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by lthenderson
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chipmunk problem
Replies: 38
Views: 2595

Re: Chipmunk problem

This took care of my chipmunk problem. I just posted myself with it in a lawn chair 20 yards away until they presented themselves.

https://www.amazon.com/Crosman-P1377-Am ... B00TEACB4U
by lthenderson
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: GFI tripping
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: GFI tripping

I've run across a couple instances where modern motors will trip GFCI's. Almost all machines will have current leakage which is generally limited by law but if that limit exceeds the limits detected by the GFCI, it will trip. I had a brand new miter saw in my garage trip a GFCI so I took out the GFC...
by lthenderson
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Life in retirement - what did you do today?
Replies: 194
Views: 16520

Re: Life in retirement - what did you do today?

Today I went for a five mile walk, made a cherry cobbler from the fruit I picked yesterday and smoked some ribs for supper tonight. After a brief nap, I logged onto here to see what it going on and will follow that up with some reading until it is time to finish the ribs off on the grill.
by lthenderson
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Too much house vs. just enough
Replies: 38
Views: 3363

Re: Too much house vs. just enough

In my opinion, money is better spent getting larger rooms like the kitchen, living room, dining room than adding an additional bedroom. This allows you to host people over and comfortably before shooing them out the door later that evening. Also, the majority of your awake time is spent in these thr...
by lthenderson
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contractor - Threatening Lien/Lawsuit
Replies: 46
Views: 3955

Re: Contractor - Threatening Lien/Lawsuit

BBB is useless, but there's probably no harm in reporting there. I have found the BBB to be quite good at successfully resolving the two claims I have filed with them over the years. But I suspect that their leverage only extends to legitimate businesses with reputations on the line. It doesn't sou...
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning how to fix/repair things
Replies: 29
Views: 2234

Re: Learning how to fix/repair things

-Remove grout and replace with caulk Not sure in what context you are referring to but unless it was in a context where someone used grout when they should have originally used caulking, replacing grout with caulk is a bad idea. Often times in wet situations, if you use caulking instead of grout, i...
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contractor - Threatening Lien/Lawsuit
Replies: 46
Views: 3955

Re: Contractor - Threatening Lien/Lawsuit

As someone who sometimes dabbles in this kind of work, I generally find a way to sympathize with the contractor because I know how overbearing homeowners can be at times. However, I don't think I can in this case, at least not as presented. If this had happened to me, I would be calculating how much...
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Question for those who used 529 plans
Replies: 46
Views: 2349

Re: Question for those who used 529 plans

I'd like to ask anyone here who used a 529 to put their child through college. Did your initial investment do well over time? At what percent did it grow? I just logged into my account. I haven't had them yet for 10 years so I can only go off the 5 year annualized rate of return which is 11.02%. I ...
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Chipmunk Repellent?
Replies: 36
Views: 2454

Re: Chipmunk Repellent?

Just went through this exercise last fall. Nothing I bought over the counter worked. I ended up killing one with a mole trap but the other one remained elusive. I finally got him with a pellet gun. I haven't had any problems since.
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What To Do About 2001 Honda Odyssey With No AIr
Replies: 16
Views: 1341

Re: What To Do About 2001 Honda Odyssey With No AIr

A complete AC replacement kit for a 2001 Odyssey is about $300. I wouldn't lose any sleep about what happens if they can't find the leak. $300 seems a bit light for an a/c replacement with parts and labor. I'm guessing its more in the $750-1000 range but it varies depending on the vehicle. For clar...
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What To Do About 2001 Honda Odyssey With No AIr
Replies: 16
Views: 1341

Re: What To Do About 2001 Honda Odyssey With No AIr

A complete AC replacement kit for a 2001 Odyssey is about $300. I wouldn't lose any sleep about what happens if they can't find the leak.
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I take possession of a certified mail?
Replies: 151
Views: 16129

Re: Should I take possession of a certified mail?

We have a lot of projects and indicated to him that we'll enlist his services from time to time as we manage our personal cash flow. He texted me a couple of weeks ago to see whether there was any more work, and kept asking us whether the work was large enough ($2K-5K). I could not commit until I s...
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 12, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I take possession of a certified mail?
Replies: 151
Views: 16129

Re: Should I take possession of a certified mail?

We have a lot of projects and indicated to him that we'll enlist his services from time to time as we manage our personal cash flow. He texted me a couple of weeks ago to see whether there was any more work, and kept asking us whether the work was large enough ($2K-5K). I could not commit until I s...
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For Sale By Owner (FSBO) purchase - how much discount can I expect?
Replies: 22
Views: 1617

Re: For Sale By Owner (FSBO) purchase - how much discount can I expect?

As the potential buyer, I would start at 6% less than asking price if that was the standard realtor commissions in the area. As the home owner, I would price it at or slightly above market value and tell the potential buyer that offered 6% less that I expended time and money to promote my house that...
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 12, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I take possession of a certified mail?
Replies: 151
Views: 16129

Re: Should I take possession of a certified mail?

We have a lot of projects and indicated to him that we'll enlist his services from time to time as we manage our personal cash flow. He texted me a couple of weeks ago to see whether there was any more work, and kept asking us whether the work was large enough ($2K-5K). I could not commit until I s...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water heater installation situation
Replies: 56
Views: 4372

Re: Water heater installation situation

They tend to cost more money, but I believe last longer than a traditional tank type setup. Depends on location of course. Here in hard water country, until recently, tankless water heaters didn't last any longer than the traditional tank models. Fortunately newer tankless models have a way to desc...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How and what age to start piano lessons?
Replies: 13
Views: 1171

Re: How and what age to start piano lessons?

Both of our children, ages 12 and 5 are taking piano lessons. The five year old just started as reading was a requirement of the instructor along with attention span. He says he has taught children as young as 4 before but prefers five and older. We've only done in person lessons. I think it would m...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water heater installation situation
Replies: 56
Views: 4372

Re: Water heater installation situation

I need to have my water heater replaced. The installation contractor informs me that as the existing one is sitting on a wooden platform, sort of built into the wall, it's not to code to install it. The platform is about 24"x24"x6". How to proceed? I can't even remove it myself because the old tank...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you choose text or email for two-factor authentication?
Replies: 50
Views: 2811

Re: Would you choose text or email for two-factor authentication?

I use text simply because I can't remember all those digits long enough to click between tabs on a computer and key them in. I suppose one could still check email on the phone while typing on computer so you didn't have to click between tabs but that requires opening up an app, searching for email, ...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can we discuss whisk?
Replies: 29
Views: 2893

Re: Can we discuss whisk?

In your case of the whisk, the current winner is the OXO Goodgrips Whisk. My Rosle was a previous ATK winner. At 3x the price. :oops: They do change from time to time. I guess even whisk manufacturers have room for improvements. Also, for those not familiar with America's Test Kitchen, often times ...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paint shutters or remove
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Re: Paint shutters or remove

Plastic molded shutters that are on almost all houses are so cheap to purchase I would just replace them. Because they are molded, they will fade but since there is no paint, there will never be any issues with flaking paint. If you paint plastic shutters, you will be dealing with that issue every f...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for good charging station to charge phones, tablets
Replies: 11
Views: 670

Re: Recommendation for good charging station to charge phones, tablets

In our house, I installed outlets with USB charging ports built in near where we tend to charge our electronics similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/Seckatech-Charger-Outlet-Charging-Receptacle/dp/B01L02GQGS You can also buy many that have both USB charging ports and standard electrical outlets s...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can we discuss whisk?
Replies: 29
Views: 2893

Re: Can we discuss whisk?

For all things kitchen related, my go to source is America's Test Kitchen or their companion show Cooks Country. They scientifically test everything in a kitchen so you have something to go off of rather than anecdotal stuff that you will get by asking on a forum such as this. The drawback is that y...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much to invest in elementary education?
Replies: 37
Views: 2421

Re: How much to invest in elementary education?

I attended public school but both my children are going to a private elementary school. I am also on that schools school board. My observations are this: Private school tends to attract parents who want the best for their children and they tend to be more involved with their child's education as a r...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to Repair Leak in Ceiling Below 2nd Floor Bath?
Replies: 6
Views: 491

Re: How to Repair Leak in Ceiling Below 2nd Floor Bath?

Also, make sure you consider other sources. Bathrooms have vent pipes that protrude up through the roof and I have fixed many a "second floor bathroom leak" by putting a new $10 rubber boot on the vent pipe up on the roof. They tend to age, get brittle and crack over time.
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House sale by owner - Problems & Pitfalls?
Replies: 30
Views: 1585

Re: House sale by owner - Problems & Pitfalls?

I would appreciate comments by folks who did execute a 'sale by owner' and the problems / pitfalls they encountered. I've bought two houses FSBO and highly recommend going that route. However, I have also tried selling two house myself and have never had any luck. The pitfalls that I have experienc...
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3064
Views: 945680

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta by Richard Grant Richard Grant and his girlfriend were living in a shoebox apartment in New York City when they decided on a whim to buy an old plantation house in the Mississippi Delta. Dispatches from Pluto is their journey of discover...
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues
Replies: 25
Views: 1357

Re: Masonry Wood-Burning Fireplace Issues

Based on a visual inspection of the soot accumulated in the lower flue area, the chimney guy said my chimney definitely needs a sweep. He suspects the previous residents of my unit used the chimney frequently, but suspected the smoke either came into the unit or was hovering somewhere inside the ch...
by lthenderson
Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shortest Front Loading Washer/Dryer
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: Shortest Front Loading Washer/Dryer

Dexter makes a stack washer dryer with the floor to washer door center being approximately 21" but it is more for industrial applications. I've seen people with them in their house though. https://www.dexter.com/upl/downloads/opl-products/documents/t-350-swd-express-t-350-swd-on-premise-specificatio...
by lthenderson
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Don't make the mistake I made (Telemarketing hell)
Replies: 67
Views: 8603

Re: Don't make the mistake I made (Telemarketing hell)

As a physician, I have a hard time not answering calls, especially when working at the hospital. I use a free APP called "Hiya." It screens cell phone calls, and gives a warning when the number is on a list of telemarketer or scammers. When I see the alert on the screen and I don't recognize the nu...
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How should I hang a hammock on vinyl sided exterior wall?
Replies: 11
Views: 787

Re: How should I hang a hammock on vinyl sided exterior wall?

If it were me, I would install a block similar to what they attach exterior sconce lights on the outside of a vinyl sided houses. Essentially you cut a square hole in the vinyl siding, install the appropriate trim to shed any water up and over the block instead of behind the siding, install the bloc...
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tool board for basement - plywood or pegboard?
Replies: 30
Views: 1859

Re: Tool board for basement - plywood or pegboard?

I see I'm too late but my vote would be neither! Peg board holes wear out and often times attachments fall out when you remove tools. You can by an assortment of hangers for peg boards but often times they don't fit the tools very well or if you have a lot of tools, you can't space them close enough...
by lthenderson
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hole in Garage ceiling, possibly leaving upstairs bedroom hot?
Replies: 35
Views: 1951

Re: Hole in Garage ceiling, possibly leaving upstairs bedroom hot?

Aside from the insulation, do you guys believe it could be from my window? I feel intense heat radiating from the window and I have window blinds, not curtains. The house isn’t my home and my roommate who owns the home isn’t buying the fact that my room get extremely hot, it’s one excuse after anot...
by lthenderson
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roof Leak
Replies: 11
Views: 646

Re: Roof Leak

My 25-year-old Owns Corning roof has a leak, probably near the vent pipe. The roof shingle was an upgrade when installed. Should I just get the leak repaired or plan on replacing the whole roof instead? This is my first experience with skylights. Do they wear out? Will they need to be replaced with...
by lthenderson
Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gold Chain necklace, authentic gold
Replies: 10
Views: 1125

Re: Gold Chain necklace, authentic gold

carolc wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:42 pm
I like to support local businesses so my vote goes to a local jeweler.
+1 I have never had bad service or regrets from using my local jeweler.
by lthenderson
Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Early termination of Cable + Internet
Replies: 10
Views: 1207

Re: Early termination of Cable + Internet

hi I have signed up a year ago with a triple-package (Internet + TV + phone) for a two year contract. I am in the middle of move to another place. What conditions I can use to get out of the contract without paying any ETF. The cable company removed my fav channel a couple of months ago. Can I use ...
by lthenderson
Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel advice for an engineer
Replies: 65
Views: 4268

Re: Travel advice for an engineer

25 greatest engineering feats according to CNN https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/engineering-feats/index.html Any 'greatest engineering feats' list that doesn't have the pyramids on it is not legit. I'm guessing the pyramid builders didn't have a license PE on site when they were building and thus...
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel advice for an engineer
Replies: 65
Views: 4268

Re: Travel advice for an engineer

25 greatest engineering feats according to CNN https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/engineering-feats/index.html Any 'greatest engineering feats' list that doesn't have the pyramids on it is not legit. I'm guessing the pyramid builders didn't have a license PE on site when they were building and thus...
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel advice for an engineer
Replies: 65
Views: 4268

Re: Travel advice for an engineer

25 greatest engineering feats according to CNN

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/engi ... index.html
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Beach condo vs mountain cabin investment property
Replies: 30
Views: 2532

Re: Beach condo vs mountain cabin investment property

Personally I would not buy beach front property in Panama City Beach as an investment. In the years I have been going there, I have already seen the erosion problems they have due to rising sea levels which are only forecast to get higher.
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financial setback stories
Replies: 21
Views: 3465

Re: Financial setback stories

Spent the first six years post college working for a rapidly growing tech company and making great money. I spent it almost as fast on toys and friends and thus never needed anything other than a single checking account. Then a tech bubble happened and the stable growing company quickly started shed...
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Book Recommendation Wanted
Replies: 15
Views: 1248

Re: Book Recommendation Wanted

I would be inclined to have them schedule an appointment with a pay by the hour financial adviser. I've met people like this that sometimes just need an outside of the family member to tell them that they have enough money and can spend more.
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replaced beater car, oh how ever to regain feelings of financial superiority?
Replies: 29
Views: 3376

Re: Replaced beater car, oh how ever to regain feelings of financial superiority?

The CEO of my company drove a beat up Datson pickup and I still drive a 20 year old Civic. We always enjoyed pulling into a parking lot full of shiny new vehicles. We are both retired now and many of those shiny new vehicle people still are grinding away.
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sherwin Williams paint
Replies: 52
Views: 3515

Re: Sherwin Williams paint

Doing interior painting for our single family home starting next week, yet to buy the paint. Decided to go with Sherwin Williams brand. Just checked the website and found there is a 30% sale going on, I need to stop by at the store tomorrow and check. Do they have usually all colors available in th...
by lthenderson
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Renter Insurance for Collage student living in Dorm?
Replies: 6
Views: 644

Re: Renter Insurance for Collage student living in Dorm?

Lots of college questions, and I appreciate the wisdom from my fellow boggleheads.... I am considering a Renters insurance policy outside of my Home owners policy for my DS who will be living on campus this fall. My HO policy has a 2k deductible so covering a stolen laptop, bicycle, or cell phone w...
by lthenderson
Thu May 31, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Thoughts on Buying a "Flipped" House?
Replies: 27
Views: 3142

Re: Thoughts on Buying a "Flipped" House?

As someone who "flips" houses every five to ten years, it isn't limited to flippers. I've found many shady construction jobs done on houses inhabited for decades by a prior owner. I'm six years into this house and have found many things that make me cringe. Personally I think it is just the fact of ...
by lthenderson
Thu May 31, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vehicle Advice for new Boglehead (4Runner)
Replies: 45
Views: 2307

Re: Vehicle Advice for new Boglehead (4Runner)

I will add that just because you can't afford one now, doesn't mean you have to give up the dream of owning one. I know many people who, now that they are financially set, go and buy cars that they couldn't afford when they were younger and poorer, fix them up and relive their youth.
by lthenderson
Thu May 31, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Citi Slashes Card Benefits at least on Double Cash cards
Replies: 27
Views: 3038

Re: Citi Slashes Card Benefits at least on Double Cash cards

The things eliminated are fluff that most users never use. The change to the rental car benefit ? I imagine if you bend a rental car, their charge to you for loss of use could be pretty substantial. +1 Although I never used that benefit, it was nice insurance to have. My parents recently incurred a...