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by wageoghe
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I proactively replace my central AC unit?
Replies: 33
Views: 2571

Re: Should I proactively replace my central AC unit?

A two stage unit, properly sized with a higher SEER rating will be a nice upgrade. Will it pay for itself? Likely not. We upgraded a similar unit. The unit running in the first stage is virtually silent. The old unit would run short cycles at turbo fan mode. It didn't run enough to remove humidity....
by wageoghe
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Audio books
Replies: 12
Views: 708

Re: Audio books

Quality is good. I really enjoy my audible.com subscription. I had the 24 credits per year, purchased upfront subscription for a while. That is the cheapest per credit option, but that means a lot of credits to work through. I am now on the 12 credits per year, purchased upfront option. Month to mon...
by wageoghe
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Light Switch Style and Why?
Replies: 12
Views: 1426

Re: Light Switch Style and Why?

I like the Decora. I think it looks better and is easier to operate, especially with an elbow when your arms are full. Whichever way you go, I’d recommend getting commercial grade switches, at least in heavier use areas. I’d also recommend specifying that the “push and pray” wiring method not be use...
by wageoghe
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone 8 case suggestions
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: Iphone 8 case suggestions

I use a Speck Candyshell (plain, not grip) and have been satisfied. I used one on my iPhone 6 and am using one on my iPhone X. It provides good protection without too much bulk.
by wageoghe
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wireless earbuds for exercise - airpods or ??
Replies: 28
Views: 2114

Re: wireless earbuds for exercise - airpods or ??

Another vote for AirPods. Easy pairing. Easy to use with another iDevice. I think the AirPods probably feel like they fit better than corded EarPods because there is no cord pulling on the pod. Using the case, they can charge from a very low state (10-15%) to 75-80% in 15-20 minutes. I have no compl...
by wageoghe
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Interesting Bitcoin documentary on Amazon Prime
Replies: 8
Views: 1763

Re: Interesting Bitcoin documentary on Amazon Prime

Watched a couple of interesting documentaries on Bitcoin this evening. Available on Amazon Prime. One is slightly dated 2014 but is finding itself in the top results because of increased interest. Still a good show with interesting facts about Bitcoin. If you kinda get Bitcoin, but not really, you ...
by wageoghe
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple 2FA is saving DEVICE passwords in the cloud
Replies: 21
Views: 2872

Re: Apple 2FA is saving DEVICE passwords in the cloud

I would expect apple to encrypt the password. but it is still in the cloud. I know it's in the cloud because I can enter my imac password on my iphone while my imac is offline, and it still verifies. Therefore it must be verifying my password in the cloud. I have two concerns about this: 1) the obv...
by wageoghe
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron
Replies: 27
Views: 2469

Re: Single Purpose Device- Waffle Iron

I saw a segment of a cooking show on tv where they cooked refrigerated cinnamon rolls with a waffle iron.
by wageoghe
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Iphone Maps with Voice and Bluetooth Hands Free
Replies: 11
Views: 858

Re: Iphone Maps with Voice and Bluetooth Hands Free

What kind of car do you have?
by wageoghe
Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WiFi [extender]
Replies: 57
Views: 5926

Re: WiFi [extender]

We got an eero recently and could not be happier.
by wageoghe
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Experience finding gas pump card skimmer?
Replies: 46
Views: 5154

Re: Experience finding gas pump card skimmer?

Another recommendation for Exxon's Speedpass app.
by wageoghe
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best place to sell my used iPhone?
Replies: 28
Views: 3161

Re: Best place to sell my used iPhone?

I've sold several iPhones to gazelle.com. Not the best to get the highest price, but super easy.
by wageoghe
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?
Replies: 19
Views: 1502

Re: Want to give money to relative traveling int'l - options?

How will your relative be spending money on the trip now? Credit card? Debit card? I would give a check. Your relative can deposit it into whatever kind of account he/she has and won't be tempted to take a big wad of cash with them (which may or may not be a good idea).
by wageoghe
Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Non-fiction bucket list
Replies: 110
Views: 12105

Re: Non-fiction bucket list

A World Lit Only by Fire and The Glory and the Dream , both by William Manchester. The first is a very good introduction to the Middle Ages, and the second is an excellent narrative history of mid 20th century America. I'm sure that A World Lit Only by Fire is very interesting and enjoyable, but mu...
by wageoghe
Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: bike rack quick release?
Replies: 9
Views: 1283

Re: bike rack quick release?

Why don't you leave the trailer hitch attached to your car and just remove the bike rack from the hitch receiver? Judging by the last photo in the "installed/in use" sequence, it looks like you would just have to remove a pin and slide the rack out of the receiver.
by wageoghe
Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reasonable HVAC Quote?
Replies: 34
Views: 4543

Re: Reasonable HVAC Quote?

to learn about all things hvac: http://hvac-talk.com/vbb/forumdisplay.php?1-AOP-Residential-HVAC you can ask questions about equipment and sizing, but don't post prices. That is a good source of info. I'm surprised that this forum doesn't get more traction here: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/hvac...
by wageoghe
Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reasonable HVAC Quote?
Replies: 34
Views: 4543

Re: Reasonable HVAC Quote?

I just replaced our forced air natural gas furnace and central air last week. Replaced a 16 year old builder grade system. Got three quotes and went with the most expensive which was Carrier brand and work done by reputable local company that had actually installed the original system for the build...
by wageoghe
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs
Replies: 33
Views: 3003

Re: Favorite Biographies and Memoirs

The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret War - Stephen Kinzer
William Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life - James Lee McDonough
by wageoghe
Sat May 27, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HondaCare Warranty Transferrable?
Replies: 3
Views: 888

Re: HondaCare Warranty Transferrable?

I googled "is hondacare warranty transferable" and found this:

http://www.honda-extended-warranty.com/

The answer seems to be "yes" for private party to private party sale.

I've seen another reference that seems to indicate that you have to go back to the he dealer to do the transfer.

Good luck!
by wageoghe
Sun May 21, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Window tint (film) on house windows?
Replies: 24
Views: 3699

Re: Window tint (film) on house windows?

Keep in mind that some window manufacturers will void your warranty if you apply a tint to them. Obviously, not a big concern as you can remove before they come out for a repair/replacement. "Some window manufacturers will void the consumer 5 warranty for the unit if any window film is installed on...
by wageoghe
Fri May 19, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to get oil change?
Replies: 35
Views: 3344

Re: Where to get oil change?

From everything I have ever heard and read, on a front wheel drive car, the better tires go in the rear. https://www.tirerack.com/wheels/tech/techpage.jsp?techid=52 This makes no sense. If you put 4 new tires on a FWD car, the front tires wear faster than the rear. From the moment you drive it with...
by wageoghe
Fri May 19, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to get oil change?
Replies: 35
Views: 3344

Re: Where to get oil change?

From everything I have ever heard and read, on a front wheel drive car, the better tires go in the rear.

https://www.tirerack.com/wheels/tech/te ... ?techid=52
by wageoghe
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New HVAC - Assessing Quotes? - Update, New Info
Replies: 40
Views: 4855

Re: New HVAC - Assessing Quotes?

The quote and warranty seem reasonable. We have gotten two Carrier systems in the last few years. The standard warranty is 10 years parts and 1 year labor. I would strongly encourage getting a manual J calculation to determine appropriate system size. If you are replacing all windows, be sure the ca...
by wageoghe
Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon mitigation credit at closing
Replies: 16
Views: 2139

Re: Radon mitigation credit at closing

We paid about $2250 for a subslab radon mitigation system in 2014. Our radon measured just over 4.0, which is the threshold where mitigation is typically recommended. The work included the following: 1. 4" hole through block and brick wall. 2. 4" hole in slab. 3. Scoop pit under the slab hole. 4. Su...
by wageoghe
Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spring Break Trip to Disney World
Replies: 68
Views: 6090

Re: Spring Break Trip to Disney World

Get the book mentioned above. Be sure to get the one for the current year. If you don't have the time or desire to read it, don't. Go to the back and look for the "touring plans". Pick one you like. Mark out the rides/attractions that you don't want to do. Do the rest in the order the touring plan s...
by wageoghe
Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Programable thermostat for gas water heater?
Replies: 19
Views: 1882

Re: Programable thermostat for gas water heater?

Some people set their water heater to a higher temperature and use a mixing/tempering valve on the tank output to bring the water back down to a safe temperature (normal hot water temperature). The end result is an increase in your hot water capacity. It takes less of the hot water from the tank to ...
by wageoghe
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gutter Replacement
Replies: 17
Views: 2259

Re: Gutter Replacement

You will typically pay by the foot. I would recommend seamless gutters fabricated on site, not sections. If you are getting 6" gutters, be sure to get 3'x4' downspouts. When we replaced our gutters, we did it at the same time that we got a new roof and had some other repairs done, so we had a GC han...
by wageoghe
Sat Feb 04, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What bulk nuts do you buy and from where?
Replies: 26
Views: 3777

Re: What bulk nuts do you buy and from where?

www.nuts.com I've always had excellent service. They also sell candy and snacks.
by wageoghe
Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for small e-gift card for Brno, Czech Republic
Replies: 1
Views: 262

Re: Suggestions for small e-gift card for Brno, Czech Republic

I would try Amazon or I would just put $20-10 cash inside a card and mail it to the intended recipient.
by wageoghe
Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Christmas Gift to my boss. What book?
Replies: 17
Views: 1686

Re: Christmas Gift to my boss. What book?

I once gave my boss Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time. He loved it. https://www.amazon.com/Longitude-Genius-Greatest-Scientific-Problem/dp/080271529X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481319175&sr=8-1&keywords=longitude Anyone alive in the eight...
by wageoghe
Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smartphone for a low techie
Replies: 18
Views: 2199

Re: Smartphone for a low techie

Why not get an iPhone? I have always had one, so I can't really compare to Android, but they are pretty similar in what they can do and how easy/hard they are to use. One big benefit to getting an iPhone is that you already have one and know how to use it and the Apple ecosystem. If he has any quest...
by wageoghe
Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transferring Files - Macbook
Replies: 3
Views: 485

Re: Transferring Files - Macbook

Here's another link that describes how to do this:

http://www.imore.com/how-to-transfer-ol ... ta-new-mac

Looks like it is mostly a rehash of the Apple link posted earlier, but you might find a useful nugget or two.
by wageoghe
Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hearing aids: best brands and where to get them?
Replies: 35
Views: 5134

Re: Hearing aids: best brands and where to get them?

I don't have direct experience with hearing aids, but this recent thread seemed like it had a lot of good information.

viewtopic.php?t=198872
by wageoghe
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Backing Up iPhone Memos: iCloud Backup or Local Backup to Laptop
Replies: 7
Views: 1140

Re: Backing Up iPhone Memos: iCloud Backup or Local Backup to Laptop

You will find many recommendations on this forum for using a password manager, like LastPass or 1Password (or many more) to store information like that (passwords, sensitive notes). You will also find plenty of people who are fine with storing information on the cloud (as well secured as possible) a...
by wageoghe
Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What iPhone podcast application do you use?
Replies: 40
Views: 3530

Re: What iPhone podcast application do you use?

I use Downcast as well. No ads. Yet.
by wageoghe
Fri Oct 14, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Least expensive iPhone
Replies: 65
Views: 6626

Re: Least expensive iPhone

Right now, Ting is selling the iPhone 4 for $87 (or $62 if you use someone's advertising link). https://ting.com/shop/iPhone-4-White-Refurbished https://9to5mac.com/2016/10/14/iphone-4-obsolete-vintage/ I would not waste my time, or my $87 or $62 on an iPhone 4. I would recommend a 6 (or SE) or hig...
by wageoghe
Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Inherited Whole Life Insurance Policy
Replies: 9
Views: 1713

Re: Inherited Whole Life Insurance Policy

RE item 4, it isn't clear what you mean by selling inherited stocks for a loss based on the cost basis. Your basis is the price of the stick at the time you inherit it, not the price your grandfather paid for it. If you sold the stock, the amount of money you made or lost is based on your basis (the...
by wageoghe
Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Losing cell phone memory; not sure why or how to stop it!
Replies: 15
Views: 2011

Re: Losing cell phone memory; not sure why or how to stop it!

Do you delete your text messages? Over time they can take up a lot of storage if you never delete them.
by wageoghe
Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hailing runners and tech Bogleheads re:Apple watch 2
Replies: 27
Views: 2602

Re: Hailing runners and tech Bogleheads re:Apple watch 2

Everything I've read says that iPhone 5 or higher is required for Apple Watch.
by wageoghe
Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fixing/replacing undergound pool line
Replies: 2
Views: 641

Re: Fixing/replacing undergound pool line

Have you pressure tested the return line (or hired someone to)? It should be possible to pretty accurately locate the leak so you'll know how much you have to dig up. If the rest of the return is solid (not leaking), It might be just fine to continue using it. A reputable poll guy should know or som...
by wageoghe
Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exterior glass tile wall question
Replies: 6
Views: 905

Re: Exterior glass tile wall question

Not suggesting you replace anything, but we have one of these in our home. These windows are manufactured as a unit that is set in the window opening, vs being assembled with mortar. They are also available with glass blocks. I suspect these products are more efficient than the glass block and morta...
by wageoghe
Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exxon Speedpass
Replies: 5
Views: 934

Re: Exxon Speedpass

I've used the SpeedPass+ app on my iPhone. I don't know if there are any pumps that accept NFC-type payment (like an Apple Pay terminal). However, the app still works. It determines the location of the gas station via gps. You enter the pump number. Then the pump is authorized. You can set your meth...
by wageoghe
Mon Aug 01, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switch from Allstate to Amica/USAA?
Replies: 34
Views: 3246

Re: Switch from Allstate to Amica/USAA?

We have USAA home and auto insurance. We receive a "dividend" just about every year (maybe every year). Our eligibility is based on my father's military service (retired officer) and the fact that he had coverage through them at some point (at least auto, I'm not sure about homeowners). So, I don't ...
by wageoghe
Sun Jun 26, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon - customer service issues
Replies: 31
Views: 3093

Re: Amazon - customer service issues

I've never had a problem with Amazon. The few times I have had to return something it was super easy, as noted by earlier posters. Once I ordered something (under Prime membership). After two days I got notification from UPS that the item had been delivered, but it was nowhere to be found. I contact...
by wageoghe
Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for ready-to-eat Costco meals?
Replies: 28
Views: 48150

Re: Recommendations for ready-to-eat Costco meals?

Ravioli lasagna. It's delicious.
by wageoghe
Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reading the news/newspapers [in digital format]
Replies: 16
Views: 1564

Re: Reading the news/newspapers [in digital format]

I read the NYT on both iPad and iPhone using the NYT app (paid). As mentioned earlier in this thread, the app is excellent. One nice feature is that you can save articles for later. So, often I will make a first pass through the app (or at least the top stories), and Save for Later the articles that...
by wageoghe
Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Umbrella policy differences between insurers ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1801

Re: Umbrella policy differences between insurers ?

I don't know if umbrella policies differ much between companies or not. However, I could imagine that some insurers might require you to use their auto and/or homeowners insurance in order to get their umbrella. Or, different insurers might have different underwriting requirements (like different re...
by wageoghe
Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighborhood kids setting up lemonade stand on my property
Replies: 102
Views: 8832

Re: Neighborhood kids setting up lemonade stand on my property

Maybe you can run the lawn sprinkler on the weekend, coincidentally starting just before the lemonade stand shows up. Or mow the lawn then. Or park your cars on the street so you can "clean out your garage".
by wageoghe
Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Burying a St Joseph's statue to sell a home
Replies: 11
Views: 1569

Re: Burying a St Joseph's statue to sell a home

Some traditions say that you should dig the statue back up after the home sells or the new owner won't be able to stay in the house for very long.

Here's an article that might help you do it the right way, if there is a right way.

http://m.wikihow.com/Bury-St.-Joseph
by wageoghe
Mon May 30, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windshield chipped - call insurance company?
Replies: 26
Views: 3029

Re: Windshield chipped - call insurance company?

I don't know if this true for all auto insurance companies, but mine encourages reporting of glass claims like this. They contract with SafeLite to do the repairs at no cost to the policyholder. There is even a special phone number (or maybe a special option on the phone menu) for arranging the glas...