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by davebo
Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommendation for simple home gym
Replies: 41
Views: 3297

Recommendation for simple home gym

This isn't for me. This is for my sister-in-law that just came to the realization that she needs to make her health a priority. She knows we're pretty into working out and asked for recommendations on how to get started. She told me recently that she really hasn't done any sort of exercise in probab...
by davebo
Wed Mar 03, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you pay your tax professional?
Replies: 60
Views: 6453

Re: How much do you pay your tax professional?

I think my total is around $350, but I'm taking a guess on the split because I know I pay him around $900 for personal/business taxes. I know that I could do it myself, but I've just run into some situations where I like having him available to help me out. I could easily do my personal taxes on my ...
by davebo
Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do all flip flops/sandals squeak when wet?
Replies: 15
Views: 1173

Do all flip flops/sandals squeak when wet?

This is probably a silly question, but I was never a big flip flop person in the past. I bought some before a trip a couple years ago and, if my feet were wet, they would squeak so loudly when I walked. I didn't feel like this was happening to other people near the pool though. Is there a brand, typ...
by davebo
Sun Feb 28, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airpods Pro vs competitors?
Replies: 20
Views: 1631

Re: Airpods Pro vs competitors?

You are paying for convenience (the ease of switching among iOS devices can't be had with any non-Apple Bluetooth headphone), not ultimate sound quality. The ease of switching for me is priceless. I’ve used all manner of high end studio wired headphones as well as Bluetooth models. As a power user ...
by davebo
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fixing Drainage Issues with Flat Yard
Replies: 9
Views: 961

Re: Fixing Drainage Issues with Flat Yard

Do you have enough room on either side of the house to construct a swale to divert water from the front towards that slope in the back? That ponded water in the front after rainfall events is your problem. Sandtrap's thought to add some impervious features is also good, but the main thing is to get...
by davebo
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fixing Drainage Issues with Flat Yard
Replies: 9
Views: 961

Re: Fixing Drainage Issues with Flat Yard

Might need a little more description before prescription. Starting with gutters, do you have them on downslopes? If so, are they cleaned regularly? Where do the downspouts go to? There might be options short of a french drain or might not. Some incremental stops could be possible Gutters are clean ...
by davebo
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Airpods Pro vs competitors?
Replies: 20
Views: 1631

Re: Airpods Pro vs competitors?

Do you have noise cancellation turned on? I'm sure that Airpods Pros don't compare to actual over the ear noise cancelling headphones, but I would assume they are good compared to other earbuds. I used airpods, then airpod pros, and then my Pros broke and I had to go back to Airpods. There is a huge...
by davebo
Sun Feb 28, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fixing Drainage Issues with Flat Yard
Replies: 9
Views: 961

Fixing Drainage Issues with Flat Yard

My house is about 70 years old and we've managed to keep the basement pretty dry, but my sump pump works hard when it rains. Right now we're going through a pretty big snow melt and my sump will run every 2-5 minutes. This usually continues for several days before spreading out, however even when it...
by davebo
Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Prepaying Mortgage Aggressively (Ramsey approach) vs. Investing
Replies: 140
Views: 10984

Re: Prepaying Mortgage Aggressively (Ramsey approach) vs. Investing

I would not pay it down, even if it makes you feel good. I would probably take the extra $250 you were intending on prepaying it with, setup an automatic investment with Vanguard, and then see where you're at in a few years. That's what I did over 8 years ago and it's not even close (obviously given...
by davebo
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Rid of Ice Dams
Replies: 48
Views: 4666

Re: Getting Rid of Ice Dams

Get a few insulation quotes - guys will come by, go into the attic and quote not only insulation but also plugging up ceiling holes where heat escapes your living areas. There are specific products to seal these leaks properly. (do this even if you do not need insulation just to get someones eye on...
by davebo
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Rid of Ice Dams
Replies: 48
Views: 4666

Re: Getting Rid of Ice Dams

To OP: if the roofer did good job with the ice and water shield 6 feet up from gutter there’s a good chance it will protect leaks coming into the house from ice dams, at least that’s what it is supposed to do. The material is tough and made to close around roofing nails. But, has to be a good roofe...
by davebo
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Rid of Ice Dams
Replies: 48
Views: 4666

Re: Getting Rid of Ice Dams

Lol, how do you get rid of the pantyhose? I must not be visualizing this right. You check the downspout in the spring. They tend to wash out. Or the birds grab them for their nests. Or maybe not pantyhose, maybe it is stockings? Whatever the 1 legged item is. Actually, what I might do tomorrow is t...
by davebo
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Rid of Ice Dams
Replies: 48
Views: 4666

Re: Getting Rid of Ice Dams

Lol, how do you get rid of the pantyhose? I must not be visualizing this right. You check the downspout in the spring. They tend to wash out. Or the birds grab them for their nests. Or maybe not pantyhose, maybe it is stockings? Whatever the 1 legged item is. Actually, what I might do tomorrow is t...
by davebo
Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Rid of Ice Dams
Replies: 48
Views: 4666

Re: Getting Rid of Ice Dams

I have been in this house for 10 years and really didn't know what Ice Dams were until this past year when I got a roofing quote and it said it included ice/water shield 6' up from the gutter, valleys, chimney, etc (I did go with this quote by the way) so I looked them up. Today I walked around my ...
by davebo
Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Rid of Ice Dams
Replies: 48
Views: 4666

Re: Getting Rid of Ice Dams

Normchad wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:44 pm When I was a kid in Michigan, we used a “roof de-icing cable”. Basically a hearing element in the gutters that we could plug in to an electrical,outlet to melt whatever ice was in there.
Is that something that needs to be installed before it’s already iced over?
by davebo
Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Rid of Ice Dams
Replies: 48
Views: 4666

Getting Rid of Ice Dams

I have been in this house for 10 years and really didn't know what Ice Dams were until this past year when I got a roofing quote and it said it included ice/water shield 6' up from the gutter, valleys, chimney, etc (I did go with this quote by the way) so I looked them up. Today I walked around my h...
by davebo
Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Direct TV dish heaters
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: Direct TV dish heaters

Probably 15 years ago I moved into a house and signed up for Dish. A couple months later, having issues with the dish and call customer service who tells me there might be snow/ice on the dish. This dish was WAY up on my roof, probably 3 stories from the ground, there was no way I was going up there...
by davebo
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do employers know who got the vaccine?
Replies: 24
Views: 1421

Re: Do employers know who got the vaccine?

Students need to report vaccinations to attend school - so it isn't much of a stretch that adults might have to report vaccination as well? Yes, my wife is a teacher and they sent a survey about the vaccination. I think it was under the guise of helping teachers get appointments if they needed help...
by davebo
Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do employers know who got the vaccine?
Replies: 24
Views: 1421

Re: Do employers know who got the vaccine?

I was talking with a co-worker who made a comment about our office increasing capacity once they see that enough people rec'd the vaccine. Just out of curiosity, what kind of information is passed along from the insurance company to the employer regarding vaccination? Do they get information on eac...
by davebo
Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do employers know who got the vaccine?
Replies: 24
Views: 1421

Do employers know who got the vaccine?

I was talking with a co-worker who made a comment about our office increasing capacity once they see that enough people rec'd the vaccine. Just out of curiosity, what kind of information is passed along from the insurance company to the employer regarding vaccination? Do they get information on each...
by davebo
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you want a sidewalk or no?
Replies: 47
Views: 3593

Re: Would you want a sidewalk or no?

I have a sidewalk. I want sidewalks. It was all something I sort of took for granted when I bought the house years ago, but when it came time to retire and we had to decide "move or stay," the walkability of my town and neighborhood were an important factor on the side of staying. Our kid...
by davebo
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you want a sidewalk or no?
Replies: 47
Views: 3593

Re: Would you want a sidewalk or no?

This is an issue I've seen played out a few times in my life. It's way more involved with a lot more back and forth than you would expect for... a sidewalk. First time I saw this played out it was similar to the situation you describe where a regulation requiring sidewalks came to be near a school....
by davebo
Tue Jan 26, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you want a sidewalk or no?
Replies: 47
Views: 3593

Would you want a sidewalk or no?

I live in an unincorporated section of town that does not have sidewalks. Making things more crazy is there is a school in the neighborhood and there are no buses, so traffic in AM/PM and is quite dangerous for kids walking/riding a bike. Sounds like they are contemplating a sidewalk to allow for sa...
by davebo
Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Above Range Microwave Install-Need Expert Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 891

Re: Above Range Microwave Install-Need Expert Advice

I would make sure that my microwave was mounted to the minimum height (or higher) listed in the installation guide. They all state the minimum height required. I have installed many microwaves and it is always easier to install them when they rest against the bottomside of the cabinet above. If you...
by davebo
Thu Jan 21, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Above Range Microwave Install-Need Expert Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 891

Re: Above Range Microwave Install-Need Expert Advice

Also remember you have to reach inside to get scalding hot food, much more difficult than putting the food in. Prone to spill etc if at an awkward angle. When my over the oven microwave went out several years ago I couldn’t find one the same size as the old one, and ordered a metal trim kit for it ...
by davebo
Thu Jan 21, 2021 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Above Range Microwave Install-Need Expert Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 891

Re: Above Range Microwave Install-Need Expert Advice

Usually the way the mounting works, is that there's a bracket on the wall that the back of the microwave hooks into, and then there are screws coming down from the top cabinet bottom into the top of the microwave, and an outlet in the above cabinet to plug the microwave in to. This usually gives yo...
by davebo
Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Above Range Microwave Install-Need Expert Advice
Replies: 16
Views: 891

Above Range Microwave Install-Need Expert Advice

So I bought a new Stove/Oven and a Microwave to go over the range. When the installer came out, he said that the install wasn't straightforward. I have small cabinets above the current range, then a 7" panel, and then the microwave. He said that the prior install basically just rigged it to mak...
by davebo
Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing/Fixing Fence Posts
Replies: 22
Views: 1533

Re: Replacing/Fixing Fence Posts

They'd be fine as a temporary short-term fix to delay replacement. But I'm not sure I'd spend $7.00 on a metal reinforcement bracket rather than $10.00-$15.00 on a new pressure-treated 4x4 post and concrete (depending on fence height) to replace the rotting post. I'm only looking to delay replacing...
by davebo
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Replacing/Fixing Fence Posts
Replies: 22
Views: 1533

Replacing/Fixing Fence Posts

I have a pretty big fenced area and about 5-6 years ago, replaced a bunch of posts. This winter, I had another 3 that seemed like they needed to be replaced soon and 2 that were close as well. I happened to be in a big box store and saw these for sale. I bought a couple of them and tried them on one...
by davebo
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treadmill - Repair or Replace?
Replies: 10
Views: 655

Re: Treadmill - Repair or Replace?

We ended up replacing. We went to a local store that sells Precor and were pretty set on getting another one, but ended up going with the True. My wife used to take a treadmill based workout class and they used True and she loved them. I've worked out from home for years and got a lot of use out of ...
by davebo
Fri Jan 08, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?
Replies: 331
Views: 23154

Re: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?

Unless your doc says "lose weight now or you'll die", I would recommend a very slow approach to making changes. This took me probably 20 years of start/stop dieting, but I finally learned my lesson. Here are the steps I took to lose weight and keep it off: - I didn't do anything different ...
by davebo
Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treadmill - Repair or Replace?
Replies: 10
Views: 655

Re: Treadmill - Repair or Replace?

That's a tough one. If the repair were a bit less, I think it would be a no-brainer and a bit more, the same. They know their sweetspot. :D Based on COVID and the basement location and the incredible hassle getting these things in and out of the house without professional help (the good ones are he...
by davebo
Fri Jan 08, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treadmill - Repair or Replace?
Replies: 10
Views: 655

Treadmill - Repair or Replace?

I have a Treadmill that I bought in 2008, it's a Precor 9.27. It has worked flawlessly up until this point, but the deck broke. I spoke with a repair guy that is in the area and he said that this model precor has a 3/4" deck and it does start to go at this point, so he said to replace that and ...
by davebo
Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seasoned vs Kiln Dried Firewood?
Replies: 21
Views: 1345

Re: Seasoned vs Kiln Dried Firewood?

It’s pretty hard to burn green wood in a regular fireplace. You’d have a really hard time lighting it, it would mostly smolder, and you’d get a lot of smoke. At 25% or more the wood would be noticeably wet and be a lot heavier than you’re used to. Either seasoned or kiln dried are fine. Agreed - I ...
by davebo
Tue Dec 29, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seasoned vs Kiln Dried Firewood?
Replies: 21
Views: 1345

Re: Seasoned vs Kiln Dried Firewood?

I have always bought my firewood from a local landscaper. Never measured the moisture content, but I typically buy 2 face cords and then leave them outside for a year before burning them. My local guy ran out of firewood, so looking around at other options this year. One tree company sells their se...
by davebo
Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just Ordered Peloton Bike
Replies: 194
Views: 19653

Re: Just Ordered Peloton Bike

Canceled my Peloton. It was due on 12.28. On 12.24 I received two emails with different order/activation numbers telling me it would arrive as planned. I was told I would get a call the day before telling when I could expect it. I received no call. On 12.28 I called to find out arrival time. A reco...
by davebo
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seasoned vs Kiln Dried Firewood?
Replies: 21
Views: 1345

Re: Seasoned vs Kiln Dried Firewood?

I have always bought my firewood from a local landscaper. Never measured the moisture content, but I typically buy 2 face cords and then leave them outside for a year before burning them. My local guy ran out of firewood, so looking around at other options this year. One tree company sells their se...
by davebo
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My fresh Christmas tree still taking water and still fresh...
Replies: 15
Views: 1259

Re: My fresh Christmas tree still taking water and still fresh...

I bought ours the day after Thanksgiving and I watered it daily with a watering bottle so it was tough to see how much it was drinking. I would say for the first 2-3 weeks, it basically was drained daily. I only noticed it wasn't drinking as much the final week, but still was down about 1-2" fr...
by davebo
Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Treadmill
Replies: 39
Views: 2618

Re: Treadmill

We have a Precor 9.27 I believe and have owned it for almost 13 years. My wife and I are both pretty regular runners, but try to run outside mostly. We use the treadmill mostly for when it's too dark to run in the morning, too cold, too hot. Overall it's a great addition, no issues.
by davebo
Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Seasoned vs Kiln Dried Firewood?
Replies: 21
Views: 1345

Seasoned vs Kiln Dried Firewood?

I have always bought my firewood from a local landscaper. Never measured the moisture content, but I typically buy 2 face cords and then leave them outside for a year before burning them. My local guy ran out of firewood, so looking around at other options this year. One tree company sells their sea...
by davebo
Tue Dec 22, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Skiing vs Snowboarding for a 12 year old
Replies: 64
Views: 3655

Skiing vs Snowboarding for a 12 year old

My 12-year old son has expressed an interest in going skiing or snowboarding in the near future. This wouldn't be a full fledged trip, we'd just take a day trip to someplace in MI or WI. I've read some articles that say skiing is easier to learn than snowboarding, but snowboarding is more fun once y...
by davebo
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simple Gutter Guards Recommendations?
Replies: 9
Views: 1030

Re: Simple Gutter Guards Recommendations?

these screen type of gutter guards do perform their primary function of keeping leaves and other debris out of your gutters. Two problems I have with them are: 1) if you have very large or fast flow of water (very heavy rain or concentration from large parts of the the roof in a small gutter space)...
by davebo
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Simple Gutter Guards Recommendations?
Replies: 9
Views: 1030

Simple Gutter Guards Recommendations?

I have a lot of mature trees around my ranch home so I'm constantly trying to keep my gutters clear. It's not just a Spring/Fall thing, there is always stuff getting stuck in the gutters throughout the year. I'm going to replace my gutters within the next 5 years, so don't want to invest in a more &...
by davebo
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MVNO on Verizon network...moving away from Ting
Replies: 54
Views: 4754

Re: MVNO on Verizon network...moving away from Ting

We do XFINITY Mobile and it's $100 for 2 unlimited phones plus an Apple Watch. I was paying much more with Verizon for much less. Realistically since I've been working from home, I should downgrade down to something even lower but I haven't bothered.
by davebo
Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Putting Sidewalks in a neighborhood
Replies: 23
Views: 2517

Re: Putting Sidewalks in a neighborhood

OP, You are likely a taxpayer (and voter) for the county (city) and school district and are entitled to attend public meetings such as the upcoming one, whether you have kids in the school or not or live on the impacted street or not. I encourage you to attend the meeting to listen to the plans and...
by davebo
Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Putting Sidewalks in a neighborhood
Replies: 23
Views: 2517

Re: Putting Sidewalks in a neighborhood

One possible issue is that some large trees may need to be removed to put in the sidewalk. Even if they are not right where the sidewalk will be there could still be problems with the roots from the tree being damaged when the sidewalk is put in, or the roots of some trees can damage the sidewalks....
by davebo
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Putting Sidewalks in a neighborhood
Replies: 23
Views: 2517

Re: Putting Sidewalks in a neighborhood

In my city, you don't really own the space between the street and so many feet in. So the city can do whatever they like. You can object as they continue to do whatever they like. Maybe if you could demonstrate a financial loss based on something they did, you could sue. But that would be pretty to...
by davebo
Mon Oct 05, 2020 7:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Putting Sidewalks in a neighborhood
Replies: 23
Views: 2517

Putting Sidewalks in a neighborhood

I live in an unincorporated section of town that happens to be very close to a school. There are no sidewalks in the area and we have culverts for drainage where sidewalks would normally be.. The school wants to make a "safe passage" on one street for students and have a proposal out to sp...
by davebo
Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pretending to enjoy sports for business/social reasons
Replies: 83
Views: 5004

Re: Pretending to enjoy sports for business/social reasons

I used to love sports, but stopped following them post college. I think I actually would like it, but can't justify spending the necessary time it would take to follow them. I mean, you probably need to spend a few hours watching at least "your team" and then at least 1-2 to keep up with w...
by davebo
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Coping with Megacorp rat race
Replies: 168
Views: 17094

Re: Coping with Megacorp rat race

6. Delegate the bad parts of your job. Everyone has some things they are good at and enjoy, and other things where they need help. Make sure you have people under you who can complement your weaknesses and do what needs to be done. Couldn't agree with this more. OP, get a bunch of underlings to do ...