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by queso
Mon May 20, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chiminea, fire pit or nothing?
Replies: 21
Views: 1178

Re: Chiminea, fire pit or nothing?

Wife thought she would like it, but the smoke bothers her. I'll occasionally sit out there with a scotch and enjoy the silence, but then wife makes me shower when I come inside because I "smell like fire" so I don't use it much. It is super handy for cleaning out old files, tax records, etc. Much fa...
by queso
Fri May 17, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why do plumbers get paid so well?
Replies: 84
Views: 6112

Re: Why do plumbers get paid so well?

I replaced a sewage ejection pump in a below grade basement a few years ago. I bet a lot of people would pay decent money to not have to do that job. :happy
by queso
Fri May 17, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Zero-Turn Mowers
Replies: 58
Views: 8617

Re: Zero-Turn Mowers

Anybody have any updates to this thread? I've been looking at Scag and Hustler zero turn mowers, but can't make up my mind. Most of what I read points me to Scag, but that Hustler Raptor Flip-Up sure makes blade sharpening and deck cleaning an easier chore (my sensible side keeps telling me that it ...
by queso
Tue May 14, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home warranty - is it worth the money?
Replies: 23
Views: 1750

Re: Home warranty - is it worth the money?

Had one on my first house - American Home Shield or something I think. Anyway, tried to use it once for a cracked toilet tank. They didn't want to buy and install a new tank that matched the base and pedestal sink since it was cheaper to buy a builder grade toilet and just install that. Ended up buy...
by queso
Thu May 09, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: French Door Refrigerator Recommendations?
Replies: 65
Views: 4787

Re: French Door Refrigerator Recommendations?

Interesting to see the different perspectives. We have a side by side (Kenmore Pro) and had our eye on a french door replacement when it dies because we don't like the narrowness of the refrigerator and freezer compartments. Then again, it is nice having ice and water in the door without the added c...
by queso
Mon May 06, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roku
Replies: 35
Views: 3540

Re: Roku

Is the Roku like the systems I am used to. Do you look through a long list of codes for a manufacturer's code number(s) and then try them one-by-one to see if any of them work? It just worked automagically for me. I did a bit of digging to find out why. Here's what Roku's support site has to say: h...
by queso
Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why I don't think I should get long term care insurance right now
Replies: 87
Views: 4555

Re: Why I don't think I should get long term care insurance right now

But most policies only pay for a few years of care, so not sure why you think an event in 50s is more urgent to insure. You could use your entire benefit then what ? You have no insurance for the rest of your life if your recover. These policies just seem too expensive and not designed to cover a c...
by queso
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wifi extenders vs Mesh network
Replies: 54
Views: 3938

Re: Wifi extenders vs Mesh network

I've had both. I ditched my extenders and moved to mesh (Ubiquiti) and haven't looked back.
by queso
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy a movie (Amazon/Google/iTunes/PS)?
Replies: 35
Views: 1451

Re: Where to buy a movie (Amazon/Google/iTunes/PS)?

I don't really trust that they have all the issues sorted out with digital ownership yet. I figure I'm one format change, acquisition or bankruptcy away from losing my access to any purchased content so I usually buy used Blu-rays on Amazon. They always come in excellent shape and are only a few buc...
by queso
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which WAP to replace Airport Extreme - please no mesh recommendations
Replies: 116
Views: 5027

Re: Which WAP to replace Airport Extreme - please no mesh recommendations

I'd setup a Ubiquiti UniFi Wireless AP. They're a little bit more complicated to setup than regular consumer routers and they don't have a router built-in, just a really strong Wireless AP. They're designed for enterprise use, so they work incredibly well in multiple units. Since they don't have ro...
by queso
Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: French Door Refrigerator Recommendations?
Replies: 65
Views: 4787

Re: French Door Refrigerator Recommendations?

No matter what fridge, check the price of water filters for it. Mine expire every 6 months and cost $54.00 each and the fridge will not allow you to reset/reuse them. I have found a hack that keeps my sanity. :D Do they make a bypass for your unit? We have a Kenmore Pro that uses a Frigidaire filte...
by queso
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do not use Personal Capital
Replies: 76
Views: 9853

Re: Do not use Personal Capital

I use the Vanguard site for some of this type of analysis. Am i missing something by doing so? in the Vanguard "accounts and holdings" page, there is a way to add non-Vanguard accounts, like bank accounts where you might have cash or CD's, other stock accounts like a 401K at another brokerage house...
by queso
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: High powered binoculars recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 1073

Re: High powered binoculars recommendations

Vortex makes some really nice stuff. I have a pair of 8x42 Bushnell H2O waterproof and fog proof binoculars that I use a lot during hunting season. They are inexpensive enough at $75 that if I drop them in a lake I won’t be angry. Good quality, take a beating, no problems. They’ve been in the dash ...
by queso
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Crypto bulls are back. Are you getting in?
Replies: 147
Views: 11428

Re: Crypto bulls are back. Are you getting in?

I know this forum discourages investing in crypto and views it as rat poison. But after some research I felt it was worth putting in 0.5% of my net worth in it. Money which I would not lose sleep over even if it all went crashing down to zero. There have been pretty good signs of blockchain / crypt...
by queso
Mon Apr 01, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Heater Anode Replacement
Replies: 24
Views: 1756

Re: Water Heater Anode Replacement

I have a Bradford-White gas hot water heater in my garage that was installed about 30 years ago. As far as I can tell there was never any maintenance performed on it. It still functions great. It is not near anything that would be damaged if it started leaking. The water would just run out the gara...
by queso
Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shut off water before a vacation
Replies: 78
Views: 5877

Re: Shut off water before a vacation

How many people flip the shut off valve on washing machines between use? Todays braided hoses are better than the old rubber ones but they still can break and flood the area. I don't, but have a leak detection system that would alert me via email/smartphone if a leak occurred. Depending on how far ...
by queso
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shut off water before a vacation
Replies: 78
Views: 5877

Re: Shut off water before a vacation

+1 to turning it off. Came back from a vacation once and was standing in water. Now I always turn off the main and put the gas water heater on the pilot setting if we are gone overnight.
by queso
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Security camera with local storage and remote access?
Replies: 45
Views: 2288

Re: Security camera with local storage and remote access?

This is exactly what I was thinking. If someone breaks in and takes the camera, you have no proof of anything. What proof do you want? And for what purpose? If my home is broken into while I am gone, I only want to know about it so that I can secure it ASAP and to notify the police. Other than ruli...
by queso
Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Security camera with local storage and remote access?
Replies: 45
Views: 2288

Re: Security camera with local storage and remote access?

I also use Yi cameras. I put a micro-sd card in a couple of them so I could look back at what was going on outside the house and it works great. Nice app for iphone and ipad as well. I don't use their cloud storage. The only thing that worries me about this set up is if someone were to take the cam...
by queso
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Security camera with local storage and remote access?
Replies: 45
Views: 2288

Re: Security camera with local storage and remote access?

I use Yi Cameras and they do have a local storage option, but I use their cloud option. I've been pleased. Amazon carries them. I also use Yi cameras. I put a micro-sd card in a couple of them so I could look back at what was going on outside the house and it works great. Nice app for iphone and ip...
by queso
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Capital One 360 New Money Market Account, 1% on over 10k
Replies: 101
Views: 29324

Re: Capital One 360 New Money Market Account, 1% on over 10k

Which aggregator are you using? It works on Personal Capital and has for some time, but prompts for two factor pretty frequently.
by queso
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PC Games
Replies: 32
Views: 2634

Re: PC Games

..and here I was thinking I was the only person who liked Gwent so much. I haven't finished the two expansion packs yet and it took me over a year to finish the main game because I spent so much time playing Gwent. :happy
by queso
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snowblowers
Replies: 44
Views: 2077

Re: Snowblowers

"buy the biggest, baddest, multi-stage, monster snowblower you can afford Amen! As much as I like my old two stage Craftsman I will not cry one bit when it finally dies. I want the Ariens or the Honda with tank tracks next. :beer https://az417944.vo.msecnd.net/equipment/snowblower/images/ariens/st2...
by queso
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Peer to Peer (P2P) Lending - What are the realistic returns?
Replies: 30
Views: 2867

Re: Peer to Peer (P2P) Lending - What are the realistic returns?

I would advise you to steer clear of P2P lending at this point. I opened a small account with Lending Club in 2013. I used Nickel Steamroller, which was free at the time, to find a good set of selection criteria for high reward notes, and earned 9.5% returns, which I was very happy with. I then ope...
by queso
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water in Basement... $11k to fix... Need advice!!!
Replies: 35
Views: 3343

Re: Water in Basement... $11k to fix... Need advice!!!

I have a similar problem here in Massachusetts. Our basement is getting a relatively small amount of water during rains. It comes in where the slab meets the outside wall (this is ground level - it's a walk-out basement), and in front of a brick hearth that a wood stove is sitting on, not far from ...
by queso
Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Crypto Exchange goes bankrupt after owner dies with only password
Replies: 90
Views: 10728

Re: Crypto Exchange goes bankrupt after owner dies with only password

"This isn't a problem. You just don't understand the technology" :happy
by queso
Wed Jan 30, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 212
Views: 13819

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

My criteria was:... 5. Dealer must provide 4 types of coffee, 3 types of cookies and wifi all free whenever I visit Did you seek a car, or a social club? I expect most Bogleheads separate these transactions. Marylander1 Whoa.... I've spent too many hours sitting in car dealerships over the years wh...
by queso
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives
Replies: 81
Views: 7033

Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Strange direction this thread has gone in. I just realized, people are actually deciding to boycott Gillette because they released a commercial that offended them :P :P :P Yeah, I thought it was about blades. Oops. I had to google the commercial since I hadn't seen it. Indeed. This thread has repea...
by queso
Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives
Replies: 81
Views: 7033

Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Strange direction this thread has gone in. I just realized, people are actually deciding to boycott Gillette because they released a commercial that offended them :P :P :P Yeah, I thought it was about blades. Oops. I had to google the commercial since I hadn't seen it. Indeed. This thread has repea...
by queso
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives
Replies: 81
Views: 7033

Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

pejp wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:52 pm
mcraepat9 wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:49 pm
Strange direction this thread has gone in.
I just realized, people are actually deciding to boycott Gillette because they released a commercial that offended them :P :P :P
Yeah, I thought it was about blades. Oops. I had to google the commercial since I hadn't seen it.
by queso
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives
Replies: 81
Views: 7033

Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Anybody try Costco’s razors? I'm still trying to go through my old stock but once I do, I'll be trying them out. I was tempted by them as well, but there was another thread on here a while back that didn't seem too favorable. I'll still probably try them once I burn through all these Fusion blades ...
by queso
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives
Replies: 81
Views: 7033

Re: Gillette Mach 3 alternatives

Listen to the Gillette dudes. I got sick of paying Gillette's prices and there was a Costco drought for a while when they didn't put the blades on sale. I gave up waiting, researched options and settled on Dorco. I tried for over a year to like Dorco. I convinced myself they were the same and bought...
by queso
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large SUV
Replies: 75
Views: 6668

Re: Large SUV

-Highlander - too small -4 Runner - nice, I like the body on frame "real truck" aspect, but it's smaller than the Pilot. Is this what you get if you want a Highlander, but want a "truck" instead of a crossover? The Highlander and 4 Runner are about the same size, so if the Highlander is too small, ...
by queso
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Cryptocurrency
Replies: 66
Views: 5438

Re: Cryptocurrency

LOL. Why all the sudden we are getting crypto threads? Perhaps the lesson wasn't learned the first time? Hah.. I was thinking the same thing when scrolling down the main page. "Why, all of a sudden, are there several crypto threads again?". I didn't notice a big crypto jump lately (a little noise m...
by queso
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large SUV
Replies: 75
Views: 6668

Re: Large SUV

-Highlander - too small -4 Runner - nice, I like the body on frame "real truck" aspect, but it's smaller than the Pilot. Is this what you get if you want a Highlander, but want a "truck" instead of a crossover? The Highlander and 4 Runner are about the same size, so if the Highlander is too small, ...
by queso
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large SUV
Replies: 75
Views: 6668

Re: Large SUV

I was thinking about an XC90 to replace my aging Pilot. I've been spoiled by three Hondas in a row so will have to get used to euro level reliability again if I pull the trigger. There's also the cost differential issue. I built one the other day and it was about 72k once I was finished so definite...
by queso
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large SUV
Replies: 75
Views: 6668

Re: Large SUV

The issue is complicated, the Odyssey has side curtain air bags, definitely a plus, I don't know if the new Subs or Expeditions have that. Rollovers in the large SUV may be worse, but they are safer in rear collisions in terms of where the rear seat is located compared to third row minivans.I have ...
by queso
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MMORPG games
Replies: 63
Views: 5595

Re: MMORPG games

Ran a couple of MUDs in undergrad and built a few dikuMUD areas that, last I checked, were still out there. MUD addiction got really bad my sophomore year and cost me some GPA points (played through part of a test once). Sold my non-immortal characters to a couple of classmates and broke the cycle, ...
by queso
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Heads up: one week delay at Vanguard to do backdoor Roth using EBT/check if you've switched to brokerage accounts
Replies: 11
Views: 1264

Re: Heads up: one week delay at Vanguard to do backdoor Roth using EBT/check if you've switched to brokerage accounts

Was finally able to complete this today. Funds didn't show up in the money market until the 9th and then it took another day for the Roth conversion to process and for them to show up in my Roth account. Then I had to exchange them for VFIAX (couldn't do VTSAX due to wash sale issues from last month...
by queso
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Balsam Hill - Defective Christmas Tree
Replies: 66
Views: 2838

Re: Balsam Hill - Defective Christmas Tree

Give the FedEx guy $20 to carry inside. I absolutely love my Balsam Hill tree BUT we add string lights since they will fail one day. +1. We bought an unlit tree and then lights separately. I can generally troubleshoot lights/electrical stuff, but if they ever fail I can throw them out and buy new l...
by queso
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Balsam Hill - Defective Christmas Tree
Replies: 66
Views: 2838

Re: Balsam Hill - Defective Christmas Tree

They are refunding our money. The representative stated in an email: I apologize that FedEx attempted to deliver to the sidewalk—the are supposed to deliver to the door for our customers and I will pass this information on to our logistics team. With that said, if you do opt for a replacement tree,...
by queso
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Large SUV
Replies: 75
Views: 6668

Re: Large SUV

If towing capacity is a concern, the Pilot is out. I read that it can only tow 1,500. Most minivans can tow between 3,000 to 3,500 lbs. I'm eyeballing the Mercedes Benz Metris since I need a minivan and decent towing. The Metris can tow 5,000 lbs. I would rather have an SUV, but I drive our elderly...
by queso
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water seepage in basement
Replies: 23
Views: 1571

Re: Water seepage in basement

"What I ended up doing is starting the DIY process and methodically working through each of the issues myself to see if I can figure it out. Ideally I'd like to not have to fiddle with a sump pump, but at the end of the day if all my efforts fail that's likely what I will do. Like you, the issue is...
by queso
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water seepage in basement
Replies: 23
Views: 1571

Re: Water seepage in basement

Wow, I could have posted exactly what you posted almost verbatim. I've been dealing with this for a while now and, like you, it only occurs on one wall/corner in my utility room. I have no water in my crawlspace or in my finished basement, but this one wall/corner in the utility room (between the cr...
by queso
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend men's undershirts
Replies: 49
Views: 3699

Re: Recommend men's undershirts

+1 to everyone saying the Kirkland shirts are too thick. They are BURLY. I have a stack of them that I only wear in the winter. I buy fruit of the loom tagless from Walmart/Target and wear those the rest of the year.
by queso
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Heads up: one week delay at Vanguard to do backdoor Roth using EBT/check if you've switched to brokerage accounts
Replies: 11
Views: 1264

Re: Heads up: one week delay at Vanguard to do backdoor Roth using EBT/check if you've switched to brokerage accounts

Maybe it depends on the bank? I have Wells Fargo and my funds still aren't available and are still listed as not being available until 1/9.
by queso
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 212
Views: 13819

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

She also had a budget of $30-$35k, eliminating any new status CSUV. Seems simple then. Current Volvo is higher status than any of the new American/Japanese/Korean options so the only question is can she get into a used Euro SUV for 30-35k? You're both right. I'm theoretically open to trying the hig...
by queso
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 212
Views: 13819

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

The OP mentioned status/image several times in her post and we're still talking about Mazdas, Fords, RAV4s and CR-Vs? I think we're wasting time and bandwidth talking about anything that isn't Euro/Tesla at this point. :happy She also had a budget of $30-$35k, eliminating any new status CSUV. Seems...
by queso
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 212
Views: 13819

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

The OP mentioned status/image several times in her post and we're still talking about Mazdas, Fords, RAV4s and CR-Vs? I think we're wasting time and bandwidth talking about anything that isn't Euro/Tesla at this point. :happy She also had a budget of $30-$35k, eliminating any new status CSUV. Seems...
by queso
Fri Jan 04, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?
Replies: 212
Views: 13819

Re: Which Compact SUV Should I Buy?

The OP mentioned status/image several times in her post and we're still talking about Mazdas, Fords, RAV4s and CR-Vs? I think we're wasting time and bandwidth talking about anything that isn't Euro/Tesla at this point. :happy