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by Mingus
Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: White Kitchen Cabinets?
Replies: 44
Views: 3032

Re: White Kitchen Cabinets?

kingsnake wrote:We have custom made kitchen cabinets done in Sherwin Williams Antique White. Love 'em.


That is a cream color

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by Mingus
Thu Feb 11, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: White Kitchen Cabinets?
Replies: 44
Views: 3032

Re: White Kitchen Cabinets?

Ordinary people putting in extreme white kitchens (cabinets, counter, backsplash) to me are evidence the white trend is plateauing. White perimeter cabinets with a cherry/walnut island and Carrara marble/quartz is a more classic look but when every remodel looks like that people are going to look b...
by Mingus
Thu Feb 11, 2016 1:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: White Kitchen Cabinets?
Replies: 44
Views: 3032

Re: White Kitchen Cabinets?

White cabinetry is classic. However, the white paint used years ago was not the pure stark whites that are the trend today. The whites used were more cream or ivory in tone. As granite counter tops are already becoming passe, I'd be concerned with spending the big buck$ that kitchen cabinets cost, a...
by Mingus
Sun Feb 07, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raw Honey?
Replies: 34
Views: 2543

Re: Raw Honey?

If you are accustomed to 2% milk, then raw whole milk might seem very rich to you. Although it is certainly possible to have 2% raw milk, I don't think it is very available. The whole point of raw milk is drinking it as it comes out of the cow. :happy I drank raw whole milk for years when I lived i...
by Mingus
Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Raw Honey?
Replies: 34
Views: 2543

Re: Raw Honey?

You might be able to find raw honey direct from a bee keeper on craigslist in your area for a more reasonable price. Regarding raw milk, I drink it. Grew up on it. Also a family friend was a bee keeper growing up so we often had raw honey. All most people know is the world of pasteurized processed i...
by Mingus
Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Coming Boglehead Zombie Apocalypse (LED bulbs)
Replies: 94
Views: 7108

Re: The Coming Boglehead Zombie Apocalypse (LED bulbs)

Meh, LEDs are certainly better than the compact flourescents people have been salivating over, but they still aren't that great. So much of the color spectrum is missing compared to a tungsten bulb, the light they put off is like staring into a black hole. For my tastes, a single light fixture needs...
by Mingus
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of home addition? Should I do it?
Replies: 44
Views: 2952

Re: Cost of home addition? Should I do it?

davebo wrote: The prior homeowners added a family room about 10 years ago and it's heated/cooled separately from the rest of the house.


There's already been one addition to the house? Absolutely hire an architect. Otherwise run the real risk of creating a dysfunctional, albeit larger, home.
by Mingus
Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of home addition? Should I do it?
Replies: 44
Views: 2952

Re: Cost of home addition? Should I do it?

Additions are always more expensive than new build.

Figure 150 to 200 dollars a square foot.
by Mingus
Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Made in Germany
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Re: Made in Germany

"Made in Germany" is a label I don't see very often in this country for everyday items. Or Austria. A while back I was trying to think of what Austria exports to us. I don't think I've ever seen a product from there except for the KTM dirt bikes when I was a kid. And that was only in maga...
by Mingus
Fri Jan 29, 2016 12:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I received an unexpected 401(k) full withdrawl
Replies: 13
Views: 3141

Re: I received an unexpected 401(k) full withdrawl

Am I missing something here? We're talking an amount equal to a couple movie tickets, some nice meals and drinks for an evening. Why go to all the paperwork hassle for something in the big picture that will have pretty close zero impact on your retirement? Life is complicated enough, don't sweat the...
by Mingus
Thu Jan 28, 2016 1:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Eating money eating out! Going on a 401k diet. Help!
Replies: 27
Views: 2887

Re: Eating money eating out! Going on a 401k diet. Help!

3504PIR wrote:FWIW your rent payment equates to a monthly mortgage payment on a $250,000 mortgage.


The $1400/month on food and restaurants is roughly equal to a $300,000 mortgage.
by Mingus
Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Netflix increasing prices. Will you keep it?
Replies: 52
Views: 6235

Re: Netflix increasing prices. Will you keep it?

Geneyus wrote:
YttriumNitrate wrote:Netflix could double their prices and I wouldn't even think of cancelling.


Shhhhhhh... they might be listening.


Gladly. Their original content series are stunning. Just started watching Sense 8. That must be one expensive show to produce. 9.99/month, or whatever the price is, is a bargain.
by Mingus
Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What 55" TV to Buy
Replies: 51
Views: 3334

Re: What 55" TV to Buy

Hard to go wrong with a Panasonic or a Sony. Which would be the Honda and Toyotas of TVs.

Others will recommend an LG or a Samsung. Which would be the Hyundai and Kias of TVS.

Some will even recommend a Vizio.

Best thing to do is go shopping and see what looks best to your eyes.
by Mingus
Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nutritional supplements - beware
Replies: 38
Views: 2567

Re: Nutritional supplements - beware

Do you know if supplements used in Europe are regulated and properly tested? I have a hunch that Europeans are more likely to use non-pharmaceutical supplements and do it intelligently. Victoria The EU has a pretty lengthy list of herbs that one cannot purchase over the counter because they are con...
by Mingus
Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nutritional supplements - beware
Replies: 38
Views: 2567

Re: Nutritional supplements - beware

Not really too surprising. There are legit manufacturers, but probably above the Wal Mart brand price point.

Worldwide, isn't there also an epidemic of counterfeit pharmaceuticals as well?
by Mingus
Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What was your biggest unexpected home expense?
Replies: 87
Views: 7273

Re: What was your biggest unexpected home expense?

"What was your biggest unexpected home expense?"

Time.
by Mingus
Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home automation experts
Replies: 14
Views: 1486

Re: Home automation experts

Aha, I may have a solution.

The Lutron connected bulb remote + Cree Connected lightbulbs.
http://www.lutron.com/en-US/Products/Pa ... rview.aspx

Apparently, no Hub required (I think....) And the remote can be wall mounted and look like a switch.
by Mingus
Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home automation experts
Replies: 14
Views: 1486

Re: Home automation experts

Switch kits are available. About $2.99 each. I'll also add, there is a finished and skim coated ceiling in the basement that's pretty darn close to a level 5 finish. In addition to that, there is a bunch of built in floor to ceiling cabinetry down there directly beneath four of the sconces. There is...
by Mingus
Tue Jan 19, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home automation experts
Replies: 14
Views: 1486

Re: Home automation experts

I think what I will end up doing is retrofitting new lamps I like with switches. Will just require a drill and a few dollars in parts for the switch. Or I'll find a lighting vendor that will do it for me so they can ruin something and not me. Seems like home automation is still a "hobby" a...
by Mingus
Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home automation experts
Replies: 14
Views: 1486

Re: Home automation experts

My written communication skills must be getting bad. Question was ultimately on the pros/cons of X-10, Z-wave, or something else I'm unaware of for my intended application. (yes, the existing fixtures will be replaced with architecturally appropriate ones once the technical details are worked out fi...
by Mingus
Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home automation experts
Replies: 14
Views: 1486

Home automation experts

I have a bunch of hardwired wall sconces in the living room and dining room. Each sconce has its own built in switch. There are no wall switches for these lights. They are hardwired. The problem is, they are ugly 1960s or 1970s junk. But, the walls are beautiful plaster that will not be touched to a...
by Mingus
Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Heavy Lifting Job: $60/hr nights or $75/hr weekends?
Replies: 36
Views: 4359

Re: Heavy Lifting Job: $60/hr nights or $75/hr weekends?

Some people (guys) lift weights in gyms for fun, basically. One time when I was in college there was this fellow in a couple of my classes that was really into weightlifting. When we got back to class after one summer break I asked him what he did during the summer. He couldn't stop raving about th...
by Mingus
Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Heavy Lifting Job: $60/hr nights or $75/hr weekends?
Replies: 36
Views: 4359

Re: Heavy Lifting Job: $60/hr nights or $75/hr weekends?

Two 12 hour days of heavy lifting labor will be murder, especially at age 45 unless you have superman health.

6 hr days sounds better, but not a night shift. What are the hours?

I'd be inclined to work the two twelves to avoid working nights if possible.
by Mingus
Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: $1.3 Billion Jackpot - How would you invest it?
Replies: 76
Views: 4035

Re: $1.3 Billion Jackpot - How would you invest it?

I'd buy my neighborhood. Then bring over an army of skilled Italian masons and plasterers, and restore everything to brand new. And sell everything for a loss once complete.
by Mingus
Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Functional front yard ideas
Replies: 7
Views: 669

Re: Functional front yard ideas

I like the idea above about driving around and taking pictures of what you like. Then you can probably pretty easily ask around at a local nursery for someone who can design you the front yard you want. As long as you're not going all crazy with retaining walls, artificial ponds and waterfalls, the ...
by Mingus
Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jackpot Now Estimated $700 Million, who's in?
Replies: 149
Views: 5700

Re: Jackpot Now Estimated $700 Million, who's in?

$4 dollars wont cut it. Need to re-invest all dividends. That's what the big players are doing.
by Mingus
Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Comparison of House investment vs. S&P 500
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: Comparison of House investment vs. S&P 500

So it seems one rental property is not worth the effort. However, if the cashflow was used to finance a second, third, fourth rental and so on your overall results may have been more lucrative IF your local housing market had been seen better growth. Since no one knows the future, there's no way you...
by Mingus
Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Comparison of House investment vs. S&P 500
Replies: 13
Views: 1459

Re: Comparison of House investment vs. S&P 500

Does the 77K in cash flow include all the maintenance costs deducted associated with that house such as paint, roof, plumbing, etc?
by Mingus
Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: receiver recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 1125

Re: receiver recommendations

Circuit design for an audio amplifier is extremely non-challenging. I buy a known manufacturer and then consider size and price. At your typical big box store the number of choices is not that large. I give much more thought into speaker choices. I've read audio circuits were mostly perfected in th...
by Mingus
Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with my Audi A3 TDI
Replies: 54
Views: 3527

Re: What to do with my Audi A3 TDI

1) Wait and see what the fix is.

2) Assess driveablity and mpg after that.

3) If Audi will be willing to buy it back, that's the option I'd go with if #2 was not to my satisfaction.

Is this a lease?
by Mingus
Mon Dec 28, 2015 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Uncomfortable gift situations
Replies: 27
Views: 3040

Re: Uncomfortable gift situations

Disparity of gift quality: Had an aunt who earned a lot and gave the cheapest things. One year we got cotton balls from the dollar store and toilet paper that appeared to have been taken from the workplace. Another year we got some disposable rubber gloves taken from the workplace. My parents stopp...
by Mingus
Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV show recommendations?
Replies: 427
Views: 170055

Re: TV show recommendations?

We cancelled our cable subscription about five years ago. Most of today's TV shows are mind numbingly idiotic. Critics, reviewers and frankly anyone with a cursory knowledge of television says this is the best era for television ever. Just read this thread. In addition to all the excellent suggesti...
by Mingus
Mon Dec 28, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a house with no money down
Replies: 77
Views: 5856

Re: Buying a house with no money down

searhapsody wrote:Houses have built in expenses like taxes, heating/cooling and maintenance. The larger and more expensive the house, the bigger those expenses tend to be.


An $800K house in sunny SoCal, other than property taxes, for all intents and purposes, has the same expenses as a 200K house in rural Ohio.
by Mingus
Mon Dec 28, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: soylent?
Replies: 15
Views: 1622

Re: soylent?

Or folks could just learn how to cook real food , and eat it. As a parent, I can't understand letting your child go out into the world without the ability to buy and cook food. That presumes the parents themselves were taught how to cook by their parents. Don't children just mimic their parent's be...
by Mingus
Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: dilemma over house division during legal separation
Replies: 98
Views: 8433

Re: dilemma over house division during legal separation

EmergDoc wrote:edited


I'm not sure what you wrote, but it's probably what I was thinking.
by Mingus
Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Seattle-what can we really afford?
Replies: 42
Views: 3646

Re: Seattle-what can we really afford?

I lived in Seattle for 7 years. Most of it was in Sunset Hill, and a year stint on Queen Anne hill. Such a difficult city to get around in no matter your mode of transportation. If your job is close to your work, and work pays for parking it isn't too bad. But riding the bus to work 12 months a year...
by Mingus
Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anybody dealt with basement flooding?
Replies: 4
Views: 600

Re: anybody dealt with basement flooding?

Yes, the water is seeping in at the base of the wall. The reason for this is the exterior drain is clogged, but before water flows to the clog, it flows through the basin, so keeping the basin clear keeps the clogged line from getting water backing up on it. Water flows to a basin, and at some poin...
by Mingus
Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anybody dealt with basement flooding?
Replies: 4
Views: 600

Re: anybody dealt with basement flooding?

So the water is pooling up where the drain was installed since the outlet is clogged? Confused with how water is getting in. Normally, water seeps in through the basement walls, and slab floor, that are below grade. The real fix is waterproofing the EXTERIOR of the concrete walls with tar, or someth...
by Mingus
Mon Dec 07, 2015 2:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The Restaurant Experience
Replies: 75
Views: 4758

Re: The Restaurant Experience

In the greater Seattle area, with a few notable exceptions, a restaurant experience is not going to be that great until you get to the $60 + a plate level. There are some good Thai places, and the like for considerably less. The majority of the eateries buy the same ingredients, from the same food d...
by Mingus
Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Need advice on truck purchase
Replies: 44
Views: 4102

Re: Need advice on truck purchase

I'd say wait until gas is back at over $4/gallon. Then Ford will almost be paying you take one off their hands to keep the factories running.
by Mingus
Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trying to get out of house
Replies: 24
Views: 3098

Re: Trying to get out of house

I recommend you get the new roof as soon as the weather permits. Don't be the guy with the blue tarp on his roof. Since the house is 100 years old, and has most likely suffered severe delayed maintenance from previous homeowners, perhaps halt putting the additional $200/month towards the mortgage. T...
by Mingus
Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trying to get out of house
Replies: 24
Views: 3098

Re: Trying to get out of house

$9K to replace a roof on a $90K house seems very high unless you are living in a historic house with limits on what materials you can use or some other special case. How many square feet is the house? One or two story? What roofing material? I would fix the roof before you list it and try to get a ...
by Mingus
Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sealer for vinyl siding
Replies: 5
Views: 520

Re: Sealer for vinyl siding

Its most likely a wax (synthetic), that restores (maybe) some of the oils in the vinyl that eventually oxidize and create the chalky appearance. It might even have some UV inhibitors in it. In theory, it's probably something that should be done, like waxing your car, which also restores or nourishes...
by Mingus
Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: electric outlet and conduit placement in custom home
Replies: 19
Views: 1391

Re: electric outlet and conduit placement in custom home

Make sure to have some exterior outlets. They can even be put on a switch, inside the house, in case you're worried a neighbor is going to run an extension cord and steal your electricity. When I re-did my front porch, it was the perfect opportunity for me to put an outlet in but I missed it and I w...
by Mingus
Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car stolen and car seats set on fire
Replies: 35
Views: 5596

Re: Car stolen and car seats set on fire

I cannot imagine the car would be anything other than totaled if your description is correct. The FD may have even helped to push it in that direction. True story: A drunk driver jumped a traffic circle near my house a while back. Slammed head on into a car parked on the street (on street parking). ...
by Mingus
Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wool Carpet
Replies: 11
Views: 806

Re: Wool Carpet

I have wool area rugs decades old that look very good. I don't have dogs and kids running around on them. I would never get a carpet of any other material, due to the overwhelming not found in nature smell they give off for a long time. Having pulled up wall to wall carpet, I would never get that a...
by Mingus
Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wool Carpet
Replies: 11
Views: 806

Re: Wool Carpet

sport wrote:There is such a thing as carpet beetles. They can damage wool carpet, but have no taste for synthetics.
http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7436.html


Interesting. It seems diatomaceous earth would work.

http://www.americanpest.net/blog/post/d ... le-control
by Mingus
Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much would it costs to replace knob and tube wiring?
Replies: 10
Views: 692

Re: How much would it costs to replace knob and tube wiring?

A possible cheaper option may be due demo the plaster, have the wiring changed, and then go back with drywall. I'd only consider that in the kitchen and the bathrooms as part of a complete remodel. And, I'd only demo as little plaster as possible. A level 3 drywall job in Southern California is wou...
by Mingus
Sat Oct 24, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much would it costs to replace knob and tube wiring?
Replies: 10
Views: 692

Re: How much would it costs to replace knob and tube wiring?

Maybe will put in an offer on a 1925 Spanish style house in SoCal (LA suburbs), about 1300 square feet with the knob and tube wiring. There is no drywall, maybe just plaster? Can someone give me a ROUGH estimate of how much it will cost (inclusive of plaster repair)? A lot. A good electrician can w...

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