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by Tubes
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Motorola G7 update to Android 10.. Don't do it
Replies: 6
Views: 675

Re: Motorola G7 update to Android 10.. Don't do it

My G6 updated to Android 9 without a hitch. No problems or glitches whatsoever. Sorry to hear about your bad experience. Yes, it seemed to affect specific model numbers of the G6. It was a pain for a while, but after the reflash (6 months now), the phone has been flawless. So I'm ultimately happy. ...
by Tubes
Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Motorola G7 update to Android 10.. Don't do it
Replies: 6
Views: 675

Re: Motorola G7 update to Android 10.. Don't do it

My G6 was a near paperweight after updating to Android 9. There was this occasional, weird, delay on the keyboard. It was more than irritation, the delay was long enough that sometimes you'd miss calls trying to answer them. The support forum helped. The users found the solution. The official "agent...
by Tubes
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on WiFi vs. Wired at Home?
Replies: 34
Views: 2222

Re: Advice on WiFi vs. Wired at Home?

WiFi will likely suit your needs but, depending on the size of your house, you might want to run a wire to one or two places that are far from your WiFi router in case you don't get a good WiFi signal in some far corner of the house. In the future you can put a WiFi access point, or a switch, at wh...
by Tubes
Wed Jun 24, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Snow Guard" for metal roof: A must or "Hogwash" or a "Hill of Beans"??
Replies: 33
Views: 1657

Re: "Snow Guard" for metal roof: A must or "Hogwash" or a "Hill of Beans"??

So the collective agrees you need some sort of snow stop/guard. The style is debatable. I think a lot of us have raised our eyebrows at the price. I could see how a long bar style might require more installation finesse, and have more parts. So, yeah, more costly. The stops that clamp onto standing ...
by Tubes
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Snow Guard" for metal roof: A must or "Hogwash" or a "Hill of Beans"??
Replies: 33
Views: 1657

Re: "Snow Guard" for metal roof: A must or "Hogwash" or a "Hill of Beans"??

I don't think the purpose of the snow guards is to keep all the snow on the roof. The purpose is to keep if from coming off in a sheet. Right. The ones I see here are there to disrupt. They shred the sheet if it slides. These are pretty affordable compared to the long bars I see in the OP's quote. ...
by Tubes
Mon Jun 22, 2020 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Should I ever hold ESPP until a qualifying disposition?
Replies: 43
Views: 2246

Re: Should I ever hold ESPP until a qualifying disposition?

123 wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:54 pm
No sell ASAP. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Agree. I got burned in the 2000 crash by waiting. Sell immediately worked great in the subsequent 2008-9 crash.

It also depends on your company. I lost faith in the stock, so sell immediately it was.
by Tubes
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What are my options with my Health Savings Account if I leave my job?
Replies: 5
Views: 577

Re: What are my options with my Health Savings Account if I leave my job?

And if you do transfer to a new provider, your current holdings will be liquidated (or you can do it first if you want to pick the day you sell) -- I've not heard of being able to transfer assets in-kind like you can with a regular brokerage account. I transferred my HSA to Fidelity and I'm quite s...
by Tubes
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rain barrel questions
Replies: 28
Views: 2372

Re: Rain barrel questions

For olive barrels, one online source I knew about is sold out. I think a lot of people had projects on their mind. My olive barrel is black. It looks good. Very durable and thick. The shape doesn't remind you of trash. And for the first 2 years, every time I watered my garden I got hungry from the s...
by Tubes
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Switching Jobs - Already maxed 401k
Replies: 42
Views: 2668

Re: Switching Jobs - Already maxed 401k

401k and IRA contribution limits per year are per the individual, not the employer. So, your instincts are spot on. You do not want to overpay by restarting with your new employer. It will be caught unhappily at tax time. You'll have to start with them next year. Another thing: watch your social sec...
by Tubes
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Does Vanguard Automatically "Step Up" Your Basis?
Replies: 21
Views: 1748

Re: Does Vanguard Automatically "Step Up" Your Basis?

I did this about 3 years ago and as I recall it the paper form asked if you wanted a stepped up cost basis and then asked about the methodology. Since I was using DoD, I checked that box and didn’t pay a lot of attention to the other options. +1 I still have a scan of the form I filled out a few ye...
by Tubes
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Recommendation?
Replies: 49
Views: 4530

Re: Bicycle Recommendation?

On the same principle you should ride a heavy rusty broken bike because it's more exercise. Maybe put a parachute on it? why waste grease if you don't have a disability? Now that I've learned how to handle the crank bearings on the bottom bracket, maybe I'll take them out and throw some sand in the...
by Tubes
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bicycle Recommendation?
Replies: 49
Views: 4530

Re: Bicycle Recommendation?

Circling back to my May 22 request for a bicycle recommendations. The responses came back as two themes: (1) Buy new (2) Repair old. Inspired by the DIY posters, I invested $16 in a crank pulling tool and $4 in new bearings for my bottom bracket. I can now report that my old Diamondback clunker whi...
by Tubes
Sun May 31, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for a comfortable desk chair on a budget
Replies: 35
Views: 2104

Re: Suggestions for a comfortable desk chair on a budget

Do not buy a chair online without trying it out or be prepared to return it if it doesn't work for you. I bought a highly rated one from a big box store online (2k+ 5 star reviews) and it simply didn't work for me. I sat in it and my back was in immediate pain. I brought it back to the store the ne...
by Tubes
Sat May 30, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Necessary to clean the clothes dryer? How? Ticks?
Replies: 17
Views: 1414

Re: Necessary to clean the clothes dryer? How? Ticks?

I appreciate everyone's thoughts ... here is an example of an article from AARP which advises putting clothes straight into the dryer and then wash them .... https://blog.aarp.org/healthy-living/to-kill-ticks-dry-clothes-then-wash-them .... but practically speaking how do we or anyone manage this a...
by Tubes
Sat May 30, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Condensation line in attic / AC air handler
Replies: 18
Views: 1100

Re: Condensation line in attic / AC air handler

My AC units are fitted with thee now: https://www.amazon.com/Rectorseal-83626-Trap-Overflow-Switch/dp/B00BPAQXRS/ref=pd_lpo_60_t_1/145-4836946-6948827?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00BPAQXRS&pd_rd_r=bfe486b3-2cd6-4bfc-8a86-d89902384ba5&pd_rd_w=6REea&pd_rd_wg=tdA9Z&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52...
by Tubes
Fri May 29, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carolina/Virginia Summer Vacation
Replies: 56
Views: 2991

Re: Carolina/Virginia Summer Vacation

Honestly, it sounds like she wants Myrtle, and all the stuff that comes with it, and she's using the pool as an excuse. I can't answer about N. Myrtle since I only went there for golf, which was fantastic. In NC, consider Wrightsville beach for non-house style accommodations if the pool is all that ...
by Tubes
Fri May 29, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Etrade vs Vanguard
Replies: 20
Views: 1536

Re: Etrade vs Vanguard

I moved from E-trade to Vanguard 10 years ago in order to achieve those Flagship benefits. And now they are gone (see previous answers). I liked E-trade's web interface better. I did have some glitches with constant amendments to 1099s, but I think that was an underlying fund causing them problems, ...
by Tubes
Fri May 29, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How are you accounting for T-Bills, Bonds, TIPS, etc?
Replies: 12
Views: 969

Re: How are you accounting for T-Bills, Bonds, TIPS, etc?

On quicken, I put this stuff in 3 accounts: T-Bills, Notes, TIPs, etc i-Bonds Old paper savings bonds converted This matches the way Treasury direct groups them. I do not put specific T-Bills, Notes, TIPSs in the account. Just the aggregate value. Since I ladder them in smallish amounts, I don't wan...
by Tubes
Fri May 29, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carolina/Virginia Summer Vacation
Replies: 56
Views: 2991

Re: Carolina/Virginia Summer Vacation

Good suggestions on the inland areas. I second the suggestion of Atlantic Beach/Morehead City area. After a quiet couple of days there you could take the Cedar Island ferry to Ocracoke Island, spend a couple of quiet days there then take the ferry to Hatteras, spend a couple of quiet days there (no...
by Tubes
Fri May 29, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dymo (Astro) Label Maker 1/4 Tape
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: Dymo (Astro) Label Maker 1/4 Tape

The woodgrain labels were so cool. Made for desks. Man, you just tweaked a serious memory for me!
by Tubes
Fri May 29, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carolina/Virginia Summer Vacation
Replies: 56
Views: 2991

Re: Carolina/Virginia Summer Vacation

A few ideas from a NC perspective: Beaches: The middle and south outer banks (OBX) such as Hatteras or Ocracoke are remote and wonderful, but you'll find them to be very quiet. They are the exact opposite of Myrtle Beach. Probably too quiet and remote for you. The north OBX (Nags Head/Kill Devil Hil...
by Tubes
Thu May 28, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Vanguard removes performance by account?
Replies: 4
Views: 821

Re: Vanguard removes performance by account?

I was looking at my portfolio in detail yesterday and ran into this. I have an answer for you! From the new default view, i.e. the "Account Overview" under "My Accounts" on the web, you get a somewhat broken "Performance" tab. It seems that this view was made for mobile devices. It has large text an...
by Tubes
Thu May 28, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Vehicle: Forester or Rav4 for boglehead couple
Replies: 88
Views: 5709

Re: New Vehicle: Forester or Rav4 for boglehead couple

I got my first driver's license sixty-seven years ago and have driven everything from a floor shift 1937 DeSoto to the automatics that are offered these days. And my newest car now is a 2019 Subaru Outback, 3.6R engine in the Touring trim line that has a CVT transmission. What I don't understand is...
by Tubes
Thu May 28, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird Nest Forming Under Deck
Replies: 27
Views: 1590

Re: Bird Nest Forming Under Deck

I do not recommend bird spikes, at least for Carolina Wrens. See picture below of a situation very similar to mine, so this must be common. The wrens decided to build right in the middle of the spikes. If anything, the spikes formed a kind of "rebar" for a foundation. :oops: So I lived and let live....
by Tubes
Tue May 26, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Vehicle: Forester or Rav4 for boglehead couple
Replies: 88
Views: 5709

Re: New Vehicle: Forester or Rav4 for boglehead couple

A brief internet search indicates that at least some models of Acura, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Land Rover, Mercedes, Honda, Jaguar, Jeep, BMW, Buick, Ford, Lincoln, Hyundai, Kia, Bentley, Mazda, Saab, Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen and Volvo have the stop/start feature. It may be that buying any new car ma...
by Tubes
Sun May 24, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to look for when buying a table saw?
Replies: 53
Views: 2818

Re: What to look for when buying a table saw?

tev9876 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 10:34 am
A roller stand or two like these is quite useful when ripping longer pieces for those of us with portable saws and limited space. https://www.harborfreight.com/132-lb-ca ... 68898.html
Looks like I'm going to spend some money. I haven't seen one of these and I love the idea.
by Tubes
Sun May 24, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Prime delayed shipping
Replies: 39
Views: 2907

Re: Amazon Prime delayed shipping

Yep, this is the smoking gun. Amazon, for whatever reason, definitely plays favorites amongst its customers. I live in an apartment building, and my neighbor and I did a similar comparison of delivery of items to the same address. The times were not the same. It sounds noble to advocate for patienc...
by Tubes
Sun May 24, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to look for when buying a table saw?
Replies: 53
Views: 2818

Re: What to look for when buying a table saw?

Don't do what I did and buy a $100 no name brand on a super sale at Lowes/Home Depot. Piece of junk. The biggest concern is the fence. It doesn't hold well, nor does it automatically align correctly in parallel with the blade. This can easily lead to binding, which can lead to kickback, etc. I find ...
by Tubes
Tue May 19, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lowes vs Home Depot
Replies: 97
Views: 14496

Re: Lowes vs Home Depot

Lowes has hardware too. HD's is usually a bit better. I may be partial since I have a friend who works part time at HD's hardware department.
by Tubes
Tue May 19, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can't fit key fully info deadbolt lock
Replies: 9
Views: 595

Re: Can't fit key fully info deadbolt lock

Try the graphite first. Then... If the lock is over 20 years old, and you use it every day, it may simply be worn. A locksmith can replace the parts. You possibly threw off the cap and the pins are not engaging and causing the obstruction, or maybe a spring has failed. Or, if you are handy, you can ...
by Tubes
Tue May 19, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lowes vs Home Depot
Replies: 97
Views: 14496

Re: Lowes vs Home Depot

BruinBones wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 7:49 am
In my neck of the woods, Home Depot is best for paint and hardware, and Lowes is best for garden supplies and other home projects.
That pretty much matches my experience.
by Tubes
Tue May 19, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lowes vs Home Depot
Replies: 97
Views: 14496

Re: Lowes vs Home Depot

I find that over the years, each have ebbed and flowed in their quality and treatment of customers. One of my only stock pick wins was for Lowes in the early 2000's. (I've since stopped stock picking and gone the BH way.) Back then, HD was behind. Then, something changed, not coincidentally with the...
by Tubes
Tue May 19, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ring video doorbell question
Replies: 11
Views: 1138

Re: Ring video doorbell question

I was an early user of the Ring Doorbell Pro. It worked fine, for about a year and a half. Then it failed. The first symptom was people pressing the button would not cause the doorbell to go off. Then a short time later, video failed. A search shows this is a common issue for those devices that get ...
by Tubes
Fri May 15, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Brake Pads
Replies: 87
Views: 4229

Re: New Brake Pads

One more safety tip while working on your car: do not drink alcohol during the repair. Makes it easy to forget to tighten that bolt. As for E-brakes: at least on my 2010 Subaru, you can use it more than just for parking, i.e. if you had complete hydraulic failure (very rare). You have to engage the ...
by Tubes
Mon May 11, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain?
Replies: 80
Views: 4961

Re: Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain?

Thrift, Draino, lye are all the same stuff, because sodium hydroxide is the best thing to dissolve biological residue. Some of the Drainos add extra things to make pretty foam. I'm with the person who said get a physical gadget in there and do it that way. And the aluminum chips create an exothermi...
by Tubes
Fri May 08, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for relatively cheap cell phones
Replies: 34
Views: 1627

Re: Recommendations for relatively cheap cell phones

Another vote for the Moto G series.

The lack of NFC is just annoying for now. In the future I expect contactless payment to become nearly mandatory. At that time, it will be more than annoying. But, the G should be able to bridge that gap until that time.
by Tubes
Wed May 06, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toilet lid suddenly popped up?
Replies: 30
Views: 3613

Re: Toilet lid suddenly popped up?

What caused you to fix yours? Same issues as me? Did it happen more than once? Hoping it doesn’t happen again until I’m here on the weekend. Blasting off and popping the lid is not common. The biggest reasons for replacement are the following: - Very slow fill - Won't shut off, the water even goes ...
by Tubes
Wed May 06, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain?
Replies: 80
Views: 4961

Re: Is there anything more environmentally friendly than Drano for unclogging a drain?

Agree with the above about using mechanical methods such as the plastic zip or an actual auger. If you want to try to prevent future clogs, you can try enzymes . These work very slowly on the "gunk and goo" portion which will then allow the hair and other stuff to just flow through. I think drainbo ...
by Tubes
Mon May 04, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toilet lid suddenly popped up?
Replies: 30
Views: 3613

Re: Toilet lid suddenly popped up?

Is this appropriate for a handy man to do, or should I definitely use a plumber? You certainly don't need a plumber. No special tools or skills are required. Anyone who can read and follow the basic instructions on a toilet repair kit can completely replace the valve and flapper in about 10 minutes...
by Tubes
Mon May 04, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Toilet lid suddenly popped up?
Replies: 30
Views: 3613

Re: Toilet lid suddenly popped up?

Lock ring on the anti siphon fill valve assemblie which also adjusts tank and fill height gave way or was not tight enough causing shaft to violently extend upward. Good thing the tank lid held it down. Flushmaster type. Put a new one in. j🏝 I'm with sandtrap on this one. It has all the indications...
by Tubes
Mon May 04, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC Experts
Replies: 13
Views: 1834

Re: HVAC Experts

2800 sq ft is large enough to consider a split system. I'm not talking zone, I'm talking two systems, one upstairs, one down. We converted our single system on our 2400 sq ft home to this kind of setup. One unit downstairs, the other resides in the attic. It is the best investment I ever made in my ...
by Tubes
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weather Similarity Website?
Replies: 8
Views: 724

Re: Weather Similarity Website?

Agree it is a tough ask because of the unique geography of North America. Latitude matters, but only so much. In the West, you get domination by the cold Alaska/California current. In the East you get domination by the Gulf stream. This makes latitude comparisons nearly meaningless. Add the various ...
by Tubes
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pandemic leading to cost savings?
Replies: 14
Views: 1364

Re: Pandemic leading to cost savings?

My wife has cut my hair for 25 years, so we got that covered. Now she is looking at me to cut hers. No way! What this pandemic has awakened in me is awareness of my Home Depot/Lowes/Menards habit. I am not going out at all, so I haven't gone to any of those places. I'm going to have the lowest credi...
by Tubes
Wed Apr 22, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computers - Solid State Drive vs. Hard Disk Drive
Replies: 75
Views: 4203

Re: Computers - Solid State Drive vs. Hard Disk Drive

One thing to point out, which I don't think anybody touched on. From my experience, SSDs fail a lot less often than traditional hard drives, but when they do fail, they often fail completely --- the drive goes from working fine one day to being 100% inaccessible the next day. I can verify that! I h...
by Tubes
Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fence Paint Peeling
Replies: 26
Views: 1722

Re: Fence Paint Peeling

And for those considering vinyl... I was surprised how good they look at first, and how bad they turn after about 5 years. Well, at least in the southeast. Mold seems to invade the substrate of the plastic and it can't get power washed off completely. As others have said, my favorite is staining. St...
by Tubes
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: AA and TIPS
Replies: 10
Views: 709

Re: AA and TIPS

I've decided the bond portion is more complicated than stock portion. I'm not 100% sold on this idea but I am leaning towards something like 10% to 20% tips (or some form of inflation protection), 40% to 50% treasuries (for safety) and 40% to 50% Total Bond (for diversification and higher yield). T...