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by WardnerMan
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Wildfire smoke
Replies: 111
Views: 6939

Re: Coping with Wildfire smoke

We live north of Portland across the Columbia. The aqi has been above 400 for many days. Rarely saw the sun. The smoke gives me sinus pressure, stomach ache and foggy brain. Recirculating mode was not enough, so yesterday we went to Long Beach, Washington. The smoke concentration is way down. There ...
by WardnerMan
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon FIOS - tell me what to expect please
Replies: 23
Views: 1544

Re: Verizon FIOS - tell me what to expect please

We bought a gigabit capable modem/router and connected the old one downstream to feed our legacy devices.
by WardnerMan
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Verizon FIOS - tell me what to expect please
Replies: 23
Views: 1544

Re: Verizon FIOS - tell me what to expect please

My household hooked up to Ziply about one month ago. We have determined that to get the full WiFi speed from the gigabit service we need to upgrade our computer WiFi cards to WIFI 6. One or more of our computers and our smart TV may not be upgradable. Coax cable speeds are not affected.
by WardnerMan
Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Home improvement projects- ideas on how to prioritize?
Replies: 8
Views: 824

Re: Home improvement projects- ideas on how to prioritize?

It’s my understanding that broken window seals do not affect thermal insulation in any significant way. It is cosmetic. The air gap between the pained is insulating because the dimension minimizes air circulation and therefore heat loss by convection.
by WardnerMan
Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What causes bedroom to deteriorate?
Replies: 8
Views: 1414

Re: What causes bedroom to deteriorate?

I believe humidity is a factor for me. Air can become drier inside, resulting in drier dust particles. I also live in Western Washington.
by WardnerMan
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who has painted their own house?
Replies: 45
Views: 3809

Re: Who has painted their own house?

I have painted my houses several times with nothing more than a paint brush. I painted most of my house in the greater Seattle area 3 years ago and then painted the house I moved into in SW Washington. The next year I used a roller and brush to paint my vacation house. Unfortunately, the latter pain...
by WardnerMan
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hopeless Civil Engineer
Replies: 155
Views: 14447

Re: Hopeless Civil Engineer

It sounds like you are bored with your work scope and feel that you are not adequately rewarded. You may also be needing more human contact in your work life. In that case, given your relative youth, it might make sense to go back to school to earn an advanced degree in something that you'd enjoy. C...
by WardnerMan
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Hopeless Civil Engineer
Replies: 155
Views: 14447

Re: Hopeless Civil Engineer

If you went to work for a public utility, you could earn enough credits to collect a pension and likely improve your eventual retirement situation. Working for a public entity takes a different mindset vs working for a private one.
by WardnerMan
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pool of Water six feet from foundation of front of home
Replies: 30
Views: 2598

Re: Pool of Water six feet from foundation of front of home

If you dig a trench 2 ft deep and fill it with perforated pipe and gravel, it must be directed to where it won’t impact your neighbor. Ask your hardware store for advice before hiring a contractor. If the fix is simple you can DIY and save money. If the fix is complex, hire the contractor.
by WardnerMan
Sat Apr 18, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pool of Water six feet from foundation of front of home
Replies: 30
Views: 2598

Re: Pool of Water six feet from foundation of front of home

If you have a place to drain the water you can easily resolve the problem. You can dig a trench ( usually 2 ft deep) and put in perforated 3 or 4 inch pipe embedded in pea gravel and wrapped in permeable sheeting membrane. All materials and specific advice should be available at your hardware store.
by WardnerMan
Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: wide lace up work boots
Replies: 8
Views: 632

Re: wide lace up work boots

Nicks Handmade Boots in Spokane, Washington will custom fit your husband. Presently, they are only serving emergency workers until the the governor’s stay-in-place order is lifted. Be prepared to spend more than normal. Also, try Hitchcock Wide shoes out of Massachusetts www.wideshoes.com.
by WardnerMan
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Passing Money Efficiently to Heirs
Replies: 14
Views: 2017

Passing Money Efficiently to Heirs

The Secure Act got us to think about how our 3 grown children will inherit our assets when we pass. I’m over 65 and my spouse is 8 years younger. I’m waiting until 70 to collect SS. Over the next few years, we plan to give some money to our kids through gifting (up to $15k per person at a time) - to...
by WardnerMan
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where would you move to?
Replies: 130
Views: 10710

Re: Where would you move to?

Regarding living near Seattle, last year we moved from Woodinville (east side) to just east of Vancouver, Wa. We are only 22 minutes to the Portland airport. This area is pretty well set up for retirees- good healthcare access and great recreational opportunities. Housing costs less than Seattle - 3...
by WardnerMan
Tue Jun 18, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to Live? N. Orange County, CA or Vancouver, WA or Atlanta
Replies: 82
Views: 7817

Re: Where to Live? N. Orange County, CA or Vancouver, WA or Atlanta

Happy wife, happy life. Moved from Seattle area to just east of Vancouver one year ago. Last year the weather was very good compared to all my years in the Seattle area. Retired, but helping wife develop a business. 22 minutes to Portland airport via 205. Have view of Mt Hood and Columbia River. Man...
by WardnerMan
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Passed Over For Promotion for Being too Good at My Job
Replies: 55
Views: 6393

Re: Passed Over For Promotion for Being too Good at My Job

This corporate BS makes my blood boil. If I were in your position and I didn’t need to sell a house and move to another region, I’d look for another job. I really resent people what I should be thinking or that there are sound reasons why I should accept my fate. I’m retired now, so there’s no chanc...
by WardnerMan
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips/suggestions for skiing out west?
Replies: 46
Views: 3219

Re: Tips/suggestions for skiing out west?

From your description, if you want to spend less than $3k, then the name resorts are not affordable. There are plenty of lesser known ski areas in the West, for example see Schweitzer and Silver Mountain in Idaho - the latter being the most affordable. I have skied Silver since the early 1990s. Thes...
by WardnerMan
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: John Bogle has died at age 89
Replies: 856
Views: 61933

Re: John Bogle has died at age 89

My eyes watered when I read that the great man had passed. His legacy will live on through this forum thanks to the collective wisdom of its contributors, so St. Jack will be with us as long as the forum endures. In celebration of a life well lived I toast a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon (Bogle Vinyar...
by WardnerMan
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pacific Northwest trip
Replies: 39
Views: 3568

Re: Pacific Northwest trip

During the summer, the ferry ride from Anacortes to Orcas Island is awsome, especially if the skies are clear. A trip to Friday Harbor is also wonderful.
by WardnerMan
Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidifier controversy
Replies: 18
Views: 5985

Re: Humidifier controversy

The other day at church I talked with an HVAC engineering manager who related that hot-water systems have the potential for harboring legionella bacteria. I don't know if this is a factor in your case, but I certainly would get a recommendation from the manufacturer. Apparently, circulating the hot ...
by WardnerMan
Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I need to get a CPO car independently checked?
Replies: 27
Views: 4639

Re: Do I need to get a CPO car independently checked?

I bought a CPO that unbeknownst to me had a serious bulletin concerning oil usage. Fortunately, a class action lawsuit had been filed that eventually after 1 1/2 years resulted in a new short block. Needless to say, I do not trust any dealership for anything anymore. It was a frustrating experience.
by WardnerMan
Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Moving to Tri Cities Wa
Replies: 19
Views: 4792

Re: Moving to Tri Cities Wa

I lived in the Tri-Cities for 15 years and worked out at Hanford. Yes, it can get windy. Rain in Seattle often results in wind in Eastern Washington. The number of sunny days can be quite variable. The late fall and winter months can get those low dreary clouds. In the winter, if you want to see the...
by WardnerMan
Sat May 28, 2016 2:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Advice on chemist going back for chemE?
Replies: 20
Views: 1933

Re: Advice on chemist going back for chemE?

I have a BS chemistry degree and a M.S. chemical engineering degree - earned back to back. Both subjects can be fascinating. However, Ch E pays much better. The transition was not easy. Glad I did it. It was the late 1970s. Tell her good luck. My masters was a 2 year program with a summer intro.
by WardnerMan
Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Used car buying Qs
Replies: 51
Views: 5821

Re: Used car buying Qs

I normally am pretty careful when buying a used car, but this past November I was too anxious to get a CPO car. I bought a 2012 CPO Impreza. The dealer did not disclose that it had a bulletin about consuming oil. Not only that, but the dealer had done an oil consumption test on the car 7500 miles pr...
by WardnerMan
Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Do bogleheads invest in a retirement home?
Replies: 19
Views: 3341

Re: Do bogleheads invest in a retirement home?

Buying a lot is cheaper than buying a house. We purchased a lot in 1992 in Northern Idaho and built our retirement/vacation home there 7.5 years ago. We refinanced our primary house to build - perhaps a risky thing to do as the stock market was cratering. However, today we could easily survive if th...
by WardnerMan
Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Downhill Skis
Replies: 10
Views: 1834

Re: Downhill Skis

If you're looking for a good deal on used ski equipment, then go to a ski swap. Local Ski Patrols and ski clubs will usually put them on in the fall. It may be too late to find one this season, however, members of these organizations will often advertise on their web sites when trying to sell their ...
by WardnerMan
Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Investing when one spouse is older
Replies: 10
Views: 1915

Re: Investing when one spouse is older

I can relate to DFrank. I'm older than DW by 8.5 years. The plan is for me to retire at 63 and she at 62 (actually she will quit when she wants). By DW working to 62, we should be able to substantially reduce our sequence of return risk. We will not follow any age-based withdrawal strategy, other th...
by WardnerMan
Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:29 pm
Forum: US Chapters
Topic: Seattle Chapter?
Replies: 122
Views: 26564

Re: Seattle Chapter?

I vote for weekends, since I also live on the Eastside. I work up north. Late afternoon would be best for me.