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by Feb29
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions to ask a siding contractor...what are 'red flags'?
Replies: 8
Views: 619

Re: Questions to ask a siding contractor...what are 'red flags'?

The first thing you should do is research all of the siding products available (vinyl, insulated vinyl, Hardiboard, LP Smartside, etc.) Learn the advantages and disadvantages of each. Ask a lot of questions when the contractors are giving you bids on the job. Your goal is to ensure they do a proper ...
by Feb29
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Substitute for taking a shower?
Replies: 64
Views: 6827

Re: Substitute for taking a shower?

There is a specific product available as a shower substitute. My wife used them after surgeries when showers weren't allowed. And both of us use them now on camping trips on days when we don't shower. Two products we've got from REI are: No Rinse Bathing Wipes or Wilderness Wipes (8 thick cloths for...
by Feb29
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3531
Views: 1006226

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

During the holidays I saw "Christmas in Connecticut" again. It's sweet and funny. And Barbara Stanwyck is a hoot!
by Feb29
Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beginner needs help choosing which compact camera to buy!
Replies: 16
Views: 1310

Re: Beginner needs help choosing which compact camera to buy!

As a beginner you don't need to spend that much money. You can get a very good camera that fits in your pocket for under $200. Consider the Canon PowerShot ELPH 360 HS. This website has reliable reviews and solid advice:

http://www.consumersearch.com/digital-camera-reviews
by Feb29
Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smartphone Case
Replies: 15
Views: 1271

Re: Smartphone Case

I really like the slim-fitting soft case made by bodyglove. Bought it at Walmart for $4.88.
by Feb29
Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amtrak trip
Replies: 13
Views: 2265

Re: Amtrak trip

Or fly to Seattle and LA, then take the train from LA to Chicago. Two years ago my wife and I had a roomette from Chicago to LA, then from Portland to Chicago. We got a kick out of the tiny roomette. All of your meals are included as a sleeper passenger, and this is a great opportunity to meet a var...
by Feb29
Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Restaurant Stop on Road Trips
Replies: 142
Views: 14668

Re: Favorite Restaurant Stop on Road Trips

Chick Fil-A or Culvers.
And always stop in Nebraska for an original Runza sandwich. They are so delicious and easy to eat while driving.
by Feb29
Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Request for recommendations: English Mystery TV series
Replies: 82
Views: 7112

Re: Request for recommendations: English Mystery TV series

I've watched a lot of British detective series. I thought these were the best:
- DCI Banks
- Prime Suspect
- Murder in Suburbia
- The Last Detective
- Inspector Lynley
- Endeavour

Also, if you're into British spy series: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Smiley's People are excellent.
by Feb29
Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco rotisserie chicken
Replies: 102
Views: 16188

Re: Costco rotisserie chicken

I dice the leftover pieces, then add to marinara sauce, then serve over ravioli.
The smaller pieces are used to make chicken salad sandwiches.
by Feb29
Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tires for Honda Civic
Replies: 39
Views: 3602

Re: Tires for Honda Civic

I'm on my 4th Civic. I've always had good performance from Michelins. Costco is a good place to buy them.
by Feb29
Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stinky Washing Machine [SOLVED]
Replies: 44
Views: 5258

Re: Stinky Washing Machine

Get rid of the old smelly washer and get a Speed Queen top loader.
by Feb29
Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best wristwatch for the price
Replies: 87
Views: 7761

Re: best wristwatch for the price

If you're buying to wear at the office, then a Citizen or a Seiko are good values. You can frequently get either at a department store on sale.
by Feb29
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it for us to purchase an umbrella policy?
Replies: 47
Views: 7301

Re: Is it worth it for us to purchase an umbrella policy?

An umbrella policy is most useful if you have a high net worth that you want to protect.
Insurance rates are higher for people who are under 26 and unmarried.
by Feb29
Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window replacement - any advice? Lessons learned?
Replies: 50
Views: 7555

Re: Window replacement - any advice? Lessons learned?

I had 29 casement windows replaced in 2008 by Renewal by Anderson. I wanted a no-maintenance high quality composite material inside and out so I considered Marvin and Anderson. Marvin's bid was 30K, Anderson's bid was discounted by 5K to 25K. So I went with Anderson. The installation was top-notch, ...
by Feb29
Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Correcting Zillow Data?
Replies: 10
Views: 1923

Re: Correcting Zillow Data?

Yes, I'm referring to the Z-estimate. I have more bedrooms and square footage then they list.
by Feb29
Sun Jun 05, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Correcting Zillow Data?
Replies: 10
Views: 1923

Correcting Zillow Data?

I noticed that Zillow does not have accurate data for my house. Are there any pros or cons to correcting that info?
by Feb29
Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: leaving vanguard due to math errors / poor customer service?
Replies: 107
Views: 15956

Re: leaving vanguard due to math errors / poor customer service?

I sold some Wellington last year. I was surprised when the 1099-B showed a gain of 1K more than I expected. I ran all the numbers and my cost basis for a prior sale was OK, but the basis for last year's sale doesn't match theirs. A couple of years ago the account was switched to Admiral with a diffe...
by Feb29
Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher recommendation.
Replies: 44
Views: 4910

Re: Dishwasher recommendation.

another very satisfied Bosch user. It works well and it's quiet.
by Feb29
Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to select good contractors. Angie's list has changed.
Replies: 33
Views: 7999

Re: How to select good contractors. Angie's list has changed.

Researchers who have studied the internet assert that 10%-30% of the reviews are fake, and that there are currently hundreds of people who are paid to write either positive or negative reviews for products or services. This applies to Yelp, TripAdvisor, Google reviews, Amazon, etc. By having a $60 y...
by Feb29
Mon Feb 08, 2016 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Denver Vacation (with 6 year old)
Replies: 40
Views: 3827

Re: Denver Vacation (with 6 year old)

I agree with the suggestions to go to Rocky Mountain National Park. We took our kids there for many years. There are several short easy hikes in the Park. And the town of Estes Park has enough in the way of shops and restaurants to keep your interest.
by Feb29
Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you pay for exercise?
Replies: 222
Views: 19977

Re: Do you pay for exercise?

No, I don't pay. I work out with an exercise bike, a NordicTrack, and weights in my basement. It's very convenient. I borrow movies and TV series from the library so I always have good stuff to watch.
by Feb29
Fri Oct 16, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Floss aversion
Replies: 56
Views: 8668

Re: Floss aversion

I've found that a woven floss is more effective that the ribbon or waxed type. I like Oral B Deep Clean Ultra.
by Feb29
Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Washer died. Seeking recommendations for a top loader.
Replies: 65
Views: 6871

Re: Washer died. Seeking recommendations for a top loader.

After our top-end Maytag Bravos HE washer died, I got a Speed Queen. No more bells, whistles, buzzers or unreliable circuit boards to break. Just a well-built washer that will last a long time.
by Feb29
Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: [How do I] short a stock
Replies: 28
Views: 2870

Re: I would like to short a stock that just reverse split.. how the hell do I short?

The Boglehead Wiki has clear and well written articles on investing.
by Feb29
Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: washing machine [Recommendations for]
Replies: 50
Views: 10635

Re: washing machine

After getting a $400 repair estimate for 3 year old Maytag HE washer, I spent a lot of time and discovered Speed Queen. It's designed and built to last. Very strongly recommended.
by Feb29
Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Slate Article: Dream on Babyboomers-Semiretirement is a Myth
Replies: 53
Views: 9721

Re: Slate Article: Dream on Babyboomers-Semiretirement is a Myth

I love articles that start out appearing to be objective. Then at the end we see the real agenda: write to Congress and demand they increase Social Security payments "with the bill paid by the wealthy".
by Feb29
Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Natural Gas Heated Home w/o Flue?
Replies: 17
Views: 2364

Re: Natural Gas Heated Home w/o Flue?

The house may have a high efficiency furnace that runs the exhaust through PVC pipe at ground level.
by Feb29
Sun May 31, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: good vacuum cleaner for up to $200?
Replies: 26
Views: 3916

Re: good vacuum cleaner for up to $200?

We had 2 Hoover Wind Tunnels, one of which was self-propelled. We didn't like either; they cleaned OK, but they were very heavy. Then we got a Hoover Tempo, based on a Consumer Reports review. It performs really well and it's fairly light. It uses bags and it has all the tools. It's on Amazon for $72.
by Feb29
Tue May 05, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wisconsin vacation ideas
Replies: 34
Views: 3731

Re: Wisconsin vacation ideas

Although Door County can be "touristy", it also has lots of different types of activities. You can do things on the lakefront (fish, sail, watch sunsets), or spend time in some of the state parks (hike, bike, swim), or explore some of the small towns (shop, visit little museums) There's a variety of...
by Feb29
Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best 4-6 person tent
Replies: 20
Views: 4821

Re: Best 4-6 person tent

For lighting consider a Black Diamond Apollo lantern. It's small and uses 4 AA batteries, but it provides a variable amount of light up to 80 lumens. It works great inside a tent, and also provides enough light to play cards during the evening. You can get it at REI for around $50. It also works wel...
by Feb29
Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best 4-6 person tent
Replies: 20
Views: 4821

Re: Best 4-6 person tent

Consider a Eureka Copper Canyon 6 (10'x10') or a Copper Canyon 8 (10'x13'). Eureka tents are well designed and well constructed. The nearly vertical walls give you more useable space. They are easy to put up and take down. I've had a Eureka for over 20 years . Get it at Amazon.
by Feb29
Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long did your IT career last? At what age did it end?
Replies: 156
Views: 19809

Re: How long did your IT career last? At what age did it en

I was an applications programmer/analyst for 28 years. Over the last few years I made the uneasy observation that I was the oldest guy in the office. I survived many downsizings but my luck ran out when I was 61. After an unsuccessful one year job search, I decided to retire. My life is so much bett...
by Feb29
Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What happened to the audiophile?[High quality music sources]
Replies: 71
Views: 5942

Re: What happened to the audiophile?

I've been an audiophile for 30+ years. I think scouter gave a really good answer.
by Feb29
Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wine - how to keep it from not spoiling?
Replies: 57
Views: 4981

Re: Wine - how to keep it from not spoiling?

I have used the Vacu-Vin for many years. It's easy and effective.
by Feb29
Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Critically Acclaimed Movies you did not like
Replies: 150
Views: 23683

Re: Critically Acclaimed Movies you did not like

Saving Mr. Banks. I found it really slow and boring.
by Feb29
Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning Up Leaves
Replies: 40
Views: 4852

Re: Cleaning Up Leaves

I would buy the attachment for the lawnmower to grind the leaves up. The ground-up leaves are much smaller in volume, and they can be used for mulching.
by Feb29
Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3531
Views: 1006226

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

"In a World" is an intelligent and entertaining look at the voice-over business in contemporary Los Angeles.
by Feb29
Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tract Home - Things to Watch During Construction
Replies: 58
Views: 7104

Re: Tract Home - Things to Watch During Construction

If you can get to the site often enough, take pictures, especially before the drywall goes up. It can be very useful to know where electrical, plumbing, ductwork, and studs are later on.
by Feb29
Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement age for software engineers
Replies: 94
Views: 22682

Re: Retirement age for software engineers

I planned to retire at age 66, but I got downsized in 2011 at age 61. I job hunted for one year before giving up and accepting retirement. My skillset was up-to-date, but I believe offshoring and age discrimination played a big part in my situation. As I look back, I'm happy to be retired and out of...
by Feb29
Thu Mar 13, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Marvin vs. Andersen Windows: The Eternal Struggle
Replies: 52
Views: 75896

Re: Marvin vs. Andersen Windows: The Eternal Struggle

When I replaced 29 casement windows about 5 years ago I got bids from Marvin and RBA. I liked the RBA product as it was a composite material (Fibrex) that looked like it would have good durability. The Marvins were fiberglass and were comparable, although the price was somewhat higher than RBA. I we...
by Feb29
Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contractors, References & Angie's List
Replies: 19
Views: 2701

Re: Contractors, References & Angie's List

I am a huge fan of Angies List. I've used member feedback to get a roofer, an electrician, a garage door repairman, and an appliance repairman. All have been top-notch. I want work done right the first time, and I want to minimize problems. Angies List has been valuable in that regard. It's worth th...
by Feb29
Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: any boglehead cure for audiophile upgrade-itis?
Replies: 62
Views: 6059

Re: any boglehead cure for audiophile upgrade-itis?

Upgrade-itis is an affliction common to audiophiles. You have my sympathy. I have been an audiophile for over thirty years and I had it also. Since I just retired I now have to adjust myself to a tight budget and I am now getting off of the upgrade merry-go-round. If you can afford to upgrade, consi...
by Feb29
Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anybody use Legalzoom for trusts etc.?
Replies: 12
Views: 1564

Re: Anybody use Legalzoom for trusts etc.?

I used legalzoom to create 2 wills for my wife and myself last year. It was very easy and it looked very similar to the prior wills that a lawyer created. The cost was $82. for the first will and $72 for the second. I was happy with their results. However, for a trust I would probably go to a lawyer...
by Feb29
Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Concert Goers?
Replies: 64
Views: 5250

Re: Boglehead Concert Goers?

I used to go to lots of rock concerts when I was young. But as time progressed that music experience became less interesting, more expensive and more of a hassle. Lately, I've been going to a local symphony that does 5 concerts a year for $110. Parking is free, the concertgoers are considerate, and ...
by Feb29
Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to spend on a new washer & dryer
Replies: 66
Views: 19344

Re: How much to spend on a new washer & dryer

Based on a Consumer Reports review I bought their top recommendation: a Maytag HE washer for over $900. Two years later the control panel and a sensor broke. Replacement cost was $400. The repairman said there was no way of knowing if these replacement parts would last any longer than the originals....
by Feb29
Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Knives set recommendations
Replies: 43
Views: 5318

Re: Knives set recommendations

Find out if any cooking schools near you offer a knife skills class. Wusthof offers a hands-on 2 hour class where you will learn about knife types, cutting techniques, knife care, and sharpening. The cost was $55, but at the end we all received a $40 Wusthof Classic paring knife. The class was reall...
by Feb29
Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: road trip to buffalo worth it?
Replies: 60
Views: 4322

Re: road trip to buffalo worth it?

I was born and raised in Buffalo, and live in Chicago now. Whenever I go back to visit family and friends I always do the following: 1. Go to the Anchor Bar. They are good wings. 2. On Fridays get a fish fry. Many taverns have great fish frys. Try Fitzgeralds in Hamburg. 3. Get at least 2 or 3 pizza...
by Feb29
Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New windows for home- which brand?
Replies: 42
Views: 17911

Re: New windows for home- which brand?

I had 29 casement windows replaced about 4 years ago. I wanted high quality, high efficient, no maintenance windows that weathered well in Chicagoland. I got estimates from Marvin and Andersen Renewal. Their windows were of similar quality. I went with Andersen because I liked the look of the look o...
by Feb29
Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Film darkroom advice
Replies: 26
Views: 2437

Re: Film darkroom advice

Silver based paper prints do have a unique character. That doesn't make them better than a digital print, only different. At this point in time the expense, difficulty, and time consumed to create a darkroom print is not worth it. Instead, embrace the possibilities that digital provides. A photograp...
by Feb29
Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone everuse Angie's List?
Replies: 19
Views: 2265

Re: Anyone everuse Angie's List?

Using Angies List I know I have a higher level of trust in the services I buy. If a service provider has many good reviews, then you can be confident that they provide a consistant high level of work. Since you pay to use Angies List, that eliminates a lot of the suspect reviews you find on Yelp.