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by krappei
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Lawn Mower Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 1020

Re: Electric Lawn Mower Advice

I also love my Ego mower. It’s the second summer of use and battery still going strong, here in Texas. I love the self-propelled lever for going up slight inclines and long straightaways. I keep the battery inside during the short winter. And yes, it folds up nicely! And no hard pulls to get it sta...
by krappei
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Lawn Mower Advice
Replies: 17
Views: 1020

Electric Lawn Mower Advice

Hi, I'm interested in buying an electric mower and have narrowed it to two very different options. 1) https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-38-in-100-Ah-Battery-Electric-Rear-Engine-Riding-Lawn-Mower-RY48111/300422546 2) https://www.homedepot.com/p/EGO-21-in-56-Volt-Lithium-ion-Cordless-Walk-Behind-Self...
by krappei
Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finding a contractor for built-in bbq grill installation
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Finding a contractor for built-in bbq grill installation

Hi, Can anyone provide some advice for hiring a professional to complete installation of a built-in bbq grill? I specifically have a Weber S-460. The stone and and grill are assembled but I don’t have the gas lines from the grill connected to the house. I had a handyman take a look and he suggested ...
by krappei
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Installing a wall mounted mailbox
Replies: 3
Views: 325

Installing a wall mounted mailbox

Hi, I am closing on a new construction home soon and I need to install a wall-mounted mailbox near the front door (so that I can get mail obviously). The facade is stone masonry so I'm afraid to damage or crack the stone using the customary mounting screws (hardware). Is there an alternative method ...
by krappei
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Battery backup sump pump recommended?
Replies: 11
Views: 765

Re: Battery backup sump pump recommended?

Hi, If I have a backup generator, does it make sense to install a battery backup sump pump in case the main sump pump fails? Thanks! You may want to have a backup sump pump in case the main one fails (or the flow is too fast). But if you have a backup generator, why would you need battery power? RM...
by krappei
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Battery backup sump pump recommended?
Replies: 11
Views: 765

Battery backup sump pump recommended?

Hi,

If I have a backup generator, does it make sense to install a battery backup sump pump in case the main sump pump fails?

Thanks!
by krappei
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to determine quality of a finished new construction home
Replies: 45
Views: 3134

Re: How to determine quality of a finished new construction home

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I do plan to hire an independent home inspector at some point but isn't that typically done after an offer has been accepted but before closing since it can be costly? The home is a flipped home and not part of a community. The builder essentially purchased a lot f...
by krappei
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to determine quality of a finished new construction home
Replies: 45
Views: 3134

Re: How to determine quality of a finished new construction home

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I do plan to hire an independent home inspector at some point but isn't that typically done after an offer has been accepted but before closing since it can be costly? The home is a flipped home and not part of a community. The builder essentially purchased a lot fo...
by krappei
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to determine quality of a finished new construction home
Replies: 45
Views: 3134

Re: How to determine quality of a finished new construction home

BolderBoy wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:32 pm
Look closely at the "custom" kitchen cabinets. Look specifically at the hinges used. Are they cheap or of high quality?
Can you be specific? How can you tell if the hinges are high quality?
by krappei
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to determine quality of a finished new construction home
Replies: 45
Views: 3134

How to determine quality of a finished new construction home

Hi, Can you recommend things to watch for to determine if a done new construction home is low, average or high quality? There's a specific house that I'm looking at that seems to be very high quality (and the sellers agent also insists that is), but I can't tell if it's just cosmetic or not. They in...
by krappei
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unexpected Tax Underpayment - When and how should I pay?
Replies: 23
Views: 1722

Re: Unexpected Tax Underpayment - When and how should I pay?

I'll have to delve into F2210 so see how much of a headache it really is and determine if it's worth saving on penalties. Not as complicated as you think, particularly if you use tax software since a lot of it is just calculations. The main thing that will help you is annualized income and the key ...
by krappei
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unexpected Tax Underpayment - When and how should I pay?
Replies: 23
Views: 1722

Re: Unexpected Tax Underpayment - When and how should I pay?

Unfortunately with only a few months left in the year, even at 100% withholding I won't be able to makeup all of the taxes owed. I typically use Turbo Tax to complete my taxes. Will paying estimated tax payments via IRS direct complicate things. Seems like completing Form 2210 is somewhat challengi...
by krappei
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unexpected Tax Underpayment - When and how should I pay?
Replies: 23
Views: 1722

Re: Unexpected Tax Underpayment - When and how should I pay?

Unfortunately with only a few months left in the year, even at 100% withholding I won't be able to makeup all of the taxes owed. I typically use Turbo Tax to complete my taxes. Will paying estimated tax payments via IRS direct complicate things. Seems like completing Form 2210 is somewhat challengi...
by krappei
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unexpected Tax Underpayment - When and how should I pay?
Replies: 23
Views: 1722

Re: Unexpected Tax Underpayment - When and how should I pay?

Unfortunately with only a few months left in the year, even at 100% withholding I won't be able to makeup all of the taxes owed. I typically use Turbo Tax to complete my taxes. Will paying estimated tax payments via IRS direct complicate things. Seems like completing Form 2210 is somewhat challengin...
by krappei
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unexpected Tax Underpayment - When and how should I pay?
Replies: 23
Views: 1722

Re: Unexpected Tax Underpayment - When and how should I pay?

Thanks for the advice and info everyone. The safe harbor rules won't apply to me this year because I had over 3x income last year thus way more taxes paid. Since I sold the stocks this month (August), it seems that I should just pay the taxes before the end of the quarter. Can I just pay via direct ...
by krappei
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: find Hvac contractor
Replies: 14
Views: 1187

Re: find Hvac contractor

May I suggest looking at www.houzz.com

They have customer reviews for local contractors, designers, architects, etc.
by krappei
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unexpected Tax Underpayment - When and how should I pay?
Replies: 23
Views: 1722

Unexpected Tax Underpayment - When and how should I pay?

Hi, I recently had to sell a huge chunk of stocks in order to make a large down payment on a new home purchase. I calculate that my long term capital gains (federal) will be about $150K. The sale of the stocks were a last second decision as I didn't get approved for large enough loan, and I had not ...