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by davebo
Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Basketball Hoop
Replies: 11
Views: 745

Buying a Basketball Hoop

In some ways, I wish I didn’t have the benefit of online reviews because I would just make a decision quicker and move on with my life :) I’m looking around for a basketball hoop for my house that will be used by all my kids (ages 5, 6, and 8). At first, I was just going to do a portable one because...
by davebo
Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bowling alley in the basement
Replies: 30
Views: 2789

Re: Bowling alley in the basement

A bowling alley in the basement would never make sense to me personally. How often would you really want to bowl? I would rather have a little sports complex that included a basketball court, at least it can be multi-purpose.
by davebo
Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Karate/Taekwondo for an 8 year old?
Replies: 35
Views: 1698

Re: Karate/Taekwondo for an 8 year old?

OP, are you looking at this more as a way to teach your children self defense or a way to keep your children active after soccer? I would have just let him take a break, although I was not opposed to him trying something new during the break between sports. I think for me, the self defense would pr...
by davebo
Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Karate/Taekwondo for an 8 year old?
Replies: 35
Views: 1698

Karate/Taekwondo for an 8 year old?

Now that soccer has ended, my 8 year old son has recently been asking quite a bit about doing karate. We did a trial class at a school that is very close to our house and I wasn’t super impressed. Although he was really good with the kids, it’s VERY cramped and the pricing was $125/month for the fir...
by davebo
Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gaming system for kids?
Replies: 53
Views: 3666

Re: Gaming system for kids?

After a lot of back/forth, we bought my 8 year old son a WII-U. I was worried that he'd become obsessed with it and want to play all the time, but it hasn't been that bad. He plays maybe a few times a week for 20-30 minutes at a time. As long as you have some strict rules in place, I wouldn't worry ...
by davebo
Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What iPhone podcast application do you use?
Replies: 25
Views: 2007

Re: What iPhone podcast application do you use?

I started using iCatcher back in 2009-2010 I think. When I got a new phone I just used the apple podcast app, but that just ended up crashing so much that I went back to iCatcher. So far, so good.
by davebo
Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace Fence Posts vs. Replacing Fence
Replies: 18
Views: 1311

Re: Replace Fence Posts vs. Replacing Fence

OP: I had a fence with a similar issue whereby several posts rotted and I did exactly what you are thinking - I just replaced the rotted poles and it bought me approximately another 8 years or so on the fence (before more poles and some cross-rails started rotting at which point I moved to vinyl). ...
by davebo
Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace Fence Posts vs. Replacing Fence
Replies: 18
Views: 1311

Replace Fence Posts vs. Replacing Fence

I have a cedar fence that is probably about 10 years old if I had to guess (installed before we moved in). I have a bunch of posts that are rotting and causing the fence to lean, so I got a quote to replace them. They estimated that I need to replace 13 posts at a price of $2200. I went out there an...
by davebo
Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Concurrently buy/sell house
Replies: 21
Views: 1983

Re: Concurrently buy/sell house

I'd sell first and find some short term rental. I think that would be the least stressful for you and you'd be able to take a little more time.

Plus for me, if I held onto my old house and bought first, I think I'd end up underbuying a little bit.
by davebo
Fri Sep 23, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you buy this house in a flood zone? HELP!
Replies: 63
Views: 3812

Re: Would you buy this house in a flood zone? HELP!

Hello wise Bogleheads! We are looking at a house that is in a 100 year flood zone. FEMA said that it means that there is a 1% chance annually of a significant flood. The last time that this area flooded was 2009, and the township improved the drainage, and supposedly there has been no significant f...
by davebo
Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon consumer review programs
Replies: 26
Views: 2070

Re: Amazon consumer review programs

What I don't understand is why they don't filter the review (kinda like Yelp). People HATE those reviews (including myself). You certainly can filter out the non-AVP reviews when looking at the reviews on a product. Amazon has never required that an item be purchased from them in order to review it...
by davebo
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon consumer review programs
Replies: 26
Views: 2070

Re: Amazon consumer review programs

Have you registered with and used any of the Amazon review programs? These are the websites where you register to receive free or discounted products in exchange for your review on Amazon? I believe that compensated reviews degrade the overall value of Amazon reviews, but I don't see them going awa...
by davebo
Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1936

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

I probably am talking myself into building a little bit, but I do think there is some valid justification there. I guess I'm just comparing the 5 years here to my 7 years at my prior home. I didn't just walk around there with a list of stuff that I wanted/needed to get done. We basically walked in,...
by davebo
Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1936

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

All in all, while your issues seem to add up and be annoying, none of them are dealbreakers. I suggest you start chipping away at few of them and you will feel better. When we got the roof replaced we just felt so much better. It was there hanging over us as something we'd have to do some day and n...
by davebo
Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1936

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

The house has been stressing you out for some time, but you don't have to rush immediately into a change. Can you consider the alternatives (including the build on same lot and either rent or demolish the current house) for some months, until you are sure you understand the options? What about that...
by davebo
Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How dangerous is Kids Gymnastics?
Replies: 38
Views: 2956

Re: How dangerous is Kids Gymnastics?

http://www.familiesafield.org/pdf/injury_page.pdf comes up on the first page of google searches - and matches what I remember...for injury rates, soccer is typically one of the highest. Injuries occur in all sports, but gymnastics in general has lower injury rates than soccer, baseball, basketball,...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience Living in an Old House?
Replies: 42
Views: 3683

Re: Experience Living in an Old House?

I used to live in a new construction and became somewhat enamored by old homes when I started watching This Old House. We were looking to buy in the section of town that consisted mostly of houses built in the late 1800's and early 1900's, but ended up going a bit on the fringes of town and got a ho...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AliExpress.com?
Replies: 7
Views: 691

Re: AliExpress.com?

Long shipping times and the strong possibility that the item will not match the description. I import products by the container from China and Alibaba/Aliexpress if full of scammers, but at least with Aliexpress you have some recourse since you pay with a CC.
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How dangerous is Kids Gymnastics?
Replies: 38
Views: 2956

Re: How dangerous is Kids Gymnastics?

There was a study done over like a 30 year period that reported injuries from each HS sport. Pretty sure Ice Hockey, Gymnastics, and Football were the worst...and they were the worst by a long shot. Gymnastics had the most fatalities. So it's true that all sports have injuries, but chances are you'r...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1936

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

Remember, and not sure if already mentioned, a newly built home even slightly larger than your previous one will be reaccessed with a much higher tax rate. Also, the neighbor can't be that great,if your current home only appreciated less than 10% over 5 years. Are other home owners in your close by...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1936

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

Will you be able to find the lot you want in the neighborhood/district you want? I got the impression from your first post that it would be difficult. All houses need work including many of the things you mentioned. They are physical structures and things weaken over time. Unless you keep moving fr...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1936

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

Have you looked at what's available as existing houses? No construction is usually quite a bit more expensive than existing houses. If you found something for sale now, you would not have to wait several months and you know right from the start what the house is. Price per SF in our area is around ...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1936

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

Definitely be content with what you have. It's the key to happiness. Fixing the things you are unhappy with also works:) The options are a) do nothing b) add an addition c) build new d) buy something else C+D have the big disadvantage of having to move. Depending on your situation that may or may n...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1936

Re: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

Maybe I missed the calculation/estimate of the "net" new house cost less net sales price on current home. We purchased it in 2011 for $500K and "Redfin" says it's worth $545K now but not really sure if that's accurate. At the very least, I would think we could clear $500K and ge...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Build New or Be Content With What We Have?
Replies: 27
Views: 1936

Build New or Be Content With What We Have?

My wife and I have really been tossing around the idea of adding an addition to our house for several years. We live in a fantastic little section of town that is unincorporated and has big lots, low property taxes, and great schools. Since our goal is to stay in the school district AND stay within ...
by davebo
Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you have a handyman?
Replies: 32
Views: 3044

Re: Do you have a handyman?

I do have a handyman, but don't consider that stuff to be handyman tasks. I do all the stuff you list there though. My handyman is a real jack of all trades (and licensed) and can do it all (electrical, plumbing, hvac). I use him for a lot of random jobs because he's cheaper than getting a specialis...
by davebo
Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I replace my hot water heater?
Replies: 15
Views: 1215

Re: Should I replace my hot water heater?

I'd replace it personally. Usually contractors have told me to "keep an eye on it" when something is on their last legs and I usually just tell them to go ahead and replace it. I swear everytime I do that, they end up saying "It's a good thing you replaced it when you did....".
by davebo
Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I spend 5k annually on travel?
Replies: 59
Views: 4842

Re: Should I spend 5k annually on travel?

I used to be a bit too practical for my own good and viewed travel as a bit of a waste. Luckily my wife convinced me otherwise and we started going on annual vacations after we got married. Not only are those some of the best memories we had during our childless years, but looking through the photo ...
by davebo
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED lights or bulbs
Replies: 21
Views: 2261

Re: LED lights or bulbs

I like the FEIT ones that costco sells and if they burn out, then I just take them back there for a refund.
by davebo
Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Does a Password Manager Impact Day to Day (IOS and Mac)
Replies: 48
Views: 3261

Re: How Does a Password Manager Impact Day to Day (IOS and Mac)

I use Lastpass and I use their Chrome extension for desktop, so I just need to login to the chrome extension everytime I use the browser. Once I do that, it will autofill all the passwords as I visit the sites. For mobile, I pay for the premium membership so I use the Lastpass app. In order for it t...
by davebo
Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: paint exterior of house white?
Replies: 55
Views: 3372

Re: paint exterior of house white?

I wouldn't paint the house white. I really like the look of a dark grey house with white trim.
by davebo
Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many activities for your kids?
Replies: 70
Views: 5729

Re: How many activities for your kids?

With my oldest, we were starting to overdo it a bit with activities but have scaled back. Last spring my 6 year old was in t-ball (2 days a week), soccer (2 days per week), swimming (1 day per week), and our church club (awana). This year we cut out baseball and that freed up enough time for us. I t...
by davebo
Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?
Replies: 90
Views: 7485

Re: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?

Not sure if I totally followed everything, but I'd probably get a fence and call it a day. I also would get annoyed that they were asking me to move my car so they could park their camper. It's one thing to use your drive if it's clear, but asking you to move the car seems like a little much. Aren't...
by davebo
Tue May 31, 2016 11:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "starter" vs "regular" home
Replies: 47
Views: 3932

Re: "starter" vs "regular" home

I think whether or not it's a"starter" home or a "regular" home it's going to be difficult to get it right on your first try. We're on our 3rd home (condo, house, house) and I thought for sure this would be our forever home but still not entirely sure.
by davebo
Sun May 22, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon has no head to head competitors?
Replies: 71
Views: 5120

Re: Amazon has no head to head competitors?

I'm kind of the same way, although I definitely check around because with all of the 3rd party sellers on Amazon, the pricing is more fluid and based on supply. I sell on Amazon and can attest that the marketplace is incredibly lucrative and companies are launching products just to sell on Amazon. H...
by davebo
Thu May 19, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Making an Outdoor Grill Last
Replies: 39
Views: 3636

Re: Making an Outdoor Grill Last

I had my old cheapo grill for 8 years and only kept it covered towards the end because of the birds that were able to get inside. I have had my Weber grill for 5 years and probably keep it covered most of the winter, but not the summer. The grills are $400-$500 or so and if I can get 10-15 years out...
by davebo
Wed May 18, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Major - Accounting or Finance
Replies: 41
Views: 354

Re: Major - Accounting or Finance

Accounting, no question about it. Seems that you have endless options available if you are a CPA, at least in my company.
by davebo
Sat May 14, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The 10 Best States to Grow Old in
Replies: 31
Views: 5692

Re: The 10 Best States to Grow Old in

"The top 10 places to grow old (you won't believe number 7)
by davebo
Fri May 13, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon Mitigation System
Replies: 24
Views: 2084

Re: Radon Mitigation System

It's basically just drilling into the floor of the basement, putting a PVC pipe with a fan on the inside, and then venting the air from under the slab to the outside. I'm not an expert, but I believe best-practices now say the fan should be in the attic or be outside. Never in the basement. The pro...
by davebo
Fri May 13, 2016 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon Mitigation System
Replies: 24
Views: 2084

Re: Radon Mitigation System

The risk to non-smokers at 4 is negligible...you're done. I can't argue too strongly against this, especially since the risk data is pretty fuzzy and the OP's levels are already pretty low. Just to be clear, I am not saying he is done at 4, I am saying he is done b/c he is <1 in the finished parts ...
by davebo
Fri May 13, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon Mitigation System
Replies: 24
Views: 2084

Re: Radon Mitigation System

In Tahoe every one has radon in their basements and puts in plastic of some sort to cover the ground. They never put in pumps. That seems to fix the problem. I suggest you ask your contractor about some other abatement methods that are simpler. And look on You Tube for some solutions. Good Luck. Th...
by davebo
Thu May 12, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon Mitigation System
Replies: 24
Views: 2084

Radon Mitigation System

So I moved into my house and needed to get a radon mitigation system installed. I spoke with 2 contractors and got estimates and their opinion. My house is a ranch with a full basement but it also has a sunroom addition on a slab. So when they tested the house, they put the tester in the basement AN...
by davebo
Wed May 11, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is a home disaster looming? sump pump running constantly please help!
Replies: 46
Views: 4897

Re: Is a home disaster looming? sump pump running constantly please help!

Here's what I would do: 1) If the drain pipe is perforated, then you should have the builder put in some solid pipes that will drain it however far you want it from the house. 2) You might not have the stomach for this and you probably want to make sure that you can see the water level, but when I h...
by davebo
Wed May 11, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco Car Rental-Any Experience
Replies: 25
Views: 3412

Costco Car Rental-Any Experience

I'm looking at a car rental with the pickup/dropoff at LAX (L.A). The prices at Costco seem to be lower than what I'm seeing when I look direct at some of the big places. For instance, Avis (when booked through Costco) is $310.52 and says it includes all taxes and fee. If I look at Avis direct, it s...
by davebo
Wed May 11, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep Twins in Same Class for Kindergarten?
Replies: 41
Views: 4551

Re: Keep Twins in Same Class for Kindergarten?

OP Here...thanks for the responses. From what I've heard, twins are (by default) separated at school unless you request otherwise. Both of them are a little shy initially and somewhat apprehensive, but settle in pretty quickly each day. They go to a preschool together now and the teacher says that t...
by davebo
Tue May 10, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep Twins in Same Class for Kindergarten?
Replies: 41
Views: 4551

Keep Twins in Same Class for Kindergarten?

I know this is kind of a judgement call, but wondering if anyone has experience. We are torn between keeping our boy/girl twins together for kindergarten or if we should separate them. Initially, the plan was to separate but now we are 2nd guessing ourselves. Even though they don't play with the sam...
by davebo
Tue May 10, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House 'For Sale By Owner' - Can One Do It Alone?
Replies: 26
Views: 3869

Re: House 'For Sale By Owner' - Can One Do It Alone?

I would also use Redfin. I don't see many FSBO with much success and Redfin is a good middle ground.
by davebo
Tue May 10, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gifted math program for 1st grade
Replies: 66
Views: 7364

Re: Gifted math program for 1st grade

I'm surprised they would start that so early. My wife teaches at a top district in the state and they don't start "Advanced Math" until 5th grade. I see the upside, but I'd be a little concerned that my kid would be left behind if he didn't understand something in the class. Also, are they...
by davebo
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Protection against sewer line breakage/backup
Replies: 9
Views: 858

Re: Protection against sewer line breakage/backup

I'd opt for just saving a little extra in case you need the repair at some point instead of seeking out some insurance policy. If the sewer line has been ok for 100 years, it probably will be ok for another 5 until you have time to save some money. For all you know, the people that lived there befor...
by davebo
Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AT&T U-verse Internet / Comcast Internet
Replies: 12
Views: 1725

Re: AT&T U-verse Internet / Comcast Internet

I have comcast and my download speed is 30 mbps and my upload speed is 6 mbps. I'm not really sure if that is considered good or not, but it seems to get the job done and I don't have any issues. Around me, it seems that people leave comcast because they hate them as a company but are dismayed when ...

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