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by wilked
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who “owns” the side of my garage?
Replies: 9
Views: 1330

Re: Who “owns” the side of my garage?

Sounds good, I’ll paint it! That was my inclination, just checking for other opinions
by wilked
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who “owns” the side of my garage?
Replies: 9
Views: 1330

Who “owns” the side of my garage?

I have a 1 car garage on my property. Edge of garage is the property line w 2 neighbors. Back of garage is 1 neighbor, side of garage is another. Side neighbors have a fence right up to edge of garage. Basically if you want to see those 2 exterior walls of garage you gotta go into the neighbors yard...
by wilked
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best drywall Anchors for hanging curtains
Replies: 28
Views: 1592

Re: Best drywall Anchors for hanging curtains

It depends on how heavy the curtains are, how many brackets there are and how many screw holes per bracket. Yesterday I hung a new rod for curtains 10' tall and 9' wide. There were three brackets (each end and center support) with two screw each. I used the included cheap plastic anchors and it is ...
by wilked
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finding reliable contractor in Boston area?
Replies: 14
Views: 674

Re: Finding reliable contractor in Boston area?

I live in Boston. My home is 100 years old. I have done mostly all of this work. Here’s the thing - a GC will charge 30% of the nut. At first blush you are asking for $50k of work, so that makes it $70k w a GC. Here’s the thing - you can GC this easily. PM me and I’d be happy to talk to you on phone...
by wilked
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston
Replies: 53
Views: 2586

Re: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston

The other weekend
https://abnb.me/JpxZIwOBLZ

$580 for 2 nights.

Again, great location, walkable / easy
by wilked
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston
Replies: 53
Views: 2586

Re: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston

https://abnb.me/yfMkeBABLZ

Oct 3/4/5

Less than $500 for 2 nights. Great location.
by wilked
Fri Sep 06, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston
Replies: 53
Views: 2586

Re: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston

Let's say you save $200/night That location is not walkable to anything of interest, so it's a place to rest your head and regroup. It depends what you are looking for. Let's say you do that, and then you pack a small backpack, collectively take an Uber into Boston (say $25), hang out in Boston all ...
by wilked
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston
Replies: 53
Views: 2586

Re: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston

If stays in Newton that would be much less the price than Boston or Cambridge. I ran a map from Newton to Boston Chinatown, its about 21min; and to Harvard square is about 26min. That's doable, especially the hotel price is so much cheaper. I am thinking of going to Boston in the beginning or mid O...
by wilked
Tue Sep 03, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cold Air Penetrating Window Glass (Winter, Boston)
Replies: 30
Views: 2250

Re: Cold Air Penetrating Window Glass (Winter, Boston)

It might be more than you want to spend but what you want is an infrared camera (FLIR). About $200, I would look at it like you just need to save $25/month on your heating bill to break even. Much better than your ir thermometer, it will pinpoint where issues are. Wait for a really cold day and walk...
by wilked
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does having children hurt net worth?
Replies: 47
Views: 1827

Re: Does having children hurt net worth?

This is a pretty silly question

The answer is no - everyone knows that the way to increase your assets and net worth is to have as many children as possible :D
by wilked
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2 year old A/C leak, $$
Replies: 20
Views: 1643

Re: 2 year old A/C leak, $$

OK, thanks for quick feedback.

Tech said the coils used to be copper, now aluminum. If it was copper he could do a quick fix with his torch, as is needs full replacement.
by wilked
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 2 year old A/C leak, $$
Replies: 20
Views: 1643

2 year old A/C leak, $$

Hello. Jan 2017 had a new install (new ducting/fan unit/ heat pump) installed, ~$14K. 10 year mechanical warranty from mfg (Bryant). I did not do any pre paid service plan, etc. Unit threw a low pressure error this week. Had the installer come out, they identified a leak in the evap coil. Evap coil ...
by wilked
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling home- Demanding Buyer (Repairs)
Replies: 417
Views: 38655

Re: Selling home- Demanding Buyer (Repairs)

What do you mean they about them "handing over the earnest money"? That was already in escrow, right? If the contract terms were clear, the escrow company should just have released that money to you. Our realtor told us that we didn't get the earnest money from escrow unless the buyer agreed to rel...
by wilked
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Manager is Interviewing Candidates (External) before Job is posted
Replies: 57
Views: 5605

Re: Manager is Interviewing Candidates (External) before Job is posted

OP, do you have regular 1:1 meetings with your manager where you talk personal development and career goals? Yes they are scheduled, but he always cancels them because he is too busy. Here's a suggestion - set an agenda for your next one. He will be much less likely to cancel when there is an agend...
by wilked
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Manager is Interviewing Candidates (External) before Job is posted
Replies: 57
Views: 5605

Re: Manager is Interviewing Candidates (External) before Job is posted

OP, do you have regular 1:1 meetings with your manager where you talk personal development and career goals?
by wilked
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Manager is Interviewing Candidates (External) before Job is posted
Replies: 57
Views: 5605

Re: Manager is Interviewing Candidates (External) before Job is posted

I would have a truthful conversation with your manager. Of course the only way to know it’s truthful is to have him under oath, so have your lawyer issue a summons and get him on the stand before you have a conversation about your career aspirations / interests. Or....just add it as an agenda item t...
by wilked
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: one month apartment rental in NYC
Replies: 12
Views: 1496

Re: one month apartment rental in NYC

I don't know about NY but I have heard nightmare stories in California which probably decrease the possibility of a longer term AirBnB. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/airbnb-squatters/index.html There might be some merit in doing 2,3,4 Air BnBs? One week in each location, say? this, for sure
by wilked
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wedding stuff
Replies: 19
Views: 1870

Re: Wedding stuff

Please buy/rent as little plastic as possible. There are environmentally sound alternatives to plastic dishes and flatware. I had to look up what a table topper is, why do you need those? It is a large banquet hall, we will have 8 or 10 tables. I need something to break up the expanse tables and ch...
by wilked
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I paint dark brown wainscotting?
Replies: 33
Views: 2095

Re: Should I paint dark brown wainscotting?

Due to a washing machine flood we are rehabbing our downstairs family room. I need some suggestions on painting 1970's dark brown wainscotting. The room it a long narrow 26'x10' family room some 1970's green brick fireplace. We would like to lighten up the room. We have chosen a light brown carpet ...
by wilked
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston
Replies: 53
Views: 2586

Re: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston

Not to hijack this thread, but does anyone have any suggestions on a family-friendly, yet somewhat nice, place to stay in Boston for a family of 4 during the winter? We're planning a short trip to Boston from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30 to see a Celtics game. While there, we also plan on going to a kid-frie...
by wilked
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Saving for a new car
Replies: 14
Views: 1206

Re: Saving for a new car

let's say the car you want to buy cost mid-20s, and you want to buy it in 2 years (likely) So you save $1000/month into a fund for this. If you invest into a savings account paying 2%, you will have $24.5K If you invest into something aggesssive paying 6% you will have $25.5K Of course that aggressi...
by wilked
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Are we financially okay?
Replies: 64
Views: 8193

Re: Are we financially okay?

Your outflow ($14k/month) exceeds your inflow ($200k salary)

You are not ok

You need to get that $14k/month down to less than $10k / month. You didn’t provide a budget but I would suggest that you can’t afford your house
by wilked
Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Company Vehicle - value?
Replies: 9
Views: 621

Re: Company Vehicle - value?

Figure out what your non work miles typically are (let’s say 10,000). Value it at 50 cents on the dollar. So $5k post tax dollars
by wilked
Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston
Replies: 53
Views: 2586

Re: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston

Parking in Boston is terrible. That said, if you have to try using SpotHero. You can usually find a cheap lot that way. There are no good long term street parking options. There used to be but that all got eaten up by bike lanes and increased meters / residential zones. There are a couple tricks but...
by wilked
Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying an older used car - any new/different ideas?
Replies: 64
Views: 3264

Re: Buying an older used car - any new/different ideas?

Whatever car you get...get one where the owner has meticulous service records. If the owner shows me she did all of the scheduled maintenance and took the car into the shop when she heard a squeek or squeal - I take that car (doesn't matter which model) every day over a used Camry with no records ed...
by wilked
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling home- Demanding Buyer (Repairs)
Replies: 417
Views: 38655

Re: Selling home- Demanding Buyer (Repairs)

What do you mean they about them "handing over the earnest money"? That was already in escrow, right? If the contract terms were clear, the escrow company should just have released that money to you. Our realtor told us that we didn't get the earnest money from escrow unless the buyer agreed to rel...
by wilked
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston
Replies: 53
Views: 2586

Re: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston

I work down the street from 777 Memorial https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11836087 $1000 for 3 nights, available for Labor Day Weekend. Great location, looks like a nice place Thanks for the link. What's the neighborhood around 777 Memorial like? My sense is that there's not a lot in the way of restaur...
by wilked
Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can we afford a $400k house?
Replies: 44
Views: 4408

Re: Can we afford a $400k house?

I would say yes. My only advice is to determine likely # of kids, and buy the house that fits everyone (ie the 'forever' home). Would be a waste of money to get a 'starter' home now, then 4 years and 2 kids later need to upgrade (good for the realtors, bad for you)
by wilked
Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston
Replies: 53
Views: 2586

Re: Hotel recommendation for Cambridge / Boston

I work down the street from 777 Memorial

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11836087

$1000 for 3 nights, available for Labor Day Weekend. Great location, looks like a nice place
by wilked
Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Negotiating" Salary
Replies: 74
Views: 5504

Re: "Negotiating" Salary

Is the reason to avoid the question because you don’t know what you are worth? Or is it that you are worried that you are worth more than they are willing to pay? The reason to avoid the question is to try to extract the maximum amount of employer surplus possible in the case of a wide salary range...
by wilked
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 45
Views: 3378

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

Yes, give up watching football. You'll be glad you did after a couple of years. So much more free time :) +1. Glad to see I am not alone in cutting the cord on NFL football. Games were getting boring to me, and the collective league boycott of Colin, who I think still has lots of talent, was last s...
by wilked
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Negotiating" Salary
Replies: 74
Views: 5504

Re: "Negotiating" Salary

abuss368 wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:09 pm
Avoid answering the question. Try to get them to offer a figure first. This is key.
Let’s say you’re right.

Is the reason to avoid the question because you don’t know what you are worth? Or is it that you are worried that you are worth more than they are willing to pay?
by wilked
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Negotiating" Salary
Replies: 74
Views: 5504

Re: "Negotiating" Salary

Everyone saying not to answer the question is working off old myths and realistically from a position of fear. People are scared to throw a number out too low and risk 'leaving money on the table', as well as scared to throw out a number too high and risk scaring the company off when realistically t...
by wilked
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is this 25% savings?
Replies: 67
Views: 4925

Re: Is this 25% savings?

I know this is going to sound harsh but it's shocking to me that people who are in charge of these types of promotions can't do basic 4th grade math. $160 is 20% less than $200. It is a 20% discount. However, if you want to make the marketing geniuses' heads explode, tell them they are free to adve...
by wilked
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Does Vanguard have a process for handling customer feedback?]
Replies: 24
Views: 1614

Re: Isn’t it time to stop making excuses for VG?

(A) yes, bad personal experiences (plural). Consistent with the same bad experiences many others have noted. (B) I don’t see Barron’s writing an article about Fidelity or Schwab on this debacle: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.barrons.com/amp/articles/vanguard-pricing-glitch-causes-funds-to-appear...
by wilked
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Lump sum payment question
Replies: 5
Views: 374

Re: Lump sum payment question

Student loan for me. Then knock off the $3k.

Good luck!
by wilked
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 45
Views: 3378

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

fishmonger wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:31 am
So looks like PlayStation Vue is a contender. What do people recommend between Roku, Amazon Firestick, etc? Want it to be as easy as possible, we have two Sony smart TVs
Roku all the way. Roku is great as it is agnostic, as opposed to google or amazon products
by wilked
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?
Replies: 45
Views: 3378

Re: Cutting the Cord - NFL Network?

I've heard of people using a Chromebook or similar device hooking up an HDMI to their TV and using Reddit to find streams. Heard it works pretty well, just have to find a reliable stream (which seems pretty easy), X out any ads, drag it over to your TV and then click full screen. Slightly less user...
by wilked
Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Western CO Folks Here (Durango?)? - Would you Rec?
Replies: 36
Views: 2517

Re: Any Western CO Folks Here (Durango?)? - Would you Rec?

So wife, 2 kids, and I are looking to make a move in the near future. We are looking to slow things down a bit from the big city. We have really enjoyed our vaca's out in W CO, especially Durango. The folks were all really friendly. The vibe was nice. Things were not hectic. The lifestyle rocked! W...
by wilked
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Cash out refinance vs HELOC
Replies: 12
Views: 941

Re: Cash out refinance vs HELOC

what is the rate on that 15K?

What is your savings?
by wilked
Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How Much House Can I Afford?
Replies: 7
Views: 1100

Re: How Much House Can I Afford?

What is the amount you can pay for down payment? Ie what do you have liquid (minus emerg savings)
by wilked
Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Buying a car, does it make sense to use 401k loan instead of an auto loan?
Replies: 37
Views: 2557

Re: Buying a car, does it make sense to use 401k loan instead of an auto loan?

Pay for cars with cash. You have cash available. Use it

Worry about the home in a year. Find a way to replenish that 25k
by wilked
Thu Aug 08, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should college student major in environmental science?
Replies: 50
Views: 2946

Re: Should college student major in environmental science?

Env Eng. if she can’t hack the course load I would choose something non environmental.
by wilked
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice for first time home buyer
Replies: 8
Views: 742

Re: Advice for first time home buyer

Don’t buy an $800k home when renting for $1200 does the job

If you’ve got a $1200/mo rental in SF I would keep riding that as long as possible
by wilked
Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice for first time home buyer
Replies: 8
Views: 742

Re: Advice for first time home buyer

What are you paying for rent?


How can you save $100k in 1-1.5 years on $185k salary with significant retirement savings? Numbers don’t add up to me
by wilked
Wed Aug 07, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently
Replies: 120
Views: 12361

Re: Amazon -- no longer the lowest prices, evidently

Do you mean one single store doesn’t have a monopoly on lowest pricing?

You just blew my mind....
by wilked
Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is roof warranty still valid? Owner sold company a year ago
Replies: 11
Views: 674

Re: Is roof warranty still valid? Owner sold company a year ago

Our home was reroofed 3 years ago and came with a 5 year warranty. The shingles have some installation-related issues in a 1x3' area, which is likely covered under the warranty. That said, I am unsure whether our warranty is still valid. The company who roofed our house was sold a year ago. Chattin...