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by barnaclebob
Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New gas range vents LOTS of heat into kitchen
Replies: 27
Views: 1753

Re: New gas range vents LOTS of heat into kitchen

This is a free-standing range. Vent is underneath the name Samsung and hot air is blown out over the burners and out into the kitchen. It is quite forceful and hot. You can't leave you hand in the air flow. Would be totally unacceptable in summer.... There is a microwave above the range, but the ve...
by barnaclebob
Tue Nov 22, 2016 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New gas range vents LOTS of heat into kitchen
Replies: 27
Views: 1753

Re: New gas range vents LOTS of heat into kitchen

We have a Wolf range, it puts out too much, in fact it melted the bottom of our microwave, I'm going to have to replace it. Lol, thats user error for installing a high power wolf range below a microwave. High BTU gas stoves NEED to have a good vent hood or at least adequate clearance if you want to...
by barnaclebob
Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New gas range vents LOTS of heat into kitchen
Replies: 27
Views: 1753

Re: New gas range vents LOTS of heat into kitchen

Is your control panel on the back of the oven? If so then venting from the back of the unit out onto cooktop is pretty ideal unless its bad enough to effect something cooking on the burners. That heat will rise up into the hood where it can be captured. Gas ovens in general need to have more ventila...
by barnaclebob
Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bowling alley in the basement
Replies: 30
Views: 2773

Re: Bowling alley in the basement

The lane itself should just be wood. I see no reason why you can't make the base and lane surface out of something relatively inexpensive like 2x4. With the size, you're looking in the ballpark of hundreds of dollars. Then you have to finish it, stain it, and seal it about a thousand times... let's...
by barnaclebob
Mon Nov 21, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "As More States Legalize Marijuana, Investors And Marketers Line Up."
Replies: 8
Views: 1028

Re: "As More States Legalize Marijuana, Investors And Marketers Line Up."

A friend bought $10k worth of MJNA at .149 before the election. He watched it go to .25 a few days before and it now sits under .1. When pot stocks become truly legitimate any penny pot stock that grow will do so by first diluting any current investors.
by barnaclebob
Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turkey recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1199

Re: Turkey recommendations

Ninnie wrote:We have ordered our leg of lamb.

Honestly, why suffer?


If turkey is suffering, find a new cook.
by barnaclebob
Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turkey recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1199

Re: Turkey recommendations

Get my turkey frozen from the grocery store ... the markup on the organic or fresh stuff seems crazy to me. I always brine my turkey. I use Alton Brown's recipe. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/good-eats-roast-turkey-recipe.html In the past I have had family members deep-fry turkeys,...
by barnaclebob
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Turkey recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1199

Re: Turkey recommendations

Our family smokes one and bakes one, both taste great. We do the smoking and have a 22lb pastured turkey this year. $$$
by barnaclebob
Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Accident in new car - questions
Replies: 14
Views: 1539

Re: Accident in new car - questions

Thanks again. That is part of my worry, should this be a car they try to fix - being a new hybrid and having one of the front wheel wells/brakes crushed, I am sure not all reapir shops will be familar with the regenerative braking and wiring, etc and was why I was thinking a Toyota shop. But sounds...
by barnaclebob
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Accident in new car - questions
Replies: 14
Views: 1539

Re: Accident in new car - questions

Sounds like the car will be totaled to me.

Diminished value will depend on the contract between you and your insurance company. It has to be paid when another driver is at fault because you don't have a contract with them and they legally have to make you "whole".
by barnaclebob
Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV providers
Replies: 6
Views: 653

Re: TV providers

What sports do they like to watch? Sling has a sports package but I think it will cost you something like $30 total per month since you have to have the basic channels too
by barnaclebob
Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sending money to a friend using CC via PayPal?
Replies: 9
Views: 989

Re: Sending money to a friend using CC via PayPal?

If you want to send money fee free on paypal then you have to do a personal transfer from a checking account. There are essentially no protections for anyone sending money via personal transfer, consider it like sending money via western union. I have done this several times and as long as you trust...
by barnaclebob
Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Repair: Which Pipe for Water Service Replacement and Insurance Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1017

Re: Home Repair: Which Pipe for Water Service Replacement and Insurance Question

Insurance coverage may depend on why its leaking but if a pipe leaks inside your house and does damage, typically that is covered by insurance.
by barnaclebob
Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two plumbing questions/issues
Replies: 23
Views: 2467

Re: Two plumbing questions/issues

water heaters often fail catastrophically. replace it yesterday. and if you've got rust, that means steel/galvanized pipes, so you very likely have other looming issues inside the walls. copper oxidizes green. Sounds more like the jacket surrounding the water heater is rusting from the water, not t...
by barnaclebob
Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Two plumbing questions/issues
Replies: 23
Views: 2467

Re: Two plumbing questions/issues

Since it would be bad for your finished basement should the water heater loose its load I'd replace it. Check the anode yourself if you want more convincing. It may be possible that rust on the outside is a symptom of a depleted anode.
by barnaclebob
Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do new car dealers collect sales tax on a cash purchase
Replies: 15
Views: 1716

Re: Do new car dealers collect sales tax on a cash purchase

in WA you pay it to the DoL before you register the car. Whaaaat? I've been buying cars in Washington for 38 years. Every single time the sales tax was collected by the dealer. Doesn't matter if it is financed or cashed out. If you buy out of state, different procedures -- then you have to cough up...
by barnaclebob
Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Repair or Replace Car Thread
Replies: 27
Views: 1695

Re: Another Repair or Replace Car Thread

I am basically not knowledgeable (nor comfortable) enough to work on a vehicle…..always taking it to a mechanic, even for oil changes. Also no desire, really. Tela If you can't or wont repair cars yourself then its time to sell it and don't plan on owning your cars into true high mileagehood. At so...
by barnaclebob
Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco rotisserie chicken
Replies: 102
Views: 12887

Re: Costco rotisserie chicken

Personally I think its insane to buy chickens raised in conditions where a $5 chicken can be profitable (yes I know it might be a loss leader). Don't knock it....makes up for other times when you get ripped off. Its not a deal if its unhealthy or immoral by my standards. And no I can't make sure ev...
by barnaclebob
Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do new car dealers collect sales tax on a cash purchase
Replies: 15
Views: 1716

Re: Do new car dealers collect sales tax on a cash purchase

in WA you pay it to the DoL before you register the car.
by barnaclebob
Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another Repair or Replace Car Thread
Replies: 27
Views: 1695

Re: Another Repair or Replace Car Thread

$910 seems really high for front struts. DIY would be sub $300 and isn't that hard of a job nor does it require many tools. You can do one side at a time using the spare tire jack. There are numerous youtube videos showing how to do it so you can determine if you would be comfortable with this or not.
by barnaclebob
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you make your Martini?
Replies: 63
Views: 3372

Re: How do you make your Martini?

Pete12 wrote:
Intrepyd wrote:double strained

How does that work?

I'd like to know too. Cocktail shakers only filter out the ice cubes for the most part.
by barnaclebob
Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Dont invest in 401K
Replies: 42
Views: 4405

Re: Dont invest in 401K

I fail to see the logic in not using a valuable tax shelter because others don't use it correctly. Especially if that tax shelter gives me an immediate 75% return on the first 8% of my salary that I put into it... That article is complete garbage BTW, it basically says "go big or go home except...
by barnaclebob
Wed Oct 26, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family Calendar
Replies: 19
Views: 1312

Re: Family Calendar

We use google calendar. its really easy to forward notices to others and you can even send notices to anyone with a gmail account and they will get the same reminder as you. Handy when you need someone to pick you up at the airport...
by barnaclebob
Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car purchase "ripoffs"
Replies: 17
Views: 2751

Re: Car purchase "ripoffs"

John Oliver just did a show on the predatory practices in car financing, its very enlightening but probably doesn't apply to most bogleheads since we usually are financially savvy.
by barnaclebob
Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Aldi doesn't accept phone calls
Replies: 36
Views: 4252

Re: Aldi doesn't accept phone calls

Aldi seems like it would be fine if you are the kind of person that will spend 1 hour on a weekend in a car driving to 3 different stores to buy everything you need. I'm a one and done kind of person even if it costs me an extra few hundred a year.
by barnaclebob
Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Declining Service Expectations. Are there any excellent companies still out there?
Replies: 81
Views: 6226

Re: Declining Service Expectations. Are there any excellent companies still out there?

Ace hardware gives great service. At my local store if they don't greet you at the door to help you find what you are looking for they will radio someone with what aisle you went down so they can help you find what you need. The merchandise there is in general more expensive but also better quality....
by barnaclebob
Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Your opinion on mentors
Replies: 12
Views: 1164

Re: Your opinion on mentors

You are correct to be skeptical. Its much easier to take money from people who want to take money from the market than to take money from the market.
by barnaclebob
Sat Oct 22, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Discontinued 401k Contribution Due to Layoff
Replies: 8
Views: 920

Re: Discontinued 401k Contribution Due to Layoff

How much of the 401k deduction are you missing out on. Max contributions probably had it mostly full by July.
by barnaclebob
Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When have you given enough?
Replies: 65
Views: 5238

Re: When have you given enough?

If your kids knew you were worrying about this I assume they would think you are crazy for not taking the cruise in order to give them more of an inheritance. If they don't think you are crazy then they don't deserve the money anyway. Moral problem solved...
by barnaclebob
Thu Oct 20, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Loan Not Being Repaid
Replies: 41
Views: 3534

Re: Loan Not Being Repaid

I agree with the person who suggested to settle. It's the only way you are getting any money back without a real fight.
by barnaclebob
Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Work advice - managing an underfunded program
Replies: 28
Views: 1526

Re: Work advice - managing an underfunded program

Do what you can to analyze the situation and communicate that analysis. If there is still no action then it's not truly a problem for your company so do the best you can.
by barnaclebob
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Rear ended
Replies: 14
Views: 1233

Re: Rear ended

In this case, I would file directly with them so you don't have to float 1k.
by barnaclebob
Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling house to our real estate agent - issues
Replies: 23
Views: 2767

Re: Selling house to our real estate agent - issues

I know your story has been resolved but I would probably do this deal if the earnest money were enough to cover renovations should you had to have done them yourselves and of course a clause which goes into effect as soon as they touch your house where you get to keep the earnest money if they back ...
by barnaclebob
Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel question
Replies: 44
Views: 3326

Re: Kitchen Remodel question

How does having a built in microwave add 2k to your remodel? It can require a smaller cabinet and the installation itself is trivial to bolt it to the wall or the bottom of the cabinet. I have installed 2 under cabinet microwaves myself in about 2 hours each. I don't like OTR microwaves but many ki...
by barnaclebob
Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen Remodel question
Replies: 44
Views: 3326

Re: Kitchen Remodel question

How does having a built in microwave add 2k to your remodel? It can require a smaller cabinet and the installation itself is trivial to bolt it to the wall or the bottom of the cabinet. I have installed 2 under cabinet microwaves myself in about 2 hours each. I don't like OTR microwaves but many kit...
by barnaclebob
Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best car for night driving
Replies: 47
Views: 3088

Re: Best car for night driving

If your eyes are bad enough that the headlights on your car are a major driving factor in your purchase decision then maybe you shouldn't be driving at night. I'd wager that there are very few cars with inadequate headlights.
by barnaclebob
Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Real estate deal fell through, repurchase VG fund or pay down mortgage?
Replies: 7
Views: 505

Re: Real estate deal fell through, repurchase VG fund or pay down mortgage?

I would put it back in a liquid asset so that should you change your mind, you will have the funds to buy a second house instead of taking out a home equity loan or something like that.
by barnaclebob
Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Johnnie Walker Blue worth the cost?
Replies: 70
Views: 5415

Re: Johnnie Walker Blue worth the cost?

Glenlivet Nadurra is my recommendation. Runs about $80 bucks a bottle. :beer I'll second. Nice and bright, not too harsh. I'd for sure appreciate a bottle of Johnny walker blue as a gift even if it were just for the novelty. Everyone wants to at least try it or have a bottle on their shelf because ...
by barnaclebob
Thu Oct 06, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Line of Credit to My Mother
Replies: 22
Views: 1635

Re: Line of Credit to My Mother

I am about 99% sure that with the reverse mortgage you have the option of paying it off to retain the property. That is also my understanding as well. Thank you very much! I was not aware of that. I will look into a reverse mortgage. I'd imagine it would be called a first right of refusal clause or...
by barnaclebob
Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Incipient Car Rust: DIY Repair?
Replies: 15
Views: 930

Re: Incipient Car Rust: DIY Repair?

I am not an expert, but what I think I know is that you have to sand/scrape the area down to bare metal that has no rust at all. From that point a rust primer and some kind of touch up laquer can be applied. My wife is a corrosion expert and she says this is the solution for pretty much all corrosi...
by barnaclebob
Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: maxed 401k - employer match
Replies: 24
Views: 2300

Re: maxed 401k - employer match

Check your plan documents. My guess is that they match after tax contributions as well if you hit the pretax limit early. Each company does it a little different though. Have you looked into the "mega backdoor" roth conversion? If you don't have an after tax IRA then you might be a good ca...
by barnaclebob
Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MMM Lecture at the WD Summit [Mr. Money Mustache]
Replies: 44
Views: 3887

Re: MMM Lecture at the WD Summit [Mr. Money Mustache]

With MMM i get the feeling its easier to be poor with a lot of money in the bank...
by barnaclebob
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2016 Murano or 2016 Acura MDX
Replies: 36
Views: 3344

Re: 2016 Murano or 2016 Acura MDX

Avoid the Nissan CVT until they can prove it reliable. I think the latest generation came out in 2013 or 2014 and had a very bad introduction period. They will probably get it sorted out but you don't want to be a test driver for them. The previous generation CVT also had a poor introduction from ar...
by barnaclebob
Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Remodel blunder: kitchen design flaw. What can I do now?
Replies: 43
Views: 4712

Re: Remodel blunter: kitchen design flaw. What can I do now?

Do you mean its a double cabinet with two 12" openings and ~14" doors to make a 30" wide cabinet or something like that? If need be you can remove and reinstall the center post between the two doors. Otherwise I don't even know you would would install a sink above a 12" or 15&quo...
by barnaclebob
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What should I do with this knack? Super Recognizer
Replies: 18
Views: 1761

Re: What should I do with this knack? Super Recognizer

Casino security trying to recognize known cheats and card counters?
by barnaclebob
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home not to current code
Replies: 26
Views: 2380

Re: Home not to current code

When I transitioned my 1940s primary residence into a rental, I had to bring numerous things up to code. Most of the things were safety related (GFCIs, fencing, handrails, etc.) so the upgrades were mainly inexpensive lawsuit insurance :happy . And normally your legal insurance is invalid if you ha...
by barnaclebob
Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: My broker has only assets slightly over 1 million USD, should I be worried?
Replies: 21
Views: 3884

Re: My broker has only assets slightly over 1 million USD, should I be worried?

You may be confusing the company's assets with its "assets under management" The first thing to do is establish who actually owns your shares. Startups with claims to be able to invest any dollar amount in any company for very low fees make me skeptical. Companies like vanguard are just &q...
by barnaclebob
Tue Sep 27, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Comcast incorrectly told us there was an internet line - now what? - solved
Replies: 47
Views: 3174

Re: Comcast incorrectly told us there was an internet line - now what?

This is a tough situation. I'd keep fighting comcast for a little bit but start accepting the idea of losing this battle. Maybe see if your neighbors will split some of the cost of the new line.
by barnaclebob
Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?
Replies: 80
Views: 5878

Re: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?

How often are you in a place where you can't jump it or at the very worst have someone run you to the auto store to replace it?
by barnaclebob
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to put 53K in tax advantaged account
Replies: 10
Views: 1544

Re: How to put 53K in tax advantaged account

Are you sure you can only contribute 18k or are you confusing an employer limit with the pretax limit? My employer allows up to 30% of my pretax salary. We are also allowed to put our bonus payments into our 401k. That $18k is the limit on ELECTIVE DEFERRALS only. Read the link above. Mandatory con...

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