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by TT
Sun Sep 25, 2016 7:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [500 million Yahoo accounts hacked, what should you do?]
Replies: 86
Views: 5860

Re: [500 million Yahoo accounts hacked, what should you do?]

Today I went to my Yahoo account and changed the password. There were no security questions associated with my account. Victoria Can you tell me where the security questions would be located? I do not see any in my account info or in the account security. Does that mean I did not enter any? Thanks
by TT
Sun Sep 25, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [500 million Yahoo accounts hacked, what should you do?]
Replies: 86
Views: 5860

Re: [500 million Yahoo accounts hacked, what should you do?]

I don't remember if I gave Yahoo security questions or my BD. How can I find out, and how can I change them if I did? Log into your account and in the upper right hand corner you will see you name -click on account info and it will display any personal info you entered. I would advise opening accou...
by TT
Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audi Service Dealership Cost too high? Where should I take it?
Replies: 39
Views: 2998

Re: Audi Service Dealership Cost too high? Where should I take it?

Hi I am a first time Audi Q5 - Hybrid owner. Today I took my Q5 for 35,000 mile service to the Audi dealership. The dealer said since I don't have Audi Care package, it will cost approximately $1,800 :annoyed. But I can by Audi Care package for about $900 that will take care of my 35,000 miles as w...
by TT
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on snowblower
Replies: 62
Views: 3090

Re: Advice on snowblower

I'm also going to be picking up some snow spikes (~$11) for my boots this year to make sure the hill does not give me any problems. Hoping my snow blower does not need the chains as this seems like it'd be a bit of a pain in the ass to take on and off. You will need chains with the grade you have m...
by TT
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Loan on $1.3MM Fixer-upper
Replies: 61
Views: 5650

Re: Loan on $1.3MM Fixer-upper

I thought I was finally in our forever home, but my wife seems to think that the commute is too far. So we're moving, and we'll end up closer to our in-laws which will provide free child-rearing help, and also top-notch schools. However, there is little inventory and half of the homes are either to...
by TT
Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo & Audi SUV owners step in here
Replies: 26
Views: 2425

Re: Volvo & Audi SUV owners step in here

Over the years I have heard a number of Audi owners tell me I will never buy another one but I have never heard a Volvo owner tell me that. "that Audi left me stranded for the last time" is what I recollect. Volvo owners I know have driven them for many years and then buy another one. I w...
by TT
Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volvo & Audi SUV owners step in here
Replies: 26
Views: 2425

Re: Volvo & Audi SUV owners step in here

Over the years I have heard a number of Audi owners tell me I will never buy another one but I have never heard a Volvo owner tell me that. "that Audi left me stranded for the last time" is what I recollect. Volvo owners I know have driven them for many years and then buy another one.
by TT
Tue Aug 30, 2016 6:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My beloved Subaru just bit the dust...now what?
Replies: 27
Views: 3011

Re: My beloved Subaru just bit the dust...now what?

Find another used Subaru in good condition. I purchased a 2004 Outback in March 2013 with 159,000 miles on it as it was in great condition with service records. New front axles rods, brakes, rotors and 2 calipers = total cost of $4,900. Car now has about 195,000 miles and runs great. BTW my insuranc...
by TT
Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Instant oatmeal vs "regular" oatmeal
Replies: 76
Views: 6486

Re: Instant oatmeal vs "regular" oatmeal

Start the day with Steel Cut Oats aka Irish oatmeal with a spoonful of dark amber grade B pure maple syrup :D
by TT
Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Urgent Chrome Update Scam
Replies: 10
Views: 2053

Re: Urgent Chrome Update Scam

Is this what the "update" message looked like? http://www.virusresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Remove-Urgent-Chrome-Update.jpg This is not a legit message. If you saw it, you mostly likely have adware installed on your machine. It's often bundled with other software. If it's an op...
by TT
Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Stinky Washing Machine [SOLVED]
Replies: 44
Views: 4421

Re: Stinky Washing Machine

The saleswoman at Home Depot said her chemist brother suggested running a cycle with 1/2 cup borax. She said it worked like a charm. I am planning to try it, but I keep forgetting to buy borax. Although after 20 years, I would probably buy a new washer... I would strongly recommend a front loader. ...
by TT
Wed Jul 20, 2016 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Urgent Chrome Update Scam
Replies: 10
Views: 2053

Urgent Chrome Update Scam

Today on my laptop I experienced " Urgent Chrome Update" Pop Up window during browsing the internet. I did not open or follow any directions in the window. I ran Avast, Microsoft Security Essentials, and Super Anti Spyware and nothing was found. Googling it some call it a virus , others sa...
by TT
Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retired a year - big loss [ :) ]
Replies: 25
Views: 5155

Re: Retired a year - big loss [ :) ]

Ditto here
The first year I retired I lost 33 lbs and was not even trying and have maintained my new weight.
At the desk and computer or sitting in a car all day transitioned to lots of physical activity every day.
by TT
Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of car do Bogleheads like to drive?
Replies: 168
Views: 12930

Re: What kind of car do Bogleheads like to drive?

Safe, Reliable, reasonable cost to own, never, ever with a lien holder. :!:
by TT
Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home inspection items for repair
Replies: 32
Views: 2109

Re: Home inspection items for repair

My wife and I are finally purchasing a home after many months searching. We had the home inspection yesterday and along with several small, non-material issues, some larger issues were discovered: -Roof has a couple missing shingles and a couple deteriorated shingles -Radon is greater than the 4.0 ...
by TT
Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tag Heuer wrist watch
Replies: 24
Views: 2275

Re: Tag Heuer wrist watch

I purchased a Tag chronograph quartz in 1991 and used it regularly and kept it in excellent condition. Changed battery when needed at a reputable jeweler who would check the gasket and made sure it was properly sealed. I never had any issues and my son is wearing it now for the past couple of years.
by TT
Mon Jul 04, 2016 6:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: synthetic oil changes
Replies: 134
Views: 9138

Re: synthetic oil changes

As someone who opens up engine's on a weekly basis and see's the insides I'll tell you the longer oil changes the more sludge I see. I see more build up in today's engines than 15-20 years ago, biggest change that I see has been the change to direct injection engines. More carbon build up in cylind...
by TT
Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: synthetic oil changes
Replies: 134
Views: 9138

Re: synthetic oil changes

I change at 50% of the maint minder #, syn oil only. The old oil is recycled so it's not very harmful. I do the oil changes myself (easy peasy). Just curious - if you change (and reset) at 50% for the maintenance minder, how do you know when other service is due? For example, we just hit the 105k m...
by TT
Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: synthetic oil changes
Replies: 134
Views: 9138

Re: synthetic oil changes

As someone who opens up engine's on a weekly basis and see's the insides I'll tell you the longer oil changes the more sludge I see. I see more build up in today's engines than 15-20 years ago, biggest change that I see has been the change to direct injection engines. More carbon build up in cylind...
by TT
Sun Jul 03, 2016 6:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: synthetic oil changes
Replies: 134
Views: 9138

Re: synthetic oil changes

With the recommendations of extended oil changes don't forget to check your oil level frequently between changes as the engineers who design engines today seem to also have a tendency to design more for extending gas mileage on the window sticker than preventing oil consumption.
by TT
Sun Jul 03, 2016 6:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A nurse practitioner will not release my medical records! Help!
Replies: 25
Views: 2981

Re: A nurse practitioner will not release my medical records! Help!

Perhaps you should consider contacting the State Board of Nursing

-open an inquiry as to whether this practitioner is certified to practice as an NP
-file a complaint so they can investigate why she has not complied with your request

Hope this helps and good luck
by TT
Sun Jun 26, 2016 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Price of 2016 Honda Civic LX automatic
Replies: 10
Views: 987

Re: Price of 2016 Honda Civic LX automatic

Anyone here bought a 2016 LX recently? I have done research and got a quote $500 below invoice (Invoice=$18,073, Quote= $17,500). Destination charge $835, taxes and tags are extra. The dealer is part of Sonic dealers in Northern Virginia. The salesman claimed that their price is legit with no press...
by TT
Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: washing machine [Recommendations for]
Replies: 50
Views: 7886

Re: washing machine

We have an LG without an agitator. It's horrible. It weighs the clothes by spinning to set the water level. There is no adjustment to add water. It frequently leave soap scum on the clothes. It very frequently tangles them in knots. All we believe as a result of water saving features and no agitato...
by TT
Tue May 31, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to get first car service done
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: When to get first car service done

How many times do car engines fail these days for any reason? In my circle of family and friends (some who keep their cars a long time), I can't think of any. Here are just a few: 1)2006-2009 Honda Civic engine block cracks with leaking coolant 2)2016 Honda Civic Engine problem stops sale of 2016 H...
by TT
Mon May 30, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to get first car service done
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: When to get first car service done

How many times do car engines fail these days for any reason? In my circle of family and friends (some who keep their cars a long time), I can't think of any. Here are just a few: 1)2006-2009 Honda Civic engine block cracks with leaking coolant 2)2016 Honda Civic Engine problem stops sale of 2016 H...
by TT
Sun May 29, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to get first car service done
Replies: 70
Views: 4149

Re: When to get first car service done

Mileage and time are only two rough measures of the state of your car's oil. The whole purpose of Honda's Maintenance Minder is that it also considers your driving conditions. How many times has the car been started? How long was each drive? How many actual engine revolutions have occurred? Why sec...
by TT
Sun May 29, 2016 6:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recall: Subaru 2015, 2016 & 2017 Legacy & Outback steering
Replies: 43
Views: 4212

Re: Recall: Subaru 2015, 2016 & 2017 Legacy & Outback steering

How much is "like crazy"? Between oil changes, I usually need to add between 1 and 2 quarts of oil. Seeing as how I've never had to add a drip of oil to any car I've owned in the last 20 years (my wife too), this is a problem. I know the 0W-20 synthetic is thin stuff, but my Prius uses it...
by TT
Sat May 28, 2016 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recall: Subaru 2015, 2016 & 2017 Legacy & Outback steering
Replies: 43
Views: 4212

Re: Recall: Subaru 2015, 2016 & 2017 Legacy & Outback steering

How much is "like crazy"? Between oil changes, I usually need to add between 1 and 2 quarts of oil. Seeing as how I've never had to add a drip of oil to any car I've owned in the last 20 years (my wife too), this is a problem. I know the 0W-20 synthetic is thin stuff, but my Prius uses it...
by TT
Fri May 20, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is $2000 reasonable for bathroom permits?
Replies: 22
Views: 2821

Re: Is $2000 reasonable for bathroom permits?

We are working with a contractor who is charging us about $2000 to get the necessary permits for two bathroom remodels. He has also refused to separate his invoices into materials and labor, so we don't know how much of it is the actual cost of the permit and how much is for his work put in to obta...
by TT
Tue May 17, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas in July
Replies: 34
Views: 3395

Re: Las Vegas in July

Last July on my way to San Francisco when we landed in Las Vegas it was 106 degrees and I was glad to be on my way in an hour. On the way home a week later it cooled down to around 100 degrees.
by TT
Tue May 10, 2016 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wife loves here new Speed Queen washer/dryer
Replies: 24
Views: 4622

Re: Wife loves here new Speed Queen washer/dryer

Problem with Speed Queen esp. if you have a well & septic is they use a lot of water for washing a small load. 23- 26 gallons of water for 3.3 cubic ft washer. Energy star washers use 14-16 gallons of water - much less electric and the clothes are much dryer after the spin cycle. Speed Queen pos...
by TT
Sat May 07, 2016 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: discovered delivered furniture damaged
Replies: 7
Views: 992

Re: discovered delivered furniture damaged

New dresser was delivered today. My wife was home, and had requested upon delivery that she give the dresser a close overall inspection for any damage. When I returned home from work, found a scratched/gouged area 5" wide and 1/2" high on lower edge of one end, and scratches on a leg of t...
by TT
Thu May 05, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Duluth Trading Co Clothes Quality, Durability?
Replies: 2
Views: 834

Re: Duluth Trading Co Clothes Quality, Durability?

I have purchased some items from them and overall I would say from my experience the quality and durability are not consistent. Waffle long sleeve shirts are good. Fire hose hats are excellent- overall Fire hose products seem to be well made. Socks were terrible as they worn out very prematurely but...
by TT
Sun May 01, 2016 6:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Binoculars for Birding Boglehead-wise
Replies: 23
Views: 1859

Re: Binoculars for Birding Boglehead-wise

I have MINOX BD 8x44 BP which are not made any longer but you may want to think about Minox as a brand to consider. I tried many brands at B&H in NYC and the Minox brand offered excellent quality for reasonable cost. Here is a short article that may help: https://www.audubon.org/news/the-2014-au...
by TT
Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lifted Shingles on a New Home
Replies: 8
Views: 1262

Re: Lifted Shingles on a New Home

"Several" shingles lifted should be an easy fix. If the problem was more prevalent then it would appear that the shingles were installed in rather cold weather i. e. below 45 degrees or so. Shingles s/b installed above 50 degrees and not until it reaches about 70 degrees do they seal well....
by TT
Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adding a large bedroom to existing house
Replies: 12
Views: 1435

Re: Adding a large bedroom to existing house

I was looking at houses for a possible relocation and have I filtered for 3 bedrooms and some houses were 4,000- 4,700 square feet One was over 3,300 and had 2 bedrooms. It's amazing how many houses built between 1990- 2005 that are 3,500 - 5,700 sq. ft. with significant upgrades that are for sale w...
by TT
Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hail damage avoidance/minimization (vehicles)
Replies: 22
Views: 1788

Re: Hail damage avoidance/minimization (vehicles)

How do the new aluminum cars hold up to hail? F150, Tesla, etc Varying opinions on this- My repair shop says F-150 aluminum owners have been waiting a long time for repairs due to fewer shops authorized to do repairs, long wait times for parts and generally more expensive as entire panels need to b...
by TT
Sun Apr 10, 2016 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to get my 29 year old sister into saving....("I don't have any money to save")
Replies: 58
Views: 5878

Re: How to get my 29 year old sister into saving....("I don't have any money to save")

Have you proposed a detailed monthly budget: I have used this to help others. Monthly Savings Calculations Income Per Pay Period Income Per Month Rent Cable Phone Utilities Groceries Household Products Insurance Car Insurance House/Renters Prescriptions Medical Car Expenses Gasoline Pet Expense Fun ...
by TT
Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy a house with previously repaired foundation issues?
Replies: 22
Views: 1959

Re: Buy a house with previously repaired foundation issues?

The warranty you have noted would not influence my decision in any way. Is the contractor going to be in business 10 years from now? Can the exclusions be interpreted in a manner that the warranty really does not have any significant coverage? I am not an engineer nor a contractor. The foundation su...
by TT
Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anything to look for when buying a fridge?
Replies: 38
Views: 3462

Re: Anything to look for when buying a fridge?

Expect the water line connecting to your fridge for water/icemaker to leak at the connection. Options: -Flexible instead of rigid line. -Battery-powered water alarm. -Flooring material that will resist water damage. Or don't connect the fridge to the water line and cap off the water line.... Surely...
by TT
Thu Apr 07, 2016 7:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dallas suburbs or Northern Virginia for me?
Replies: 87
Views: 6964

Re: Dallas suburbs or Northern Virginia for me?

Here is an article on Texas to consider:

http://ideas.time.com/2013/10/17/10-rea ... ur-future/

I would consider Texas and I am from the Northeast.

Good Luck
by TT
Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chimney repair - who to call?
Replies: 7
Views: 986

Re: Chimney repair - who to call?

Search in your area for a Chimney Cleaning Repair /Masonary Company You need experience specific to Chimney Repair- some masons do not know how to properly repair a chimney The coating that is peeling is moisture from the inside /underneath the coating. Here is an example of what to look for: http:/...
by TT
Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Independent up sell? Balancing Tires / Cleaning Brakes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1130

Re: Independent up sell? Balancing Tires / Cleaning Brakes?

Cleaning disc brakes especially rear brakes in areas where salt, sand and brine is spread to melt icing roads is an essential process to maintain brakes in good working order. Bushings that move the caliper and slides inside the caliper housing need to be lubricated or they can "freeze" i...
by TT
Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Independent up sell? Balancing Tires / Cleaning Brakes?
Replies: 15
Views: 1130

Re: Independent up sell? Balancing Tires / Cleaning Brakes?

Cleaning disc brakes especially rear brakes in areas where salt, sand and brine is spread to melt icing roads is an essential process to maintain brakes in good working order. Bushings that move the caliper and slides inside the caliper housing need to be lubricated or they can "freeze" i....
by TT
Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Strength of Pension Plan
Replies: 7
Views: 917

Re: Strength of Pension Plan

Also, the monthly payment would be in the range of 2400-2600/month, is this an amount that would be fully backed up by the PBGC if the pension plan does fail ? This will address this question :http://www.pbgc.gov/wr/benefits/guaranteed-benefits/maximum-guarantee.html PBGC has two categories of pens...
by TT
Sun Mar 27, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Synchrony Bank for short term investment
Replies: 18
Views: 2819

Re: Synchrony Bank for short term investment

Don't forget to check the rates at local Credit Unions as in my area some CU's are not only competitive but actually have better rates for specific terms than the large banks. I recently opened a 48 month Share Certificate for 2.2% with 6 month penalty for early withdrawal. You can check rates and i...
by TT
Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nissan Pathfinder 2015!
Replies: 14
Views: 1859

Re: Nissan Pathfinder 2015!

Nissan has built unreliable vehicles for some time and continues with mediocre to poor reliability. There are many better choices to consider. Really? I'll tell my 2006 Nissan Pathfinder that it's unreliable. :D I've changed tires, had regular maintenance and have 150K miles. Everyone tells me I ca...
by TT
Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pantry and fridge inventory solution
Replies: 17
Views: 1967

Re: Pantry and fridge inventory solution

I keep my pantry and fridge organized and when I see an item is at a level that needs replenishing I just make a shopping list with paper and pencil.
by TT
Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nissan Pathfinder 2015!
Replies: 14
Views: 1859

Re: Nissan Pathfinder 2015!

Nissan has built unreliable vehicles for some time and continues with mediocre to poor reliability. There are many better choices to consider.

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