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by squirm
Sun Jul 17, 2016 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy Disneyland tickets
Replies: 11
Views: 1059

Re: Where to buy Disneyland tickets

Doesn't look like aRes does etickets though?
by squirm
Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy Disneyland tickets
Replies: 11
Views: 1059

Where to buy Disneyland tickets

Will be going there in a week. I'm assuming to just buy online and print them out before leaving? We will need passes for three days there on both parks.
by squirm
Sun Jul 17, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Bills Killing Me from AC. Need Advice. [Air Conditioner]
Replies: 81
Views: 6087

Re: Electric Bills Killing Me from AC. Need Advice. [Air Conditioner]

10c/kwh is pretty cheap. I don't think solar will pay off anytime soon, so disregard that advice I gave. I pay 25c/kwh. We use on average 700kwh/month.
by squirm
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you find a tenant for rental house?
Replies: 37
Views: 2068

Re: How do you find a tenant for rental house?

Cherokee8215 wrote:
white_water wrote:Get references from their last TWO landlords.
not just George Costanza posing as Vandelay Industries.


Love that!
Thanks for the message.
by squirm
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you find a tenant for rental house?
Replies: 37
Views: 2068

Re: How do you find a tenant for rental house?

All, some really good suggestions. I'm glad the latter messages stayed on topic. I appreciate those. I tried to look at mysmartmove. The website is blank with some broken links below. I believe it's a browser issue, not a website issue. I tried it on Firefox and IE11. Still didn't work. Anyone else ...
by squirm
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Bills Killing Me from AC. Need Advice. [Air Conditioner]
Replies: 81
Views: 6087

Re: Electric Bills Killing Me from AC. Need Advice. [Air Conditioner]

Is it blowing out cold air? If so, I wouldn't bother calling an AC tech. Perhaps your electrical rates have gone up? What is your electrical rate per Kwh? Post the details of your bill. I put in solar earlier this year, honestly I don't have to worry about using the AC anymore. Plus you get a 30% ta...
by squirm
Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?
Replies: 56
Views: 5098

Re: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?

ponyboy wrote:
To this day they claim that is WAS Bill on the phone...it was his voice, blah blah. Even $2k is a cheap lesson to learn imo. Sucks to get old.


We have a rule with our mother. Anytime she spends over $500 for anything, she is to call one of us (her kids).
by squirm
Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?
Replies: 56
Views: 5098

Re: Mother was victim of online virus scam - How can she recover the money she paid?

If it's an older computer, I personally wouldn't even bother reformatting it, reinstalling the operating system, etc. I would run DBAN on it, then recycle it. Great suggestion! New PCs are relatively inexpensive these days so it may not be worth the effort to reformat the hard disk on the infected ...
by squirm
Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you find a tenant for rental house?
Replies: 37
Views: 2068

Re: How do you find a tenant for rental house?

Thank you to those who have actually answered the question. My supervisor had good luck using Zillow (I think) for his rental. Anyone else use Zillw? Never thought about using Craigslist. Regarding using my friend to be the landlord I'm not worried about that, he'll do just fine. I like the idea of ...
by squirm
Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you find a tenant for rental house?
Replies: 37
Views: 2068

How do you find a tenant for rental house?

My tenant who is also a close friend of mine bought himself a house. He'll be flying the coupe in regards to our rental house, he's been there for four years. The house he bought isn't far away, he has agreed to be the landlord for the new tenants, since we live over an hour away. I will pay him abo...
by squirm
Sat Jun 04, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Leave garage door open?
Replies: 109
Views: 9294

Re: Leave garage door open?

Hi all, These days I have been working from home. When my wife leaves for work, I would like to leave the garage door open. But, I have been wondering if it is ok to do so. So, my question: is it better for the garage door & the associated system to be up open all day or closed? , Thanks depend...
by squirm
Sat Jun 04, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?
Replies: 90
Views: 6901

Re: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?

I know you're not going to move but I would. You already built your dream home, you can build it again on larger acreage (and not put the driveway on the property line this time). Hate to say it but to me a "dream home" includes good neighbors or enough land to not worry about any. It's a...
by squirm
Sat Jun 04, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?
Replies: 90
Views: 6901

Re: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?

Don't even get me started about neighbor problems. Yours are mild compared to what we've been dealing with. I didn't want a fence at first either, but now I wonder why I didn't put it up years ago. Good fences make good neighbors. Do it and don't look back. Although consider a privacy fence. You ne...
by squirm
Sat Jun 04, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole House Fan with Simple Automation
Replies: 17
Views: 2191

Re: Whole House Fan with Simple Automation

I was going to say, get it wired to a count-down timer, either spring or electronic.
I think whole house fans are under rated, they depending on where you live, you can save $ by not running the AC.
by squirm
Sat Jun 04, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whole House Fan with Simple Automation
Replies: 17
Views: 2191

Re: Whole House Fan with Simple Automation

We have a whole house fan, they are great, esp at night. Our is in an adjacent room, we leave several windows open somewhat throughout the house. We open the bedroom window too and the breeze feels good when sleeping. Here are some issues. Regarding automation, I couldn't think of a way. You have to...
by squirm
Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?
Replies: 90
Views: 6901

Re: neighbor issue - do I need a fence?

Gee whiz. Just move. Moving is a nutty idea. It's your land. Calmly assert and take control of what is yours through either verbal, written or physical (a fence). Moving isn't a nutty idea. Sounds like this neighbor is in this guys head. A fence might or might not help. Been there done that. Plenty...
by squirm
Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refinancing with Amerisave - taking forever
Replies: 4
Views: 492

Refinancing with Amerisave - taking forever

Mother is doing a refinance her primary residence with Amerisave. This process has been going on for 60 days now. They want to know every single little detail about everything. It's constantly back and forth. Neither of us ever had this issue with them before with previous refi's. The appraisal has ...
by squirm
Mon May 30, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insulating the attic
Replies: 26
Views: 2044

Re: Insulating the attic

To the OP, it's not difficult. You tube a couple videos. Forget the quotes. Just have some decent lighting.
by squirm
Mon May 30, 2016 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: tips for weight exercises/training
Replies: 81
Views: 5238

Re: tips for weight exercises/training

30 years go going to a gym, I've seen it all. Most people would rather talk about exercise than do it. Just go a couple gyms with a 7 days trial, figure out which one you think is best for you. Then go every other day. Include cardio. Go every other day, and try not to find an excuse not to go. Afte...
by squirm
Mon May 30, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Insulating the attic
Replies: 26
Views: 2044

Re: Insulating the attic

Just go to Home Depot or Lowes and rent a machine to blow in cellulose. Have a friend come over to feed the machine. 4 hour project. Buy a 3 foot 2" PVC, duct tape it to the end of the hose, makes it easier to apply. Have some good lighting and your good to go. It's not nasty, it's fairly easy ...
by squirm
Mon May 30, 2016 10:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there such thing as easy load front load washer/dryer?
Replies: 30
Views: 2118

Re: Is there such thing as easy load front load washer/dryer?

Or a washer and dryer in the same box: http://www.lg.com/us/washer-dryer-combos/lg-WM3997HWA-washer-dryer-combo (I have no experience with this but my long dead grandma had something like this years ago.) Our LG started on fire. The power was supposed to run through two or three connectors but the ...
by squirm
Sun May 29, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on Mom's Fence / Neighbor
Replies: 57
Views: 4129

Re: Advice on Mom's Fence / Neighbor

Why not be friendly and just help out the neighbor wanting to put up a fence?
by squirm
Sun May 29, 2016 12:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there such thing as easy load front load washer/dryer?
Replies: 30
Views: 2118

Re: Is there such thing as easy load front load washer/dryer?

As someone who designed washing machines for over a decade, there are brands out there that make front load washers that have an angled tub to make them easier to load. However, they are industrial machines made for motels, gyms, etc. I am not aware of a home washer that has a tilted drum. If there...
by squirm
Sun May 29, 2016 12:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there such thing as easy load front load washer/dryer?
Replies: 30
Views: 2118

Re: Is there such thing as easy load front load washer/dryer?

Or a washer and dryer in the same box: http://www.lg.com/us/washer-dryer-combos/lg-WM3997HWA-washer-dryer-combo (I have no experience with this but my long dead grandma had something like this years ago.) Our LG started on fire. The power was supposed to run through two or three connectors but the ...
by squirm
Sat May 28, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there such thing as easy load front load washer/dryer?
Replies: 30
Views: 2118

Is there such thing as easy load front load washer/dryer?

We have a front load washer/dryer. Frankly with my wife's bad back it would be nice if the tub and drum were angled and the doors placed slightly higher, so you're not bending over so much. At one point, I thought I saw such a thing from some manufacturer. Never was able to find it. Has anyone seen ...
by squirm
Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a New Car...Is it Unwise?
Replies: 68
Views: 6381

Re: Buying a New Car...Is it Unwise?

Just buy a new car and keep it for 10 years or so. It's okay to enjoy spending money once on a while, if you can afford it. Not everything has to be a calculated decision based on financials. If so, buy a used Yugo for transportation.
by squirm
Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Preferred stock ideas
Replies: 10
Views: 1009

Re: Preferred stock ideas

Great conversation!
by squirm
Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Financing a car in order to fix credit
Replies: 16
Views: 1335

Re: Financing a car in order to fix credit

Don't understand. Did your recently get a new job, or are you still out is work?
by squirm
Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Paying off mortgage instead of buying bonds
Replies: 33
Views: 3339

Re: Paying off mortgage instead of buying bonds

This isn't black and white. I'd just play it safe and do half and half. Pay off half for the mortgage and put the other half in your investment.i was in a similar situation 15 years ago and wish I did that. Instead I invested.
by squirm
Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Preferred stock ideas
Replies: 10
Views: 1009

Preferred stock ideas

Anyone have any ideas on a preferred stock issue? I'm looking for an investment grade issue with qualified distributions. I have a few in mind such as RNR or SCHW. Preferred stock investors, I'd like to hear from you.
I'm not asking for the merits of investing in preferred issues.

Thanks.
by squirm
Mon Apr 25, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pros/Cons of Condo Living?
Replies: 43
Views: 4511

Re: Pros/Cons of Condo Living?

student wrote:I live in a large condo complex and I have lived here for almost 15 years. It is in a two-story building. Everything is perfect except I can hear my neighbors, which bugs me. .

Biggest reason I would never live on a condo.
by squirm
Fri Apr 22, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a house with solar panels
Replies: 38
Views: 4237

Re: Selling a house with solar panels

The average home buyer has no clue what kw
, kWh, or anything about panels, inverters, etc. Just leave a electric bill out, they know what $ means.
by squirm
Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adding panels to existing rooftop solar array
Replies: 10
Views: 1027

Re: Adding panels to existing rooftop solar array

Given the orientation of the panels it's doubtful the system will produce over 5.5 with the additional panels. Even if the inverter clips, it won't for any significant length of time.
by squirm
Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adding panels to existing rooftop solar array
Replies: 10
Views: 1027

Re: Adding panels to existing rooftop solar array

It's a 5.5kw system.
by squirm
Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any stay at home parents regret the decision?
Replies: 100
Views: 10964

Re: Any stay at home parents regret the decision?

I doubt there are too many people on their deathbed that wish they would have spent more time at work then being with their kids when they were young.
by squirm
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adding panels to existing rooftop solar array
Replies: 10
Views: 1027

Re: Adding panels to existing rooftop solar array

So to get back to my point, I agree panel costs is about a buck or buck and change. So why are they using the original per unit price of a whole system at $3/watt??? Only thing I can think of is they might feel their getting shafted due to the fact they just finished installing my system, and now I'...
by squirm
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adding panels to existing rooftop solar array
Replies: 10
Views: 1027

Re: Adding panels to existing rooftop solar array

Permitting is a small costs. They are the same panels that I have now. They're actually 310watts per panel.

Yeah, probably void the warranty if I did it myself or someone else.

They're nice panels, LG neon.... I specified everything myself.
by squirm
Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adding panels to existing rooftop solar array
Replies: 10
Views: 1027

Re: Adding panels to existing rooftop solar array

That seems more than fair. What are we talking about $750-900? Cost on the panels is in the $450-550 neighborhood. I honestly don't think you present one valid reason for asking for any better deal. You're using the fact that you're NOT buying more equipment as a reason for a bigger discount, when ...
by squirm
Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Adding panels to existing rooftop solar array
Replies: 10
Views: 1027

Adding panels to existing rooftop solar array

I want to expand my rooftop solar array that was just installed with three more panels. The installer said he'd do it at the original price of $3/watt. I thought that was high since everything is already in place, such such as the inverter, conduit, etc. He'd have to put in another rack. Regarding w...
by squirm
Mon Apr 18, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How To Stay Motivated in Employment When You Might Have Enough?
Replies: 71
Views: 9088

Re: How To Stay Motivated in Employment When You Might Have Enough?

Everyone is different. Some folks like their jobs the rewards that might come with it, others see it differently and hate it. I would get extremely bored staying home trying to keep myself busy. Maybe you should consider a career change if your not happy with your current situation and have the fund...
by squirm
Mon Apr 18, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar Price Per Watt?
Replies: 25
Views: 2422

Re: Solar Price Per Watt?

Just go with a single inverter, such as solaredge and get the up optimizers, so shading isn't an issue. I very much doubt enphase will be around in 25 years and probably not even 5 given their financials. You can put the Solaredge inverter in your garage too, out of the heat, unlike micros that are ...
by squirm
Thu Apr 14, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What should a solar power system cost?
Replies: 13
Views: 919

Re: What should a solar power system cost?

$3-3.75 per watt commercial installs.
I suggest decent panels like LG. Go with string inverter. Solaredge will probably be around in ten years, enphase probably not, imo.
by squirm
Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)
Replies: 44
Views: 5039

Re: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)

Wanted to add that most of the time we found that having close neighbors wasn't worth it. There was only one close neighbor that we really liked and could depend on, everyone else in a 15 year span.... Not so.
by squirm
Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)
Replies: 44
Views: 5039

Re: My neighborhood is too quiet (and no kids)

We moved from an area that you described, where you can't get your mail, to very rural. We have to take our atv to get the mail or on the way out when leaving.

Getting to know a neighborhood takes time, and figuring out if the neighbors are decent people or not takes more time.
by squirm
Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a house with solar panels
Replies: 38
Views: 4237

Re: Selling a house with solar panels

If the panels are purchased then it should. I'm not sure why some are comparing them to other forms of technology. Just have the owner show you the production amount on a sunny day and compare that with the array total rated production. Expect on average about a half percent a year drop off. Not a b...
by squirm
Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Haggling for used car?
Replies: 13
Views: 1804

Re: Haggling for used car?

Some places stopped doing it. We just bought a car, tried negotiate, even left. They didn't budge, due to their procedures. Came back a few days later and bought it. No big deal, that's seems to be the trend.
by squirm
Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best month to sell/buy a home?
Replies: 17
Views: 1945

Re: Best month to sell/buy a home?

Usually due to schools. Forward the school calendar by a few months and that's your answer.
by squirm
Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Friend wants to sell apartment in rent control SF
Replies: 3
Views: 1004

Friend wants to sell apartment in rent control SF

Friend has had an apartment in SF for decades. It's under rent control. Renters have been there for a very long time. It's a 3 unit apartment, I believe. I would think the apartment is worth millions, but he recently told me it's not the case because of the legalities of the existing renters. He sai...
by squirm
Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MS OneDrive - changes to free storage
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: MS OneDrive - changes to free storage

They had a storage promotion late last year, that i applied to.
http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-exte ... age-storm/

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