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Faraday Cage

around your house
and, even then, maybe not.
by davebarnes
Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:24 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you think about a potential EMP ?
Replies: 10
Views: 806

A lot more

2007 - 900 sqft house built in 1915. Not in good shape.
2010 - House/land sold for $185K to a developer
2011 - Each duplex side sold for $480K.
2014 - Each duplex side would sell for $600+K based on many comps in the neighborhood.

In summary:
2007 - $92K
2014 - $600K
by davebarnes
Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: POLL: My home is worth less/more in 2014 than in 2007?
Replies: 40
Views: 1606

Think Different

The one that is NOT in a Tract Home Neighborhood.
And, especially not a house built by Pulte.
by davebarnes
Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:45 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats a Better Lot in a Tract Home Neighborhood?
Replies: 27
Views: 1724

THE best way

Image
by davebarnes
Sat Jul 26, 2014 2:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Best Way To Kill Flies
Replies: 5
Views: 723

Our living room has

HornedToad wrote:What's the opinions on plasma's if you are wall mounting a TV? I think I'm leaning to LED/LCD in the 50-60" size due to the larger weight/size of Plasma but could be convinced otherwise.

We wall mounted our 55-inch Panasonic plasma TV in our living room.
No problems.
It tilts. It rotates.
by davebarnes
Wed Jul 23, 2014 2:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me choose a new tv
Replies: 31
Views: 1683

Plasma

ohiost90 wrote: I would go plasma.

I agree.
Own 3 and very sad to see the technology disappearing.

Here you go
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-PN60F5300 ... B00BCPGYZM
by davebarnes
Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me choose a new tv
Replies: 31
Views: 1683

I would

1. Look at French doors.
2. Look at window wall. http://www.nanawall.com/

Sliders give you the smallest opening.

If you insist on a slider, then Pella.
The blinds inside are problematic. I speak from experience with a simple window.
by davebarnes
Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Patio door recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 1002

For what it is worth.

I have a BS and MS in generic engineering from RPI. When I was 23, I worked for a small (30 employees) company and got to manage (pretty much on my own) a project that was worth 1/3 of the total company revenue. It was a great experience and the items were delivered on time and within budget. Youngs...
by davebarnes
Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:33 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Replies: 45
Views: 2395

pay the money

Our daughter had hearing loss at 14 months from viral meningitis. Finally, at age 26, she went to a good ENT. She spend $2K per ear for a Danish hearing aid. They are almost invisible. They do, however, come in wild colors if that is desired. This may help: "Sonova's Class A brand is Phonak, wh...
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:09 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice re hearing aid for small child
Replies: 21
Views: 1133

LBS + Used

Patronize a LBS (local bike shop) that sells used bikes.
More expensive than Craigslist, but at least you won't be buying broken or stolen bike.
Find a bike store that you are comfortable with.
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:03 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Used Recreational Bicycles for New Riders
Replies: 24
Views: 1703

Do it now

I would do the basement now.
Borrow $20K from your credit union at 3% for 5 years.
Mine paid all the fees.
I think their profit will be 38¢ at the end of 5 years.
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:57 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saving for Basement Finish
Replies: 16
Views: 980

CreditKarma says

CreditKarma says the ideal number is 20.
Crazy, I know.
They lower your score for fewer than 20.
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hw many credit cards to own?
Replies: 69
Views: 4067

Research

check Yelp
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone know a good coin dealer in Dayton, Ohio?
Replies: 7
Views: 699

Brooks

Saddle should be Brooks.
Simply the best.
Mine is 40+ years old.
by davebarnes
Sun Jul 20, 2014 3:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which kind of bike for recent retiree?
Replies: 48
Views: 2599

No, but

I grew up in Mass for part of my life. I went to a WPI competitor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. WPI has a good reputation. Your daughter should have no problems getting a job. If I were her, I would look at large companies such as GE. And, then, there is this: http://www.telegram.com/article/20...
by davebarnes
Sun Jul 20, 2014 2:58 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Replies: 45
Views: 2395

Yes!

The Bookies.
http://www.thebookies.com/
Awesome selection.
It is where I bought workbooks for my daughter.
by davebarnes
Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home work books/materials/worksheets
Replies: 3
Views: 404

Yes

A subscriber since 1967.
It is an easy read.
Had gotten much better, in my opinion, since Bloomberg.
by davebarnes
Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:12 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Poll - Do You Read Businessweek?
Replies: 28
Views: 1892

If you are sure

If you are sure you are going to move, then start the house selling process now.
by davebarnes
Thu Jul 17, 2014 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Likely about to lose job, planning for transition
Replies: 21
Views: 2631

Go large

A trip to Disneyworld.
Or, Paris.
by davebarnes
Sun Jul 13, 2014 9:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Birthday gift for a 10 year old girl
Replies: 28
Views: 1478

Well.

My wife is not a Boglehead.
She has 40.
by davebarnes
Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High end purses
Replies: 119
Views: 10949

Amazon for the win

Amazon - inventory size. I hate going to a store and finding an item out of stock.
Amazon - subscription service.
Amazon - convenience. Buy sitting at my desk.
[OT comment removed by admin LadyGeek]

I am relatively price insensitive.
by davebarnes
Sat Jul 12, 2014 2:35 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: POLL: Walmart vs Amazon
Replies: 137
Views: 8041

rate too low

Contractor rate should be 2-3x salaried.
You have to pay more in taxes.
You have to pay more for health insurance.
You get paid for fewer hours. Go to training? On your dime, not theirs.
You get no severance.
You get no 401k.

All from someone who has been a contractor since 1996.
by davebarnes
Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Full time vs IT contract
Replies: 29
Views: 3464

Ask questions

My favorite questions are:
How many sides have you done in the last 12 months? On the buy side? On the sell side?
Please provide proof sources.

The answer I like is more than 20 and less than 50.
20+ means the agent is full time and competent.
50- means you will get the attention you want/deserve.
by davebarnes
Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:11 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Realtor Recommendations in General and for Fishers, Indiana
Replies: 4
Views: 773

Herman Miller for me

Aeron chair
First one lasted 15 years at a cost of 5¢/hour of sitting.
Second one is only 2 years old.
Highly recommended.
by davebarnes
Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extremely Heavy Duty Office Chair
Replies: 15
Views: 1765

Priorities in order

cannondale wrote:[Personally identifiable situation / information removed by admin LadyGeek]

This is a tough one.
The bike cannot be replaced with an identical item.
Neither can the wife, but close enough is probably fairly easy.
by davebarnes
Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Wife was hit by car while riding on bicyle. Next Step?
Replies: 46
Views: 5566

Hmm

Does a lawn mower count if you can ride it?
by davebarnes
Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:30 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How old is your OLDEST motor vehicle?
Replies: 15
Views: 1275

I am a deviant

2007 Audi A3
Driven 4500 miles per year.
Premium is recommended and that is what I put in. In Denver premium is only rated at 91 and cost 15¢ more per gallon or $30/year.
Oil change every 18 months. Fancy VW synthetic oil. $87.
by davebarnes
Tue Jul 08, 2014 4:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you deviate from the owner's manual?
Replies: 35
Views: 3152

Needs a friend

Get a kitten.
Problem solved.
by davebarnes
Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toys for a Lazy Cat
Replies: 46
Views: 2892

Yes, I have opinions

Had Grohe (Lady Lux) kitchen faucets. Plural. They wore out and the hoses broke. Not happy. Now have Danze (Parma). Plural. One in old house and one in new house. We actually replaced a more expensive Moen in our new house with the Danze. Our builder was really unhappy about that as he had an emotio...
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best kitchen faucet?
Replies: 14
Views: 920

Not just cooling

Valdeselad wrote:This is really where we struggle...is the Sub-Zero fridge... worth the price premium??

For me, it about being "built-in". All built-in fridges are expensive.
I HATE having the fridge stick out.
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 07, 2014 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations
Replies: 47
Views: 3107

I own and I recommend

http://www.eaglecreek.com/
Excellent quality.
Tough.
Flexible.
by davebarnes
Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:49 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Luggage recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 2139

1%

1%
Sleep well at night.
by davebarnes
Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House maintenance cost
Replies: 13
Views: 1255

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 davebarnes
Sat Jul 05, 2014 10:56 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel - Appliance Brand/Model Recommendations
Replies: 47
Views: 3107

Before you jump

You should read this
"Reducing Retirement Risk with a Rising Equity Glide Path"
search the Google.
by davebarnes
Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:07 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I Hit My Number Today!
Replies: 31
Views: 3290

Nope

Age = 65
Subscribed for years.
Stopped about 3 years ago.
Too expensive ($280/yr).
Online for me.
Eat breakfast with an iPad now.
by davebarnes
Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:06 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Continue subscribing to local newspaper?
Replies: 86
Views: 6173

Excellent point

Peter Foley wrote:Coins do not take up a lot of space. I would pull them out of the auction.

Keep them.
Do some research on their values.
Sell to local coin/gold shop.
by davebarnes
Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:08 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas on how deal with estate with tons of items
Replies: 29
Views: 2401

Do some research

We sold to a local coin, gold shop (with a decent rep on Yelp).
Did some research to determine approximate values of 200+ coins.
Got a fair deal.
by davebarnes
Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Method to Sell a U.S. Coin Collection
Replies: 13
Views: 2061

Evernote

Evernote
by davebarnes
Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:29 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Note taking and organizer software
Replies: 9
Views: 970

Two thoughts

1. The Front Range of Colorado is over your budget. For the vast majority of houses.
2. If you consider Utah, you need to consider the Mormon factor. Not inside SLC, but outside.

I love Denver, but your desired house anywhere near me is $400K.
by davebarnes
Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help us decide where to live
Replies: 169
Views: 7812

Easy

Move to Tucson, AZ.
At least move the shower to there.
Problem solved.
by davebarnes
Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keeping mold out of bath/shower
Replies: 27
Views: 2193

One word

Macbook
by davebarnes
Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy A New Windows Computer Now?
Replies: 53
Views: 2848

Higher

i hear (unverified) there is >10,000 people/mo moving into the greater metro area. The City & County of Denver has grown by 5K people each year for the last decade. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denver-Aurora-Lakewood,_CO_Metropolitan_Statistical_Area says the Denver MSA is growing by 50K people...
by davebarnes
Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Denver: Visiting and Possible Relocation
Replies: 25
Views: 1727

Not

dbr wrote: Maybe the old Phipps Mansion is up for sale.

Not.
Tim Gill and his husband bought it a few years ago for $6M.
by davebarnes
Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:51 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Denver: Visiting and Possible Relocation
Replies: 25
Views: 1727

As someone who lives in Denver

1. http://www.city-data.com/forum/denver/ is a great place for advice I live in the Berkeley neighborhood and have lived in Bonnie Brae (near Wash Park). 2. Focus on the old street car neighborhoods. Highland Square (32nd and Lowell) in the West Highland neighborhood. Tennyson St (38-46th Ave) in Be...
by davebarnes
Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:44 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Denver: Visiting and Possible Relocation
Replies: 25
Views: 1727

Well

Ditch cable/satellite.
Never eat in a restaurant again.
Move to a part of the country with a lower cost of living.
Move to another country with a lower cost of living.
Shop for clothes at Goodwill.
Learn to love Craigslist.

Forget all this nonsense and just have a child.
Be happy.
by davebarnes
Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:32 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Reducing Expenses for Future Family
Replies: 77
Views: 3179

Love our Audi A3

Over your price range.
Audi A3.
Love it.
by davebarnes
Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving back to the U.S. - Any ideas on a hatchback car?
Replies: 33
Views: 1992
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