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by hicabob
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: If you think oil prices will drop where would you invest?
Replies: 70
Views: 3505

Re: If you think oil prices will drop where would you invest?

I agree with livesoft but if your crystal ball has better performance than mine perhaps something like DTO.
by hicabob
Sat Aug 03, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dentist: Is this acceptable?
Replies: 63
Views: 4894

Re: Dentist: Is this acceptable?

My old dentist used to have a sign saying patients will always get a dentist inspecting their teeth after a cleaning and she did.
The sign disappeared then cleanings were frequently not followed by the dentist having a quick look.
I switched dentists.
by hicabob
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood Kitchen Counter Tops
Replies: 23
Views: 1821

Re: Wood Kitchen Counter Tops

I was reading about epoxy diy countertops and the article mentioned some people put a thick layer of clear epoxy over wood. Waterproof as can be with wood under a thick clear layer.
i.e.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoKwiIKPPyk
by hicabob
Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Personal Trainer for Physical Balance
Replies: 52
Views: 3205

Re: Personal Trainer for Physical Balance

As others have mentioned the "Bosu ball" is an interesting balance device, simple, reliable, popular and has survived a long time .
After watching other folk use it I just started messing with one at the gym and found I have lots of room for improvement!
by hicabob
Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling old farm equipment and cars
Replies: 8
Views: 833

Re: Selling old farm equipment and cars

Honda 600's are collectible - this auction site gets some respect. vw diesel pickups definitely have a following too. Fine taste your Pops has! https://bringatrailer.com/ I have a couple old plows and discing thingys where an old apple farm used to be. They are worth minimal$$$ although some folk us...
by hicabob
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: RESOLVED: Non-lethal alternatives to firearms to defend against home invasions in Florida
Replies: 113
Views: 6460

Re: Non-lethal alternatives to firearms to defend against home invasions in Florida

The house where I lived a couple semesters at college had an armed home invasion. It was fast and disconcerting but no-one injured, just a few $100 of stuff gone. I think being armed would have made the outcome worse although cooperating with the invaders does make one feel a little "wimpy". Unless ...
by hicabob
Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Outpatient procedure: trying to estimate costs, but problem with doctors office
Replies: 34
Views: 2084

Re: Outpatient procedure: trying to estimate costs, but problem with doctors office

The Surgery Center of Oklahoma is an interesting establishment. No insurance accepted but open pricing so may be useful for an estimate ...
https://surgerycenterok.com/
by hicabob
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Honda Fit - Anyone experiencing horrific whistling sound when front windows open >45mph?
Replies: 35
Views: 2082

Re: 2019 Honda Fit - Anyone experiencing horrific whistling sound when front windows open >45mph?

Almost all newer cars seem horrible with widows open. Either use the AC or buy a classic with triangular vent windows. Seriously though, driving next to an open window is surprisingly loud and has been connected to hearing loss.
by hicabob
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dogs and homeowners insurance company
Replies: 86
Views: 5066

Re: Dogs and homeowners insurance company

Here's an insurance company "bad dog list" (not mine :happy ) https://www.theinsurancealliance.com/10-dog-breeds-your-insurance-company-doesnt-like/ A few years back I had a sweet Ridgeback (they do look a bit scary). The insurance home inspector came around and old Zoe demanded to be petted then es...
by hicabob
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Safe DIY Spider Control
Replies: 16
Views: 744

Re: Safe DIY Spider Control

spiders are interesting, useful for consuming other insects, a food source for birds etc and generally harmless. How about leave them alone which also decreases your poison exposure. Inside a vacuum cleaner works well. We get black widows and tarantulas here too which some folk get silly over but in...
by hicabob
Fri Jul 12, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3456

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

Kenkat wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:38 pm
Hey, it beats a 727...
I preferred 727's as a passenger when they were still around. Roomier and quieter. Faster too I think. Very safe too.
http://www.airsafe.com/events/models/rate_mod.htm
by hicabob
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wize Cam reviews
Replies: 23
Views: 1727

Re: Wize Cam reviews

I have a few Wyze cameras. They are the best bang for the buck going, quite incredible. I don't quite understand the paranoia people have over the cloud storage in China. I highly doubt the Chinese corp thas people watching homeowners come & go and birds, bugs and shadows setting of an alert. If you...
by hicabob
Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for binoculars
Replies: 34
Views: 1768

Re: Recommendations for binoculars

These may be more than you are looking to pay but the Nikon Monarch 5 8x42 is a very good binocular that you can pick up for around $240. Amazon link --- https://www.amazon.com/Nikon-7576-MONARCH-Binocular-Black/dp/B00C66C950 I have these binoculars and they're great. Probably would have went with ...
by hicabob
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing broken glass on outdoor light lantern
Replies: 14
Views: 1165

Re: Replacing broken glass on outdoor light lantern

If it's plain (non tempered) flat glass cutting it is quite easy and sort of fun. These little tools are cheap and work well https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-5-in-Glass-Cutter-8501H/100169741?cm_mmc=Shopping%7CG%7CBase%7CD25T%7C25-1_HAND+TOOLS%7CNA%7CLIA%7c71700000043839315%7c58700004592003384%7c92...
by hicabob
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon levels in home
Replies: 50
Views: 4583

Re: Radon levels in home

It's worth noting that radon is a great deal heavier than air, and as a result will tend to accumulate in the basement. Not what I've heard. If true, why does it enter the house from the ground? Boyle's law would like a word with you. If you put a gas in a container it will fill it .... "One of the...
by hicabob
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon levels in home
Replies: 50
Views: 4583

Re: Radon levels in home

A little off subject. My house is 15 years old and has a passive Radon mitigation system (no fan) connected to the sump. When the house was built the radon level was 1 and now it is 3.9. I plan on adding a passive mitigation fan to the 3 inch PVC pipe in the attic. My question is how do you determi...
by hicabob
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon levels in home
Replies: 50
Views: 4583

Re: Radon levels in home

It's worth noting that radon is a great deal heavier than air, and as a result will tend to accumulate in the basement. Not what I've heard. If true, why does it enter the house from the ground? Boyle's law would like a word with you. If you put a gas in a container it will fill it .... "One of the...
by hicabob
Sat Jun 22, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon levels in home
Replies: 50
Views: 4583

Re: Radon levels in home

Would placement of a sensor in a utility room be okay, or should it be in a room that is frequently occupied? We have a walkout basement, and the utility room is mostly below grade. A "closed" house will have the highest readings since no fresh air from windows/doors will dilute the radon. A room i...
by hicabob
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon levels in home
Replies: 50
Views: 4583

Re: Radon levels in home

Are there potential risks associated with radon mitigation? For example, could you get water in your basement from drilling. I''m not suggesting it should not be done. Just asking a question. The sub-floor depressurization actually removes large amounts of moisture from under the slab. The fans are...
by hicabob
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you repair your own appliances?
Replies: 65
Views: 3743

Re: Do you repair your own appliances?

Yup - fixing stuff is sort of a hobby of mine - last appliance fix was the magnetron on a built in microwave/oven combo. So much sheet metal to remove! The "feel good" after it's back together and works is really nice though and I learned a bit about microwave theory and operation.
by hicabob
Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Careers that combine art/design and science?
Replies: 36
Views: 1662

Re: Careers that combine art/design and science?

il0kin wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:33 am
Industrial design could fit her well.

This, a good industrial designer can do wonders for the look and functionality of a product and they get paid well for it.
by hicabob
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: (Water Filtration System) Miracle we are all not dead
Replies: 61
Views: 5728

Re: (Water Filtration System) Miracle we are all not dead

Unless you smell like you just came out of the pool (that dried chlorine odor) after a shower the salesperson was taking liberties with the truth.
Home Depot has these test kits available for a few bucks.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/PRO-LAB-Wat ... /100176532
by hicabob
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anyone buying Beyond Meat stock?
Replies: 35
Views: 2991

Re: Anyone buying Beyond Meat stock?

BWildt wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:36 am
Anyone? :D
I tried to short bynd yesterday in my "fun money" account many times but couldn't borrow any shares.
Perhaps JP was gobbling up all the shares for shorting before releasing their analyst comment today?
by hicabob
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Being given charity that I don't need
Replies: 51
Views: 4843

Re: Being given charity that I don't need

A place I used to work for had 3 Vietnamese sisters that worked in assembly. Their family ran a restaurant which was very good and being a Vietnamese food aficionado I used to go there when in town. The bill was always silly-low so I used to tip about 200%.
by hicabob
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked
Replies: 28
Views: 1285

Re: Smoke Alarms - Individual Battery Operated vs. Hard-Wired Linked

The newer battery powered ones last for 10 years. Hard wired units still require batteries for power failures (super-caps would be better?) and the hardwire units I have require battery replacement every few years. I'd vote for 10 year battery powered . The electrician may be biased because he would...
by hicabob
Sun May 26, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Port Townsend-Pacific Northwest
Replies: 33
Views: 2710

Re: Port Townsend-Pacific Northwest

Really pretty area but quite remote. They do have issues with noise from the Navy "growlers" practicing on Whidbey (noisiest plane ever made?) sometimes in some locations which bothers some people. The "rain shadow" is interesting and covers most of the town giving a reprieve from the Seattle region...
by hicabob
Sat May 25, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Meaning of "high/low tolerance" in precision engineering
Replies: 12
Views: 1057

Re: Meaning of "high/low tolerance" in precision engineering

Yes. A tolerance of 0.0001 is 'higher' than one of .001 in the sense it's a lot harder/more expensive to accomplish. So someone producing parts accurate to .0001 is working to a higher standard than someone putting out parts accurate to .001, might be using higher quality tools to do so, and/or usi...
by hicabob
Sat May 25, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Meaning of "high/low tolerance" in precision engineering
Replies: 12
Views: 1057

Re: Meaning of "high/low tolerance" in precision engineering

Bearings are a good example of "precisely engineered parts"and if you have had a kid that skates you have probably heard of ABEC levels.
A pretty good example of what defines levels of "precision" ...

https://www.astbearings.com/bearing-tol ... evels.html
by hicabob
Tue May 14, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Crawl space encapsulation
Replies: 38
Views: 3310

Re: Crawl space encapsulation

Thanks all for the responses. Some very helpful info here. I live in North Carolina so humidity is a factor here. I agree that the first order of business would be to make a point to figure out where this water is coming from first. I like all the suggestions of where this might be. I've asked my d...
by hicabob
Tue May 14, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heating with propane?? Good idea?
Replies: 38
Views: 2073

Re: Heating with propane?? Good idea?

I've spent months tuning my hybrid setup, and thermostats like the ecobee have a feature that can switch to the furnace only after the HP has run for a while and 'tried' to get the heat up or the indoor temp drops below some ultimate threshold. Most HVAC installers will not be tuning to this level;...
by hicabob
Mon May 13, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heating with propane?? Good idea?
Replies: 38
Views: 2073

Re: Heating with propane?? Good idea?

That's really cheap for propane. Propane would cost about 1/2 of resistance electric per btu at your prices.
This type of calculator is useful.
http://www.maxmcarter.com/fuels/fuelscalc.html
by hicabob
Fri May 10, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 256 Gbytes for IPhone! How much further?
Replies: 29
Views: 2163

Re: 256 Gbytes for IPhone! How much further?

Since it's easier and faster to write software without memory space constraints I would expect very much further. Every weekly update seems to add gbytes to apps.
by hicabob
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: withdrawal strategy in retirement
Replies: 8
Views: 1639

Re: withdrawal strategy in retirement

Optimal withdrawal strategy becomes non-trivial quickly. I-orp is interesting and might help you with decisions.
https://www.i-orp.com/bequest/index.html
by hicabob
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Disabled, Disillusioned, but Significant Assets - Move Overseas, Offshore?
Replies: 47
Views: 3518

Re: Disabled, Disillusioned, but Significant Assets - Move Overseas, Offshore?

...Despite overwhelming medical evidence by my providers, I was denied SSDI (no LTDI). In addition, the delay in processing my claim was quite lengthy and as such, my work credits expired... To pursue a claim for Social Security Disability benefits there is a requirement that the disabled worker ha...
by hicabob
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need recommendation for a Stethoscope
Replies: 5
Views: 458

Re: Need recommendation for a Stethoscope

Decades ago I worked for a megacorp that had a medical division. The labs made a really nice electronic stethoscope but it never went to market because apparently the docs were used to the distorted sound thru rubber tubes.
by hicabob
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: seriously thinking about leaving S. CA but where to?
Replies: 177
Views: 10656

Re: seriously thinking about leaving S. CA but where to?

It's a good chance in most places outside US you will be taxed heavier. I am curious about the tax comment. How much do you pay in taxes to CA, percentage wise? I assume your property tax is very low due to the infamous prop 13. I always liked Lake Tahoe, Nevada side. Why not there? What about Utah...
by hicabob
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fun car advice
Replies: 140
Views: 9539

Re: fun car advice

This is a good auction website for sporty vehicles that might appreciate and has good commentary on the various rides
https://bringatrailer.com/
by hicabob
Mon Apr 01, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Folks in their 60s and above. What early investment on health do you recommend.
Replies: 193
Views: 14379

Re: Folks in their 60s and above. What early investment on health do you recommend.

So raw mushrooms in a salad are hazardous? Probably not in limited amounts. Raw mushrooms contains low levels of toxins. They are also harder to digest. Cooking them is said to solve both of those issues. I'm curious to know the source of the claim that commonly available edible mushrooms contain c...
by hicabob
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 11 days. England, Ireland or Scotland?
Replies: 31
Views: 2163

Re: 11 days. England, Ireland or Scotland?

If I had only 11 days I would attempt no more than one of these three locations. UK + Ireland is much smaller than California so if one is willing to rent a car and drive (on the left) they can see a lot. Traffic is terrible in the South though. London to Edinburgh can be driven in about 8 hours. I...
by hicabob
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 11 days. England, Ireland or Scotland?
Replies: 31
Views: 2163

Re: 11 days. England, Ireland or Scotland?

Wales gets no respect.
by hicabob
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]
Replies: 153
Views: 13811

Re: Shingrix [Vaccine availability]

Just got my #2 shot from Kaiser. Knocked me on my butt again - it feels like a mild flu for a couple days and is the only vaccine I remember reacting like that to. People say its infinitely better than getting shingles though.
by hicabob
Tue Mar 26, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Sell a Wyland Painting on My Bathroom Wall?
Replies: 74
Views: 6565

Re: How to Sell a Wyland Painting on My Bathroom Wall?

You can also buy a Wyland bathroom soap dispenser that's whale themed: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/498492252486520432/ Amusingly, Google images has already captured the photo of the "Bathroom by Wyland" dolphin, and returns the image in the search results: https://goo.gl/images/zCTYh3 OP's bathro...
by hicabob
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: The IRA Lightbulb just went on
Replies: 28
Views: 3967

Re: The IRA Lightbulb just went on

Sounds like it might be time to do some Roth conversions before the RMD's hit?
by hicabob
Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing asphalt driveway
Replies: 16
Views: 2314

Re: Replacing asphalt driveway

We'll be looking at the same thing. Caution - laying a layer of asphalt over a cracked driveway means that the top layer will simply crack in the same spots. May take a year, or two, but it will. Removal / pulverization of the existing driveway and laying a proper bed under the new asphalt is key t...
by hicabob
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the official nail clippers of the Boglehead Community?
Replies: 30
Views: 2364

Re: What is the official nail clippers of the Boglehead Community?

From a habit developed while working I've decided small wire cutters are the best nail clippers. Very sharp, comfortable and quite inexpensive. Useful for copper wire too! https://www.amazon.com/CHP-170-Stand-Off-Maximum-Cutting-Capacity/dp/B00FZPDG1K/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?keywords=klein+wire+snippers&qi...
by hicabob
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Patent an idea and find investors.
Replies: 31
Views: 1899

Re: Patent an idea and find investors.

Nolo books "Patent it yourself" is packed with good info
https://www.amazon.com/Patent-Yourself- ... way&sr=8-1
by hicabob
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need to buy a laptop for a co-worker
Replies: 14
Views: 1223

Re: Need to buy a laptop for a co-worker

How about asking him/her which laptop they would like?
by hicabob
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suggestions for Landline Alternatives (Ooma, Magic Jack, etc.)
Replies: 56
Views: 2426

Re: Suggestions for Landline Alternatives (Ooma, Magic Jack, etc.)

My vote is OBI with GV since it works extremely well and no you don't need to tweak it anymore! that was an issue a while ago, everything as been solid after the whole GV scare. The other option is to get a cheap granny cell phone with unlimited calling, as that will work even if the power goes out...
by hicabob
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are aiming at Realtors and their 6% fee
Replies: 34
Views: 3510

Re: The lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are aiming at Realtors and their 6% fee

Not a realtor here but I believe the 6% fee gets split up a myriad of ways with the selling realtor maybe ending up with 2%? US commission is quite high relative to the ROW. Commission seems to vary from 1.5 in the UK to 10.5 in Belarus. https://graphics.wsj.com/table/commish_1016 added with edit .....
by hicabob
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?
Replies: 69
Views: 3379

Re: A used Camry or brand new Corolla?

I'd go for the 2019 which comes with Toyota Safety sense which does lane holding, auto high beams, pre-collision detection etc. Modern driver assistance stuff really is nice.