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by mancich
Wed Dec 12, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: learning excel
Replies: 21
Views: 1764

Re: learning excel

I recommend ExcelisFun on YouTube. The teacher, Mike Girvin, has videos going back 8 or 9 years with topics from all the basics up to advanced tools. Very clear teaching style, and great for advanced users too, with topics like Power Query, Power Pivot, and Power BI.
by mancich
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your property taxes?
Replies: 350
Views: 19503

Re: What are your property taxes?

$10,000 on a 2,800 sq ft home worth about $480,000 in Dutchess County NY (about 70 miles north of NYC)
by mancich
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3451
Views: 1022881

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Titan" by Ron Chernow. Great biography about John D. Rockefeller Sr. Very interesting read. That one is sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. Have you read Chernow's biography on Hamilton? I haven't yet, but that is also on my list, as well as Teddy Roosevelt trilogy by Edmond Morris :beer
by mancich
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3451
Views: 1022881

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"Titan" by Ron Chernow. Great biography about John D. Rockefeller Sr. Very interesting read.
by mancich
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retirement itch- when did you get it?
Replies: 120
Views: 10847

Re: Retirement itch- when did you get it?

Turning 51 later this month and starting to get the itch. I'd like the option to be able to go at 55 (have a traditional pension waiting from Megacorp, accessible at 55), but even if I survive in Megacorp until then. I might not necessarily retire. Just want to be able to be in the position to do so...
by mancich
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dishwasher stopped working well
Replies: 16
Views: 1455

Re: Dishwasher stopped working well

Are there maybe holes in the spray arms that may have become clogged? Also, I assume no issues with your water (soft water works best in dishwashers and laundry). We have a Bosch that is also about 5 years old (Ascenta model, cost us like $600). Still cleans fine, but we do periodically just what yo...
by mancich
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 1 Week vacation in February 2019, to get away from the Midwest Winter
Replies: 45
Views: 3809

Re: 1 Week vacation in February 2019, to get away from the Midwest Winter

We like the Caribbean. Good experiences with Jamaica (Montego Bay), St. Martin, and Turks & Caicos
by mancich
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving to all
Replies: 19
Views: 1009

Re: Happy Thanksgiving to all

A Happy and blessed Thanksgiving to all!
by mancich
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse in the house
Replies: 32
Views: 2202

Re: Mouse in the house

Thanks everyone for the replies. I've decided to first go with a whole bunch of snap traps and a big jar of peanut butter. Cheap, reasonably effective, and I can dispose of corpses easily. I will also do a very close inspection of the exterior of my home for any visible entry points.
by mancich
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse in the house
Replies: 32
Views: 2202

Re: Mouse in the house

NCPE wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:38 pm
Just my opinion but $80.00 / month would be better spent on additional cats :D

One mouse in 17 years is a pretty good track record.

NCPE
I was afraid someone would say that :D
by mancich
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse in the house
Replies: 32
Views: 2202

Re: Mouse in the house

For one mouse in 17 years, I wouldn't spend any money on rodent bait, traps, etc. I would, instead, spend money on hiring someone to seal up any entry points in the attic. Insulation and HVAC contractors do that sort of thing if you don't have a capable handyman. You could do it yourself with some ...
by mancich
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse in the house
Replies: 32
Views: 2202

Re: Mouse in the house

Thanks all, I think I will start with the snap traps with peanut butter and hold off on the poison carpet-bombing.
by mancich
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse in the house
Replies: 32
Views: 2202

Re: Mouse in the house

Yes, the traditional old-school snap traps with a dab of peanut butter on each are even cheaper, and the body (or bodies) can be disposed of.
by mancich
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mouse in the house
Replies: 32
Views: 2202

Mouse in the house

Hello all, We recently had some strange scratching noises coming from the upstairs interior wall between our bedroom and bathroom. I suspect a mouse was in the attic, fell into a wall void, and couldn't get out. This went on for a day and a half, then stopped. After talking to a local highly-rated (...
by mancich
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Oops! Edward Jones tops Vanguard in customer survey
Replies: 50
Views: 5295

Re: Oops! Edward Jones tops Vanguard in customer survey

Perhaps I've been one of the more fortunate ones; I've called Vanguard several times, and I found their customer service fine. They answered the questions I had in each instance correctly, were friendly, and the wait time for a representative to pick up was very reasonable. YMMV :beer
by mancich
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: High Earners - What's Your Profession?
Replies: 702
Views: 113919

Re: High Earners - What's Your Profession?

Sales Director for large Beverage company ($200 to $250,000 depending on bonus) and wife (Psychologist for state government) makes another $120,0000. Certainly not as high as some others on the board but I feel very blessed and fortunate.
by mancich
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I proactively replace our Indirect Hot Water Heater?
Replies: 15
Views: 951

Re: Should I proactively replace our Indirect Hot Water Heater?

Find a new boiler tech. I also have an indirect heater... a stainless steel Superstore Ultra. Your Weil-Mclain, similarly, is almost certainly stainless steel. (Check the label to confirm). https://www.weil-mclain.com/products/aqua-plus-series-2 Being made of stainless steel, these indirects basica...
by mancich
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I proactively replace our Indirect Hot Water Heater?
Replies: 15
Views: 951

Re: Should I proactively replace our Indirect Hot Water Heater?

Thanks everyone. I like the idea of an alarm that texts me if it detects a leak. Great feedback from all :beer
by mancich
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I proactively replace our Indirect Hot Water Heater?
Replies: 15
Views: 951

Should I proactively replace our Indirect Hot Water Heater?

Hello all, We live in the Northeast, have oil heat, and a 40 gallon Weil-McLain indirect hot water heater that I had installed about 15 years ago. It still seems to work fine even with 3 kids and 2 adults, lots of showers, laundry, etc. During our recent oil boiler pre-winter cleaning this summer (b...
by mancich
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What does the BH community do with their pets when they travel?
Replies: 78
Views: 6418

Re: What does the BH community do with their pets when they travel?

Trusted neighbor stops over every other day to take care of our two cats.
by mancich
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Where should I be financially at 39?
Replies: 42
Views: 5957

Re: Where should I be financially at 39?

As others have said, the past is over. Focus hard on saving/investing as much as possible (using the amazing advice on this forum), live frugally, work hard at your career, and keep your head down. You will be fine.
by mancich
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can I retire??
Replies: 26
Views: 3136

Re: Can I retire??

Yes. Life is short, go enjoy it.
by mancich
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a reasonable housecleaning cost?
Replies: 27
Views: 2493

Re: What is a reasonable housecleaning cost?

Thanks everyone. I'm generally hearing 1) $75 - $125 per visit 2)Individual(s) vs. larger outfit 3) Potential drop in quality after a few months

Thanks again :beer
by mancich
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a reasonable housecleaning cost?
Replies: 27
Views: 2493

Re: What is a reasonable housecleaning cost?

whodidntante wrote:
Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:20 pm
I usually get a groupon when I need it done.
Great idea
by mancich
Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a reasonable housecleaning cost?
Replies: 27
Views: 2493

Re: What is a reasonable housecleaning cost?

Thanks everyone!
by mancich
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a reasonable housecleaning cost?
Replies: 27
Views: 2493

Re: What is a reasonable housecleaning cost?

Thanks for the replies.
by mancich
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a reasonable housecleaning cost?
Replies: 27
Views: 2493

Re: What is a reasonable housecleaning cost?

We are in a similar situation though with only 2 kids. It takes a long time to find somebody you trust. We have a lady that has a crew of her plus 2-3 folks. It takes them about 90 minutes to clean our 3500 sq ft house (4 bathrooms) for about $100. It works out to be about $20 per person-hour. I'm ...
by mancich
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is a reasonable housecleaning cost?
Replies: 27
Views: 2493

What is a reasonable housecleaning cost?

Hello all, DW and I struggle to keep the house as clean as we'd like, with two careers, 3 kids, 2 cats, kids' activities, etc. We are considering having the house cleaned 2x per month, and we'd do fill-in cleaning in-between. The cleaning we'd like to have done is floors (vacuum, plus mop kitchen an...
by mancich
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: For those waiting for a 'correction' ...
Replies: 100
Views: 376333

Re: For those waiting for a 'correction' ...

Tim_S wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:47 pm
"Press on regardless"
+1 Regular DCA and stick to your plan.
by mancich
Wed Oct 24, 2018 3:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PSA: Don't buy a big house
Replies: 248
Views: 25882

Re: PSA: Don't buy a big house

High ceilings are cavernous! Lower ones are cozy ! And "great rooms" are pretentious! I agree. I like my 8 foot ceilings. +1. Traditional colonial here with 8' ceilings and no "open floor plan concept" that one continuously hears about on HGTV. 2,800 square feet, 2 adults, 3 kids, 4 BR 2.5 bathroom...
by mancich
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When Will Attaining Millionaire Status Be Obsolete?
Replies: 77
Views: 4868

Re: When Will Attaining Millionaire Status Be Obsolete?

magicrat wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:57 pm
I think it's an arbitrary number that has no relevance whatsoever.
+1000
by mancich
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in free fall
Replies: 8546
Views: 1672081

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

45 minutes in, S&P500 down 2.0%. Hang on for the bumps. :shock: And as I post this at 3:24 EST, S&P 500 is down .11%. Dow was down 500 at one point today, now down only 22. What changed in the last 6 hours? Nothing of substance. This is all silly market psychology, and therefore that lends even fur...
by mancich
Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where would you go for financial guidance if you win the Megamillions?
Replies: 188
Views: 17073

Re: Where would you go for financial guidance if you win the Megamillions?

Cheyenne wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:48 am
Edward Jones or Morgan Stanley? :D (just kidding)
Ameriprise (also kidding) :D
by mancich
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HDMI Splitter or Switch?
Replies: 24
Views: 1458

Re: HDMI Splitter or Switch?

I have an old 42" Panasonic plasma hanging on the wall in our basement that still works and looks great. Congradulations on the Panasonic plasma. We had one and enjoyed it until it died a couple of years ago. While I was sorry to see it go (it also helped to heat the room on chily nights) our elect...
by mancich
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HDMI Splitter or Switch?
Replies: 24
Views: 1458

Re: HDMI Splitter or Switch?

Broken Man 1999 wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:13 pm
What model Xbox do you have?

You might not need a Roku, as some XBoxes can stream Netflix, Amazon, etc.

Broken Man 1999
We have an XBox 360
by mancich
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HDMI Splitter or Switch?
Replies: 24
Views: 1458

Re: HDMI Splitter or Switch?

Bryan99 wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:43 pm
Depending on your X Box model you may be able to connect it to the Plasma with composite video avoiding the need to have a switch.
Good point too. More concerned with the Roku / soundbar connection than the XBox anyway, as the kids tend to watch Netflix more than they game. Thanks!
by mancich
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HDMI Splitter or Switch?
Replies: 24
Views: 1458

Re: HDMI Splitter or Switch?

If its an HDMI-Input make sure it handles both video/sound. (Look up model number on-line if you don't have the booklet that came with the TV). Some Early TVs would only handle video through HDMI. Provided it is both video/sound you could then buy a switch in order to swap between the XBOX and the ...
by mancich
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HDMI Splitter or Switch?
Replies: 24
Views: 1458

Re: HDMI Splitter or Switch?

KlangFool wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:19 pm
OP,

It is easier for folks to help you if you provide the model number of your TV.

KlangFool
Don't know the exact model (it is probably stamped on the back where I can't easily get at it at the moment) but it is a Viera model circa 2007.
by mancich
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HDMI Splitter or Switch?
Replies: 24
Views: 1458

Re: HDMI Splitter or Switch?

You may or may not need an HDMI switch. It depends on your soundbar. For example, I have a Vizio soundbar with 1 regular HDMI input and 1 HDMI-ARC port, but an old Panasonic plasma will probably not have HDMI-ARC, so I can only run 1 HDMI device "through" the soundbar. If your soundbar has multiple...
by mancich
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HDMI Splitter or Switch?
Replies: 24
Views: 1458

Re: HDMI Splitter or Switch?

Thanks all, good input (pun intended)
by mancich
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HDMI Splitter or Switch?
Replies: 24
Views: 1458

HDMI Splitter or Switch?

Fellow Bogleheads, I have an old 42" Panasonic plasma hanging on the wall in our basement that still works and looks great. It has (1) HDMI port on it. I want to connect a sound bar, as well as a Roku (and maybe an XBox 360) without having to connect and disconnect HDMI cords. Should I be looking fo...
by mancich
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to tell contractor you don't plan to pay him. [Roofing]
Replies: 65
Views: 6146

Re: What I learned from my roofing saga.

Glad it finally worked out for you, and thanks for posting the lessons learned :beer
by mancich
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asphalt driveway replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 2062

Re: Asphalt driveway replacement

Thanks everyone for the great responses. After reading all the input and doing a little more online research, we're leaning toward replacing when the time comes.
by mancich
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asphalt driveway replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 2062

Re: Asphalt driveway replacement

We recently (April 2018) redid our 24 year old wavy, cracked and bumpy asphalt driveway similar in design to yours. We have a high water table in the area which contributed to the mess. We are in southern NH. Several people have used the company and loved them Our contractor tore everything out. He...
by mancich
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asphalt driveway replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 2062

Re: Asphalt driveway replacement

Thanks for the responses. I'm in the Northeast as well.
by mancich
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asphalt driveway replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 2062

Re: Asphalt driveway replacement

Thank you!
by mancich
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Asphalt driveway replacement
Replies: 21
Views: 2062

Asphalt driveway replacement

Hello BH's, We're considering replacing our 30 year old asphalt driveway next year. It has a lot of pretty bad ruts and a lot of gator cracking, and sealing only makes it look presentable for a short time. It is flat, one car wide for the first 2/3, then widens to 3 cars wide for remaining third up ...