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by dodgy55
Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity/Comcast set top box question
Replies: 7
Views: 515

Xfinity/Comcast set top box question

Just got the Xfinity voice activated set top box. After a few hours of playing around with it I must say my wife & I are a little disappointed. To be sure the voice activated feature is a convenience. However, the picture does not seem as sharp as with the old set top box. And I cannot shut the box ...
by dodgy55
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tell if computer update notice is legit
Replies: 8
Views: 1179

How to tell if computer update notice is legit

Lately I have been getting a small dialogue box at the right hand bottom of my Dell laptop computer. The dialogue box states that I need to install an update for my Dell software. Even though the logo in the dialogue box looks authentic, I am somewhat skeptical of these popups and instead have gone ...
by dodgy55
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning gas grill
Replies: 40
Views: 3592

Re: Cleaning gas grill

I use a wooden scrapper I got at Costco to clean the grates after the grill has heated up. Once every two years I will take the grill apart entirely and clean out grease using degreaser and steel wool. Grills don't take a whole lot of maintenance in my opinion. The most important thing has been cov...
by dodgy55
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning gas grill
Replies: 40
Views: 3592

Cleaning gas grill

Recently purchased a Weber gas grill (3 burner) and would like to keep it looking decent as best I can. Scanned through the archives to see if there was a discussion about ways to clean a gas grill other than wire brush & stone brush. My quick review of archives did not find any unique tips on clean...
by dodgy55
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Downloading podcast of Mark Simone radio program
Replies: 5
Views: 730

Downloading podcast of Mark Simone radio program

For the past year or so I have been downloading WOR's radio podcast of the Mark Simone program on my Apple iphone. I find this program very entertaining and at times informative despite the political overtones. However, since early March I no longer see the podcasts listed on the Apple podcast softw...
by dodgy55
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Attic Ladder Installation - Whom To Call
Replies: 18
Views: 1627

Re: Attic Ladder Installation - Whom To Call

A few years ago I installed a similar ladder in a back bedroom ceiling to get access to attic. As the common refrain goes "this is not rocket science". Any reputable handyman should be able to perform the task. If you are not acquainted with a handy person, references are always a good idea after yo...
by dodgy55
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does Anyone Know Anything?
Replies: 36
Views: 3983

Re: Does Anyone Know Anything?

I would make a conservative guess that there are around 100,000 individuals in TV, radio and internet who are paid to write something about finances, stock, etc. a few times per week. Imagine having to sit a your computer and come up with a 1,000 word document two or three times a week that is not o...
by dodgy55
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tip amount for daily newspaper delivery
Replies: 21
Views: 1451

Tip amount for daily newspaper delivery

Over the past several years I have had a number of different newspaper delivery persons. Most have been the type that drive by at 40 miles an hour and fling the paper out the passenger side window. This delivery method while efficient, at times results in my needing to get on my knees and crawl unde...
by dodgy55
Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Who Reads Mutual Fund Annual Reports
Replies: 7
Views: 563

Who Reads Mutual Fund Annual Reports

I have several mutual funds and around this time I become more aware that maybe I should be reading them instead of filing them in the round file. I do glance at them but other than taking note of the "Average Annual Return % " there is not much else I gleam from them. Would like to know how other B...
by dodgy55
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?
Replies: 188
Views: 24530

Re: Anyone disenchanted with retirement?

Left my job in 2013 because I had serious conflicts with the people I worked with. Not sure if the fault was me or them but I did not want to waste time trying to figure it out. Fortunately I was covered by Medicare and was able to retire and live a decent life until my SS checks started to come in....
by dodgy55
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question regarding forced hot water system
Replies: 19
Views: 1197

Re: Question regarding forced hot water system

Appreciate hearing from all the Bogleheads on my original question. From the several responses I am thinking for next year, when I leave for Florida, it would be best to have my plumber put anti-freeze in my heating pipes and to shut off the water at the supply valve. Thanks for all the comments.
by dodgy55
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question regarding forced hot water system
Replies: 19
Views: 1197

Question regarding forced hot water system

I live on Cape Cod and always worry about freezing pipes in my home when I leave for Florida for several weeks during the winter time. It got pretty cold this past weekend and I had a neighbor keep checking for frozen pipes. We did lose power for about 12 hours or so but no damage resulted. I though...
by dodgy55
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Gambling vs Investing
Replies: 23
Views: 2277

Re: Gambling vs Investing

If I had gambled more instead of saving/investing when I started my career back in 1970, I doubt I'd have the assets I have today.
by dodgy55
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do any of you follow Bob Brinker?
Replies: 65
Views: 11881

Re: Do any of you follow Bob Brinker?

Sometimes listen to BB while I am in my car surfing the radio. Will usually last through a few commercial breaks. I find all these media investment gurus quite similar, i.e., Suzy Orman, Cramer, Howard, in that they are mostly interested in getting eyeballs & ears to their program as well as shillin...
by dodgy55
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I consider a travel Credit Card?
Replies: 44
Views: 7244

Re: Should I consider a travel Credit Card?

I feel everyone should have a least two credit cards in order to provide a backup in case the primary card does not work. During a trip to Italy on rare occasions my primary VISA card would not be accepted but my backup would be OK. When my wife looked at the credit card statement the following mont...
by dodgy55
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why not take Social Security at 62
Replies: 334
Views: 31859

Re: Why not take Social Security at 62

When I was approaching my 65th B'day I made similar calculations as to whether I should begin SS at 65, 67 or 70. One of the factors I used was ( and I know this sounds kooky) how I would feel if I died prior to my break-even date. Some individuals would feel-"so what I'm dead, it does not matter"; ...
by dodgy55
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Temperature setting for radiant floor heat
Replies: 13
Views: 1847

Re: Temperature setting for radiant floor heat

After reading the several responses to my original post it occurred to me that my cellar is also toasty warm. This would mean a lot of heat is being distributed downward as well as upward. The pex tubing does have a thin piece of metal shield to hold the tubing in place as well as to radiate the hea...
by dodgy55
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Temperature setting for radiant floor heat
Replies: 13
Views: 1847

Temperature setting for radiant floor heat

My kitchen only had a toe-kick element under the sink cabinet as the source of heat. I found this very inadequate and after some research I opted to install radiant floor heat in my kitchen. My kitchen floor is the old fashion 3/4" oak flooring. It was a semi-DIY project. I purchased all the compone...
by dodgy55
Sat Nov 18, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why did Vanguard drop TurboTax?
Replies: 16
Views: 3878

Re: Why did Vanguard drop TurboTax?

Like most thinks in life, money is usually the root of why something either does or does not happen.
by dodgy55
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth changing 40 gal. to 30gal. hot water tank?
Replies: 90
Views: 6664

Re: Worth changing 40 gal. to 30gal. hot water tank?

As the original author of this post I must admit I have come full circle. As suggested in other postings, I looked at my gas bill for the summer months and noted an average monthly charge for gas supply for HW of around $8. The delivery charge was another $25. At $8 per month for gas supply, any sav...
by dodgy55
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tankless Water Heaters
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Tankless Water Heaters

My 2nd floor bathroom sink is quite a distance from the hot water tank in my basement and a lot of water is wasted waiting for hot water. Thinking of getting point of use tankless water heater which would be mounted under the sink cabinet. I have access to both 110v and 220v. Other than price, is th...
by dodgy55
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Worth changing 40 gal. to 30gal. hot water tank?
Replies: 90
Views: 6664

Worth changing 40 gal. to 30gal. hot water tank?

Had our home for about 10 years now and I was thinking maybe this is the time to think about installing a new hot water tank. I am guessing the tank is around 12 years old. Water is heated by natural gas. Since it is just myself, wife, clothes washer, and dish washer I was considering swapping to a ...
by dodgy55
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Need convincing annuities are investment grade
Replies: 13
Views: 1155

Need convincing annuities are investment grade

Lot of threads in BH regarding annuities. When I began my career in the early 70's it was common to read about insurance products, particularly variable annuities, that turned out to be a bad investment sold by commission sales people. Since then I have avoided pretty much all investment products of...
by dodgy55
Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which heart rate monitor is the most accurate?
Replies: 37
Views: 4140

Re: Which heart rate monitor is the most accurate?

After a heart attack back in 2015 I researched the heart rate monitors. Like most folks, accuracy was my primary goal. Ended up buying a Polar with chest strap. The wrist bands seemed too prone to error during quick exercise routines. Chest strap is probably too inconvenient for every day wear, but ...
by dodgy55
Sat Nov 04, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Best to Clean Inside of Windshield
Replies: 11
Views: 1943

Re: How Best to Clean Inside of Windshield

I do use a vinyl cleaner/conditioner. Was not aware it could add to my window cleaning problems. Will avoid it in the future and see what happens.
by dodgy55
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How Best to Clean Inside of Windshield
Replies: 11
Views: 1943

How Best to Clean Inside of Windshield

This is the time of year when sun is low and I seem to get sun glare a lot which can make driving a little scary. Compounding the problem is the inside of my windshield has this film on it which I assume comes from the vinyl cover on the dashboard. I have used Windex type stuff to clean it but it ju...
by dodgy55
Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investing in index funds at this moment
Replies: 50
Views: 4580

Re: Investing in index funds at this moment

If you think about it, it is almost never a good time to invest. If market is high, you think "it has to drop soon"; if market is down, you think, "how much further down will it go". Remember, your most difficult investment is usually the next investment.

dodgy55
by dodgy55
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car battery?
Replies: 53
Views: 4828

Re: Car battery?

I posted a similar topic back in July. I have had like 3 batteries in less than five years. From the many comments I received I concluded my batteries were not lasting due to my change in commuting status. When I commuted 100 miles a day, my original battery lasted 10 years. But since I retired back...
by dodgy55
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Black Friday the Real Deal for computers?
Replies: 22
Views: 2301

Re: Is Black Friday the Real Deal for computors?

I agree that most of the offers are probably basic bottom row laptops. If I am looking for that is more than basic I need to keep my eyes open for special deals that may occur closer to Xmas.
by dodgy55
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Black Friday the Real Deal for computers?
Replies: 22
Views: 2301

Is Black Friday the Real Deal for computers?

I am in the market for a new laptop and wondering if I should wait 4 weeks till Black Friday. I am usually a skeptic when it comes to these online deals but I have not purchased a commodity item such as a laptop before. Right now I am looking at a Dell with a few bells & whistles. My quoted online p...
by dodgy55
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Printing Problems
Replies: 6
Views: 646

Printing Problems

Running windows 7 and I cannot print from my Word or Excel files. I am guessing this resulted from an MS update. I am communicating with the printer via wi-fi from my laptop. When I right click onto default printer in devices & printers it shows the printer is offline. If it is offline why am I able...
by dodgy55
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retirees: which websites do you spend the most time on?
Replies: 33
Views: 6941

Re: Retirees: which websites do you spend the most time on?

I seem to spend most of my time on Realclearmarkets.com. Basically they are an aggregator of daily news articles and videos originated by other media outlets in the USA. Realclearmarkets generally deals with finance issues, I.e., govt. spending, tax reform, budget policies. But from this site you ca...
by dodgy55
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?
Replies: 99
Views: 9573

Re: Is it difficult to switch from an iPhone to an Android?

Back in the day I had an Ipod Touch and simple flip phone. Wanted to combine phone with wi-fi so I got Moto G4. The Android phone seemed a lot faster for browsing internet but came with issues. I seemed to be getting lot more ads and it became a nuisance. Also, by pressing the volume buttons in a ce...
by dodgy55
Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: No true pay as you go [cellphone plan]
Replies: 63
Views: 6725

Re: No true pay as you go [cellphone plan]

I have had Tracfone for several years now and it seems to have decent coverage and price wise it is very competitive. I travel from Cape Cod to Florida each winter and coverage is no problem other than being in remote mountain areas. Last January I upgraded to a reconditioned Iphone 7 and I signed u...
by dodgy55
Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cloud Computing?
Replies: 6
Views: 661

Cloud Computing?

With most things in life I tend to be a Luddite and very reluctant for follow the crowd. I keep getting messages on my Iphone to sign up for "The Cloud". Am I missing much by not being Cloud friendly? My major concern is establishing another account with another password and having personal info on ...
by dodgy55
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does my Honda CRV need servicing?
Replies: 11
Views: 1267

Does my Honda CRV need servicing?

Back in May 2013 I purchased a new 2012 Honda CR-V. I love my CR-V and want to make sure I keep it well maintained. The dealer I bought the CR-V from is different than the dealer I use for servicing. With this Honda model a service wrench maintenance minder logo appears on the odometer area and incl...
by dodgy55
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time for a new laptop?
Replies: 46
Views: 3324

Time for a new laptop?

Been having problems with my Toshiba laptop for awhile now. Laptop is around 5 years old and running Windows 7. Downloaded Windows 10 last summer and seems that is when my problems began. Needed to hire a tech pro to resolve issues from my deleting Windows 10. Recently, in trying to resolve printing...
by dodgy55
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another battery question
Replies: 25
Views: 2932

Re: Another battery question

Back in July I posted a question as to why I needed 3 auto batteries in less than five years. Based on the many responses I concluded that lack of use of my vehicle was the cause of the short battery life. I am retired and my 2003 Ford Ranger sits in the driveway most of the time. To correct this l...
by dodgy55
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another battery question
Replies: 25
Views: 2932

Another battery question

Back in July I posted a question as to why I needed 3 auto batteries in less than five years. Based on the many responses I concluded that lack of use of my vehicle was the cause of the short battery life. I am retired and my 2003 Ford Ranger sits in the driveway most of the time. To correct this la...
by dodgy55
Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paint vs. Stain on fiberglass door
Replies: 11
Views: 2446

Paint vs. Stain on fiberglass door

Looking to install new fiberglass exterior front door. Door is unfinished shiny white and was wondering if there is a difference in painting it versus staining it. The manufacturers instructions says you can paint or stain the door, but does not give a preference. Love to know if any Bogleheads have...
by dodgy55
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Battery
Replies: 31
Views: 3759

Re: Auto Battery

Thanks for all the info contribution. I am always amazed as to the amount of technical knowledge shared by bogleheads. A few gave a clue as to what the problem might be. As I said my original battery lasted around 10 years but at that time I was working full time and driving over 100 miles per day. ...
by dodgy55
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Battery
Replies: 31
Views: 3759

Auto Battery

Just replaced my Interstate Battery for my 2002 Ford Ranger. This is my 3rd Interstate battery in less than 5 years. I believe the original battery lasted about 10 years. All batteries i have purchased have 5 year warranty. My mechanic does not have explanation for short life. I understand Interstat...
by dodgy55
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:28 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How Does Fed Reduce Balance Sheet?
Replies: 24
Views: 4052

Re: How Does Fed Reduce Balance Sheet?

Just want to thank all who spent a few minutes to explain how it works with the Fed redeeming bonds. Sifting through all the replies I gather that the Fed borrows cash from the Treasury and used it to do the QE program. Then that would explain how the Feds balance sheet can be reduced by returning t...
by dodgy55
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How Does Fed Reduce Balance Sheet?
Replies: 24
Views: 4052

How Does Fed Reduce Balance Sheet?

As a result of it's Quantitative Easing program the Federal Reserve has substantially increased it's balance sheet. Now the Federal Reserve is looking to reduce its balance sheet by a few trillion. Not sure if my current musing falls into this investment forum but for the life of me, I cannot figure...
by dodgy55
Tue Jun 06, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Distribution from IRA
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Re: Distribution from IRA

I have been procrastinating about closing out my funds with relatively small balances. Since I began contributing to a Roth IRA my smaller funds never grew in principal. Having someone look over my shoulder gives me motivation to close out these funds. Thanks for the comments.
by dodgy55
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Distribution from IRA
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Distribution from IRA

I have been contributing to my IRA for over 30 years and in that time I have accumulated 6 individual mutual funds with Fidelity. Total value is around $700K. Approximately 80% of my investments are in the Growth & Contrafund with the balance in income funds. I will have reached the 70 1/2 year age ...