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by like2read
Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Share you advice: has anybody spray painted an old outdoor fan?
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Re: Share you advice: has anybody spray painted an old outdoor fan?

I’ve been reading up on doing this. Seems like a cheap way to try to update a fan, which is working perfectly. I’d be interested to hear about any hiccups or issues you ran into. The fan is down and I feel confident taking apart the hardware, blade, and motor housing to do the job right. The blades...
by like2read
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trane HVAC - Bad Experience
Replies: 55
Views: 3284

Re: Trane HVAC - Bad Experience

Anyone use a whole house surge suppressor to guard against voltage spikes that could impact an HVAC unit? Yes, whole house surge protectors are a good idea in general, and cheap insurance. The most recent electrical code now requires them, so they aren't just smoke-and-mirrors. When I recently had ...
by like2read
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trane HVAC - Bad Experience
Replies: 55
Views: 3284

Re: Trane HVAC - Bad Experience

Look at Rheem, I have sold and installed just about every make of furnace and ac, the big 3 Lennox, Trane and Carrier/Bryant are ok but not any better than anything else on the market, Rheem doesn’t change their designs just to change them like the others do, You can buy a heat exchanger for a 30 y...
by like2read
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trane HVAC - Bad Experience
Replies: 55
Views: 3284

Re: Trane HVAC - Bad Experience

In the drive for improved energy efficiency, we've gone from simple relay/switch controlled motors to complex computerized inverters which are unique to a given A/C system model, thus single sourced and expensive when they fail. Additionally, whereas the old relay and motor setups were very toleran...
by like2read
Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trane HVAC - Bad Experience
Replies: 55
Views: 3284

Trane HVAC - Bad Experience

Based on our recent experience, my opinion and personal advice is avoid Trane. I honestly don't know what brand I would purchase if we had to purchase again; they are all the same, right? I did a ton of research prior to selecting Trane and I was convinced they were the most reliable. Perhaps they w...
by like2read
Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: purchasing new furnace tips
Replies: 36
Views: 2397

Avoid Trane HVAC

Based on our recent experience, my opinion and personal advice is avoid Trane. I honestly don't know what brand I would purchase if we had to purchase again; they are all the same, right? I did a ton of research prior to selecting Trane, and I was convinced they were the most reliable. Perhaps they ...
by like2read
Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carvana or Vroom- ever use it?
Replies: 65
Views: 5498

Re: Sell My Car To Carvana?

Just sold our 2011 Subaru Outback to Carvana. Very good experience. Pursued this path based on positive reviews in this thread - many thanks! Got two bids: one from Carmax and the other from Carvana. Offers were nearly identical - $400 more than the (wide) trade-in range of KBB estimate. Went with C...
by like2read
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is the best company for auto/property/renters/umbrella insurance?
Replies: 36
Views: 3194

Re: What is the best company for auto/property/renters/umbrella insurance?

I need to switch. My current insurer has issues. If you have the time, check out Checkbook magazine. Our local library carries it. They do a great survey by region on things like cost, company health and customer service. They also list sample customers types - i.e. number of cars, age of drivers, ...
by like2read
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio
Replies: 368
Views: 47046

Re: Don't pay full price for SiriusXM radio

+1

Thanks! Just lowered our monthly bill to $4.99 per radio for XM Select for 12 months. Very easy to do online.

As stated above: login and choose cancel.

I chose "because it is too expensive"

Got the pop-up offer for a lower rate.

l2r
by like2read
Fri Jul 24, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retirees, share your epiphanies..
Replies: 126
Views: 15316

Re: Retirees, share your epiphanies..

Does anyone here regrett not having kids, or not havijg enoguh kids ? If you are on the fence, go for it. Your world will be enlarged and expanded. If like me, you will get outside of yourself and appreciate a much larger world. From someone who married late and has one beautiful daughter. l2r :happy
by like2read
Mon May 04, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Primecap
Replies: 25
Views: 1877

Re: Primecap

Have held Primecap since 1994, and plan to continue to do so.

Yes, I wish it was not currently under performing, but I choose to see it as temporary.

l2r
by like2read
Mon May 04, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do you invest based on historical performance?
Replies: 13
Views: 850

Re: Do you invest based on historical performance?

OP here. So, I suppose I do all three. I invest a moderate portion of my portfolio in growth (although muted on this front, Primecap fund, (and a portion) of the SP500 Index) because new stuff continues to happen, and old continues to be disrupted. I currently lean away from Treasuries because the c...
by like2read
Sat May 02, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do you invest based on historical performance?
Replies: 13
Views: 850

Do you invest based on historical performance?

Is the way forward to look at the past for guidance?

Or, do you allocate based on the realities of the present?

Perhaps, your expectations of what is to come?

l2r
by like2read
Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: how much cash do you keep at home?
Replies: 130
Views: 8867

Re: how much cash do you keep at home?

One of our largest Achilles heels is our power grid. Thought experiment - the power goes out regionally or maybe over a larger area. For weeks perhaps. Perhaps longer. The lack of power takes out internet access, phone lines, power to credit card machines. What part of your assets will you be able t...
by like2read
Fri Feb 28, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Amazon / Costco seems have best Turbotax prices possible?
Replies: 8
Views: 840

Re: Amazon / Costco seems have best Turbotax prices possible?

Check Amazon. Been buying our copy there for years, good deal.

BTW - I generally get the digital version, i.e. download. Once in a while it is cheaper to have the CDs shipped. No issue at all in using the download.

l2r
by like2read
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Proactively replace water heater?
Replies: 54
Views: 10717

Re: Proactively replace water heater?

Bumping old post. If you don't proactively replace, or even if you do, I highly recommend a low cost water alarm....$12 on Amazon. Bought a few of these to put around hot water heater, washer and under pipes in lowest part of the basement. Put these in after our neighbor, with an identical 50 year o...
by like2read
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard Broadens Reach With Entry Into Private Equity
Replies: 69
Views: 4941

Vanguard Private Equity Fund

[Merged into existing discussion -- mod oldcomputerguy]

The WSJ reported this morning that Vanguard is launching a private equity fund.

Are you concerned that Vanguard may be veering off course?

l2r
by like2read
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Mutual Fund Appreciation Between Two Dates
Replies: 3
Views: 290

Re: Mutual Fund Appreciation Between Two Dates

Adding to Electron's reply about Morningstar....the subscription version of Morningstar will allow you to do exactly what you ask. Just like on the link he sent for VFINX, you would enter your mutual fund name and on the chart view click "custom". You can then enter specific dates and it will return...
by like2read
Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Car insurance went up by $240 per year.
Replies: 14
Views: 1065

Re: Car insurance went up by $240 per year.

Hello, this is my first post. I’ve been enjoying this forum in “read only mode” for about a year now. Thought this topic might offer a good opportunity to register and contribute. We recently shopped our insurance and found a significantly lower rate. We’ve had Allstate since forever (decades), incl...