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by DrakeSRT
Mon May 13, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: U-Pack or Similar? (Household Transport Services)
Replies: 9
Views: 560

Re: U-Pack or Similar? (Household Transport Services)

I just used PODs for a 1600 mile move and it was a great experience. Very straightforward and very communicative.
by DrakeSRT
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PODS or similar services for moving lots of boxes?
Replies: 12
Views: 1153

Re: PODS or similar services for moving lots of boxes?

$1,500 for 1 Ubox is pretty expensive. Time of move and location of destination and origin do matter though.
by DrakeSRT
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: best way to sell a coin collection
Replies: 33
Views: 2616

Re: best way to sell a coin collection

Pick out a couple no date (worn) Buffalo nickels and spend them. They aren't worth much and You'll make somebody's day.
by DrakeSRT
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Fixer-upper home: FNMA HomeStyle vs mortgage/equity/unsecured combo
Replies: 13
Views: 701

Re: Fixer-upper home: FNMA HomeStyle vs mortgage/equity/unsecured combo

How do you know how much renovation will cost?
Do you have any experience remodeling homes?
by DrakeSRT
Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Real Estate Purchase --Back Out Advice?
Replies: 27
Views: 2290

Re: Real Estate Purchase --Back Out Advice?

Just call your Realtor and tell him you may be losing your job and will not be removing your loan contingency and want to back out.
by DrakeSRT
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Automatic Swimming Pool Filler?
Replies: 6
Views: 556

Re: Automatic Swimming Pool Filler?

Leslie's Pool Supply has portable ones you hook to a garden hose.
by DrakeSRT
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Anyone ever filed an unpaid wage claim against employer?
Replies: 7
Views: 994

Re: Anyone ever filed an unpaid wage claim against employer?

I have back in 1991. Employer paid me the day before the hearing at the labor board.
by DrakeSRT
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Corvette vs Cayman/Boxster......anyone owned both?
Replies: 57
Views: 4757

Re: Corvette vs Cayman/Boxster......anyone owned both?

One word....... Viper

I bought a new C6 kept it 2 years. I have had my Viper 9 years today.
by DrakeSRT
Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Landscaping lights went out
Replies: 16
Views: 1245

Re: Landscaping lights went out

All that I had to do when mine went out was replace the bulbs with LED bulbs. After checking all wiring and transformer switched bulbs to LED which required less "juice".

I'm thinking the wires or connections corroded over time.
by DrakeSRT
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Granddaughter needs $ help for university
Replies: 111
Views: 10214

Re: Granddaughter needs $ help for university

First question to Grandaughter "Is this an accredited school? This sounds very much like the scholarship my niece got. The $$ numbers are very close. She qualified for scholarship to a school in New York all but $15,000 worth. When niece didn't keep going after 3 years she could Not transfer any cre...
by DrakeSRT
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Can landlords take the QBI tax break?
Replies: 29
Views: 2675

Re: Can landlords take the QBI tax break?

I believe so. One of the businesses spelled out is "investing" and I also see that dividends from qualified REIT are elgible.
by DrakeSRT
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Reverse Mortgage
Replies: 17
Views: 1972

Re: Reverse Mortgage

Home equity loans require payments unless they are a Reverse Mtg.
by DrakeSRT
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House has major repair issues right after buying... options
Replies: 27
Views: 2360

Re: House has major repair issues right after buying... options

Just found out that in the house I bought the flippers had completely failed to install liners / rubber sealers underneath the showers in the home. They literally put straight drywall underneath the showers, causing huge problems obviously. I will now have to completely replace two showers. What re...
by DrakeSRT
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Ally Banking 1% extra back up to $1,000 on new money deposited
Replies: 630
Views: 68763

Re: Ally Banking 1% extra back up to $1,000 on new money deposited

Hate to be me Lol. This just irks me and is why I should keep my money in multiple online banks. I currently have 95% of available cash in Ally so no bonus for me.
by DrakeSRT
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we move to San Diego from east coast?
Replies: 138
Views: 11412

Re: Should we move to San Diego from east coast?

Just to comment further on the High cost of living. Electricity and water are way more expensive than other parts of the country like 5 times more. Gas is also really expensive so depending on where you are able to land a good job the price of gas may take its toll. Didn't want you to think HCOL wa...
by DrakeSRT
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should we move to San Diego from east coast?
Replies: 138
Views: 11412

Re: Should we move to San Diego from east coast?

Pros: best weather in the country: no need to go on vacation, ocean, excellent restaurants especially Mexican, college system is desirable in CA. Cons: California has some "interesting" politics going on but I won't go there. It is overcrowded. You can see Tijuana from San Diego and there is likely...
by DrakeSRT
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Route-66 trip recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 2396

Re: Route-66 trip recommendations

Winslow Arizona, Santa Rosa New Mexico, Tucumcari New Mexico and Elk City Oklahoma have a lot of the old gas stations plus museums.
by DrakeSRT
Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Switching from ACA to Medicare
Replies: 32
Views: 3767

Re: Switching from ACA to Medicare

Following. 18 months until I'm in the same situation.
What is concerning to me is after I go on Medicare, my Wife will need several more months of ACA coverage. It appears that household income will still be counted for 1 person which will greatly affect her insurance premium.
by DrakeSRT
Sat Sep 29, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PV Solar (Sunpower vs. Panasonic HIT) & To Roof or Not to Re-roof
Replies: 12
Views: 1553

Re: PV Solar (Sunpower vs. Panasonic HIT) & To Roof or Not to Re-roof

I'm not a fan of metal roofs and you have one over the top of an old presumably bad / failing wood shake roof which is something I would never do but you bought it and are stuck with it. Your metal roof has dents if you use metal again you will have more dents after the solar is installed and or dur...
by DrakeSRT
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: PV Solar (Sunpower vs. Panasonic HIT) & To Roof or Not to Re-roof
Replies: 12
Views: 1553

Re: PV Solar (Sunpower vs. Panasonic HIT) & To Roof or Not to Re-roof

I would remove the old metal and wood roofs and replace with composition shingle, then choose whomever you want for PV.
by DrakeSRT
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy a house that needs full renovation?
Replies: 40
Views: 1820

Re: Buy a house that needs full renovation?

Oh he'll no.

That place will eat you alive. With no renovation experience and not even previous home ownership, no.
by DrakeSRT
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a car to CarMax
Replies: 74
Views: 29590

Re: Selling a car to CarMax

michaeljc70 wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 6:09 pm
DrakeSRT wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:19 pm
You can sell your car private party and still save on the sales tax. Check your states rules.
Not in my state (IL). What states allow this? Sounds odd- like a 1031 exchange for cars.
Arkansas for one. I did say to check your states rules but maybe it isn't as common as I thought.
by DrakeSRT
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling a car to CarMax
Replies: 74
Views: 29590

Re: Selling a car to CarMax

You can sell your car private party and still save on the sales tax. Check your states rules.
by DrakeSRT
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Counter Depth Side by Side refrigerator
Replies: 24
Views: 2632

Re: Best Counter Depth Side by Side refrigerator

LG side by side with drawer and freezer on the bottom.
Had it for 2 1/2 years and it has been perfect.

Bought another identical one for our 2nd home last December. Perfect.
by DrakeSRT
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buying an electric golf cart
Replies: 6
Views: 893

Re: Buying an electric golf cart

Also consider if your community has hills. A High Output EZGO is what I have.
by DrakeSRT
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inspection on home we wish to purchase - questions i should ask
Replies: 23
Views: 1579

Re: Inspection on home we wish to purchase - questions i should ask

There is nothing in this thread that a good home inspector won't be checking for. I have had good home inspectors in the past and they themselves have made comments about every single item in this thread. You may bring up these details but none of these items are particularly noteworthy and are com...
by DrakeSRT
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Inspection on home we wish to purchase - questions i should ask
Replies: 23
Views: 1579

Re: Inspection on home we wish to purchase - questions i should ask

Look at the foundation. If your inspector doesn't specialize in foundation inspections hire another inspector who will just inspect the foundation.

The fact that it has been resold recently may be s good sign however don't take anyone's (seller, agent) word.

Good luck
by DrakeSRT
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy new truck before retiring?
Replies: 53
Views: 3423

Re: Buy new truck before retiring?

Knowing how car dealers operate the above price quoted is likely not the out the door price. When you add in sales tax and dealer fees the deal is probably much worse.
by DrakeSRT
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Buy new truck before retiring?
Replies: 53
Views: 3423

Re: Buy new truck before retiring?

I wouldn't even consider trading trucks.

If you hook your trailer up to the 2018 with the 5.3, chances are you may get worse gas mileage than you do now.
by DrakeSRT
Fri May 04, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: SUV vs Full Size Car - Taurus or Escape
Replies: 54
Views: 3394

Re: SUV vs Full Size Car - Taurus or Escape

The latest version of the Escape rated poorly in crash tests. Something to think about.
by DrakeSRT
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Owners Title Insurance - Super Heavy Handed Pitch
Replies: 101
Views: 7861

Re: Owners Title Insurance - Super Heavy Handed Pitch

Does the Buyer in Boston always pay for the Owners Title Insurance? Or whas this negotiated in the deal?

Everywhere I have bought property (3 states) the Seller always paid it.
by DrakeSRT
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Robotic lawn mowers
Replies: 18
Views: 2227

Re: Robotic lawn mowers

Has anyone got any experiences of these? I have 3/4 acre. Fairly flat. Options are... 1. lawn service 2. purchase a ride on mower. 3. Robotic lawn mower. The 3rd option is intriguing. Prices about the about the same as a ride on mower but i dont have to mow the lawn. Apparently, the robotic mowers ...
by DrakeSRT
Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel to Dominican Republic
Replies: 17
Views: 2173

Re: Travel to Dominican Republic

Don't drink the water.

Had a couple friends just go for a wedding about half of everybody got sick YMMV.
by DrakeSRT
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not going to be buying chicken for a while...
Replies: 65
Views: 13603

Re: Not going to be buying chicken for a while...

We had problems too until we went to Walmart.
Great Value All Natural Chicken Breast Tenderloins. Very tender.
by DrakeSRT
Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Security
Replies: 26
Views: 3029

Re: Home Security

Definitely check the length of strikeplate screws. Chances are they are short and wouldn't take much effort to kick your door in. I am away from each of my homes for 6 months at a time so have alarm systems with multiple signs and cameras. I also have a doorbell camera so I can see who is approachin...
by DrakeSRT
Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I Have Created a Conundrum [question about state tax residency]
Replies: 9
Views: 2134

Re: I Have Created a Conundrum [question about state tax residency]

I am not working so won't receive any income from Arkansas which is the state the other (2nd) home is in. I think I want to stay a resident of California because I believe they are going to claim I am anyway. Arkansas has conflicting information on who is a Part Time resident. On the state tax instr...
by DrakeSRT
Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I Have Created a Conundrum [question about state tax residency]
Replies: 9
Views: 2134

Re: I Have Created a Conundrum

If we live in our new home out of state for 7 months in 2018 does that automatically make me a resident of that state? No, not automatically. But maybe. Google "residency for tax purposes" and the states of interest. E.g., residency for tax purposes california - Google Search . And note that this i...
by DrakeSRT
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I Have Created a Conundrum [question about state tax residency]
Replies: 9
Views: 2134

Re: I Have Created a Conundrum

If we live in our new home out of state for 7 months in 2018 does that automatically make me a resident of that state? No, not automatically. But maybe. Google "residency for tax purposes" and the states of interest. E.g., residency for tax purposes california - Google Search . Thanks for that link...
by DrakeSRT
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I Have Created a Conundrum [question about state tax residency]
Replies: 9
Views: 2134

Re: I Have Created a Conundrum

...If we live in our new home out of state for 7 months in 2018 does that automatically make me a resident of that state?... It depends a great deal on the laws and regulations of the state involved. Edited to add: Perhaps the new state has better health care options than CoveredCA.com either throu...
by DrakeSRT
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: I Have Created a Conundrum [question about state tax residency]
Replies: 9
Views: 2134

I Have Created a Conundrum [question about state tax residency]

Currently live in California, own a principal residence there plus 2 rental properties and a 3rd rental in Nevada. We bought a 2nd home in a 3rd state last year (COE 12/20/2017) and are currently receiving subsidies from the ACA. If we live in our new home out of state for 7 months in 2018 does that...
by DrakeSRT
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Knob and Tube rewire cost
Replies: 39
Views: 6049

Re: Knob and Tube rewire cost

I may have missed size of house. You are getting permits correct? If they are rewiring everything and putting in new outlets, hooking up all existing over head lights and ceiling fans the price doesn't sound bad. The plastic and shop vac sounds good but be ready for a lot more and bigger holes cut o...
by DrakeSRT
Wed Feb 07, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gas Insert for an Outdoor Fire Pit - Any recommendations?
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Re: Gas Insert for an Outdoor Fire Pit - Any recommendations?

Two things:
Get a stainless ring
Make sure the installer puts the holes in the ring facing down so it doesn't fill up with water.

Enjoy...Outdoor firepits are cool.
by DrakeSRT
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For BHs who actually like cars - [what car do you drive every day?]
Replies: 280
Views: 22829

Re: For BHs who actually like cars - what is your daily driver?

Daily driver is 2011 4wd GMC Sierra Crew Cab with 6.2
Fun car is 2008 Dodge Viper
by DrakeSRT
Thu Feb 01, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV
Replies: 125
Views: 17319

Re: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV

Yep forgot about the service dept for Airstream because luckily didn't make too many trips to the dealer. First you go drop off your van and in a week or so they will actually look at it, then they have to get warranty approval and get the parts. It is a maddening process that takes weeks for the ti...
by DrakeSRT
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV
Replies: 125
Views: 17319

Re: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV

Hate to rain on your parade but..... I bought a new 2015 Airstream Interstate Class B. Ordered it and took possession in May of 2014. I sold it a couple months ago after 3 1/2 years and 36,000 miles. The Airstream part was good with very few issues, the Mercedes Sprinter engine unfortunately was no...
by DrakeSRT
Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV
Replies: 125
Views: 17319

Re: Tips on Buying a Class-B RV

Hate to rain on your parade but..... I bought a new 2015 Airstream Interstate Class B. Ordered it and took possession in May of 2014. I sold it a couple months ago after 3 1/2 years and 36,000 miles. The Airstream part was good with very few issues, the Mercedes Sprinter engine unfortunately was not...
by DrakeSRT
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New mattress
Replies: 84
Views: 15494

Re: New mattress

harrington wrote:
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:33 am
I love my Saatva......

We hate ours it is going back and is being picked up Thursday.