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by davebo
Tue May 19, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of sunglasses?
Replies: 77
Views: 3757

Re: What kind of sunglasses?

Maui Jim's seem to be pretty popular! I am not specifically looking for name brand sunglasses, but here is what I've noticed about buying cheap ones: 1) They scratch more easily/they break more easily. 2) They are too dark for me. Not sure if this is because they are cheap or what. I find myself lif...
by davebo
Mon May 18, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What kind of sunglasses?
Replies: 77
Views: 3757

What kind of sunglasses?

I've never purchased sunglasses over $30 because I always lose them and I rarely end up wearing them. Someone told me recently that I'd be better off buying a nice pair because I'll notice the quality immediately. I don't like really dark sunglasses, I'd prefer a clearer lense that still blocks UV r...
by davebo
Mon May 18, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple Airpods Pro
Replies: 21
Views: 1158

Re: Apple Airpods Pro

How do you like the Airpod Pros? I have had the original airpods for a few years and would've jumped on them, but I read that people are complaining about the noise cancelling. Sounds like early reviews were great, but that it got worse with each new firmware update. Not sure if that is just audio s...
by davebo
Mon May 18, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beach Vacation Suggestions
Replies: 31
Views: 2385

Re: Beach Vacation Suggestions

Probably worth mentioning that Florida has rental restrictions, so you can't rent a house if you go down there....don't think you can rent condos either. Not sure on the logic there when they are keeping hotels open?
by davebo
Mon May 18, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beach Vacation Suggestions
Replies: 31
Views: 2385

Re: Beach Vacation Suggestions

marielake wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 11:37 am
I’m in coastal nc. Latest advisory I saw was that few beaches are open for short term rentals. Maybe that will change by the time you are ready to travel.
Most beaches opened up between 1st-2nd week of May, same with rentals.
by davebo
Mon May 18, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Choices of and precautions at hotels in this summer
Replies: 52
Views: 2924

Re: Choices of and precautions at hotels in this summer

We are going on a road trip and will have to stay in a hotel on the way down. We're also going to stick with large chains with established practices, I plan on bringing bleach spray along with us and then wiping everything down inside the room that my kids would come in contact with.
by davebo
Mon May 18, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sump Pump Dual System
Replies: 28
Views: 1219

Re: Sump Pump Dual System

I had a plumber quote me over $2k for a Zoeller system like you're describing. I bought this for $690 (with battery) on amazon and installed it in an hour: https://www.amazon.com/Wayne-Battery-Backup-Sump-System/dp/B07H4S6X9N?th=1 The previous sump setup had two plug-in pumps with an alternating sw...
by davebo
Mon May 18, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Beach Vacation Suggestions
Replies: 31
Views: 2385

Re: Beach Vacation Suggestions

We just booked a trip to Holden Beach, NC after a trip of ours getting cancelled. Holden Beach is quiet from my understanding, but we wanted to avoid the crowded parts of Myrtle Beach or Hilton Head. The house we rented is right on the ocean and has a pool, we plan on just driving down and then stay...
by davebo
Sun May 17, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sump Pump Dual System
Replies: 28
Views: 1219

Re: Sump Pump Dual System

I had a plumber quote me over $2k for a Zoeller system like you're describing. I bought this for $690 (with battery) on amazon and installed it in an hour: https://www.amazon.com/Wayne-Battery-Backup-Sump-System/dp/B07H4S6X9N?th=1 The previous sump setup had two plug-in pumps with an alternating sw...
by davebo
Sun May 17, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weber Grill Will Not Light - Help
Replies: 34
Views: 1634

Re: Weber Grill Will Not Light - Help

Mine broke a long time ago. I light a paper towel, turn on the gas, and then close the lid. Been doing it for 5 years, works great.
by davebo
Sun May 17, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Basement flooding question
Replies: 0
Views: 207

Basement flooding question

You guys have helped me with this in the past and I'm very close to doing something about it, just looking for some final opinions. I have a sump and ejector pit that both discharge to the sewer (grandfathered in, it's unincorporated so rules are murky although I'm sure it's discouraged at this poin...
by davebo
Fri May 01, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clogged Drain Tile?
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: Clogged Drain Tile?

Info_Hound wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 10:34 am
Whatever you decide to do, make sure the sump pump has a secondary power source in case a storm knocks out power for the house for a period of time. Watching the pit fill and no way to drain it because the pump can't run is alarming.
Yes, I'm getting a backup installed no matter what.
by davebo
Fri May 01, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clogged Drain Tile?
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: Clogged Drain Tile?

Run time isnt abnormally high . Be sure to replace the check valve periodically or use a clear one to ensure its not backflowing on you as well. Yeah, I'm not super concerned about that on it's own. What concerns me is that I'm not sure how much my ejector pit is "helping" the main sump. If my ejec...
by davebo
Fri May 01, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clogged Drain Tile?
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: Clogged Drain Tile?

I made the decision to completely replace the ejector basin... 2) Is it too risky to close up the ejector pit and relying on a single pit/pump to discharge the water? I COULD add a 2nd pit if I needed to. Are you replacing or eliminating the ejector pump? For any property that needs at least 1 sump...
by davebo
Thu Apr 30, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clogged Drain Tile?
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Re: Clogged Drain Tile?

I've always heard that can burn out the pump if it's running that frequently.
by davebo
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Clogged Drain Tile?
Replies: 11
Views: 991

Clogged Drain Tile?

I think I had posted here before about my ejector pit having a crack and that taking on a lot of ground water and acting as a 2nd sump pump (really became the primary pump in my case). I made the decision to completely replace the ejector basin at the suggestion of my plumber. This will shift all th...
by davebo
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to patch a hole in an ejector pit?
Replies: 7
Views: 771

Re: How to patch a hole in an ejector pit?

In many jurisdictions, this would be against code. You are putting ground water (storm water) into the sanitary sewer system, which can cause overloading of the sewage treatment plants during heavy rain. Unless you live in a VLCOL area, I would also question the $650 estimate for the additional sum...
by davebo
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to patch a hole in an ejector pit?
Replies: 7
Views: 771

Re: How to patch a hole in an ejector pit?

He might have had a good reason for the second hole. Keeping the ground dewatered might be keeping your basement dry. I've thought about that and it's probably the only thing that gives me pause. Actually, other plumbers have told me just to leave it because it's like a backup pump. I followed that...
by davebo
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to patch a hole in an ejector pit?
Replies: 7
Views: 771

How to patch a hole in an ejector pit?

Does anyone have any recommendations for patching a rather large hole in an ejector pit? I moved into a house and, for some reason, the guy knocked out both punch outs but he only needed to do one. As a result, one side is open to the gravel and ground water trickles in. I either need to figure out ...
by davebo
Mon Apr 13, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Fix My Lawn!
Replies: 31
Views: 2387

Help Fix My Lawn!

So I've lived in my house for 9 years. I didn't use much on my lawn because I was happy with it and my kids were young and decided to go natural. Now I feel like it's catching up with me and I want to fix it. Most articles will say that you should start with a soil test. I've considered doing that, ...
by davebo
Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing/Preventing Moss From Pavers
Replies: 15
Views: 1056

Re: Removing/Preventing Moss From Pavers

I am not an expert but I have a brick driveway (about 16 cars) and backyard little smaller in size. In the beginning, I struggled a little but I learnt few things: Sunlight is helpful unless you get lot of rain. Taking it out with a screwdriver in such a large area was never an option for me but yo...
by davebo
Mon Apr 06, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Removing/Preventing Moss From Pavers
Replies: 15
Views: 1056

Removing/Preventing Moss From Pavers

I have a couple shady spots on my patio that tend to get some moss growing between the pavers. I've heard mixed results with using soap/bleach and I haven't heard of a way to prevent the moss from growing. My neighbor says that he just digs it out with a screwdriver every year and then fills in the ...
by davebo
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Glacier cloud stoarge? Any experience?
Replies: 25
Views: 1743

Re: Amazon Glacier cloud stoarge? Any experience?

Before Cloud Storage prices came down, I used to use Glacier (probably over 5-6 years ago). There is a software that used to be called Cloudberry that makes it slightly easier to manage. Like others have said, it's not super user friendly, even with the software, and I would only really recommend if...
by davebo
Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Gutters Now or Later?
Replies: 12
Views: 970

New Gutters Now or Later?

I'm getting a new roof this summer and plan on replacing my siding in a few years. Do you replace gutters when you do the roof or siding? Or does it really matter? Honestly I'm not really sure when you need to replace gutters, mine are at least 10 years old since I've lived in the house that long. I...
by davebo
Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fly or Drive to FL?
Replies: 52
Views: 3504

Re: Fly or Drive to FL?

We decided to cancel. I have to admit it was tempting just to fly because plane tickets dropped down below $99 one-way which was a HUGE savings from what we paid. It was hard to tell the kids, but 2 of them live in the moment and took it in stride, my oldest (who looks forward to things more) was ki...
by davebo
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fly or Drive to FL?
Replies: 52
Views: 3504

Re: Fly or Drive to FL?

I did the drive to Orlando a number of years ago from Chicago when we waited too long and spring break plane tix were like $1750 each....I couldn't do it vs the gas price..... It's a real haul and coming back we only made it to Atlanta on day 1 due to horrible traffic coming north into Atlanta, so ...
by davebo
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fly or Drive to FL?
Replies: 52
Views: 3504

Re: Fly or Drive to FL?

My parents rented a house in FL for a couple weeks and we are planning on going down there in about 10 days. Once we're there, we'll be fairly secluded and not really in contact with anyone outside of my immediate family. My wife is in the "let's be careful, but live our life" camp so she wants to ...
by davebo
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fly or Drive to FL?
Replies: 52
Views: 3504

Re: Fly or Drive to FL?

My 2 cents and observations since we are from NH snowbirding near Daytona and driving back north in May. I look at Google traffic several times a day and have noticed that it has been generally a bit lighter during rush and nothing to speak of post-rush in the last couple of weeks so I would not wo...
by davebo
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fly or Drive to FL?
Replies: 52
Views: 3504

Fly or Drive to FL?

My parents rented a house in FL for a couple weeks and we are planning on going down there in about 10 days. Once we're there, we'll be fairly secluded and not really in contact with anyone outside of my immediate family. My wife is in the "let's be careful, but live our life" camp so she wants to f...
by davebo
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How many people with 7 figure portfolios are”rejoicing ?”
Replies: 169
Views: 14066

Re: How many people with 7 figure portfolios are”rejoicing ?”

I just entered 7 figures, but at this point might be teetering. I'm 41 and, while I have a long way to go, I'm not exactly thrilled about all the uncertainty. I was thinking last night that I should just sell 50%, take some money off the table, and then help myself sleep better. Today I woke up and ...
by davebo
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backup Sump Pump Option-What do you use?
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Backup Sump Pump Option-What do you use?

I have a primary sump pump that runs fairly frequently in the rain. Sometime last year I hired a waterproofing company to replace my basin and they did not hook back up the Water Powered Backup Sump that was installed (they said they weren't sure how to install). I recently had a plumber in my house...
by davebo
Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 1461
Views: 134952

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

locked at 2.625% 15 year refinance with a local mortgage broker, no points, no fees. used them before. no nonsense and most importantly i get a free 45 day lock period where I can float down any time if rates decrease. I'm hoping I can get lower but happy where I am if this is best I can get. I sug...
by davebo
Fri Mar 06, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 1461
Views: 134952

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

I just locked for a 3% 30-year no cost loan. I've used the broker before and there are no shenanigans.
by davebo
Fri Mar 06, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spring break Florida/Universal Studios & COVID 19
Replies: 29
Views: 2606

Re: Spring break Florida/Universal Studios & COVID 19

We are going to Florida in a couple weeks. Only thing I worry a tad about is the airport, but when we get there we won't be exposed to crowds. I guess if worse comes to worse, I'll just drive. Although the thought of that is horrible.
by davebo
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 1461
Views: 134952

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

thanks to the poster who mentioned COSTCO ... didn't know about it, just tried it out and got the lowest rate so far ... Mutual of Omaha - 30 year at 2.75% - they pay appraisal fee - and rest of the cost are mine. I pay cost negotiated fee of $175 or so, plus title insurance. Waiting for full estim...
by davebo
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Refinance Mega Thread
Replies: 1461
Views: 134952

Re: Refinance Mega Thread

I have a $345K mortgage, 3.5%, 22 years left.

Options are going for a 20 year mortgage @ 3% OR a 30 year mortgage at 3.25% Leaning towards doing the 30 year mortgage because I like the flexibility of a low pymt with the option to put more towards the principal. Thoughts?
by davebo
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Do you Exercise Indoors?
Replies: 127
Views: 9606

Re: How Do you Exercise Indoors?

For the last several years, I've just ran and lifted weights. I have joined gyms, but find I'm most consistent when I'm working out at home. I have a treadmill in the basement that probably cost $2500 or so, but I've had it for close to 12 years and still works great. I recently spent roughly $450 o...
by davebo
Sat Feb 29, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tear off Roof vs. Overlay?
Replies: 33
Views: 1939

Re: Tear off Roof vs. Overlay?

I'd also shop around a bit more. Roofing materials seem to fluctuate a lot in price, at least more than a lot of other goods, so we could be in an expensive period right now. In shopping around, be careful of going just for price. We’ve replaced “brand new” roofs before. I’m generally a fan of repl...
by davebo
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tear off Roof vs. Overlay?
Replies: 33
Views: 1939

Re: Tear off Roof vs. Overlay?

Just wondering if this is the only quote you took or also from other installers? Not sure about your location and roof shape but $14.5k seems high to me as I just had a tear off/replace with GAF Timberline job done a few months ago on my 3200 square foot home in NJ for $9600 total (And had a range ...
by davebo
Fri Feb 28, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tear off Roof vs. Overlay?
Replies: 33
Views: 1939

Re: Tear off Roof vs. Overlay?

I’ve roofed 5-6 years now (most heavily during summers of undergrad). Strong proponent of tearing off and replacing. For one, the real waterproofing comes from the underlayment, not as much the shingles. Tearing off will replace that. If you don’t have leaks now, the underlayment is probably fine, ...
by davebo
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tear off Roof vs. Overlay?
Replies: 33
Views: 1939

Tear off Roof vs. Overlay?

I have a roof that is nearing the end of it's useful life. I live in a 3000 SF house with a pitch that makes it very walkable. I got a quote for tear off and replacing it with architectural shingles (GAF Timberline) with all the GAF accessories (ice shield, shinkemate, ridge vents, etc). That quote ...
by davebo
Tue Feb 18, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much term life insurance do I need?
Replies: 34
Views: 2829

Re: How much term life insurance do I need?

Sorry everyone, I'm 41! Thought I had included that one. Davebo, just curious if you’ve decided what you’ll do. Please post if you’d like more input from folks on the Forum. I applied for $1M on myself (20 year) and $500K on my wife (20 year). I might opt to reduce it, but they said to overestimate...
by davebo
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much term life insurance do I need?
Replies: 34
Views: 2829

Re: How much term life insurance do I need?

Other question, I'm not sure is implied or not, I haven't seen anyone else asking.. what happens if SHE dies? How much is on her policy? Can YOU work and raise your kids on 110k? Would you have access to her pension or any life insurance through the teachers unions/associations? Would you have to c...
by davebo
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much term life insurance do I need?
Replies: 34
Views: 2829

Re: How much term life insurance do I need?

Sorry everyone, I'm 41! Thought I had included that one. Davebo, just curious if you’ve decided what you’ll do. Please post if you’d like more input from folks on the Forum. I applied for $1M on myself (20 year) and $500K on my wife (20 year). I might opt to reduce it, but they said to overestimate...
by davebo
Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much term life insurance do I need?
Replies: 34
Views: 2829

Re: How much term life insurance do I need?

Sorry everyone, I'm 41! Thought I had included that one.
by davebo
Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How much term life insurance do I need?
Replies: 34
Views: 2829

How much term life insurance do I need?

Married, 3 kids (11, 10, and 8) 529 Savings: $160K Retirement: $750K plus my wife has 18 years in a teacher pension Liquid: Roughly $140K My income: $110K Wife's Income: $80K Existing Life Insurance: -9 years to go on a $300K policy -3x salary through work ($300K) -Mortgage for $330K is our only deb...
by davebo
Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amount of cash wedding gift?
Replies: 57
Views: 4758

Re: Amount of cash wedding gift?

I never send a gift if I can't go to a wedding, but if you feel compelled to then I guess $100 would work.
by davebo
Fri Jan 24, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity mobile
Replies: 32
Views: 1966

Re: Xfinity mobile

I've been using XFINITY since Sept and no complaints. Service seems as good as what I had with Verizon and the price is much better. If they ever start jacking me around, I can easily switch.
by davebo
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blue Light Blocking Glasses?
Replies: 39
Views: 3404

Re: Blue Light Blocking Glasses?

Would you wear these while sleeping? Unless you sleep with your eyes open and your bedroom has a whole bunch of computer monitors or TVs running, I'm not sure there's enough blue light to make a difference. As for using computers or other devices in the evening - most now have a "night mode" or sim...