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by just frank
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Little P**S Ants
Replies: 39
Views: 4358

Re: Little P**S Ants

I have had very good luck with these outdoor baits all around my foundation line.

https://www.amazon.com/Amdro-Kills-Ants ... B0052EINNK

I just put out new ones every spring

If I forget, I get infested.
by just frank
Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Folding Electric Bike
Replies: 37
Views: 1823

Re: Folding Electric Bike

I guess another approach to get an EV-assist kit that is designed to be as an add-on, and put it on a folding bike (assuming the frame is compatible). If not handy, I expect that a bike shop could handle it. I think once you go e-assist, most people want power and range (that comes with weight). Tha...
by just frank
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Folding Electric Bike
Replies: 37
Views: 1823

Re: Folding Electric Bike

I am concerned about the weight factor RE a folding EV bike. If it folds, but weighs another 20lbs, it might be a hard lift for a lot of people...so market is smaller?
by just frank
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?
Replies: 167
Views: 15075

Re: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?

ICE are at the end of a 110 year development cycle. EVs are just beginning. Sure... nobody is arguing against that. Rather, it's premature and illogical for the Economist to be calling the death of the ICE. Why? The article makes it clear that shipping and aviation will be ICE for the foreseeable f...
by just frank
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?
Replies: 167
Views: 15075

Re: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?

But Apple wasn't ALREADY priced back then like they would own the market in 10 years. It was priced like they were selling zero phones a year. Only AFTER they actually sold millions and millions of phones did their price go up. Tesla is priced like they've already won the game. The odds may be very...
by just frank
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: College and Paying for it
Replies: 61
Views: 4056

Re: College and Paying for it

I know an admission officer at an Ivy league school, and I get to hear about their stats.... They switched to 'need blind' about 10-15 years ago. There are a LOT of high merit students in a nation of 300MM people who have nothing to pay, and they get a free ride. The average per student revenue at t...
by just frank
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?
Replies: 167
Views: 15075

Re: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?

While saying things about being over valued, he also sees a path where TSLA could be one of the largest companies in the world. https://www.cnbc.com/video/2017/04/21/tesla-to-be-most-valuable-company.html https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/04/elon-musk-sees-clear-path-to-tesla-being-worth-more-than-apple...
by just frank
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me pick a car
Replies: 54
Views: 4125

Re: Help me pick a car

If you are going to do a lot of miles on it, especially around town errands and such, the hybrid version of the Highlander gets much better mileage. Both types should be available used, and with cheap gas, the hybrid might not be a big upcharge in a used car (a cursory search online found similar pr...
by just frank
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help me pick a car
Replies: 54
Views: 4125

Re: Help me pick a car

Be aware that the Jeep brand has either the poorest reliability rating, or close to the poorest.

A mid-size hatch might have a suitable amount of cargo....lease a Nissan LEAF.
by just frank
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?
Replies: 124
Views: 11494

Re: Replace car battery after X years or wait till it dies?

Only test with the right tester. Avoid the 100a load testers (https://www.amazon.com/Schumacher-BT-100-Battery-Load-Tester/dp/B000AMBOI0/ ). You'll may be pulling more than that in cold weather. A 500a load tester is better. I got one of these and it give you a number, and I hear it's pretty good, ...
by just frank
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED light bulbs
Replies: 96
Views: 7877

Re: LED light bulbs

Are there any LED bulbs optimized for plant growth as in growing plants indoors under lights? I think I read a study versus color temp....said that high color temp was better per watt...like 5000K. That said, I think if you poke around a grow forum you will find better/cheaper tech for that purpose...
by just frank
Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?
Replies: 167
Views: 15075

Re: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?

Plus Tesla has a lock on the fast charger technology and the patents for fast charging. GM and the world are sort of stuck right now with paying Tesla for that feature or helping some other company build a GM style charging network. And if you have done some reading you will see that the GM/Bolt ch...
by just frank
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: does solar increase the value of a house
Replies: 61
Views: 5187

Re: does solar increase the value of a house

I do not know what the experience of solar panels is with large hail stones. Presumably tornados are not good news ;-) but even without a twister, you can get some pretty high speed winds? Commercial solar panels in the US are tested for hail resistance....and usually warrantied if they are damaged...
by just frank
Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED light bulbs
Replies: 96
Views: 7877

Re: LED light bulbs

Sorry the tech in the 'old' dimmers is very primitive, and only works at higher (and simple) loads. There are plenty of old dimmers that simply need to be replaced to work with the new LEDs. That said, I have done that and some dimmable LEDs still 'hum' even with recommended dimmers. :oops: So no gu...
by just frank
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: LED light bulbs
Replies: 96
Views: 7877

Re: LED light bulbs

Most recently, I have put Hyperikons (from amazon) or Phillips where I care about CRI, like kitchen, dining and living rooms, and cheap (Chinese-made) filament bulbs (also from amazon) almost everywhere else. I am also running out my last aging CFLs. I have had the most problems with American made C...
by just frank
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to calculate drive time in traffic?
Replies: 22
Views: 898

Re: How to calculate drive time in traffic?

I only use Apple Maps and Waze...and both give reliable predictions of arrival time in the face of **current** traffic. As in ± a couple minutes. I assume they use current traffic data from sensors and crowdsourced users, with some limited (or zero?) lookahead based upon historical data. When they a...
by just frank
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any problem leaving a hole in ceiling of garage?
Replies: 27
Views: 1835

Re: Any problem leaving a hole in ceiling of garage?

In fact, the drywall used in attached garages is a more fire-resistant type than conventional drywall.

Its supposed to be 5/8", type 'X' which has glass fibers embedded in the gypsum.
by just frank
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How far off are Zillow's estimates?
Replies: 82
Views: 7231

Re: How far off are Zillow's estimates?

If you really care, use Zillow to find several good comps (age/repair/streetview/etc) in your area, and then average the cost per square ft for those. Multiply by your square footage....and you should be close. I was within a few % beforehand when I had several appraisals/refis with this method.
by just frank
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: does solar increase the value of a house
Replies: 61
Views: 5187

Re: does solar increase the value of a house

It seems you are trying to make an argument (implied) that solar panels are inherently "dirtier" than coal. I believe you will be hard pressed to maintain such a ludicrous position. Didn't say that at all. "you" assumed (and implied) that yourself. Most folks probably hire a con...
by just frank
Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 31654

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

I get it. I drive a 2013 LEAF....that apparently has a somewhat more stable battery...in a cold climate. I DO use the seat heaters and still lose range in the winter for other reasons. And in January with snow tires the range IS down to 55-60 miles. And in my use case that is not a problem at all. ...
by just frank
Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any problem leaving a hole in ceiling of garage?
Replies: 27
Views: 1835

Re: Any problem leaving a hole in ceiling of garage?

Keep in mind that due to natural convection, in cold weather most of the air in your house gets sucked in from the bottom. With a large hole like that, in the winter most of the air you're breathing in the house could come from the garage. If it is all fresh and clean in there, I guess you'd be ok w...
by just frank
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why is everything done with a mouse?
Replies: 49
Views: 4945

Re: Why is everything done with a mouse?

To those of you who said, " There are trackpads, you know " - yes, I have a standalone apple trackpad that I bought for my desktop. It's great. I can keep it on my cluttered desk, and not having to move it across the desk like a mouse makes a big difference. A query....do you use the 'mul...
by just frank
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 31654

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

I think you are confusing what Tesla refers to as "enhanced autopilot" with "full self-driving." Tesla currently has a $5000 option called enhanced autopilot that allows the car to stay in a lane, automatically switch lanes, and other convenience features short of full self-driv...
by just frank
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 31654

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

I have a feeling Tesla will start to include the enhanced autopilot feature as standard once the Federal tax credit ends, to compensate for that loss. Since the cars will have all of the hardware necessary, it won't be difficult to do. It might be difficult. Right now, there is disagreement re what...
by just frank
Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 31654

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

I get it. I drive a 2013 LEAF....that apparently has a somewhat more stable battery...in a cold climate. I DO use the seat heaters and still lose range in the winter for other reasons. And in January with snow tires the range IS down to 55-60 miles. And in my use case that is not a problem at all. A...
by just frank
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 31654

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

The point TomatoTomahto is that in a low-range Gen 1 EV, like the LEAF, if you turn on the cabin heater, the estimated remaining range instantly recalculates down. Even when the cabin heater is on low you lose a few miles, which on the LEAF is a few percent of your precious range. If you hop in on a...
by just frank
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Retrofit" NAV system for older car?
Replies: 19
Views: 1302

Re: "Retrofit" NAV system for older car?

The phones are so much better than in car NAV, I will never buy a NAV system again.
by just frank
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 31654

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

Because EVs have no excess heat from the engine it is actually pretty costly in terms of range for them to produce heated air. Not giving the base model heated seats means that in winter the base model will suffer a further range penalty compared to the more expensive car. Maybe you'll say it doesn...
by just frank
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?
Replies: 167
Views: 15075

Re: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were also Hucksters.
by just frank
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 31654

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

Yupyup. Our silly looking 2013 LEAF, with snow tires, is the best handling winter/snow car I have ever owned. Its a monster.
by just frank
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Battery
Replies: 29
Views: 2320

Re: Auto Battery

Or buy a trickle charger to put it on, especially in the winter. Or have a someone wire in a solar trickle charger, panel sits on the dash. I had a low mileage vehicle, that gets a little low on charge in the winter. I found that I could just listen carefully when it was starting, and if it was gett...
by just frank
Sun Jul 30, 2017 6:40 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?
Replies: 167
Views: 15075

Re: Tesla - next big lottery ticket ?

They could be immensely successful over the next ten years, but fall below very high expectations....and the stock could go down.
by just frank
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 31654

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

The vent directions are changeable via the panel. At least in the LR version; per the Motor Trend Review it was slickly adjustable. I guess there are hidden motorized louvers? Who wants to muck around with a touchscreen interface to change the vent direction? By the way, that Motor Trend "Revi...
by just frank
Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 31654

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

No top view cameras (really useful for parking), no HUD, no instrument cluster, no buttons and dials (not even something for changing the direction of the vents?!) I would wait a couple more years for fully-equipped electric cars (which are coming from BMW, Audi, etc.) The vent directions are chang...
by just frank
Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 31654

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

They are not releasing kWh specs....estimates are that the low range is 55 kWh and long range is closer to 75. I agree about the monitor but folks that drive it say it is easy/fast to get used to, perhaps even easier to read than behind the wheel. And the rest of the dash is pushed farther forward (...
by just frank
Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 31654

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

Indeed. They are running off a bunch of long range models first, but they are definitely NOT going to wait on the low range model until all long range orders are filled. Rather, it will be delayed a couple months as they shake out production. And it is likely that plenty of low-range models will be ...
by just frank
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?
Replies: 330
Views: 31654

Re: Tesla Model 3 or Chevy Bolt?

Behold! Tesla Model 3 pics and specs are out: m after 30 were 'delivered' to Tesla Fremont employees---i.e. alpha testers. Lots of talk online....bottom line is that the 'stripped' 220 mile range Model 3 is available for the promised $35k MSRP, but the Tesla fans are **appalled** that $35k does not ...
by just frank
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your "at peace" moments.
Replies: 98
Views: 11103

Re: Your "at peace" moments.

Looking at the stars with nice binoculars in a dark site, or moon/sun/planets through a decent scope in a suburban/urban site.

Walking the dog around sunset.
by just frank
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Auto Battery
Replies: 29
Views: 2320

Re: Auto Battery

Yeah. Its not a battery defect with three batteries doing the same thing. Its either extreme heat, extreme cold or persistent undercharging, which is either too little charging, or too much draw. Do you park it in the sun in Florida, outside all winter in Minnesota? Do you only drive it like 1 mile ...
by just frank
Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humid basement
Replies: 39
Views: 2660

Re: Humid basement

are there AC supply and return ducts in the basement that feed the upstairs? If so, you should be able to tap into them for a supply and return. Not sure if that will fix the humidity issue, but it would get cold air to the basement. Have you had a HVAC tech out to the house? All the AC ducts are a...
by just frank
Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]
Replies: 1403
Views: 250754

Re: What are you up YTD? [Year To Date]

10.42%

Mostly stocks with an AA between 65:35 and 90:10 and some tilts.
by just frank
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If i turn off central AC will it damage drywalls?
Replies: 38
Views: 3497

Re: If i turn off central AC will it damage drywalls?

Don't worry about the daily cycle....the long run at the end of the work day will be more efficient and give better dehumidification overall...and you will save energy and $$. AS for the vacation...get a wifi thermostat like the EcoBee3 lite. I did. I can set the setpoint wherever I want while I'm a...
by just frank
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: % bogleheads of overall population
Replies: 82
Views: 10473

Re: % bogleheads of overall population

I would think that one of the mods could tells us the number of site members (including lurkers) and we could divide by 300MM and call it good enough. I'd guess its pretty small. We're not 4Chan. There are people that hit the max that are not Bogleheads, and Bogle-head types that do not hit the max.
by just frank
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Apple iMac problem?
Replies: 49
Views: 3178

Re: Apple iMac problem?

I don't know if I got a lemon or what or if this is considered normal but I've had issues with this computer ever since I got it. The problem is I will get the spinning orange beachball and the screen freezes up and the only way to get out of it is to shut the computer down. There's a lot of stuff ...
by just frank
Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo
Replies: 96
Views: 4870

Re: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo

And if you look outside your social bubble of hedge fund types, you will find the overwhelming majority of Americans don't have access to EV charging at work, and mgmt. won't install charging stations if asked by a few employees. Here is a good list of incentives for installing 'chargers' for EVs f...
by just frank
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo
Replies: 96
Views: 4870

Re: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo

access to EV charging is not a significant barrier to adoption. Are there a lot of people that literally have NO options....sure. Are they in such a majority that they are preventing the rollout of EVs? Nope. L1 charging requires little more hardware for many people than a heavy duty extension cord...
by just frank
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Monte Carlo and Mean Reversion
Replies: 34
Views: 2710

Re: Monte Carlo and Mean Reversion

Maybe the easiest way is the sum of two negatively correlated random variables has smaller variance than sum of two positively correlated random variables. (and big tails come from big variance, if that makes sense, sort of) I did some math. (Of course, this is a simple toy model...) Take two rando...
by just frank
Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo
Replies: 96
Views: 4870

Re: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo

In other words...most people **already** have workable charging options in place for an EV (even if they haven't figured that out yet), and as EVs take off, the fraction of folks that don't have ready access to EV charging will fall to zero.] This is a pretty bold claim IMO, as I read it. If you're...
by just frank
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo
Replies: 96
Views: 4870

Re: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo

Show of hands....how many people here (1) own a car AND (2) rely exclusively on public street parking? I don't park on the street. I have a reserved spot in my condominium's parking lot and no obvious way to add a charging station (and I have researched this at least somewhat). We did get fiber int...
by just frank
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo
Replies: 96
Views: 4870

Re: Better hurry if you want a gas-engine Volvo

There are not nearly enough overnight parking spaces in North America to charge an electric car fleet conveniently. Let's build separate 'stations' that we all have to drive to and sit there for hours and 'suffer'! You suggested that "everyone could have an affordable gas station in their very...