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by hicabob
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: In Search of Part-Time Work While Still Working Full-Time
Replies: 23
Views: 1731

Re: In Search of Part-Time Work While Still Working Full-Time

My uncle, who was a pilot also (ended career with 747's) ,used to do clock repair on the side for a hobby and hopefully profit. Worked well for him but it got noisy at his house when it was 12:00. He told me that antique clocks generally ended up being not such a great investment though.
by hicabob
Wed Jul 29, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: I'm not getting why all the love for gold. here's why.
Replies: 87
Views: 4541

Re: I'm not getting why all the love for gold. here's why.

I don’t get it either. Gold has a very few industrial uses, and that’s about it. It has lose to zero actual utility. People buying it are relying on the greater fool theory..... Gold is useful stuff. It's a magnificent non corroding electrical conductor (an iphone has a few bucks of gold inside), m...
by hicabob
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Bogleheads type forum for discussion of current events?
Replies: 14
Views: 1133

Re: Bogleheads type forum for discussion of current events?

Finance is math and statistics , current events are opinion and emotion. It would seem near impossible to have discussion of current events be as civil as discussion of finances if participation was open. A glimmer of hope is the podcast left,right and center which is a civilized discussion of polit...
by hicabob
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walking OK with sun exposure?
Replies: 87
Views: 5721

Re: Walking OK with sun exposure?

Ive had a lifetime of working outdoors on job sites with thick leather gloves and dark tan on the back of my hands. But I have sensitive skin I guess.😃😃. Aloha J🌺 I would expect the back of hands are somewhat like the top of heads for those of us who are follically challenged. Hands are exposed so ...
by hicabob
Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walking OK with sun exposure?
Replies: 87
Views: 5721

Re: Walking OK with sun exposure?

Did you know that UV goes through leather gloves? :?: No kidding. You can get sunburn on the back of your hands with leather gloves on. Wierd. j :happy If the gloves have holes in maybe? I think it's pretty safe to say that if visible light can't get through a substance neither can UV. https://www....
by hicabob
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a new or used piano - advice needed
Replies: 41
Views: 1757

Re: Buying a new or used piano - advice needed

Larry Fine's "The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Pianos" is a classic . https://www.amazon.com/Larry-Fine/dp/1929145012/ref=asc_df_1929145012/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312138007830&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7230985104284468833&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvloc...
by hicabob
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Smoker
Replies: 154
Views: 13102

Re: Buying a Smoker

21&lewis wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:45 am
Thanks BBQ Nut

I'll give the bowl wrap/no H20 a try.

I definitely enjoy the shop, prep, and cook. Cleaning that bowl is akin to having my wife pluck hairs from my tragus...
Tragus eh? Not what I though it would be.
by hicabob
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Negotiating with landlord on installing radon mitigation system
Replies: 43
Views: 2105

Re: Negotiating with landlord on installing radon mitigation system

One of the simple things one can do is utilize a ceiling fan (or I suppose other fan) to help mitigate exposure for which we do utilize as a precaution. If the house is otherwise sealed well I would expect a ceiling fan will not have much effect. From my observations from living in a walkout baseme...
by hicabob
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Negotiating with landlord on installing radon mitigation system
Replies: 43
Views: 2105

Re: Negotiating with landlord on installing radon mitigation system

My airthings device from Amazon has readings within a percent or two of the "professional" unit a radon installer used. https://www.amazon.com/Corentium-Detector-Airthings-223-Lightweight/dp/B00H2VOSP8/ref=sxts_sxwds-bia-wc-p13n1_0?cv_ct_cx=airthings&dchild=1&keywords=airthings&pd_rd_i=B00H2VOSP8&pd...
by hicabob
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [On-going Scams - Post them here]
Replies: 331
Views: 19947

Re: [On-going Scams - Post them here]

Trying to protest through PayPal and my Credit Card. Unfortunately my wife ordered using a Debit Card so we can only protest via PayPal. Reason number 17 why I do not use debit cards... or PayPal. A credit card with paypal seems safer than giving your CC info to a random small business. If the vend...
by hicabob
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Lab Grown versus Mined Diamond
Replies: 12
Views: 968

Re: Lab Grown versus Mined Diamond

Moissanite was actually owned by Cree (CREE), who make silicon carbide electronic devices, until fairly recently. They still supply the crystals to jewelers for cutting. Sort of interesting. They had a patent on it which expired in 2016. I've owned CREE on and off many times back in the day. Weird c...
by hicabob
Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Walking OK with sun exposure?
Replies: 87
Views: 5721

Re: Walking OK with sun exposure?

I find big straw hats are the key. Nice ones cost $20 or so but they are comfortable, light, ventilated and somewhat fragile.
The people that pick vegetables in California tend to wear straw hats and they know a thing or two about working in the sun.
by hicabob
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Electrical upgrades for a new build home
Replies: 48
Views: 2799

Re: Electrical upgrades for a new build home

Not on your list but I would go for a whole house surge suppressor mounted in the panel.
by hicabob
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: American and JetBlue partnership
Replies: 12
Views: 742

Re: American and JetBlue partnership

I got that email as well. AA has announced that it may lay off 30,000 employees in October. (United says 25k for them) I would not be surprised if one of the majors goes belly up. I have a LOT of AAdvantage points. I'm currently exploring transferring them to a partner airline. The problem is the e...
by hicabob
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan
Replies: 80
Views: 3857

Re: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan

I'm all for the simpler wheel speed technology that doesn't require battery changes, even if it's less accurate. And I'm old school about checking tires regularly. TPMS is here to stay, but it shouldn't be complicated, expensive and time consuming. Exactly. I like my older car's wheel-speed-sensing...
by hicabob
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Get Rid of an Old Car
Replies: 18
Views: 1398

Re: How to Get Rid of an Old Car

My kid just sold an old VW on Craigslist. He made interested folk email him (no ph # on listing) then called them back and said he was showing it at a particular time. About 10 people interested emailed within first hour of ad . After short test drive the first one that showed up, who was a mechanic...
by hicabob
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who is your favorite fiction author and what is your favorite book of theirs?
Replies: 121
Views: 5635

Re: Who is your favorite fiction author and what is your favorite book of theirs?

Kurt Vonnegut. Hard to pick a favorite since I have devoured them all but perhaps Slaughterhouse-Five.
by hicabob
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tip Dental Hygienist for Teeth Cleaning? Thanks everyone.
Replies: 72
Views: 4937

Re: Tip Dental Hygienist for Teeth Cleaning? Thanks everyone.

Tipping is strange. In my old company we used to do a lot of trade shows. In Vegas the sales manager used to give the fork truck driver a $20 to try to get prompt service at breakdown which was eagerly taken. He tried that at The RAI in Amsterdam, Netherlands and the fork truck driver was terribly i...
by hicabob
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan
Replies: 80
Views: 3857

Re: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:56 pm
, I could care less if the little yellow signal is on.
You must be a tolerant person. :happy Flashing lights annoy me so I now have a strategically placed piece of insulating tape over it.
by hicabob
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan
Replies: 80
Views: 3857

Re: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan

Interesting that they only transmit when in motion. Mine probably lasted 14 years because of the low mileage (83k in 14 years) since the truck's always been a second or third vehicle.
by hicabob
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan
Replies: 80
Views: 3857

TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan

The original TPMS sensors on my 2006 Toyota Tacoma seem to have finally pooped out making that annoying light flash. I am curious as to how many years other people have got out of the sensors/batteries? Also does anyone get them replaced prior to getting new tires?
by hicabob
Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Food and health
Replies: 21
Views: 1502

Re: Food and health

Could be worse, If you were 64 that unsubsidized Kaiser HSA Bronze plan would be $880/month in California. They do cover most of the "normal" blood test fees and the one physical /year .
by hicabob
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Move from Bay Area?
Replies: 34
Views: 3557

Re: Move from Bay Area?

Arcata in Northern California is interesting. Great weather, Humboldt state uni in town, decent schools, as much outdoor recreation as you can do, and much less expensive than the Bay Area. It is quite geographically isolated up there though.
by hicabob
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thinking of buying myself a luxury item.. Is LV wallet a legit purchase?
Replies: 153
Views: 7627

Re: Thinking of buying myself a luxury item.. Is LV wallet a legit purchase?

I was thinking, I've always wanted a luxury pencil, well, for 40% of the cost of that wallet, one could buy a limited edition pencil that can last hundreds of years: https://www.graf-von-faber-castell.us/writing-instruments/perfect-pencil/perfect_pencil Notice how the lead is centered, WOW! That is...
by hicabob
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Detecting termite under a concrete patio?
Replies: 18
Views: 1044

Re: Detecting termite under a concrete patio?

If you have decent hearing you can actually hear the munching of a bad termite infestation in a quiet house.
by hicabob
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighborhood Noise
Replies: 188
Views: 12649

Re: Neighborhood Noise

I have always preferred a house with a few acres. Noise-proofing is quite difficult and expensive to do effectively. I've heard of people complaining in over 55 communities about their close neighbors cranking the TV up due to bad hearing ....
by hicabob
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Face *Shields*?
Replies: 14
Views: 2178

Re: Face *Shields*?

I use this for weed whacking. Comfortable and clear .
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KT ... UTF8&psc=1
by hicabob
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Compound interest question
Replies: 13
Views: 1497

Re: Compound interest question

I like the Hewlett Packard 10B calculator. You can buy one on Amazon for $24. https://www.amazon.com/HP-10bII-Financial-Calculator-NW239AA/dp/B0002ABA8E/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2RX5GS3UVMZW&dchild=1&keywords=hewlett+packard+10bii+financial+calculator&qid=1593727636&sprefix=hewlett+pa%2Caps%2C191&sr=8-2 Of ...
by hicabob
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Landlord expectations: Rats in the yard
Replies: 80
Views: 5694

Re: Landlord expectations: Rats in the yard

Now having a mouse or rat die hidden within a wall of your house that cannot be located, that's a fun thing. Patience solves it. Better to happen in the summer. :wink: My young daughters bedroom had a dead rodent in the wall once. A California mouse (large mouse) I think. It took 3 months to stop s...
by hicabob
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Landlord expectations: Rats in the yard
Replies: 80
Views: 5694

Re: Landlord expectations: Rats in the yard

OP, I suggest you relax and let them be.... as long as they are not in the home. FWIW, it is not legal to trap and relocate wildlife (rats included) in California. WoodSpinner Not rattus rattus ... "According to Section 116125 of the California Health & Safety code, California citizens aren't just ...
by hicabob
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Landlord expectations: Rats in the yard
Replies: 80
Views: 5694

Re: Landlord expectations: Rats in the yard

i know they are unnerving, but would you call the landlord for other wildlife like skunks or squirrels? Just let them be, if you do convince the landlord to take out the tree, the little buggers are going to look at maybe sub-leasing your attic. Perhaps you can convince the landlord to rat-proof th...
by hicabob
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Please help me choose a ballast for fluorescent light
Replies: 21
Views: 929

Re: Please help me choose a ballast for fluorescent light

I need to replace an old ballast which is apparently no longer manufactured. The old one is called "Mark III Energy Saver Cat No. R-2E75-S-2-TP" made by Advance Transformer. When I did a search on Amazon, there is a 3rd party that still sells this particular ballast but cost over $80. Typical balla...
by hicabob
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smell from kitchen sink?
Replies: 24
Views: 1802

Re: Smell from kitchen sink?

Fun fact ... garbage disposals are illegal in Germany and very unusual in most European kitchens. People are expected to compost.
by hicabob
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smell from kitchen sink?
Replies: 24
Views: 1802

Re: Smell from kitchen sink?

Cherry pits with water running work well to clean disposers. They do make a lot of noise though! It's the recommended method I read in my garbage disposer manual years ago. I just googled it and many manufacturers advise against "hard pits" so YMMV. The one that recommended it was a 20 year old "In...
by hicabob
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Smell from kitchen sink?
Replies: 24
Views: 1802

Re: Smell from kitchen sink?

Cherry pits with water running work well to clean disposers. They do make a lot of noise though! It's the recommended method I read in my garbage disposer manual years ago.
by hicabob
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What is the best financial decision you ever made?
Replies: 213
Views: 16627

Re: What is the best financial decision you ever made?

It was taking the jump and starting my own company at 49yo after making other people $$$ for years. Tough at first with 60 hour work weeks cranking code and writing large checks every month for prototype parts but the company took off after a year and the financial rewards ended up being more than I...
by hicabob
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Which College degrees are worthwhile?
Replies: 248
Views: 16266

Re: Which College degrees are worthwhile?

I was a CS major and it has been financially great for me and I usually enjoyed the work. I worked with many scientists and engineers over my career and one discipline I envied was mechanical engineering. The subject is interesting and, unlike aspects of software, the knowledge is extremely cumulati...
by hicabob
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?
Replies: 221
Views: 11606

Re: What is the single best piece of exercise equipment you bought for your home?

My electric bike. KlangFool How is an electric bike a piece of exercise equipment? You can, and most people do pedal also. It gets people who wouldn't want to bike under their own power out and exercising. Sort of funny yesterday when I was pedaling hard on the bike path and an older fellow sitting...
by hicabob
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?
Replies: 113
Views: 5942

Re: New 4K TV: LED, QLED or OLED?

For viewing angle the others can't touch oled. Look at them in Best Buy or Costco and check the angle for yourself.
Technically, when it cones to viewing artifacts, oleds blow lcd's away too.
by hicabob
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping Tree Trimming
Replies: 62
Views: 2917

Re: Tipping Tree Trimming

My daughter loved the tipping concept when she worked as a server in a high end restaurant during college. It can be very lucrative.
by hicabob
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping Tree Trimming
Replies: 62
Views: 2917

Re: Tipping Tree Trimming

Cheez-It Guy wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 10:45 am
Wondering how much I should tip my doctor.
$50 for the 15 minute visit should suffice. A little more for the urologist.
by hicabob
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to approach my realtor about interest in short sale
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Re: How to approach my realtor about interest in short sale

Using the listing realtor is often a better way to get in the door with distressed property. "Caveat Emptor" is 10x as important in such cases.
by hicabob
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Xfinity Voice and Data Modem
Replies: 5
Views: 255

Re: Xfinity Voice and Data Modem

Definitely get your own for a quick payback. You will need a wifi router too since the xfinity modems have that built in. A new modem rather than a refurb is sometimes easier with xfinity although they can make a refurb work if you insist and don't mind telephone time. I have xfinity with a Netgear ...
by hicabob
Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I sell my stash of dental floss now worth $3,000?
Replies: 105
Views: 11107

Re: Should I sell my stash of dental floss now worth $3,000?

It's not the brand that matters. I can't find any woven floss out there - floss that's made like cloth instead of those horrible plasticky material. This is really great for gums and cleans really well. I think it would be super-duper-ultra dumb for Listerine to stop producing it. There's a devoted...
by hicabob
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What famous investing quote reminds you of your investing style?
Replies: 151
Views: 7348

Re: What famous investing quote reminds you of your investing style?

"Nobody knows nothin' " and "stay the course". Mr Bogle.
by hicabob
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: CALPERS Needs 7% Return
Replies: 58
Views: 7019

Re: CALPERS Needs 7% Return

galeno wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2020 8:14 am
Pensions will need to be cut.
More likely taxes will need to be raised.
by hicabob
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendations for auto window tinting
Replies: 14
Views: 876

Re: Recommendations for auto window tinting

One thing to be aware of, if you have a car without a reverse camera and get a dark tint it makes reversing at night horrible.
by hicabob
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reel Push mower (human powered): Scotts or Fiskars?
Replies: 12
Views: 1180

Re: Reel Push mower (human powered): Scotts or Fiskars?

I think of these as punishments. I had an electric mower as a kid. I ran over the power cord, so my parents bought one of these at a garage sale. They had me mow with it for the rest of the year. I could never buy one now. I stick with my self propelled gas powered Honda that works great. Agree, I ...
by hicabob
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So what are you cooking
Replies: 299
Views: 19265

Re: So what are you cooking

Stir fried beef with snow peas in oyster sauce raw beet and lettuce salad with ginger dressing discovered I have about 10 cans of sardines in the back of the pantry. I really wish I could think of ways to use sardines other than on a platter with crackers. Anyone? sardines? Pasta con le Sarde (past...