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by queso
Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home security system
Replies: 11
Views: 1073

Re: Home security system

Some great advice in this thread. As pointed out up thread you really need to make use of motion sensors. Contact sensors are ok, but a lot of homes have a lot of large windows so they are only of limited value when someone can just break the window and gain entry. I would set your system up so you ...
by queso
Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life at crossroads. What would you do ?
Replies: 198
Views: 16269

Re: Life at crossroads. What would you do ?

I'm with KF. I'm an old IT guy (40s) with an MBA so similar to your background and wouldn't even dream of applying at those companies. Ever read "Disrupted" by Dan Lyons? Pretty good read of what it can be like in some of those companies for us old guys if you do miraculously end up being hired by o...
by queso
Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Life at crossroads. What would you do ?
Replies: 198
Views: 16269

Re: Life at crossroads. What would you do ?

Isn't Fargo the same city that gets portrayed in movies and TV serials repeatedly as a desolate frozen tundra full of humorless people with funny accents many of who are serial killers and gangmembers dreaming of new schemes for grim murders like shoving you alive in a wood chipper or gluing your m...
by queso
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much do kids cost in a high COLA?
Replies: 57
Views: 3728

Re: How much do kids cost in a high COLA?

Are you in DC or in VA/MD? The reason I ask is that a lot of our friends in DC proper are planning for private school since the schools aren't nearly as good as what we have in the nearby suburbs (McLean, Vienna, Oakton, Falls Church, Fairfax, Montgomery County, etc.). It might make sense to move in...
by queso
Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 2711

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

Just don't be like me. "Light hands" became "loose grip" and when landing off a large drop my hand slipped off the bar and I went ass over tea kettle. :oops: you do need to actually keep a little bit of a grip! :P Good to know! haha I tried my first taste of a drop on my last ride and as hard as I ...
by queso
Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 2711

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

I'm the same with clipless, but have you ever seen a DH mountain biker with clipless? :wink: I have taken my xc bike with clipless to ski lift serviced downhill mountain bike parks before. All the kids look at me like I am an idiot, but I am so used to clipless pedals on my mtb and road bike that I...
by queso
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BH mountain bikers?
Replies: 61
Views: 2711

Re: Any BH mountain bikers?

I'm the same with clipless, but have you ever seen a DH mountain biker with clipless? :wink: I have taken my xc bike with clipless to ski lift serviced downhill mountain bike parks before. All the kids look at me like I am an idiot, but I am so used to clipless pedals on my mtb and road bike that I...
by queso
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Plumbing problem hose bibb
Replies: 9
Views: 831

Re: Plumbing problem hose bibb

I had a hose bibb that had very low flow. Shutoff inside the house was wide open as far as I could tell, but it was old so I cut that out and replaced it with a newer quarter turn shutoff valve. Still had the same problem. The hose bibb was frost free so I had to cut about a foot or two up from the ...
by queso
Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for MTB'rs. Buying a bike.
Replies: 22
Views: 1269

Re: Question for MTB'rs. Buying a bike.

Welcome to the club. Hemmed and hawed over upgrading my old Gary Fisher but decided to sell it and get something a "little bit nicer". Ended up with an S-Works Stumpjumper. I'm not one iota faster than I was on my old Sugar 1, but it makes me smile to ride it and gives me motivation to get...
by queso
Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bad kitchen cabinet install in condo. Need help improving.
Replies: 34
Views: 2755

Re: Bad kitchen cabinet install in condo. Need help improving.

lthenderson wrote:If it were my kitchen, I would uninstall the cabinets, do the prep work correctly and reinstall them.

It's a rental. Caulk the gap with a metric crapton of caulk and then go find a tenant. :happy
by queso
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lazy Investor Seeks Lazy Grass Watering System
Replies: 18
Views: 1569

Re: Lazy Investor Seeks Lazy Grass Watering System

Try a "traveling sprinkler" m I didn't even know these things existed; I will have to take a look. It looks like something that could work for us. I thought about one of these, but if left in place too long wouldn't it kill the grass under the hose path or do you only leave the hose path ...
by queso
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scooter for local commute - Honda PCX 150, etc...
Replies: 44
Views: 2276

Re: Scooter for local commute - Honda PCX 150, etc...

Non-bike or motorcycle rider here. Whatever you get please get something that can go the speed that the other traffic is going. More than once I have almost had someone rear end me when I slowed down my car because there was a bike or scooter in the road going half the speed of the rest of the traf...
by queso
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scooter for local commute - Honda PCX 150, etc...
Replies: 44
Views: 2276

Re: Scooter for local commute - Honda PCX 150, etc...

I just wouldn't chance it riding with other cars. You are hard to see. You are unprotected. Other people will make mistakes. You will make mistakes. Bad combination. Find another way to work. Good luck, JT Remember, I ride my road bike 8-9 hours with traffic on roads, streets, highways facing the s...
by queso
Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scooter for local commute - Honda PCX 150, etc...
Replies: 44
Views: 2276

Re: Scooter for local commute - Honda PCX 150, etc...

BolderBoy wrote:What about wintertime?

I didn't catch where OP lives, but in my area there are usually only a few days a year that conditions are too bad to commute by motorcycle. On those days I drive or take public transit.
by queso
Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scooter for local commute - Honda PCX 150, etc...
Replies: 44
Views: 2276

Re: Scooter for local commute - Honda PCX 150, etc...

I own motorcycles and am a cyclist and mountain bike rider. I have biked to work a few times, but gave up on riding my bicycles on public roads due to safety concerns. There's just too much traffic and too many distracted drivers where I live. I have been a motorcycle commuter for about 9 years, but...
by queso
Thu Jul 20, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keurig vs coffeemaker - and the Keurig won
Replies: 53
Views: 3763

Re: Keurig vs coffeemaker - and the Keurig won

We bought ours with the stipulation we'd only use it on weekday mornings when the hustling around makes dealing with the coffee pot a little more annoying. Three years later we only use the Keurig and the pot sits in the pantry. Something interesting I recently learned is that those fancy machines ...
by queso
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does mower brand matter much if they're all Briggs & Stratton engines?
Replies: 84
Views: 6855

Re: Does mower brand matter much if they're all Briggs & Stratton engines?

Do people really change their oil that much? I bought my Toro from the previous owner, he used it for 3-4 years, I have had it for 8 years. I have changed the oil maybe twice? Runs like a champ. I do it every year. I keep a little piece of painter's tape with the date the oil was changed on each pi...
by queso
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does mower brand matter much if they're all Briggs & Stratton engines?
Replies: 84
Views: 6855

Re: Does mower brand matter much if they're all Briggs & Stratton engines?

Do people really change their oil that much? I bought my Toro from the previous owner, he used it for 3-4 years, I have had it for 8 years. I have changed the oil maybe twice? Runs like a champ. I do it every year. I keep a little piece of painter's tape with the date the oil was changed on each pi...
by queso
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you look for a general handyman for these home jobs?
Replies: 28
Views: 2835

Re: Would you look for a general handyman for these home jobs?

permanent filters can be difficult to clean. I second this statement. Our last house had the permanent filters over the HVAC unit. I would much rather swap out the disposable filters each month than take the perm filters out, clean, let dry, etc every 6-months or so. +1. Had those when we moved in ...
by queso
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions about security camera systems
Replies: 16
Views: 1707

Re: Questions about security camera systems

I am thinking about installing a security camera system at my home. I am curious as to other's experience with this. Costco has some nify 8, 16, and 32 camera systems that I am considering purchasing. My questions are: 1) How many cameras? 2) How expensive was it to install? Labor costs to run wire...
by queso
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions about security camera systems
Replies: 16
Views: 1707

Re: Questions about security camera systems

I am thinking about installing a security camera system at my home. I am curious as to other's experience with this. Costco has some nify 8, 16, and 32 camera systems that I am considering purchasing. My questions are: 1) How many cameras? 2) How expensive was it to install? Labor costs to run wire...
by queso
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions about security camera systems
Replies: 16
Views: 1707

Re: Questions about security camera systems

I am thinking about installing a security camera system at my home. I am curious as to other's experience with this. Costco has some nify 8, 16, and 32 camera systems that I am considering purchasing. My questions are: 1) How many cameras? 2) How expensive was it to install? Labor costs to run wire...
by queso
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy/Remodel or Addition?
Replies: 14
Views: 1080

Re: Buy/Remodel or Addition?

Don't forget to take all transaction costs into consideration when comparing a remodel versus selling one house and buying another. What you save on transaction costs AND possible property tax increases could go a long way towards paying for a large part of your remodel. We built an addition for th...
by queso
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PersonalCapital.com help
Replies: 21
Views: 1542

Re: PersonalCapital.com help

Same - 6% drop in "Zestimate" overnight. Not sure what's up with that.
by queso
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Personal loan to a family member
Replies: 114
Views: 6847

Re: Personal loan to a family member

We discussed this one way back when before getting married. If a family member needs a place to sleep, no problem. Need a meal or a shower or need to borrow a vehicle, no problem. Need money? Sorry, can't do that one. We can do anything else to help you out, but giving you money isn't one of them.
by queso
Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo
Replies: 96
Views: 4880

Re: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo

So in the name of efficiency, progress, or whatever you wish to call it, the mechanics get more complicated and more expensive, which likely leads to higher repair bills over time, which makes me wonder just how much money people are truly saving over the long-term as a consequence of some of these...
by queso
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: John Deere series 100 lawn tractors
Replies: 28
Views: 2345

Re: John Deere series 100 lawn tractors

Subscribed. Still using my old Craftsman, but I have been looking around at what I might buy next. Honestly, I haven't been too impressed with the JD's I have seen in person, but those have all been big box store JDs (110s and 105s). They have some nice stuff at the place where I buy my Stihl equipm...
by queso
Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads - how about an outdoor chair recommendation!
Replies: 18
Views: 2254

Re: Bogleheads - how about an outdoor chair recommendation!

This is the chair my wife and I use. Originally bought it for BMW motorcycle camping. Kermit Chair- Handmade in Tennessee out of oak m http://www.sitemason.com/files/qvYERG/GREEN.jpg/main.jpg Shorter style, but very comfortable. Had ours for over 15 years and they are used regularly. You used that ...
by queso
Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you finding any good values at Amazon anymore?
Replies: 149
Views: 13675

Re: Are you finding any good values at Amazon anymore?

I'm a pretty big Amazon addict too. 2017 - 100 orders, 2016 - 208 orders, 2015 - 165 orders. Like others, I have noticed that Amazon's prices are no longer the best or even in the ballpark on some items. One that comes to mind from a recent purchase is some landscaping stuff I needed. Amazon was sig...
by queso
Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best cars for multiple kids
Replies: 51
Views: 3287

Re: Best cars for multiple kids

WhiteMaxima wrote:Toyota landcruiser. AWD plus 7 seat.

lol.. I can get what, maybe 3 Odysseys for the price of one of those? Maybe I can give one to each kid so we can all just follow each other around when we need to go places.
by queso
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard upgraded my accounts - angry [Brokerage Services]
Replies: 146
Views: 15924

Re: Vanguard upgraded my accounts - angry

I clicked the upgrade button for each account yesterday. No big deal. Actually, it was almost a big deal when I logged into Personal Capital this morning, saw my net worth and immediately started composing my resignation email. Then I realized my Vanguard accounts were temporarily duplicated due to ...
by queso
Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard upgraded my accounts - angry [Brokerage Services]
Replies: 146
Views: 15924

Re: Vanguard upgraded my accounts - angry

I just got an email from Vanguard inviting me to transition my accounts to brokerage accounts. I got a similar email less then 10 minutes ago. I wonder if Vanguard is trying to get all the stragglers on board with this transition? Yeah..looks like it. When I logged on there was a much more detailed...
by queso
Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:17 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard upgraded my accounts - angry [Brokerage Services]
Replies: 146
Views: 15924

Re: Vanguard upgraded my accounts - angry

I just got an email from Vanguard inviting me to transition my accounts to brokerage accounts. Here is what they list as the positives: VANGUARD BROKERAGE ACCOUNT Buy, sell, and hold: • Vanguard mutual funds—no commissions. • Vanguard ETFs® (exchange-traded funds)—no minimums, no commissions. • Stoc...
by queso
Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best cars for multiple kids
Replies: 51
Views: 3287

Re: Best cars for multiple kids

Who are you people and what have you done with the bogleheads? We have a thread about best car for kids and we have recommendations for a Tesla X (massive POS by most accounts) and a Land Rover (massive POS by many more accounts than the Tesla)?!?! Let's get this thread back on track. Select a vehi...
by queso
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Middle age job blues
Replies: 86
Views: 8807

Re: Middle age job blues

There are several new technologies like big data etc. that are in demand. But learning something new and starting afresh has its challenges at this age. Will have to come up with a strategy to leverage my experience into a lead role in a new area You still haven't specified what you do currently. I...
by queso
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best cars for multiple kids
Replies: 51
Views: 3287

Re: Best cars for multiple kids

Who are you people and what have you done with the bogleheads? We have a thread about best car for kids and we have recommendations for a Tesla X (massive POS by most accounts) and a Land Rover (massive POS by many more accounts than the Tesla)?!?! Let's get this thread back on track. Select a vehic...
by queso
Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Won an ATV in a raffle...now what?
Replies: 39
Views: 3376

Re: Won an ATV in a raffle...now what?

I once won a floor-length mink coat in a raffle that was a fundraiser for the local opera. I hate opera and for a number of reasons had no use for a mink coat. I only bought the raffle ticket to thank my neighbor (a big opera fan) for feeding my cat while I was on vacation. Because I really didn't ...
by queso
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Won an ATV in a raffle...now what?
Replies: 39
Views: 3376

Re: Won an ATV in a raffle...now what?

1) Craigslist - List it in the town were the ATV is located. If it is a small town, also list it in surrounding cities. - Explain the situation in your posting (brand new model, won in raffle, no need for it so selling). - Provide a day for when the purchase/transfer will take place (I would requir...
by queso
Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?
Replies: 33
Views: 2169

Re: Worth it to attempt repair on A/C condenser?

+1 on all the capacitor posts. The symptoms you are describing sound exactly like a capacitor failure. I bought a bag of resistors on Amazon and made a capacitor discharger out of those and some spare wire and alligator clips. Total cost about $8. You could also use the big screwdriver across the te...
by queso
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: radon test kit
Replies: 14
Views: 1437

Re: radon test kit

...the one I bought was and is $130 through homedepot.com (which I used for ease of returning in case the unit was inaccurate), it's this one: https://st.hzcdn.com/simgs/0812e5af0668795c_8-7443/home-design.jpg I have used the Safety Siren to monitor our finished walk-out basement living space for m...
by queso
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier woes
Replies: 66
Views: 4947

Re: Dehumidifier woes

It might not be the best idea to cycle power at the plug to control humidity. That might be tough on the unit. There very likely is a power down algorithm built into the unit to bring down pressures and temperatures internal to the compressor. +1. If memory serves, at least with the Frigidaire unit...
by queso
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier woes
Replies: 66
Views: 4947

Re: Dehumidifier woes

It might not be the best idea to cycle power at the plug to control humidity. That might be tough on the unit. There very likely is a power down algorithm built into the unit to bring down pressures and temperatures internal to the compressor. +1. If memory serves, at least with the Frigidaire unit...
by queso
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which motorcyle?
Replies: 26
Views: 1446

Re: Which motorcyle?

Yes, bikes can be dangerous, but so are horses, steak knives, guns, skiing, flying, scuba diving, mowing your own lawn and eating a hamburger and fries. Everybody has an opinion on where to draw the line on the risk vs. reward continuum, but that's not exactly what the original poster asked us about...
by queso
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier woes
Replies: 66
Views: 4947

Re: Dehumidifier woes

mouses wrote:Where are you people living that you need these?

Virginia. Have one in my finished basement and a couple in my unfinished sealed crawlspace/mechanical room.
by queso
Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which motorcyle?
Replies: 26
Views: 1446

Re: Which motorcyle?

I'm wanting to get a weekend motorcyle. Primarily just for fun - cruising up the canyon, evening drives with the wife, etc. - so something comfortable for two riders. Probably going to rent a few to try, but anyone have any suggestions? First...do you have any prior experience riding a motorcycle? ...
by queso
Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who mixes android and iOS
Replies: 24
Views: 1197

Re: Who mixes android and iOS

Mixed and wouldn't have it any other way. For my purposes, Android phones are superior to iPhones, but I use iPads for tablets. I have tried various devices and found that this setup works best for what I do.
by queso
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Cheap Champagne
Replies: 60
Views: 4228

Re: Best Cheap Champagne

Freixenet. That's my go-to brand. It's really cava, not champagne. But we're not in France. Agreed. I wasn't going to go down the whole sparkling wine vs. champagne rabbit hole since we're talking "cheap" here. Mumm Napa at Costco isn't bad either if you are looking for something slightly...
by queso
Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Cheap Champagne
Replies: 60
Views: 4228

Re: Best Cheap Champagne

Freixenet.
by queso
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier woes
Replies: 66
Views: 4947

Re: Dehumidifier woes

Out of curiosity, at what relative humidity do you folks try to keep the area served by the dehumidifier? I don't measure the RH from the unit as it is notoriously unreliable in that regard. I measure with a standalone hygrometer mounted elsewhere in the room. I find that I need to adjust the unit'...
by queso
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier woes
Replies: 66
Views: 4947

Re: Dehumidifier woes

I currently own 5 dehumidifiers: 2 LGs, 2 Frigidaires and 1 industrial crawl space unit that I think is a Sante Fe, but I haven't crawled back there recently to verify and I can't remember for sure. The LGs I have found to be less reliable than the Frigidaires so when these die I'll keep buying Frig...