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by davebo
Fri Sep 06, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Did I commit a tipping faux pas?
Replies: 99
Views: 10819

Re: Did I commit a tipping faux pas?

Generally speaking, I tip like this: -Movers are $20/person. -Restaurants are 15-20%. -Bars are probably just $1.00, whatever the bill is (assuming 2 drinks) -Barbers usually $4 on a $16 hair cut, which is a little high now that I think about it. -Furniture movers give $10. I never tip housekeepers,...
by davebo
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile Questions
Replies: 13
Views: 1196

Re: Xfinity Mobile Questions

Xfinity largely uses Verizon network, so your data speed won't be any faster. You can bring your existing iphone to Xfinity (for the most part, certainly if you've been using verizon previously). If you want to go to a new phone, there are some Xfinity stores where you can bring your phone in for t...
by davebo
Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Mobile Questions
Replies: 13
Views: 1196

Xfinity Mobile Questions

I have been with Verizon for quite awhile and, maybe I'm just spoiled, but lately haven't really found their data speeds to be all that great. Not only that, they are just really expensive. I'm on a 8GB plan now and I'm reaching the limit every month, next step up would be their unlimited plan which...
by davebo
Wed Sep 04, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Home" Cell Phone
Replies: 40
Views: 3301

Re: "Home" Cell Phone

We have something called an OBI. It uses Google voice to forward calls to an actual landland. OBI is maybe $50 upfront and then no costs going forward. I like it because the phone stays in one spot where the kids can always find it. An OBi cannot call 911 unless a service other than Google Voice is...
by davebo
Wed Sep 04, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: IPhone 6 - showing some age
Replies: 93
Views: 8263

Re: IPhone 6 - showing some age

I have a 6S plus and my battery has always been horrible. I've had it for 3 years and got it replaced about 1.5 years ago. It was fine for about 6 months, but then started slowly degrading. I think the 6 and 6S models have some kind of major issues with batteries. There is a battery health section i...
by davebo
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seeking WiFi solution
Replies: 35
Views: 2568

Re: Seeking WiFi solution

I bought Google Wifi at Costco and it works great. Simple to setup and manage.
by davebo
Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Home" Cell Phone
Replies: 40
Views: 3301

Re: "Home" Cell Phone

We have something called an OBI. It uses Google voice to forward calls to an actual landland. OBI is maybe $50 upfront and then no costs going forward. I like it because the phone stays in one spot where the kids can always find it.
by davebo
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your "philosophy" on youth sports?
Replies: 47
Views: 2432

Re: What's your "philosophy" on youth sports?

Lots of just let the kid choose posts. I would say that sometimes a parent giving a little push in a certain direction is not a bad thing. My son was very shy when he was young, but had a love of sports passed down from me. Without a little budge, he wouldn't have joined any teams. Looking back, hi...
by davebo
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not gaining weight on vacation?
Replies: 115
Views: 5472

Re: Not gaining weight on vacation?

If I eat out, I usually pick healthier options. I do the same when I'm on vacation with a few treats mixed in. I also work out when I'm on vacation. When I was younger, I never understood people that did that but I'm in the habit now.
by davebo
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your "philosophy" on youth sports?
Replies: 47
Views: 2432

What's your "philosophy" on youth sports?

My wife and I played sports growing up, just rec league and then went on to average HS careers. Now things have obviously changed, lots of pressure to put your kids in a lot of club sports and push them year round. Our philosophy has always been that if the kids not asking to play more, we're not ev...
by davebo
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the most secure way to encrypt a PDF?
Replies: 9
Views: 585

Re: What's the most secure way to encrypt a PDF?

If this is for e-mail or other means of electronic file transfer you can encrypt using various .zip systems. I can't recall which I've used but it has 3 different security levels and the higher two are supposedly pretty solid. This is less convenient if you want it perpetually encrypted on your/som...
by davebo
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's the most secure way to encrypt a PDF?
Replies: 9
Views: 585

What's the most secure way to encrypt a PDF?

I know you can do it within Adobe, but I read somewhere that is the least effective way because (from what I remember) there are programs that easily crack any Adobe PDF. I understand that anything can probably be cracked with effort, but the jist I got was that it was just above minimal effort to c...
by davebo
Fri Aug 30, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn Tractor Recommendations?
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

Re: Lawn Tractor Recommendations?

I believe the John Deere 100 series were the cheaper tractor, mostly sold at Lowe's and Home Depot. That being said, my neighbor has one that has to be 17 or 18 years old. John Deere makes good lawn tractors. I have a 17 year old John Deere, LT 160, still going strong, bought at a John Deere dealer...
by davebo
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this the right way to unclog a sink?
Replies: 30
Views: 1833

Re: Is this the right way to unclog a sink?

9 times out of 10, I do the trick where you put the cover on the drain on the left side and then use a plunger on the right side. It seems to always work for me.
by davebo
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lawn Tractor Recommendations?
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

Lawn Tractor Recommendations?

Back in 2010, I bought a John Deere 100 series tractor. I have a 1/2 acre and it really helped speed up the job. I probably was a little lax with overall maintenance on the machine, so it only lasted me 9 years. Since it broke a few weeks ago, I have been hiring a company to come out and take care o...
by davebo
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What, besides dishes, do you run through your dishwasher?
Replies: 85
Views: 6002

Re: What, besides dishes, do you run through your dishwasher?

Recently we got a new dishwasher. Since we paid a good penny on a upper end model, I decided I should learn how to use it. Since then I've found that a dishwasher is a versatile kitchen appliance good for more than dishes. My favorite discovery was that I can take the grill from the barbeque as wel...
by davebo
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What, besides dishes, do you run through your dishwasher?
Replies: 85
Views: 6002

Re: What, besides dishes, do you run through your dishwasher?

Only "odd" thinks I've put in the dishwasher has been the scrubber we use for dishes, pacifiers (when kids were little), etc. Just recently, I power washed my fence out front (PVC) and I wanted to clean the top post caps. I took them off and threw them in the dishwasher and they came out as clean as...
by davebo
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone been to a Kevin O'Leary event???
Replies: 22
Views: 3291

Re: Anyone been to a Kevin O'Leary event???

He must take on almost anything, I saw a recent Amazon product where it's a video of him holding the product talking about how great it is. 30 seconds, who knows how much he made off it. Easy money for him. I used to watch that show Flip This House, which aired from 2005-2009-ish. One of the teams t...
by davebo
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently
Replies: 120
Views: 12446

Re: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently

If Amazon is the seller, the prices are usually decent. If it's a 3rd party seller, it's completely up for grabs. After every shower, we spray it down with one of those tile cleaners. Looked up the price on Amazon and a 2-pack is $14.39. Price checked it at Walmart and they are selling for $6.36 for...
by davebo
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a vacation home before a primary residence?
Replies: 18
Views: 1138

Re: Buying a vacation home before a primary residence?

My parents have a vacation home that has the following going for it: -Within 5 hours away. -On a pristine lake in an absolute gorgeous area. -My kids love going there, as does my wife. -Newer house (last 10 years) -Parents have it paid off and will pass it down to me and my siblings. I actually drea...
by davebo
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Extreme Anxiety with Time/Money
Replies: 95
Views: 8226

Re: Extreme Anxiety with Time/Money

Like others said, this isn't a time/money problem but more of an anxiety problem. If you're doing ok financially and fixing things at your house is causing you stress, then you should pick/choose certain things to outsource. Your fence is outside, where it rains, I wouldn't worry about some water hi...
by davebo
Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wize Cam reviews
Replies: 23
Views: 1759

Re: Wize Cam reviews

I'm planning to add 5 cameras outside to cover drive way and front doors. Must haves are: - few days of backup that can be remote viewed - ability to watch live from iPhone - Send notification on motion My neighbors swear by NEST and admittedly they are pretty sweet. They check all of the boxes exc...
by davebo
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Long Weekend Beach Getaway
Replies: 14
Views: 1094

Long Weekend Beach Getaway

My wife and I are in the midwest and planning on going out of town in mid August, but a little stumped as to where to go. We only want to do 2-3 nights because we have some other things going on during that time. Originally looked at Hilton Head, but were 2nd guessing ourselves a little based on the...
by davebo
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?
Replies: 60
Views: 5139

Re: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?

I wouldn't want to be restricted to being near a power source, so that would seem to rule out Nest and Wyze. Arlo looks good, but will have to mess around with batteries...plus they sell 5 cameras for $1K at costco, whereas I could get 9 cameras at the same price that are POE. Only problem is seems...
by davebo
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?
Replies: 60
Views: 5139

Re: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?

I wouldn't want to be restricted to being near a power source, so that would seem to rule out Nest and Wyze. Arlo looks good, but will have to mess around with batteries...plus they sell 5 cameras for $1K at costco, whereas I could get 9 cameras at the same price that are POE. Only problem is seems ...
by davebo
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?
Replies: 60
Views: 5139

Re: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?

KlangFool wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:40 pm
OP,

I bought Arlo Pro system from Costco.

KlangFool
Those require a power source correct?
by davebo
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?
Replies: 60
Views: 5139

Anyone buy Security Cams from Costco?

Thinking of buying a security system. Have considered the simple wifi ones (Wyze, Arlo, Nest), but probably need a fair amount of cameras to get good coverage and I have a fairly large ranch with a big footprint, also worried about wifi coverage. Wondering if anyone has purchased a system like this ...
by davebo
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which shaving cream / oil?
Replies: 58
Views: 3966

Re: Which shaving cream / oil?

I use some kind of gel, I don't pay a ton of attention. I think I could shave my face dry and it wouldn't irritate it.
by davebo
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Would you buy a house without a garage?
Replies: 95
Views: 6354

Re: Would you buy a house without a garage?

No, I wouldn't buy a house without a garage or a basement.
by davebo
Fri May 17, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Covering outdoor patio furniture
Replies: 9
Views: 753

Covering outdoor patio furniture

I've never had anything with cushions outside until recently. Do most people cover their outdoor furniture or store it in an outdoor shed/storage box? Or do you just leave it out 24/7?
by davebo
Fri May 03, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rarely used items that are worth having?
Replies: 112
Views: 12205

Rarely used items that are worth having?

We've had a ton of rain this week and noticed several houses in my area pumping water out to the street (either from basement or maybe back yard). I remembered a few years back, similar rain and people said they were having a hard time finding those pumps locally. I looked up the cost and they are n...
by davebo
Fri May 03, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frugality regret: What thing do you regret not spending on?
Replies: 208
Views: 47918

Re: Frugality regret: What thing do you regret not spending on?

I regret not spending money on a larger house. I went in wanting a 4-bed house because we have 3 kids, but really liked a 3 bed house we looked at. Not more than a year later, I was regretting it. This is where I kind of wished my parents were more blunt because they later told me that they thought ...
by davebo
Thu May 02, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Natural Gas Fire Pit Question
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Re: Natural Gas Fire Pit Question

He does, like I said he just recommends a basic burner ring and says anything more is overkill. He gave me a photo and handed me the one he uses, I believe that he thinks they don't make that big of a difference. He has a fairly big crew and runs 5-6 jobs at a time, he says that they use this one al...
by davebo
Thu May 02, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Natural Gas Fire Pit Question
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Natural Gas Fire Pit Question

Little bit of a shot in the dark, but for those that have a natural gas firepit, what kind of burner do you have? My installer is recommending just a basic ring burner, he said that they work fine and they warm the area nicely. He says I could get around 18"-24" flames and that typically is more tha...
by davebo
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowners Insurance "Replacement Value"
Replies: 3
Views: 474

Homeowners Insurance "Replacement Value"

A couple questions regarding homeowners insurance that I've wondered about for awhile. I bought my house for $500K and that's what it was insured for. Recently added $120K addition to the house, informed my agent, and she then insured my house for $620K. She said they use something called MSB (Marsh...
by davebo
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Patio Design Input Needed
Replies: 9
Views: 669

Re: Patio Design Input Needed

I assume the light blue is house? if so extend the whole patio to the edge on the bottom side (bottom of the image you posted I mean) of the area around the fire pit. Like what's outlined in white on the bottom right, but also do it on bottom left to make the whole side square. Yes, light blue is t...
by davebo
Tue Mar 19, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Patio Design Input Needed
Replies: 9
Views: 669

Re: Patio Design Input Needed

Assume the brownish stuff is patio and the green is grass? Yeah, the patio shape is overworked and too complex. I would make the planting areas around the perimeter deeper to allow more options/interesting depth of plants. Which edges are wall/house? Assume the steps are to house, but what's that w...
by davebo
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Patio Design Input Needed
Replies: 9
Views: 669

Patio Design Input Needed

Doing a design on a patio right now and wanted some input. This patio is going to be kind of like a courtyard (surrounded by 3 sides) and will include a fire pit. Since the pit needs to be a certain distance from the house, it means that the area around the firepit is going to stick out a little bit...
by davebo
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Permits for patio?
Replies: 11
Views: 1262

Re: Permits for patio?

I'm really on the fence on this one. Part of me thinks I should get the permit to keep it official. The other part of me says that as long as the work is done by a licensed plumber, maybe that's good enough. After all, most interior work that people do is never done with a permit. "It is a hassle" ...
by davebo
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Permits for patio?
Replies: 11
Views: 1262

Permits for patio?

I live in an unincorporated section of town, so have to deal with the county for permits, which can be a real hassle. I am putting in a brick paver patio and 99% sure I'll be doing a natural gas firepit. The contractor needs to be registered with the county in order to get a permit and 4 of the 5 co...
by davebo
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Ejector pit, sump pit, or both?
Replies: 17
Views: 1528

Re: New Ejector pit, sump pit, or both?

It really sounds to me as if you have groundwater entering your ejector pit and it is kicking in before your sump pump can remove the water and the double duty is killing the ejector pump. If it were me, the true solution would be to put in a new ejector pit or seal the old one so groundwater is no...
by davebo
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Ejector pit, sump pit, or both?
Replies: 17
Views: 1528

Re: New Ejector pit, sump pit, or both?

I had a similar issue, turns out the toilet was slowly leaking at the flush valve into the bowl. Turn the water supply valve at the toilet off and see if anything changes. Also, you can get a great pump online for under $500. Should last much longer then yours has. Good luck. It was a good pump (Zo...
by davebo
Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Ejector pit, sump pit, or both?
Replies: 17
Views: 1528

Re: New Ejector pit, sump pit, or both?

ralph124cf wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:38 pm
This sounds like an interesting and expensive problem.

Please keep us advised of the solutions.

Ralph
I got a quote to replace the ejector pit @ $1100 and the sump pit at $1000. Not cheap, but not the end of the world.
by davebo
Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Ejector pit, sump pit, or both?
Replies: 17
Views: 1528

Re: New Ejector pit, sump pit, or both?

Is this a complete bathroom including toilet that drains to this pit? If so, what happens in dry spell of weather? The ground water table is lowered and the area around the pit is filled with bathroom waste. It's not as bath if it were sink/shower only. I would recommend replacing the ejector pit. ...
by davebo
Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Priority boarding - Why?
Replies: 147
Views: 8725

Re: Priority boarding - Why?

If I'm traveling by myself, I don't really care. If I'm traveling with my family, I like getting on early so we can all sit near each other...makes it less stressful. My son has a peanut allergy and SW allows preboarding for that (I guess to wipe down the seats?). The policy is only to allow one adu...
by davebo
Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Ejector pit, sump pit, or both?
Replies: 17
Views: 1528

New Ejector pit, sump pit, or both?

Have a unique situation in my 1950's ranch. Been living here for about 8 years and never had any water issues, but this has always been a mystery to me. I have a sump pump that really never runs except during hard rain storms. The problem is that my ejector pump has 2 openings, one that is water com...
by davebo
Wed May 09, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas Fireplace - Shut off pilot light during warm months??
Replies: 32
Views: 30765

Re: Gas Fireplace - Shut off pilot light during warm months??

I have one and I turn it off. I also get it inspected every year as well.
by davebo
Wed May 09, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?
Replies: 49
Views: 4475

Re: Which cordless weed whacker to buy?

I have a Stihl, works great.
by davebo
Wed May 09, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to handle problem employee
Replies: 84
Views: 7062

Re: How to handle problem employee

You've labeled her as a problem employee and want to get rid of her. Instead, try thinking of her as the employee who will motivate you to figure out how to become a good manager, one who can manage employees who present a bit of a challenge as well as the ones who just do the job without any quest...
by davebo
Wed May 09, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to handle problem employee
Replies: 84
Views: 7062

Re: How to handle problem employee

Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll try a new approach with her.