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by queso
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Won an ATV in a raffle...now what?
Replies: 37
Views: 2609

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: 1874

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: 12
Views: 1017

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: 4393

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: 4393

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: 1221

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: 4393

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: 1221

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: 1009

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: 3709

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: 3709

Re: Best Cheap Champagne

Freixenet.
by queso
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier woes
Replies: 66
Views: 4393

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: 4393

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...
by queso
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: which IPAD?
Replies: 48
Views: 3337

Re: which IPAD?

Went with the new base model. I didn't see that the Pro offered much more for almost double the price tag.
by queso
Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Construction Buying Advice
Replies: 24
Views: 1595

Re: New Construction Buying Advice

I'm definitely more OCD than most and also handier than most and I caught a lot of issues during our construction. Some were simple things like trying to install hardwood floor planks in the wrong direction or an electrical outlet that was measured wrong and was lower than the others, but some were ...
by queso
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Construction Buying Advice
Replies: 24
Views: 1595

Re: New Construction Buying Advice

- During construction, come by the house everyday and video everything. Video pipes that will soon be hidden under the ground or slab, and wires and insulation behind walls. This! I took high res pictures every couple of days so now I can refer to them when we have a problem or I want to change som...
by queso
Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Razor
Replies: 17
Views: 1434

Re: Electric Razor

Like others, it is a personal decision. I never got along with the various electric shavers that I have tried. I prefer a razor and gel but mostly just stick with a beard these days. I didn't see anyone else suggest this so I thought I would throw it out there. If he is the razor type of fellow, co...
by queso
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Razor
Replies: 17
Views: 1434

Re: Electric Razor

I've owned 2 Braun electrics. Got the first one in college and I'm in my 40s. They last forever. Sure, after a while the battery won't keep a charge so the whole "not working as a corded" thing wouldn't work for me. My Braun isn't like that so basically now it is a corded razor. On a cruze...
by queso
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used 2013 Audi A5 or New Honda Accord Sport
Replies: 71
Views: 5216

Re: Used 2013 Audi A5 or New Honda Accord Sport

Once you go German, you don't go back.... I did. 2 Audis back to back and now in a Honda. Ownership experience is much better. Sure the Audi customer lounge in the service department was much nicer, but I haven't spent any time in the Honda lounge in 12 years. I knew the Audi lounge well. :happy
by queso
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used 2013 Audi A5 or New Honda Accord Sport
Replies: 71
Views: 5216

Re: Used 2013 Audi A5 or New Honda Accord Sport

Cosmo wrote:I love German engineering. I don't like German engineering repair costs. I'll take the Honda Accord Sport, please...

Cosmo

+1. I have owned an A4 and an S4 and my wife currently has an Accord Sport. I drive a Pilot and both Audis have been sold. Learned my lesson. :happy
by queso
Thu Jun 01, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nephews play football - don't want to encourage this
Replies: 45
Views: 3075

Re: Nephews play football - don't want to encourage this

There is a lot of pollen outside, the sun causes cancer and they could trip going down the front steps. I think I'll crate train my kids so they don't develop allergies, skin cancer or hit their heads going down the front steps. If I homeschool then I can keep them even safer. We can pass assignment...
by queso
Tue May 09, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: HSA newbie
Replies: 7
Views: 860

Re: HSA newbie

Thanks the wiki was informative. I have Benefitwallet which offers the total domestic stock market Vanguard fund. I didn't realize there is a monthly fee to invest, is that typically offset by the tax free investment/growth? I imagine the fee increases over time like all other fees. If you leave th...
by queso
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best vacuum cleaner for pet hair?
Replies: 38
Views: 3231

Re: Best vacuum cleaner for pet hair?

Miele C3. We upgraded from a Hoover and the difference is night and day. Carpets look much cleaner, bag system is better for our allergies and it's so quiet you can carry on a conversation while vacuuming. Expensive, but worth it, IMO.
by queso
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do you have an umbrella policy?
Replies: 129
Views: 13209

Re: Do you have an umbrella policy?

Thx to this post for the reminder. I have thought about getting this for some time now. Just sent email to my agent to get the process started. I have a few questions on this topic: - Should the amount you insure for be tied to the total assets you have? - Are there companies that specialize in thi...
by queso
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Legality of renters posting reviews of a condominium complex?
Replies: 82
Views: 3807

Re: Legality of renters posting reviews of a condominium complex?

I think it's hilarious the the OP is basically a partner in a slumlord operation and is annoyed that the tenants are calling the collective owners out on it. OP, not trying to be a jerk, but the reality is if you own cheap rental units that are in poor condition in a poorly maintained building you ...
by queso
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA (Spouse + Me) and FSA (Spouse)?
Replies: 20
Views: 1462

Re: HSA (Spouse + Me) and FSA (Spouse)?

Thanks for the corrections. You're right about them. Also, it looks like this scenario is covered however unfavorable and unfair it is. For example, the concern is not to allow double dipping so one option should have been not to allow employees in OPs situation to be able to contribute more than i...
by queso
Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA (Spouse + Me) and FSA (Spouse)?
Replies: 20
Views: 1462

Re: HSA (Spouse + Me) and FSA (Spouse)?

Thanks for the corrections. You're right about them. Also, it looks like this scenario is covered however unfavorable and unfair it is. For example, the concern is not to allow double dipping so one option should have been not to allow employees in OPs situation to be able to contribute more than i...
by queso
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA (Spouse + Me) and FSA (Spouse)?
Replies: 20
Views: 1462

Re: HSA (Spouse + Me) and FSA (Spouse)?

Thanks for the corrections. You're right about them. Also, it looks like this scenario is covered however unfavorable and unfair it is. For example, the concern is not to allow double dipping so one option should have been not to allow employees in OPs situation to be able to contribute more than i...
by queso
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career advice in IT
Replies: 99
Views: 7289

Re: Career advice in IT

Let's say you're one of many developers in a tech company. You might be paid more but are you really going to have more job security than being an IT guy at a non-tech company? In the former, you're a cog on the wheel. in the latter, you're still a cog on the wheel but have a better chance of havin...
by queso
Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need recommendation for home alarm system
Replies: 18
Views: 1138

Re: Need recommendation for home alarm system

The alarm comes from the base unit, in terms of it being smashed and the auxiliary siren continuing, per Simplisafe forum their official answer is yes. Keep in mind with any traditional alarm system that all an intruder has to do is knock the siren off the wall and it will be silenced as well. The ...
by queso
Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career advice in IT
Replies: 99
Views: 7289

Re: Career advice in IT

As an aside, if you want to start a fight try referring to a software engineer an IT worker or ask if they can help you with Powerpoint. Another fun one - put a mechanical engineer, an electrical engineer, a chemical engineer and a software developer in a room. As them to decide which discipline is...
by queso
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career advice in IT
Replies: 99
Views: 7289

Re: Career advice in IT

Another midsize company CIO here (professional services sector). I think the death of the IT department as we know it is a tad overstated. Yes, things have changed, but things always change. That's one of the beautiful things about IT as a career. Like others, we have been moving some workloads/func...
by queso
Thu Apr 06, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BH Divers: Liveaboard recommendations
Replies: 24
Views: 1361

Re: BH Divers: Liveaboard recommendations

Subscribed. I've been going back and forth about hitting Chuuk for years, but never pulled the trigger. Most of my liveaboard experience is overnight boat rides on the East coast because the wrecks are too far offshore to make it in one day. :)

https://www.trukodyssey.com/
by queso
Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career advice in IT
Replies: 99
Views: 7289

Re: Career advice in IT

I assume with the MS in CS that you are making a transition away from IT and into dev? Maybe you can find a gig that will start to get you involved in dev projects so you can get a little on the job experience while you work on your MS?
by queso
Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for a security system
Replies: 4
Views: 443

Re: Recommendation for a security system

ADT, about $50 or so per month, they installed the equipment and we own it (about 20 sensors).
by queso
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toyota vs. Honda
Replies: 58
Views: 4796

Re: Toyota vs. Honda

I've never owned anything but Hondas and Toyotas. Currently I own two of the former and one of the latter. I pretty much decide what style of vehicle I want, drive one of each and pick the better appealing vehicle. I have never owned one that I considered expensive to maintain. This. I'm in the mar...
by queso
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Space Heaters - Does expensive one heat better than cheap one?
Replies: 20
Views: 1009

Re: Electric Space Heaters - Does expensive one heat better than cheap one?

I got a couple of these for around $20. Lasko 9.2 in. 1500-Watt Electric Portable Ceramic Compact Heater. Pretty quick and warm. I got store pickup for HomeDepot but Amazon, Walmart, Target all have it http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lasko-9-2-in-1500-Watt-Electric-Portable-Ceramic-Compact-Heater-754200...
by queso
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: In-N-Out Burger - Best Chain Fast Food Burger Joint?
Replies: 157
Views: 21912

Re: In-N-Out Burger - Best Chain Fast Food Burger Joint?

Best or cheapest? How about best value? I agree 5 guys is a different experience than I&O, but for the money I'd pick I&O. It may be a regional thing, the only 5 Guys I've eaten at are in the DFW area. Maybe some of the older locations are better, but I haven't been impressed by the one I'v...
by queso
Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: In-N-Out Burger - Best Chain Fast Food Burger Joint?
Replies: 157
Views: 21912

Re: In-N-Out Burger - Best Chain Fast Food Burger Joint?

Best or cheapest? I used to travel to the West coast a lot on business and always ate In-N-Out multiple times on every trip (one time 5 days in a row). It's good, but I can't put it in the same league as Five Guys. I'd go: Five Guys Whataburger Sonic In-N-Out Never tried a Culver's or Shakeshack so ...
by queso
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gratuitous homeownership items
Replies: 218
Views: 19546

Re: gratuitous homeownership items

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/008867.html the poster here, "Old Jarhead", is a former US Marine. The point he is making is having a gun is not enough, and waving it in someone's face makes them more not less dangerous. You have to be prepared to shoot-- a process which mil...
by queso
Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gratuitous homeownership items
Replies: 218
Views: 19546

Re: gratuitous homeownership items

I don't think we're using the term alarm in the same manner. Most of us that have alarms have the type that make very little noise or our properties are large enough that nobody outside the home passing by could hear them anyway. What they do is give my family time to prepare for an incident/attack...
by queso
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Vandalism During Cross-Country Drive
Replies: 41
Views: 3594

Re: Car Vandalism During Cross-Country Drive

I have done this a lot with thousands of dollars of dive gear in my truck, camping gear, climbing gear, etc. as well as expensive riding gear and dirt bikes on a trailer. Luckily my wife doesn't go on those trips or this wouldn't fly, but what I have done is stay in cheap motels (doors open to parki...
by queso
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gratuitous homeownership items
Replies: 218
Views: 19546

Re: gratuitous homeownership items

I don't think we're using the term alarm in the same manner. Most of us that have alarms have the type that make very little noise or our properties are large enough that nobody outside the home passing by could hear them anyway. What they do is give my family time to prepare for an incident/attack...
by queso
Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gratuitous homeownership items
Replies: 218
Views: 19546

Re: gratuitous homeownership items

I don't think we're using the term alarm in the same manner. Most of us that have alarms have the type that make very little noise or our properties are large enough that nobody outside the home passing by could hear them anyway. What they do is give my family time to prepare for an incident/attack ...
by queso
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of Dental Implant
Replies: 63
Views: 5464

Re: Cost of Dental Implant

I'm a little confused with the different kinds of "permanent implants." http://www.getdentalimplantstoday.com/Fees.htm This borders on making medical recommendations which is a no-no here, but I'll keep it generic and let LadyGeek clean up my post as needed: everyone talks about price but...
by queso
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing in - WATER - thoughts
Replies: 57
Views: 4268

Re: Investing in - WATER - thoughts

Water consumption in the US in 2010 was: 397,000 acre-feet/yr, let's call it 400,000. Water volume of Lake Superior: 2900 cubic miles. That is approximately 9.8 billion acre-feet, let's call it 10B. Disregarding the fact that water rights for Lake Superior are shared with Canada, it has enough fres...
by queso
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What investments do you invest in a Taxable account for Retirement
Replies: 10
Views: 1300

Re: What investments do you invest in a Taxable account for Retirement

VTSAX and VTIAX. I don't keep bonds in my taxable account (those are in my 401k and IRA).
by queso
Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Where do you save for large purchases?
Replies: 42
Views: 3115

Re: Where do you save for large purchases?

CapitalOne @ 1%. That's got emergency fund, car fund and house repair fund in it.
by queso
Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Do you avoid international investing like Jack Bogle?
Replies: 151
Views: 8918

Re: Do you avoid international investing like Jack Bogle?

On the Alchemist <--> normaldude continuum I am more on the Alchemist side at 10% international. Most of the reasons for that were laid out by Alchemist in a much more eloquent manner than I am capable of.
by queso
Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of Dental Implant
Replies: 63
Views: 5464

Re: Cost of Dental Implant

Subscribed. Recently had #3 molar extracted due to pain/issues with an old root canal/crown. Extraction was $240 out of pocket. It's healing pretty well and my oral surgeon has me booked to go back in 7 weeks for the follow up scans, etc. Will post up what the total out of pocket ends up being. Will...

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