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Re: Bathroom exhaust fan use strategy

When you get a chance, just vent it to the outside. Until then I wouldn't really worry about it.
by davebo
Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:01 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bathroom exhaust fan use strategy
Replies: 11
Views: 1664

Re: Home Builder Experience

Thank you for the reply's so far. I have eliminated Ryan Homes from my list based upon the HORRIBLE reviews I see during a simple google search. Am I correct in assuming that you can opt in for upgraded insulation, windows, plumbing, electric etc? I understand that there will be issues with any hou...
by davebo
Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Builder Experience
Replies: 36
Views: 2017

Re: Home Builder Experience

I had my home built by “Ryland Homes” in the Midwest. They are a mid-range tract home builder and the prices in my subdivision were in the $220-$350K range. One of the things that people really like about these neighborhoods is that they are filled with young families. This has some upside and some ...
by davebo
Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:46 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Builder Experience
Replies: 36
Views: 2017

Re: 401k.fidelity.com sucks

I log into 401k.com and never got that message or had any issues with ads. It's probably your browser.
by davebo
Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:58 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 401k.fidelity.com sucks
Replies: 13
Views: 1130

Re: Cold Floor By Baseboards

Is there an opening in the floor? I thought he meant it's coming from behind/underneath the baseboards. You might try spraying foam insulation or gap filler (Great Stuff is one brand) under there, behind the shoe molding. He happened to be putting the shoe molding in on the coldest day in the last ...
by davebo
Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cold Floor By Baseboards
Replies: 4
Views: 397

Cold Floor By Baseboards

I just had my carpet ripped up and floors refinished recently and the contractor mentioned that a couple spots in the bedrooms had some cold air blowing in from under the baseboards that was keeping the floor from drying as quickly. He said that putting the shoe molding stopped the air from rushing ...
by davebo
Wed Jan 08, 2014 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cold Floor By Baseboards
Replies: 4
Views: 397

Re: What did you do with unwanted baby gear?

We have 3 kids and are not planning on having more and are in the same situation (for the most part). I tried giving away a lot of stuff, but found that most people do not want used things. I'd hold onto some stuff even if they have outgrown it, since it's helpful to have (for example) a high chair ...
by davebo
Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:22 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What did you do with unwanted baby gear?
Replies: 22
Views: 1226

Re: Do Whole House Humidifiers Work?

After reading this whole thread, here is something for readers to comment about. I have often been told by HVAC people that the ideal winter humidity level in a home in winter is between 35 and 45%. Higher than can lead to condensation on the inside of windows during winter. Yes, I think that's rig...
by davebo
Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:33 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Whole House Humidifiers Work?
Replies: 42
Views: 10370

Re: What you wish you had known entering your late 20's

A lot of people will say things like "I wished I would've started to save earlier" or whatever, but I knew that I should be saving early...it's just a lot harder when you don't have as much money! I have learned this lesson now, but when I get an impulse to purchase something, I should wai...
by davebo
Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What you wish you had known entering your late 20's
Replies: 100
Views: 9244

Re: Do Whole House Humidifiers Work?

After reading this whole thread, here is something for readers to comment about. I have often been told by HVAC people that the ideal winter humidity level in a home in winter is between 35 and 45%. Higher than can lead to condensation on the inside of windows during winter. Yes, I think that's rig...
by davebo
Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:11 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Whole House Humidifiers Work?
Replies: 42
Views: 10370

Re: Do Whole House Humidifiers Work?

One thing to note with humidifiers: its treating the symptom, rather than the root cause of the problem. In all but the most extreme climates, indoor humidity should generally not get anywhere near that low in the winter unless your house is very poorly sealed. Many people install a humidifier when...
by davebo
Thu Dec 26, 2013 12:12 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Whole House Humidifiers Work?
Replies: 42
Views: 10370

Re: How long do you keep your cars? Why do you replace it?

I had a 2000 Ford Focus and by 100K miles, I had so many problems that I was just waiting for that big repair so I could have an excuse to get rid of it. Around 107K miles i had a mid-ranged repair and the big one came at 110K. At that point, I owned the car for 7 years and got rid of it. My 2nd car...
by davebo
Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:17 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long do you keep your cars? Why do you replace it?
Replies: 72
Views: 4936

Re: Do Whole House Humidifiers Work?

I use the cheap vicks warm air mist humidifiers for 16 each at wal mart. With a 1100 sq ft house, two of them will bring the humidity up to about 52%, compared to about 30% without. tim I like the warm mist type too. I use a pricier one, with a humidistat, $40 and it takes only 1 to humidify our 19...
by davebo
Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:16 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do Whole House Humidifiers Work?
Replies: 42
Views: 10370

Family Business—What’s Fair?

I started an e-commerce company in 2005 on my own. Initially, I was just stocking stuff in my house and bringing stuff to the post office to ship out, which was a big hassle. After around 6 months, I told my dad about my dilemma and he said he could start shipping stuff out of his business since he ...
by davebo
Wed Dec 11, 2013 1:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Family Business—What’s Fair?
Replies: 6
Views: 1073

Re: New email service provider needed

Go with Gmail, no question about it. I've got over 100,000 emails saved there and it's got the best search function out of any email services.
by davebo
Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New email service provider needed
Replies: 58
Views: 3922

Re: Trampolines and HO Insurance

Personally, I'd resist the urge to get a trampoline. My brother actually broke his neck horsing around on a trampoline with his friends (wore just the Halo, not paralyzed) and my wife broke her leg. My sister-in-law works in the ER and says that accidents are commonplace in the summer. Despite all t...
by davebo
Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:17 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trampolines and HO Insurance
Replies: 30
Views: 1585

Re: Average cost to refinish hardwood floors?

We got a little lower price by ripping up the carpet and cleaning up, and by replacing the baseboards ourselves. We used nailsets to avoid dimpling the baseboards, now I use my pneumatic brad nailer when I install trim, it gives a much better look. Everyone tells me I should rip up the carpet mysel...
by davebo
Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Average cost to refinish hardwood floors?
Replies: 16
Views: 1465

Re: Average cost to refinish hardwood floors?

So just to round out the thread. I did end up getting 3 quotes and decided on someone. The first 2 guys came in around where the 3rd guy did, but they didn't offer up a ton of details. In my area, polish guys seem to own these companies and they are short with words (and written quotes). The third g...
by davebo
Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Average cost to refinish hardwood floors?
Replies: 16
Views: 1465

Re: Thoughts on having kids?

Kids are MOST DEFINITELY expensive; I don't know how someone can say that they are not. But most people probably don't think they are too expensive because: 1) Most people I know have kids in their 30's and that's when they started to earn more. 2) There are some sacrifices in general that are made ...
by davebo
Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:55 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on having kids?
Replies: 101
Views: 3006

Re: Google Chromecast

I have had one for a few months and it works well for netflix. I kinda wished that it would be possible to stream regular videos from your computer on your TV. I have all these home videos that I'd love to be able to broadcast via Chromecast, but cant figure out how.
by davebo
Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:06 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google Chromecast
Replies: 19
Views: 1854

Re: Average cost to refinish hardwood floors?

:: They'd put in the little wood things at the bottom of the baseboards once the carpet is ripped up. Basically just connecting the baseboards to the, now lower, flooring. :: Refinishing the 1000 SF plus the 700 SF of, already exposed, carpet area in one of the bedrooms, kitchen, and hallway. I wou...
by davebo
Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:04 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Average cost to refinish hardwood floors?
Replies: 16
Views: 1465

Average cost to refinish hardwood floors?

How much does it cost, just on average, to refinish hardwood floors. Here are the basic specs: :: Maybe 1000 SF of carpet needs to be ripped up. :: Nail holes along the wall need to be filled in carpet area. :: They'd put in the little wood things at the bottom of the baseboards once the carpet is r...
by davebo
Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:23 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Average cost to refinish hardwood floors?
Replies: 16
Views: 1465

Re: When to replace carpeting?

placeholder wrote:Just because there's hardwood under the carpet doesn't mean that it's restorable.


Don't be a debbie downer.
by davebo
Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:00 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to replace carpeting?
Replies: 24
Views: 1831

Re: When to replace carpeting?

Boy does that sound familiar. How old is the house? When 1st wife and I built our first house in 1968 we chose hardwood because it didn't cost any more than carpeting then and we figured it would last longer. Thirteen years later, same house but 2nd wife. She covered the hardwood in living room and...
by davebo
Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:28 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to replace carpeting?
Replies: 24
Views: 1831

Re: When to replace carpeting?

Well this actually was a nice discovery for me. Today I was sitting there thinking at the possibility of getting hardwood floors in my house when I thought about the problem of matching them with my existing hardwood in kitchen and master bedroom and I thought "Gee, I wonder why they put hardwo...
by davebo
Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:25 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to replace carpeting?
Replies: 24
Views: 1831

Re: How does Football,Baseball work???

IMy kids are starting to play sports (still very young) and I feel like they should be watching some on TV to go along with it. Are the kids starting sports because they want to or because you think it's good for them? If it's because they want to you won't have to prod them to watch sports on TV a...
by davebo
Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:59 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How does Football,Baseball work???
Replies: 120
Views: 5354

Re: When to replace carpeting?

A lot of builders cheap out on the carpeting when building new houses because most buyers don't know the difference or aren't thinking about the carpeting quality when new house shopping. So if your house is quite new, it could easily have cheap junky carpeting that doesn't last. When we replaced o...
by davebo
Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:28 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to replace carpeting?
Replies: 24
Views: 1831

Re: How does Football,Baseball work???

I've never really been a football fan, but I used to watch baseball/basketball/hockey religiously when I was younger. Slowly, I kinda just stopped watching sports and really haven't been engaged at all for at least 10 years. On the one hand, I don't really care all that much for myself. But I have t...
by davebo
Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How does Football,Baseball work???
Replies: 120
Views: 5354

When to replace carpeting?

We moved into a house a couple years ago that has light beige berber carpeting through most of the house. I probably cleaned this carpet 4 times since we've moved in and each time it seemed like we really needed it. Now I’m looking at it again this morning and it looks dirty again. We do have 3 kids...
by davebo
Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:29 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to replace carpeting?
Replies: 24
Views: 1831

Re: Confusion about Sales Tax Nexus

I agree. I have a physical location in IL, but have affiliates in other states. I also stock products in Amazon's warehouse. I ship the product to PA, but it ends up in probably 20 different distribution centers after they shift inventory around. I've read that having inventory store in various loca...
by davebo
Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Confusion about Sales Tax Nexus
Replies: 14
Views: 753

How Much (est) For A Home Addition?

Ok, I realize this is a question that can vary greatly depending on what you're having done and the area you live. But I live in a ranch home on a fairly large lot. Teardowns are moving are not an option (at least not that I'd consider). My goal is to basically add 1 master bedroom and 1 master bath...
by davebo
Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:50 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much (est) For A Home Addition?
Replies: 17
Views: 1757

Re: squirrels

Acorn laced with deadly chemicals? Dead Squirrels walking!
by davebo
Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:04 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: squirrels
Replies: 25
Views: 1917

Re: Security Companies

The local company around here referred to ADT as a "marketing company" and I would agree with that. I understand that a company needs to sell, but their tactics are really sleezy to me. We had a murder a couple miles away in our area..probably the first in 20 years from a break-in. Sure en...
by davebo
Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:25 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Security Companies
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Re: Best medium for long-term digital storage?

Amazon Glacier was the missing link that now gives me some peace. It’s meant for long-term storage, so it’s significantly cheaper than their normal Standard Storage prices. Actually, with Amazon, they charge 9x more to store data if you need it to be accessible very quickly. I have 140GB in storage...
by davebo
Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:50 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best medium for long-term digital storage?
Replies: 65
Views: 4490

Re: Affording stay at home parent

My wife and I moved to a house very close to her work (as a teacher) with the understanding that she would go back to work once her year leave was up. While we could afford to have her stay home, I was a little nervous because we depleted our cash reserves when we purchased the house and we would ne...
by davebo
Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:54 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Affording stay at home parent
Replies: 74
Views: 7054

Re: Best medium for long-term digital storage?

Once I started recording in HD, I really started getting paranoid about losing all my home videos in case I had a bunch of things go wrong. I usually had my pictures stored at multiple places..I uploaded them to Google Picasa, I had them on Walgreens.com, I had them on external harddrives, and I had...
by davebo
Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:30 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best medium for long-term digital storage?
Replies: 65
Views: 4490

Re: Contractors, References & Angie's List

Angie's list can be pretty easily manipulated by the service provider. I shouldn't say manipulated, but the people that are good marketers know how to work the system much better than the people that just provide the service and don't ask for the review. It's very easy for people to find out where t...
by davebo
Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:05 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contractors, References & Angie's List
Replies: 19
Views: 1871

Re: How Much Did You Spend on Your Engagement Ring??

I paid $5,000 in 2002. It was probably about 1.5 months salary at the time, but I financed it over 12 months at 0%. My wife has worn the engagement ring every day for 11 years so I don’t regret it; even if the “industry” roped me into spending more. I've wasted money on sillier things.
by davebo
Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Much Did You Spend on Your Engagement Ring??
Replies: 289
Views: 18965

Re: Coaching Youth Soccer

While this is all very interesting, and my wife (who's coaching 3 soccer teams right now) can probably help, I'm always surprised to see how quickly some off-topic posts get shut down compared to others. Personally, I think the key to this age group is tiny teams, like 3-4 to a side. If you're play...
by davebo
Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:03 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coaching Youth Soccer
Replies: 28
Views: 1761

Re: Those silly lotion containers

My son uses this cream that was prescribed by the dermotologist and I really like the design of it. It still has the pump, but it's more of a tub shape so you can still get every last bit out.

http://www.onsetdermatologics.com/produ ... atopicplus
by davebo
Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:27 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Those silly lotion containers
Replies: 20
Views: 2389

Re: Are you an Iphone or Android guy?

I'm an Iphone guy. I have just found them easier to use then Android phones.
by davebo
Tue Sep 10, 2013 2:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you an Iphone or Android guy?
Replies: 112
Views: 6581

Re: Coaching Youth Soccer

I agree with the bit about organized soccer getting crazy for the kids. The following is for kids who are in the 3 on 3 (or 4 on 4, or more) groups. Just plan to make sure that all kids show up at a given time (the older the kids are, the fewer you need showing up at the same time), and let them ru...
by davebo
Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:59 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coaching Youth Soccer
Replies: 28
Views: 1761

Re: Coaching Youth Soccer

In regards to the amount of kids playing organized sports at age 5-- cannot agree more that we are becoming insane as a society. I saw a kid on my neighbor's 5 and under boys' team whose first name was actually "Beckham" and he was a serious gamer. The parents had probably been drilling t...
by davebo
Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:52 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coaching Youth Soccer
Replies: 28
Views: 1761

Re: Coaching Youth Soccer

Thanks for the reminders. I think from an outsiders perspective, everything went well during the practice/game. The parents all seemed to be happy with the way things went, but I guess I am more critical of my coaching ability than someone else would be (I'm sure there will come a day when everyone ...
by davebo
Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:49 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coaching Youth Soccer
Replies: 28
Views: 1761

Re: Coaching Youth Soccer

My son is in U6 soccer (under six) right now and they are short coaches. I wouldn't mind signing up and splitting the duties with my DH, but DH says no. Our league does not keep score. Our coach last year considered it a successful game when he had three kids on the field running towards the ball. ...
by davebo
Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:37 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coaching Youth Soccer
Replies: 28
Views: 1761

Re: Coaching Youth Soccer

I coached youth sports (mostly basketball) for about 10 years from YMCA to AAU level. I must say I had a blast. The thing I found most helpful is the web. A coach should search for web sites with practice schedules and plays for their particular sport and age group. For example, I used http://coach...
by davebo
Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:53 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coaching Youth Soccer
Replies: 28
Views: 1761

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V

Why Kids Succeed....kinda common sense, but interesting at the same time.
by davebo
Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:36 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part V
Replies: 2616
Views: 592147

Coaching Youth Soccer

Well, I heard about all those stories of people getting roped into being a head coach and now it happened to me! Actually, I agreed to become an assistant coach and no less than 30 minutes later, I had been promoted to head coach after the head coach dropped out. haha. Anyways, I’m coaching 5 year o...
by davebo
Mon Sep 09, 2013 11:34 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coaching Youth Soccer
Replies: 28
Views: 1761

Re: How many big moves have you made in your lifetime?

Wow...I can't believe how much people have moved. I went to college about 200 miles a way ,but I came back to my home town. Now I'm living about 15 miles from my parents and I don't see moving in the near future (next 20 years).
by davebo
Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many big moves have you made in your lifetime?
Replies: 76
Views: 5360

Re: What do I owe my children?

Sounds like a good plan that you came up with. I think you could justify it either way. I know my parents have provided more for certain siblings than they have for me because I'm better off financially, but I'm ok with it cause it makes sense. I've seen some very sticky inheritance situations that ...
by davebo
Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:18 pm
 
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What do I owe my children?
Replies: 119
Views: 9323
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