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by nhdblfan
Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Living in New Hampshire?
Replies: 35
Views: 2575

Re: Living in New Hampshire?

WOOD heat is probably more common in lots of NH rather than oil. It's a do-it-yourself thing for lots of New Englanders, myself for instance... Me too ! Both wood stove and pellet stoves for most on my heating needs, 32 here this morning and have the pellet stove on now.Starting to stack my cord wo...
by nhdblfan
Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Living in New Hampshire?
Replies: 35
Views: 2575

Re: Living in New Hampshire?

Been here for 17 years now-escaped from NJ and very pleased we did.Live in the Sunapee region,great state if you enjoy freedom-very safe as mentioned,outdoors and low taxes (my property taxes are lower here then NJ).You need to bring money with you or be able to make it on your own and be prepared f...
by nhdblfan
Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whats a good Pistol to buy?
Replies: 112
Views: 9456

Re: Whats a good Pistol to buy?

Pistols are semi-automatics, Revolvers are, well, revolvers but are not actually pistols sorry NO Pistol is a noun It is a hand held firearm Revolving, automatic, semi automatic, horse,wheel-lock, rifled, flintlock, double barreled, machine, navy, Colt, Browning, Lugar etc are all adjectives that c...
by nhdblfan
Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Riding Snoblower
Replies: 13
Views: 1368

Re: Riding Snoblower

Ralph - I have a diesel tractor with a shaft driven sniwblower attachment with a heated hardside cab and it is an amazing machine. That being said, 2-3k won't get you anything good in the new category. My blower attachment alone retails for $2,500. Used will be a stretch too. Stay away fr the big b...
by nhdblfan
Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Perspectives on house with a pool
Replies: 34
Views: 3058

Re: Perspectives on house with a pool

Spent 25 years in the swimming pool business, if you are buying a house with a pool have a qualified pool guy do and inspection-not some kid who does it on the side, be sure the inspection includes a pressure test of the lines. If you don't like to spend money-like a lot of folks on here (not me )th...
by nhdblfan
Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 942
Views: 191455

Re: What Experts Say about $5,000 watches

FYI, this is Warren Buffet's watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PssIf2hTgKw I'm not going to watch 7 minutes and 46 seconds... I clicked a few places in it and didn't see Mr. Buffett... the "t" is doubled, by the way... where is his appearance in this video? here is a picture of WB wi...
by nhdblfan
Mon Jan 26, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best watch for around $5,000?
Replies: 942
Views: 191455

Re: What Experts Say about $5,000 watches

I have found I can't afford a cheap watch,like fine guns,life, for me ,is to short to hunt with an ugly gun or wear a cheap watch I have to replace. Much nicer to buy a high quality watch-like the 7 Rolex's I have owned (now down to 4),never lost a dime on one and will have them in my estate. To eac...
by nhdblfan
Mon Jan 26, 2015 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 400ft Driveway - How do I plow the snow?
Replies: 67
Views: 5822

Re: 400ft Driveway - How do I plow the snow?

Live in NH and also have long-350ft driveway. Forget hiring someone unless you want to be stranded. I have both an ATV (Honda) with a plow for early a late "winta" storms when ground is wet,also for light ones.And a Kubota BX24 with a snow blower on the front,only way to go when you get th...
by nhdblfan
Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus RX330 vs RX350
Replies: 22
Views: 2591

Re: Lexus RX330 vs RX350

Still have a 04 Lexus RX 330 in our "fleet" 135k miles, as mentioned, tires (we get about 30-35k on them) Brakes (have the TM dealer do them) and for some reason it has gone through 4 Radiators (Lexus paid for 3). Safe comfortable ride, it does take regular gas as opposed to the GX and Mer...
by nhdblfan
Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I polish antique watch or keep existing patina?
Replies: 8
Views: 1156

Re: Should I polish antique watch or keep existing patina?

Thanks all of your input, just an update that I am getting my watch taken care of by Rikki at timecareinc.com, as he comes highly recommended from vintage rolex forums. I didn't realize that an overhaul can bring the watch back to a few minutes off a month...looking forward to getting it back in a ...
by nhdblfan
Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: USAA Homeowners Insurance Rate Hike
Replies: 10
Views: 2327

Re: USAA Homeowners Insurance

Thanks to all for the replies thus far. I recently increased my coverage to take into account a significant renovation/remodeling that is currently underway. However, I am comparing apples to apples in this situation because the new limits went into effect before the the new premiums were determine...
by nhdblfan
Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If you own a car, do you have a car payment?
Replies: 112
Views: 8236

Re: If you own a car, do you have a car payment?

Last three I did he same thing, Lexus RX ,Lexus GX and Mercedes CLK 550 Cab, put half down in cash, took out a loan for other half (.9 % was the highest).I then put the money I would have used for other half( full payment) in MLP's ( ETP,ECA,HCLP) and some in PFF,the interest distributions,dividends...
by nhdblfan
Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles
Replies: 23
Views: 2523

Re: Buying Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

I bought a 08 Lexus GX CPO a couple years ago and so far I am very happy with it (its been sitting in the garage as I have my new toy a CLK 550 Cabriolet to use in the summer). It had 25 k miles on it and I saved about $22k over the new ones.They replaced the battery,rotors ,brakes,all the filters,w...
by nhdblfan
Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pool Maintenance Cost
Replies: 14
Views: 1352

Re: Pool Maintenance Cost

Spent 25 years in the Pool business-thankfully semi retired for 14yrs now-thank you MLP'S and Oil holdings. Costs for maintenance vary greatly, I used to charge 25-35 per week for weekly service (if they had a pool cleaner)for vacuuming pool-cleaning baskets,maintaining filter (Backwash when require...
by nhdblfan
Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I polish antique watch or keep existing patina?
Replies: 8
Views: 1156

Re: Should I polish antique watch or keep existing patina?

I doubt you will do anything to the value,an older Rolex like that is probably in need of a service,it may be too old for Rolex USA (they now have just 2 repair centers NYC and Dallas) to do it,which is just as well as they can be spotty in service (Dallas is better then NYC). You can do a search fo...
by nhdblfan
Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I get free SolarCity panels installed?
Replies: 14
Views: 1437

Re: Should I get free SolarCity panels installed?

Rodc wrote:What happens if in ten years panels are far more efficient and no one will agree to buy your house with those panels?



Exactly !
by nhdblfan
Tue May 27, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Hampshire Tourism
Replies: 8
Views: 591

Re: New Hampshire Tourism

Moved here 14 yrs ago from the PSROF NJ, and wish I did it sooner. I am in the Lake Sunapee area and agree its one of the nicest,if you come uo this way I would suggest some farmers markets,antiquing or enjoy drives north to Lebanon,or south the Concord or west to Conway or south to Portsmouth. Best...
by nhdblfan
Tue May 13, 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car buying psychology
Replies: 30
Views: 2930

Re: Car buying psychology

The easiest way to avoid the long waits and trips by the salesman to his managers office is to start the negotiation 30 minutes before the dealership closes. Brilliant, I think. Or give him a few minutes and go to the office with all the other sales guys,its takes a bit before they realize your not...
by nhdblfan
Tue May 13, 2014 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: An easy way to save money: Avoid the $300,000 car.
Replies: 152
Views: 19855

Re: An easy way to save money: Avoid the $300,000 car.

[Life to short to drive a beat up clunker (or live in run down neighborhood),invest your money but spend some on things that your enjoy,goodness knows your heirs are if you don't. BTW ,as full disclosure I am on my 4th and 5th Lexus (I drive a GX470,love the V8,the ride and safety and it has 4wd wi...
by nhdblfan
Mon May 12, 2014 5:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: An easy way to save money: Avoid the $300,000 car.
Replies: 152
Views: 19855

Re: An easy way to save money: Avoid the $300,000 car.

A better solution or comparison would be to buy the Lexus new and keep it for 10 years rather than buying a new Camry every 5 or 7 years. Bingo ! And you get from A-B in a much nicer environment ! Life to short to drive a beat up clunker (or live in run down neighborhood),invest your money but spen...
by nhdblfan
Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: suggestion for awd luxury sedan
Replies: 44
Views: 4609

Re: suggestion for awd luxury sedan

When looking at the MB's and the e350's they are very nice cars but the one thing that turned me off was the lack of leather,real leather.Unless you go with a e550 they have "MB Tex" aka taxicab vinyl.If I a paying that kind of money I want to sit on a real leather aka "dead cow"...
by nhdblfan
Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transmission rebuilt ($2k) or buy a new car? [Honda Civic]
Replies: 23
Views: 1597

Re: Transmission rebuilt ($2k) or buy a new car? [Honda Civi

Looks like a rebuilt trans can be purchased for less than $1000, wouldn't be more than $500 to remove and replace and the whole thing is done, beats most in house rebuilds in my experience. http://shop.synchrotech-transmissions.com/Automatic-Transmissions_c8.htm Yes, you "can" buy them li...
by nhdblfan
Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Expensive hobbies and possessions? (B/c you can...)
Replies: 126
Views: 17194

Re: Expensive hobbies and possessions? (B/c you can...)

Great thread, nice to see some others who enjoy spending some of the money too ! like others my wife and I enjoy nice cars-Lexus's and watches (Rolex) but my most expensive "hobby" over the years has been investing in guns,started with sporting shotguns-Belgium Browning,Merkel,Prussian Dal...
by nhdblfan
Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to replace a watch battery?
Replies: 59
Views: 24641

Re: How much to replace a watch battery?

Captain_Video wrote:Buy a Rolex. You'll never have to change a battery or strap ever again! :P



beat me to it !

I have never had to replace a battery in any of the 4-with my wifes I have !(or a strap/band-thank goodness !)
by nhdblfan
Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Synthetic engine oil worth better/cheaper in the long run?
Replies: 89
Views: 10171

Re: Synthetic engine oil worth better/cheaper in the long ru

I have been using Mobil 1 for many years-from new in my wifes Lexus RX and since I bought my Lexus GX (at 20k miles).We live in very cold NH-its -10 here this morn so the benefit of cold start is a big one for us along with the extended chage inveral ( we go about 5000-6000 and could go more).
by nhdblfan
Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renew Barron's Subcription
Replies: 22
Views: 1632

Re: Renew Barron's Subcription

Just renewed for 99 as well.I do enjoy Barons and WSJ along with Oxford Club for trading-I am not a true "bogglehead" as I like to trade stocks and options (covered calls-sell (cash secured) puts) but do enjoy the forum.I can see why many here would pass on it thou. Enjoying the Round Tabl...
by nhdblfan
Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Most Efficient Way to Heat a Home
Replies: 86
Views: 5850

Re: Most Efficient Way to Heat a Home

Woodburning stove + free firewood from relative's woods :D Up here in Northern New England everyone has a wood stove and they are thankful to have lots of woods to feed it ! Most economical way to heat our homes, I have a huge in the basement and a pellet stove to supplement it on the first floor.M...
by nhdblfan
Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: swimming pool pumps
Replies: 14
Views: 1735

Re: swimming pool pumps

My goldline hayward pump just went out after 7.5 years which I understand is very good life for a pump. Being the do-it-yourselfer that I am, I decided to tackle the replacement myself. I ended up buying a rebuilt pump from a Co. called Southern rewinding. After putting on the two seals and 4 bolts...
by nhdblfan
Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: swimming pool pumps
Replies: 14
Views: 1735

Re: swimming pool pumps

Although I have been "retired" from the swimming pool business for 14 years now (thank goodness) I did spend over 25 years building a servicing in ground swimming pools and replaced/installed probably 1000 pumps (filters.heaters and pool cleaners). Many years ago Marlow had a 2 speed pump ...
by nhdblfan
Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking about buying a 2014 Acura RDX
Replies: 44
Views: 7595

Re: Thinking about buying a 2014 Acura RDX

No offense, but I find it comical that some people considering buying a $35,000-$45,000 vehicle balk at having to buy premium fuel, which probably only costs the average driver about $150-$250 extra per year. +1 + 2 !!! MY GX 470 require Premium and other owners have found you get better mileage as...
by nhdblfan
Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy new vs used RX 350
Replies: 29
Views: 4334

Re: Buy new vs used RX 350

I will second the recommendation for going here: http://www.clublexus.com/forums/login.php?do=login I have a 2004 RX 330 with 122k on it,presently in for its 3 radiator replacement since we have owned it (first 2 were covered by Lexus),other then that-and brakes and tires its been relatively trouble...
by nhdblfan
Sat Jan 04, 2014 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $23K 2009 Lexus IS 250 AWD V-6 Miles 33K Certified.
Replies: 18
Views: 2166

Re: $23K 2009 Lexus IS 250 AWD V-6 Miles 33K Certified.

Can't speak to the IS,but having owned a couple Lexus's I can say they hold their value well and are very reliable.I present have 2 a RX and GX 450.The GX was CPO's and they really went through it. (1 owner-traded with 25k on it,new tires,rotors-pads,battery,filters) so far its been excellent. You m...
by nhdblfan
Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many folks have a dog?
Replies: 112
Views: 8711

Re: How many folks have a dog?

Have two labs, a chocolate and a black,and yes I am a dog person. On my way out for our daily walk,could not imagine life without them. Only downside is the short lifespan dogs have,its our 4th and 5th and having to go through the end of the first 3 was very hard,still miss and think of each of them...
by nhdblfan
Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood burning stoves in New England
Replies: 88
Views: 5217

Re: Wood burning stoves in New England

OK I got less than 1/2 way through page 1 and quit reading. DON"T pay any attention to posts from people that have not heated with wood. Everything posted here is opinions including mine BUT I have heated my prior and current houses with firewood using the same woodstove for 20 years. I like f...
by nhdblfan
Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: small luxury SUV options? EDIT: the hunt is over
Replies: 31
Views: 3758

Re: small luxury SUV options? EDIT: the hunt is over

I am surprised you did not look at the Lexus GX I love mine (yes it does use the Premium gas),nice ride, very good in the snow and I feel very safe,so far its been very reliable with no expensive repairs (It was a CPO'D ).My wife is one her second RX again very reliable ,fit and finish much better t...
by nhdblfan
Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Wax
Replies: 42
Views: 2966

Re: Car Wax

Its important to wash the car correctly to keep from creating swirls created by rubbing the dirty sponge over the paint. I use a Foam Gun first ; http://www.chemicalguys.com/Chemical_Guys_HOL_182_Foam_Blaster_Complete_Car_p/hol_182.htm Then go to a two bucket wash http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w09r...
by nhdblfan
Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 679
Views: 87844

Re: Tesla S

"Actually, the Tesla is powered by electricity, and nobody is forcing you to use coal or natural gas to generate that electricity. " And that comes from .............Coal and Nat gas-both of which we have plenty of thankfully! Did you actually read the rest of my post, where I went on to ...
by nhdblfan
Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 679
Views: 87844

Re: Tesla S

"Actually, the Tesla is powered by electricity, and nobody is forcing you to use coal or natural gas to generate that electricity. " And that comes from .............Coal and Nat gas-both of which we have plenty of thankfully! electric vehicles will never be make much of dent in real world...
by nhdblfan
Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jewelry repair at Ben Bridge?
Replies: 3
Views: 446

Re: Jewelry repair at Ben Bridge?

Resizing is pretty simple and they should be able to handle that with ease.
My wife's Rolex president came from Ben Bridge in California-they have over 60 stores,its also a Berkshire Hathaway owned since 2000 !

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/stor ... ily13.html
by nhdblfan
Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: USAA Homeowner Insurance Increase
Replies: 35
Views: 3743

Re: USAA Homeowner Insurance Increase

Check your policy, there may be extra's on there you did not have before.They tried adding 75K for "other dwellings" ( I have none) on mine. Called and went through the list; No sheds ? (No,That must be some shed you want to charge me for !) No other garage then attached? ( NO !) Maybe you...
by nhdblfan
Mon Apr 15, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why Can't I Bring Myself to Buy Me a Nice Watch?
Replies: 193
Views: 14580

Re: Why Can't I Bring Myself to Buy Me a Nice Watch?

I am not just a Boglehead (light spender) because I want to save for myself (though primary reason). I also believe that just because one has money (and I too have a 7 figure portfolio) does not mean one should spend on frivolous things. There are people starving in the world... Give to charity lik...
by nhdblfan
Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worldofwatches
Replies: 9
Views: 1061

Re: Worldofwatches

Not sure about them try some well known dealers,you might pay a bit more but your not getting a "franken watch" .
Timezone is good for sale section also Time Keeper,I have purchased from DeMesy and been happy with the transaction.
by nhdblfan
Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going on Safari suggestions
Replies: 16
Views: 1090

Re: Going on Safari suggestions

Big 5 or Plains game ? Have a friend talk me into going to Zim for Cape with him next time Lots of good info on here about guides and game. http://forums.nitroexpress.com/ubbthreads.php?Cat=0 Thanks for the link. One of the things on my life list is Africa to hunt cape buffalo or lion. Me too ! Wit...
by nhdblfan
Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going on Safari suggestions
Replies: 16
Views: 1090

Re: Going on Safari suggestions

Big 5 or Plains game ? Have a friend talk me into going to Zim for Cape with him next time

Lots of good info on here about guides and game.

http://forums.nitroexpress.com/ubbthreads.php?Cat=0
by nhdblfan
Sun Feb 17, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: electric cars
Replies: 606
Views: 124377

Re: electric cars

Shouldn't these be called coal burning cars ? after all that where the majority of most markets eletricity comes from ?
by nhdblfan
Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car buying and financial ratios - what do Bogleheads do?
Replies: 100
Views: 8899

Re: Car buying and financial ratios - what do Bogleheads do?

Lexus just got the top spot again in dependability ,note 3 of other 4 Porsche, Lincoln, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz are also consider luxury brands.

Lexus tops car dependability survey

http://blogs.marketwatch.com/encore/201 ... ty-survey/
by nhdblfan
Fri Feb 15, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car buying and financial ratios - what do Bogleheads do?
Replies: 100
Views: 8899

Re: Car buying and financial ratios - what do Bogleheads do?

I drive an LS460. It is a great car. Many people on this board are just plain cheap. You have to enjoy life a little. I guess in Texas you don't worry about snow. The AWD is a must have in the Northeast. My old LS400 with rear wheel drive was terrible in the snow. "Many people on this board ar...
by nhdblfan
Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car buying and financial ratios - what do Bogleheads do?
Replies: 100
Views: 8899

Re:

ElJay wrote:This forum may be unbiased when it comes to investing, but it has an extreme bias against nice cars. :lol:


and nice watches :happy
by nhdblfan
Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lexus RX 300. Timing belt. $884.
Replies: 42
Views: 8455

Re: Lexus RX 300. Timing belt. $884.

Go to the local TM dealer ( and buy some TM stock its on a tear),we took my wife's RX330 there for the timing belt,same engine as the Highlander ( and they have to do them too-there is NO more cost involved in driving a RX 300(330) then a Highlander) and the tech who does your will have dome more th...
by nhdblfan
Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: James Bond watch sells for $198,000
Replies: 8
Views: 717

Re: James Bond watch sells for $198,000

I agree Sean Connery was indeed the best Bond !


For those who like to see the real high end-six figure watches there is a auction in Hong Kong coming up,here is the link;

http://www.bonhams.com/asi/HKwatchsale/

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