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by queso
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mosquitos! Mosquitos! Mosquitos!
Replies: 113
Views: 7449

Re: Mosquitos! Mosquitos! Mosquitos!

I've had mine installed about 24 hours now and there is a bunch of stuff in the catch basin. I haven't unhooked it yet to examine what is in there (a lot of stuff still alive and flying around), but there are definitely a lot of moths. Will update after a few more days. I had mine running for 30 ho...
by queso
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mosquitos! Mosquitos! Mosquitos!
Replies: 113
Views: 7449

Re: Mosquitos! Mosquitos! Mosquitos!

I've had mine installed about 24 hours now and there is a bunch of stuff in the catch basin. I haven't unhooked it yet to examine what is in there (a lot of stuff still alive and flying around), but there are definitely a lot of moths. Will update after a few more days.
by queso
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mosquitos! Mosquitos! Mosquitos!
Replies: 113
Views: 7449

Re: Mosquitos! Mosquitos! Mosquitos!

After my 3 year son got a mosquito bite on his check that made him look like he had a shiner, I immediately bought a couple of dynatrap 1/2 acre traps from Costco online for about $80. They showed up next day, even though they said 5-7 business days for delivery. If anyone is interested, see they a...
by queso
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mosquitos! Mosquitos! Mosquitos!
Replies: 113
Views: 7449

Re: Mosquitos! Mosquitos! Mosquitos!

After my 3 year son got a mosquito bite on his check that made him look like he had a shiner, I immediately bought a couple of dynatrap 1/2 acre traps from Costco online for about $80. They showed up next day, even though they said 5-7 business days for delivery. If anyone is interested, see they a...
by queso
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a couple really "need" an SUV?
Replies: 220
Views: 10779

Re: Does a couple really "need" an SUV?

I didn't read any of the replies, but IMO it depends on what you do with it. I haul the following stuff in/with my SUV. We also have an Accord so if we need to go somewhere with less crap and use less gas we take the Accord. I don't see how I could do what I do with anything else except maybe a pick...
by queso
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Family expanding - Time for a 3 row SUV
Replies: 69
Views: 3601

Re: Family expanding - Time for a 3 row SUV

I would get a gently used Ascent. Telluride and Palisade are almost unseen. No reason to pay $5k over MSRP or more. I have a Ford Expedition EL. 8 seats. Tow. Cargo. Comfy. It is a beast but the 3.5L V6 Ecoboost is super. This x 100. I actually tried to buy a Telluride last month. I contacted aroun...
by queso
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2015
Views: 216157

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Just finished Dark season 1 (Netflix). The dubbing is awful, but the script, acting, and production make up for it. If you combined a soap opera with Lost, and sprinkle some Donnie Darko in there, with more planning and thought, you'd come up with this series. I just started it and am through episo...
by queso
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 2015
Views: 216157

Re: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]

Just finished Dark season 1 (Netflix). The dubbing is awful, but the script, acting, and production make up for it. If you combined a soap opera with Lost, and sprinkle some Donnie Darko in there, with more planning and thought, you'd come up with this series. I just started it and am through episo...
by queso
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 5764
Views: 520052

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

firebirdparts wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:28 am
mjuszczak wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:36 pm
Is anyone still doing the 55/45 UPRO/TMF method? Just curious.

Yeah. As mentioned, what would you ever need to post about it?
yep, still doing it.
by queso
Thu Jul 23, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who's tested for Radon? Who's mitigated?
Replies: 29
Views: 1913

Re: Who's tested for Radon? Who's mitigated?

Bought a meter on Amazon and am consistently in the 2.x range. I read some stuff about calibration being an issue so I backed up that test with one of the more traditional "place it and mail it in to the lab" tests and that came back at 1.7. I have not mitigated yet, but have been thinking about ins...
by queso
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just Ordered Peloton Bike
Replies: 92
Views: 8390

Re: Just Ordered Peloton Bike

I'm curious, why are people using these more during the Covid shutdown? Isn't it more appealing to get outside in the fresh air on a real bike? Not knocking that people get into shape with this or other indoor exercise equipment, but seems odd to not want to actually get outside and exercise. Maybe...
by queso
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best online cloud storage for large hard drive?
Replies: 17
Views: 1141

Re: Best online cloud storage for large hard drive?

There is really no need to copy all files to the cloud, you just want the data files. There is no reason to copy your system files or program files since those would need to be installed on the remote machine locally anyway. To shut off machine after copy finished, I’d set up a remote access progra...
by queso
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking I should go car shopping amidst the panic
Replies: 106
Views: 10868

Re: Thinking I should go car shopping amidst the panic

DW and I planned to order a new Kia Telluride Prestige for 2021. Internet buy and bargain per "Boglehead strategies". Sticking to the plan. j :happy Did you guys go through with your Telluride plan? I started kicking the tires on one to replace my 15 year old Pilot (SX Prestige), but am not liking ...
by queso
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9
Replies: 64
Views: 5927

Re: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9

Ouch...may have to scratch the Telluride off the list. I started kicking the tires on one to replace my 15 year old Pilot (SX Prestige), but am not liking the dealer responses I am seeing so far. One dealer offered to put me on their special "$5995 over MSRP wait list" and the others quoted me pric...
by queso
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just Ordered Peloton Bike
Replies: 92
Views: 8390

Re: Just Ordered Peloton Bike

I have had one for 2.5 years and have several hundred rides on it. I generally use it 2-4x per week depending on what else I am doing (also a cyclist and MTB'er). I am using it a lot more during covid since my local cycling trail system is really clogged with everybody trying to get outside to escap...
by queso
Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Received wrong chair from Herman Miller
Replies: 30
Views: 3166

Re: Received wrong chair from Herman Miller

Send them a message from their website or tweet at them. This is a company that prides itself on its customer service. They are also probably getting destroyed right now by lack of demand since they supply so many offices, so they don't want to lose a customer here. Actually, it's the opposite. Thi...
by queso
Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Speakers for basement
Replies: 43
Views: 2586

Re: Speakers for basement

Kef, Elac, Paradigm, all good speakers. In my opinion though, you will want to buy a good quality sub for the best experience. I built my theater system for around $7K, and the subwoofer is the most impactful component in my opinion. You can get a decent 5.1 surround system-left, center, front, sur...
by queso
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 5764
Views: 520052

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

Micronite wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:04 am
Is it a good idea to use the Excellent Adventure outside of a tax-advantaged account? I heard some mention that the capital gains tax from rebalancing would cause a significant drag on performance.
I'm doing it, but I'm probably not rebalancing as much as I should.
by queso
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking I should go car shopping amidst the panic
Replies: 106
Views: 10868

Re: Thinking I should go car shopping amidst the panic

DW and I planned to order a new Kia Telluride Prestige for 2021. Internet buy and bargain per "Boglehead strategies". Sticking to the plan. j :happy Did you guys go through with your Telluride plan? I started kicking the tires on one to replace my 15 year old Pilot (SX Prestige), but am not liking ...
by queso
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car choice help
Replies: 27
Views: 1911

Re: Car choice help

I just read today that they haven't been able to build enough Tellurides to meet demand. They set-up the plant to produce 60k/year, bumped it up to 100k/year, and had a plant shutdown and part supply issues due to COVID. I'm not sure the supply is going to get better anytime soon. The article said ...
by queso
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai Palisade - A good option?
Replies: 35
Views: 4154

Re: Hyundai Palisade - A good option?

Thanks.. I've got feelers out to about 5-6 dealers including some outside my metro area so I am hoping somebody will bite. I was also considering submitting a Costco Auto query just to see what it turns up. I know you can generally do better on your own, but they work with local dealers so that may ...
by queso
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9
Replies: 64
Views: 5927

Re: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9

Ouch...may have to scratch the Telluride off the list. I started kicking the tires on one to replace my 15 year old Pilot (SX Prestige), but am not liking the dealer responses I am seeing so far. One dealer offered to put me on their special "$5995 over MSRP wait list" and the others quoted me pric...
by queso
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9
Replies: 64
Views: 5927

Re: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9

Going through the same decision process myself now (15 year old Pilot) and have eliminated the Ascent and Pilot but am looking hard at the Telluride/Palisade. Other than them "not being a Toyota/Honda/Subaru" they seem to be much nicer vehicles for the money from what I have seen in my limited rese...
by queso
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai Palisade - A good option?
Replies: 35
Views: 4154

Re: Hyundai Palisade - A good option?

We got a Telluride and we LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I believe the palisade is very similar, but definitely take a look at the Kia as well. Congrats! I'm looking at it like a more reliable and cheaper XC90. If that works out to be accurate over the next few months I may pick one up as well. Those were the ...
by queso
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car choice help
Replies: 27
Views: 1911

Re: Car choice help

Several posters have mentioned choosing the Telluride over the Palisade. I don't know if they've actually shopped for a Telluride but dealers in my area won't even give you a test drive without credit pre-qualification and most are selling $2,000+ over MSRP. Looks aside, they're effectively the sam...
by queso
Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking I should go car shopping amidst the panic
Replies: 106
Views: 10868

Re: Thinking I should go car shopping amidst the panic

DW and I planned to order a new Kia Telluride Prestige for 2021. Internet buy and bargain per "Boglehead strategies". Sticking to the plan. j :happy Did you guys go through with your Telluride plan? I started kicking the tires on one to replace my 15 year old Pilot (SX Prestige), but am not liking ...
by queso
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 15 year or 30 year mortgage?
Replies: 104
Views: 7226

Re: 15 year or 30 year mortgage?

We did a 20 and pay it like a 15.
by queso
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Personal Capital Acquired
Replies: 37
Views: 4303

Re: Personal Capital Acquired

Question for you folks using Excel and other tools. Are you only tracking investment accounts? That's a nice feature of PC, but the real killer feature of PC for me is tracking expenses. I have it tracking multiple savings accounts, 2 checking accounts, PayPal and 6-8 credit cards in addition to inv...
by queso
Thu Jul 02, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 5764
Views: 520052

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

Where are people buying UPRO/TMF? I tried purchasing some in my Roth IRA (Vanguard), and it would not allow me to buy leveraged products?! A lot of us are using M1 Finance. Thanks did some digging and found that Vanguard recently banned leveraged ETFs. Any concerns with using these 'next-gen' broke...
by queso
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 5764
Views: 520052

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

TechFI wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:34 am
Where are people buying UPRO/TMF? I tried purchasing some in my Roth IRA (Vanguard), and it would not allow me to buy leveraged products?!
A lot of us are using M1 Finance.
by queso
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kohler OnCue
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: Kohler OnCue

I could go either way. OnCue would be cheaper to get at install. To have it, a CAT 5 cable needs to be hardwired from the modem to the generator. Anyway, thanks for the reply. I'm hoping to also hear from folks who have OnCue and wonder if they use it and how they like it. Definitely cheaper at ins...
by queso
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kohler OnCue
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: Kohler OnCue

Subscribed. We have a Kohler, but I did not spring for the OnCue add-on. I do all the maintenance myself and glance at the LED strip on the side of the panel every now and then to make sure it is green. I look at the event log every now and then when I check the oil in the unit once a month, but oth...
by queso
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 5764
Views: 520052

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

firebirdparts wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:05 am
2. Play money, except for 2 people here and one bankrupt guy on wallstreetbets.
This.
by queso
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 5764
Views: 520052

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

I can't speak for hedgefundie, but I started last september and am up 30% (original 55/45 with only one rebalance that wasn't adding additional funds). Started last august and up 20%. Just thought I'd check in since I just hit the big yellow rebalance button. I've been following the Adventure with ...
by queso
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Personal Capital Acquired
Replies: 37
Views: 4303

Re: Personal Capital Acquired

Ironic because my 457 is through Empower and Personal Capital hasn't been able to update the transactions for months now. This. I have had more and more syncing problems over the years I have used it including one ticket I have had open with them for a year. It hasn't gotten bad enough for me to fi...
by queso
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey
Replies: 5764
Views: 520052

Re: HEDGEFUNDIE's excellent adventure Part II: The next journey

I can't speak for hedgefundie, but I started last september and am up 30% (original 55/45 with only one rebalance that wasn't adding additional funds).
by queso
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9
Replies: 64
Views: 5927

Re: Pilot, Highlander or CX-9

Going through the same decision process myself now (15 year old Pilot) and have eliminated the Ascent and Pilot but am looking hard at the Telluride/Palisade. Other than them "not being a Toyota/Honda/Subaru" they seem to be much nicer vehicles for the money from what I have seen in my limited resea...
by queso
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?
Replies: 221
Views: 11605

Re: What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?

Hydrow. It's incredible. Hearing about the dedication people have with the Peloton made me want to try and find a "connected" device that was more than legs. The rowing machine supposedly works 86% of your body and Hydrow seemed to be the Peloton of rowers. It's going on 6 weeks and I've done a row...
by queso
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: roof attic fan
Replies: 42
Views: 2551

Re: roof attic fan

Consider a solar-powered fan or fans. No wiring required. But the OP's fan, the one with the reportedly bad motor, is already wired. Why abandon the existing circuit? Why pay for electricity? (Compare costs, of course.) Edit: also, you don't have to pay an electrician to wire it. Your edit prompted...
by queso
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do people sell a house and buy one at the same time?
Replies: 46
Views: 5374

Re: How do people sell a house and buy one at the same time?

If you can qualify for your new mortgage while still having the existing mortgage and have the income/assets to survive double payments, that seems the easiest path. P.S. Never done this We did this when we bought our current house. Previous house sat on the market a few months, but eventually sold...
by queso
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: roof attic fan
Replies: 42
Views: 2551

Re: roof attic fan

Unfortunately for me I am unable to do it myself. The roof has a steep pitch and our attic in not finished. When I look into the attic from the pop-up in my closet, the distance from the joists to the attic fan looks to be a least 8-10'. The fan worked satisfactorily up until last year(we replaced ...
by queso
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Too Much Retirement/Not Enough for House?
Replies: 127
Views: 13308

Re: Too Much Retirement/Not Enough for House?

If you are looking for some more data points, I will have been in my house 10 years in December and am sitting at 50% appreciation by Zillow's numbers. I checked my old townhouse and during the same 10 year period it is up 28%. Looking at 2005 data for that house (since I owned it then) it is up 14...
by queso
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Too Much Retirement/Not Enough for House?
Replies: 127
Views: 13308

Re: Too Much Retirement/Not Enough for House?

If you are looking for some more data points, I will have been in my house 10 years in December and am sitting at 50% appreciation by Zillow's numbers. I checked my old townhouse and during the same 10 year period it is up 28%. Looking at 2005 data for that house (since I owned it then) it is up 14%...
by queso
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: best way to give away a table saw
Replies: 53
Views: 3241

Re: best way to give away a table saw

In addition to the options offered up thread I see a lot of folks in my area have success with NextDoor and FreeCycle.
by queso
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deck railings
Replies: 26
Views: 2151

Re: Deck railings

Does your deck look like this (minus the trex of course)? If so mine is the same way and they used additional deck boards to create those flat railings. I have a couple I am replacing this season and I am just using the standard deck boards people posted up thread. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/c0...
by queso
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deck railings
Replies: 26
Views: 2151

Re: Deck railings

Does your deck look like this (minus the trex of course)? If so mine is the same way and they used additional deck boards to create those flat railings. I have a couple I am replacing this season and I am just using the standard deck boards people posted up thread. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/c0/...
by queso
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC - Furnace/AC -> Mini Split Ductless in the Mid Atlantic?
Replies: 11
Views: 832

Re: HVAC - Furnace/AC -> Mini Split Ductless in the Mid Atlantic?

This isn't a great solution due to the power cord issue and it being somewhat MacGyvery, but I have had pretty good luck using AC Infinity AirTap register boosters in a couple of areas that don't seem to get as much flow as the rest of the house. They are reasonably priced on Amazon. They also make...
by queso
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC - Furnace/AC -> Mini Split Ductless in the Mid Atlantic?
Replies: 11
Views: 832

Re: HVAC - Furnace/AC -> Mini Split Ductless in the Mid Atlantic?

This isn't a great solution due to the power cord issue and it being somewhat MacGyvery, but I have had pretty good luck using AC Infinity AirTap register boosters in a couple of areas that don't seem to get as much flow as the rest of the house. They are reasonably priced on Amazon. They also make ...
by queso
Wed May 27, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Develop scotch/wine palate quickly and effectively
Replies: 31
Views: 2598

Re: Develop scotch/wine palate quickly and effectively

SimonJester - I enjoy my two ounces of Scotch whisky every evening in my Glencarin whiskey glasses. Thirty minutes away now. :D Ive done side by side comparisons of the same dram in a Glencarin glass and other glasses, its amazing how much of a difference the Glencarin glass makes. I'd say drinking...
by queso
Tue May 26, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?
Replies: 185
Views: 19260

Re: Pandemic buys that have improved quality of life?

Bought: Lumber and soil for a garden bed - It will only make a small addition to our food supply, but it helps keep my wife more at ease amid the near-constant bombardment of hysteria from the subset of friends worried about significant real food shortages (where as current shortages are more about...