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by bampf
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cellphone nightmare - please help
Replies: 24
Views: 1902

Re: Cellphone nightmare - please help

Consider Google Fi. I love it.
by bampf
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $1368 for new shocks/struts on '05 Corolla?
Replies: 83
Views: 4630

Re: $1368 for new shocks/struts on '05 Corolla?

Thanks for the update. I cannot say that I'm particularly surprised by the findings of Pep Boys. I hope that they showed you the wear and tear on said parts. I agree with Helo80. I am not shocked even a little bit about the findings. This was a good thread, even if just to show all the misconceptio...
by bampf
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dumped my last stock
Replies: 7
Views: 1271

Re: Dumped my last stock

Absolutely certain my sale had nothing to do with the fall of the stock today. Generally things rise after I sell them! :oops: That being said, the short term anxiety ridden markets are not interesting to me any longer. I would very much prefer just to sit back and watch my money grow over time. But...
by bampf
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dumped my last stock
Replies: 7
Views: 1271

Dumped my last stock

Hi, As of this morning I dumped my last stock. I have held Tesla for about 3 years and had a lot of fun watching the wild rides. I woke up this morning and thought about it for a bit. It occurred to me that I wouldn't be any happier if the price went back to $380. It also occurred to me that I would...
by bampf
Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $1368 for new shocks/struts on '05 Corolla?
Replies: 83
Views: 4630

Re: $1368 for new shocks/struts on '05 Corolla?

I think people misunderstand what the reason for shock/struts are used for. A simple google search reflects this: These parts are designed to control the tires, to keep them in contact with the road surface as much as possible. If vehicle tires are free to bounce (which is what happens when struts a...
by bampf
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $1368 for new shocks/struts on '05 Corolla?
Replies: 83
Views: 4630

Re: $1368 for new shocks/struts on '05 Corolla?

My point is that I'm not sure you can "guarantee that you need new struts at 130k" with the information the OP has posted, unless you know that his initial repair estimate was based on a real evaluation of strut/shock condition. Sigh. OK let's break this down. The car is 12 years old. It ...
by bampf
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $1368 for new shocks/struts on '05 Corolla?
Replies: 83
Views: 4630

Re: $1368 for new shocks/struts on '05 Corolla?

If it is just suspension that needs replacing, I am going DIY. I guarantee that you need new struts at 130K if these are the original. Put another way Google "How do I know if my struts are bad". There are a dozen different symptoms (Tire wear, bouncy ride, etc...). You can also just push...
by bampf
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $1368 for new shocks/struts on '05 Corolla?
Replies: 83
Views: 4630

Re: $1368 for new shocks/struts on '05 Corolla?

Are the rear shocks any different? I could not find any videos explaining how that can be done, or how much easier/harder that is. It is generally easier as there are no steering components on the rear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOCoDR4m4FM With respect to how to get the bolts out, its pretty...
by bampf
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $1368 for new shocks/struts on '05 Corolla?
Replies: 83
Views: 4630

Re: $1368 for new shocks/struts on '05 Corolla?

Struts are ~$100 each depending on brand. You can also buy the complete strut assembly (which makes this job stupid easy). To replace a strut there is usually about 6 bolts you have to undo. Three at the top, two to hold it and usually one for a control arm. Once the strut is out you need to compres...
by bampf
Sat May 20, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Advice on retirement plans
Replies: 4
Views: 605

Advice on retirement plans

Folks, I am a dual income earner household with 3 kids. Have about 1.5M in index funds at VanGuard. Max my 401K, invest about $6K a month in my taxable accounts in VOO/VTI. Have a 529 for my kids at about 40K. Will probably spin more into that as they get older but grandparents also have about 100K ...
by bampf
Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vanguard Web Site Down?
Replies: 98
Views: 5200

Re: Vanguard seems to have gone off the grid

Completely out. Login page just cycles and tells me to call...
by bampf
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Photoshop - what to get?
Replies: 42
Views: 2251

Re: Photoshop - what to get?

I would very much suggest you look at digikam. It is very very good. And it is open source, so, well, free.
by bampf
Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Giving two weeks notice around the holidays
Replies: 58
Views: 4833

Re: Giving two weeks notice around the holidays

Give your notice. Recognize that if they walk you out the door and don't pay you for that two weeks, it says more about them than it does about you. As an employer I try very hard to treat my people with respect. You are not the first person to leave, nor will you be the last. If I treat you shabbil...
by bampf
Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Heater Install $1,800!
Replies: 50
Views: 5641

Re: Water Heater Install $1,800!

1 - Pipe cutter $12 2- Sharkbite hotwater heater connecting hoses $40 1- Gas connection line (yellow) $25 1- Overflow drain $7.99 Plumbers tape - $.99 1- Hot water heater of choice at what ever cost you are willing. Turn off the water. Turn off heater. Make sure gas to heater is off. Attach hose to ...
by bampf
Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tenant responsible for appliances?
Replies: 20
Views: 1649

Re: Tenant responsible for appliances?

Well, I guess it does depend on where you put the pause in that sentence, and what the inflection is. So, stepping off my tiny little soap box, totally agree that I wouldn't sign this lease. Mea Culpa...
by bampf
Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tenant responsible for appliances?
Replies: 20
Views: 1649

Re: Tenant responsible for appliances?

Uhm, did you notice that they said except for built-ins like washer/dryer/stove etc? Presumably this means like the toaster or the microwave they put on the island for you... And yeah, its legal. I can rent you an apartment with no appliances and you then get to put them all in your self. If you don...
by bampf
Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: DCSA: Lost my money?
Replies: 5
Views: 1275

Re: DCSA: Lost my money?

I called the company after doing some research. They mumbled a few things, said it was their policy and so forth. I pushed back pretty hard and they said they would "research it". Been about a week and I have heard nothing. In the mean time I printed out the employee handbook and read the ...
by bampf
Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How well do robot vacuums work?
Replies: 26
Views: 3021

Re: How well do robot vacuums work?

I had one for a couple years. They certainly pick up stuff, but, they require dumping/cleaning quite often and they are loud. Frankly I found it easier to just do it myself.
by bampf
Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: DCSA: Lost my money?
Replies: 5
Views: 1275

DCSA: Lost my money?

Hi, Recently (April) my wife switched jobs. Because of the job switch we no longer needed child care. I canceled my contribution to my DCSA at that time. There is about $600 in the account. Because one of the valid uses of this account is "Summer Day Camps" we signed my kid up for camp, pa...

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