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by Yooper
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Could you support family on 1 income?
Replies: 88
Views: 5536

Re: Could you support family on 1 income?

I am the sole provider for my family. I wish that weren't the case, as my anxiety due to being the sole source of income is paralyzing. My wife has been a stay at home mom, and has recently become unable to work even if she wanted to, so that is our reality. We make some sacrifices. Vacations are m...
by Yooper
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car sideview mirror
Replies: 25
Views: 1161

Re: Car sideview mirror

It's a 2013 Toyota....I've never bought parts before...so I will look around, thanks. OK, this thread prompted me to get a replacement passenger side mirror outer cover for my wife's 2012 Sienna (she snagged it on the garage door when backing out) - been putting it off for a while. Ordered a gray o...
by Yooper
Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Builder wants $800 to vent a gas cooktop
Replies: 53
Views: 3945

Re: Builder wants $800 to vent a gas cooktop

I'd go the exterior vent route. If you do, ensure the exhaust duct is at least 6" to the roof penetration (I think 6" is the standard, but others here would know much more about that than I). And of course the roof penetration matches the duct. This makes upgrading to a better/higher capacity hood a...
by Yooper
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator
Replies: 78
Views: 2834

Re: Portable Inverter Generator vs Standby Generator

More concerned about the furnace control board. These seem to be sensitive to generator power. These variable speed fans need to be pretty close to 60hz at all times. Just as a data point, I've run my Trane high efficiency natural gas furnace on a Briggs and Stratton 7,500 watt (non inverter) gener...
by Yooper
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House Hunting Concerns With Well
Replies: 41
Views: 3312

Re: House Hunting Concerns With Well

Case depth refers to how far the protective casing (used to be metal here but now it's PVC) goes down into the ground. Well depth is the actual depth of the well (where they stopped drilling). Not sure about "level" or "water zone", although water zone might refer to where water was first hit.
by Yooper
Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House Hunting Concerns With Well
Replies: 41
Views: 3312

Re: House Hunting Concerns With Well

Every time I try to read this thread my brain short circuits.

Subject concerns "water". Original poster named "Dowse". If their avatar was a forked stick I'd probably lose consciousness....
by Yooper
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cookware Brands - Demeyere?
Replies: 43
Views: 3439

Re: Cookware Brands - Demeyere?

Bought a set of Demeyere Apollo 17 years ago. Love them (used on both gas and electric ranges) and they look as good as new. Used daily.
by Yooper
Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Buying a plot of land for retirement
Replies: 35
Views: 3221

Re: Buying a plot of land for retirement

With that kind of time frame you're in the driver's seat, a nice place to be. I'd be regularly looking around and keeping a list of places you like and the reasons why. Take a look at them, walk the property. Time permitting, I'd like to see the property in it's best and worst condition. Where I liv...
by Yooper
Sun Mar 11, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Blocking URLs/Sites on home network for kids
Replies: 33
Views: 1590

Re: Blocking URLs/Sites on home network for kids

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm and add whatever additional sites you'd like. Of course if this is a commonly shared computer, then the restrictions would apply to all who use it.
by Yooper
Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Something weird this day came
Replies: 22
Views: 2698

Re: Something weird this day came

Hints of the "Red-Headed League"..........
by Yooper
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Echo as security device
Replies: 11
Views: 1364

Re: Amazon Echo as security device

My father had his own low tech version of this decades ago that became a family legend. He would leave the radio on low set to a talk radio station. He was notoriously lax about security in general, so on occasion when you'd walk up to the door, not only would the door be open, but the keys would b...
by Yooper
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen features
Replies: 96
Views: 5649

Re: Kitchen features

If I had my "perfect kitchen", it would include a hole in the prep counter/cutting board that dumped directly into a garbage bin. Ideally slightly slanted down so any juices would drain as well. I get soooo tired of picking stuff up off the floor that falls as I try to (carefully) get a handful/kni...
by Yooper
Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kitchen features
Replies: 96
Views: 5649

Re: Kitchen features

If I had my "perfect kitchen", it would include a hole in the prep counter/cutting board that dumped directly into a garbage bin. Ideally slightly slanted down so any juices would drain as well. I get soooo tired of picking stuff up off the floor that falls as I try to (carefully) get a handful/knif...
by Yooper
Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier for humid basement. I want one that lasts.
Replies: 24
Views: 6404

Re: Dehumidifier for humid basement. I want one that lasts.

This time, I decided on a strategy of ignoring energy use (and CR ratings) and just buying the cheapest unit I could find, $100 at Menards last fall. For what it's worth, you might want to check with your power company, mine provides $75 rebate if you purchase an energy star unit. Per year, not per...
by Yooper
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: <gulp> Expensive mistake
Replies: 56
Views: 9919

Re: <gulp> Expensive mistake

mouses wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:24 pm
TSP = teaspoon.
Au contraire, NEVER capitalized, otherwise I'd think they meant Tablespoon and forgot the B...
by Yooper
Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Stay the course?
Replies: 65
Views: 7338

Re: Stay the course?

Thanks. I’m not even going to check my balance then. Don’t wanna know. :shock: Which is probably the best. The only way I was able to "check my balance" from 1993 to about 2003 was when I'd get my paper statements once a month. I was auto contributing the entire time and didn't know any better, so ...
by Yooper
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best epoxy/glue for sticking plastic to plastic
Replies: 29
Views: 1787

Re: Best epoxy/glue for sticking plastic to plastic

I always like Hardman (https://www.theepoxysource.com/Epoxy.htm). Find out what type you need based on what you're bonding, then look for the quantity you need on line.
by Yooper
Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WHY do wireless routers need periodic reboots?
Replies: 117
Views: 8928

Re: WHY do wireless routers need periodic reboots?

Add me to the rarely reboot club. Picked up the cheapest one I could find at Walmart years ago. The only time it's been rebooted is when there's been a power outage (perhaps once a year), and it works like a champ. It gets heavy usage (when everyone's home in the evening we're talking 5 or so device...
by Yooper
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Career "advice" for someone without college
Replies: 39
Views: 2030

Re: Career "advice" for someone without college

If he's personable, smart, and driven, he could do very well. Exactly. In fact, if he's the above he CAN do very well in ANY job. I've always felt that if a person has goals and decides they WILL achieve them - they do. No limits. I also second the idea of trades (plumber, electrician, etc.) Might ...
by Yooper
Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Discussing a 529 with your kids
Replies: 79
Views: 5509

Re: Discussing a 529 with your kids

I think "staythecourse" 's paragraphs were directly related, and perhaps should have been one paragraph. I.e., if you want my money to pay for your school, I'm willing to fund this, but not that. I don't think they were saying they would dictate WHAT their child studied, just what type of studies th...
by Yooper
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Discussing a 529 with your kids
Replies: 79
Views: 5509

Re: Discussing a 529 with your kids

Our plan is to basically tell them, "Your 529 is x amount. Our suggestion would be for you to go to college xyz, or any other college/university that your 529 would cover all costs. However, it's your money so you can spend it any way you'd like. Keep in mind though, anything that's in excess of wha...
by Yooper
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Sharing" Internet/WiFi with neighbors?
Replies: 38
Views: 2463

Re: "Sharing" Internet/WiFi with neighbors?

In which case, utilize the nifty little exclamation point icon in the upper right hand corner of a post you feel should be called to the attention of moderators and they'll review. That's what it's there for.
by Yooper
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Earning with your hands vs. investing
Replies: 9
Views: 1153

Re: Earning with your hands vs. investing

No advice, but I admire her principles. That sort of person would be interesting to have a cup of coffee with and talk. I'm sure I'd come away having gained something.
by Yooper
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Help my 7 year old daughter invest $50 of her Christmas money
Replies: 30
Views: 2441

Re: Help my 7 year old daughter invest $50 of her Christmas money

"wise girls" would buy mom and dad a $50 gift card to their favorite restaurant and when presenting it to them would smile and say something along the lines of "You're the best mom and dad in the world. You do so much for me that now I saved up some money I can do something for you!" Talk about "goo...
by Yooper
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well pump froze; no water.
Replies: 11
Views: 1610

Re: Well pump froze; no water.

You sure it's frozen? Normally up north when well diggers dig a well and put in a pitless adapter it's well below the frostline for that region. The pipe to your house connects to the adapter and then any number of configurations can be used. In my case the pipe (plastic) runs 300' from the well to ...
by Yooper
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: help me optimize new snow tires
Replies: 30
Views: 1722

Re: help me optimize new snow tires

For what it's worth, note that Blizzaks must be mounted correctly so they rotate in the correct direction. This is easy, there's a stylish arrow on the sidewall showing which way the rotation is supposed to be so you mount it on the correct side of the vehicle. It is easy, but I only mention this be...
by Yooper
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: manual car for new teen driver
Replies: 143
Views: 7314

Re: manual car for new teen driver

For a new driver, nothing comes without effort. They must think about everything that is going on, especially what they are doing along with the things other drivers are doing. They are not able to anticipate what is about to happen because they don't have the experience to recognize situations as ...
by Yooper
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kidde fire extinguisher recall
Replies: 58
Views: 6487

Re: Kidde fire extinguisher recall

OMG, after my notice on the 11th, that the two I entered for replacement were back ordered, FOUR just showed up on my porch with a ship date of the 13th. I hope they don't expect 4 returns! Nope. I got my 7 replacements last Friday, return shipped the bad units, and today 7 more showed up! Called K...
by Yooper
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Car - Always use parking brake ?
Replies: 72
Views: 7281

Re: New Car - Always use parking brake ?

The argument against is that actual failures of the parking pawl are very rare, and some folks think that the parking brake can cause the pads to get stuck... especially if its a parking brake that has not been used in years. When I had a manual transmission I always used the parking brake. Since m...
by Yooper
Mon Dec 18, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Instant Pot users here?
Replies: 102
Views: 11542

Re: Any Instant Pot users here?

My wife's been eyeing one but I'm not convinced it's the answer she's looking for. I do the majority of the cooking and we've already got a pressure cooker (love it), rice cooker, yogurt maker, and a crock pot so I don't see where a Instant Pot would fit in. My experience is that a tool/appliance/wh...
by Yooper
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New job offer - background check
Replies: 140
Views: 8042

Re: New job offer - background check

I'm not even sure they're doing a background check. It's a $50 million privately held company, private equity backed. They were a mom and pop until about 2010. The CEO and CFO both emailed me separately to say they were thrilled that I accepted and they will see me on January 8. The CFO said that t...
by Yooper
Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home owner liablity questions - parcel delivery
Replies: 19
Views: 2048

Re: Home owner liablity questions - parcel delivery

Instances where homeowners get sued because of a guests injury are almost unheard of, to my knowledge. Interesting you should say this. I got called in to my insurance agent last week for a review of my policies. When she touched on the personal liability part of my homeowners insurance I asked her...
by Yooper
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Takata Airbag Class Action Settlement
Replies: 25
Views: 3064

Re: Takata Airbag Class Action Settlement

I got one. I've been waiting for the dealer to get the part since late August. My understanding is that if you're interested in responding to the card, you must FIRST get your airbag replaced, then you're eligible to file. I'm no lawyer, but I see no reason not to file - the bag needs to get replace...
by Yooper
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow Tires? Worth it?
Replies: 147
Views: 7428

Re: Snow Tires? Worth it?

Pinotage wrote:
Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:14 pm
For those of you that have winter tires swapped in for the season, do you tip the installer?
No, but my wife sleeps with him so it's a pretty good deal.


Sorry, couldn't resist. I'm the installer........
by Yooper
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow Tires? Worth it?
Replies: 147
Views: 7428

Re: Snow Tires? Worth it?

What a coincidence. Today my snow tires paid for themselves (again). About every other winter they do. Pulled up two a 4 way stop. From a dead stop, I proceed through the intersection. Halfway through a van, coming from the right, began sliding directly towards the passenger side of my truck. Phone ...
by Yooper
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kidde fire extinguisher recall
Replies: 58
Views: 6487

Re: Kidde fire extinguisher recall

I received an email today informing me that both of my replacements are backordered. I'm not pleased with the delay in obtaining what I consider essential safety equipment. Does Kidde have any obligation to ensure a timely remedy to the problem, perhaps by offering reimbursement for purchase of a d...
by Yooper
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kerosene Heater (for power-out emergencies)
Replies: 33
Views: 2014

Re: Kerosene Heater (for power-out emergencies)

Apologies for the diversion: Yooper, I'd be interested to hear about the practicalities of your heater - approx size and insulation of cabin, how much propane it takes per day/month/whatever in such an outdoor temp, etc. I'm wondering about a similar setup and don't have any feel at all oro the pro...
by Yooper
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kerosene Heater (for power-out emergencies)
Replies: 33
Views: 2014

Re: Kerosene Heater (for power-out emergencies)

Final note: I called my local hardware store, and spoke to the guy that works the floor. He said they had Mr. Heater's in stock (propane). When I asked him if they were safe for indoor use, he gave me an emphatic "no". I'm at a dead end at the moment. Wouldn't you think that the manufacturer of Mr ...
by Yooper
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow Tires? Worth it?
Replies: 147
Views: 7428

Re: Snow Tires? Worth it?

I find TPMS worthless. I check my pressure. If it is down a few pounds I fill up the tire, but my TPMS has not alerted me. My TPMS does generate plenty of false alarms, claiming the pressure is low when it is not. If it give me the alarm I always check, but the only time it was right I already knew...
by Yooper
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Access to landlocked timber blocked by landowner
Replies: 30
Views: 3409

Re: Access to landlocked timber blocked by landowner

I may be way off on this, but it sounds like deer hunting is the primary focus and not hiking. It also sounds like you've probably set up a nice blind on the North because the deer bed in the South and you're waiting for them to come in. You don't want to stir them up on your way to the blind (if yo...
by Yooper
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Access to landlocked timber blocked by landowner
Replies: 30
Views: 3409

Re: Access to landlocked timber blocked by landowner

If it were me, and I wasn't too emotionally invested in the land, I'd sell it and walk away (if you don't get good news from your lawyer). Landlocked land is usually bad news, particularly if you don't have hard and fast legal access. Even if you get this sorted out and everything goes back to norma...
by Yooper
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Snow Tires? Worth it?
Replies: 147
Views: 7428

Re: Snow Tires? Worth it?

Yes - particularly with a wife and more so with a child. In my younger days (no family), I wouldn't have. But I'm a little older, slightly wiser, and with family obligations MUCH more cautious. It was a no brainer for me. You still can't go Mad Max on snow and ice, but every little advantage you can...
by Yooper
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Want to sell my Bitcoin, but when?
Replies: 90
Views: 9138

Re: Want to sell my Bitcoin, but when?

I'm risk adverse. I'd sell $7000 now to recoup my initial money. Now I'm even (and have my emotions under control). Then I'd simply start taking out any future gains on the remainder on a weekly basis. Once it dropped a predetermined amount (just for giggles and grins lets say I decided 10%) I'd sel...
by Yooper
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best small Drone
Replies: 11
Views: 803

Re: Best small Drone

I fly an inspire 1. Stupid easy to fly, relatively in expensive. Fast, great pictures etc... The thing that’s $1750 on Amazon? From DIJ? :shock: I was expecting to find something <$100 when I read inexpensive, but I guess it is indeed relative ;) But I think it ships with a pilot. Provide room and ...
by Yooper
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best cordless drill??
Replies: 71
Views: 5088

Re: best cordless drill??

Stop it! Just stop it! I've been waiting for an excuse to replace my existing cordless drill. This thread pushed me over the edge. Like everything in life, there's "mission creep", I opted for a drill AND impact driver kit (I confess, I love tools). Rigid. Ordered it. Then I started second guessing ...
by Yooper
Sat Nov 25, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kidde fire extinguisher recall
Replies: 58
Views: 6487

Re: Kidde fire extinguisher recall

Thanks! I've got 6 and submitted their info for replacement. I was hoping they'd tell us to dispose of locally, in which case I could let my kids do a real live fire extinguisher drill (that'd be a hoot!), but alas, if I'm reading the previous posts correctly they want them back intact....
by Yooper
Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Did you end up overfunding a 529?
Replies: 13
Views: 1160

Re: Did you end up overfunding a 529?

My current plan: I am currently aiming to fund enough to have be able to pay In-state tuition for all 4 years x 2 kids today. In my state I checked and the Instate tuition for the most expensive state university is shown to be ~$15K/annually, I have 2 kids.. so I am targeting $120K ($15K * 8 years)...
by Yooper
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Retirees: I got this!!
Replies: 82
Views: 10558

Re: Retirees: I got this!!

Hard to say. On one hand, with each passing year I subconsciously get more comfortable since it's one less year I have to worry about finances and being comfortable up to the bitter end. A bit macabre, but I won't live forever. On the other hand, I haven't been through a downturn so I don't know how...
by Yooper
Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Septic tank - deal killer?
Replies: 47
Views: 4481

Re: Septic tank - deal killer?

My understanding is that the pumping process removes material at the bottom that cannot/will not degrade. If it's not done there's a risk of solids getting into the drain field and causing serious problems. Problems you do NOT want to have. The frequency of pumping is based on the size of your tank,...
by Yooper
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inactive accounts closed?
Replies: 30
Views: 2517

Re: Inactive accounts closed?

I've just had Bank of America try and close two old cards I have with them. That's the only bank that has ever tried that on me. It was after three years of inactivity. They sent me emails in advance, though, saying that each card would be closed unless I used it in the next 30 days. (I just keep t...