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by yolli71
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "distilled" water for wife's CPAP machine
Replies: 68
Views: 4817

Re: "distilled" water for wife's CPAP machine

My wife has a CPAP that she's used for many years. I just showed her this thread, and she said her CPAP has a water reservoir but that she doesn't fill it, and has never used it. ?? Is this OK ?? I used to use water in my machine everyday until a coworker told me he didn't use his. I then called th...
by yolli71
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "distilled" water for wife's CPAP machine
Replies: 68
Views: 4817

Re: "distilled" water for wife's CPAP machine

dm200 wrote:
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:31 pm
My wife uses a CPAP machine at night and the one she uses has a container for water. She buys "distilled" water.

Before I suggest this to her - I wonder if the condensed water from a dehumidifier might be satisfactory as a "free" alternative?
This might be the best thread of the year! :D
by yolli71
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 179
Views: 37594

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

I just turned 47 last month... Negatives - I've been exercising and lifting weights on a fairly regular basis for 25 years, but now it's much harder to look fit and/or lose weight than in my 20s. This goes along with being able to eat what you want...can't do that anymore in your 40s like you could ...
by yolli71
Tue May 22, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 719
Views: 78140

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

I've just completed 2 episodes (of 4) of the documentary Evil Genius and find it fascinating! I can't believe I don't remember this event taking place.
by yolli71
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Second home [buy with retirement funds?]
Replies: 51
Views: 3388

Re: Second home [buy with retirement funds?]

I believe the OP should just purchase the condo. They obviously seem to be leaning towards it and love it, and they can obviously afford it...it doesn't matter if it's the best financial decision. Even if it's not the "optimal" financial decision, my guess is that it will bring them the most happine...
by yolli71
Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Second home [buy with retirement funds?]
Replies: 51
Views: 3388

Re: Second home [buy with retirement funds?]

Thanks all. I think we really want to do this and it makes sense to have somewhere we can go on spur of the moment. We are both retired so can go whenever we like. I would mostly want to rent it out in the winter season, saving a month for ourselves. Rent is at a premium then. It's hard to go throu...
by yolli71
Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good store for roller shades?
Replies: 15
Views: 1423

Re: Good store for roller shades?

Thanks everyone. I just ordered samples from all 3 stores...we'll see how it goes! I'd be interested in hearing what you learn from the samples. I just had my blinds installed the other day. I ended up going through Costco. They sold Bali roller shades on their website for much less than any other ...
by yolli71
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another shower question: ShowerGuard and Ultra Clear glass?
Replies: 3
Views: 499

Another shower question: ShowerGuard and Ultra Clear glass?

Does anyone have any experience with "ShowerGuard" or low iron "ultra clear" glass for their shower glass? These are two options that were presented to me for my new shower and I want to know if people are familiar with them, and if so, would you buy either one of them again? The ShowerGuard is $300...
by yolli71
Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frameless Shower Glass Thickness?
Replies: 8
Views: 1019

Re: Frameless Shower Glass Thickness?

Thanks for the responses...I'm feeling better about that configuration now!
by yolli71
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Frameless Shower Glass Thickness?
Replies: 8
Views: 1019

Frameless Shower Glass Thickness?

I'm in the middle of getting some estimates on a frameless glass shower for my master bath. I have a corner shower with a knee wall, so there will be 3 pieces of glass: 1 on top of the knee wall, 1 stationary panel, and a 28" door. The first 2 companies gave me estimates for 3/8" glass. However, the...
by yolli71
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good store for roller shades?
Replies: 15
Views: 1423

Re: Good store for roller shades?

Thanks everyone. I just ordered samples from all 3 stores...we'll see how it goes! I'd be interested in hearing what you learn from the samples. I'll post after making a decision and installing the shade. The prices from these 3 online stores are better than The Shade Store and Next Day Blinds. I'm...
by yolli71
Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good store for roller shades?
Replies: 15
Views: 1423

Re: Good store for roller shades?

Thanks everyone. I just ordered samples from all 3 stores...we'll see how it goes!
by yolli71
Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Good store for roller shades?
Replies: 15
Views: 1423

Good store for roller shades?

I'm in the middle of remodeling my master bathroom and want to purchase roller shades for the big window in our bathroom. I've been to Next Day Blinds and The Shade Store. To my surprise, the material feels a lot like "paper." I was a little disappointed and was hoping for a heavier, higher quality ...
by yolli71
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Brake Pads
Replies: 70
Views: 5706

Re: New Brake Pads

I had my oil changed today and found out I need new brake pads. They quoted me: $229 plus tax for front brake pads and resurface the front rotors $171 plus tax for rear brake pads Does this seem like a reasonable cost? Any suggestions? Sounds reasonable to me. I just had my rear pads and rotors rep...
by yolli71
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best radiant floor heating system?
Replies: 6
Views: 637

Re: Best radiant floor heating system?

Didn't notice any issues w/ SunTouch. I'm open to either brand, but from what I read, it looks like Schluter Ditra is the "Mercedes Benz" of radiant heating systems, and it doesn't seem to be that much more expensive than the other top brands. That said, I don't know much about all of this so I'm wi...
by yolli71
Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best radiant floor heating system?
Replies: 6
Views: 637

Re: Best radiant floor heating system?

Thanks...looks like Schluter Ditra does well here too!
by yolli71
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best radiant floor heating system?
Replies: 6
Views: 637

Re: Best radiant floor heating system?

Hmm...I don't know. I guess I'm open to all systems. I really don't know much about this stuff.

Thanks for the link...it looks like Schluter Ditra is held in high regard.
by yolli71
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best radiant floor heating system?
Replies: 6
Views: 637

Best radiant floor heating system?

We're looking to remodel our master bathroom and one thing my wife wants is heated tile floors. I don't want to worry about any issues so I'm willing to spend a little more for a reliable system. The tile salesperson we're dealing with recommended SunTouch. Does anyone have any experience and recomm...
by yolli71
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy new iPhone?
Replies: 19
Views: 2282

Re: Where to buy new iPhone?

Okay, so from the responses I've seen so far, I should either buy the phone from Apple, Verizon, or now T-Mobile (which I'm not interested in switching providers at this time). I think I'm even more confused now! :oops: If there's no special advantage in going with Verizon, I think I'm inclined to b...
by yolli71
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to buy new iPhone?
Replies: 19
Views: 2282

Where to buy new iPhone?

My wife has an iPhone 5 and she's ready to move up to a new phone. We're looking to purchase an iPhone 8, but where is the best place to purchase the new phone? Would it be directly from Apple or from our provider, Verizon? Or does it even matter? We were going to go to the Apple store, but then I w...
by yolli71
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you tell anyone you paid off your mortgage?
Replies: 338
Views: 40948

Re: Did you tell anyone you paid off your mortgage?

The OP question just seems kind of odd, no offense intended. I guess I don't see paying off a mortgage as some sort of huge accomplishment or sign of wealth. We had ours about half paid off, but then refinanced back up to the original amount to pay for a much needed remodel. We could have paid most...
by yolli71
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you tell anyone you paid off your mortgage?
Replies: 338
Views: 40948

Re: Did you tell anyone you paid off your mortgage?

I find it strange how several here have said "I've only told my spouse." Although I'm not married, it seems odd to me that this is the type of event that needs to be communicated to a spouse, as if they'd ordinarily be clueless as to how much money they owed on their home. +1. +2. I understand frie...
by yolli71
Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Upgrade my Roku?
Replies: 34
Views: 3776

Re: Upgrade my Roku?

So I was planning on buying the new Fire TV but it's received bad reviews...lots of bugs. So now I'm not sure what to do. I want to buy a streaming device that has an Ethernet port and can play my Amazon Prime music, photos, videos, etc. Should I stick with the Fire TV or will Roku do all the same t...
by yolli71
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 57
Views: 6000

Re: WiFi [extender]

I have an Orbi mesh. Have a hard time recommending it due to the forced firmware updates that break things all the time. Some devices just don't play well with mesh also, like the 15 Chromecast audios I just added - they behave fine with a single router or AP, but with mesh, they randomly disappear...
by yolli71
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 57
Views: 6000

Re: WiFi [extender]

Another vote for Google Wifi. I was having issues with my old Apple Time Capsule router and Netgear Wifi extender. I bought the Google Wifi and it was like night and day...even areas out on my deck get great coverage.
by yolli71
Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exhaust Fan for the bathroom
Replies: 59
Views: 5639

Re: Exhaust Fan for the bathroom

I am having my bathroom painted. he painter said that the spots of mildew are because the exhaust is not powerful enough to suck up the moisture, and said that I should get it replaced. Any suggestions on what to go with? House is about 20 years old. And is it easy to install this, or should I call...
by yolli71
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How useful is a home security system?
Replies: 82
Views: 9211

Re: How useful is a home security system?

I have a Ring doorbell and motion sensor floodlight cams outside of my house, and Blink cameras inside my home. I also have Simplisafe. I do not pay any monthly monitoring fees. It requires a little bit of money upfront, but it sure does provide peace of mind (especially for my wife when I'm on trav...
by yolli71
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DirecTV vs. Dish vs. Cable
Replies: 21
Views: 2212

Re: DirecTV vs. Dish vs. Cable

I personally have been with DirecTV for a long time and have been happy with them. I find the service to be good and they're always willing to work with me when I try to get discounts or lower the price. In fact, I just called them a couple of weeks ago b/c my rates had gone up after some old discou...
by yolli71
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home security system
Replies: 12
Views: 1904

Re: Home security system

We purchased Simplisafe earlier this year. We have a 3 level home and we purchased entry sensors for every door and window in the basement and on the main floor. We did not buy a motion sensor b/c we didn't think we needed it since we covered all doors/windows. Plus, a friend of mine who has Simplis...
by yolli71
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trip Cancellation Insurance.
Replies: 37
Views: 3647

Re: Trip Cancellation Insurance.

We book ours through USAA (they have an arrangement with Travel Insured International). We actually just used ours earlier this year. We had a family vacation to the Caribbean planned in April and we missed our connecting flight due to bad weather. The next flight out was going to be in 2.5 days, so...
by yolli71
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honey app to save money on Amazon?
Replies: 2
Views: 680

Re: Honey app to save money on Amazon?

I have it. It's not bad. It's saved me a little bit of money a couple of times. A lot of the deals they search for don't qualify, so many times you don't get any extra discounts. My wife doesn't like the app b/c she feels it gets in the way as she's trying to make a purchase, but to me it's a very m...
by yolli71
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best internet service provider in Washington DC area?
Replies: 6
Views: 957

Re: Best internet service provider in Washington DC area?

I live in Northern VA and have Cox and am very happy with them. However, I'm not sure if Cox is offered in Silver Spring...it might just be Comcast (along with Fios). If you had to choose between Fios and Comcast, I'd definitely go Fios as people around here complain about Comcast all the time.
by yolli71
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Google wifi is awesome
Replies: 67
Views: 14757

Re: Google wifi is awesome

Another thumbs up for Google Wifi. I was having trouble reaching certain areas of my home, so I ditched my Airport Time Capsule and bought the Netgear Orbi. I had trouble trying to set it up and I found Netgear support to be absolutely terrible (very difficult to reach, long wait times, etc.). I ret...
by yolli71
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humid basement
Replies: 39
Views: 3419

Re: Humid basement

Has anyone tried the DampRid Moisture Absorber?

http://www.homedepot.com/p/DampRid-64-o ... /100391308

My coworker swears by this stuff, so I've been thinking of getting a couple for my basement.
by yolli71
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Standard TSP & Taxable, or Roth TSP?
Replies: 5
Views: 762

Re: Standard TSP & Taxable, or Roth TSP?

MAGI is 189k. I've done the Backdoor Roth for the past couple of years (just to play it safe) in the beginning of each year. It should be about the same this year. If this helps, I have about 140k in my new Vanguard taxable account (VTSAX, VGTSX, and VWITX) as I inherited 100k last year and I add $1...
by yolli71
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Standard TSP & Taxable, or Roth TSP?
Replies: 5
Views: 762

Standard TSP & Taxable, or Roth TSP?

I'm guessing this has been discussed before but I couldn't find it in the search. Do most people recommend maxing out a standard TSP and putting any extra income in a taxable account, or just allocating all of your income to the Roth TSP? My wife and I are both federal employees with a combined inco...
by yolli71
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need WIFI repeater or second router Advice
Replies: 45
Views: 3991

Re: Need WIFI repeater or second router Advice

I truly cannot recommend the Google Wifi system enough. They're sold on Amazon and at Best Buy...I think they're on sale right now as mine was $274.99 (instead of the normal price of $299.99 I believe). Did you use with FIOS? Also, did you still use your current router? Thanks! No, I use Cox Cable....
by yolli71
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need WIFI repeater or second router Advice
Replies: 45
Views: 3991

Re: Need WIFI repeater or second router Advice

Currently have Verizon FIOS with their provided router and have terrible WIFI on the other side of my house - maybe 50 feet away. I've read I can do a repeater or add a second router that is connected with a Ethernet cable. The reviews on repeaters are iffy and there appears to be a lot of setup wi...
by yolli71
Wed May 24, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it spending money to keep your house looking sharp?
Replies: 54
Views: 9325

Re: Is it worth it spending money to keep your house looking sharp?

Thanks all. After thinking about it yesterday, I've decided that it is worth it to me to have a sharp looking house. I will keep my costs down where possible, but spending on the house to have a nice looking house is worthwhile. My wife and I don't spend a lot of money on ourselves per se, but if t...
by yolli71
Fri May 19, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to get oil change?
Replies: 35
Views: 3414

Re: Where to get oil change?

I live in the DC metro area and always get my oil change and tire rotation for $19.99. If you go online, you'll find coupons at Mr. Tire or NTB. After taxes and fees, it comes out to be closer to $25 or so. Mr. Tire also has their own card (similar to a Target REDcard) where they take another $10 of...
by yolli71
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Basic questions about selling stocks...
Replies: 7
Views: 1112

Re: Basic questions about selling stocks...

Thanks to everyone for the advice! After thinking about it, I'm going to go ahead and sell all 3.
by yolli71
Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Basic questions about selling stocks...
Replies: 7
Views: 1112

Basic questions about selling stocks...

I currently own shares in 3 stocks: Apple, Bank of America, and Sprint. My old financial advisor purchased these stocks for me years ago, and I’ve held onto them all this time because BofA and Sprint were doing so poorly. Those stocks have started to rebound over the past year, so I’m thinking of se...
by yolli71
Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Echo Dot question
Replies: 9
Views: 1683

Re: Amazon Echo Dot question

Don't mean to hijack this thread but I have a quick question about the Echo Dot too... I have an Echo in my kitchen and we mostly use it to play music. Whenever we are in our family room (which is adjacent to the kitchen), we have to yell across the room for Alexa to hear us. If I purchase a Dot an...
by yolli71
Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Echo Dot question
Replies: 9
Views: 1683

Re: Amazon Echo Dot question

Don't mean to hijack this thread but I have a quick question about the Echo Dot too... I have an Echo in my kitchen and we mostly use it to play music. Whenever we are in our family room (which is adjacent to the kitchen), we have to yell across the room for Alexa to hear us. If I purchase a Dot and...
by yolli71
Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Caribbean vacation with 3 kids
Replies: 27
Views: 2885

Re: Caribbean vacation with 3 kids

Dominican Republic is a cheaper destination - we've been twice - once to La Romana, last year to Punta Cana, and had very good experience as vacations with kids go. Last year an all inclusive for a week with 2 kids cost us $5k (we booked through Costco Travel). They had a kids club with activities ...
by yolli71
Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: anyone have Blink Security system?
Replies: 13
Views: 1764

Re: anyone have Blink Security system?

I too am interested in this system and am waiting for the outdoor cameras to be rolled out this spring/summer before making my purchase.
by yolli71
Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Vanguard backdoor ROTH - Exchange vs Convert to Roth options
Replies: 18
Views: 3399

Re: Vanguard backdoor ROTH - Exchange vs Convert to Roth options

I have a question about this. I just transferred $5,500 from my BOA Checking account into my Vangaurd tIRA money market account on Wednesday. When I tried to do the Roth conversion yesterday, the Vanguard website said my tIRA account has "unavailable shares" and that electronic bank transfers are su...
by yolli71
Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Event Fee at Restaurants?
Replies: 22
Views: 3332

Re: Event Fee at Restaurants?

Thanks for the replies everyone. Just to answer some questions, this is simply going to be a "surprise" birthday lunch with friends/family in attendance. I tried just getting a large table or section of the restaurant that could accommodate our group, but I was told I'd need to use one of the privat...
by yolli71
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any one bought used phones from Gazelle?
Replies: 7
Views: 999

Re: Any one bought used phones from Gazelle?

Purchased an iPhone and sold a Macbook Pro and both were great experiences.
by yolli71
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Event Fee at Restaurants?
Replies: 22
Views: 3332

Event Fee at Restaurants?

I'm looking to throw a birthday party for a family member next month at Maggiano's with around 25 - 30 people in attendance. The lady at Maggiano's told me I'd need to rent a banquet room for that number of people and there's an $800 minimum. She also said there's an "event fee" of 20%. I asked if a...