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by SVariance1
Mon Nov 18, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar Data - Vanguard S&P 500 Index Fund
Replies: 3
Views: 536

Re: Morningstar Data - Vanguard S&P 500 Index Fund

The Russell 1000 is M*'s standard index for the entire large blend category. The performance comparison is not telling you how well a fund tracks its index; it's telling you how a fund compares against the broad index representing the category. And the Russell 1000 more completely represents "large...
by SVariance1
Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Morningstar Data - Vanguard S&P 500 Index Fund
Replies: 3
Views: 536

Morningstar Data - Vanguard S&P 500 Index Fund

If this issue has already been discussed, a moderator can delete the topic. Has anyone noticed that Morningstar is using the Russell 1000 Index as the benchmark for the Vanguard S&P 500 Index Fund? It is not obvious until you look at performance see that the Vanguard Fund has outperformed its index ...
by SVariance1
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Possible Structural Issues in a House
Replies: 21
Views: 1646

Re: Possible Structural Issues in a House

Does it pass the "tennis ball test". I.e., can you carefully put a tennis ball on the floor and have it stay where you put it, or does it roll downhill even if you are very careful? If the tennis ball stays put, learn to live with it. If it rolls off get someone to look at it. I tried a tennis ball...
by SVariance1
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Possible Structural Issues in a House
Replies: 21
Views: 1646

Re: Possible Structural Issues in a House

I posted the image of the floor. I am not sure if that will help, though.

https://imgur.com/RWmJiNU
by SVariance1
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Possible Structural Issues in a House
Replies: 21
Views: 1646

Possible Structural Issues in a House

I have been in the process of hiring a contractor to install hardwood floors and redo a staircase. Yesterday, a contractor stopped by looked at the job and spent a portion of the time looking a how my floors are slanted. I have never noticed the slant before but now I see it. It is difficult for me ...
by SVariance1
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs [of Finish Quantum Power Ball Tabs]
Replies: 29
Views: 1407

Re: We use Finish tabs

1. Use tabs. They are the correct amount of detergent. The "wrapper" will dissolve magically during the wash cycle. 2. Use a rinse agent as it provides some protection against etching. It also helps with drying. The tabs that Bosch recommends are manufactured by Finish. Finish recommends that you u...
by SVariance1
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs [of Finish Quantum Power Ball Tabs]
Replies: 29
Views: 1407

Re: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs

I have used the powder stuff for 15 years, which might be the reason my old dishwasher only lasted 8 years. I did not realize that putting too much detergent in the holder would cause a problem. How is it possible to put too much detergent in a dishwasher? You can only fit so much powder in the det...
by SVariance1
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs [of Finish Quantum Power Ball Tabs]
Replies: 29
Views: 1407

Re: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs

My dishwasher requires more maintenance than my car! Are you cleaning out the filters, spray arms, nozzles, seals, etc.? I don't do these tasks very often or at all, and I've probably left out a couple of other ones I don't do either, which is why I get less than ideal results, but I live with it. ...
by SVariance1
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs [of Finish Quantum Power Ball Tabs]
Replies: 29
Views: 1407

Re: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs

I have used the powder stuff for 15 years, which might be the reason my old dishwasher only lasted 8 years. I did not realize that putting too much detergent in the holder would cause a problem. How is it possible to put too much detergent in a dishwasher? You can only fit so much powder in the det...
by SVariance1
Wed Oct 16, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs [of Finish Quantum Power Ball Tabs]
Replies: 29
Views: 1407

Re: We use Finish tabs

1. Use tabs. They are the correct amount of detergent. The "wrapper" will dissolve magically during the wash cycle. 2. Use a rinse agent as it provides some protection against etching. It also helps with drying. The tabs that Bosch recommends are manufactured by Finish. Finish recommends that you u...
by SVariance1
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs [of Finish Quantum Power Ball Tabs]
Replies: 29
Views: 1407

Re: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs

I'm in the "can't be bothered crowd". Finish Power Ball Max tabs are on sale at Costco now for $11.99 for 125 count. They work great, dishes always clean with no film. So less than $0.10 per load and we run our dishwasher every other day as empty-nesters. Pretty inexpensive convenience IMHO. Are th...
by SVariance1
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs [of Finish Quantum Power Ball Tabs]
Replies: 29
Views: 1407

Re: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs

I think you can only see the ratings if you are subscriber. I know the tabs are much more expensive. I am not sure if I want to pay the extra money for detergent. I have a full box cascade at home. I have never researched detergent, though. Before I buy an expense package of tabs, I might just use t...
by SVariance1
Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs [of Finish Quantum Power Ball Tabs]
Replies: 29
Views: 1407

Dishwasher Finally Installed - Sample Tabs [of Finish Quantum Power Ball Tabs]

I finally had my dishwasher installed. The cut out was apparently large enough for the new Bosch dishwasher. The dishwasher is plugged into a GFI under the sink. I bought it from Best Buy and they delivered and installed it for free. I was very surprised that the installation was free. The washer ca...
by SVariance1
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: On-Going Dishwasher Issues
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

Re: On-Going Dishwasher Issues

Apparently the cut out depth is 24 for the new and old one. I think it should be okay.

Anyone have a preference for front control versus top control?

Has anyone bought a dishwasher and had it installed by Best Buy? They apparently have free delivery and installation.
by SVariance1
Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: On-Going Dishwasher Issues
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

Re: On-Going Dishwasher Issues

CurlyDave wrote:
Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:02 pm
Probably OK, but take the picture and the measurements to wherever you are getting the new one. Some brands may not fit, but there should be several that are OK.
I was going to get it at Home Depot. I doubt the people in the appliance area will have an answer to the question.
by SVariance1
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: On-Going Dishwasher Issues
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

Re: On-Going Dishwasher Issues

The junction box is right by the floor on the left side of the cut out Do you mean all the way against the side of the cabinet on the left, or do you mean on the left part of the cut-out but a few inches from the side? [/quote] It is on the back wall almost on the floor and about 1.5 inches from th...
by SVariance1
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: On-Going Dishwasher Issues
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

Re: On-Going Dishwasher Issues

If the box is low close to the floor, and near the middle you should be OK. Measure the critical dimensions before you go in to the store, or let their guy tell you what is critical. I have installed dozens of dishwashers and I don't think this is an issue. The junction box is right by the floor on...
by SVariance1
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: On-Going Dishwasher Issues
Replies: 23
Views: 1748

On-Going Dishwasher Issues

This a follow up to a previous thread about a broken dishwasher. I had someone remove the old dishwasher, then had an electrician put a GFI outlet underneath the sink ( My old set up was hard wired). He could not remove the old outlet completely and left it as a junction box with a cover. There was ...
by SVariance1
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wheel Alignment?
Replies: 18
Views: 1584

Re: Wheel Alignment?

I'm skeptical of alignments unless there is a demonstrated problem like the other responses said. Odd or uneven tire wear when you have always rotated tires, pulling left or right on a non-rutted pavement, or steering wheel not coming back to center could all be signs of the alignment being off. My...
by SVariance1
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wheel Alignment?
Replies: 18
Views: 1584

Wheel Alignment?

I am going to have new tires put on my car. The current tires were rated for 65,000 miles. At the moment, we have about 60,000 on them and probably could get another 10,000 out of them. There is no noticeable pulling of the car to the left or right while driving. I know that when I bring the car to ...
by SVariance1
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Tires - Simpletire.com
Replies: 2
Views: 689

New Tires - Simpletire.com

Has anyone bought any tires from Simpletire.com? Their prices seem much cheaper than Tirerack.com, which I have used in the past.
by SVariance1
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Dishwasher Issue - Update 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1158

Re: New Dishwasher Issue - Update 2

Second Update: I hired a handyman to remove the old dishwasher. As it turned out, there is a NON GFI outlet behind the dishwasher. I know that I need to have a GFI outlet to conform to code in PA. Does anyone know if the GFI can be behind the dishwasher or does it have to be underneath the nearby s...
by SVariance1
Wed Sep 18, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Dishwasher Issue - Update 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1158

Re: New Dishwasher Issue - Update 2

Second Update: I hired a handyman to remove the old dishwasher. As it turned out, there is a NON GFI outlet behind the dishwasher. I know that I need to have a GFI outlet to conform to code in PA. Does anyone know if the GFI can be behind the dishwasher or does it have to be underneath the nearby si...
by SVariance1
Tue Aug 20, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Dishwasher Issue - Update 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1158

New Dishwasher Issue - Update 2

My dishwasher is broken. I had a guy come out to take a look at it and apparently it would cost $400 to $500 to repair. The guy was basically guessing as to what is wrong with it. I ordered a new dishwasher and it was scheduled to be delivered and installed today. The guy showed up and the first thi...
by SVariance1
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Fiasco
Replies: 52
Views: 3438

Re: Dishwasher Fiasco

I bet you aren't a financial advisor either, yet here you are. Don't be afraid of what you don't know. Research it and decide for yourself. Actually I have worked in investments for over 25 years. I would be comfortable with providing some financial advice. I have no experience with electrical work...
by SVariance1
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Fiasco
Replies: 52
Views: 3438

Re: Dishwasher Fiasco

livesoft wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:18 pm
Why can't you do the electrical work yourself? I think that's what most people do.
Because I am not an electrician.
by SVariance1
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher Fiasco
Replies: 52
Views: 3438

Dishwasher Fiasco

My dishwasher is broken. I had a guy come out to take a look at it and apparently it would cost $400 to $500 to repair. The guy was basically guessing as to what is wrong with it. I ordered a new dishwasher and it was scheduled to be delivered and installed today. The guy showed up and the first thi...
by SVariance1
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Broken and New Dishwasher Issues
Replies: 11
Views: 1031

Re: Broken and New Dishwasher Issues

If you have any DIY skills you might want to look at this recent thread. It seems to be a common occurrence for Bosch dishwashers. https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=277524&p=4649308&hilit=heat+sink#p4649308 Apologize if this has already been mentioned. Thank you for posting that...
by SVariance1
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Broken and New Dishwasher Issues
Replies: 11
Views: 1031

Re: Broken and New Dishwasher Issues

Also, getting a new Bosch to fit into the space is no longer an issue.
by SVariance1
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Broken and New Dishwasher Issues
Replies: 11
Views: 1031

Re: Broken and New Dishwasher Issues

No hot water sounds repairable to me, as a previous poster said. The heating element for a Bosch costs $100-$150 from what I can see on the Web. Usually, a repairman applies the cost of the visit to the repair should you decide to use his services. Let's say the whole thing costs $300. The cheapest...
by SVariance1
Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Broken and New Dishwasher Issues
Replies: 11
Views: 1031

Broken and New Dishwasher Issues

I have a dilemma regarding a broken dishwasher. At the moment, the water in my dishwasher is not hot, which results in dishes not coming out clean and very long cycle times. This Bosch dishwasher is 8 years old, which is in line with the life expectancy of a Bosch dishwasher. I was planning on getti...
by SVariance1
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator Issues
Replies: 19
Views: 1667

Re: Refrigerator Issues

I also have a sub-zero and had the same issue. My fan motor went out in my freezer. Also a side by side so the freezer portion goes from floor to ceiling. The technician knew immediately because the top of my freezer was warm and some food had begun to spoil. Yet the bottom part of my fridge was ic...
by SVariance1
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator Issues
Replies: 19
Views: 1667

Re: Refrigerator Issues

Check freezer door gasket. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5Acm_MaEF4 It seems like the gasket would be the issue but it looks fine to me. I do not see any tears in it. The repair guy did not mention the gasket. I repair guy took the temperature of the freezer and told me the obvious: the freezer ...
by SVariance1
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator Issues
Replies: 19
Views: 1667

Re: Refrigerator Issues

I'm guessing you or the repair person has already tried vacuuming the condenser. This is necessary with Sub-Zeros every six months or so or they won't operate properly. If your Sub-Zero is 20 or more years old, it might be time for a replacement. But, they can and do last longer than that, just nee...
by SVariance1
Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator Issues
Replies: 19
Views: 1667

Refrigerator Issues

I was wondering if anyone would have any thoughts on the following situation. I have an old subzero with a freezer that occasionally will not stay cold enough to keep ice cream frozen. Actually, only the top half of the freezer will not stay cold enough. All of the pull out drawers work well. This h...
by SVariance1
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Corner Shower Door Issues
Replies: 3
Views: 461

Corner Shower Door Issues

My shower door sticks a little. I think the issue is that one of the plastic strips at the bottom of the door has an issue. There are two two plastic strips at the bottom of the door. One that sits inside the door at the bottom on a ledge and the other one sits right below the bottom of the door. I ...
by SVariance1
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: SIE test prep [Securities Industry Essentials]
Replies: 2
Views: 331

Re: SIE test prep [Securities Industry Essentials]

Hi afr,

I work in securities prep industry as a tutor and I am very familiar with the materials for the SIE. I have relationships with multiple prep providers and overall, I would say that Kaplan, Pass Perfect and STC are the three best prep providers for licensing exams.
by SVariance1
Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 20% Deduction for Pass Through Entities/H&R Block
Replies: 1
Views: 475

20% Deduction for Pass Through Entities/H&R Block

Is anyone else using HR Block as a tax prep program? I have filled in all of the information that I could for our taxes (a couple of forms are not available yet). I am using the self employed version of H&R Block. My wife and I have LLCs but I do not see any 20% deduction from LLC income. I have not...
by SVariance1
Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Tributes to Jack Bogle
Replies: 158
Views: 17747

Re: Tributes to Jack Bogle

John Bogle was a great man and changed the industry for the better. He will be missed...

Rest in peace, Mr. Bogle.
by SVariance1
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Connecting VCR to Cable Box/TV
Replies: 21
Views: 663

Re: Connecting VCR to Cable Box/TV

Thank you everyone! I hooked up the yellow, red and white things to the Out ports of the VCR and then plugged them into the TV. I am not even sure if the TV has a choice of in or out. I just plugged them into the yellow, red and white circles on the back of the unit. I did not need the coaxial cable...
by SVariance1
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Connecting VCR to Cable Box/TV
Replies: 21
Views: 663

Re: Connecting VCR to Cable Box/TV

It seems like I would not touch the cable box at all. Is that correct?
by SVariance1
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Connecting VCR to Cable Box/TV
Replies: 21
Views: 663

Re: Connecting VCR to Cable Box/TV

Does your TV have a Composite (Red/White/Yellow) set of hookups? Component are Red/Blue/Green with an Audio input. The Cable Box would use HDMI 1. To Play the VCR you would hook the Red/White/Yellow to the input on the TV. Say that is labeled Input 4. Then to watch something played from the VCR, yo...
by SVariance1
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Connecting VCR to Cable Box/TV
Replies: 21
Views: 663

Re: Connecting VCR to Cable Box/TV

I just want to play old VCR tapes.
by SVariance1
Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Connecting VCR to Cable Box/TV
Replies: 21
Views: 663

Connecting VCR to Cable Box/TV

I have tried Googling how to get my old VCR to work with my TV and Cable Box but so far what I have tried has not worked. The VCR works but I can't see the video on the TV. I have a HDMI TV with 3 ports, a Verizon Fios cable box and an old VCR. I have 1 HMDI cord, a set of RCA cables (yellow, red an...
by SVariance1
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Accordion Door keeps Popping off Track
Replies: 9
Views: 639

Re: Accordion Door keeps Popping off Track

Housedoc wrote:
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:34 pm
Do a Google search of the following,
bifold accordion door adjustments

Many videos show up. Movies are better than words!
Good luck
I looked at the first video, adjusted a screw at the top and now it works.

Thank you.
by SVariance1
Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Accordion Door keeps Popping off Track
Replies: 9
Views: 639

Re: Accordion Door keeps Popping off Track

I have managed to find a temporary fix to the problem. I put some tape around the metal insert to make it not fall too far into the hole. Now it does not pop out. However, my right door is not far enough over the to right. When you pull it out, it rubs against the left door. How does one move the do...
by SVariance1
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Accordion Door keeps Popping off Track
Replies: 9
Views: 639

Accordion Door keeps Popping off Track

Anyone have any suggestions for an accordion door that keeps popping off the track Here is an image: Hopefully this image works. If not, I will have to try again later. The metal piece with a spring at the top of the door seems to be the issue. https://i1137.photobucket.com/albums/n502/subwaytile/IM...
by SVariance1
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shower Door Does Not Close Properly
Replies: 13
Views: 986

Re: Shower Door Does Not Close Properly

I think that I have narrowed down the issue a bit. It seems like the rubber piece that runs along the bottom of the shower door is moving. When it moves close to where the door closes it gets stuck and will not let the door close properly. Perhaps the rubbery piece needs to be replaced?
by SVariance1
Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shower Door Does Not Close Properly
Replies: 13
Views: 986

Re: Shower Door Does Not Close Properly

Yep, I think it is hinge that is not working properly. It is making the door sit too low and as a result, the rubber is getting stuck. I might mess with it a little but in the mean time, I will contact the shower guy for his thoughts.
by SVariance1
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shower Door Does Not Close Properly
Replies: 13
Views: 986

Re: Shower Door Does Not Close Properly

Depending on the shower door, there are several adjustments you could make. First check the screws are all still tight, then look on YouTube for your type of shower door. You could possibly shim the bottom hinge. If it used to close fine, then something has changed and it is not the rubber bottom. ...