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by queso
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kirkland (Costco) Razor
Replies: 31
Views: 3045

Re: Kirkland (Costco) Razor

+1 to all the Gillette posters. I looked at this razor really closely the last time the Fusion 5 blades were on sale and almost went for it, but my Dorco experience has left me jaded (Dorco is also rebranded/sold as "Dollar Shave Club" and others). I tried so hard to like the Dorco blades and went t...
by queso
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?
Replies: 30
Views: 3584

Re: DIY Home Security: SimpliSafe vs Ooma vs Nest vs Ring vs Other?

I've seen some mention of WYZE cameras so I bought a couple. I have it looking outside a window at the front door however I am having trouble with it reflecting off of the window. Is there any way to fix this? It was super easy to set up and the app as well. I feel like this would be a cheaper way ...
by queso
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidity in basement
Replies: 65
Views: 4136

Re: Humidity in basement

I'm getting ready to start the same project. I decided on 10mm vapor barrier laid over the top of what was used by the previous owner (looks like 6mm to me, but not sure). I'm on the fence between drilling and using the Christmas tree fasteners or using a Ramset. Ramset concrete gun :shock: what ma...
by queso
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidity in basement
Replies: 65
Views: 4136

Re: Humidity in basement

I'm getting ready to start the same project. I decided on 10mm vapor barrier laid over the top of what was used by the previous owner (looks like 6mm to me, but not sure). I'm on the fence between drilling and using the Christmas tree fasteners or using a Ramset.
by queso
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Losing Passion for Hobbies. Cheap or normal aging?
Replies: 71
Views: 8892

Re: Losing Passion for Hobbies. Cheap or normal aging?

Prob both. Same thing here. Spent almost all my 20s and early 30s running all over the place doing nothing but hobbies/sports, but now it seems I spend a lot of my free time working on the house/yard/vehicles so my hobbies are becoming more sedate, less frequent and less time/travel intensive. I thi...
by queso
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bathroom and Basement Remodel Costs
Replies: 56
Views: 3750

Re: Bathroom and Basement Remodel Costs

We did a basement remodel, but not as fancy as the one you are proposing. We use the space a lot (main TV room, exercise room, aquarium/fish room are all down there now) so it was worth it to us. One thing I will comment on is the ceiling. Others have already commented so I'll just throw a +1 their ...
by queso
Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidity in basement
Replies: 65
Views: 4136

Re: Humidity in basement

I don't know if the AC is oversized. It usually runs for 30 minutes or so. Is there a good for this if it is? If the AC is cooling but not dropping the humidity to 50%, it almost surely is oversized IMHO. There is no fix for it (short of replacing the system, which would be crazy IMHO). It'll proba...
by queso
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidity in basement
Replies: 65
Views: 4136

Re: Humidity in basement

I have an encapsulated crawlspace and run a crawl space dehumidifier (I think it's a Santa Fe, but would have to double check) to keep it around 50%. I am going to re-encapsulate the crawlspace later this year since the original job has deteriorated a bit and am going with 10 mil this time to make i...
by queso
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike computer or Apple Watch?
Replies: 49
Views: 3433

Re: Bike computer or Apple Watch?

How quickly this has escalated from replacing an old cyclemeter to $750 pedals that require changing before a ride and charging :-) As long as we are making things way too complicated, there may be a triathlete watch out there that would work for scuba and biking :beer Good luck Texasdiver! There a...
by queso
Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone into Essential Oils?
Replies: 40
Views: 2571

Re: Anyone into Essential Oils?

I like Mountain Rose Herbs and run those through a pureguardian spa diffuser (Costco) in my office. My favorite is peppermint to wake me up in the morning, but I have played with a lot of blends. Lavender is nice on a stressful day and you can never go wrong with eucalyptus. I get a lot of complimen...
by queso
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Florence - survival guide
Replies: 87
Views: 6603

Re: Hurricane Florence - survival guide

Where do you live that Natural gas is assured in any case? It's not "assured in any case" it's just that an outage is highly unlikely. We don't really get tornadoes, hurricanes or earthquakes here or, when we do, they are extremely minor. I've never lost NG service in the 22 years I have lived here...
by queso
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Florence - survival guide
Replies: 87
Views: 6603

Re: Hurricane Florence - survival guide

I think it depends on where you live. In my area the probability of a natural gas interruption isn't worth insuring against so my whole house generator is NG only even though it is dual fuel capable and I could have buried a propane tank as a backup. If I lived in New Orleans I'd probably have a ba...
by queso
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Florence - survival guide
Replies: 87
Views: 6603

Re: Hurricane Florence - survival guide

I think it depends on where you live. In my area the probability of a natural gas interruption isn't worth insuring against so my whole house generator is NG only even though it is dual fuel capable and I could have buried a propane tank as a backup. If I lived in New Orleans I'd probably have a ba...
by queso
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Florence - survival guide
Replies: 87
Views: 6603

Re: Hurricane Florence - survival guide

I think it depends on where you live. In my area the probability of a natural gas interruption isn't worth insuring against so my whole house generator is NG only even though it is dual fuel capable and I could have buried a propane tank as a backup. If I lived in New Orleans I'd probably have a bac...
by queso
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bike computer or Apple Watch?
Replies: 49
Views: 3433

Re: Bike computer or Apple Watch?

How quickly this has escalated from replacing an old cyclemeter to $750 pedals that require changing before a ride and charging :-) As long as we are making things way too complicated, there may be a triathlete watch out there that would work for scuba and biking :beer Good luck Texasdiver! While I...
by queso
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone else not save for cars?
Replies: 113
Views: 10235

Re: Anyone else not save for cars?

Cycle wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:31 pm
As with everyone else, we plan on paying to get rid of it in 5 years when everyone switches to the autonomous ride sharing fleets.
lol.. if that happens in 5 years your next bike is on me.
by queso
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hurricane Florence - survival guide
Replies: 87
Views: 6603

Re: Hurricane Florence - survival guide

Aside from the usual supply of preps (I'm pretty far down the paranoid spectrum so won't list those here) a few other things I keep on hand that haven't been mentioned yet are: - 100' x 20' 10 mil plastic sheeting (burly stuff...roll weighs 100 lbs. can be used to cover broken windows, holes in roof...
by queso
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone else not save for cars?
Replies: 113
Views: 10235

Re: Anyone else not save for cars?

Pardon the hijack, but here you go Earl :)

https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/f ... r-details/
by queso
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone else not save for cars?
Replies: 113
Views: 10235

Re: Anyone else not save for cars?

Same boat as you. 13 year old car that I'd love to keep running for another 10 years, but who knows what will happen. I am handy and fix minor things myself, but have a low tolerance threshold if vehicles become unreliable or leave me stranded. If the day comes when it lets me down one too many time...
by queso
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric dryers more efficient than gas?!?!?!?
Replies: 22
Views: 2707

Re: Electric dryers more efficient than gas?!?!?!?

No efficiency math to add, but if you already have the hookups for an existing gas dryer you do not need an installer. You can buy the connection kit at any big box store or from the place that you buy the dryer from. Install takes all of 5 minutes longer than an electric dryer.
by queso
Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flight cancelled. Entitle to any compensation?
Replies: 44
Views: 7862

Re: Flight cancelled. Entitle to any compensation?

Just an update. They emailed me today and said they are sending a check within 10 business days. Barring some snafu with the check it looks like it was just a matter of filing the claim on their website, waiting it out and occasionally nagging them. Claim was filed on 6/5 so 3 months to the day to g...
by queso
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home-spun Weed Killers
Replies: 21
Views: 1568

Re: Home-spun Weed Killers

Acclaim Extra - only stuff I have found that can kill Japanese Stiltgrass Japanese stiltgrass is an annual. So a home-spun way to kill it is to wait until winter. You should not let it seed. If it does spread seeds, then a pre-emergement applied in the right amount and at the right time in the righ...
by queso
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nest vs Arlo (or other) security camera & system
Replies: 16
Views: 1171

Re: Nest vs Arlo (or other) security camera & system

I have 6 Arlos (and also some older Netgear cameras and an ADT camera) and am pretty happy with the system. Battery life is good and I didn't mount them in ridiculously hard to reach places so changing the batteries is easy enough since I only have to do it a few times a year. Your high traffic came...
by queso
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gentlemen: underwear shopping question
Replies: 35
Views: 4018

Re: Gentlemen: underwear shopping question

Ex-officio here too, but of the 4 pairs I had for international travel and overnight trips on boats only 1 of them still has any elastic in the waistband. Granted, I have had them for years, but the waistband wearing out is a "thing". I will likely buy more for the next adventure travel type trip I...
by queso
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home-spun Weed Killers
Replies: 21
Views: 1568

Re: Home-spun Weed Killers

Subscribed. Tired of maintaining my poison collection and would love some alternatives. Currently using: Round Up for Lawns (Northern) - crabgrass and other broadleaf stuff that grows in grass I don't want to kill 24D Amine - same as above, but doesn't seem to work as well or on as many types of wee...
by queso
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gentlemen: underwear shopping question
Replies: 35
Views: 4018

Re: Gentlemen: underwear shopping question

Ex-officio here too, but of the 4 pairs I had for international travel and overnight trips on boats only 1 of them still has any elastic in the waistband. Granted, I have had them for years, but the waistband wearing out is a "thing". I will likely buy more for the next adventure travel type trip I ...
by queso
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men’s Underwear recommendation
Replies: 67
Views: 6848

Re: Men’s Underwear recommendation

This is the kind of thread that makes me weep for mankind....how can anyone honestly need recommendations on freaking underwear? Have we become that un self reliant? Sigh...ex officio's are really good. Edit - I completely blame the internet for this ... can you imagine a guy going up to another gu...
by queso
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 2-stage early retirement plan
Replies: 12
Views: 1989

Re: 2-stage early retirement plan

I have been mulling this over myself this weekend since I am home alone for 3 days (last night over Oban and today over French Roast :happy ). You've got a few years on me (mid 40s), but we're similar in that I don't plan/need to leave a legacy. DW works for the federal government so I'll just jump ...
by queso
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mega Downsize....
Replies: 91
Views: 8488

Re: Mega Downsize....

I've had pretty good luck getting rid of weird larger stuff on Freecycle (rabbit hutch, tires, etc.).
by queso
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chipotle question
Replies: 73
Views: 4510

Re: Chipotle question

Wow, lots of good tips here! I may try a few. I always eat vegetarian at Chipotle since they stopped serving Chorizo (the only meat I liked). I go back and forth between bowls and burritos, but when I get a burrito the guac and other runny ingredients (salsa, sour cream) almost always cause a blowou...
by queso
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best ultra thin pocket knife?
Replies: 54
Views: 3550

Re: Best ultra thin pocket knife?

I carry one every day as well. Usually a Sog, Kershaw or Gerber. I love some of the higher end knives, but if I had a Chris Reeve I'd be too scared that I would lose it or damage it so I probably wouldn't carry it. I try to keep them in the 0-$50 range so I won't beat myself up too bad if I damage o...
by queso
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need recommendation for home alarm system
Replies: 48
Views: 4324

Re: Need recommendation for home alarm system

Home alarm systems provide a false sense of security. Get a dog. LOL, check out some of the videos where they recorded what dogs do when the homeowner isn't home and a stranger comes into the house. A dog may be protective of you, but they generally aren't going to care about the valuables being ca...
by queso
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need recommendation for home alarm system
Replies: 48
Views: 4324

Re: Need recommendation for home alarm system

Does anyone have experience with self-monitoring, meaning not hiring a company to do the monitoring, but using tech to feed data back to you, send alerts, etc. Honestly, it seems foolish in 2018 for someone to monitor some data and call the police. Monitoring gives you insurance discounts... One di...
by queso
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Umbrella insurance - again
Replies: 34
Views: 2781

Re: Umbrella insurance - again

For what it's worth: I pay $571.15 per year for $5 mil. Allstate also. $5M from Geico for $580/year. But I'm single with no kids. Wow, I pay $1,250 for $5 million through CNA. :shock: Maybe time to call Geico and get a quote? Edit, just checked and Geico requires auto or motorcycle insurance to get...
by queso
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boglehead Birthday Gift for 50th B Day - Fine Spirits
Replies: 29
Views: 2097

Re: Boglehead Birthday Gift for 50th B Day - Fine Spirits

For a scotch drinker, I like Lagavulin 16. I think this would be around your price point. Noco, sorry for interrupting, but is Lagavulin 16 that much better than say Laphroaig 10? I'm also a fan of smoke and never tasted the Lagavulin, but my Laphroaig is less than half the price. Is it worth it? I...
by queso
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Composite Decking Material
Replies: 41
Views: 3333

Re: Composite Decking Material

I am thinking of DIYing both our decks with a composite so thanks for all the info. Couple of questions. 1) best place to purchase for DIY? 2) did you use screws or a proprietary hidden fastener system? 3) I assume the railings/newel posts are sleeves and not solid? Did you use the same system for b...
by queso
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7694

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

Some suggestions:

David Hall - know 3-4 people who have used him with good results
Kosa So - don't know anyone personally, but recommended in other VA specific forums
Joseph Yoon - don't know anyone personally, but recommended in other VA specific forums
by queso
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7694

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

Remember: 80 mph or greater in Virginia (regardless of any speed limit) is Reckless Driving! IMHO, this is where it gets to be borderline corruption like the previous poster mentioned. For example, speed limit on parts of 81 is 70 mph. Now, get Officer Johnson on a bad day and your 81 mph passing o...
by queso
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7694

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

I wonder (don't know) if getting an attorney to "fight" this in court might, in some way, anger the judge and backfire on you? In some ways, getting an attorney would not seem to be "contrite" by a judge. This may lend some credence to the earlier charge of corruption, but the folks I know that hav...
by queso
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7694

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

Hi, I got one of those a few years ago in NOVA--similar situation I did get a lawyer. However, even if you don't, you can probably do the following which is what the lawyer recommended. I am not sure if the lawyer helped at all, but mine was reduced to 'improper driving.' I think all in all, it cos...
by queso
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7694

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

Hi, I got one of those a few years ago in NOVA--similar situation I did get a lawyer. However, even if you don't, you can probably do the following which is what the lawyer recommended. I am not sure if the lawyer helped at all, but mine was reduced to 'improper driving.' I think all in all, it cos...
by queso
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7694

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

Takeaways: 1. Be courteous 2. Apologize and don't make excuses 3. I am thankful to live in a state without a fully criminalized traffic code and where cops have better things to do. As someone who knows folks who have died to reckless driving and who doesn't want to die or have their kids die in a ...
by queso
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7694

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

Remember: 80 mph or greater in Virginia (regardless of any speed limit) is Reckless Driving! IMHO, this is where it gets to be borderline corruption like the previous poster mentioned. For example, speed limit on parts of 81 is 70 mph. Now, get Officer Johnson on a bad day and your 81 mph passing o...
by queso
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7694

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

Remember: 80 mph or greater in Virginia (regardless of any speed limit) is Reckless Driving! IMHO, this is where it gets to be borderline corruption like the previous poster mentioned. For example, speed limit on parts of 81 is 70 mph. Now, get Officer Johnson on a bad day and your 81 mph passing o...
by queso
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7694

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

In VA I wouldn't risk it. I've heard too many horror stories. Just read the Maximum Fine that andypanda posted above. Yes, some folks "got away with it" and are telling you not to sweat it - but is it worth saving $1000 or so in lawyer fees when the max fine could actually include jail time? (and l...
by queso
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My son was scammed on Craigslist- how to get money back
Replies: 46
Views: 7633

Re: My son was scammed on Craigslist- how to get money back

Why would anyone assume that the institution (in this case BofA) is at fault, for what in the world should they be liable? Wiring money means you trust the other person on the receiving end. I think because everybody wants someone else to take responsibility for their loss. This law firm tried it w...
by queso
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!
Replies: 124
Views: 7694

Re: Reckless driving ticket in VA-Help!

Don't mess around with VA and reckless. Get a good lawyer and get it reduced. You do not want a class 1 misdemeanor criminal conviction on your record FOR LIFE (same category misdemeanor as a DWI/DUI and assault in VA). This is not a traffic issue in VA, it is a criminal conviction and you will have...
by queso
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Minivan Vs SUV Experience
Replies: 111
Views: 7495

Re: Minivan Vs SUV Experience

I mentioned the following things that are better in a minivan than an SUV or sedan: Safety (To explain why minivans are safer than SUVs, it is thought that the higher ground clearance of SUVs causes them to roll more frequently, resulting in worse injuries and more fatalities when compared to miniv...
by queso
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flight cancelled. Entitle to any compensation?
Replies: 44
Views: 7862

Re: Flight cancelled. Entitle to any compensation?

Thanks! I think they are just stalling for some reason. My claim is so straightforward that it would kill me to have to hire one of the settlement companies. Flight was from Bordeaux to Dublin at 9 am. They cancelled it because they didn't have enough passengers and could combine them all on their 4...
by queso
Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flight cancelled. Entitle to any compensation?
Replies: 44
Views: 7862

Re: Flight cancelled. Entitle to any compensation?

Glad you are at least a little closer to working it out. I'm still nagging Aer Lingus to even respond to my online claim from 6/5. I switched from amending the claim online and asking for a status update to pinging them via direct message on Twitter, but I never hear anything back on my claim despi...