill islands

What outdoor BBQ/grill built-ins/islands, do you have, or wish you had?

Links welcome. Looking to see if we can afford the big daddy natural gas grill with island to enjoy for the next 20 years.

Let's have fun with this.

Thanks.
by airahcaz
Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The daddy of all grill islands
Replies: 35
Views: 2770

Re: Sump Pumps

Why do you think that sump pumps are necessary? I live on sand and the key here was to get the grades set so that rain drains away from the house. You'll want the drain tile with the sumps if you install a system Cause basement is at least 6 feet below surface level? By tiles you mean the French dr...
by airahcaz
Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sump Pumps
Replies: 11
Views: 838

Sump Pumps

Regarding sump pumps, the building department relayed the following: "This house is built on sand with excellent drainage. No foundation drainage system was required for this dwelling. I did suggest to the builder to install an optional sump pit in the floor slab for a future pump if required, ...
by airahcaz
Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sump Pumps
Replies: 11
Views: 838

Re: Which generator do you have?

Rather than a generator we'll just do solar, cost is comparable and grid tied helps offset the normal monthly utility costs. We have zero risk of tornado / hurricane so our loss of power would be either earthquake, social unrest or grid breakdown. Another thing to keep in mind is the last thing you...
by airahcaz
Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which generator do you have?
Replies: 127
Views: 7476

Re: Which generator do you have?

Generac 18/20kW, natural gas. Cost about 8K turnkey. About 4K was probably the unit, and about 4K for labor, elec, gas, transfer case, pad, permits, yada yada. I pay the installer about $150 once a year to come out and change the oil, filters, etc. It runs once a week test mode. I hadn't heard abou...
by airahcaz
Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which generator do you have?
Replies: 127
Views: 7476

Prime plus paint products

Existing sheetrock walls have been primed and painted a medium tone yellow (not bright), by previous owner. The wife wants them light gray. Options: 2 coats: prime plus paint mixed product, then one coat paint Or One coat prime, and two coats paint Obviously second choice is both more labor and more...
by airahcaz
Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Prime plus paint products
Replies: 4
Views: 427

Re: Which generator do you have?

6500 watt, gasoline powered, portable Honda. Purchase price was about $2300 + $500 for Electrician to install an outside plug-in transfer switch. Will run most things in my home for the interruptions that happen up here at my summer house in the upper peninsula of MI. The Honda was absolutely NOT t...
by airahcaz
Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which generator do you have?
Replies: 127
Views: 7476

Re: Which generator do you have?

I'm curious - how do you "plug-in" the furnace? Most furnaces are wired into your service panel. Assume you have a transfer switch? An $85 single circuit transfer switch is probably the simplest safe way to do it. In an emergency, the simplest way to do it without opening up the breaker p...
by airahcaz
Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:31 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which generator do you have?
Replies: 127
Views: 7476

Re: Which generator do you have?

I have had a lot of portable generators. First one was a 3000 watt Montgomery Wards/Onan which we used to run a skill saw where electric was not available building a cabin and to plug our sump pump into during power outages. Second one used much the same way and pump water into our cabins storage t...
by airahcaz
Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which generator do you have?
Replies: 127
Views: 7476

Re: AAPL

I can't find any real news, other than alleged hacks to their iCloud, that is driving the stock down today?
by airahcaz
Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:47 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AAPL
Replies: 166
Views: 36477

Re: Which generator do you have?

Perhaps I'm just lucky (or deaf), but my Kohler can barely be heard inside the house near where it is, and not at all in the bedrooms on the other side of the house. When I'm sitting reading the paper outside with the dogs as it begins its weekly test run, usually the three of us will not be driven...
by airahcaz
Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:14 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which generator do you have?
Replies: 127
Views: 7476

Re: Which generator do you have?

Home: hot water--NG standing pilot storage tank type; heating--NG furnace; cooling--swamp cooler; electric range. An NG range, backup heat, and generator connection are on my list of modifications after I upgrade my NG service. I have two portable units which connect through a manual 200A whole-hou...
by airahcaz
Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which generator do you have?
Replies: 127
Views: 7476

Re: Which generator do you have?

Well, we know it will be running during an outage (rare), but it also has a schedule to automatically run once a week? Believe there was a video on YouTube where the person had it scheduled to run a few minutes every Monday at 2:00 pm. They all have their "exercise schedule", run for abou...
by airahcaz
Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which generator do you have?
Replies: 127
Views: 7476

Re: Which generator do you have?

My new neighbor has installed what appears to be one of the standard Home Depot natural gas models, probably Generac. It is as loud as a lawn mower, and there is no practical way to reduce the noise level. His costs will include my hotel bill when he lets it run all night. Won't your hotel possibly...
by airahcaz
Tue Sep 02, 2014 9:26 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which generator do you have?
Replies: 127
Views: 7476

Re: Which generator do you have?

My new neighbor has installed what appears to be one of the standard Home Depot natural gas models, probably Generac. It is as loud as a lawn mower, and there is no practical way to reduce the noise level. His costs will include my hotel bill when he lets it run all night. Won't your hotel possibly...
by airahcaz
Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which generator do you have?
Replies: 127
Views: 7476

Re: Help me evaluate a standby generator quote

Posted on a similar thread, but relevant and hopefully helpful here: Install Generac model 6551 22KW standby generator with Automatic transfer switch. This includes the following 1. Permit Cost 2. Plumbing Run 1'/4" Gas piping from Gas Meter to unit 3. Install Concrete Pad for Generator to sit ...
by airahcaz
Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:34 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me evaluate a standby generator quote
Replies: 29
Views: 1954

Re: Which generator do you have?

Install Generac model 6551 22KW standby generator with Automatic transfer switch. This includes the following 1. Permit Cost 2. Plumbing Run 1'/4" Gas piping from Gas Meter to unit 3. Install Concrete Pad for Generator to sit on 4. Install Generac 200Amp Service Rated Transfer Switch 5. Run 2&q...
by airahcaz
Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which generator do you have?
Replies: 127
Views: 7476

Re: LED recessed lighting question

I'd go with the retrofits as well. The prices on LED bulbs are dropping at an astonishing rate; BR30 bulbs which were $18 a piece a year ago are now going for as low as $10. Also, the newer bulbs are brighter and the color rendition is better. I wouldn't be at all surprised in the near future to se...
by airahcaz
Mon Sep 01, 2014 2:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED recessed lighting question
Replies: 13
Views: 1136

Re: LED recessed lighting question

Essentially what I'm asking is why would one choose a whole kit like this http://m.homedepot.com/p/Lithonia-Lighting-4-in-Matte-White-LED-Recessed-Baffle-Kit-LK4BPMW-LED-M4/203311706 Lithonia Lighting 4 in. Matte White LED Recessed Baffle Kit-LK4BPMW LED M4 at The Home Depot vs a can which is usual...
by airahcaz
Mon Sep 01, 2014 11:09 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED recessed lighting question
Replies: 13
Views: 1136

Re: LED recessed lighting question

Essentially what I'm asking is why would one choose a whole kit like this http://m.homedepot.com/p/Lithonia-Lighting-4-in-Matte-White-LED-Recessed-Baffle-Kit-LK4BPMW-LED-M4/203311706 Lithonia Lighting 4 in. Matte White LED Recessed Baffle Kit-LK4BPMW LED M4 at The Home Depot vs a can which is usuall...
by airahcaz
Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:19 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED recessed lighting question
Replies: 13
Views: 1136

Re: Which generator do you have?

Just replaced a 5.5 KW gasoline portable with a Generac 11 KW natural gas standby generator. First unit cost about $500 15 years ago. Generac was $6000 installed with a transfer switch. The portable unit did the job of providing our essential power needs, but required someone to be home to pull it ...
by airahcaz
Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which generator do you have?
Replies: 127
Views: 7476

Re: Help me evaluate a standby generator quote

So it my view of weighing costs and benefits, spending $10,000 to purchase an insurance policy that requires $400-500 a year in extra expenses in order to guarantee my castle has power at all times is not worth it. My generator comes from nationwide chain store, can run a long time on 5 gallons of ...
by airahcaz
Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me evaluate a standby generator quote
Replies: 29
Views: 1954

Re: Wifi lights and light switches

I wouldn't go all in just yet with the wifi switches, the technology is too immature in my mind. Well, the tech isn't but the implementation is. I would go ahead and switch to LED's for your most used lights, as I did, but I would hold off on doing 60+ LED's at this time and just wait for prices to...
by airahcaz
Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi lights and light switches
Replies: 12
Views: 1392

Re: Help me evaluate a standby generator quote

Is it natural, forgive the pun, to go with natural gas if available vs propose or diesel? Also, why would one not choose NG?
by airahcaz
Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me evaluate a standby generator quote
Replies: 29
Views: 1954

LED recessed lighting question

Attempting to install new 4" LED recessed lighting into ceiling areas where there are no current fixtures or cans. Understand options include: 1. New can, and can use baffle and bulb OR retrofit kit with a sealed light and baffle combo 2. Unit/can combo with LED light all in one piece, not sure...
by airahcaz
Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED recessed lighting question
Replies: 13
Views: 1136

Which generator do you have?

Which generator do you have?

What brand?

What fuel source, natural gas, gasoline, etc?

If you don't mind, what were approximate unit and installation costs?

Thanks
by airahcaz
Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:47 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which generator do you have?
Replies: 127
Views: 7476

Re: Wifi lights and light switches

I'm in the same boat having just installed LED ceiling lights in all our bedrooms. I've been researching both remotes & dimmers. I'm really tempted to go with the Lutron Caseta dimmer line which uses a central hub and a semi-proprietary wireless system (not Wi-Fi). http://www.casetawireless.com...
by airahcaz
Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi lights and light switches
Replies: 12
Views: 1392

Wifi lights and light switches

The Nest programmable wifi thermostat has worked really well for years. Great value add and highly recommended. We are in the process of purchasing about 16 dimmers and 60 LED bulbs / lights. Has anyone tried the various wifi enabled devices for these and do they actually work, or is the technology ...
by airahcaz
Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:15 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi lights and light switches
Replies: 12
Views: 1392

Re: LED lightbulbs

I have yet to see LEDs that aren't ice pick in your eye blue white. As per previous poster, you want 2700K colour. That is the 'warm yellow'. I have had good success (in Europe) with the Phillips brand LED lights. Realize that's the CFL you have had trouble with. Phillips have the new slim style LE...
by airahcaz
Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED lightbulbs
Replies: 196
Views: 16150

Re: LED lightbulbs

I have a mix of incandescent and CFLs. I don't think I have yet had to replace a CFL, although some of them are probably over five years old. I have a "bug light yellow" CFL in an outdoor light. The brand may matter. I used to buy just GE, but bought some Philips incandescents once. Every...
by airahcaz
Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED lightbulbs
Replies: 196
Views: 16150

Re: LED lightbulbs

About six months ago I replaced the incandescent recessed lights in my kitchen with Cree LED replacements. The replacement I installed wasn't just a bulb; it was the entire box which was replaced. (Apologies that I don't know the terminology well; I'm not handy and had our handyman do it.) I'm not ...
by airahcaz
Wed Aug 27, 2014 11:38 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED lightbulbs
Replies: 196
Views: 16150

Fidlity's over diversification article

[Thread merged, see below. --admin LadyGeek]

Interesting graphic contained within

https://www.fidelity.com/insights/investing-ideas/how-much-diversification-is-too-much
by airahcaz
Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:38 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: WSJ: Is Your Portfolio Too Diversified?
Replies: 23
Views: 3364

Re: AAPL

airahcaz wrote:new 52 week high...


New all-time high
by airahcaz
Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:24 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: AAPL
Replies: 166
Views: 36477
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