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by Chuck107
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TV antenna - do I need amplified
Replies: 12
Views: 502

Re: TV antenna - do I need amplified

15 miles from the transmission site with a clear shot ? No you do not need an amplified antenna.
Try to keep your antenna wire 50 ft or less.
by Chuck107
Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Energy Efficiency Comparison - New House
Replies: 7
Views: 528

Re: Energy Efficiency Comparison - New House

It's hard to compare from year to year even with the same home. 27 yrs in the same house with 3 different heat pump systems, I have tried. The best I can do is just get a yearly total estimate of usage to compare and still it's not accurate due to wind, rain, sun, clouds. I have every monthly electr...
by Chuck107
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan
Replies: 49
Views: 1992

Re: TPMS(tire pressure monitoring system) lifespan

I seem to have been fortunate in that my last vehicle was old enough not to have any Tpms system at all. Now my newer vehicle has the speed sensor system. No batteries included :happy I do as I have always done, check the pressure myself. If I needed or wanted a monitoring pressure system there are ...
by Chuck107
Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who has painted their own house?
Replies: 42
Views: 3155

Re: Who has painted their own house?

While I never painted a house, I have sided them. Once and done forever. I'm not advocating doing that in this case, I used to do vinyl/alum siding. it would take longer than painting by yourself for sure and more costly, especially if you don't have a bending brake. The less time on a ladder the be...
by Chuck107
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: safety thing for stairs?
Replies: 42
Views: 2506

Re: safety thing for stairs?

Firstly I will admit I am not a cat person, that said, I have yet to ever see a cat be kept from anywhere they really want to go.
They are nimble little creatures, with an excellent sense of balance.
Just as with real children we can't make their world truly accident proof, nor should we. imo.
by Chuck107
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: losing ability to ensure good computer hygiene- what to do
Replies: 49
Views: 3759

Re: losing ability to ensure good computer hygiene- what to do

Get 2 backup disks and backup monthly or more. And store them away somewhere. Backup one as a bootable clone. The other disk backup anything important as often as necessary. Hard drives are cheap. Accidents are going to happen... especially with kids, but adults can be just as accident prone. It onl...
by Chuck107
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Share your budget
Replies: 150
Views: 8973

Re: Share your budget

Pension 16k
SS 28k

Budget is, the money left over might be spent, but rarely is.
by Chuck107
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Who has long term care insurance?
Replies: 117
Views: 5651

Re: Who has long term care insurance?

smitcat wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:32 am
LXEX55 wrote:
Thu Jul 02, 2020 9:55 am
May I ask who the carrier is and any other details you would be comfortable in sharing?
Unfortunately it is irrelevant - the insurance that was available years back is no longer what they sell.
Very true, we bought ours around 16 yrs ago ish, a real Cadillac policy.
by Chuck107
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Risk with a malfunctioned fuel gauge
Replies: 51
Views: 2065

Re: Risk with a malfunctioned fuel gauge

Just top off every day or every 2 or 3 days, depending if you drive a pretty consistent amount each week.

I once car pooled with a guy back in the 70's he had an old truck, every day he put 2 gallons in the tank.
I never did ask him why.
by Chuck107
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Some water ok in crawlspace?
Replies: 24
Views: 2403

Re: Some water ok in crawlspace?

Just thought I would share my last two week experience with my crawlspace, 27 yrs in home never had water in the crawlspace. 25% crawl space, 75% stand up basement. I was doing some plumbing work to relocate a sill-cock to another location, so I was in the crawl space 4 ft clearance, I have 6 mill p...
by Chuck107
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on WiFi vs. Wired at Home?
Replies: 34
Views: 2212

Re: Advice on WiFi vs. Wired at Home?

I prefer hardwire, but if wifi works for you then don't worry about it. That said, my roku at my TV is hardwired, my laptop is hardwired (only because it's 3 ft from my router. My obihai (google voice device) is hardwired, again it's like 3 ft from the router. Everything else, tablets, smartphones, ...
by Chuck107
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?
Replies: 50
Views: 1965

Re: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?

As a side note Nyle water heating systems, is bringing back their add on heat pump for water heaters. https://www.nyle.com/water-heating-systems/geyser-c-8-series-light-commercial-residential-2/ I have one thats almost 10 yrs old, still works perfectly. I don't even have my water heater breakers tur...
by Chuck107
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?
Replies: 50
Views: 1965

Re: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?

https://www.climatemaster.com/residential/geothermal-savings-calculator/sc01.php Using the above calc I compared my system to the OP's 13 seer unit in my home. My Home with geothermal and hw heat pump should be 36% savings over a 13 seer with electric HW. Op's electric usage last month 2131 My usage...
by Chuck107
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?
Replies: 50
Views: 1965

Re: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?

We used 2131 kWh last month which everyone says is super high. Nothing is apples to apples, Here in Tn, 1600 sq ft home 41 yrs old sounds like the same loose construction home (leaks, insulation). .10 per kwh 27 seer geothermal HP, Heat pump for Hot water. Me the Wife and a Parakeet. Last month $13...
by Chuck107
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?
Replies: 50
Views: 1965

Re: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?

We used 2131 kWh last month which everyone says is super high. Nothing is apples to apples, Here in Tn, 1600 sq ft home 41 yrs old sounds like the same loose construction home (leaks, insulation). .10 per kwh 27 seer geothermal HP, Heat pump for Hot water. Me the Wife and a Parakeet. Last month $13...
by Chuck107
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?
Replies: 50
Views: 1965

Re: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?

Adjust the thermostat. It doesn’t need to be at 72. 76-78 is probably adequate. Close off rooms that aren’t being used. Most of us in big homes have a couple of rooms we really don’t need to heat or air condition. Look at your house from the perspective of what you would do if you didn’t have AC. C...
by Chuck107
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?
Replies: 50
Views: 1965

Re: Heat pump/ac using 4 kWh - how do I fix this?

Are you sure it's only 9 seer and 4 yrs old? I'm thinking the min seer rating allowed 4 yrs ago is around 13 seer. EDIT Here is a calc I just pulled up comparing costs of different seer's per KW per hr. https://kobiecomplete.com/cool-tips/seer-savings-calculator/ EDIT again. 2015 In the United State...
by Chuck107
Fri Jun 26, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Exterior Storm Windows for Noise Reduction
Replies: 30
Views: 1159

Re: Exterior Storm Windows for Noise Reduction

Perhaps as a trial or in conjunction with drapes, try those plastic storm windows that are temporary.
They stretch in a stick on channel, use a hair drier on them to pull tight.
It's another air barrier to muffle some sound.
by Chuck107
Fri Jun 26, 2020 6:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Astronomy Buffs Out There?
Replies: 32
Views: 2068

Re: Any Astronomy Buffs Out There?

Starting out 10x50 would be the max for handheld, the suggested binoc's by the OP imo are two large for a beginner. Even with a tripod looking at anything in the sky directly above or close to it will be a neck wrenching experience. Except for the Moon the 20 x 70's won't really show much more than ...
by Chuck107
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: roof attic fan
Replies: 42
Views: 2526

Re: roof attic fan

If the ridge vent and soffit vents are properly sized, you should NOT have a attic fan. It disrupts the flow of fresh air between the roof joists and along the bottom of the roof sheathing. which is the reason for a ridge vent, making shingles last longer. If properly sized (soffit and ridge vent) ...
by Chuck107
Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Made a horrible decision with regards to car. need guidance
Replies: 60
Views: 6229

Re: Made a horrible decision with regards to car. need guidance

Well, it's what you do from today onward that counts, everyone makes mistakes and everyone has a tendency to beat themselves up over them. Consider it a learning experience and not to do it again in the future. If it was a mistake or not does not matter, YOU feel it is/was a mistake and that is all ...
by Chuck107
Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: roof attic fan
Replies: 42
Views: 2526

Re: roof attic fan

If the ridge vent and soffit vents are properly sized, you should NOT have a attic fan. It disrupts the flow of fresh air between the roof joists and along the bottom of the roof sheathing. which is the reason for a ridge vent, making shingles last longer. If properly sized (soffit and ridge vent) a...
by Chuck107
Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tipping Tree Trimming
Replies: 62
Views: 2874

Re: Tipping Tree Trimming

NO, do not Tip for that JOB you are paying for @ 3k.

If you ask them to do some extra stuff not included in the contract, Like , hey guys could you throw into your chipper a pile of other branches I have laying around at no extra charge, and they do it, then I would look at slipping them something.
by Chuck107
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where can I buy a car seat NOT made in China?
Replies: 30
Views: 2288

Re: Where can I buy a car seat NOT made in China?

Google is your friend

https://carseatblog.com/38804/carseats- ... -usa-2016/

EDIT... ThankYouJack beat me by seconds LOL :sharebeer
by Chuck107
Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Why Morgan Stanley Says the 60/40 Portfolio Is Doomed
Replies: 107
Views: 11024

Re: 60/40 split at 70 year old?

At age 66, not far from 70, I am currently 35/65 and very happy to stay put at that AA. That said, IF for some reason the markets go down similar to 2008 (Not saying they will) I can see myself readjusting a bit more aggressively. There is no set AA per age, In my opinion. It's a balance of what kee...
by Chuck107
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Slash your cell phone bill!
Replies: 38
Views: 6284

Re: Slash your cell phone bill!

Been on tracfone for many years, pay by the min plan. Google voice for land line. We hardly use our cellphone, and only connect to the internet while home via wifi. We left ATT, back in the 80's after they scammed everyone into their higher priced home plans, without revealing their cheaper plans. E...
by Chuck107
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace beam or sister it?
Replies: 22
Views: 1621

Re: Replace beam or sister it?

The light brown areas are where termite damage was replaced with wood filler. Using a screwdriver to poke hard at the wood throughout the structure does not show any further termite damage. Would it make sense to replace the small boards above the beam that had the termite damage, or just keep them...
by Chuck107
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Parents in a tough situation for retirement
Replies: 117
Views: 13333

Re: Parents in a tough situation for retirement

KlangFool wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:23 pm
MrBobcat wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 4:59 pm
Sell the house to your brother. Give him a good deal and walk away.
+1,000.

KlangFool
+$$$
by Chuck107
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy this tractor for new home on 15 acres, (approx 1 acre of grass and almost 1 acre potential garden)
Replies: 39
Views: 2469

Re: Should I buy this tractor for new home on 15 acres, (approx 1 acre of grass and almost 1 acre potential garden)

As long as it works, go for it. I used to till gardens, small lawns years ago as a side job, Troy bilt horse tiller cost then was about 1800 (picked up at the factory) I still have it. 1984 Tilling an acre even with the troy bilt, while easy on already tilled soil, would be very time consuming. If i...
by Chuck107
Wed Jun 17, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rain barrel questions
Replies: 28
Views: 2372

Re: Rain barrel questions

I can't help you with a barrel, however I do sometimes use my a/c condensate to pump to a place where I start plant cuttings.
Why waste it, and when It makes the most condensate is when it's the hottest and the cuttings need it.
When I don't need it it goes down the gutter drainage pipes.
by Chuck107
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace beam or sister it?
Replies: 22
Views: 1621

Re: Replace beam or sister it?

Those light colored dirt areas still worry me, I did some looking and found a video showing similar evidence from termites. https://pests.guru/termites/sign-of-infestation/evidence-in-yard.html About .27 sec in. It may not be that, but I would inspect it poke at them with a screwdriver, and then cal...
by Chuck107
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing roof: Ridge vent or solar fans best?
Replies: 32
Views: 2300

Re: Replacing roof: Ridge vent or solar fans best?

Ridge vents, combined with an adequate amount of soffit vents all around the structure. Air enters soffits washes cooler air between roof joists and under roof sheathing exiting Ridge vent. Gable vents disrupt the flow action of a ridge vent system, so it is usually advised if you have them to have ...
by Chuck107
Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace beam or sister it?
Replies: 22
Views: 1621

Re: Replace beam or sister it?

After seeing the picture I agree with Sandtrap, you don't need an engineer. I dislike that horizontal crack running the length of the beam in question between the two support posts. Hard to tell if the crack is serious or not from a picture. Also what is that light dirt brown discoloration on the ot...
by Chuck107
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace beam or sister it?
Replies: 22
Views: 1621

Re: Replace beam or sister it?

I would suggest a structural engineer.
Are you sure that spot is the only termite damage?
It sounds like it's the middle of the beam, how did they get there without eating their way to that point?
You say its a patio, is that whats on top of the beam?
by Chuck107
Tue Jun 16, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you reward yourself for achieving a financial goal?
Replies: 167
Views: 12137

Re: Do you reward yourself for achieving a financial goal?

cheese_breath wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 10:03 am
My only financial goal was to have enough to retire. I rewarded myself by retiring.
+$
by Chuck107
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Electricians/ Microwave Engineers
Replies: 30
Views: 2253

Re: Calling all Electricians/ Microwave Engineers

I for one (at least) thank you for getting back with us on the resolution.
So many ask for advise, and leave us all hanging as to what happened or what the issue really was. :sharebeer

I'm glad you are on the apparent right track to the fix.
by Chuck107
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Who ever follows the “Top-Ranked” Financial Advisors on the radio?
Replies: 38
Views: 3237

Re: Who ever follows the “Top-Ranked” Financial Advisors on the radio?

I don't think I have listened to a "Radio" since the last century.
by Chuck107
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Ditching International
Replies: 274
Views: 15683

Re: Ditching International

I am strictly US Vti and Bnd, as per my readings from Jack Bogle. Not that he was all knowing, but that after reading I agreed. There are MANY voices claiming the true path forward, Vanguard as well as those on this forum. Who is right and who is wrong? No one really knows. I believe in making my o...
by Chuck107
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Ditching International
Replies: 274
Views: 15683

Re: Ditching International

I am strictly US Vti and Bnd, as per my readings from Jack Bogle. Not that he was all knowing, but that after reading I agreed. There are MANY voices claiming the true path forward, Vanguard as well as those on this forum. Who is right and who is wrong? No one really knows. I believe in making my ow...
by Chuck107
Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: OBD2 scanner?
Replies: 28
Views: 1705

Re: OBD2 scanner?

I recently purchased one just to have on hand, to clear codes and if I need to check on why it may throw a code. Funny thing is while changing my oil on this car (I am new to this manufacturer) I forgot to put the oil fill cap back on. First time in like 40 yrs. :oops: This vehicle threw a code and ...
by Chuck107
Sat Jun 13, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Why not add a "like" button to Boglehead posts?
Replies: 282
Views: 38616

Re: Why not add a "like" button to Boglehead posts?

I like that there is no like button.
Next it will evolve to have a dislike button.
Although the lack of "Likes" translates as dislikes.
There is enough arguing/drama without such things for posters to start taking anonymous sides.
by Chuck107
Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Electricians/ Microwave Engineers
Replies: 30
Views: 2253

Re: Calling all Electricians/ Microwave Engineers

Sounds like you are looking for service connection/load center/breaker/cable failures. Unless you know a lot and have a lot of test equipment you will be hiring an electrician to help figure this out. A poor neutral connection at the transformer, service entrance or load center seems a likely cause...
by Chuck107
Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Calling all Electricians/ Microwave Engineers
Replies: 30
Views: 2253

Re: Calling all Electricians/ Microwave Engineers

Seems like you have narrowed down your fridg issue from your other topic about your GE fridg. While I had suggested what you are figuring out now, that it's an electrical wiring issue and not the fridg, it seems to be on multiple circuits (unless you have a very poorly wired home and all share the s...
by Chuck107
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deck railings
Replies: 26
Views: 2145

Re: Deck railings

I noticed in your picture, you have for a lack of better term chicken wire fencing on the outside of the balusters. If you don't like the balusters, or would like to get rid of them completely check with your building dept as to the code requirement. I recently checked my bldg dept and as long as th...
by Chuck107
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Broken Onkyo Audio Receiver Under Warranty. What Recourse do I Have?
Replies: 18
Views: 1078

Re: Broken Onkyo Audio Receiver Under Warranty. What Recourse do I Have?

Dear Respondents: Thanks for all of your ideas. Sound bar sounds interesting or suppose I could go with an entertainment system - think it's called surround sound?. Sound quality is a concern though. I don't like the idea of giving up my beloved Boston Acoustics speakers. They are 40 years old. May...
by Chuck107
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Broken Onkyo Audio Receiver Under Warranty. What Recourse do I Have?
Replies: 18
Views: 1078

Re: Broken Onkyo Audio Receiver Under Warranty. What Recourse do I Have?

Having had my last receiver bite the dust a year ago (it was an Onkyo) I decided not to get a receiver anymore, I switched to a sound bar, which has an output for a subwoofer My already owned 12". No the sound is not the same as cranking up a mega watt receiver for some head banging window rattling ...
by Chuck107
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2 cars, one driver. Should I sell one?
Replies: 45
Views: 3032

Re: 2 cars, one driver. Should I sell one?

Two years ago I came across a similar situation, we have always had 2 cars, although I always do the driving and since I retired 15 yrs ago I always thought we only need one vehicle. My son need a car so I gave him the oldest one (30k miles) and we have had no issues with only one car in the past 2 ...