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by Nearly A Moose
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Christmas gift suggestions for 2.5 year old?
Replies: 20
Views: 933

Re: Christmas gift suggestions for 2.5 year old?

We've tried but mostly failed in this. We're trying to push toward one “big gift” rather than a million little things, but ultimately, they’re going to do what they’re going to do. That said, if it’s undermining your parenting approach, it’s worth at least one more chance at a rational explanation. ...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NSF/ANSI 53 Undersink Water Filter
Replies: 3
Views: 331

Re: NSF/ANSI 53 Undersink Water Filter

Check out: https://www.hydroviv.com. I have one of those on my kitchen sink and wetbar and think it's a great product. Thanks. Do you have this plumbed directly into your main kitchen faucet, or do you have a secondary faucet for it? Does the water still flow at a reasonable rate? The website says ...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: NSF/ANSI 53 Undersink Water Filter
Replies: 3
Views: 331

NSF/ANSI 53 Undersink Water Filter

Can anyone recommend a good NSF 53 certified undersink water filter system, preferably that plumbs into the existing faucet rather than requiring a dedicated faucet (although that's not a dealbreaker) that still maintains reasonably good cold-water flow? I've seen a few posts on the topic generally,...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Planning first international trip - London/Paris
Replies: 67
Views: 3354

Re: Planning first international trip - London/Paris

Skip Paris. I love Paris, it's a beautiful and fascinating city. But skip Paris. It's not worth all the travel hassle involved for just a day visit or even an overnight if you're only abroad six nights to begin with. If you feel compelled to get out of London, take a day trip in the UK somewhere. Ta...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painting fireplace; what to do with hearth?
Replies: 18
Views: 1164

Re: Painting fireplace; what to do with hearth?

Not to hijack the thread, but to hijack the thread: what does it cost to add one of those inserts? When we installed one the basic cost of the inserts themselves were in the range of $1,500 - $2,500 plus about $1,000 for installation. This assumes you have electric available in the fireplace box as...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Painting fireplace; what to do with hearth?
Replies: 18
Views: 1164

Re: Painting fireplace; what to do with hearth?

Not to hijack the thread, but to hijack the thread: what does it cost to add one of those inserts?
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to get a new toilet?
Replies: 52
Views: 3871

Re: When to get a new toilet?

anyone install one of them new WIFI toilets yet? Please tell me that's not actually a thing. It is a thing, unfortunately. I can't figure out the purpose of it. Perhaps it tells your wifi-connected refrigerator to add toilet paper to the grocery list? (Just fyi: Toilets with remote controls is also...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: levolor , select blinds or bali cellular shades?
Replies: 8
Views: 860

Re: levolor , select blinds or bali cellular shades?

Can't answer the questions about weight, but we had levelor blackout cellular shades in our old bedroom for five years. They were effective, especially when paired with blackout curtains to cut the light that sneaks in around the side of the shades. Reasonable price and easy to install. Ours were ma...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to get a new toilet?
Replies: 52
Views: 3871

Re: When to get a new toilet?

F150HD wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:45 pm
anyone install one of them new WIFI toilets yet?
Please tell me that's not actually a thing.
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Better place to park funds - house downpayment
Replies: 5
Views: 725

Re: Better place to park funds - house downpayment

Suggestion: figure out roughly how much earnest money you'd probably need and make sure that's immediately available to your checking account. We are in a hot market, got a tip on a house that was about to be listed, got in early and would have written an offer on the spot, but had to wait a couple ...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor Play toys for toddler
Replies: 31
Views: 1806

Re: Indoor Play toys for toddler

Yup, play kitchen. If you do a lot of cooking, Google Ikea hack Montessori Learning Tower. Or buy a premade one like it. It lets your baby get up to counter height and watch or help you cook but makes it hard to fall off. Scoot it up to counter, astox Tupperware and an extra plastic mixing spoon, an...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House selling costs
Replies: 23
Views: 2157

Re: House selling costs

Looks like you and your husband are getting a "pre-buyer remorse". A $450k mortgage on a $130k income is reasonable. On a ~$200k income is comfortable. As long as you have no real issues with the house, location, schools, and other important criteria that you had, I recommend you go ahead with the ...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Freestanding Wine Fridge Reccomendations
Replies: 9
Views: 940

Re: Freestanding Wine Fridge Reccomendations

I had posted a similar question a year ago. I ended up buying a vino temp from Costco using the Citi card to get an extra 2 years on the warranty. I'm very happy with it. How has the vino temp held up? Is it quiet? For some reason I didn't find your post when I searched, so thanks for the reference.
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Freestanding Wine Fridge Reccomendations
Replies: 9
Views: 940

Re: Freestanding Wine Fridge Reccomendations

I installed a free standing wine cooler so it looks like a built in this past March. I needed the cooling fan to vent from the front. Mine is much smaller than what you are looking for but has many of the qualities you stated. I have an open concept home and I need the wine cooler to be very quiet ...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Freestanding Wine Fridge Reccomendations
Replies: 9
Views: 940

Freestanding Wine Fridge Reccomendations

I need recommendations for a decent wine fridge. I'm finding this especially hard to research, as it's a niche enough product that it doesn't seem to get widely reviewed by the standard third parties, it seems easy to drastically overpay, and quality seems to be all over the place. I think I need so...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Black Friday is coming.. what's on your list?
Replies: 82
Views: 8080

Re: Black Friday is coming.. what's on your list?

I'll grab a couple Sonos speakers for our new living room if they drop. Have wanted to try them out for a year or two. Also will get a couple more echoes to have an intercom system. But I've mapped out what I'd plan to get in advance. I'll check online while having morning coffee and then be done wi...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with Bose cube speakers left in rec room
Replies: 17
Views: 1871

Re: What to do with Bose cube speakers left in rec room

Interesting - the forum seems mixed. Thinking I'll try plugging them into my receiver and see what happens. Don't really care if I blow them out. But guessing I'll end up putting in my old speakers. I've read there is a big gap in then 150-280 hz range. I'm by no means an audiophile but do appreciat...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with Bose cube speakers left in rec room
Replies: 17
Views: 1871

What to do with Bose cube speakers left in rec room

Just closed on a new "used" house and find out that Seller left five Bose speakers installed in the ceiling, with the wires hanging out of the wall plate behind where they had their A/V unit. I'm not that familiar with Bose products, but I think they are from an Accoustimass system. Each speaker con...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bridge financing for downpayment - 401k loan or sell appreciated shares?
Replies: 2
Views: 176

Bridge financing for downpayment - 401k loan or sell appreciated shares?

Edit: short version: which way is better for a short term bridge while buying and selling houses, realize long term cap gains or take 401k loan? The funds will be replenished from proceeds from sale of current house. We just went under contract to buy a new house. Yay! We have to work through the br...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Benefits/longevity of more expensive ($300+) mens dress shoes?
Replies: 75
Views: 8631

Re: Benefits/longevity of more expensive ($300+) mens dress shoes?

I only buy Allen Edmonds any more. Huge fan. Excellent shoe and excellent service. They're expensive, so a couple tips: -keep your eye out for Nordstrom's semi annual sales, usually a number get goo discounts, and free shipping and returns -check out the AE factory seconds. Discounts on shows with e...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good photo book printer for image quality
Replies: 24
Views: 1603

Re: Good photo book printer for image quality

For what it's worth, Wirecutter's review of photo book services . Yes, that's what actually led me to Motif in the first place. I generally like Wirecutter and check their recommendations, but I feel like a quarter of the time they really miss the Mark, at least for me. Thanks for sharing this revi...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Bay Area housing frenzy cooling
Replies: 120
Views: 18314

Re: Bay Area housing frenzy cooling

My part of DC *feels* *just a bit* softer for homes in the 1.6-2.5M range. Not sure if there is data behind that. Just adding that in.
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Botched countertop installation - leave it as-is or risk the repair?
Replies: 78
Views: 8490

Re: Botched countertop installation - leave it as-is or risk the repair?

In no way an expert or very experienced here. But if you go with as-is and accept their word that the band aid fix is adequate, they should be willing to warranty it for a long period. I'd insist on that. But from your description, I'd go with a permanent fix to spec and ask them what they'll do to ...
by Nearly A Moose
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good photo book printer for image quality
Replies: 24
Views: 1603

Re: Good photo book printer for image quality

The paper and printing at MPix feel and look better than other photo books, and several people have told me they switched after seeing our books. https://www.mpix.com/ Before I started using Blurb I used Mpix for several photo books. One book arrived with streaks across the pages. To their credit, ...
by Nearly A Moose
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good photo book printer for image quality
Replies: 24
Views: 1603

Re: Good photo book printer for image quality

MN-Investor wrote:
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:36 am
For what it's worth, Wirecutter's review of photo book services.
Yes, that's what actually led me to Motif in the first place. I generally like Wirecutter and check their recommendations, but I feel like a quarter of the time they really miss the Mark, at least for me.
by Nearly A Moose
Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good photo book printer for image quality
Replies: 24
Views: 1603

Re: Good photo book printer for image quality

Thanks, all. Sounds like I sure give Blurb a try. I'll start with something small to see how it goes.
by Nearly A Moose
Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Thoughts on buying a pre-owned Mercedes Benz cash?
Replies: 46
Views: 4129

Re: Thoughts on buying a pre-owned Mercedes Benz cash?

My indirect experience watching my father own a Mercedes was that maintenance is quite expensive. Nice cars though. Just make sure to factor that in.
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good photo book printer for image quality
Replies: 24
Views: 1603

Good photo book printer for image quality

Calling all photographer BHs. I’m looking for recommendations for a good photo book printing service to use for higher quality photo books. I take around 3-4,000 digital photos a year, and the reality is they don’t get seen much on my computer. I’ve decided to start creating an annual photo book for...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?
Replies: 40
Views: 1760

Re: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?

I think some houses have bathroom vent fans exiting the house through a dryer vent-looking baffle +1. My master bathroom fan has one of these. The fan is mounted to the exterior bathroom wall, as opposed to the ceiling, and vents straight through the wall, as opposed to through the attic and roof. ...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?
Replies: 40
Views: 1760

Re: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?

... Where is the dryer located? How many above grade stories is your home. Do you have a basement (finished/unfinished)? Does the dryer vent go up/down/left/right as it exits the laundry room? Where are the external vents located (you said you need a ladder to reach)? Two-story home. Laundry closet...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?
Replies: 40
Views: 1760

Re: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?

1. What might the other vent be for? Is it possible both vents are being used for the dryer? 2. Dry something to which you added some kind of recognizable "scent". Maybe fabric softener? Or ? 1. No clue. It's a 100 year old house that's undergone several renovations over the years, so extra stuff h...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience With No Car? (Uber/Lyft)
Replies: 47
Views: 4509

Re: Experience With No Car? (Uber/Lyft)

Not going to be fully responsive, but five years ago we went from two cars to one. The second car was being used about as often as it seems your car is being used. The rationale was in the odd instance we actually needed a second car, we would call Uber or take a taxi without hesitation and without...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blogs,resources, or tips for busy professional parents?
Replies: 12
Views: 855

Re: Blogs,resources, or tips for busy professional parents?

Thanks, folks. Shockingly, seems there's not an easy answer out there. Although, I guess there's a business opportunity if only I could figure it out myself. I'd be interested in other things BHs have done to help streamline things. I like the lowering expectations - hard sometimes, especially when ...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?
Replies: 40
Views: 1760

Re: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?

Think it's time to get a new dryer. Seriously though, you're saying with the dryer on there's no perceptible movement on ANY of the vents? That seems to indicate no air is being pushed through the dryer duct, or worse - it's being pushed through, but not getting to the vent itself. And venting some...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?
Replies: 40
Views: 1760

Re: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?

Do you have one of those point and shoot laser thermometers? Turn on the dryer and point the gun at each vent. I'd think the dryer vent is hotter if it's working properly blowing out hot air. Maybe check each beforehand to get a baseline. Our vent blows quite well (onto our back patio, a silly desi...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?
Replies: 40
Views: 1760

Re: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?

1. What might the other vent be for? Is it possible both vents are being used for the dryer? 2. Dry something to which you added some kind of recognizable "scent". Maybe fabric softener? Or ? 1. No clue. It's a 100 year old house that's undergone several renovations over the years, so extra stuff h...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience With No Car? (Uber/Lyft)
Replies: 47
Views: 4509

Re: Experience With No Car? (Uber/Lyft)

Not going to be fully responsive, but five years ago we went from two cars to one. The second car was being used about as often as it seems your car is being used. The rationale was in the odd instance we actually needed a second car, we would call Uber or take a taxi without hesitation and without ...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tell which vent is dryer vent?
Replies: 40
Views: 1760

How to tell which vent is dryer vent?

Weird question that I'm a bit embarrassed I haven't figured out on my own. My house has three external vents in the outside walls that all look like dryer vents (they all look roughly like this: https://www.walmart.com/ip/No-Pest-J-Block-Dryer-Vent-Hood/38473347?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=119...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Summer Day A/C Issues
Replies: 41
Views: 2279

Re: Summer Day A/C Issues

Is the air filter a "Allergy" style, that is more dense? These are restrictive and will cause airflow issues. Pull it out for 8 hours or so and see what happens. Glad to see OP got his/her issue resolved. Since this has turned into a bit of a general discussion, what should one do if they have alle...
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nest vs Arlo (or other) security camera & system
Replies: 16
Views: 1218

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

Responding quickly and haven't read all the responses. I have 4 Arlo wireless outdoor cameras (They could be used indoors too) and 2 Arlo indoor cameras. The outdoor ones are completely wireless - battery powered and stream wirelessly to a basestation. The indoor ones are plugged in and wirelessly c...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What will you do when you find you have more money than expected?
Replies: 91
Views: 9973

Re: What will you do when you find you have more money than expected?

Very far from retirement. But to the extent I've thought about this in any serious way; assuming my retirement standard of living is pretty good (I'm targeting what we spend now, which with a paid off mortgage would be plenty), I'd be inclined to look for neat and unique opportunities I wouldn't hav...
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blogs,resources, or tips for busy professional parents?
Replies: 12
Views: 855

Blogs,resources, or tips for busy professional parents?

Does anyone have a good resource - website, blog, book (!) - with useful tips and tricks for busy professionals with young kids? I'm thinking things like organization strategies to help get out the door in the morning or wheneaving for vacation, actually keeping a small house from looking like a FEM...
by Nearly A Moose
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nanny online payment services - why are they so expensive?
Replies: 30
Views: 3402

Re: Nanny online payment services - why are they so expensive?

I am hiring a part time nanny, all legal-above-board payments including taxes. I am looking for an online service that automates tax computation for nanny payments and takes care of the distribution of funds once I send checks to them. I'm amazed to see how expensive the online services for nanny p...
by Nearly A Moose
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Unique Phone Apps that you find yourself using most often?
Replies: 46
Views: 7675

Re: Unique Phone Apps that you find yourself using most often?

Lots of good suggestions. Ill add Scanbot (paid version) - scans, automatically names, and uploads scans to Dropbox. Helps keep paper from accumulating as bad.
by Nearly A Moose
Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When do you replace a working desktop computer?
Replies: 27
Views: 2107

Re: When do you replace a working desktop computer?

One thing to consider is whether you plan do resell or trade in your existing computer. MAC laptops st least hold their value better than you might think. In the past, I’ve resold (using MAC of all trades) my 3-4 year old laptop for about 40-50% if it’s original price, which softens the blow for the...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to get Skype or Facetime on a TV?
Replies: 16
Views: 1100

Re: Best way to get Skype or Facetime on a TV?

We have an Apple TV, and mirror the phone, iPad, or Mac on to the TV. Super easy to do, and the kids love it. We also have a camera that sites on top of the TV. FaceTime makes it all very easy, but you have to have a bunch of Mac products. I don’t have an Apple TV (I use FireTV), but would consider...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to get Skype or Facetime on a TV?
Replies: 16
Views: 1100

Re: Best way to get Skype or Facetime on a TV?

We have an Apple TV, and mirror the phone, iPad, or Mac on to the TV. Super easy to do, and the kids love it. We also have a camera that sites on top of the TV. FaceTime makes it all very easy, but you have to have a bunch of Mac products. I don’t have an Apple TV (I use FireTV), but would consider...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to get Skype or Facetime on a TV?
Replies: 16
Views: 1100

Best way to get Skype or Facetime on a TV?

Wondering if any Bolgeheads have found a good solution for this. We have two young kids and two sets of out of town grandparents. We Facetime a fair amount with them, but (1) I'm getting tired of holding a tiny phone, (2) my kids always want to hold said phone, and (3) #2 leads to at best a dizzy gr...
by Nearly A Moose
Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suit Alterations - chain vs local tailor
Replies: 16
Views: 1406

Re: Suit Alterations - chain vs local tailor

I live in DC, and $75 is on the lower end of normal for me tailoring a suit that didn't require really crazy stuff. I'm usually in the $75-125 range per suit. I view it simply as part of the cost of getting the suit. I've use Joseph a bank tailors in the past, and the workmanship was fine, but it re...
by Nearly A Moose
Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I buy into this medical practice?
Replies: 26
Views: 3265

Re: Should I buy into this medical practice?

I'm really grateful for the advice I've received on this forum over the years, but I also feel that sometimes BH are a little conservative. I'm fairly young (late 30s), have great income as a physician, and feel that a lot of physicians these days become W2 employees and are afraid to take risks. S...