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by Helodriver
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eclipse Traffic: predictions vs reality?
Replies: 64
Views: 4756

Re: Eclipse Traffic: predictions vs reality?

We live in Spokane Washington which provided us several options of travel to totality all within a normal driving time of 4-7 hours. Central Oregon Eastern Oregon or Western Idaho were all on the drawing table. I was unable to locate a normal campsite coming late to the game in December. By normal i...
by Helodriver
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eclipse viewing
Replies: 61
Views: 5483

Re: Eclipse viewing

I wanted to thank the OP for this post and Nisiprius's wonderful input. When I read this post back in December that was the first I had heard of the eclipse. I thought it would be fun to purchase eclipse glasses for stocking stuffers and party gifts. When I gave them out I was surprised how many peo...
by Helodriver
Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water bill outlier. Leaky Toilet help
Replies: 17
Views: 1762

Re: Water bill outlier. Leaky Toilet help

+1 for hard water deposits on the interior of the tank where the flapper rests. Try moving the flapper out of the way and using a kitchen pad with vinegar. That solved a similar issue for me. In regards to wet spots in your lawn due to a automatic irrigation solenoid valve not shutting off completel...
by Helodriver
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: carpet beetles (varied carpet beetle)
Replies: 16
Views: 1927

Re: carpet beetles (varied carpet beetle)

Carpet beetles can be a real bummer. Have you looked at the website epestsupply.com? Didn't want to post a link not 100% about forum rules on that. They have a great write up on the primary species with photos and how they behave and treatments for each. We found carpet beetles one spring several ye...
by Helodriver
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sewer pipe breakage
Replies: 8
Views: 1040

Re: Sewer pipe breakage

We recently had a similar situation arise. Our 60 foot sewer connects with a neighbors line and then the combined line runs 70 feet and then connects with the city main. But the city main is located across the street under the sidewalk on the opposite side of the street. Option 1 was digging the who...
by Helodriver
Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 403b help
Replies: 5
Views: 428

Re: 503b help

tiger11 I think you mean 403b My wife worked for a non profit in the 90's and into the early 2000's and we put into TIAA CREF. At the time there were just a few funds available in her 403b plan. They had low expenses and seemed to be solid choices at the time. Our interaction with TIAA CREF was alwa...
by Helodriver
Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If a tree falls
Replies: 68
Views: 6253

Re: If a tree falls

We had a large windstorm with extensive damage last year. I helped lots of neighbors with similar damage. The first problem I see is your "mast" looks damaged thats the large conduit that comes up above your meter with a curved or hood shaped termination where the power line enters the con...
by Helodriver
Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Bogleheads' "100 Things Worth Every Penny" List
Replies: 275
Views: 41537

Re: The Bogleheads' "100 Things Worth Every Penny" List

Several pairs of quality safety glasses. I am tempted to bronze the ones that sacrificed their life for me by the table saw.
Vortex binoculars.
Browning Gold.
Fiskers products. Loppers and scissors for example.
Danner boots.
by Helodriver
Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood Chipper -- Harbor Freight?
Replies: 40
Views: 6203

Re: Wood Chipper -- Harbor Freight?

I have had similar experiences as the other posters with Harbor Freight.I would not buy a chipper from them. From your description of the Leyland Cypress trees. I envision you getting a good chainsaw (Stihl, Husqvarna or Echo) with a 24"inch bar. $350-475 and the proper safety equipment, good c...
by Helodriver
Sat Jul 23, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?
Replies: 56
Views: 6286

Re: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?

As Diamondplatedave pointed out she now is definitely on the "live suckers" list. She should expect to get lots of calls from "that nice hard working young man." Her generation in my experience finds it hard to even let the phone ring for very long let alone go to a answering mac...
by Helodriver
Sat Jul 16, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lemhi Pass (Lewis & Clark trail)
Replies: 4
Views: 744

Re: Lemhi Pass (Lewis & Clark trail)

Hard pack gravel, If you take your time, see the sights or if you get stuck behind a horse trailer then I would allow a fair amount more time than 1 hour 40. But if you plan to get up on top of the washboards than yep 1,40 is good. +1 for boo-yah's post. In particular asking locally about conditions...
by Helodriver
Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any foresters out there
Replies: 9
Views: 2174

Re: Any foresters out there

In the western states cedar is a desirable species and with sufficient specimens of large enough size you could realize a fair profit. Arkansas may not have a market currently for cedar. Chipping for fuel for power generation provides a market for some less desirable species and some income for land...
by Helodriver
Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone familiar with Crowsnest Highway in British Columbia?
Replies: 6
Views: 680

Re: Anyone familiar with Crowsnest Highway in British Columbia?

Over the years I have worked on several fires on both sides of the border near Manning park. Beautiful country. I never really drove with bicycling in mind so I can't say with 100% certainty that they were always wide but I remember lots of chain up areas and slow truck and passing lanes. As obograh...
by Helodriver
Sun May 22, 2016 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flying airplanes -lessons
Replies: 38
Views: 3468

Re: Flying airplanes -lessons

I agree with almost all the responses posted here so far. I do not have any experience in a Diamond so I cannot speak to a direct comparison. But the 172 has been the training standard for many years. Many a tall person has sardined themselves into the smaller 152 to get the job done. But why do tha...
by Helodriver
Thu May 05, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?
Replies: 24
Views: 2285

Re: Fence Building: Soaking cedar fence posts in preservative?

I started installing fence using Simpson strong tie column bases. The Galvanized metal is roughly in the shape of an H. Your 4x4 post attaches to the top and the lower portion is embedded in concrete. The post never comes in contact with soil and decay is greatly diminished. I have one fence that is...
by Helodriver
Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota Tacoma owners?
Replies: 56
Views: 8682

Re: Toyota Tacoma owners?

Elsebet, I currently own a Tacoma Double cab long bed. Love it and use it hard. It has almost as much time off pavement as on. I personally don't find much need or use to any of the listed add ons. Most of the items listed are to make the truck look "cool". So if that is what you want to d...
by Helodriver
Mon Apr 04, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Custom House Cost
Replies: 22
Views: 3402

Re: Custom House Cost

The calculator on building-cost.net gives a ballpark estimate.

-Good luck
by Helodriver
Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Binoculars for Birding Boglehead-wise
Replies: 23
Views: 2153

Re: Binoculars for Birding Boglehead-wise

I work with people who use the best in the industry, Swarovski, Leica, Zeiss etc. I have had the chance to look through lots of different glass out there. Recently a client had a pair of Vortex Viper 10x42 HD's at the same time a coworker had a pair of Swarovski EL 10x42's. They both were spotting a...
by Helodriver
Sun Jan 31, 2016 2:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2 Stage Snow Blower not cleaning well
Replies: 9
Views: 1400

Re: 2 Stage Snow Blower not cleaning well

I like a single stage blowers ability to leave a clean surface behind. The auger on single stage blowers tend to be made out of a tire like material that can gently clean the surface as you go. Once the snow gets above six inches I tend to really slow down and wish for a two stage but my experience ...
by Helodriver
Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Denver Vacation (with 6 year old)
Replies: 40
Views: 3588

Re: Denver Vacation (with 6 year old)

My daughters loved the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Easily a full day activity. The Zoo took up another day. Those activities tend to wear out the adults so we bookended the trip with them and that worked well for my wife and I. Hammond candy factory was pretty quick and kind of cheesy it is...
by Helodriver
Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: helping a creative child grow
Replies: 40
Views: 2592

Re: helping a creative child grow

Both of my daughters are gifted. My older daughter was reading and creating stories through elaborate play at a very young age. When I try to "help" with math it takes me hours on Khan academy just to get a concept that she took seconds to understand. The Khan Academy is a almost endless r...
by Helodriver
Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: helping a creative child grow
Replies: 40
Views: 2592

Re: helping a creative child grow

greenfire wrote [quote] "The simpler the toy, the more complex the play."/quote] Thats perfect. I found the book "The last child in the woods" by Richard Louv, Helpful in raising my two very creative daughters. One creative toy similar to Legos is K*NEX. My daughters enjoyed crea...
by Helodriver
Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grass Fed Meats Question
Replies: 67
Views: 4389

Re: Grass Fed Meats Question

A good friend and neighbor grew up on a Montana farm. Her parents still run a farm raising grain but they use to run cattle. Their neighbor still does run cattle and they buy directly from him. The farmer runs Angus cows. They are raised on his land and do not range elsewhere. They are not "fin...
by Helodriver
Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealer selling used car with new rear tires-> Why wouldnt they change the front 2 as well?
Replies: 36
Views: 3505

Re: Dealer selling used car with new rear tires-> Why wouldnt they change the front 2 as well?

We purchased used Acura TL that also had two brand new tires. I had the car checked out by a mechanic. The car looked great and had all the options we wanted and the price was right... (so we thought.) What the independent mechanic didn't find was evidence of a collision that was paid for by cash by...
by Helodriver
Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Saddleback Leather [briefcase] - Alternatives ??
Replies: 13
Views: 5946

Re: Saddleback Leather - Alternatives ??

I purchased a leather chart case in the early 90's manufactured by Scott. It was a lot more than I wanted to spend but as the years went by I have come to realize it was a great investment. It was recommended by several people whom I respected. I also had the opportunity to hold the case and see the...
by Helodriver
Tue Sep 08, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did websites get my address, age and phone number?
Replies: 6
Views: 1598

Re: How did websites get my address, age and phone number?

Early 90's was given a gift of the National Geographic magazine. My name was misspelled in a unusual manner on that subscription. Soon after the junk mail with that unusual spelling started to show up. If you go to the Spokeo site they have that unusual spelling as a alias for me. The data mining on...
by Helodriver
Fri Sep 04, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn Mower Repair
Replies: 38
Views: 3318

Re: Lawn Mower Repair

after 2 seasons my new mower got gunked up becasuse i was using regular gas. $80 repair bill later, i only use ethanol free gas now for my mower and other small gasoline engines. i found a station close to home using this website. good luck. m +1 Also try buyrealgas.com [quote="theunknowntech&...
by Helodriver
Thu Sep 03, 2015 12:27 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: WA state 529 program (GET) change worth it?
Replies: 28
Views: 3902

Re: WA state 529 program (GET) change worth it?

We also purchased units in the WA GET program from 2006-09 for our children. Over the years I have been concerned over the flexibility, access and transparency of the GET program. The need for continual inflow from new accounts to cover projected outflows and the question if the state would meet its...
by Helodriver
Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: washing machine [Recommendations for]
Replies: 50
Views: 9425

Re: washing machine

If you are slightly mechanically inclined it would be worth attempting to repair a 20 year old washing machine. About 15 years ago I was taken aback by the sears repair man. All I told them over the phone was make and model of my washer. He knew exactly what part it needed. A small $13 rubber and pl...
by Helodriver
Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Think about moving from St Louis to Spokane how is the weather different?
Replies: 6
Views: 1317

Re: Think about moving from St Louis to Spokane how is the weather different?

I lived near Springfield and near Knob Noster for short periods of time. I live in Spokane now. Specific to your question about weather Spokane is a good four season town. Yes we get inversions in the winter when high pressure stagnates the air. Resulting in fog and lower air quality. Winters can be...
by Helodriver
Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with bill received for prior homeowner
Replies: 41
Views: 4455

Re: What to do with bill received for prior homeowner

We have a ongoing joke with our previous homeowner several years have gone by and we continue to get mail from one of their family members that just cant seem to update the address book. Around Christmas our family looks forward to the card. We wrap it up in a additional envelope and send it on its ...
by Helodriver
Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else drive a Tacoma?
Replies: 43
Views: 5870

Re: Anyone else drive a Tacoma?

I love my 2011 Tacoma. I bought the Double cab, Long bed and put a canopy on the bed. I bought the long bed because it is just long enough for me to stretch out and sleep in the back if I go fishing or hunting. It has almost as many miles on dirt roads as paved. My only complaint is in this day and ...
by Helodriver
Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: $500 Graduation gift investment
Replies: 16
Views: 1948

$500 Graduation gift investment

My longtime friends son just graduated from high school. I gave him a gift of cash as did several others. Of that cash he has decided to invest $500.Which represents most of his gift money. He has come to me for advice looking for where to invest. I automatically said Vanguard total stock market ind...
by Helodriver
Tue Jun 23, 2015 1:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Canoe recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 3828

Re: Canoe recommendations

We have a annual canoe camping trip in the fall on Lake Ponderay in Northern Idaho. About six years ago my friend and his family joined us. Our flotilla consists of Two old town plastic canoes one 14' one 16'. A Grumman 1950 era aluminum at 17 feet and My dads 1971 Ranger Fast Boats fiberglass at 17...
by Helodriver
Fri May 29, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: sandblasting exterior shingles
Replies: 4
Views: 711

Re: sandblasting exterior shingles

You did not mention the age of the home. If it was built prior to the 1970's make sure you test for lead before having work done on the shingles. If no lead is present then sanding and/or sandblasting can proceed. Some contractors use wire wheels going with the grain. Across grain can really tear up...
by Helodriver
Wed May 27, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Breaking up with USAA--banking alternatives welcomed
Replies: 23
Views: 5711

Re: Breaking up with USAA--banking alternatives welcomed

Researched this question on my own and found DCU. Digital Federal Credit Union is the proper name. After being on the phone with USAA for 1 hour 51 minutes, I finally got to the executive resolutions person. All I wanted to do was report a fraudulent charge on my card and I ended up being burdened ...
by Helodriver
Thu May 07, 2015 1:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with 1940's refrigerator that still works?
Replies: 37
Views: 9136

Re: What to do with 1940's refrigerator that still works?

First thought I had was. Wow that sounds cool I could use that. Then reality sets in. Where would I put it? Then the cool factor creeps back in. Hey I wonder where in the country they are posting from? If it was close maybe... Seriously no from me but many others in and around your market will be in...
by Helodriver
Mon May 04, 2015 1:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Living in Vancouver WA?
Replies: 30
Views: 9689

Re: Living in Vancouver WA?

Have you looked at Spokane? I have lived and worked in many Northwest cities to include Portland, Vancouver and Seattle. My wife did her residency in Spokane and we never looked back to the west side since. Schools for the kids are great. Public schools have Montessori options. Private schools are e...
by Helodriver
Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning my back yard?
Replies: 41
Views: 7672

Re: Cleaning my back yard?

A pressure washer in that confined space will make quite a of a mess with a pro let alone novice user. The sand holding your pavers in place have a high chance of being several feet up the siding. If you have to use a pressure washer in that space mask or tarp anything you dont want water grit and m...
by Helodriver
Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Breaking up with USAA--banking alternatives welcomed
Replies: 23
Views: 5711

Re: Breaking up with USAA--banking alternatives welcomed

I have had a twenty five year relationship with USAA. Service in the last ten years has declined. The first warning was on home insurance. We were preparing to purchase a home within two city blocks of a fire house and less than seventy five feet to a hydrant. The USAA rep was adamant we were not be...
by Helodriver
Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Traditional IRA or Roth IRA
Replies: 9
Views: 1284

Re: Traditional IRA or Roth IRA

malabargold thank-you for your reply.

I should have included that bit of information. I would like to pass as much on as possible to our children. Avoiding the RMD would also be desirable.
by Helodriver
Thu Feb 12, 2015 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Traditional IRA or Roth IRA
Replies: 9
Views: 1284

Traditional IRA or Roth IRA

Long time reader of the forum first time poster. Trying to figure out which is better. Traditional or Roth 46 year old married filing jointly total annual income of 77K No available 401k standard deduction of 12,400 and exemptions of 15,800. With 2 minor children. We have funds available in our Taxa...