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by Teague
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I sold my boat today
Replies: 12
Views: 1570

Re: I sold my boat today

Don't be too sad, if you change your mind you can always buy another one. Always your choice.
by Teague
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renting an RV for the first time. Any advice?
Replies: 44
Views: 2496

Re: Renting an RV for the first time. Any advice?

Sounds like you want the RV experience, but luxury and space. This. My wife wants to do a cross-country road trip, but she doesn't want to go camping. I said at the beginning that I'm aware that this route is expensive. The driver would stay at a hotel whenever we stop for the night. How does the d...
by Teague
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LG refrigerator not cooling--dump it and rebuy?
Replies: 30
Views: 1645

Re: LG refrigerator not cooling--dump it and rebuy?

Are you sure the compressor has died and its not the overload or start relay switches? If it is just the switches, that would likely only be a $20 DIY fix. I fixed a refrigerator by switching out the start relay that was burned out from a failing compressor (learned the hard way). Worked for a week...
by Teague
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for cell phone for elderly person
Replies: 21
Views: 912

Re: Looking for cell phone for elderly person

You know this person better than others and I believe you when I say “smartphone not needed,” but let me point out that smartphones - especially iPhones - have best-in-class accessibility features. So for someone who is almost blind, they’d be able to use voiceover to read them texts, and dictate t...
by Teague
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for cell phone for elderly person
Replies: 21
Views: 912

Re: Looking for cell phone for elderly person

How is her mental acuity? BIL gave MIL a cell phone many years ago when she was much younger than that. Besides not liking it because it was different, she kept losing it in her apartment and forgetting to charge it. Cognitive function is quite intact. Relative and I regularly converse about world ...
by Teague
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for cell phone for elderly person
Replies: 21
Views: 912

Re: Looking for cell phone for elderly person

Kagord wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:10 pm
How about one of those new fangled flippy things: https://www.greatcall.com/phones/jitter ... or-seniors
That's a possibility! What do you know, a simple cell phone that flips open and closed. What will they think of next? :wink:
by Teague
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for cell phone for elderly person
Replies: 21
Views: 912

Re: Looking for cell phone for elderly person

^^^ Yes they have used a cell phone. You do make some very good points, but I think the right cell phone will be workable in this case. They already have a wireless handset and can use that well enough. The issue is that their old fashioned paired copper wire landline is becoming less and less relia...
by Teague
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for cell phone for elderly person
Replies: 21
Views: 912

Looking for cell phone for elderly person

HI all, I have an elderly relative who needs a cell phone for backup communication, though it may become the main communication device. The relative is in their advanced 90's, just about blind. Big buttons and simplicity are required. A smart phone is not needed, and probably not desirable due to ad...
by Teague
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LG refrigerator not cooling--dump it and rebuy?
Replies: 30
Views: 1645

Re: LG refrigerator not cooling--dump it and rebuy?

If you haven't already, look up "defrost timer" and make sure that's not your problem. I did a parts search on my fridge model for "defrost timer" at the online store where I usually buy appliance parts and it didn't return a part with that name. The closest part found was a Pcb Assm.,timer/key whi...
by Teague
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LG refrigerator not cooling--dump it and rebuy?
Replies: 30
Views: 1645

Re: LG refrigerator not cooling--dump it and rebuy?

If you haven't already, look up "defrost timer" and make sure that's not your problem.
by Teague
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cost of Adding a Sprinkler Head to an Existing Zone
Replies: 9
Views: 887

Re: Cost of Adding a Sprinkler Head to an Existing Zone

Will your water system handle 7 heads? Low pressure and more rotor heads may cause problems. Exactly my thinking. Sprinklers are grouped into "zones" largely because the water supply line can only supply so much water at one time. Otherwise you could have all your sprinklers go on at once and get w...
by Teague
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?
Replies: 50
Views: 1944

Re: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?

We used 2131 kWh last month which everyone says is super high. Nothing is apples to apples, Here in Tn, 1600 sq ft home 41 yrs old sounds like the same loose construction home (leaks, insulation). .10 per kwh 27 seer geothermal HP, Heat pump for Hot water. Me the Wife and a Parakeet. Last month $13...
by Teague
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?
Replies: 50
Views: 1944

Re: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?

Adjust the thermostat. It doesn’t need to be at 72. 76-78 is probably adequate. Close off rooms that aren’t being used. Most of us in big homes have a couple of rooms we really don’t need to heat or air condition. Look at your house from the perspective of what you would do if you didn’t have AC. C...
by Teague
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?
Replies: 50
Views: 1944

Re: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?

Chuck107 wrote:
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:37 pm
Luxaire model number THJD60S41SA aprox 13 seer

http://www.upgnet.com/PdfFileRedirect/8 ... C-1112.PDF
Hmm, was that audit done by the utility company, or a contractor that sells HVAC units? If utility company they messed up. If a contractor, well then, hmm.
by Teague
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?
Replies: 50
Views: 1944

Re: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?

I'm guessing you mean it uses 4KW when running, not 4KW per hour. 4KW per hour isn't really a way to measure this. Though it could certainly use 4KW hours per hour. Which brings us right back to 4KW when running. Anyway, that sounds not unreasonable. I'd guess probably a 3 or maybe 4 ton unit? On th...
by Teague
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: having trouble with credit bureaus
Replies: 16
Views: 912

Re: having trouble with credit bureaus

I wonder if the apparent incompetence of these companies in this regard has a deliberate component. Surely these large companies have staff to competently construct a well-functioning website and back end. I think it's in these companies' best interest to actively discourage freezing/unfreezing and ...
by Teague
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I keep getting someone else's mail
Replies: 27
Views: 2088

Re: I keep getting someone else's mail

I still get mail for someone that lived at our place twenty years ago. Usually junk so I just throw it away. Not a big deal. That is a crime. 18 U.S. Code § 1702 - Obstruction of correspondence Whoever takes any letter, postal card, or package out of any post office or any authorized depository for...
by Teague
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I keep getting someone else's mail
Replies: 27
Views: 2088

Re: I keep getting someone else's mail

By chance is it addressed to O. Cupant or something like that? I wouldn't worry about it. Junk mail doesn't seem to be very selective about where it winds up. Funny things can happen with address database mistakes. I once had an office supplies salesman drive up my long gravel driveway, past my old ...
by Teague
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: having trouble with credit bureaus
Replies: 16
Views: 912

Re: having trouble with credit bureaus

This happens because we are not their customers. We are their product. They will invest the minimum necessary to not run afoul of the law or regulators, and will push that as far as they can. A long term solution could be focusing on reforming that industry. That's problematic too, though, as these ...
by Teague
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 155
Views: 11709

Re: Gardening 2020

Corn as high as an elephant's eye, or about 7 feet.
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White corn foreground, yellow corn in background.

Our first customers:
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by Teague
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toilet Leak - potential mold issue?
Replies: 18
Views: 1204

Re: Toilet Leak - potential mold issue?

Even if you somehow had some mold between the tiles and the concrete, so what? Cut off the moisture supply and it won't grow. Not true. If black mold is allowed to grow, cutting off the water source does not solve the problem. How Toxic Black Mold Spores Spread The wet coating of a toxic black mold...
by Teague
Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toilet Leak - potential mold issue?
Replies: 18
Views: 1204

Re: Toilet Leak - potential mold issue?

I'm with the building super. Mold needs moisture and something to eat. Concrete won't do it.

Even if you somehow had some mold between the tiles and the concrete, so what? Cut off the moisture supply and it won't grow.
by Teague
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I sell my stash of dental floss now worth $3,000?
Replies: 105
Views: 11014

Re: Should I sell my stash of dental floss now worth $3,000?

Have you ever noticed how this stuff can be cut and manipulated into virtually all of the symbols of freemasonry? Coincidence???

OP, if you do get the $3000, have you thought about investing in a watch around that price?
by Teague
Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old Cars & the expenses that go with them
Replies: 69
Views: 5130

Re: Old Cars & the expenses that go with them

I like to take a little time to make this kind of decision. My last vehicle that became genuinely unusable (engine smoked like a burning tire, clutch worn to the point it would hardly go on level ground) I just parked out back for a bit while I pondered repair vs. recycle. 15 years later I had it to...
by Teague
Wed Jun 17, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Old Cars & the expenses that go with them
Replies: 69
Views: 5130

Re: Old Cars & the expenses that go with them

MathWizard wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:42 pm
Unless for non-financial reasons:

If the cost for the repairs exceeds the lowest blue book value, get rid of it.
I have sometimes driven the car to the salvage yard.
Why?
by Teague
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy this tractor for new home on 15 acres, (approx 1 acre of grass and almost 1 acre potential garden)
Replies: 39
Views: 2456

Re: Should I buy this tractor for new home on 15 acres, (approx 1 acre of grass and almost 1 acre potential garden)

I'd check out a tractor forum like https://www.yesterdaystractors.com for opinions about any old tractor before I bought it. You'll want to learn about common issues, parts availability, going price, and so on.
by Teague
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace beam or sister it?
Replies: 22
Views: 1615

Re: Replace beam or sister it?

I dunno, that looks like some weirdness with the long horizontal crack along the grain starting at the right T strap, the other (knots? something else?) strange looking things, and the other wood putty spots. I'd get an estimate or two, if for nothing else to get some idea of what you really have go...
by Teague
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace beam or sister it?
Replies: 22
Views: 1615

Re: Replace beam or sister it?

I have absolutely no expertise in this whatsoever but, this being the Internet, that will not stop me offering my thoughts. :happy Interestingly I look out my window now and see exactly this setup at my place, but minus the termite damage. So your beam is weakened at the top, where it would receive ...
by Teague
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: best way to give away a table saw
Replies: 53
Views: 3206

Re: best way to give away a table saw

Thanks for the ideas. I will look into donating to school district, friends of neighbors, etc. What is your concern about tiny cars? I don't get it. See the OP. Recipient would have to move a heavy table saw. Shows how much I know - I figured clown phobia. Putting stuff at the curb works great here...
by Teague
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Issues - No Oil
Replies: 63
Views: 4695

Re: Car Issues - No Oil

SC Anteater wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:12 pm
Just wanted to give an update. The old beast isn't dead yet. New battery, new alternator, oil change. Lot of money to repair but cheaper than a new car.
Congratulations! And thanks for the wonderful example of correlation (car died when the oil was low) not implying causation! :D
by Teague
Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OBD2 scanner?
Replies: 28
Views: 1681

Re: OBD2 scanner?

If for no other reason, when you go to your mechanic and say "it keeps setting a p0142 oxygen sensor code and I'm too lazy to fix it myself" you've established that you're not an automotive ignoramus. Or maybe you are, but you don't sound like like one. For the typical honest mechanic this will make...
by Teague
Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Electricians/ Microwave Engineers
Replies: 30
Views: 2245

Re: Calling all Electricians/ Microwave Engineers

telemark wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:57 pm

But the average life of a circuit breaker is 30 to 40 years. Cheap insurance given the problems the O.P. is reporting.
But these are a Boglehead's circuit breakers, so likely to be considerably above average. :D
by Teague
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Electricians/ Microwave Engineers
Replies: 30
Views: 2245

Re: Calling all Electricians/ Microwave Engineers

Thanks, @mkc and @Teague. Your explanation and advice are appreciated. Next step: Call electrician on Monday. Another possibility could be if the microwave is mounted close to the range hood, like in the same cabinet, such that vibration from the running microwave vibrated the range hood light fixt...
by Teague
Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Electricians/ Microwave Engineers
Replies: 30
Views: 2245

Re: Calling all Electricians/ Microwave Engineers

Third, a question for anyone: By what process would my microwave oven running cause to a disturbance of an appliance (range light) on another circuit? Here's my marginally educated guess: You have a range bulb that is not tightly screwed in or that light socket is starting to fail. There is increas...
by Teague
Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car maker and car year specific coolant?
Replies: 15
Views: 801

Re: Car maker and car year specific coolant?

I wouldn't use any coolant not specifically called out by the manufacturer these days. OAT, HOAT, phosphate free, specific anti wear and anti corrosion packages, all specifically designed to the vehicle. It's crazy. And for sure don't go by color, there's a whole rainbow. And "gold" color is not the...
by Teague
Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Electricians/ Microwave Engineers
Replies: 30
Views: 2245

Re: Calling all Electricians/ Microwave Engineers

Just a homeowner's opinion here. In my experience, dimming bulbs with a popping sound simultaneously usually indicates a bulb that's not screwed in tightly or a bulb or socket that's going bad. As far as goes any of this stuff, I don't think I'd try to connect that to a microwave oven, particularly ...
by Teague
Fri Jun 12, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: caulk puncture tool ?
Replies: 71
Views: 3768

Re: caulk puncture tool ?

Drill bit attached to cordless drill.

Drywall screw/sheet metal screw/wood screw. Screw in then yank it out by whatever means.

Both will make a bigger and better opening than that silly wire thing because they actually remove some hardened caulk.
by Teague
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noisy return/intake in new HVAC
Replies: 59
Views: 2729

Re: Noisy return/intake in new HVAC

We concluded that we need to contact a HVAC company other than the one that installed the system in order to get good advice on solving the problem. If, for example, the installing company put in a undersized shaft then it isn’t going to admit that. It will do its suggested fix and claim that’s all...
by Teague
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noisy return/intake in new HVAC
Replies: 59
Views: 2729

Re: Noisy return/intake in new HVAC

If the noise is from rushing air, rather than mechanical noise from the unit, that usually means the return(s) grille/filter size and associated ducting are too small. I'd check into what size returns the HVAC manufacturer calls for with this model unit. Hard to believe that new construction would ...
by Teague
Thu Jun 11, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Broken Onkyo Audio Receiver Under Warranty. What Recourse do I Have?
Replies: 18
Views: 1067

Re: Broken Onkyo Audio Receiver Under Warranty. What Recourse do I Have?

Audio receiver? Is that like a radio? Take it to the repair shop to get it fixed and then sell it. Don't buy that brand again. You can ask for your money back but good luck with that. Receivers were a piece of audio equipment that combined a radio tuner, pre-amplifier, amplifier and sometimes other...
by Teague
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noisy return/intake in new HVAC
Replies: 59
Views: 2729

Re: Noisy return/intake in new HVAC

If the noise is from rushing air, rather than mechanical noise from the unit, that usually means the return(s) grille/filter size and associated ducting are too small. I'd check into what size returns the HVAC manufacturer calls for with this model unit. Hard to believe that new construction would h...
by Teague
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Thoughts on today's sell-off?
Replies: 194
Views: 16116

Re: Thoughts on today's sell-off?

...Furthermore, I don't believe financial reporters, or the people who talk to them, know, either. Both Jeremy Siegel, author of Stocks for the Long Run , and Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan , have both given splended examples showing that such explanations are nonsense. In fact, we...
by Teague
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Emotions and Market Movements
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: Emotions and Market Movements

As best as I can self-diagnose, I think it has something to do with wanting a good sequence of returns during accumulation. In other words, wanting to feel like I’m buying at low-to-modest equity prices along the way, rather than at elevated prices that then lead to a stagnant or down market upon r...
by Teague
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Emotions and Market Movements
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: Emotions and Market Movements

Hi Bogleheads I’ve noticed that I intrinsically feel good when the stock market goes down (the harder it falls, the better I feel), and the opposite when the market rises. The March free-fall and Apr-May meteoric rise pulled me between these two emotional extremes (euphoric -> sad). How should I in...
by Teague
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exterior Water Service Line Coverage
Replies: 26
Views: 1523

Re: Exterior Water Service Line Coverage

dukeblue219 wrote:
Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:51 pm
Doom&Gloom wrote:
Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:48 pm
2 years ago: pinhole leak in the pvc pipe near the water meter. Plumber repaired it for $142.
How did you know you had a pinhole leak in a buried line? Was it substantial enough to notice on your bill?
I'll wildly guess there was mud where no mud should be.
by Teague
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New Tulip Mania?
Replies: 31
Views: 4795

Re: New Tulip Mania?

Well, it would be a really limited sort of bubble if we're only talking about 2 companies. There's always something wonky going on, today I guess it's those two.
by Teague
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2020
Replies: 155
Views: 11709

Re: Gardening 2020

^^^ Are you growing for a local farmer's market? Actually most of this is planned to go to local food bank/soup kitchen. Of course family and friends will get a share. This started as: 1. A fun project to see if I could grow a bunch of corn reasonably well. (So far so good.) 2. As a therapeutic mea...
by Teague
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Next Steps After Blown AC Units
Replies: 15
Views: 1007

Re: Next Steps After Blown AC Units

For sure paying down the car loan will be beneficial.
Almost for sure adding to the IRA will be beneficial long-term.
Adding to the emergency fund may or may not be beneficial.

I'd probably pick one of the first two, and not worry about it too much.
by Teague
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I give a loan to my buddy to buy a boat?
Replies: 81
Views: 4673

Re: Can I give a loan to my buddy to buy a boat?

I guess I meant to also say disregard the ethics/friend situation. Ok, disregarding those we are left with a straight business deal. Like loaning money to a stranger then, not a friend. My opinion is that this is a very bad proposed business deal. You are not skilled at evaluating creditworthiness....
by Teague
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can I give a loan to my buddy to buy a boat?
Replies: 81
Views: 4673

Re: Can I give a loan to my buddy to buy a boat?

Ask yourself why said buddy cannot get a loan from a credit union or similar. Perhaps because they determined he is a poor credit risk? Remember, such places make money by loaning money, and they like nothing better than making money. If they decline based on the judgement of professionals who evalu...