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by lthenderson
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: replacing mulch bed recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 398

Re: replacing mulch bed recommendations

We put about five inches of small river rock in our beds in front of the house about five years back and haven't done a darn thing to them yet. But we are careful to blow all the leaves from the beds in the spring time and don't blow grass clippings into them. I'm hoping we have some years yet befor...
by lthenderson
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation needed: Service to convert VHS to MP4?
Replies: 4
Views: 75

Re: Recommendation needed: Service to convert VHS to MP4?

In the past, I have bought software VHS to DVD that was essentially a one stop conversion. I plugged the VHS tape into the VCR, hit play and come back a couple hours later to get the DVD out of the computer drive and pop in the next one. However, my VCR ate the last tape I was trying to do, our wedd...
by lthenderson
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Baking in the summertime?
Replies: 34
Views: 2285

Re: Baking in the summertime?

Here in Phoenix it is currently 112F. My A/C, rated at 3Tons (36,000 Btu/hr), is effectively a 2Ton (24,000 Btu/hr) at this temperature as there is a 35F temperature gradient and the efficiency of an A/C falls as the temperature difference between indoor and outdoor increases. The average home oven...
by lthenderson
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do in Little Rock
Replies: 23
Views: 1550

Re: What to do in Little Rock

We stopped by for a half day visit earlier this spring. We ate at Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken for lunch and then went to the Bill Clinton Museum just down the road. The chicken was great!
by lthenderson
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to park in northern Europen countries?
Replies: 29
Views: 2012

Re: How to park in northern Europen countries?

When I've had a rental car, I found it easier to leave it behind at times for mass transportation to places where parking is not available, i.e. just because I'm paying for it doesn't mean I have to use it all the time.
by lthenderson
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 3 kids and 2 working parents - childcare costs
Replies: 17
Views: 1580

Re: 3 kids and 2 working parents - childcare costs

Can't really answer any of your questions but when our second child was on the way, we made the decision for me to leave my job and be a stay at home dad. It was a very personal decision to do so and not about the money because both of us were each making probably 20 times the cost of daycare. We fe...
by lthenderson
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: choosing a contractor
Replies: 8
Views: 649

Re: choosing a contractor

I've gone an entirely different route. I start by asking around among trusted acquaintances who they've used and liked. Then I ask that person to quote it and if reasonable, shake hands on the spot. I used to try the multiple quote thing but gave up on it. Here in very rural America it was darn near...
by lthenderson
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Got robbed in London...Phone stolen...what else do I need to do?
Replies: 50
Views: 6350

Re: Got mugged in London...Phone stolen...what else do I need to do?

When my mom passed away last fall, it took me three weeks of frustration, getting death certificates, identification showing me as a son, etc. and talking with Apple before I finally got into her phone. In the end, I found her password written down, Apple was no help at all. If the screen had a pin ...
by lthenderson
Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Automatic Watches
Replies: 82
Views: 3977

Re: Automatic Watches

I dislike digital watches and couldn't find a battery operated one I liked when the battery cover rusted onto my old watch. So I ended up with a Seiko automatic winding watch. I wish I had read the reviews before hand. It looses probably around 2 to 3 minutes a week and occasionally I figure out I w...
by lthenderson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Best Practices for Managing Credit Freezes
Replies: 19
Views: 2203

Re: Best Practices for Managing Credit Freezes

Before applying for a credit card, one dilemma is deciding at which of the bureaus should one lift a freeze. Most recently, I just lifted all three online for two days, then submitted my credit card application. I solved this by just applying anyway. When they deny you because your credit is frozen...
by lthenderson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Solar powered landscape lighting
Replies: 15
Views: 883

Re: Solar powered landscape lighting

I've been buying solar powered ones for years at the big box store but generally after two years they are junk. It doesn't seem to matter what price I pay, I get the same result. I just pulled them all up a month ago when we started an addition to the front of our house. When the addition is finishe...
by lthenderson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Friend's car caught in flood ?
Replies: 42
Views: 2366

Re: Friend's car caught in flood ?

I once found out my car could float (for awhile) in a flash flood about two decades back. After getting things dried out, I was able to get it going again but for the rest of it's life, I was always battling the damage the water caused. Wire terminals would corrode and have to be replaced, etc. It w...
by lthenderson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which glue (for laminate veneer to wood board)
Replies: 8
Views: 399

Re: Which glue (for laminate veneer to wood board)

+1 on using contact cement. No clamps needed. I use it all the time when working with wood veneers. Just make sure to have plenty of ventilation.
by lthenderson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: RESOLVED: Need dual head LED floodlight cam w/o house power (must have super long battery life or have solar panel)
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: Need dual head LED floodlight cam w/o house power (must have super long battery life or have solar panel)

Is there a reason why you need something that has all those capabilities in one unit? I have dual LED floodlights wired into house power. I have separate Hikvision infrared cameras hooked up to a DVR that require no monthly fee to store video other than the initial purchase cost. No batteries to cha...
by lthenderson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pickup truck issue!!
Replies: 39
Views: 2756

Re: Pickup truck issue!!

Now on a trade in to a dealership, I could not care less about them. No way Jose would I disclose anything to a dealer!! Make them figure out what's up. The only reason we even know of an issue is because the check engine light pops on. The last vehicle I traded to a dealer they plugged in an OBDII...
by lthenderson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grill Mat
Replies: 29
Views: 2330

Re: Grill Mat

I give the grates a quick scrub with a brush after it gets hot and that is all I do to clean my grill. For veggies and seafood, I rip off a sheet of heavy duty tinfoil which doesn't rip and can be disposed of as I walk inside with my plateful of grilled things. It eliminates having to come back out ...
by lthenderson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pickup truck issue!!
Replies: 39
Views: 2756

Re: Pickup truck issue!!

Now on a trade in to a dealership, I could not care less about them. No way Jose would I disclose anything to a dealer!! Make them figure out what's up. The only reason we even know of an issue is because the check engine light pops on. The last vehicle I traded to a dealer they plugged in an OBDII...
by lthenderson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Scrubber machine to clean tile floors?
Replies: 8
Views: 653

Re: Scrubber machine to clean tile floors?

We tried our steam mop and that didn't really do much to solve the problem either. Thanks! What kind of sham does your steamer have on the end? We use our steam mop to clean our tile floor and it does a great job, even in the dips and valleys. However, it has a really coarse sham that I put over th...
by lthenderson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pickup truck issue!!
Replies: 39
Views: 2756

Re: Pickup truck issue!!

Even if it runs trying to sell it while it needs the repairs will result in a much lower resale price if the buyer knows that there are problems. I do not know what the legal issues would be but I would have an ethical problem with trying to sell a truck with such major problem to an unsuspecting b...
by lthenderson
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sandals with arch support
Replies: 25
Views: 1937

Re: Sandals with arch support

runner3081 wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:39 pm
I had good luck with the Teva brand.
+1 My original Teva's are 25 years old. I did buy another less heavy pair about five years back. Both still get worn.
by lthenderson
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more [airport parking]
Replies: 59
Views: 5956

Re: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more

One advantage of living out in rural America is that the farthest parking lot at the airport is maybe a five minute walk if I walk slowly. The disadvantage is that I almost never can find a direct flight anywhere other than to a national hub where I have to make a connection.
by lthenderson
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: buying a suv we dont really need
Replies: 18
Views: 1219

Re: buying a suv we dont really need

Just curious on opinions of buying a 3rd vehicle that would get little use. I've always had a third vehicle that got little use. It was cheap, paid for, and I just felt it was worth more to me than what someone else would give me for it. Then about two weeks ago I went to use it and the battery was...
by lthenderson
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grilling with wood fire
Replies: 12
Views: 1101

Re: Grilling with wood fire

I've cooked thousands of times over a wood fire through either camping trips or an outdoor fire pit. At least for me, the form of the wood isn't really important because I want the coals. Once I have the coals, I move them with a shovel over to the cooking area part that is a set distance from the c...
by lthenderson
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volunteer suggestions
Replies: 55
Views: 2542

Re: Volunteer suggestions

I volunteer at my church. I belong to two charitable fraternal organizations. I got into local politics and sit on the school board along with various city committees from time to time. I have reached the point where I have decided not to do any more volunteering unless I remove something from my c...
by lthenderson
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: St. Louis Travel/Tourism
Replies: 20
Views: 1190

Re: St. Louis Travel/Tourism

Food styles: Barbeque - this has probably been a national trend, but I think St. Louis is among the leaders. Various choices. I like Salt 'n Smoke, in the Loop (on Delmar). We travel to St. Louis fairly frequently for weekend vacations and no trip there would be complete without some BBQ from Pappy...
by lthenderson
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Volunteer suggestions
Replies: 55
Views: 2542

Re: Volunteer suggestions

I volunteer at my church. I belong to two charitable fraternal organizations. I got into local politics and sit on the school board along with various city committees from time to time. I have reached the point where I have decided not to do any more volunteering unless I remove something from my cu...
by lthenderson
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a Smoker
Replies: 118
Views: 6176

Re: Buying a Smoker

I was gifted a large propane smoker for a Christmas present one year. Over the years, I find it much easier to just fill it with meats to smoke all on one day and then freeze what I don't want immediately for gradual consumption throughout the year. My smoker is large enough to smoke three full size...
by lthenderson
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon iPhone international trip
Replies: 37
Views: 2068

Re: Verizon iPhone international trip

Thanks all. I think she'll use airplane mode for the most part and pay $10 for a couple days to check voice mail and text from non-iPhones. I just put my phone in airplane mode and use wifi services where available to make calls, check emails, text, etc. However, my mother-in-law, also on our plan,...
by lthenderson
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When to use a fuel stabilizer - for cars, boats, lawn mowers, etc?
Replies: 47
Views: 2749

Re: When to use a fuel stabilizer - for cars, boats, lawn mowers, etc?

Never. I run all the small engines dry of gas. Any leftover gas in the can at the end of the season goes into the daily driver. Before the start of every new season, I buy fresh non-ethanol gas to use in my small engines.
by lthenderson
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon iPhone international trip
Replies: 37
Views: 2068

Re: Verizon iPhone international trip

Thanks all. I think she'll use airplane mode for the most part and pay $10 for a couple days to check voice mail and text from non-iPhones. I just put my phone in airplane mode and use wifi services where available to make calls, check emails, text, etc. However, my mother-in-law, also on our plan,...
by lthenderson
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chest freezer not quite cold enough
Replies: 11
Views: 677

Re: Chest freezer not quite cold enough

Get another one. I'm sure any repairs would run at minimum half the price of a new one.
by lthenderson
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning bugs off car bumper
Replies: 32
Views: 2289

Re: Cleaning bugs off car bumper

Go to any car wash with a manual wash bay, plug in a quarter and clean them off in a few seconds.
by lthenderson
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reservations about purchasing a 16 year old house
Replies: 65
Views: 4706

Re: Reservations about purchasing a 16 year old house

Scaling this down, this is like only buying a new car because the year old car of your dreams has tires worn down, windshield wipers that may need replacing someday and a dirty air filter.

Everything you listed is quite easily replaced as needed.
by lthenderson
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hire a driver?
Replies: 63
Views: 3382

Re: Hire a driver?

When my DW had a commute time of around 1.5 hr. one way, we rented a cheap apartment in that city where she could stay a few nights a week versus come home every night. However, it was only for three years and not indefinite in scope. That would probably have made a difference.
by lthenderson
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep garage 'cooler' during summer
Replies: 31
Views: 3417

Re: Keep garage 'cooler' during summer

Does anyone have personal recommendations on how to release all this summer heat from our garage during the summer? It faces west and surely transfers substantial heat to our interior since there is little to no ventilation. Do people install fans in their garage to mitigate? In our west facing gar...
by lthenderson
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shower room with Window but no Exhaust Fan: Mildew Prevention
Replies: 34
Views: 2412

Re: Shower room with Window but no Exhaust Fan: Mildew Prevention

They do make wall bathroom exhaust fans for situations where going through the ceiling isn't possible or too difficult. We have a cabin that only gets used during the cool and cold months and we just leave the window open a crack during that time. However, if I was going to be living there in the su...
by lthenderson
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is it possible to open a Roth for my wife under my account?
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Re: Is it possible to open a Roth for my wife under my account?

You did not make it clear where you house the IRA but I know at Vanguard you can open the account separately but allow it to be viewed and managed from your account. I’ve been making deposits and managing my spouses IRA for a few years now without ever logging into the other account. The other brok...
by lthenderson
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Post your Financial Milestone Announcements Here
Replies: 849
Views: 105070

Re: Hit double comma net worth!

We don't consider house equity either. But I don't track net worth, I track retirement assets. Whenever we cross a comma or similar financial milestone, I generally mention it to my DW who doesn't follow our finances and she will say something like, "That's nice dear" and go about her business. We p...
by lthenderson
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you a serious DIYer?
Replies: 84
Views: 5686

Re: Are you a serious DIYer?

I have always bought the worst house in a nice neighborhood and then spend the next five or six years fixing it up (while living in it) before moving on. Not sure if this makes me a DIY person. I used to do it all, evening electrical and plumbing but our state passed legislation a few years ago requ...
by lthenderson
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wood burning stoves
Replies: 29
Views: 1765

Re: Wood burning stoves

I'm partial to the brand Heatilator but then I live near one of their factories and know several people involved in building them. We have a wood burning insert and there are a couple things that I would probably point out to someone else interested in a wood burning insert. Get a model with a fan t...
by lthenderson
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Benchmade Modern sofas
Replies: 6
Views: 536

Re: Benchmade Modern sofas

I might buy an overstuffed sofa like many make online but for those shaped like a Benchmade sofa, I find a lot of them uncomfortable for relaxing on in my own home, enough so that like above, I think I would want to try one out first before purchasing.
by lthenderson
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robotic Lawnmowers?
Replies: 18
Views: 1428

Re: Robotic Lawnmowers?

I don't have one but when we moved into this house six years ago, my walking route took me past four or five houses that did have them. I walk the same walking route today as back then and I haven't seen one of those robotic mowers in three years or more.
by lthenderson
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Indoor fly traps - what do Bogleheads recommend?
Replies: 24
Views: 1145

Re: Indoor fly traps - what do Bogleheads recommend?

Sounds like fruit flies. Do stay on top of this because we once had some in a lesser used part of the house get really established, and we had to call in an exterminator to fumigate them to get rid of them. Normally when we start seeing them, we do what others above recommend, get rid of fruit and c...
by lthenderson
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor Fire Pit - Wood vs. Gas?
Replies: 47
Views: 2761

Re: Outdoor Fire Pit - Wood vs. Gas?

Thanks, Mike! Would you mind elaborating on how you cook with wood? What kind of fire pit setup do you use? We have a wood fire pit. We cook what I consider the usual firepit foods like brats, marshmallows for smores, etc. What would concern me with gas is all the drippings and droppings of food fa...
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tell me about ventless gas burners for a fireplace
Replies: 19
Views: 709

Re: Tell me about ventless gas burners for a fireplace

We had a chimney sweep inspect the fireplace and discovered that parts of each flue are exposed brick with missing/cracked segments, and he recommended not using it to burn gas or wood until we have it relined. Their are much cheaper options. We had a chimney of questionable integrity and put in a ...
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Budgeting/Expense tracking
Replies: 31
Views: 1614

Re: Budgeting/Expense tracking

1. im curious how other bogleheads use similar things to track spending. I only track one thing, how much I have saved/invested for the year. After years of trying to keep various spending categories, justify in my head overruns in one particular category or another, I realized that at the end of t...
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 1st time Home-buyer Questions
Replies: 19
Views: 1148

Re: 1st time Home-buyer Questions

Emergency Fund = 20k Other savings = $20k There is no way in the world I would buy a house with only 20k in savings. You could blow through that quickly when moving into a new house just fixing things that you or the inspection didn't reveal. YMMV. An emergency fund of only 20k would also scare me ...
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying a car out of state
Replies: 33
Views: 1804

Re: Buying a car out of state

My question about if this makes sense isn't really that there's a state line involved, it's that is 400 some miles away (9 hour drive). I think it depends a lot on the airports in your area. In my case, the nearest airport is an hour and 15 minutes away and I have my spouse drop my off. I buy a one...
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire Pressure Monitoring System failed: Replace or Ignore?
Replies: 88
Views: 4844

Re: Tire Pressure Monitoring System failed: Replace or Ignore?

On my van with run flats, I would consider a TPMS sensor mandatory. On the other cars, I guess it would be up to whomever is driving. Personally I hate having warning lights on my dash and I would pay the $70 just to not have tape covering up a warning light. I would replace as needed though and not...
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fuel type for 2 month car storage
Replies: 36
Views: 2141

Re: Fuel type for 2 month car storage

Today's car engines are engineered against the detrimental effects of ethanol. Anecdotal for sure but I always used ethanol for years and was always plagued with emission sensor problems in all three of my vehicles. I switched to using ethanol free gas and all those problems went away and haven't r...