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by Sandtrap
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird Repellent Methods
Replies: 15
Views: 1026

Re: Bird Repellent Methods

We have a couple full size Great Horned Owl decoys on our porches.
The birds ignore it.
The “real” Great Horned Owls also ignore it though they prefer the roof.

j🌺
by Sandtrap
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY recessed lighting installation?
Replies: 25
Views: 1208

Re: DIY recessed lighting installation?

softmax wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:16 pm Thanks for the replies! I think I’ll just hire a electrician. Not sure whether Washington state requires a permit for this type of work. I’ll research it.
Compare quotes from several licensed electricians.
They’ll handle permits if needed.

Good luck
j🌺
by Sandtrap
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: DIY recessed lighting installation?
Replies: 25
Views: 1208

Re: DIY recessed lighting installation?

If you mess up the install or don’t get a permit if it’s needed and there’s a fire or injury, your homeowners insurance might not cover it. There are only so many fixtures and load allowed per circuit and the light you install has to be code for where you put it. IE heat venting, etc. Suggest hiring...
by Sandtrap
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Proof of Funds when House Hunting
Replies: 11
Views: 955

Re: Proof of Funds when House Hunting

I use a current “proof of funds” for cash purchases of real estate when shopping. Multiple copies for various realtors that I might work with in hard copy as well as pdf file format for emailing.

The amount covers whatever range of prices that is needed.
j🌺
by Sandtrap
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Routine Plumbing Pipe Maintenance?
Replies: 16
Views: 1222

Re: Routine Plumbing Pipe Maintenance?

We have 2 howers with screens just below the surface grating that catches hair etc. and 2 without built in removable screens. We clean them every 2 weeks when cleaning the showers using a short drain snake or plastic trap cleaner snaggy thingy (technical term).
We do not use chemicals.
j🌺
by Sandtrap
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Is this the single worst time to be a passive investor
Replies: 70
Views: 8241

Re: Is this the single worst time to be a passive investor

Consider 1 Published by......Yahoo Finance 2 Written by....... 3 etc. An astute and discrete consumer of information vs useful knowledge is a good thing. When reading or watching anything or listening.... So ask: 1 why is this publication putting something out? 2 what is the author trying to accompl...
by Sandtrap
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: buying laptop
Replies: 15
Views: 1470

Re: buying laptop

hello BH I'm looking to buy a laptop, what is the best way to find the reliable, best price, brand name, new trend, should I consider when buying,---eBay, outlet, Costco, best buy, refurbished, amazon, free-market so on,,., which name brand, hp, Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft, Google, and apple. I've had ...
by Sandtrap
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone prefer their old golf clubs?
Replies: 54
Views: 4195

Re: Anyone prefer their old golf clubs?

Yes, Ping did make wooden "woods," years ago, but few people played with them. They were beautiful clubs. I never hit one. I've been custom fitted twice for irons. It's interesting that the fittings were 20 years apart, but both recommended I get my lies anlges adjusted 2 degrees up from ...
by Sandtrap
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would (did) you preemptively replace your Roof Shingles
Replies: 51
Views: 3343

Re: Would you preemptively replace your Roof

Call 3 reputable licensed roofing contractors for an estimate and professional evaluation of the roof. Ask an expert. j🌺 Is asking a roofing contractor for a professional evaluation of your roof the same as asking a barber if you need a haircut? This is what I probably will do, but feel like you (i...
by Sandtrap
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: House Building vs. Buying in this Market?
Replies: 21
Views: 1995

Re: House Building vs. Buying in this Market?

Typically, (***though there are always exceptions), there's more value per dollar found in buying a home that is already built vs constructing one. When you purchase a home, you are already controlling the costs and build time (it's ready). When you build a home, some aspects are somewhat unpredicta...
by Sandtrap
Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flooring decisions for whole house - tile vs laminate
Replies: 29
Views: 2483

Re: Flooring decisions for whole house - tile vs laminate

We are going to change out our flooring from a mix of original builder tile (entry, kitchen, baths, utility), engineered wood, and carpet. We are trying to decide between tile (likely Daltile or Marazzi) or laminate (Mohawk Revwood Plus). If we go with laminate, we would likely put tile in the gues...
by Sandtrap
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bird Repellent Methods
Replies: 15
Views: 1026

Re: Bird Repellent Methods

Mud swallows annual migrate through our area and we have a very large stream that runs year round. Thus, available mud. The only reliable deterent has been the bird spikes. We also live in a wide open area (vast) that seems to attract birds of all sorts on our deck railings, etc. What has not worked...
by Sandtrap
Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric water heater for a confined space
Replies: 20
Views: 1235

Re: Electric water heater for a confined space

Thanks to everyone who replied. I don't think tankless will work, because the electrical connection is limited to 40 amps at 240V, and the tankless heaters I looked at needed something on the order of 100 amps. One of my neighbors tried a tankless heater and ended up replacing it. If I buy the heat...
by Sandtrap
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best 4 wheel drive vehicle
Replies: 56
Views: 4088

Re: Best 4 wheel drive vehicle

Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro We just bought a 2021 Outstanding capability and legendary Toyota reliability. Toyota Tacoma 4 door TRD 4wd. If the Toyota long term reliability is not quite as important. . . Then the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 4 door. Or other 4 door SUV with 4 wheel drive, ideally (body on frame...
by Sandtrap
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would (did) you preemptively replace your Roof Shingles
Replies: 51
Views: 3343

Re: Would you preemptively replace your Roof

Call 3 reputable licensed roofing contractors for an estimate and professional evaluation of the roof.

Ask an expert.
j🌺
by Sandtrap
Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Spouse recently passed away. Please help me handle his financial matters]
Replies: 92
Views: 5349

Re: So what is wrong with not investing?

Condolences 🙏🙏 For now, choose accounts and or funds that have Security of Principle (includes CD's, Treasuries, Money Market, etc) Liquidity Accessibility Read the forum wiki on “Windfalls” Don’t do anything until you read it. Avoid friendly helpful; Financial advisors Wealth managers Bank advisor...
by Sandtrap
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Where to donate suits
Replies: 6
Views: 862

Re: Where to donate suits

Goodwill
Savers

j :D
by Sandtrap
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:28 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Has anyone see an inheritance not go as planned? I would like to hear stories from others of what can go wrong.
Replies: 407
Views: 46757

Re: Has anyone see an inheritance not go as planned? I would like to hear stories from others of what can go wrong.

Sometimes when a beneficiary thinks that the estate didn't go as planned, it's because the beneficiary was disappointed with the plan, not because it didn't go the way the decedent wanted. However, having planned and administered many estates, I've been involved in many that didn't go the way they ...
by Sandtrap
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Travel Trailer vs My Pickup Truck: Specs?
Replies: 54
Views: 3211

Re: Travel Trailer vs My Pickup Truck: Specs?

OP here. Back story now. I wanted to "dip my toe" into the RV life. An inexpensive option was to buy a small travel trailer and pull it with the truck I now drive. The advice and feedback I received here was invaluable and clear. The scenario will not work. I need a bigger truck or go the...
by Sandtrap
Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help analyze my HVAC decision
Replies: 19
Views: 1532

Re: Help analyze my HVAC decision

We have a fairly simple setup with single speed separate HVAC systems for each of 3 floors. The total coverage is over 5000 sf.
Our total heat and cool costs are no mor than $200/mo during the hottest months of summer and the coldest below freezing months of winter.

j🌺
by Sandtrap
Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Investment strategies for high net worth individuals
Replies: 84
Views: 10816

Re: Investment strategies for high net worth individuals

Update - I spoke to Vanguard’s personal advisory service over the past week and they told me that they are likely to roll out a direct indexing service soon for ultra high net worth accounts (over $5M invested). The Vanguard rep said they have launched it already for some institutions they work wit...
by Sandtrap
Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Spouse recently passed away. Please help me handle his financial matters]
Replies: 92
Views: 5349

Re: So what is wrong with not investing?

Condolences 🙏🙏 For now, choose accounts and or funds that have Security of Principle (includes CD's, Treasuries, Money Market, etc) Liquidity Accessibility Read the forum wiki on “Windfalls” Don’t do anything until you read it. Avoid friendly helpful; Financial advisors Wealth managers Bank advisors...
by Sandtrap
Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Theory: The Only Four Situations Justifying Debt
Replies: 103
Views: 6993

Re: Theory: The Only Four Situations Justifying Debt

Also these personal “black swans”....

Health catastrophe
Family catastrophe
Disability
Long term disability and health concerns
Lawsuit/ long term extended litigation
Estate catastrophes
Business impacts and failures if a business owner

j🌺
by Sandtrap
Sat Apr 10, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Investment Allocation: Unpredictable Income
Replies: 16
Views: 942

Re: Investment Allocation: Unpredictable Income

Given market and economic fluctuations and unpredictability. It would be helpful to approach generating consistent passive income with preservation of principle computed as someone retiring early with supplemental work income. I think this is what you’re alluding to, correct me if that is not so.......
by Sandtrap
Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:49 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Remind me how to stick to Strategic asset allocation
Replies: 11
Views: 835

Re: Remind me how to stick to Strategic asset allocation

Read the site Wiki on
“Investing Behavior Pitfalls”
“IPS”

Might help stick to your IPS.
j🌺
by Sandtrap
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: walking shoes with wide toes?
Replies: 45
Views: 2548

Re: walking shoes with wide toes?

New Balance classic USA.
M587
Jogging / Running shoes.

Some of the Sketchers in wide sizes.
Sport Energy Afterburn is a good one

The New Balance 928 used to be wide and roomy but the shape and sizes changed a little with overseas manufacturers so now it’s a maybe.
j🌺
by Sandtrap
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Using equity in primary home to invest in multiple investment properties
Replies: 30
Views: 2025

Re: Using equity in primary home to invest in multiple investment properties

Questions: Have you invested in R:E residential income property before? Have you had prior experience as a landlord with tenants? Do you plan to self manage or use a property mgt co? Do you have a business plan? Let’s say you have $800 k and have a loan payment for that. Can you make the loan paymen...
by Sandtrap
Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fan trips GFCI; can I plug into surge protector?
Replies: 22
Views: 1370

Re: fan trips GFCI; can I plug into surge protector?

Buy a new fan. If it still trips, have electrician replace outlet and or inspect wiring. A hair dryer in a bathroom at 1500 watts doesn’t trip GFCI. A small fan definitely shouldn’t. +1 For safety, try plugging in another fan. Replace the defective one. Or replace the gfci. It should not be trippin...
by Sandtrap
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deck Replacement Options
Replies: 43
Views: 2746

Re: Deck Replacement Options

We are looking at replacing our current 15-year-old treated lumber deck, and we're trying to grasp all the options available to us and wanting to ensure that the job is done properly. Our current deck was a DIY job from the first homeowner and was not installed correctly. It is also not to current ...
by Sandtrap
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you competitive? If so, how do you compete as you get older?
Replies: 46
Views: 2960

Re: Are you competitive? If so, how do you compete as you get older?

Similar here, lifelong competitive athlete: football/baseball/wrestling/track growing up, football in college, then powerlifting and superbike (motorcycle) racing, then triathlons/running/cycling races as an adult. Injuries (torn biceps, ruptured achilles, two knee surgeries, and now a host of curr...
by Sandtrap
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are you competitive? If so, how do you compete as you get older?
Replies: 46
Views: 2960

Re: Are you competitive? If so, how do you compete as you get older?

On a larger and more inclusive tangent vs sports. . . . Competitiveness ? VS Ambition ? VS Self Challenge and Growth beyond limitations? VS Complacency? VS Ambivalence? VS Safety, Security, Structure, Boundaries, Limitations? VS Physical vs Emotional vs Competitiveness as a "core person" i...
by Sandtrap
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Newbie needs HELP
Replies: 3
Views: 393

Re: Newbie needs HELP

Hello all, I'm new to this forum. Hope it's appropriate to ask for this advice. (Please try not to laugh) I am 57 yr old single person, currently self-employed as a handy person (aka don't make alot of money) have $45K in Home Depot Stock and that is it. Really! What the heck am I to do in order to...
by Sandtrap
Fri Apr 09, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Housing circumstances
Replies: 44
Views: 2607

Re: Housing circumstances

OP: The "elephant in the room" here is the "cultural aspect". (without going into details that might seem off topic) So, let's address this first: 1 In many Asian, Asian Pacific, and (yes) Chinese, Filipino, Southeast Asian, Japanese, other cultures, etc, it is very common to hav...
by Sandtrap
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: The Emotional Side of Investing
Replies: 28
Views: 2608

Re: The Emotional Side of Investing

There certainly seems to be an emotional component to investing for many. How would you describe what it feels like to make an especially good (or bad) investment decision? How deep does it get?? The moment when realizing that an investment or business venture is going into a bad place and there’s ...
by Sandtrap
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are architect estimates for construction costs usually pretty accurate?
Replies: 21
Views: 1459

Re: Are architect estimates for construction costs usually pretty accurate?

I've known a handful of people who've done builds or large remodels using an architect. None have stayed in budget. Some ended at 2x original cost. Best wishes. +1 The most extreme example I’ve seen of this was where the original project price was 2.1 million and after a 2-3 year final completion t...
by Sandtrap
Thu Apr 08, 2021 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are architect estimates for construction costs usually pretty accurate?
Replies: 21
Views: 1459

Re: Are architect estimates for construction costs usually pretty accurate?

I've known a handful of people who've done builds or large remodels using an architect. None have stayed in budget. Some ended at 2x original cost. Best wishes. +1 The most extreme example I’ve seen of this was where the original project price was 2.1 million and after a 2-3 year final completion t...
by Sandtrap
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are architect estimates for construction costs usually pretty accurate?
Replies: 21
Views: 1459

Re: Are architect estimates for construction costs usually pretty accurate?

I am looking at doing an addition to my home, as well as some other big projects. I recently sought out a local architect and told him my plans. He sent me a proposal to draw up plans and also gave me an estimate of what he thinks it will cost for construction. His estimate seems a little high, but...
by Sandtrap
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Suddenly retired; Read the book; Have questions!
Replies: 21
Views: 3192

Re: Suddenly retired; Read the book; Have questions!

You may want to format your question in the following manner: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6212 This would allow us to know specifically what your situation is, and how to best advise you to proceed. It also lays out all your assets, income, and expenses in a standardized format...
by Sandtrap
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shoe Choice for a Walker
Replies: 33
Views: 2674

Re: Shoe Choice for a Walker

New Balance used to have a chart matching various types/models of walking/jogging shoes to type of foot. IE: high arch, low arch, medium, flat foot, etc. But, their sizing and quality has dropped since outsourcing more of their products overseas. There is a line of New Balance that is USA made that ...
by Sandtrap
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy a car using Costco Auto?
Replies: 28
Views: 5452

Re: Anyone buy a car using Costco Auto?

We recently had a quote from Costco Auto for a 2021 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro/Limited. The discount was not greater than what we could get when bargaining with various dealerships. Perhaps it depends on the type of car and area, etc.

j :D
by Sandtrap
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much $$ to get kitchen cabinets painted?
Replies: 42
Views: 4109

Re: How much $$ to get kitchen cabinets painted?

There is an alternate kitchen cabinet remodel, besides painting them, that involves refinishing the face frames and installing new doors for a very new and different look. Have you considered that?

j :D
by Sandtrap
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:00 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Why not use cash for RE rentals?
Replies: 29
Views: 2446

Re: Why not use cash for RE rentals?

I'm looking for a sanity check on an idea that I might change my AA from 50/50 to 50/25/25 (stock/RE/bond). The reason: diversification. I'm uncomfortable with so much in cash/bonds "doing nothing" but not comfortable increasing equity. I see the RE risk as about midway between stock and ...
by Sandtrap
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: What to do with $500k which may be needed at any time
Replies: 6
Views: 1140

Re: What to do with $500k which may be needed at any time

Your criteria, regardless of account or fund are:
1 Security of Principle
2 Liquidity
3 Accessibility

j :D
by Sandtrap
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pool Walking Shoe?
Replies: 8
Views: 741

Re: Pool Walking Shoe?

I wear scuba dive boots/shoes for all my aquatic needs. I've had to same pair for almost 2 decades. They have a hard rubber sole with traction. I love them because they also allow me to walk on rocky surfaces when needed. I don't know the brand, but I would recommend a quality dive boot/shoe. The s...
by Sandtrap
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Invited to join HOA board. Pros/cons?
Replies: 74
Views: 6783

Re: Invited to join HOA board. Pros/cons?

Every time I read threads like this, I am so happy that I don't have an HOA to worry about. Rules governing who can park in my own driveway or how many dogs I can have? I don't care how reasonable the board is about it, that should be nobody's business but mine. Perfectly reasonable reaction, until...
by Sandtrap
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What is your contrarian/alternative play?
Replies: 101
Views: 8582

Re: What is your contrarian/alternative play?

6 fund hybrid (2 fund) LMP per Bernstein.

j🌺
by Sandtrap
Wed Apr 07, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Invited to join HOA board. Pros/cons?
Replies: 74
Views: 6783

Re: Invited to join HOA board. Pros/cons?

Boards, chairs, and committees....etc. Depending on positions. And depending if position is code compliance ..... You will be noticed You will be liked or disliked or resented You will make friends....and alliances...or otherwise Sometimes it feels important Sometimes it is rewarding ....or thankles...
by Sandtrap
Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: How much cash do you really hold?
Replies: 91
Views: 6253

Re: How much cash do you really hold?

Perhaps “X” in annual expenses might be a better metric for some folks.

And different if one is in an income earning pre retirement stage or post retirement non working.

In my case as a retiree, 2x.

j🌺
by Sandtrap
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?
Replies: 90
Views: 3293

Re: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?

This thread has gotten completely derailed. As far as we know the OP has an upper-mid-range 14-year old dslr with a built-in flash, 12mp crop sensor and a kit lens. The OP is considering upgrading to what today is roughly the equivalent camera. The D300 was more or less the D850 of its day, despite...
by Sandtrap
Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:58 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?
Replies: 90
Views: 3293

Re: Should I buy a SLR camera without a built in flash?

My point is, "pro" is not just marketing per your comment I quoted. There are real and important differences in the camera features. Certainly when I look at Nikon's line, for example, it is very obvious which cameras are aimed at more serious photographers. Could you give me an example o...