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by hicabob
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Radon levels in home
Replies: 50
Views: 4202

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: 4202

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: 4202

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: 4202

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: 4202

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: 3438

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: 1520

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: 5388

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: 2805

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: 45
Views: 3544

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: 1216

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: 2570

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: 892

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: 892

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: 36
Views: 2747

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: 1961

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: 1961

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: 2109

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: 1577

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: 3398

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: 440

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: 10205

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: 9163

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: 13515

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: 2037

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: 2037

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: 13404

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: 6401

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: 3923

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: 2278

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: 2292

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: 1826

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: 1183

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: 2248

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: 3417

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: 3203

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.
by hicabob
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What are the purposes of your travels?
Replies: 60
Views: 3517

Re: What are the purposes of your travels?

hdas wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:54 pm
flyingaway wrote:
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:34 pm
My wife and I just returned from an 8-day trip to Columbia.
It’s Colombia NOT Columbia.
I was surprised and consider myself a decent speller, but this is the real Columbia (not the Portland clothing chain that is)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_(name)
by hicabob
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Cash at TD - options for it?
Replies: 6
Views: 336

Re: Cash at TD - options for it?

They have some "secret" cash and cash alternative funds. After harassing them I had my default cash account changed to "federated investments federated prime cash obligation fund" which still isn't very good but better than before. Ticker is PTTXX and in/out is free. vmmxx would be a nicer option bu...
by hicabob
Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Optimal age to purchase SPIA
Replies: 34
Views: 2977

Re: Optimal age to purchase SPIA

The SPIA return rates seem to be determined by the interest rate at the time. It would seem to me that choosing a time to buy an spia when interest rates are high would be opportune? Quite possibly overriding age as a factor.
by hicabob
Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Dental care for mother-in-law with low income
Replies: 26
Views: 2392

Re: Dental care for mother-in-law with low income

A dental vacation in Mexico might be very cost effective?
by hicabob
Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Banking 1% extra back up to $1,000 on new money deposited
Replies: 630
Views: 68762

Re: Ally Banking 1% extra back up to $1,000 on new money deposited

I had to harass them to get my $1K. I inadvertently used 2 different emails so technically they could have refused but Ally said they will give me an exception. I do have a fair amount of $$$ with them and have been a customer for a couple years so I expect that was a factor.
by hicabob
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Former bond king Gross says chances of beating the market 'much less' now
Replies: 19
Views: 2456

Re: Former bond king Gross says chances of beating the market 'much less' now

Perhaps Bill Gross should read the "HEDGEFUNDIES's excellent adventure" thread! :twisted:
by hicabob
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NO Gift Tax on Gifts >$15k in a Year
Replies: 80
Views: 6572

Re: NO Gift Tax on Gifts >$15k in a Year

"Form 709" seems like the type of form many people might not file even though they should. What would be the consequences of such miscreancy?
by hicabob
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Company Travel Question
Replies: 34
Views: 1411

Re: Company Travel Question

That's silly. If they want her to go to a conference of course they should cover the expenses.
by hicabob
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When were you convinced that you had more than enough money?
Replies: 117
Views: 11662

Re: When were you convinced that you had more than enough money?

VictoriaF wrote:
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:18 pm
If I develop a severely debilitating condition, I will seek a quick end.

Victoria
Same here. Need enough left for a one way first class ticket to Switzerland and first class round trip for companion.
8 figures made me stop worrying, which is ridiculous and more than I ever expected, but nice.
by hicabob
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 30 year old water heater, should I be worried?
Replies: 73
Views: 4092

Re: 30 year old water heater, should I be worried?

I have a side question on this. I have a 50 gallon gas water heater. If it fails do I have to worry just about the 50 gallons or will it continue to flood my basement when it fails? It would continue to run assuming the water wasn't shut off. The only water tank failure I've had was a stainless ste...
by hicabob
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Looking for advice in selling a business
Replies: 14
Views: 926

Re: Looking for advice in selling a business

wrt option 1 … The 2 working could outvote the non-working party, assuming the stock in the company is divided in 1/3rd's. This can affect "distributions" vs salary . I was in a 3 owner company where 2 of us worked - You get some "interesting" discussions.
by hicabob
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Man plans to live at Holiday Inn instead of nursing home because it’s cheaper
Replies: 18
Views: 2955

Re: Man plans to live at Holiday Inn instead of nursing home because it’s cheaper

At a holiday inn I used to stay at frequently there was an older fellow that lived there. He would often be in the breakfast area in his robe and slippers and sometimes came to the "happy hour" they had. He even had a suite with double doors (fancy for the inn) ! Manager said it worked out well for ...
by hicabob
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you and your friends change engine oil?
Replies: 167
Views: 8140

Re: How often do you and your friends change engine oil?

I can't speak for my friends, as I don't have any of those, but I just top off the oil whenever it's a quart low. 177k miles on current car, no oil related issues yet. 177k with never an oil change is impressive! Years ago the CEO of the place I worked had a 944 turbo, which was super-car territory...
by hicabob
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you and your friends change engine oil?
Replies: 167
Views: 8140

Re: How often do you and your friends change engine oil?

For those of you that change your own oil so that you "don't waste time at the shop", where do you dispose of the used oil? Don't you have to take it to a shop anyway to dispose of it? Here the county recycling program provides 2.5 gallon containers and empties them when left at the curb on trash/r...