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by capsaicinguy
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me find some high quality cargo pants.
Replies: 63
Views: 5489

Re: Help me find some high quality cargo pants.

I'm in the deep south. Any suggestions for ones that 1) don't too grossly violate business casual, 2) are durable but not hot, and 3) neither swish *fabric on fabric sound) nor are too clingy. Adding to my other Duluth recommendation above their dry-on-the-fly line might fit the bill for you. And b...
by capsaicinguy
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me find some high quality cargo pants.
Replies: 63
Views: 5489

Re: Help me find some high quality cargo pants.

gmc4h232 wrote:
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:36 am
Check out the offerings from Duluth Trading. Their stuff is pretty high quality.
+1, Duluth's firehose flex line is my daily wear. Highly recommended. Buy them a little baggy/long because they will shrink a bit in the wash.
by capsaicinguy
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car waxing/sealant for a newb (not for high level detailing)
Replies: 23
Views: 3397

Re: Car waxing/sealant for a newb (not for high level detailing)

An exterior rejuvenation on my cars goes like this: -hand wash with meguire's gold class soap (from Walmart) -claybar whole car with just water as lubricant -buff out with Porter Cable random orbital buffer, Griot's garage pink polishing pad, and mequires ultimate compound (if there is a lot of clea...
by capsaicinguy
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seiko Watch
Replies: 37
Views: 3734

Re: Seiko Watch

After looking at a lot of entry level seikos, orient's, and the like, I landed on buying a couple citizen eco drives on Amazon during one of their prime day sales. Couldn't be happier, nice watches for around $80. Not an automatic but I feel like I got good value at that price point. Will likely buy...
by capsaicinguy
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When and should I buy dream car? 1997 Toyota Supra
Replies: 36
Views: 2744

Re: When and should I buy dream car? 1997 Toyota Supra

Didn't read the whole thread, but another car guy here. If you already have the sc300 why not just do the trans/motor/rear end swap and basically have a Supra? If I remember right (and it's been a while since I looked into it) 90% will just drop right in. A lot cheaper than buying an mk-iv. But it ...
by capsaicinguy
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When and should I buy dream car? 1997 Toyota Supra
Replies: 36
Views: 2744

Re: When and should I buy dream car? 1997 Toyota Supra

Didn't read the whole thread, but another car guy here. If you already have the sc300 why not just do the trans/motor/rear end swap and basically have a Supra? If I remember right (and it's been a while since I looked into it) 90% will just drop right in. A lot cheaper than buying an mk-iv. But it w...
by capsaicinguy
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen drawer slide hardware recommendations needed
Replies: 17
Views: 1091

Re: Kitchen drawer slide hardware recommendations needed

Another vote for Blum. Used them when I built a ton of base cabinets for my basement. Big upgrade from the knock offs the builder used on the main floor.
by capsaicinguy
Sat Jul 06, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning bugs off car bumper
Replies: 32
Views: 2773

Re: Cleaning bugs off car bumper

HOT water with carwash soap and a sponge with the mesh on the back will get 97% of bugs off with a little elbow grease. For what's left over use a claybar with just water for lubrication. Meguiars mild grit Clay is fine. After you claybar make sure to put a paint sealant or wax back on as it will st...
by capsaicinguy
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone moved cross country. How did you manage to do it without going nuts??
Replies: 47
Views: 4658

Re: Anyone moved cross country. How did you manage to do it without going nuts??

A good friend of mine moved from MA to TX. He sold, donated, threw out everything he owned including his goat. He loaded up what was left in his Volvo wagon and small trailer and bought everything new in Texas. This was back before Craigslist. Today, you have CL as well as facebook and of course, t...
by capsaicinguy
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning up new house before move in—getting rid of “cat smell”
Replies: 59
Views: 13882

Re: Cleaning up new house before move in—getting rid of “cat smell”

Carpet cleaning (professionally) and painting would be the easiest and most cost effective route . . . however, depending on the "source" of the smell (i.e. cat had accidents on the carpet) removing it would be best, particularly if you're sensitive to smells. My wife and I are dog owners and certa...
by capsaicinguy
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: MF to ETF in taxable...
Replies: 6
Views: 405

Re: MF to ETF in taxable...

I have never sold or exchanged any funds before in a taxable account. Naturally, I would love the simplicity of just exchanging all funds (250K) into the new to open ETF. If by "exchange" you mean the ability that Vanguard investors have to convert mutual fund shares to corresponding ETF shares, un...
by capsaicinguy
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Roof - to RidgeVent or to not RidgeVent
Replies: 39
Views: 4197

Re: New Roof - to RidgeVent or to not RidgeVent

Parents built a house in the Carolinas and the builder specd the house to only use the ridge vent with soffits for roof ventilation. It was grossly underventilated to the point they couldn't get the top floor to maintain a reasonable temp in the summer. They got a thermostat controlled BIG powered v...
by capsaicinguy
Mon May 20, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Compound miter saw recommendation
Replies: 42
Views: 2579

Re: Compound miter saw recommendation

If there is ever a chance you will cut 2x12s get the sliding saw, one of my few regrets buying tools is not paying for that feature. I've gotten pretty good at flipping boards over to complete the cut.... :annoyed
by capsaicinguy
Mon May 20, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace possible failing tv or not (solved)
Replies: 33
Views: 2627

Re: Replace possible failing tv or not

Kenkat wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 11:32 am
TVs are always on sale. I would try a different HDMI cable first. I have had then go bad.
This. Double check all your cabling connections first before running to buy a new TV. Things can come loose.
by capsaicinguy
Thu May 16, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling home- Demanding Buyer (Repairs)
Replies: 486
Views: 50332

Re: Selling home- Demanding Buyer (Repairs)

I would not underestimate the value of an over asking cash offer. Even if you paid the 10k for the septic repair you still got more than you hoped for the house. If this buyer walks you will have to disclose the septic non-compliance when you relist since now you are aware if it. Add in the potentia...
by capsaicinguy
Tue May 14, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Instant Coffee?
Replies: 67
Views: 4486

Re: Instant Coffee?

Starbucks Via instant packets is probably the most readily available product that tastes pretty close to a real cup of coffee. There is a lot of niche instant coffee makers out now that seem to partly target the ultralight hiking crowd. You can search the web for some pretty extensive reviews. I wou...
by capsaicinguy
Fri May 10, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Vacant Lake Lot. Sell or Hold?
Replies: 54
Views: 3280

Re: Vacant Lake Lot. Sell or Hold?

Sell baby sell!
by capsaicinguy
Fri May 03, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Empty nester downsizing - success!!!
Replies: 102
Views: 15447

Re: Empty nester downsizing - any advice?

Lots of good ideas in this thread. We just downsized from a 3000 sq ft 5/3 house into a 1400sqft 3/1 townhouse, and now moved again back into a 4/2 house. I wish I had gotten rid of more "large heavy objects" for that first move because I ended up just selling a bunch if it after we moved the first ...
by capsaicinguy
Wed May 01, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Babymoon?
Replies: 36
Views: 3270

Re: Babymoon?

Traveling while trying to get pregnant sounds like a great time to me but I guess opinions vary +1, dad of 3 checking in. If you go this route like another poster said don't "pull the goalie" until you're boarding the plane. The way we have approached a babymoon was soon before delivery date we boo...
by capsaicinguy
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tequila and Magaritas
Replies: 122
Views: 15324

Re: Tequila and Magaritas

Didn't read the whole thread but I was recently turned onto Cazadores reposado tequila. Can get it for about $22 per 750ml bottle, and even our Sam's club liquor has it. About the best value ive found for tequila. I just like to sip it neat.
by capsaicinguy
Thu Apr 25, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Teeth Whitening
Replies: 35
Views: 3779

Re: Teeth Whitening

best method is trays made by dentist and OPAL 10% by ultradent used it foir years in practice This. Anything over 10% just gives you more side effects of sensitivity. Crest whitestrips work as well but take much longer and the gel will get on your gingiva. The trays help keep it just on the teeth.
by capsaicinguy
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When is the right time to buy a house?
Replies: 31
Views: 3934

Re: When is the right time to buy a house?

I have been renting for over 7 years now and I am spent $600 on average per month on rent. I have zero debt and sizable chunk in savings and investment which is enough for a 15-20% down payment on a mortgage. House prices have been rising over the past few years. Is this a right time to buy? Mortga...
by capsaicinguy
Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soon to be dad, how to prepare
Replies: 127
Views: 7375

Re: Soon to be dad, how to prepare

Regarding breastfeeding, my wife tried many times with our kids.... The "lactation consultant" even had her trying some sort of beer drink, it was really just a big joke, esp when she was trying the pumps etc. Finally I convinced her that it wasn't going to work out and just resort formula. If it w...
by capsaicinguy
Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Soon to be dad, how to prepare
Replies: 127
Views: 7375

Re: Soon to be dad, how to prepare

Father of 2, and below is my short list of advice (all are optional, last two are a must): Optional Tour and reserve spots on daycare immediately, good ones fill up quick. Read to your kids every night, even when they are babies. Don't worry if fatherhood doesn't come naturally, sometimes you have ...
by capsaicinguy
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do 40 year olds decide what they can afford?
Replies: 85
Views: 10330

Re: How do 40 year olds decide what they can afford?

What we worked out was that I got a $100 per week "allowance" that included coffee and lunches. Anything I saved up for I could buy and not feel like I was frivolously spending "our" money. It also had the benefit that I was motivated to be frugal on the lunches and coffee so I could build up my to...
by capsaicinguy
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smartphones with Least Bloatware
Replies: 29
Views: 7755

Re: Smartphones with Least Bloatware

The Wizard wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:52 pm
The Google pixel phones don't seem to have much...
I second this. I usually disable/uninstall all the extra junk anyways but my last two google phones haven't had much.
by capsaicinguy
Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: dental work gone wrong - advice please.
Replies: 55
Views: 5256

Re: dental work gone wrong - advice please.

Lets just take for a second some issues I have with what you just said: not all cavities are cavitated (a hole). 1. The definition of cavity is an empty space within a solid object, in particular the human body. 2. The definition of cavitated is an unfilled space within a mass especially : a hollow...
by capsaicinguy
Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: dental work gone wrong - advice please.
Replies: 55
Views: 5256

Re: dental work gone wrong - advice please.

There are a lot of reasons that could have lead to OP having a problem with a crown. Some could have been from the dentist and some could have been from things outside the dentists control. People have a hard time with the variability in dental diagnosis because they think it should be like a check ...
by capsaicinguy
Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Zero federal tax. Will this cause an audit?
Replies: 43
Views: 4571

Re: Zero federal tax. Will this cause an audit?

Similar situation here, only taxable income for the year was some savings interest and a Roth conversion that yielded zero owed. We didn't pay any taxes in so there was no refund either. 0% tax rate again this year. :sharebeer
by capsaicinguy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Decent hiking/trekking clothing?
Replies: 50
Views: 2477

Re: Decent hiking/trekking clothing?

Everyone's idea of hiking gear will be different but my standard issue attire for a hike is: - a pair of quick-dry type pants that have zip-offs to make them shorts - a pair of non-goretex (get sweaty feet) trail running shoes (love my La Sportiva Akasha's) - merino blend socks (Duluth trading) and ...
by capsaicinguy
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good Camping Tent?
Replies: 28
Views: 1906

Re: Good Camping Tent?

I think if we had a little better idea of your budget and type of camping you are wanting to do it might help us narrow it down a little. There is a huge spectrum when it comes to tents and their intended use (i.e. car camping versus ultralight backpacking). For car camping a few times a year I woul...
by capsaicinguy
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dental care for mother-in-law with low income
Replies: 26
Views: 2662

Re: Dental care for mother-in-law with low income

Thank you, yes there are local dental schools, but they only do routine cleaning and x-rays, but no fillings, crowns, etc. I would vote to go to a dental school. Sounds like you found a dental hygiene school. Look for one that has a DDS or DMD doctoral program and they should be able to do a crown.
by capsaicinguy
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home DIY - increasingly complex repairs and cost savings by DIY
Replies: 38
Views: 3309

Re: Home DIY - increasingly complex repairs and cost savings by DIY

I did all the rough ins for my finished basement in my old house including: framing out the rooms/perimeter walls/etc, water lines with PEX (literally the easiest thing in the world to do), 120v wiring to whole basement and added a ton of outlets into my garage, natural gas CSST lines to deck, garag...
by capsaicinguy
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you and your friends change engine oil?
Replies: 167
Views: 9304

Re: How often do you and your friends change engine oil?

I DIY and change it in our cars roughly every 6-7k miles. I run Pennzoil full synthetic (non high mileage) and an oem filter. Takes me about 30min and only costs about 25-30$. Blows my mind when I see a quick lube place charging 80+$ for a full synthetic oil change and you don't even get an oem filt...
by capsaicinguy
Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I want a new Audi A6 2018 (50k) - Can I afford it? Or is this just a really dumb decision...
Replies: 136
Views: 8374

Re: I want a new Audi A6 2018 (50k) - Can I afford it? Or is this just a really dumb decision...

Don't buy the car. You're basically talking about taking a quarter of your retirement savings and buying a depreciating commodity. One of my few financial regrets is wasting as much money as I did in cars in my 20s. They were fun, but I sure wish I had that money now that was flushed down the drain,...
by capsaicinguy
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Can't contribute to an IRA during grad school but still want to save
Replies: 20
Views: 984

Re: Can't contribute to an IRA during grad school but still want to save

In a similar situation as you, currently in professional school with no earned income. If you don't have earned income and no access to any 401k type accounts through the school then taxable is pretty much your option unless you can do a side business. Can you private tutor and show income? Then you...
by capsaicinguy
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Serpentine Belt Squeal
Replies: 15
Views: 1796

Re: Serpentine Belt Squeal

Did you check the tension on the belt? If it wasn't tightened properly it will squeel when increased loads are placed on it or the tensioner itself could be bad. Was it a new oem belt or cheap aftermarket one? When belts are cold (or old) the rubber gets harder and doesn't have as good of friction, ...
by capsaicinguy
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon third-party item received damaged. No recourse?
Replies: 9
Views: 1249

Re: Amazon third-party item received damaged. No recourse?

I highly recommend everyone use fakespot.com or a similar service to check the quality of reviews. As I said above, I use no review manipulation tactics and have an "A" grade whereas many competitors have C, D, or F ratings. For that reason, I think the service is generally fairly accurate. Thanks ...
by capsaicinguy
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for home gym (limited space)
Replies: 78
Views: 6734

Re: Recommendation for home gym (limited space)

I'm now using the "gzclp" lift program (from a Reddit user) and have been loving it. Linear progression on the main compound lifts and add in accessory stuff as you want/need. Googled it and found this. https://saynotobroscience.com/gzclp-infographic/ This seems very interesting. How long have you ...
by capsaicinguy
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for home gym (limited space)
Replies: 78
Views: 6734

Re: Recommendation for home gym (limited space)

randomguy wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:34 pm
... and things like single legs you can load your body up quite a ways.
At first I thought heavy squats were rough. Then I started doing weighted Bulgarian split squats. :P :shock:
by capsaicinguy
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for home gym (limited space)
Replies: 78
Views: 6734

Re: Recommendation for home gym (limited space)

I did a bodyweight routine from this website for a while and liked it, along with his multitude of progressions depending on your skill/ability: http://www.startbodyweight.com/p/start-bodyweight-basic-routine.html?m=1 I started actually lifting free weights for the first time in my life about 2 year...
by capsaicinguy
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Investing in a dental implant & Vetting and questions to ask?
Replies: 50
Views: 4837

Re: Investing in a dental implant or ?

Weird. I had a bone graft and the post placed at the same time as my extraction. Then I had a healing abatement for about 6 months before having the final crown installed. I had no other dental issues aside from the cracked tooth though. I'll give the example of an upper back tooth. The "magic" num...
by capsaicinguy
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Investing in a dental implant & Vetting and questions to ask?
Replies: 50
Views: 4837

Re: Investing in a dental implant or ?

I have a dental implant. Later, I retired from my 40-minute commute and switched to a dentist and periodontist closer to home. No doctor ever suggested that I go back to the original periodontist. And I got treatment for an infection around the implant from my new periodontist. My original periodon...
by capsaicinguy
Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Investing in a dental implant & Vetting and questions to ask?
Replies: 50
Views: 4837

Re: Investing in a dental implant or ?

I think one has at least 5 options. 1. No tooth 2. Denture 3. Bridge if the adjacent teeth are sound enough 4. Implant in a foreign country 5. Implant in the USA I think that is in order of cost. Always get a second opinion if you think you need it. Just expect you will be charged another exam fee....
by capsaicinguy
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Ally Bank's nightmarish online reviews -- should I be worried?
Replies: 97
Views: 10894

Re: Ally Bank's nightmarish online reviews -- should I be worried?

Another vote for a great experience with Ally banking here. Have had accounts with them for about 4 years now and used their online savings and no penalty CDs. :sharebeer
by capsaicinguy
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: No Heat! (Live in Michigan)
Replies: 47
Views: 4966

Re: No Heat! (Live in Michigan)

If you have a high efficiency furnace there should be 2 3” PVC tube one intake and one exhaust. Make sure those are not plugged in the outside given all the snow and blowing snow. That could be what was causing the glug, glug, glug and causing the water build up. Literally just had the air inlet at...
by capsaicinguy
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Skiwear Advice - Columbia/North Face vs. Arc'Teryx/Patagonia
Replies: 55
Views: 4095

Re: Skiwear Advice - Columbia/North Face vs. Arc'Teryx/Patagonia

I rely on this website anytime I need to by any gear. Read through the reviews of their top products in any category, decide which one is right for you, buy it, and don't look back. https://www.outdoorgearlab.com/topics/clothing-mens/best-ski-jacket +1 for the outdoorgearlab rec. I've used their re...
by capsaicinguy
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Recent Engineering College Graduate can’t get job interviews, needs advice
Replies: 145
Views: 12096

Re: Recent Engineering College Graduate can’t get job interviews, needs advice

Lots of good advice in here. I'll give my .02 and ask if he has considered using a temp agency? At my previous employer it was VERY common for them to bring someone in from the temp agency for 6-12 months and then later open up a full time position. The temp job worked as essentially a back door int...
by capsaicinguy
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ‘01 Honda Odyssey: won’t start, needs $2700 repair. Junk it or fix?
Replies: 65
Views: 4695

Re: ‘01 Honda Odyssey: won’t start, needs $2700 repair. Junk it or fix?

OP, If the timing belt jumped teeth enough to not start, there is a chance it bent valves and still won't start after a new tbelt is on. You won't really be able to tell until a new belt is on and it's back in time so they can do a compression test or a leakdown test. If it only jumped a tooth or tw...