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by nominalBob
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tick Tubes and boxes. Permethrin Fipronil
Replies: 22
Views: 2035

Re: Tick Tubes and boxes. Permethrin Fipronil

I'm not sure I can make effective tick tubes. I acquired some concentrated permethrin, but it had a petrochemical odor that might repel mice. I also acquired tick tubes. They were odorless.
by nominalBob
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best way to clean eyeglasses?
Replies: 59
Views: 4257

Re: Best way to clean eyeglasses?

Have any of you ever seen a "cleaner" that was a piece of oil-soaked felt dispensed from a lipstick like container? I remember having one many years ago. It really did help with smudges. New smudges like fingerprints dissolved into the oily coating it left on the lens.
by nominalBob
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Small, Portable, and Ductless Air Conditioners]
Replies: 60
Views: 3757

Re: Best Small Air Conditioner

.. or with dual hose units you're drawing in outside air through a second hose to transfer the heat, which is better but still bringing heat indoors. While dual hose units avoid dumping conditioned air outside, you still have the problem of a hot AC unit and a hot exhaust hose transferring heat to ...
by nominalBob
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [Small, Portable, and Ductless Air Conditioners]
Replies: 60
Views: 3757

Re: Best Small Air Conditioner

Does anyone have an opinion on whether utilizing a portable dehumidifier would be a viable option for something like this?... It might help, but it converts latent heat (wet bulb) from the condensation process into sensible heat (dry bulb). So the more humidity it removes the more heat it produces....
by nominalBob
Wed May 30, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car with best smell, pollution and noise insulation
Replies: 24
Views: 2208

Re: Car with best smell, pollution and noise insulation

It's ugly, but could work in any car.
EL Foust 160AN Auto/RV Air Purifier.
http://site.mawebcenters.com/elfoustcoi ... 55592.html
by nominalBob
Tue May 29, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quality decline in off-brand alkaline batteries?
Replies: 37
Views: 5031

Re: Quality decline in off-brand alkaline batteries?

... I don't quite understand why battery leakage is so fatal to devices, but it is. Even if the contacts seem physically intact, even if I clean all visible corrosion out, polish the contacts with a pencil eraser, and perhaps swab out the battery compartment with a swab dipped in baking soda soluti...
by nominalBob
Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Nostalgic about old online brokerages that no longer exist
Replies: 43
Views: 5672

Re: Nostalgic about old online brokerages that no longer exist

Spear Securities on Compuserve. (and maybe also direct through Telenet.) Folded into E*Trade.
Quick & Reilly on Compuserve.
by nominalBob
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car headlights or Daytime Running Lights - what do you do?
Replies: 62
Views: 4509

Re: Car headlights or Daytime Running Lights - what do you do?

My car has DRL always on - cannot turn them off. If there is any question on visibility I turn on the headlights since this also turns on the taillights. I believe full headlights are required when it rains in my state. edit: found this on the state website Maryland law now requires headlights to b...
by nominalBob
Tue Jan 31, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Weird IRS email
Replies: 11
Views: 3388

Re: Weird IRS email

Perhaps someone used your email address by mistake.
http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r312181 ... by-mistake
by nominalBob
Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Weird IRS email
Replies: 11
Views: 3388

Re: Weird IRS email

jebmke wrote:Thanks. I have no idea what account they are referring to. I suppose I can just ignore it since they have apparently locked an account I never use. Probably better than hearing about an account being opened in my name :P
But it's only locked for 24 hours.
by nominalBob
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The funk - gym clothes
Replies: 46
Views: 5196

Re: The funk - gym clothes

Try washing and soaking in diluted Hibiclens. (bactericidal detergent)
by nominalBob
Sun Dec 25, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidifier controversy
Replies: 18
Views: 3904

Re: Humidifier controversy

These people say cold. https://www.humidamist.net/faq/ 4. Can the Humid-a-Mist water line be installed to the hot water line? No, due to higher calcium deposits and the breakdown of the water filter. 5. Can the Humid-a-Mist be used on a home using a water softener? It can be used on either side of s...
by nominalBob
Sun Dec 25, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Humidifier controversy
Replies: 18
Views: 3904

Re: Humidifier controversy

The water's mineral content will be slightly lower coming from an electric water heater.
All pipes lead to Dublin!
by nominalBob
Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PA resident buying car in NJ
Replies: 5
Views: 5977

Re: PA resident buying car in NJ

Maybe this will be useful:
FACT SHEET
Buying or Selling Your Vehicle in Pennsylvania
http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Public/DVSPu ... uysell.pdf

Despite the title, it does cover some out-of-state situations.
by nominalBob
Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quartz versus granite
Replies: 44
Views: 5403

Re: Quartz versus granite

nominalBob wrote:... Start a new trend!
Never mind. It turns out it's already a "thing".
http://www.thinkglass.com/glass-counter ... ps-kitchen
by nominalBob
Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Quartz versus granite
Replies: 44
Views: 5403

Re: Quartz versus granite

How about a nice thick slab o' glass. Mostly the same material as quartz, but cheaper. Black or translucent with glitter-like particles maybe. Sand blast for a frosted grippy surface. Start a new trend!
by nominalBob
Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: White Spot on TV - Caused by Router?
Replies: 22
Views: 2271

Re: White Spot on TV - Caused by Router?

... If this were fifteen years ago and it were a CRT I'd definitely suggest trying to demagnetize it with an external degausser! <---That's a joke. I am so old. I needed to do this at one time, but didn't have a degausser coil handy. It turns out that a soldering gun leaks enough magnetic flux to t...
by nominalBob
Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: White Spot on TV - Caused by Router?
Replies: 22
Views: 2271

Re: White Spot on TV - Caused by Router?

The display in not LED, but LCD. How much heat does the router produce? These are not different. LED describes the backlight type, LCD describes the panel. An LCD TV (like this one) can be backlit either with fluorescent tubes (older tech) or LEDs (most likely). While some people call a TV an "LED ...
by nominalBob
Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: White Spot on TV - Caused by Router?
Replies: 22
Views: 2271

Re: White Spot on TV - Caused by Router?

The display is not LED, but LCD. How much heat does the router produce?
by nominalBob
Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm winter jacket for tall folks who are cheap?
Replies: 32
Views: 3471

Re: Warm winter jacket for tall folks who are cheap?

NOLA wrote:My older brother, who is 6'7" and live in Seattle, loves Eddie Bauer. And wear nothing but their jackets. Not sure they are always as warm as you need them, but like the fact that they one can order regular or tall version.
I hope he's not a flasher. :shock:
by nominalBob
Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Homeowner responsibility for water service line
Replies: 51
Views: 9673

Re: Homeowner responsibility for water service line

JGoneRiding wrote:...
I have also replaced 2 sewer lines--trees both times--5k each
How can a tree damage a sewer line unless the sewer line is leaking?
by nominalBob
Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: the economics of Spinn coffee making
Replies: 29
Views: 5547

Re: the economics of Spinn coffee making

It must have a bean counter. If it can do your income tax paperwork, it's probably worth it.
by nominalBob
Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why International Stocks
Replies: 73
Views: 10043

Re: Why International Stocks

ladders11 wrote:... Right now if you are invested 100% US, you are also missing 100% of the cheapest markets on earth.
Home planet bias!!
by nominalBob
Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: "Roman Empire" scultpure/bust/figurine/3d printing
Replies: 1
Views: 675

Re: "Roman Empire" scultpure/bust/figurine/3d printing

Check Thingiverse. For example:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1841369

Then find a service to make it. I knew of one, but can't think of the name at the moment.
Edit: found it:
http://www.shapeways.com/
by nominalBob
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computing Device - Laptop or Table - for an Elderly Person
Replies: 35
Views: 3870

Re: Computing Device - Laptop or Table - for an Elderly Person

Barefootgirl wrote:...
All suggestions appreciated....
There is a company called Telikin that makes a computer for whom your uncle seems to be the target.

https://www.amazon.com/Telikin-18-Home- ... B004W2RK82

Edit: They have a laptop too, but not at amazon. You can buy direct from their website.
by nominalBob
Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Impact of fleeing index investors on Index Mutual Funds: studies?
Replies: 32
Views: 3772

Re: Impact of fleeing index investors on Index Mutual Funds: studies?

If the funds are backed by ETFs such as IVV, VOO, SPY, then they are constituted and dissolved in "creation units" by the big boys doing arbitrage. Could that process be somehow disrupted?
by nominalBob
Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Work advice - managing an underfunded program
Replies: 28
Views: 2073

Re: Work advice - managing an underfunded program

Look up "Kobayashi Maru scenario"
by nominalBob
Wed Oct 19, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Work advice - managing an underfunded program
Replies: 28
Views: 2073

Re: Work advice - managing an underfunded program

Grow a ground cover that crowds out the grass and does not need mowing.
(I think this falls under a technical solution, but could be considered political in the right light. And you brought up the growth retardant, so I'm not sure how far the analogy stretches.)
by nominalBob
Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Bogleheads is back!!!
Replies: 100
Views: 16470

Re: Bogleheads is back!!!

Yes, but the clock is set one hour early. Picky picky.
Edit: nevermind. my profile setting was responsible. funny i never noticed that before.
by nominalBob
Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:45 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: EBSB.com(East Boston Savings Bank) 1.25% Money Market
Replies: 12
Views: 1091

Re: EBSB.com(East Boston Savings Bank) 1.25% Money Market

$8 monthly maintenance fee only applied if account balance falls below $2500. :happy Do you have a citation? Thanks! Nevermind. I must be blind! From the same agreement: "If you maintain a $2,500.00 minimum daily balance during the statement cycle, the $8.00 monthly maintenance fee will not be asse...
by nominalBob
Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: EBSB.com(East Boston Savings Bank) 1.25% Money Market
Replies: 12
Views: 1091

Re: EBSB.com(East Boston Savings Bank) 1.25% Money Market

yorkpond wrote: $8 monthly maintenance fee only applied if account balance falls below $2500. :happy
Do you have a citation? Thanks!
by nominalBob
Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: EBSB.com(East Boston Savings Bank) 1.25% Money Market
Replies: 12
Views: 1091

Re: EBSB.com(East Boston Savings Bank) 1.25% Money Market

$8/mo. maintenance fee? Is this fee applied for small deposits or any account? I don't know. I was asking. This is in the "Agreements and Disclosures" https://www.ebsbdirect.com/uploads/documents/agreements-and-disclosures.pdf on sheet 5: FEES AND CHARGES. The following fees and charges may be asse...
by nominalBob
Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Someone else's check got cleared from my Checking Account
Replies: 65
Views: 7499

Re: Someone else's check got cleared from my Checking Account

... The scanned image of the check that I can see has an aberration which makes 1 digit of the account number hard to read and that is the digit where that account differs from my account. Machine made that error in constructing the account number and likely machine does not do the other two tests ...
by nominalBob
Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: packaged food expired best buy dates
Replies: 57
Views: 4546

Re: packaged food expired best buy dates

My wife looks at all these dates on various products. She buys Distilled water for her CPAP machine. That's fine, since minerals in other kind of water would not be good for the machine. Last year, at one point, she told me that she needed another gallon of distilled water because the jug she had h...
by nominalBob
Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do we need annual furnace exam?
Replies: 26
Views: 3967

Re: Do we need annual furnace exam?

It's an annual furnace exam recommended by BH? Do you suggest DIY or hiring a professional? Electric heat in Midwest. Thanks. No. There is hardly anything to go wrong in an electric furnace. If it fails, you will know it and there is hardly any way to determine something is going to fail by examini...
by nominalBob
Sat Oct 08, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity Go (Robo-Service) has launched nationwide
Replies: 25
Views: 6591

Re: Fidelity Go (Robo-Service) has launched nationwide

... Will this apply to Vanguard PAS? It seems like it will. Based on what people on this forum have said, they only use Vanguard funds for their portfolios. I have been considering using them to manage a large complex portfolio (four trusts, multiple taxable accounts and IRAs within them). And does...
by nominalBob
Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mitsubishi ductless heating/cooling unit
Replies: 56
Views: 7286

Re: Mitsubishi ductless heating/cooling unit

... You could actually take a thermometer and measure output temp at the discharge as I suggested previously or go on debating about who's understanding is correct, or just contact Mitsubishi and explain your situation. ... Temperature is not enough. You also need the air volume rate being delivere...
by nominalBob
Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Strategies to reduce illogical worries?
Replies: 36
Views: 3448

Re: Strategies to reduce illogical worries?

If I worry about something that may not be true, and I don't want to worry about it, then my best choice would be to learn the truth. If it is based on truth, then work to find more choices and take the least worrisome one. Or choose by some other criteria and learn to live with the worry. In other ...
by nominalBob
Sun Sep 18, 2016 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consumer Cellular - Home Phone Promotion
Replies: 5
Views: 991

Re: Consumer Cellular - Home Phone Promotion

Mudpuppy wrote:... (rather than using GPS or triangulation as one would with a cell phone).
...
Actually, cells use trilateration to locate, not triangulation. There's no angle measurement.
by nominalBob
Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Account for Toddler
Replies: 34
Views: 3844

Re: Account for Toddler

City LEGO 122 PCS Coin Bank Brick Box Building Toy
by nominalBob
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator issues - Temperature & Other
Replies: 22
Views: 2264

Re: Refrigerator issues - Temperature & Other

I think the fan is on while the compressor runs. You can usually hear it when you open the door.
Edit: that's a different fan from the evaporator fan.
by nominalBob
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Refrigerator issues - Temperature & Other
Replies: 22
Views: 2264

Re: Refrigerator issues - Temperature & Other

I'll take a whack at it. I don't have much experience with side-by-side. The warmth in the divider could be be for dew prevention. It could be on all the time or only during a defrost cycle. Turn on "Eco Mode" to turn off the heater. The refrigerator gets cooled by air circulation from the freezer. ...
by nominalBob
Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Car expert out there : Check Engine Light on
Replies: 27
Views: 2679

Re: Any Car expert out there : Check Engine Light on

I would agree except I'd expect he'd have a p0420 code for cat efficiency low. That's super common and fixed with spark plug defoulers modified to bring the downstream O2 sensor out and away from the exhaust flow, lowering the temp it's sensing. But the cat efficiency is not low, or the sensor woul...
by nominalBob
Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Car expert out there : Check Engine Light on
Replies: 27
Views: 2679

Re: Any Car expert out there : Check Engine Light on

I disagree with some of the people saying it won't cause problems. It might not cause the engine itself to get damaged, but the computer does adjust the fuel/air mix based on oxygen sensor data. If that mix is bad, it could damage the catalytic converters which would be a much more expensive repair...
by nominalBob
Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Car expert out there : Check Engine Light on
Replies: 27
Views: 2679

Re: Any Car expert out there : Check Engine Light on

I don't know why "Automatic Transmission" is at the end of both of the codes. That should not be there. One of the downstream O2 sensors' heater circuit has failed. The downstream sensors just monitor the catalytic convertor performance and does not affect the operation of the engine (though Toyota ...
by nominalBob
Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Needlepoint Cold Plasma for Asthma
Replies: 8
Views: 2277

Re: Needlepoint Cold Plasma for Asthma

There are contradictory statements: Breaks down vs agglomerates. Kills bacteria vs "..it will create the ions necessary for life." No detectable ozone vs "corona of energy". Well, energy produces a corona, and corona produces ozone. Ozone is what kills bacteria. This is different from a negative ion...
by nominalBob
Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Gas station - good business?
Replies: 69
Views: 7078

Re: Gas station - good business?

The underground tanks and vapor recovery equipment give me the heebie jeebies. It seems like they dig those up every 2-5 years. And if there is a leak, years of remediation and monitoring costs. I don't know why they keep replacing them: changes in regulations, substandard work indigenous to where I...
by nominalBob
Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Noise cancelling headphones for excercise
Replies: 17
Views: 2408

Re: Noise cancelling headphones for excercise

pparedes wrote:I'm a big fan of the Bose QC20's which are noise cancelling and are very light. ...
I would think that for exercise you would want something very heavy.
Seriously, though, headphones+sweat=?
by nominalBob
Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why are Treasury prices AND Stock prices both down today?
Replies: 45
Views: 5906

Re: Why are Treasury prices AND Stock prices both down today?

mac_guy wrote:...
If money is coming out of stocks and not going into bonds, where is it going?
Money does not have to go anywhere when Mr. Market changes his mind about what prices should be.