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by Voltaire2.0
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garage Generator Install
Replies: 44
Views: 2802

Re: Garage Generator Install

Running a generator inside the building? What could go wrong beside the noise, the carbon monoxide and the fire risk?

Back-up generators are designed to be located outdoors.
by Voltaire2.0
Thu Nov 14, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fort Meyers or south a bit in Feb advice please
Replies: 16
Views: 954

Re: Fort Meyers or south a bit in Feb advice please

Sanibel Island. It's about 40 mins from the Ft Myers airport. Lots of good restaurants and shopping. Ding Darling wildlife preserve. No hotels, just condos. Mostly on the beach. Easy to get around on foot or bicycle. Weather in Feb is usually pretty nice. Not much night life for the younger crowd. ...
by Voltaire2.0
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Romantic northeast winter weekend getaway?
Replies: 28
Views: 3001

Re: Romantic northeast winter weekend getaway?

Seaside winter experience. You can choose the main inn or one of their "cottages."

https://www.chathambarsinn.com/

Not inexpensive.
by Voltaire2.0
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPad air- purchase from Apple store of Costco?
Replies: 15
Views: 2369

Re: iPad air- purchase from Apple store of Costco?

Buying online from Apple gives you the option to engrave something on the back, e.g., your name.

Apple also offers credit if you're are trading in an old iPad.
by Voltaire2.0
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Turbotax 2019 on Amazon
Replies: 127
Views: 10197

TurboTax- Always Popular

[merged this topic and its replies into the existing topic - moderator prudent]

Amazon has TurboTax 2019 on sale now with a nice discount.

I paid $69.99 for downloadable Premier yesterday.
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going small on a Windows PC
Replies: 17
Views: 1334

Re: Going small on a Windows PC

I have an HP EliteDesk and I'm very happy with it. Good to hear. Lenovo's latest "Nano" Tiny can be had with an Intel I-5, 16GB of RAM and a 256SSD for less than $700. I like the HP box but Lenovo seems to out-price HP is most configurations. I looked at Intel's NUC line but they are less customiza...
by Voltaire2.0
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Going small on a Windows PC
Replies: 17
Views: 1334

Going small on a Windows PC

I want to replace my aging personal Windows PC with a micro format machine to save space and save power, while getting more memory and an up-to-date processor. Expandability is not a requirement and I don't need high-end graphics. I'm thinking of something like an HP EliteDesk or Lenovo Tiny. Anyone...
by Voltaire2.0
Tue Nov 05, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Bosch dishwasher already faulted
Replies: 22
Views: 2319

Re: New Bosch dishwasher already faulted

My 5-month old Bosch dishwasher has been outstanding, but if I needed to reset it the process is obvious: hold down the Stop button for 3 seconds. Turn it off and turn it on again. I bought my Bosch from an appliance store, not the big box. It's like buying a car: service is at least as important as...
by Voltaire2.0
Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone with experience in commercial construction?
Replies: 17
Views: 1468

Re: Anyone with experience in commercial construction?

You need a designer and/or architect to specify the finished structure. Without that there can be no credible cost estimate. Then you need a general contractor with commercial construction experience (perhaps more than one) to created detailed cost estimates for that structure. Prepare to spend mone...
by Voltaire2.0
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: H&R BLOCK Pre-Order 2019 Software Offer
Replies: 118
Views: 9571

Re: HRBLOCK Pre-Order 2019 Software Offer

nydoc wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:35 pm
Here it begins. Bogleheads with multimillion profiles looking for tax software deals.
I particularly like the complaints about one version of tax software costing $10 more than another. It's tax software! You use for something kind of important! Buy the best you can and it's still cheap.
by Voltaire2.0
Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Website that shows salary/benefit/401k information for companies?
Replies: 22
Views: 1991

Re: Website that shows salary/benefit/401k information for companies?

Glassdoor is full of bogus information. Employees and ex-employees post complaints that are countered by fake positive reviews planted by companies. I know firsthand that companies can have negative reviews removed, if they're a paying customer of Glassdoor. As others have noted, generalized compens...
by Voltaire2.0
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: VPNs
Replies: 32
Views: 3082

Re: VPNs

I use Encrpyt.me. Two pricing options: unlimited data and light use. The latter is $3 per month. License is for one user, unlimited number of devices. The iOS app is very easy to use. Automatically turns on if you connect to an unknown WiFi network. Can whitelist known good networks to keep VPN turn...
by Voltaire2.0
Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Furnace air filters
Replies: 37
Views: 2911

Re: Furnace air filters

I buy low MERV filters, one year's worth at a time, from Filters-Now.com.

They have virtually every size and style,
by Voltaire2.0
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car battery change or not? 2 year old battery
Replies: 118
Views: 6391

Re: car battery change or not? 2 year old battery

I asked my dealer service writer about a precautionary battery change at the 5 year market, as well as changing the tire pressure sensors when I changed tires, and was told to leave both alone until they fail. When you come out of a restaurant at 10:30 PM on a cold Saturday night and your car will ...
by Voltaire2.0
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spray on mold remover, for vinyl house siding?
Replies: 22
Views: 1597

Re: Spray on mold remover, for vinyl house siding?

"30 Seconds" cleaner works well and quickly. Mix 50-50 with water in a pump sprayer, spray it on, wait a minute and rinse off. Moss, mold and algae are history.

It contains bleach and TSP so you need to be careful about overspray.

Home Depot carries it.
by Voltaire2.0
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best No Annual Fee Visa Credit Card with Cash Back
Replies: 56
Views: 4943

Re: Best No Annual Fee Visa Credit Card with Cash Back

The Citi Double card is a MasterCard, but it's good.

I don't have the Uber credit card but people I know swear by it. I think it is a Visa.
by Voltaire2.0
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?
Replies: 64
Views: 4505

Re: $575 to replace rear brake pads and rotors on a 2017 Subaru Forester?

2-3 year life on brake pads is unusual. Even more so on rear pads. Rotors needing replacement after 2-3 years is very unusual. Even more, more so on rear rotors. You can replace pads and rotors yourself if you know what you're doing or have a competent friend to help you. But brakes are pretty impor...
by Voltaire2.0
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Preferred Stock Index Fund
Replies: 49
Views: 5614

Re: Preferred Stock Index Fund

There is a lot of misinformation exchanged about preferred stock. Take this: 1) These are like bonds with no maturity. True only in that preferreds are interest-rate sensitive, like utility stocks.Preferreds usually have higher yields than bonds from the same issuer. 2) Preferred stocks come with a ...
by Voltaire2.0
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to buy Apple Watch
Replies: 4
Views: 751

When to buy Apple Watch

I am going to buy my spouse an Apple Watch 5 as a gift.

I could give it in November as an anniversary gift or in December as a Christmas gift.

Any opinions on when I would get the better deal?
by Voltaire2.0
Thu Sep 26, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Pay-off mortgage before FAFSA?
Replies: 19
Views: 1404

Re: Pay-off mortgage before FAFSA?

Went through this a few years ago. I chose not to pay off the mortgage. I preferred liquidity and flexibility over the possibility of a larger scholarship or larger high-interest student loans. One could always take out a second mortgage later, but that has it's own expenses, risks and hassles. You ...
by Voltaire2.0
Thu Sep 26, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Puzzling the "How Much Cash" Question
Replies: 19
Views: 1859

Re: Puzzling the "How Much Cash" Question

Original poster here. "Cash" means cash- money market funds that pay modest interest with zero risk. Yes- my Cash plus Social Security would cover almost 4 years worth of expenses. One year from retirement means one year from stopping work. I will be at full retirement benefits in a few months and l...
by Voltaire2.0
Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Besides Bogleheads, What Are Your Favorite Forums?
Replies: 113
Views: 20881

Re: Besides Bogleheads, What Are Your Favorite Forums?

Seeking Alpha.

A love-hate relationship. Lots of timely news and a good place to monitor your portfolio. However, the submitted articles are often of dubious quality and the commentary ranges from insightful to fatuous. You get what you pay for..
by Voltaire2.0
Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Puzzling the "How Much Cash" Question
Replies: 19
Views: 1859

Puzzling the "How Much Cash" Question

I am one year away from retirement and and am configuring my portfolio for the big day. Other than Social Security, this portfolio will be my only source of retirement income. My portfolio is currently 13% Cash, 17% Debt and Fixed Income and 70% Equity. Most of the Equity is invested in quality DGI ...
by Voltaire2.0
Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to buy Microsoft Office 2019....
Replies: 102
Views: 9844

Re: Best place to buy Microsoft Office 2019....

This thread caused me to look at my Office situation. I was running a perpetual license of Office Pro 2010 on my (fully up-to-date) Windows machine. When I read that support will end in a year I started checking. I use Office 365 for work but the subscription license model is open-ended on cost over...