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by Dilbydog
Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fridge not cooling properly
Replies: 17
Views: 1019

Re: Fridge not cooling properly

Properly functioning refrigeration systems do not leak refrigerant, nor does refrigerant “go bad” and need to be replaced. If a charge was needed to get your system functioning properly there is a problem. Given that the system appears to be functioning normally with an added bump of “freon” I’d ten...
by Dilbydog
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hopeless Civil Engineer
Replies: 155
Views: 14472

Re: Hopeless Civil Engineer

OP.. I’m a degreed, but not licensed EE. After graduation I was not in love with the EE side of life, as my university catered more to CpE courses than EE courses. (No heavy power. I only had 1 course where we discussed 480, everything else was chip level power) I went to work for a General Contract...
by Dilbydog
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Has Amazon ever called you to verify a purchase?
Replies: 28
Views: 2306

Re: Has Amazon ever called you to verify a purchase?

Funny, Amazon called me yesterday to verify the purchase of a large number of Visa gift cards. A legit purchase that I made. The call from Amazon’s fraud prevention team was made within a minute of my purchase.
by Dilbydog
Wed Mar 18, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Unprepared for Potential Great Depression Part 2
Replies: 245
Views: 24557

Re: Unprepared for Potential Great Depression Part 2

While I was technically in the market during 08, I’d only been participating in my 401k for a few years, and didn’t have a ROTH or taxable account. I didn’t pay attention to my accounts beyond the quarterly report. Fast forward to this timeline, where market watching and economics has become a littl...
by Dilbydog
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is This a Good or Bad Time to Buy a House?
Replies: 21
Views: 2962

Re: Is This a Good or Bad Time to Buy a House?

We’re actually purchasing a home now. If you’re confident in your income stream, the rest is noise.
by Dilbydog
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home for Mother In Law
Replies: 10
Views: 1527

Re: Home for Mother In Law

Thanks for the replies...Here are some responses: MIL has two mid-size dogs that would make renting difficult. Separating her from the pets is a non-starter for everyone involved. She’s still independent and can drive. She and I did a grocery run during the holidays and her driving skills did not se...
by Dilbydog
Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home for Mother In Law
Replies: 10
Views: 1527

Home for Mother In Law

So it’s become obvious to DW and I that we need to move my MIL closer to our home, (this is also her request) as she currently lives out-of-state. Some background: MIL has a 2nd home with $214k mortgage that she was renting (at a loss) to her son. Son moved out, and left the house and property a mes...
by Dilbydog
Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What tech wiring in new build house?
Replies: 124
Views: 7455

Re: What tech wiring in new build house?

If it was my home: 1. I’d run a CAT 6 to every room, along with a spare 3/4 conduit in every room that stubs up into the attic. No need for a conduit home run so long as your attic is accessible. 2. As other have mentioned a CAT6 for POE for security cameras if that’s something you’d like to have. 3...
by Dilbydog
Thu Dec 26, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What tech wiring in new build house?
Replies: 124
Views: 7455

Re: What tech wiring in new build house?

Many if not most of the current home automation devices also need a neutral (white) wire along with ground. The latest electrical code requires a neutral in each box - for precisely this reason. Is that national code or local? 2017 NEC requires a neutral at each box... unsure if this was covered in...
by Dilbydog
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rationale for buying new work truck
Replies: 27
Views: 1738

Re: Rationale for buying new work truck

Is the F250 a diesel with the 6.0L?
by Dilbydog
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water heater - am I getting ripped off
Replies: 58
Views: 4632

Re: Water heater - am I getting ripped off

[quote=RickBoglehead post_id=4849360 time=<a href="tel:1574278943">1574278943</a> user_id=130960] Keep in mind that the cost to pull a permit varies. In my town, it would be $30 for the permit, $50 for an inspection, and $6 for the water heater = $86. Where we have our cottage, the cost would be $5...
by Dilbydog
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paying a contractor in cash
Replies: 48
Views: 1949

Re: Paying a contractor in cash

I won’t chime in on the cash payment question, but please be certain to get lien waivers, both conditional and unconditional, with each payment. Not only from the general contractor but also any subcontractors or suppliers who may have placed a preliminary lien notice against your property. With cas...
by Dilbydog
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing Tires on BMW X3
Replies: 31
Views: 16690

Re: Replacing Tires on BMW X3

Our BMW dealer matches Tire Rack pricing, which is convenient as I prefer the dealer perform four wheel alignment. Also, the dealer didn’t have an issue with my desire to swap out the run flats with “go flats” on my E92. Which lead to a noticeably less harsh ride without any performance sacrifice. W...
by Dilbydog
Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar Install w/ SolarCity
Replies: 65
Views: 6235

Re: Solar Install w/ SolarCity

OP... I’m very interested to see what your actual annual generation numbers look like. With the majority of your modules facing westward, I would think your production would be less than what Solar City ‘estimated’. Did they install micro-inverters or string inverters for your system? The power wall...
by Dilbydog
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buy the house or continue to rent?
Replies: 39
Views: 3180

Re: Buy the house or continue to rent?

The tax break on the mortgage probably won't mean much. It's now limited to something like $10K including state and local taxes (e.g sales). Your plan should be based on the raw numbers without looking at tax breaks and such which I consider minor variances SALT is capped at 10k. Mortgage interest ...
by Dilbydog
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Car Post Purchase Recommendations
Replies: 17
Views: 1810

Re: New Car Post Purchase Recommendations

We put a ‘clear bra’ in the front end, covering the whole hood and side panels to the door. Haven’t had any paint chips due to road hazards. Even did the back “tailgate” (is an suv) so the dogs would accidentally scratch it jumping in and out.
by Dilbydog
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Standard Car Key Battery Life for Late Model Vehicles
Replies: 40
Views: 3466

Re: Standard Car Key Battery Life for Late Model Vehicles

The push button start cars go through remote batteries quicker because the remote also has to function as the key, constantly needing to communicate with the car to enable start based on proximity. On regular key cars, the remotes can last a long time. I am on original batteries still for my 2005 C...
by Dilbydog
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: issues with roofer
Replies: 15
Views: 2050

Re: issues with roofer

The added cost your painters had to incur due to substandard workmanship of the roofer, and “damage” to the substrate is a compensable claim against the roofing contractor. Additionally, if the roofer carried a price and performance bond, you can make a claim against the bond, if there isn’t a perfo...
by Dilbydog
Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does this car exist? Sexy convertible with a backseat
Replies: 53
Views: 3904

Re: Does this car exist? Sexy convertible with a backseat

The BMW 440 ‘vert will surprise you, and if its not enough there’s always the M. I’m getting of the age where a car that is always in “hunt & kill” mode can be tiresome. So, MB E Class could be worth a look, I personally prefer their interiors. If you want something fast, look at the AMG C63 cabriol...
by Dilbydog
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: PROBLEM RESOLVED! - Buying new construction inventory home. Seemingly standard feature appears missing. What to do?
Replies: 46
Views: 3927

Re: Buying new construction inventory home. Seemingly standard feature appears missing. What to do?

Add the missing window seat to the punch list, and then CRAWL over every inch of the house. Inconsistent gaps between the bottom of the doors and floor finish, are the reveals around the door perfect, add it to the list. Are the light, fan and accessory switches in the same order in every room? If n...
by Dilbydog
Sun May 26, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 29 year old engineer introduction and seeking advice
Replies: 29
Views: 4486

Re: 29 year old engineer introduction and seeking advice

OP. I was in a similar position years ago. Started out with a small shop, low pay, but a good group of people who wanted to help me grow. Being “loyal” I stayed with this firm for almost 10 years. In retrospect, I can unequivocally, say the biggest professional mistake I made was staying too long be...
by Dilbydog
Thu May 23, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weber vs Broil King Grills
Replies: 25
Views: 3167

Re: Weber vs Broil King Grills

All I know is the plastic handles on my cheap weber clone charcoal grill are turning to powder and cracked and I can't find replacements. I think I paid $39 for the grill. Also propane dries out meat and I am much happier with charcoal grilling (it might be better for the planet compared to gas too...
by Dilbydog
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can we afford a $1mil home?
Replies: 64
Views: 8830

Re: Can we afford a $1mil home?

Every Bay Area housing thread leaves me staring at the post hoping there was a typo or something. Unless you absolutely have to live there, I don’t get it. You can move to the Midwest, live a much better quality of life on half the income and have plenty left over for multiple luxury trips back, sh...
by Dilbydog
Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: First Time Home Buyer Tips
Replies: 32
Views: 2426

Re: First Time Home Buyer Tips

[/quote] My partner of over ten years and I have outlasted a number of our friends’ and acquaintances marriages. You don’t see me going around “screaming” at people not to get married because it can end in a messy, horribly painful disaster. Even though the evidence is all around me that it absolute...
by Dilbydog
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PV Solar (Sunpower vs. Panasonic HIT) & To Roof or Not to Re-roof
Replies: 12
Views: 1910

Re: PV Solar (Sunpower vs. Panasonic HIT) & To Roof or Not to Re-roof

Did the contractor provide a power production model for each system? I.E. anticipated annual kWH production for the SunPower system and the Panasonic system. I’ll assume the Panasonic modules are rated 330 watt given the model number you presented (I didn’t look that up so I could be mistaken), what...
by Dilbydog
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do-It-Yourself Wiring the Home With Ethernet: What to Buy
Replies: 54
Views: 3919

Re: Do-It-Yourself Wiring the Home With Ethernet: What to Buy

I’d like to echo what Shipbuilder said above. I understand a secondary benefit is the learning / education of installing your own cable. I get it, and I’ve done it reciently. I ran Cat6 to all of my major data using components: TVs, STBs, printer, etc. I also installed two Ubiqui AP to ensure strong...
by Dilbydog
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Accord Maintenance at 3 Years - Am I Getting Hosed?
Replies: 95
Views: 6490

Re: Honda Accord Maintenance at 3 Years - Am I Getting Hosed?

If your brake fluid is dark, that’s understandable. If it’s actually dirty then I suspect you have another issue. The thought behind changing your brake fluid every two years stems from the fluid absorbing moisture (water) which lowers the fluids boiling point. If the fluid gets hot enough and boils...
by Dilbydog
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire experts? Can I trust a patched tire?
Replies: 47
Views: 5457

Re: Tire experts? Can I trust a patched tire?

Ive had several patched tires over the years, sometimes with multiple patches. Never had an issue, and drove all the sets to their wear bars.
by Dilbydog
Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas Restaurants
Replies: 25
Views: 2773

Re: Las Vegas Restaurants

Didn’t care for Joel Robuchon, to be fair I’m not a fan of the French cuisine, but the misses loved it. Nobu in Caesar's is my go-to favorite.
by Dilbydog
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Weekly Commuting
Replies: 22
Views: 2528

Re: Weekly Commuting

I’ve done something similar, Vegas to the BayArea every week. Get TSA Pre check if you havent already. Use laundry service, becoming a more common job perk in he greater SJ area, so you’re not doing laundry on your weekends at home. Do as much of your busy work as you can while you’re remote, so you...
by Dilbydog
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Direct TV vs. Cable
Replies: 20
Views: 1636

Re: Direct TV vs. Cable

For a short time I lived in a moderate snow area that was remote enough to not have cable as an option. The locals just coated their dish with a heavy layer of Pam. I know it sounds weird, but it seemed to work. To your primary question, I had DirecTv for 10-ish years. Finally let go and went with t...
by Dilbydog
Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 1176
Views: 189665

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

I would recommend a visit the website bobistheoilguy.com.
by Dilbydog
Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue
Replies: 1176
Views: 189665

Re: My 2017 CRV is a victim of the dreaded oil gas-dilution issue

You could send a used oil sample away for analysis to see if there is any gasoline in the engine oil. It doesn't cost much and it doesn't take long. That's what I would do. Then you would have proof that there is or is not a problem. I have used Blackstone labs for oil analysis for years. They'll s...
by Dilbydog
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: California Tax of Income for Non-Resident
Replies: 3
Views: 817

Re: California Tax of Income for Non-Resident

I had a similar situation, being a NV resident and working for a CA company. While I can’t find the specific code sections, I was able to convince my company that I was not subject to CA withholding. It also helped that I have a relative who works at the Franchise Tax Board who confirmed my understa...
by Dilbydog
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why plumbers are so expensive?
Replies: 15
Views: 2362

Re: Why plumbers are so expensive?

You need to remember that its not just an hours work. The plumber needs to go to the parts house, pick up the regulator, drive to your home, make the repair, and then go to his or her next call. Now I don’t live in So. Cal, but being in San Jose, I hear about how the Southern California traffic is w...
by Dilbydog
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any accountants?
Replies: 3
Views: 613

Any accountants?

I need some help understanding a GAAP claim my employer has made, that potentially impacts my compensation.
by Dilbydog
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dental chews for dogs....useful?
Replies: 36
Views: 3769

Re: Dental chews for dogs....useful?

We give our Rottie a raw beef rib bone every evening. He’s three now, and his teeth are in great shape. Our smaller dogs have not been given bones, just kibble, home diet, and Greenies and they’ve all had dental work (extractions). I’m sure you know but cooked bones are troublesome, as they splinter...
by Dilbydog
Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes
Replies: 101
Views: 13099

Re: Certified Used BMW, Audi or Mercedes

Are you remotely handy with a wrench? I have a 335i that I bought as a CPO. The only non maintenance item I had was a hung up front right caliper. Covered under CPO, and BMW replaced the caliper and pads and rotors up front as part of the repair. Beyond that i’ve have taken care of everything myself...
by Dilbydog
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone here a developer in the renewable energy space?
Replies: 0
Views: 309

Anyone here a developer in the renewable energy space?

Would like to pick your brain about a few industry specific questions.
by Dilbydog
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Insurance: AAA vs. Travellers
Replies: 18
Views: 2116

Re: Auto Insurance: AAA vs. Travellers

Had USAA (auto,renters,umb) for over 17 years, last increase caught me off guard. Called around and GIECO (auto and umb) were less than half of what I was currently paying. Two drivers clean records. I kick myself for not shopping around sooner.
by Dilbydog
Fri Nov 17, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is dent repair service worth it?
Replies: 17
Views: 2162

Re: Is dent repair service worth it?

We had a smaller dent removed from a side panel on our SUV. Curiously the impact / dent impacted a factory crease in the sheet metal. After the repair, there was zero evidence of the dent, it was an excellent repair. In our case I want to say we paid $50, but it may have been $75, and was money well...
by Dilbydog
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home network question
Replies: 17
Views: 1728

Re: Home network question

Thanks for the input everyone. Once I’m settled in, I’ll look for a data conduit or pull something shielded through the power conduit, assuming that power wasn’t direct buried.
by Dilbydog
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home network question
Replies: 17
Views: 1728

Re: Home network question

Ubiquiti offers two different lines of WiFi products -- Unifi and Amplifi. Which are you considering? I use Ubiquiti Unifi APs in my home. They are fantastic if you have the technical know-how and are willing to spend time to set up the system properly and keep it up to date. You do need to occasio...
by Dilbydog
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home network question
Replies: 17
Views: 1728

Re: Home network question

All other things equal: Wired > wireless I'm happy with my 2 Eeros which gets me the coverage I need in my 1996 pre-internet home plus the patio and attached garage. If I was building a new home I'd run 500 feet of cable including multiple WAPs, entertainment centers, and offices. One thing I like ...
by Dilbydog
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home network question
Replies: 17
Views: 1728

Re: Home network question

I’ve used powerline blocks in the past, but haven’t been thrilled with the performance even when on the same circuit. PL would be my last option, as I know there’s not a common circuit between the shop and house. I’m fairly certain I could ensure circuits on a common bus. Running a hard line between...
by Dilbydog
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home network question
Replies: 17
Views: 1728

Home network question

We’re going to be moving into a new residence that is 1600 sq ft bigger than our current home, and has an out building / shop about 40-50’ from the primary structure. I’m currently utilizing a dual band router and a WiFi extender to cover my current residence but know this isn’t the best solution. I...
by Dilbydog
Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going to SF, Yosemite and Sacramento and NOW PORTLAND
Replies: 49
Views: 3846

Re: Going to SF, Yosemite and Sacramento

I used to live near the southern gate of Yosmite. November is an amazing time to go to Yosemite. There maybe rain, unlikely snow, and the seasonal tourists are gone. Its an amazing place, and I would recommend spending as much time in the park as you can. If you decide to go through the southern gat...
by Dilbydog
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: metal roof: standing seam vs interlocking panels
Replies: 15
Views: 2209

Re: metal roof: standing seam vs interlocking panels

I worked for a GC in a past life, and architects specified standing seam on every school I built. I was told by an architect or two that this was due to the durability of the system, as most school districts have limited maintenance budgets. It was also specified on a few state buildings up in the Y...
by Dilbydog
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any BMW X5 owners?
Replies: 17
Views: 3935

Re: Any BMW X5 owners?

DW has a 2016 X5, and loves it... she had an MDX prior and has let me know she wouldn’t go back to the Acura over the BMW. We haven’t had one problem with the car to date. The N55 engine is well known, and seems to be trouble free, at least on the BMW forums, and the ZF transmission is bullet proof....