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by Teague
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas leak detector?
Replies: 21
Views: 1020

Re: Gas leak detector?

My wife has an amazing gas detector. I just blame the dog.

The good news is that natural gas and propane are not toxic. But of course they are explosive in the right concentration. And if you breathe exclusively gas and no air, you will be asphyxiated, but that's pretty hard to accomplish.
by Teague
Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Generator Natural Gas Line/Hookup
Replies: 7
Views: 761

Re: Generator Natural Gas Line/Hookup

So I’m interested in getting a generator powered by natural gas. Either a portable or a stanby generator. I have this natural gas pipe/line that come out of the brick facade by our back deck. I believe the first owner used this for their barbecue. Anyone know if this size line is enough to power a ...
by Teague
Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone into Essential Oils?
Replies: 40
Views: 2448

Re: Anyone into Essential Oils?

Is snake oil included in the family of essential oils?
by Teague
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toilet Makes A Flushing Sound Occasionally
Replies: 37
Views: 2774

Re: Toilet Makes A Flushing Sound Occasionally

As others have, it is almost certainly the fault of the flapper, which should ideally perform within prescribed norms. But flappers are, of course, notorious for behaving otherwise.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flapper
by Teague
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I think my father has a gambling problem
Replies: 78
Views: 6652

Re: I think my father has a gambling problem

sawhorse wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:21 pm

Is there a way I can get him removed from casino mailing lists so that he won't be enticed by their offers?
I doubt it. Nor can you commit him to a re-education camp. I don't think you got the message that this is not your "problem" to manage.
by Teague
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I think my father has a gambling problem
Replies: 78
Views: 6652

Re: I think my father has a gambling problem

It's quite a leap to jump to a "diagnosis" of gambling addiction from the information you've posted. For the sake of family relations, I'd suggest keeping your young whipper-snapper trap shut unless you have substantial evidence, not just books and advertisements laying around. And get off my lawn!
by Teague
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your experience with Nitrous for a dental implant?
Replies: 27
Views: 1162

Re: Your experience with Nitrous for a dental implant?

I'd appreciate input from folks that have had this done and opted for the nitrous over general. Nitrous works better at New York's altitude than Denver's. Where do you live? For race cars or dental procedures? And why? Perhaps its because when living at Denver's Altitude there is no oxygen in the a...
by Teague
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your experience with Nitrous for a dental implant?
Replies: 27
Views: 1162

Re: Your experience with Nitrous for a dental implant?

BolderBoy wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:37 pm
investingdad wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:01 am
I'd appreciate input from folks that have had this done and opted for the nitrous over general.
Nitrous works better at New York's altitude than Denver's. Where do you live?
For race cars or dental procedures? And why?
by Teague
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Google's secret deal with MasterCard to buy all your CC transactions
Replies: 25
Views: 3085

Re: Google's secret deal with MasterCard to buy all your CC transactions

But, I have first hand experience with consequences of driving a car on a public road while engaged in a 100% legal activity. My car was photographed with license plate exposed and published on media sites by people who disagreed with my decision to engage in a legal activity and to expose the fact...
by Teague
Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does it make sense to invest in individual stocks (like Kanye West) if you stick to what you know?
Replies: 110
Views: 5515

Re: Does it make sense to invest in individual stocks (like Kanye West) if you stick to what you know?

I've also seen Mr Clements praised by many Bogleheads, includng Mr Taylor Larrimore. Mr Clements is also an invited speaker on the Bogleheads annual conference; the fact that he has invited an author to publish in his blog an article... Nice example of three degrees of separation. I know a guy. Who...
by Teague
Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to "waste" money on groceries?
Replies: 109
Views: 9388

Re: How to "waste" money on groceries?

Eggs from our backyard flock of 3 chickens and 3 ducks.

I think it comes out to something like three dollars per egg.
by Teague
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Graduate Degree Mistakenly (?) Conferred - What to Do? [solved]
Replies: 76
Views: 7231

Re: Graduate Degree Mistakenly (?) Conferred - What to Do? [solved]

Glad it worked out. If the less-than-honest route were chosen I could envision at least two bad results: -You get hired at your employer of choice, and they are backlogged checking the new-hire academic credentials. When they got around to it, the university had corrected its error. - Employer: Well...
by Teague
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a car to CarMax
Replies: 74
Views: 5680

Re: Selling a car to CarMax

My experience selling an almost new car to them was positive. They inspected the car and made an offer. I told them I'd like a bit more than their offer. Their response to that was that their offer was good for a week. (They showed no sign of changing their offer.) I did sell the car to them the nex...
by Teague
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Working for a municipality
Replies: 26
Views: 2402

Re: Working for a municipality

A common theme I’m coming across is “honor the way things are done.” I am not entirely sure at what level the responsibility lies but there are still a few pending criminal prosecutions about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. So maybe you have to go against the prevailing lethargy ... sometimes....
by Teague
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you spend on kids extracurriculars?
Replies: 85
Views: 4573

Re: How much do you spend on kids extracurriculars?

Daughter does barrel racing. Horse+truck+trailer about $70K. $500/month boarding. Add event fees, fuel, insurance.
by Teague
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: F2 Tornado just slammed our area - Any way to recover expenses?
Replies: 18
Views: 1488

Re: F2 Tornado just slammed our area - Any way to recover expenses?

Not sure how relevant this may be. I know a guy who had a persimmon tree in his front yard destroyed by a drunk driver. The homeowner's insurance refused to pay because the house was not damaged. He filed for loss of use, or diminished value, or something like that and got several hundred dollars. H...
by Teague
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do I get rid of big project t.v.?
Replies: 21
Views: 1068

Re: How do I get rid of big project t.v.?

If the "FREE" sign doesn't work, put it on the curb with a sign that says "$100." It may well disappear that night.
by Teague
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If the market is so hard to beat, why did a rapper beat it by 40%?
Replies: 61
Views: 3517

Re: If the market is so hard to beat, why did a rapper beat it by 40%?

steve321 wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:23 am
Good point but it looks like all the stocks he picked (except Disney I think) beat the market, so it's 4 out of 5 I think, making it less likely that it's due to pure luck.
The odds of getting 4 heads out of 5 coin flips is 5/32. Hardly a miracle. How many rappers did not beat the market?
by Teague
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investing in the food industry
Replies: 13
Views: 838

Re: Investing in the food industry

kbenjamin827 wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:22 pm
If you had to invest in the food industry, which would you invest in?
Why do you have to invest in the food industry?
by Teague
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: bench vise recommendation
Replies: 20
Views: 1274

Re: bench vise recommendation

So no welding, blacksmithing, not a farrier, just small projects around the house? Sounds like a Harbor Freight special is all you really need, no?
by Teague
Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Painting
Replies: 22
Views: 1407

Re: Car Painting

Be aware there is no paint job that can match the durability of the factory paint job. If you can save the factory paint job through detailing or similar, I would tend to go that direction.
by Teague
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daily Driver (Car) Over 100K Miles?
Replies: 96
Views: 6829

Re: Daily Driver (Car) Over 100K Miles?

The decision to sell is comes when the cost of repair approaches the value of the vehicle. I understand the sentiment, but I'm not sure I'd agree. Knowing the complete history and condition of one's existing vehicle makes it worth considerably more than a random, unknown, similar vehicle, IMO. What...
by Teague
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Stocks beginning with the letter 'A' continue to soar!
Replies: 10
Views: 840

Re: Stocks beginning with the letter 'A' continue to soar!

Year to date:

Anthera Pharmaceuticals -95.66%
Aim Exploration -94.66%
Aeolus Pharmaceuticals -93.64%

None of this will effect nor affect my actions going forward.
by Teague
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The twenty dollar rule
Replies: 44
Views: 3820

Re: The twenty dollar rule

Did you see the recent thread on bras in Consumer section of the forum? Get ready for a real shock, if you think $20 is going to bust the budget. Heh, bust-budget, bras, I see what you did there. :wink: OP, you describe this $20 dollar thing first as a "request" then as a "rule." What word(s) do yo...
by Teague
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daily Driver (Car) Over 100K Miles?
Replies: 96
Views: 6829

Re: Daily Driver (Car) Over 100K Miles?

The decision to sell is comes when the cost of repair approaches the value of the vehicle. I understand the sentiment, but I'm not sure I'd agree. Knowing the complete history and condition of one's existing vehicle makes it worth considerably more than a random, unknown, similar vehicle, IMO.
by Teague
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Daily Driver (Car) Over 100K Miles?
Replies: 96
Views: 6829

Re: Daily Driver (Car) Over 100K Miles?

Thanks for the comments! Like b.lock, I occasionally shop for cars on the internet to see what's out there; I just can't justfiy buying another car when there's absolutely nothing wrong with mine. I can certainly afford another car. That's why I was wondering about others' decision-making processes...
by Teague
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home Audio Advice
Replies: 25
Views: 1686

Re: Home Audio Advice

Re. "sixteen two." That sounds like they thought the question was what kind of wire was used, and they replied that they used 16 gauge two-conductor wire. Which would be fine for a typical home audio setup. The gauge is the thickness of the wire, and the number of conductors is the number of wires p...
by Teague
Fri Aug 31, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need suggestion for firm foam mattress
Replies: 19
Views: 1679

Re: Need suggestion for firm foam mattress

Online bed in box companies allow returns after a generous trial period I have returned them and it is not a problem. You do not actually return them. They hook you up with a charity in your area that picks it up. I own two Leesa beds and love them. I tried Tuft and Needle but it was way too firm f...
by Teague
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need suggestion for firm foam mattress
Replies: 19
Views: 1679

Re: Need suggestion for firm foam mattress

themesrob wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:08 pm
we bought a Tulo bed-in-a-box foam mattress for a guest room. the firm option is FIRM - I like it so much, I'm thinking of switching it with ours.
Thank you!
by Teague
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need suggestion for firm foam mattress
Replies: 19
Views: 1679

Re: Need suggestion for firm foam mattress

Near me there are several local family owned mattress manufacturers with store fronts attached to a factory/warehouse. For foam beds they insert multiple layers of foam of different firmness levels into a zip up mattress casing with rquired fire retardant materials added. If you decide you want som...
by Teague
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need suggestion for firm foam mattress
Replies: 19
Views: 1679

Need suggestion for firm foam mattress

Hi all, Due to getting older and arth-uh-ritis (pronunciation courtesy Mr. Fred G. Sanford) I need a firm mattress. I last had a Tuft & Needle bought 3 years ago that became softer over the years. So I ordered another, but alas, they have changed their formula and the new mattresses are now made too...
by Teague
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Brake Pads
Replies: 97
Views: 9240

Re: New Brake Pads

I simply use the car jack and do one side at a time... Please use a decent jack stand if you are not doing so already. They are pretty cheap. Jacks do fail. On hydraulic ones the seals fail, sometimes suddenly. If using the jack that comes with the car, those are notoriously unstable and fall over ...
by Teague
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gurgling noise from sink
Replies: 25
Views: 1755

Re: Gurgling noise from sink

I found a small sink plunger at our local home center and tried it but it didn't make any difference. Be sure to seal the overflow drain in the sink when using a plunger. Otherwise, the air just goes out the overflow drain and there is no pressure. A wet rag can be used to seal the drain. Sure, but...
by Teague
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Health Insurance Subrogation “questionnaire”... Should I be wary?
Replies: 10
Views: 1055

Re: Health Insurance Subrogation “questionnaire”... Should I be wary?

I get these things all the time. Basically they are trying to see if there is some other party/insurance company responsible for the medical expense, so they can at least partially lessen their liability. For example, if you sustained the injury at work, or at a business, or someone else's house, t...
by Teague
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Health Insurance Subrogation “questionnaire”... Should I be wary?
Replies: 10
Views: 1055

Re: Health Insurance Subrogation “questionnaire”... Should I be wary?

I get these things all the time. Basically they are trying to see if there is some other party/insurance company responsible for the medical expense, so they can at least partially lessen their liability. For example, if you sustained the injury at work, or at a business, or someone else's house, th...
by Teague
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Great Places to Work?
Replies: 5
Views: 1049

Re: Great Places to Work?

I was waiting at the doctor's office and looking through the July issue of Fortune magazine. Inside was a one page "Briefing" entitled "The 10 Best Workplaces for Millennials". The No. 3 spot went to our old friend Edward Jones! Included was the following blurb: According to one worker at this fina...
by Teague
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity's calculator suddenly more optimistic?
Replies: 12
Views: 1711

Re: Fidelity's calculator suddenly more optimistic?

DigitalJanitor wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:02 pm
Could you have been looking at "Today's Dollars" in the past, but now at "Future Dollars"?
Very good question, but I am looking at "today's dollars" now, as I have in the past.
by Teague
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bone in my food
Replies: 107
Views: 4052

Re: Bone in my food

The foregoing hoopla suggests that if you keep the chicken in your fridge for more than a few days, it starts re-growing bones. :shock:
by Teague
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bone in my food
Replies: 107
Views: 4052

Re: Bone in my food

sonosoldi3112 wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:31 pm
Alas , this happens to Flesh eaters from time to time .. as others have said ...consider not eating animal flesh and eat a healthy plant food diet.
A "plant food diet?" Like fertilizer? Wow, that's even more radical than the more common moral lectures about food choices!
by Teague
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity's calculator suddenly more optimistic?
Replies: 12
Views: 1711

Re: Fidelity's calculator suddenly more optimistic?

Well, I doubt my ER's going from 0.15% to 0.07% or whatever could make such a difference! :D Unless I somehow made some major change in inputs without realizing it (I don't think so, I've checked all that) then something about their methodology must have changed in a significant way. But when I read...
by Teague
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fidelity's calculator suddenly more optimistic?
Replies: 12
Views: 1711

Fidelity's calculator suddenly more optimistic?

Hi all, Occasionally for the the last several years I have run Fidelity's retirement calculator - the detailed one where you enter assets, income streams, estimate your tax rates, etc., and one of the results it gives is how much you will have when you die. I last ran it several weeks ago, and the r...
by Teague
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you change your HVAC filters?
Replies: 57
Views: 3060

Re: How often do you change your HVAC filters?

You should change the filter when the back pressure gets too high. No way to measure back pressure? Well, you can LOOK at them or you can use a schedule. Anybody know whether visibly dirty means the back pressure is too high? Not quantifiably, but I have noticed that the more visible dirt the more ...
by Teague
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to put in a care package for college student
Replies: 44
Views: 2653

Re: What to put in a care package for college student

My Dad would usually include a note saying "I was going to include a $20 bill, but I sealed this package before I remembered."
by Teague
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you change your HVAC filters?
Replies: 57
Views: 3060

Re: How often do you change your HVAC filters?

One thing to keep in mind is the somewhat counter-intuitive fact that they filter better the dirtier you let them get. Of course the trade-off is reduced air flow, and at some point increased wear on the blower motor. I change mine when they get really dirty, which can be 3 weeks to 3 months dependi...
by Teague
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling old car - expired registration
Replies: 31
Views: 1793

Re: Selling old car - expired registration

I passed a smog test before by resetting engine codes, driving around for like a hour and then doing the test. Yes, that can work, but most often it will not. Either the monitors will have not completed their testing cycles, or the code will set again as soon as the monitors run. But, again, it can...
by Teague
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling old car - expired registration
Replies: 31
Views: 1793

Re: Selling old car - expired registration

See what the code is by looking it up on Google and ideas on cheap fixes maybe a worn out gas cap. Erase it using the same code reader. It may not come back for some time or not at all. It will likely stay off long enough to get it through inspection or test drives. I would propose this is risky. E...
by Teague
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Power window problem
Replies: 13
Views: 922

Re: Power window problem

I have a 2013 Honda Fit basic and the passenger front window will not go up because my dog constantly wants the window up and down the other three windows work fine about to switch for the front passenger side window and the driver side main control will not make the window go up any suggestions wh...
by Teague
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling old car - expired registration
Replies: 31
Views: 1793

Re: Selling old car - expired registration

even if i have to fix it before selling it, how do i drive it to the mechanic given the registration has expired for more than a month now? Oy. It's really unlikely you'll get pulled over on a short trip to the mechanic. Or Carmax. And even if you do the LEO isn't going to handcuff you at gunpoint ...
by Teague
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling old car - expired registration
Replies: 31
Views: 1793

Re: Selling old car - expired registration

A $500 car sounds perfect for listing on Craigslist.
by Teague
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paper checks yes or no?
Replies: 116
Views: 6752

Re: Paper checks yes or no?

I use them as a form of longevity insurance, just like diet and exercise. Whenever someone ahead of me in the check-out line is writing a check, I've noticed they generally look to be 80+ years old. Hey, it seems to work for them! I do occasionally write a check, but pay almost everything online. Th...