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by Bogle7
Sun May 24, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: induction range - price point question
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Research is the answer

You seem to be conflating induction cooktop and oven features. All ovens will be electric resistance, not induction. Cooktop and oven are separate. Fridgedaire is a terrible choice. It is Electrolux’s low-end brand. I would do a lot more research. Desirable cooktop features: max power, low noise. Ov...
by Bogle7
Sun May 24, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Customer hasn't paid me not worth cost of lawyer but...
Replies: 26
Views: 2758

be patient and realistic

In 24+ years of being self-employed, I have had $20+K go unpaid (<1%). Some companies go Chapter 7 . NeoScale went down so hard there was not even money for the lawyers to send the "you won't get any money" letter. Some companies go Chapter 11, but then fail . Some customers are evil and plan from t...
by Bogle7
Sat May 23, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Recommendation?
Replies: 34
Views: 2415

Just your first hit

Update, my local bike shop has ordered a "Square Taper Bottom Bracket Remover" for me. Going to repair and keep the ten-year old bike You have just taken the first step towards accumulating lots of bike tools. Bike repair (improvements) is very addictive and no known cure exits. When you replace th...
by Bogle7
Fri May 22, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Recommendation?
Replies: 34
Views: 2415

Re: Bicycle Recommendation?

My neighbor just bought this— https://www.specialized.com/us/en/rouba ... s/p/171045

He is very happy.
by Bogle7
Fri May 22, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thin, long lasting athletic socks?
Replies: 15
Views: 918

Re: Thin, long lasting athletic socks?

Darn Tough
by Bogle7
Fri May 22, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace? [resolved]
Replies: 39
Views: 1741

Re: Blown Power Amplifier: Repair or Replace?

Replace the fuses with [real copper] pennies and see what happens.
Then go buy the new integrated amp.
by Bogle7
Wed May 20, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Secrets to a great lawn
Replies: 65
Views: 5178

Rachio 3

Rachio 3 on sale for $190 USD.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CZ864Y9
This is the lowest price I have ever seen. I paid $200 and thought it was a bargain.
by Bogle7
Tue May 19, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Discarding Music CDs
Replies: 83
Views: 5581

RIP + Freecycle

1. Rip to FLAC. (15 minutes per CD) 2. If you are a nerd, then photograph the CD cover and liner notes. (20 min) 3. If you are a total nerd, then find the lyrics and create a text file for each song. (1+ hour) 4. Freecycle. 5. Save multiple copies of the digital files. 6. When you have to, convert a...
by Bogle7
Sun May 17, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: June vacation
Replies: 21
Views: 2283

Re: June vacation

I presume you are referring to June 2021?
by Bogle7
Sat May 16, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How did you feel after giving notice to retire?
Replies: 52
Views: 4284

Feelings

Felt great.
Hit FI money, then hit FU money.
Fired my largest and longest (80% of income, 20 years) customer on a Sunday at age 70-1/2.
Did not return phone calls nor emails.
Went to México on Tuesday.
I am old so I don’t remember what it was like. The work, not México.
by Bogle7
Thu May 14, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Secrets to a great lawn
Replies: 65
Views: 5178

rachio, Scott's

Not the first step, but buy a Rachio controller for your sprinklers. I did. https://www.rachio.com/rachio-3/ Got a $75 rebate from our water company. Used 10K fewer gallons of water in 2019 vs 2018. that is about $50. I am partial to Scotts' fertilizers. With weed control. https://www.scotts.com/en-...
by Bogle7
Tue May 12, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What age do you use for retirement end date?
Replies: 68
Views: 4094

it depends

I use 87 for me (current age is 71) and 96 for my wife (age=62).
Why?
Because it is a "bad" scenario from an income point of view.
When I die her income will drop by $22K/yr. Loss of Social Security.
by Bogle7
Tue May 12, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wink moving to subscription platform. Hub will no longer work.
Replies: 18
Views: 1413

light bulbs are cheap

rich126 wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 10:55 am
You have light bulbs that claim to last "X" years but does anyone actually date them and then try to get their money back? Probably not 99% of the customers.
Why would you when LED light bulbs cost $1.40 each?
by Bogle7
Mon May 11, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Front load washing machine recommendations
Replies: 98
Views: 4656

Not Asko

anoop wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 6:58 pm
I would have bought an Asko except that the reviews of the new ones aren't good.
Because Gorenje shifted manufacturing from Sweden to Slovenia and let quality degrade.
If you want the “old” Asko quality, you buy Miele.
If you want the current Asko quality, you buy Beko.
by Bogle7
Mon May 11, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shrinking Jeans in Washer/Dryer
Replies: 21
Views: 949

Re: Shrinking Jeans in Washer/Dryer

You need a top loader.
Jeans won’t shrink in a front loader washer.
by Bogle7
Sat May 09, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AJ Madison?
Replies: 16
Views: 2728

Local for us

When we renovated our kitchen I looked at AJ Madison's prices. Their goods' prices were the same as our local appliance store. The local store: 1. Delivers using their own employees and not contractors. 2. Hauls away the old. 3. Installs the new. 4. Handled warranty issue for a DOA unit. We paid mor...
by Bogle7
Fri May 08, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad.. worth it?
Replies: 49
Views: 3065

Re: iPad.. worth it?

BogleMelon wrote:
Fri May 08, 2020 6:17 pm
multiple users is not available on iPads!
Note.
iPad not wePad or usPad.
Buy another one, they are cheap.
by Bogle7
Fri May 08, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is my CPA overcharging me?
Replies: 24
Views: 3143

Probably yes

1. Pay him. He provided the service. 2. Find someone else to help with your taxes. 3. You don't need a CPA unless your taxes are very complicated. 4. I pay $350/year for tax prep. Questions/answers are included. Have been using the same family-owned firm since 1980 tax year. Our return includes: sel...
by Bogle7
Fri May 08, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad.. worth it?
Replies: 49
Views: 3065

iPad is worth it

I have a 5-1/2 year old iPad Air 2.
Latest software.
I use it for reading stuff on the InnerTubes®.
It replaced an original iPad because the screen resolution doubled.
by Bogle7
Thu May 07, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where do you back up your important data?
Replies: 102
Views: 5083

back up all your data

1. To a local external drive.
2. Backblaze for remote. Very happy with service at $60/yr.
by Bogle7
Wed May 06, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2020 travel plans
Replies: 95
Views: 4405

2021+

HEDGEFUNDIE wrote:
Wed May 06, 2020 9:18 am
All my travel plans (other than a walk around the block) are indefinitely postponed.
Exactly.
Not getting on an airplane or sitting in a crowded restaurant until it is safe for an old fart of age 71 to travel.
We will continue to put money into our travel bucket and maybe double up in 2021/22.
by Bogle7
Wed May 06, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Front load washing machine recommendations
Replies: 98
Views: 4656

Fabric softener is evil

No matter where your equipment’s door is located, I strongly recommend not using any fabric softener. It leaves residue behind wherever it goes, does not get washed out easily, and is a breeding ground to incubate mold growth inside internal parts and on seals. "A typical cotton softener consisted ...
by Bogle7
Tue May 05, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amica vs USAA Insurance
Replies: 27
Views: 1605

Amica

50 years with AMICA for auto insurance
10 years with AMICA for home insurance
Excellent service.
1 $32K home claim for hailstorm
7 auto claims (1 my fault)
by Bogle7
Sun May 03, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Front load washing machine recommendations
Replies: 98
Views: 4656

Front loaders are better

ScubaHogg wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 12:52 pm
Front loaders look nice, but they provide little benefit for the downsides.
Hogwash.
Front loaders clean better in every case except heavily soiled work clothes.
Front loaders use a lot less energy. Both in the wash cycle and the dry cycle.
Front loaders a gentler on clothes.
by Bogle7
Sat May 02, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Front load washing machine recommendations
Replies: 98
Views: 4656

Front load washing machines and mold

Let me sum up what CR wrote. Some people have mold problems. And we know some of the causes of mold. Some of them have mold problems even if they take extra care. And we are not sure why. Some people who have mold problems cannot get rid of the mold. And we are not sure why. My conclusion is: don't ...
by Bogle7
Fri May 01, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Front load washing machine recommendations
Replies: 98
Views: 4656

Re: Front load washing machine recommendations

Here at bogleheads we recommend staying away from front loads Normally, I would agree, but we have had front load washers for over 15 years with zero mold problems. Our first was a Bosch. Full size. No longer sold in the USA. Stayed in previous house. Second was LG. Control board died after 7 years...
by Bogle7
Sun Apr 26, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: In your experience, what is the credit card with the best customer service?
Replies: 36
Views: 2038

Amex

AMEX. Since 1972 for me.
Upgraded from Green to Platinum in 2018.
Great service on 11MAR2020 as we were trying to leave Milano, Italia.
by Bogle7
Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Anyone found] amazing shopping deals now?
Replies: 30
Views: 3913

Not seeing amazing

AustenNut wrote:
Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:31 pm
I have found that going to the manufacturer's website offers a better deal than going to the "superstore" type websites (like Amazon), at least at this time.
I just saw this today for a light switch.
I bought it from the manufacturer.
by Bogle7
Thu Apr 23, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Afford 800K forever home w/ 600K mortgage?
Replies: 17
Views: 2328

forever home?

There is no such thing as a forever home unless it is the room in the nursing home just before your death.
You change.
Life brings changes.
You change your house.
by Bogle7
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Paint Peeling
Replies: 26
Views: 1644

Re: Fence Sealing

Power wash
Stain, not paint.
Nasty oil-based stain is better than water-based.
Brush is best. Roller is second. Spray is the weakest.
by Bogle7
Tue Apr 21, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I Got Scammed To Send Amazon Gift Cards
Replies: 119
Views: 9341

Re: I Got Scammed To Send Amazon Gift Cards

Leesbro63 wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:10 pm
I got an email from a very trustworthy neighbor
No, you did not.
You got an email with a spoofed address.
by Bogle7
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Exit Interview
Replies: 78
Views: 5759

Re: Exit Interview

passive-invest wrote:
Tue Apr 21, 2020 10:11 am
feedback on the best way to handle an Exit Interview next week.
Skip it.
What is in for you?
by Bogle7
Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Laid off!!
Replies: 71
Views: 10155

Re: Laid off!!

Apply for UI benefits. Good luck in Florida with its “the unemployed don’t deserve benefits”.
Figure out to get on Obamacare. Good luck in Florida.
Read about the https://www.psycom.net/depression.central.grief.html

Move on.
Take a 2 week mental break.
by Bogle7
Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend a low cost CADD program
Replies: 11
Views: 480

Re: Recommend a low cost CADD program

I like OmniGraffle Pro. Have owned it for 15 years.
Used it to design our kitchen renovation.
by Bogle7
Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2 iPhone rotation
Replies: 16
Views: 1097

Re: 2 iPhone rotation

We have a different rotation schedule. I get a new iPhone every 3.5 years. She gets a new iPhone every 1.5-2 years. She loves new, shiny objects. I use my iPhone very little. She uses hers a lot. We have a computer hardware/software that I dump $200/mo into. That way we always have money for whateve...
by Bogle7
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Office chair recommendation for carpeted home office
Replies: 28
Views: 1846

Re: Office chair recommendation for carpeted home office

Luke Duke wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:45 pm
Herman Miller Aeron.
+1
26 years of Aeron chair usage.
by Bogle7
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car Dealers not really wanting to make a deal
Replies: 226
Views: 31060

Car Dealers not make a deal

Patience, grasshopper.
by Bogle7
Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on buying from fine art gallery
Replies: 1
Views: 257

Re: Advice on buying from fine art gallery

At that price point, consider hiring expert assistance.
There is so much fraud in the art world.
Prices are certainly negotiable. Probably by a significant fraction.
by Bogle7
Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: spin mops
Replies: 4
Views: 433

Re: spin mops

My wife recently purchased this: O-Cedar EasyWring Microfiber Spin Mop, Bucket Floor Cleaning System
She says it works OK. And, it was only $30.
All because of putting the house cleaning service on Covid hold.
by Bogle7
Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning 2 foreign languages simultaneously: bad idea for 5 year old?
Replies: 28
Views: 1408

Re: Learning 2 foreign languages simultaneously: bad

Great idea for a 5 year old.
Large brain hurt for a 50 year old.
by Bogle7
Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice on Holding Restaurant - Gift Cards From Bankrupt Co - Logan's Roadhouse
Replies: 23
Views: 2084

restaurant gift cards

We have gift cards for a local Mom&Pop restaurant. The day the Governor ordered all restaurants closed, we figured these had been converted to monopoly money. We have bet $600 in the belief that "our local" ( https://www.facebook.com/HopsandPieCO/ ) will survive. We bought $400 in gift cards and sp...
by Bogle7
Sun Apr 12, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Strategy for 2020 Retirement Admidst Employer CV-19 Issues
Replies: 23
Views: 1652

Strategy for Retirement

Show as much loyalty and confort to the company as they have shown to employees laid off over the years. Take the PTO now. A bit every week. Enjoy that time off. Say nothing about retiring. Never telegraph your punches. Give notice on your last day @1657. After all, you are retiring. What are they g...
by Bogle7
Fri Apr 10, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Government stimulus payments]
Replies: 351
Views: 27138

got our $1100.50 stimulus payment

We got ours. $1100. Which was more than I expected.
Straight to vacation savings.
Will be spent in 2021.
by Bogle7
Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Non-Finance Forums?
Replies: 19
Views: 1540

Re: Fora is the plural

Vanguard Fan 1367 wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 11:32 pm
A Google search says that forums or fora are the plurals.
Google is wrong. Don't believe everything you see on the InnerTubes®.
Ask your high school Latin teacher. You did take Latin, right?
by Bogle7
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Non-Finance Forums?
Replies: 19
Views: 1540

Fora is the plural

Early-Retirement.org
City-Data.com
Slashdot.org
Fark.com
by Bogle7
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Barbell Strategy in Regards to Duo-career Couples
Replies: 16
Views: 1533

Barbell Tactics

Can’t you make one set work for both of you?
Do you really need to lift weights together?
by Bogle7
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are you doing for haircuts due to coronavirus shutdown?
Replies: 254
Views: 20082

Nothing

I got mine cut in Varenna, Italia on March 6th. Serena did an excellent job.
“Corti, corti”, so I am good for awhile.
Fuori di Testa is highly recommended.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category ... 441914467/