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by criticalmass
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A/C tune up from Homedepot
Replies: 8
Views: 548

Re: A/C tune up from Homedepot

On my last AC check, the tech told me that their company policy was not to check the coolant pressure if the system was functioning properly. He said that every time they hook up the gages, you lose 1/2 pound of coolant. So, checking the pressure is just a way to sell coolant you otherwise do not n...
by criticalmass
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Do I need a transaction free credit card for Ireland?
Replies: 63
Views: 2006

Re: Do I need a transaction free credit card for Ireland?

If I use say Capital One Quicksilver (may get that one) and I want ATM cash how does that work. Need $200, put in the card, get the cash. What would you expect that to cost? Consider using your checking ATM. If it's anything like mine, no fees & a fair exchange rate. Any cc will typically charge yo...
by criticalmass
Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Do I need a transaction free credit card for Ireland?
Replies: 63
Views: 2006

Re: Do I need a transaction free credit card for Ireland?

I don't recommend international travel with only one credit card. The quicksilver card regularly has a $200 (up from 100-150) sign up bonus, no FTF, contactless, and 1.5% cash back. There are other good choices for travel as well. For cash use an ATM/debit card, preferably one with no FTF and surcha...
by criticalmass
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hot water heater on pilot light
Replies: 21
Views: 1668

Re: Hot water heater on pilot light

... whereas with a tank heater you might have to check the anode every few years. Or most likely never . :) I don't know anybody who checks their anode ever. The folks that don't check the anode are the folks that need to replace their tank every 5-10 years. The folks that do change an anode when n...
by criticalmass
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WaPo: "Mobile Passport" is the best-kept secret in air travel
Replies: 47
Views: 6502

Re: WaPo: "Mobile Passport" is the best-kept secret in air travel

Regarding Dulles Airport’s removal of Mobile Passport Control after they implemented facial recognition scanning of international arrival passengers: Per Flyer Talk, per Washington Post reporter, per MWAA, per CBP: “Dulles Airport did have automated passport control kiosks (APC) and up until recentl...
by criticalmass
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Liquid solar blanket for inground pool?
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: Liquid solar blanket for inground pool?

charleshugh wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:39 am
Has anyone used a "liquid solar blanket" for their inground pool? Do they work? Any insights or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Regards,
CharlesHugh
Bogleheads.org See: viewtopic.php?t=278274#p4484972
by criticalmass
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Phone options when traveling out of country?
Replies: 19
Views: 1164

Re: Phone options when traveling out of country?

Have Verizon phones. Are they usually locked? Also, do you pay roaming charges with a flip phone? If you buy a prepaid phone can you get your contacts off your regular phone without using data? Do you have to download an app when using airplane mode to access talk and text with wifi for free? There...
by criticalmass
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can an HOA ARB legally deny a request to install motion sensing SPOT lights
Replies: 19
Views: 2095

Re: Can an HOA ARB legally deny a request to install motion sensing SPOT lights

Spots rather than floods because I own a small home on a postage stamp lot—4,000 sq ft total. Around 2,500 total built / impervious surface including driveway and walkways. Don’t want any light to bleed over. Specifically this is regarding property I own in an unincorporated part of Orange County. ...
by criticalmass
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Heater Anode Replacement
Replies: 32
Views: 2725

Re: Water Heater Anode Replacement

how long does it take a 50 gallon hot water heater to 'cool off' once you throw the breaker? Google seems to focus on how long it takes the tank to heat up (like after a new install) but I cannot find how long it takes the water to cool if you actually turn it off. I threw the breaker off around 1P...
by criticalmass
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3149

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

Hey, it beats a 727... I preferred 727's as a passenger when they were still around. Roomier and quieter. Faster too I think. But way too loud and very fuel inefficient. FedEx phased out the last 727 fleet in 2013. They donated 84 to aviation mechanic schools across the USA. I live near the flight ...
by criticalmass
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3149

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

Articles like this are the pinnacle of irresponsible journalism. And yet, there you are, engine parts banging audibly, smoke in the cabin, being urged to brace for landing ... still unimpressed. Everything you mentioned resulted in....a safe landing and folks walking into an airport terminal buildi...
by criticalmass
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?
Replies: 61
Views: 3149

Re: Avoid MD-88s [commercial aircraft]?

Some pilots used to make a point of announcing on landings that you would soon be on the most dangerous part of the trip, the drive home. Ha ha. Big laffs. But, I think, true. Actually the takeoff is the most dangerous part of a flight. Not according to a Boeing statistical study of aircraft fatali...
by criticalmass
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WaPo: "Mobile Passport" is the best-kept secret in air travel
Replies: 47
Views: 6502

Re: WaPo: "Mobile Passport" is the best-kept secret in air travel

Hi Bogleheads - Personally, I haven't flown internationally since the mid-1990's. And I have no plans to do so anytime soon. So the smartphone app that's talked about in this Washington Post story, "Mobile Passport", won't benefit me. But it sounds like a fabulous app. Has anybody in Boglehead land...
by criticalmass
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more [airport parking]
Replies: 59
Views: 5985

Re: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more [airport parking]

I just take a train to the airport terminal and pay $4-6 each way. Sounds reasonable enough, and price doesn’t increase if trip is long. We do this virtually every single time. I can't remember the last time we drove to or from the airport, and we both travel for work quite a bit. Annoying story of...
by criticalmass
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to park in northern Europen countries?
Replies: 29
Views: 2018

Re: How to park in northern Europen countries?

We will visit northern Europe in early August. We will land in Amsterdam, and drive to Hamburg (Germany), Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. I know that most people will recommend using trains and buses, but going to see the fjords in Norway without a car seems to take a long time and not very convenient...
by criticalmass
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more [airport parking]
Replies: 59
Views: 5985

Re: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more [airport parking]

I hate the economy long term parking at our big city airport, it is on gravel and you need a shuttle to get to the terminal. It can take easily half an hour or more to get to the terminal after parking. Once three shuttles passed us as they were all full, but eventually we made it. People were walk...
by criticalmass
Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more [airport parking]
Replies: 59
Views: 5985

Re: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more [airport parking]

I hate the economy long term parking at our big city airport, it is on gravel and you need a shuttle to get to the terminal. It can take easily half an hour or more to get to the terminal after parking. Once three shuttles passed us as they were all full, but eventually we made it. People were walk...
by criticalmass
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Storm damage on a wharf not covered by home insurance!
Replies: 11
Views: 1066

Re: Storm damage on a wharf not covered by home insurance!

Yet another pointer towards READ THE FINE PRINT! We have the usual home insurance that included $80k coverage on our wharf that sticks out into a bay that has a fishing harbor, i.e. not exposed to the open Atlantic. Occasionally the bay freezes over into a slushy mess with varying rigidity. Last wi...
by criticalmass
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more [airport parking]
Replies: 59
Views: 5985

Re: my best new travel tip only $2 per day more [airport parking]

I hate the economy long term parking at our big city airport, it is on gravel and you need a shuttle to get to the terminal. It can take easily half an hour or more to get to the terminal after parking. Once three shuttles passed us as they were all full, but eventually we made it. People were walk...
by criticalmass
Tue Jul 09, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travelling through the EU?
Replies: 20
Views: 1323

Re: Travelling through the EU?

Two hours is a bit tight, but you should be OK. In a worst-case scenario, they'll put you on the next flight to your final destination, which may be only a few hours later. I assume Megacorp put you on the same airline, or an airline within the same alliance. A lot of unforeseens, and Germany isn't...
by criticalmass
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travelling through the EU?
Replies: 20
Views: 1323

Re: Travelling through the EU?

You will go through Schengen area immigration (not customs) upon landing in Germany. Your next flight will be an intra-Schengen flight. You will go through customs upon collecting all of your bags at final destination, but it will likely be nearly invisible to you unless they are inspecting every c...
by criticalmass
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travelling through the EU?
Replies: 20
Views: 1323

Re: Travelling through the EU?

All EU airports are a bit different, with different rules. My favorite is that several times I have seen large signs directing EU citizens through one door and non-EU citizens through another. I have gone through the non-EU line only to find there is on one there and you just walk through. :D That ...
by criticalmass
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travelling through the EU?
Replies: 20
Views: 1323

Re: Travelling through the EU?

Hi everyone, I recently booked tickets for a business trip to a subsidiary of my MegaCorp in the EU (in Scandanavia). The trip will require a plane change in Germany. I will be travelling from the US with an US passport. My question is - do I need to go through passport control / customs in Germany...
by criticalmass
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealer shows trade-in value much higher to avoid sales tax
Replies: 34
Views: 3538

Re: Dealer shows trade-in value much higher to avoid sales tax

Hi everyone, I always get very helpful responses here so I am asking for opinions about a car lease question. I always negotiate the "out the door" (OTD) price when buying cars. So the dealer and I agreed on the price, I leased the car by trading-in my 9 year old car, worth about $3,000 - 3,5000. I...
by criticalmass
Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How warm to set thermostat while away
Replies: 62
Views: 4561

Re: How warm to set thermostat while away

Wow. Where we live is also hot and humid. We set the thermostat to 86 while we're away, 80 most of the time we're home, and 78 in the evening getting ready to bed. And I feel like 78 is splurging ... Agreed. I set to at least 86 when away for extended time and 85 during the day while out of house, ...
by criticalmass
Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best deals on MiFi devices / Hot spot - 4th of July hardware sales?
Replies: 20
Views: 971

Re: Best deals on MiFi devices / Hot spot - 4th of July hardware sales?

Sell your iPad and buy one with LTE and GPS. Adding a hotspot is extra expense/complexity for a solution that won't actually work. And a tablet with built-in cellular is a game changer in lots of ways. So much so that I've literally never bought one without it. Why wouldn’t a hotspot work? I’m usin...
by criticalmass
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Credit card Travel Accident Insurance discontinued?
Replies: 4
Views: 524

Re: Credit card Travel Accident Insurance discontinued?

I received a letter from two different credit card companies regarding terms of " your Credit Card Agreement ". In addition to the usual stuff about late fees, overdraft, etc., there is a paragraph about: BENEFIT CHANGE Travel Accident Insurance Effective October 1, 2019, we will no longer offer Co...
by criticalmass
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boston travel ideas (was New England generally)
Replies: 51
Views: 3056

Re: Boston travel ideas (was New England generally)

I'm curious what was intimidating about the T? All "rapid transit" rail fares in the city are the same price. There's only 4 lines (yes I know the Red eventually splits to the south, and the trolleys have several branches, but it's pretty clear on the signs/map). As far as subways go it's much much...
by criticalmass
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boston travel ideas (was New England generally)
Replies: 51
Views: 3056

Re: Boston travel ideas (was New England generally)

Also I recommend continuing through the Common to the Boston Gardens, which is far prettier, Boston Gardens? I think you're referring to what's properly known as the Public Garden. If you want to be proper, it is officially named Boston Public Gardens, located in The City of Boston. Don’t miss the ...
by criticalmass
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boston travel ideas (was New England generally)
Replies: 51
Views: 3056

Re: Boston travel ideas (was New England generally)

Follow up: Back from the trip... Stayed in Back Bay. Had 3+ free days, but because of the amount of walking we did, none of our days were really long. Basically spent 2 days around downtown, 1 day in the harbor doing the harbor island thing. Got around mostly with the subway, plus a lot of walking....
by criticalmass
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AC Noise and proposed repair
Replies: 9
Views: 915

Re: AC Noise and proposed repair

Hello! We’ve had our central AC turned on for a couple of weeks now and have noticed that it’s much louder than in years past, and there is a noise that kind of sounds like an obstruction in the airflow...like a plastic bag is stuck inside and blowing. It’s quite loud and seems to be getting louder...
by criticalmass
Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Parents got ripped off, what can I do about it?
Replies: 75
Views: 6653

Re: Parents got ripped off, what can I do about it?

I don’t have a problem with fairly priced oil changes. I have a problem with mechanics charging old ladies 60 dollars to swap out 2 dollar light bulbs and 100 dollars to replace 10 dollar cabin air filters (jobs which we both know take seconds), while charging way less to people who know how easy t...
by criticalmass
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Parents got ripped off, what can I do about it?
Replies: 75
Views: 6653

Re: Parents got ripped off, what can I do about it?

Jiffy Lube charged me $60 to change my oil and filter. I could have done it myself for $15. Did I get ripped off?? No, because I agreed to their service AND fee in advance. I would rather sit in their air-conditioned waiting room for 30 minutes instead of laying under my truck for an hour. I don’t ...
by criticalmass
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Parents got ripped off, what can I do about it?
Replies: 75
Views: 6653

Re: Parents got ripped off, what can I do about it?

My dad called 4 other plumbers who quoted him way lower prices. He became quite angry and called the company demanding a partial refund (he has been doing a lot of business with them over the past 7 years). His complaint was escalated all the way to an owner of the company and they had a 15 min con...
by criticalmass
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Landlord Here! Your Top Tips to include in a Lease?
Replies: 52
Views: 4026

Re: New Landlord Here! Your Top Tips to include in a Lease?

Hi all! I am renting out my first property. It's a condo. The renters will be a mother, daughter, and small dog. What are your top tips to include in the lease? (Besides the standard language. I am using the standard association of Realtors form.) Thanks! Be sure you know what the law is regarding ...
by criticalmass
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: New Landlord Here! Your Top Tips to include in a Lease?
Replies: 52
Views: 4026

Re: New Landlord Here! Your Top Tips to include in a Lease?

Think hard about whether you want to lock your renters into an extended time period (e.g. 1 year lease)... while this may feel like it protects you from vacancy, it can cause two very negative outcomes: 1) a tenant in your property who dosen't want to be there and causes significant damage, 2) your...
by criticalmass
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Opinions on bicycle disc brakes?
Replies: 45
Views: 3580

Re: Opinions on bicycle disc brakes?

When I bought a new bike 2 years ago I was initially planning to be one with disc brakes. It seemed like since they provided allegedly better braking it was a safety issue and it was another good reason to buy a new bike since my old bike lacked them. But then I started to look at the maintenance i...
by criticalmass
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Landlords - assessing amount security deposit to return?
Replies: 50
Views: 3418

Re: Landlords - assessing amount security deposit to return?

Do you keep the security deposit as a matter of course, for paying for fixing the place up again? or do you calculate & estimate the costs and only retain that much? My prop mgmt agent says she wants to return it all -- and yet she has a list of "freshen ups" that will cost money. Are there any gen...
by criticalmass
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Landlords - assessing amount security deposit to return?
Replies: 50
Views: 3418

Re: Landlords - assessing amount security deposit to return?

Do you keep the security deposit as a matter of course, for paying for fixing the place up again? or do you calculate & estimate the costs and only retain that much? My prop mgmt agent says she wants to return it all -- and yet she has a list of "freshen ups" that will cost money. Are there any gen...
by criticalmass
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fuel type for 2 month car storage
Replies: 36
Views: 2143

Re: Fuel type for 2 month car storage

Why is ethanol added at all? It seems like it only potentially harms autos without a benefit? As for comment about lawn mower...it probably won't affect most 4 cycle mower engines but 2 cycle ones may be more vulnerable. To satisfy the big agricultural lobby. It also can reduce some emissions, but ...
by criticalmass
Fri Jun 28, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NYC Apartment to sue or not to sue
Replies: 44
Views: 5307

Re: NYC Apartment to sue or not to sue

We knew we were probably over paying but for a one bedroom apt in the West Village, we knew it was a good deal. What does this sentence mean? Your son seems confused. There is a saying that in court, everyone loses except the lawyers. It seems like your son got the idea of a lawsuit from a lawyer i...
by criticalmass
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hot water heater on pilot light
Replies: 21
Views: 1668

Thanks for everyone's comments. I particularly like the idea that it was hooked up to a different water heater.... that's a great thought. In our case, no, I am 100% certain of where the water is coming from. There was a well laid out multi-step plan above that I will try and report back. I will tr...
by criticalmass
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New debit card without requesting it?
Replies: 11
Views: 597

Re: New debit card without requesting it?

B of A sent me a new debit card out of nowhere. My current one doesn't expire for 18 months. Any ideas why they would do this? Same number on the front, just a different expiration date and 3-digit code on the back. Anyone else have this happen? Or any ideas why they would? If you want to provide a...
by criticalmass
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hot water heater on pilot light
Replies: 21
Views: 1668

Re: Hot water heater on pilot light

We recently had a new hot water heater installed in my home office area. This water heater does not get a lot of use, although it does hook up to a shower, sink, and laundry. It was installed a few months ago. We've been having an issue where the water comes out extremely hot. I measured it around ...
by criticalmass
Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Boston travel ideas (was New England generally)
Replies: 51
Views: 3056

Re: New England travel ideas, summer 2019

Lexington and Concord (but my wife favors Salem) Something that gets us out on the bay/water - boat or ferry or the like, day trip, possibly to a nearby destination, possibly just a harbor tour type thing. Open to suggestions. Lexington and Concord will be tough without renting a car. Going to have...
by criticalmass
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fuel type for 2 month car storage
Replies: 36
Views: 2143

Re: Fuel type for 2 month car storage

Why is ethanol added at all? It seems like it only potentially harms autos without a benefit? As for comment about lawn mower...it probably won't affect most 4 cycle mower engines but 2 cycle ones may be more vulnerable. To satisfy the big agricultural lobby. It also can reduce some emissions, but ...
by criticalmass
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Banks that offer automatic withdrawal option for CDs at maturity
Replies: 12
Views: 784

Re: Banks that offer automatic withdrawal option for CDs at maturity

Thank you all for your responses - good to know there are several options in addition to Ally. Navy Federal offers this via website buttons. Usually it works; sometimes it doesn’t, so you still have to monitor. Customer service couldn’t figure out why when it didn’t work. If an institution doesn’t ...
by criticalmass
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fuel type for 2 month car storage
Replies: 36
Views: 2143

Re: Fuel type for 2 month car storage

Why is ethanol added at all? It seems like it only potentially harms autos without a benefit? As for comment about lawn mower...it probably won't affect most 4 cycle mower engines but 2 cycle ones may be more vulnerable. To satisfy the big agricultural lobby. It also can reduce some emissions, but ...
by criticalmass
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tree stump, can't use a stump grinder. Solution?
Replies: 64
Views: 5643

Re: Tree stump, can't use a stump grinder. Solution?

Hello wise bogleheads, I have a tree stump in my backyard I would like to remove but tree pro says he can't get a stump grinder to that location of my yard. He suggested drilling holes and pouring down a "root rot" product. I asked what the implications were for future plant growth for having root ...
by criticalmass
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you approach tipping at carry-out restaurants
Replies: 111
Views: 7520

Re: How do you approach tipping at carry-out restaurants

So to keep the replies back to "How do you approach tipping at carry-out restaurants" (can easily derail on other tipping topics): 4. Is the tip something to insure proper/higher level service? Or is it just an aspect of capitalism? I could see tipping to ensure proper service, but not to insure an...