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by Nearly A Moose
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: DC 529 recapture rules
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Re: DC 529 recapture rules

Here's what I believe to be the relevant portion of the DC code: https://code.dccouncil.us/dc/council/co ... -4509.html. Give it a careful read.

This seems to match up with your read.

I'm not a tax attorney and this is not legal advice.
by Nearly A Moose
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: DC 529 recapture rules
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Re: DC 529 recapture rules

DC resident and 529 holder. I've always read it the same way you do. But I also haven't tested it or researched it too exhaustively because I still live in the city.
by Nearly A Moose
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who pays for apps?
Replies: 42
Views: 2512

Re: Who pays for apps?

If it provides value, I'm willing to pay for it. For example, I gladly pay for Scanbot and LastPass. If it provides value and I could get rid of ads or data collection, I wish I could pay for it. I pay for a number of computer software packages. I only use a few apps on my phone, though. Most are co...
by Nearly A Moose
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anchoring Shelves Onto Plaster Over Brick
Replies: 1
Views: 168

Anchoring Shelves Onto Plaster Over Brick

Question for the handy Bogleheads out there: How do you mount things to walls when the wall is plaster directly over brick? Here's my setup: I recently moved into an old, pre-1900s brick rowhome. As best I can tell, the interior of a number of the original walls is plaster directly on brick. If ther...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Binder recommendation for meetings
Replies: 13
Views: 1676

Re: Binder recommendation for meetings

So you want to take handwritten notes at meetings, then later scan them into OneNote? Okay, just buy a basic legal pad or spiral notebook with perforations and go to town. No need to make this more complicated. Consider even using a smaller pad. I use a ~6x8 pad, as I find it easier to carry in my b...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone here major in Economics in college?
Replies: 92
Views: 7130

Re: Anyone here major in Economics in college?

I'll do the annoying thing and post having only read the OP. I got an econ degree. Started in engineering and realized I really didn't enjoy it. So I switched to econ with a stats minor. Then off to law school, which was a possibility but not a sure thing when I picked the major. This may sound trit...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sound bar as only music speaker?
Replies: 38
Views: 2447

Re: Sound bar as only music speaker?

I'll make another plug for the Sonos. We have the Beam (the smaller one) for a 240 SQ ft room with high ceilings. It does a good job of filling out TV dialogue and playing music for casual listening. It has an HDMI input and Alexa built in if that's your thing. We came from a more traditional 5.1 se...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dual coffee/espresso makers
Replies: 17
Views: 1393

Re: Dual coffee/espresso makers

I'm inferring from your comments you're looking for a pod type system. If so, I'd suggest a Nespresso. Pretty good coffee given the inherent constraints in pods, and you can just brew a shot and add hot water to make an Americano, which is close enough to a traditionally brewed coffee that your gues...
by Nearly A Moose
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which iPhone: 8 or XR?
Replies: 45
Views: 3184

Re: Which iPhone: 8 or XR?

I have the X and have been surprisingly happy with it. Unlocking the phone with my face is surprisingly convenient even compared to my thumb. I assume the XR is similar enough.
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: portable jump starters
Replies: 58
Views: 4200

Re: portable jump starters

I have a Clore. Got it for like $60 off Amazon several years ago. We only have one car and until recently have parked it outside. It’s come in handy several times, including when our dealer botched a battery replacement and I had to jump the car every time I started it for a day. It let me still man...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need hotel near LAX
Replies: 15
Views: 1399

Re: Need hotel near LAX

I stayed at the Marriott Courtyard right by the airport when I had an early morning flight back. A bit pricey compared to your typical Courtyard, but modern, clean, large and nice room, and there’s a bar and I think a restaurant onsite. There’s a Hyatt something or other right next to it that’s prob...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paintbrush cookies without eggs
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Paintbrush cookies without eggs

In a bit of desperation, I’m seeing if there are any Boglehead bakers out there who might have ideas: does anyone remember the Betty Crocker Paintbrush Cookies? You basically make a sugar cookie dough, cut it into shapes, and then before baking it, paint it with a glaze made of egg yolk and food col...
by Nearly A Moose
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Children's Books for Gifting
Replies: 16
Views: 822

Re: Children's Books for Gifting

Dragons Love Tacos is a fun and silly title for toddlers. Others that are currently hits with our 2/4 year olds: -Room on the Broom -virtually any fairy tale, even better if they are Disney Princess stories (consider a quality fairy tale anthology) -Little Blue Truck -Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (it's a...
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: 974

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: 357

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: 357

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: 74
Views: 4349

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: 1220

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: 1220

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: 3963

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: 1460

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: 3963

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: Personal Investments
Topic: Better place to park funds - house downpayment
Replies: 5
Views: 752

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: 1860

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: 2214

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: 982

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: 982

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: 982

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: 8256

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: 1911

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: 1911

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: 206

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: 9173

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: 1681

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: 18695

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: 8560

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: 1681

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: 1681

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: 1681

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: 4262

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: 1681

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: 1844

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: 1844

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: 1844

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: 4644

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: 891

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: 1844

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: 1844

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: 1844

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: 4644

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 ...