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by Luke Duke
Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: pro's and con's of closing/reopening amazon.com account?
Replies: 31
Views: 2580

Re: pro's and con's of closing/reopening amazon.com account?

I just wish I figured out how to make the sports bra suggestions go away when my wife accidentally searches while I'm logged in... Click "Your Account" and scroll down to the bottom of the page. Under "Personalization" click "View and Manage Your Browsing History. Remove an...
by Luke Duke
Thu Oct 20, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to transfer huge amount of data (>500 GB) to someone through the internet?
Replies: 88
Views: 5340

Re: How to transfer huge amount of data (>500 GB) to someone through the internet?

I would buy another external drive, copy the contents to it and mail it. 1. This is the easiest way to do it. 2. This gives you a 100% backup of what appear to be important family files. 3. There's a decent chance that your brother doesn't have 500+GB of extra storage that he will want to permanentl...
by Luke Duke
Thu Oct 20, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Preferred "disk cloning" software?
Replies: 33
Views: 2112

Re: Preferred "disk cloning" software?

Copy/Paste
by Luke Duke
Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable battery jumpers
Replies: 14
Views: 1290

Re: Portable battery jumpers

I can highly recommend this one. It will jump start my diesel truck (with two dead batteries) with ease. The premium version didn't exist when I bought mine or I probably would have gotten that one for only $6 more.

http://www.amazon.com/Jump-N-Carry-JNC6 ... B000JFJLP6
by Luke Duke
Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two stage Snowblowers -- 22" or 28+"?
Replies: 32
Views: 1683

Re: Two stage Snowblowers -- 22" or 28+"?

I'm glad that I live in Texas.
by Luke Duke
Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I relocate for this job or stay put?
Replies: 79
Views: 4514

Re: Should I relocate for this job or stay put?

Move and negotiate more vacation time.
by Luke Duke
Wed Oct 05, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nanny in Boston
Replies: 44
Views: 3279

Re: Nanny in Boston

Are you overthinking childcare? They have daycare centers all over Boston. Why not just drop your child in one you like? Lots of parents do it, and their kids turn out fine. Leaving your baby at home alone with a nanny, sounds like a riskier arrangement, in my opinion. My thoughts as well. Our dayc...
by Luke Duke
Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where/how do Bogleheads get their tires inflated?
Replies: 97
Views: 6063

Re: Where/how do Bogleheads get their tires inflated?

I fill my tires from this :) http://www.helifreak.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=516104&d=1402878544 However that's over kill if all you want to do is fill tires. Most of the cigarette lighter models are junk and take forever to fill a tire. If you really need one that's portable and can run o...
by Luke Duke
Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is a garbage disposal unit a good idea for a rental property?
Replies: 34
Views: 2103

Re: Is a garbage disposal unit a good idea for a rental property?

As far as liability - I installed a "batch" style disposal - there's no switch, you need to insert the drain plug in order to turn it on. I thought this seemed a lot safer, since there is no way to accidentally start it with a hand in there. So how does that work? you shove food in the di...
by Luke Duke
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Net Worth Milestone Today - $1.5M
Replies: 128
Views: 17219

Re: Net Worth Milestone Today - $1.5M

Ervin wrote:Why would any BH invest in another rental, while the previous one hasn't been paid off yet?


Not sure if serious.
by Luke Duke
Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 16 GB or 64 GB? [for iPhone SE]
Replies: 25
Views: 1897

Re: 16 GB or 64 GB?

Get 64GB. 16GB is really only about 14GB and the OS keeps getting bigger and bigger, so you probably have closer to 10-12GB. You also need a couple of gigs free to upgrade your OS.
by Luke Duke
Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long to keep records?
Replies: 16
Views: 1351

Re: How long to keep records?

I got rid of mine when I got a CD player.
by Luke Duke
Thu Sep 01, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Apron
Replies: 155
Views: 19654

Re: Blue Apron

Hello Fresh posts their recipes online for those who want to try something new.

https://www.hellofresh.com/recipe/all/
by Luke Duke
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can we get by without permanent life insurance?
Replies: 85
Views: 5700

Re: Can we get by without permanent life insurance?

Tell the BIL that you don't need any insurance. If you die young, your wife and kids are going to move in with him.
by Luke Duke
Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car leases: not that expensive, after all, if you can't do maintenance yourself?
Replies: 32
Views: 3290

Re: Car leases: not that expensive, after all, if you can't do maintenance yourself?

Always remember that the service advisors at every dealership work off of commission.
by Luke Duke
Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: cost to build a deck?
Replies: 10
Views: 1074

Re: cost to build a deck?

I strongly recommend against using pressure treated wood, except for maybe the posts. Spend the money on cedar. Pressure treated wood tends to warp really badly.
by Luke Duke
Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your system for dealing with coins?
Replies: 123
Views: 8185

Re: What is your system for dealing with coins?

I throw all of my "silver" coins in an old 5 gal water jug. After about 15 yrs it's only about half full. When I fill it up, I plan to spend it on something stupid or maybe a vacation. I jammed a golf ball into the jug to keep my wife and kids from dipping into it. Now when you tip the jug...
by Luke Duke
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you protect your kids while their online?
Replies: 12
Views: 1163

Re: How do you protect your kids while their online?

When my kids were younger I used a program called K9 web filter. This only protects against bad web pages, so you would still need something like Open DNS for the other applications. But the biggest thing we did was educate our kids on what they might run into and how to appropriately handle it, al...
by Luke Duke
Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 gal gas water heater replacement
Replies: 25
Views: 2976

Re: 50 gal gas water heater replacement

I highly recommend that everyone get some of these and put them in your water heater pan, A/C pan, behind your washing machine, under your sinks, etc. They saved me when my water heater began to leak and alerted me before the leak got to be more than a couple of drops/minute. My water heater is in t...
by Luke Duke
Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need advice, dealer sold me wrong year golf cart
Replies: 35
Views: 2360

Re: Need advice, dealer sold me wrong year golf cart

Since you mentioned a belt, I assume that you have a gas cart. I don't know much about gas carts. With an electric cart, two years difference in age doesn't make hardly any difference in value. What matters most is battery age and condition. I would pay more money for a older, cleaner cart with new ...
by Luke Duke
Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 50 gal gas water heater replacement
Replies: 25
Views: 2976

Re: 50 gal gas water heater replacement

Often times the only difference between a water heater with a 6yr warranty vs one with a 9 or 12 yr warranty is the anode. The longer warranty heaters have more anode material. You can buy anodes online and replace them yourself. Don't get a Whirlpool https://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/whirl...
by Luke Duke
Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car totaled, no collision insurance
Replies: 78
Views: 6990

Re: Car totaled, no collision insurance

sport wrote:
Cindyjrn wrote:
sport wrote:In my state that type of accident would be covered by comprehensive, not collision.


Really? It's not like the antelope ran into his car while it was parked in his driveway.

In my state, damage caused by animal collisions is defined as covered by comprehensive.


Texas is this way too.
by Luke Duke
Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Power surge protector for tv, soundbar??
Replies: 30
Views: 2035

Re: Power surge protector for tv, soundbar??

I also installed one of these a couple of months ago. It probably took me more time to gather my tools than it did to install it. My panel is surface mounted and very accessible. If you have a recessed panel, installation will be more involved.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AQAKRSS/
by Luke Duke
Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Power surge protector for tv, soundbar??
Replies: 30
Views: 2035

Re: Power surge protector for tv, soundbar??

Get one of these. They allow you to use any surge protector that you want and still mount your TV close to the wall.

http://www.monoprice.com/product?c_id=1 ... 1&format=2
by Luke Duke
Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: synthetic oil changes
Replies: 134
Views: 9111

Re: synthetic oil changes

3. 99.9% of us on this forum aren't professional financial advisors, yet we all dole out financial advice to novice bogleheads. The difference is that the financial advice typically given on this site is backed by simple math. The oil-related advice typically given on this site is backed by the opi...
by Luke Duke
Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Please help! Buyer's remorse, need advice
Replies: 104
Views: 11226

Re: Please help! Buyer's remorse, need advice

I appreciate all who have read and have helped comment. Well, many people here love the trucks with bigger tires and wheels, so that might do well privately. As far as trade, best I've been offered is 30k, no thanks. Just got approved now with credit union to refi and they waived the $70 processing...
by Luke Duke
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 251
Views: 22194

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

2003 Ford Excursion - 190K
Bought in 2011 with 130K

2004 Toyota Highlander - 233K
Bought new
by Luke Duke
Mon Jun 13, 2016 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for Dallas BBQ/TexMex Restaurants
Replies: 51
Views: 2939

Re: Recommendations for Dallas BBQ/TexMex Restaurants

Last night I went to a suggested BBQ place to try it. I went to Hard 8. I was NOT impressed. No "plate" meals, only per lb meats with almost all the veggies extra (beans came with the meal). Most "authentic" BBQ restaurants sell their food this way. The most shocking was how muc...
by Luke Duke
Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it for us to purchase an umbrella policy?
Replies: 47
Views: 4606

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

Silence Dogood wrote:It seems odd to me that the umbrella policy would cost more than the renters policy.


You can't really compare the two. Your renter's policy is probably for <$25K and the umbrella is for 7 figures. The renter's is also much more likely to be used.
by Luke Duke
Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your shopping strategy for new tires?
Replies: 123
Views: 8421

Re: Your shopping strategy for new tires?

My strategy: Go to discounttire.com and find the tires that I want. Make an appointment. Go and get my tires. I value the service that I receive at Discount much more than saving $5/tire and ordering a tire online and dealing with a separate installer. I don't wait for a sale. I get new tires when I...
by Luke Duke
Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for Dallas BBQ/TexMex Restaurants
Replies: 51
Views: 2939

Re: Recommendations for Dallas BBQ/TexMex Restaurants

TheTimeLord wrote:Rudy's BBQ


What? You are recommending chain BBQ to a tourist? I happen to believe that it is the best chain BBQ place that I've ever been to, but it is still chain BBQ.

Pecan Lodge, Lockhart and Slow Bone appear in every top-5 Dallas BBQ list. Try one of those.
by Luke Duke
Mon Jun 06, 2016 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle for tall person and rear-facing child car seat?
Replies: 22
Views: 1655

Re: Vehicle for tall person and rear-facing child car seat?

flyingbison wrote:Just put the car seat on the passenger side of the vehicle, so it doesn't interfere with the driver's seat.


My thoughts as well. You would need a full-sized SUV or a 4 door mega cab pickup to put a rear facing seat behind a 6'8" driver. And that might still be pushing it.
by Luke Duke
Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insulating the attic
Replies: 26
Views: 2151

Re: Insulating the attic

You could blow in cellulose with two people - one loading the hopper, the other spraying in the attic. You'll get totally covered in dust, but it's painless effort. And it goes fairly quickly. You can put is as much or as little as you want. Lot cheaper than fiberglass, and easier. Do seal leaks fi...
by Luke Duke
Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking to buy a golf cart
Replies: 15
Views: 1634

Re: Looking to buy a golf cart

That doesn't sound like a bad price. I have an electric cart that I enjoy driving around the neighborhood. The main downside to an electric cart is that every 4-6 years you are going to spend $6-700 on batteries. I would recommend visiting http://www.buggiesgonewild.com/
by Luke Duke
Thu May 26, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: We are late starters, curious how aggressive others would be to catch up
Replies: 13
Views: 2538

Re: We are late starters, curious how aggressive others would be to catch up

1. I would think long and hard about becoming a landlord.
2. I think that you are fine at your current savings rate.
by Luke Duke
Tue May 24, 2016 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2 Big Companies merging = no severance package?
Replies: 24
Views: 2521

Re: 2 Big Companies merging = no severance package?

I would guess that you will keep your seniority and your severance policy will change to whatever it is at the new company. I wouldn't count on it being 1mo/yr.
by Luke Duke
Tue May 24, 2016 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice w/ 62YO Mom Moving In - Rent? Resentment? Plans? (Update, Pg 2)
Replies: 101
Views: 9866

Re: Advice w/ 62YO Mom Moving In - Rent? Resentment? Plans?

7. Other siblings? if so, try to "involve" them to some degree at least. Yes, several. No way to say this without sounding horribly pompous, but I have always been the one to think about my parent's situation. It has pained me for many years. I have gotten very little input over the last ...
by Luke Duke
Fri May 20, 2016 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Food waste because of date labeling
Replies: 26
Views: 1868

Re: Food waste because of date labeling

I am very sensitive to the expiration date for items like milk, meat, and produce but I have some Planters Dry Roasted Unsalted Peanuts (stocked up when they were 2 for price of one) more than a year past the expiration date and they taste great. The tops are sealed and once I break the seal I eat ...
by Luke Duke
Tue May 17, 2016 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: College - In state - Children staying close to parents
Replies: 54
Views: 3191

Re: College - In state - Children staying close to parents

Do the following assumptions make sense? Assume college rankings and career options are similar in state and far away states. If the children go to in state versus far away states college. They would be close to parents during college for approximately six years including graduate school. There are...
by Luke Duke
Tue May 10, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Woodturners?
Replies: 8
Views: 1349

Re: Any Woodturners?

Looking to get into using a lathe/woodturning. Two primary things I want to accomplish: make a baseball bat, and make plugs for surfcasting. Have very little general woodworking knowledge. Does anyone use a lathe on the board? Decent ones are much more expensive than I thought, are there any makes ...
by Luke Duke
Tue May 10, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 26 y/o with ~$175,000 inheritence
Replies: 40
Views: 7227

Re: 26 y/o with ~$175,000 inheritence

you and your girlfriend should save up the money together to buy a place if things get more serious. That way it will feel like you are truly building a life together. Yes x1000. I don't know the laws in MA, but if you two get married, commingle the finds and end up getting a divorce, she could get...
by Luke Duke
Tue May 10, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drill chuck only accepts 1/4" hex bits
Replies: 17
Views: 1382

Re: Drill chuck only accepts 1/4" hex bits

Return it.
by Luke Duke
Sun May 01, 2016 1:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best drill/driver for home use
Replies: 67
Views: 5542

Re: Best drill/driver for home use

Questions: 1. Is having a separate impact driver worth the extra $40 ? Or should one tool be sufficient? 2. Do you think that these models are sufficient for the typical homeowner for occasional DIY tasks? Reviews (consumersearch.com, sweethome, etc) seem to suggest the answer is yes. For more dema...
by Luke Duke
Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a house with solar panels
Replies: 38
Views: 4573

Re: Selling a house with solar panels

giesen5 wrote:I should have been more clear. I am talking about owning the panels, not Solar City lease.


I would definitely leave your last year's electric bills out in a visible location whenever there is a showing.
by Luke Duke
Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life Insurance For Newborn?
Replies: 49
Views: 3590

Re: Life Insurance For Newborn?

It would make sense to get insurance on a newborn, if you have reason to believe you'd have costs you couldn't cashflow in the event of the child's death or if you believe it is reasonably likely that the stress of losing a child would severely negatively impact your future earning potential. In ot...
by Luke Duke
Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tuxedo rental for prom?
Replies: 24
Views: 1937

Re: Tuxedo rental for prom?

Buying a tux of a 17 or 18 year old is pretty silly. There is almost no chance that it will fit him in a year or two. Agreed, unless you are certain that he will go the Greek route in college. If so, then he might get a couple of more uses out of it before he out grows it. Otherwise putting on 20-4...

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