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by Mrxyz
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Did you retire because you hit your number?
Replies: 71
Views: 6599

Re: Did you retire because you hit your number?

I know my post is not replying to the OP's question but..... how do you decide your number? I just cannot! I have read many posts on this and I(no one) cannot predict the future of course but how can you decide on how much medical cost will be down the line, cost of living increases........etc etc. ...
by Mrxyz
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A time to EVALUATE your jitters
Replies: 285
Views: 248191

Re: A time to EVALUATE your jitters

Some people certainly keep some powder dry, but to me that was basically timing the market. While the powder was sitting there, the market may have risen 50 percent. If you can dollar cost average, that to me is taking advantage of lower stock prices. Also, if you see your allocation is 10 percent ...
by Mrxyz
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: A time to EVALUATE your jitters
Replies: 285
Views: 248191

Re: A time to EVALUATE your jitters

Perhaps this has already been discussed.... Is there any rationale in keeping money ready to invest during 'downtime' or RBDs? Like dry powder? Or is there no need to do anything but keep contributing to the portfolio (3 fund in my case) investing every month a given amount ? -THIS is probable the c...
by Mrxyz
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kirkland (Costco) Razor
Replies: 31
Views: 3182

Re: Kirkland (Costco) Razor

https://www.target.com/p/men-s-triple-b ... -52585100

I use these without much difficulty - work fine.
8 for around $6.
by Mrxyz
Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier and humidity meter recommendations
Replies: 25
Views: 1899

Re: Dehumidifier and humidity meter recommendations

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Frigidaire-70-Pint-2-Speed-Dehumidifier/1000490425 I just bought this one online and will be shipped to me. Lets hope it works. Thanks Why do need the wifi capability? Isn't this something you set and forget? Good question. I do not know exactly how it works. Does it 'tell ...
by Mrxyz
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier and humidity meter recommendations
Replies: 25
Views: 1899

Re: Dehumidifier and humidity meter recommendations

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Frigidaire-70- ... 1000490425

I just bought this one online and will be shipped to me. Lets hope it works.
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier and humidity meter recommendations
Replies: 25
Views: 1899

Re: Dehumidifier and humidity meter recommendations

Yes, putting it next to your HVAC shouldn't be an issue. Looking long-term, I'd recommend looking at getting a hybrid water heater (assuming your heater is electric). The hybrid heaters cool and dehumidify the surrounding spaces. I installed a hybrid water heater in my basement (~900 sq/ft) and hav...
by Mrxyz
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier and humidity meter recommendations
Replies: 25
Views: 1899

Re: Dehumidifier and humidity meter recommendations

You can get a digital thermostat/humidistat at Lowes/HomeDepot. Look for one that shows current values and the min/max from the last 24 hours, this is good enough to put in in a few spots around the basement and understand what to do. Humidistats in general aren't very good, so expect a variation o...
by Mrxyz
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dehumidifier and humidity meter recommendations
Replies: 25
Views: 1899

Dehumidifier and humidity meter recommendations

Hi, Any recommendations on dehumidifier and humidity meter recommendations for a basement? The basement is around 1500 sq. feet and has 2 rooms. I do not know what the humidity levels are and need a humidity meter to confirm, but fairly sure it is higher than recommended. Also, the HVAC unit is in t...
by Mrxyz
Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I think my father has a gambling problem
Replies: 78
Views: 6876

Re: I think my father has a gambling problem

My 2 cents - probably already mentioned/discussed, One can be addicted without losing money. And as a family member if you are concerned (and concerned enough to ask us), then there is likely an issue but it still needs to be confirmed. Of course, if someone's net worth is 5 M, then losing $1000 a m...
by Mrxyz
Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 1338
Views: 224587

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

Hi all, Looking for brokerage bonus for non IRA account. The shortest holding period I found was E-trade with 6 months. Any other banks that I missed with similar holding period? Thanks The basic Merrill Edge offer is 90 days. https://www.merrilledge.com/cmaoffer Thanks Yes, I just got out of ME af...
by Mrxyz
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 1338
Views: 224587

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

Hi all, Looking for brokerage bonus for non IRA account. The shortest holding period I found was E-trade with 6 months. Any other banks that I missed with similar holding period? Thanks The basic Merrill Edge offer is 90 days. https://www.merrilledge.com/cmaoffer Thanks Yes, I just got out of ME af...
by Mrxyz
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses
Replies: 1338
Views: 224587

Re: The Final, Definitive Thread on Brokerage Transfer Bonuses

Hi all,
Looking for brokerage bonus for non IRA account. The shortest holding period I found was E-trade with 6 months. Any other banks that I missed with similar holding period?
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: ACT test - got 34, try for 36?
Replies: 61
Views: 5700

ACT test - got 34, try for 36?

Hi all,
My kid got 34 in ACT and wants to try for a 35 or 36.
What happens if repeat test scores lower?
Pros/cons? Is this recommended? does it make any difference with college applications?
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying 2018 Honda Pilot
Replies: 23
Views: 3825

Re: Buying 2018 Honda Pilot

Update -
I bought 2018 Honda Pilot AWD, EXL, with honda sensing for $35,200 plus $300 admin fee and Tax/title extra.
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Thu May 24, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: vinyl plank brands, which is best?
Replies: 13
Views: 1583

Re: vinyl plank brands, which is best?

Hi, I am about to install these in my basement as they are ideal - waterproof and look like wood planks. I am using Lowe's Smartcore brand which runs from 5 mm to around 7 mm thickness. The thicker ones are much better and they also come with a padded back and you do not need to use an underlayment ...
by Mrxyz
Tue May 01, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to book family vacation package?
Replies: 1
Views: 325

How to book family vacation package?

Hi all, We need to 'get out of town' and go for a family vacation in late June, July or early August. Will want to avoid cruises. Looking at 7 to 14 days. International is fine - looking at London, Spain, Costa Rica etc. I know that does not narrow it down but..... Willing to spend around 1.5 to 2G/...
by Mrxyz
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Too much Bogleheads.org?
Replies: 90
Views: 15113

Re: Too much Bogleheads.org?

"At first, I saw mountains as mountains and rivers as rivers. Then, I saw mountains were not mountains and rivers were not rivers. Finally, I see mountains again as mountains, and rivers again as rivers." Substitute "Bogleheads" for "mountains and rivers"! (disclosure - I spend lots of time on this ...
by Mrxyz
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying 2018 Honda Pilot
Replies: 23
Views: 3825

Re: Buying 2018 Honda Pilot

I just negotiated a Pilot purchase for my parents this month. MSRP $39,635 EX-L AWD, sale price $34,700 + tax. They financed at 0.9%. Shoot for about 10% off plus dealer cash/finance cash. So, the EXL AWD with Honda Sensing is around $1000 more. I am not sure if your purchase had the Honda sensing ...
by Mrxyz
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying 2018 Honda Pilot
Replies: 23
Views: 3825

Re: Buying 2018 Honda Pilot

I would go to the last page of the price paid thread on piloteers and work backwards to see what people are paying. I did this for my recent Honda Odyssey purchase. I then used Truecar through work to get initial quotes from dealerships in my region. I received two quotes that met my target price. ...
by Mrxyz
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying 2018 Honda Pilot
Replies: 23
Views: 3825

Re: Buying 2018 Honda Pilot

We bought a 2017 Pilot EXL and paid a little more than you are without sensing.. sounds like a good price. FWIW I’ve never bought a Honda warranty, never felt the need. Don’t buy the accessories at the dealer, big markup. You can get them after, a lot of it cheaper from online dealers like bernardi...
by Mrxyz
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying 2018 Honda Pilot
Replies: 23
Views: 3825

Re: Buying 2018 Honda Pilot

Do not buy Honda Care warranty. I made the mistake for my 2012 Honda Pilot and it was wasted. Never again! I have to agree with this. You're buying a Honda partly for the reliability. You may be right. But I am concerned about so much electronics in the car which has potential to go bad. The warran...
by Mrxyz
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying 2018 Honda Pilot
Replies: 23
Views: 3825

Re: Buying 2018 Honda Pilot

bob60014 wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:22 pm
Forget the accessories AND the warranty and upgrade to Touring.
So, I am worried about the transmission problems on Touring and Elite.
by Mrxyz
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying 2018 Honda Pilot
Replies: 23
Views: 3825

Buying 2018 Honda Pilot

Hi I am likely to buy 2018 Honda Pilot EXL AWD with Honda sensing in the coming 1-2 weeks. Paying $36G plus tax and registration. Accessories - around $1000 - tint, door edge molding, side door panels, mats HondaCare - $1500-2000 - buy online Anyone with comparable prices? I looked up KBB, Edmunds a...
by Mrxyz
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wear a wedding band? [at a job interview]
Replies: 157
Views: 11926

Re: Do you wear a wedding band? [at a job interview]

Male professional
Happily married
Ring cuts gloves at work, and so do not use it.
Too old to worry about what others think
Wife knows I do not and she is very comfortable with it
by Mrxyz
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?
Replies: 40
Views: 3146

Re: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?

Update: Could not find a potentiometer. Could not find battery pack of NimH which do not exceed 9V. Smallest I found was 4 V (4 cell). And yes, I am not allowed to open the pack and rewire them. So, I could use two 4 V batteries but half speed is too slow. So used baffles (black and orange colored v...
by Mrxyz
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?
Replies: 40
Views: 3146

Re: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?

It appears that the rheostat is to be adjusted to a single value and left there. If that is the case once he knows the resistance that is needed the rheostat can be replaced by a fixed resistor or resistors. That might allow greater design flexibility, since fixed resistors are usually smaller and ...
by Mrxyz
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?
Replies: 40
Views: 3146

Re: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?

Just thought of another approach. For learning, here are a couple of questions to pose to your son: I understand the rules allow contact with the sides of the track. Is there a way that can be used deliberately to control the speed? Do you know how the track is designed? If so, what features could ...
by Mrxyz
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?
Replies: 40
Views: 3146

Re: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?

I'm guessing he's making the hovercraft. Here's the relevant rule: Electrical components shall be limited to batteries, wires, motors, switches, resistors, potentiometers, capacitors, mechanical relays, fans, and blowers. Brushless motors and integrated circuits are not permitted unless they are an...
by Mrxyz
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?
Replies: 40
Views: 3146

Re: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?

The OP has already said that the competition rules don't allow for use of efficient controllers. I can only think that the competition must be to see who can toast marshmallows the fastest while simultaneously reducing the speed of the motor. Fair point - but maybe knowing what that motor was desig...
by Mrxyz
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?
Replies: 40
Views: 3146

Re: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?

I (and others) would be curious to know the reason for the requirements. Nonetheless, this part, while not cheap at $76, should do the job: https://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/ohmite/RJS6R0E/RJS6R0E-ND/824085 Note - this is a 6 ohm part. I would have chosen a 2 ohm, but the lead time is 16 we...
by Mrxyz
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?
Replies: 40
Views: 3146

Re: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?

I'm not an EE but i have taught electronics to college students.... IMO you will NOT find a potentiometer to put in line with your motor that will do the job. Inevitably, the 'pot' would need to dissipate almost as much energy/heat as the motor unless it was at 100% speed. One way to do this would ...
by Mrxyz
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?
Replies: 40
Views: 3146

Re: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?

You don't want to just waste the battery capacity in a linear solution (potentiometer directly hooked to motor or through a transisitor or FET). You want something that won't be dissipative. One way that you said won't work is PWM. For this, the voltage from the battery pack is turned on/off at hig...
by Mrxyz
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?
Replies: 40
Views: 3146

Re: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?

Silverado wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:22 am
Curious about why you can't use pwm?

No matter what, the heat dissipation is going to be important.
Hi all,
Thanks for your replies.

The motor and circuit have rules which prohibit a pwm.
by Mrxyz
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?
Replies: 40
Views: 3146

Re: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?

oldcomputerguy wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:20 pm
Can you provide specs of the motor? Kinda hard to make a recommendation without them.
I have updated my post.
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?
Replies: 40
Views: 3146

Re: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?

Hi Perhaps someone with electrical background may be able to help ! So I have a motor which is connected to a propeller whose speed needs to be controlled. So I need an on off and variable speed control. I was 'told' to use a potentiometer but what I bought from eBay burnt out. I cannot use a PWM -...
by Mrxyz
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?
Replies: 40
Views: 3146

Potentiometer for motor speed control- any electrical engineers around?

Hi Perhaps someone with electrical background may be able to help ! So I have a motor which is connected to a propeller whose speed needs to be controlled. So I need an on off and variable speed control. I was 'told' to use a potentiometer but what I bought from eBay burnt out. I cannot use a PWM - ...
by Mrxyz
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 433
Views: 57380

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

141,000 miles, bought new on June 4th 2007. Driven year-round in upstate NY. https://www.cobaltss.net/forums/attachments/general-cobalt-68/10282d1493773963-what-have-you-done-your-cobalt-today-photo645.jpg Very nice ! Cute, pretty.............. Do you think you need to probably update the garage (?...
by Mrxyz
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laughter is the Best Medicine - What makes you Laugh?
Replies: 105
Views: 7345

Re: Laughter is the Best Medicine - What makes you Laugh?

Anyone for British humor???

Chef series - Lenny Henry
Only fools and horses.................etc.
by Mrxyz
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What would you do with a 25 million windfall?
Replies: 47
Views: 3973

Re: What would you do with a 25 million windfall?

What would you do with a 25 million windfall? Btw I’ve read the wiki for it and appeeciate the input. Hi, You may to format your question with more specifics like why are you asking, what is your background financial status -debts, net worth, life goals, bucket list, etc? Also, would help if you pl...
by Mrxyz
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When the rubber hits the road [Progressive Dementia thread with merged updates]
Replies: 108
Views: 9971

Re: The reality hits - my dementia update

Thanks for sharing such a touching story!
Wish you all the best.
by Mrxyz
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water filtration system - worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 3675

Re: Water filtration system - worth it?

Is there any health concern if minerals are removed by such filtration? Of course, if the water is obviously bad to begin with like foul smell or off color... but what if the tap water is as clean as the city can provide? Thanks Sorry about quoting myself here.....but I am quite confused about all ...
by Mrxyz
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Any of you trade just a little as a hobby?
Replies: 64
Views: 7404

Re: Any of you trade just a little as a hobby?

Many many years ago, I thought I knew about trading/buying/selling. Had an etrade account to do it. Made around $2500. And then got out realizing that I am an idiot doing it. I can say I was 'playing with my kids money' ! Boglehead since then and have not looked back. Nothing, repeat, nothing is wor...
by Mrxyz
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander?
Replies: 88
Views: 21448

Re: Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander?

A bit of info worth sharing on the PIlot. My brother purchased a new 2017 Pilot Touring (45 miles on the odometer) with the 9 speed transmission. No joke, on the way home from the dealership, something went wrong with the transmission. The transmission shifted into neutral while driving on the free...
by Mrxyz
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander?
Replies: 88
Views: 21448

Re: Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander?

In December 2016 ago we replaced an old Ford Explorer with a '17 Pilot. We chose the Pilot over the Highlander because we liked the feel of the engine/transmission better and, more importantly, we liked the third row legroom (great for three adult couples as well as just younger kids. We liked the ...
by Mrxyz
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water filtration system - worth it?
Replies: 37
Views: 3675

Re: Water filtration system - worth it?

Is there any health concern if minerals are removed by such filtration? Of course, if the water is obviously bad to begin with like foul smell or off color... but what if the tap water is as clean as the city can provide?
Thanks
by Mrxyz
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kreg jig
Replies: 24
Views: 2468

Re: Kreg jig

Hey, it's Christmas. Get yourself a Festool Domino - https://www.festoolproducts.com/power-tools/festool-domino-joiners.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAjO_QBRC4ARIsAD2FsXPpJW-jkZ4xRga7e3UfpoiYpz8sTX4-cXxCLKBc55h4RpLMeHk6DIgaApmcEALw_wcB Since I bought one, I hardly ever use my Krueger jig and I sold my biscuit ...
by Mrxyz
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kreg jig
Replies: 24
Views: 2468

Re: Kreg jig

Hey, it's Christmas. Get yourself a Festool Domino - https://www.festoolproducts.com/power-tools/festool-domino-joiners.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiAjO_QBRC4ARIsAD2FsXPpJW-jkZ4xRga7e3UfpoiYpz8sTX4-cXxCLKBc55h4RpLMeHk6DIgaApmcEALw_wcB Since I bought one, I hardly ever use my Krueger jig and I sold my biscuit ...
by Mrxyz
Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Kreg jig
Replies: 24
Views: 2468

Re: Kreg jig

Are you talking about a pocket screw jig? Yes, I bought one from home depot - the K 4 jig and will 'try' to build a full size bed today - with some luck and mistakes!! Pocket screws for a bed? Uh, not a great idea. You want a mortise and tenon. Pocket screws will perform poorly and the bed will rac...