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by Kagord
Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dash Cams
Replies: 13
Views: 793

Re: Dash Cams

Why buy a dash cam when you can just look at other people's footage, in a condensed easy format.

https://www.reddit.com/r/IdiotsInCars/
by Kagord
Mon Jun 21, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering a Move from Ubuntu to Debian (Linux)
Replies: 14
Views: 1016

Re: Considering a Move from Ubuntu to Debian (Linux)

roamingzebra wrote: Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:13 pm Ubuntu has dropped 32-bit support and is adding unwanted features (e.g., Snap).
This is a perfect example of exactly what happens when you have a corporate entity, named after religious law, trying to control what you can and can't have.
by Kagord
Mon Jun 21, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: iPhone 12 vs SE vs Pixel 5
Replies: 11
Views: 780

Re: iPhone 12 vs SE vs Pixel 5

My 2 cents... The original SE (1st generation) from 5 years is still supported an will receive the coming latest IOS update. The original Pixel (gen 1) ended 4 years after release date, no more software updates The original SE was released before the Pixel gen 1. Based on this, as someone who likes ...
by Kagord
Sun Jun 20, 2021 9:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: (Updated - hidden expenses) Budgets and treatment of cash back
Replies: 20
Views: 1640

Re: (Updated - hidden expenses) Budgets and treatment of cash back

I've always used rewards to off-set the expense they are associated with. I don't like to put it as income because it's not taxable and would mess with my tax planning. The danger is that you're underestimating your "true" spend on a category. If that worries you, just add 5% (or whatever...
by Kagord
Sun Jun 20, 2021 6:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I really need a new A/C unit??
Replies: 32
Views: 2178

Re: Do I really need a new A/C unit??

Ex-HVAC repair technician here. Sadly, as others have pointed out, the industry is slimy and often even the repair techs are salesmen disguised as technicians. Agree, I remember technicians, years ago, came out and checked a bunch of things and knew how the systems operated. You would get someone w...
by Kagord
Sat Jun 19, 2021 5:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I really need a new A/C unit??
Replies: 32
Views: 2178

Re: Do I really need a new A/C unit??

Do you hear the compressor running when warm air is coming out (or is the cold freon line not cold). If so, this sounds like compressor start capacitor is going bad to me (I.E. if the compressor is intermittently not starting). You mention (SP) for the capacitor replaced, which one was replaced, the...
by Kagord
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: RAV4 (2007) VSC/4WD lights on
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: RAV4 (2007) VSC/4WD lights on

It could be many different things. If you're the DIY type, you will need a good scanner, or Techstream, to connect to the systems to get the codes and data feeds for diagnose to see what's going on. Or, take it to the dealer or good independent mechanic.
by Kagord
Sat Jun 19, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Westerns - Name 10
Replies: 68
Views: 3295

Re: Favorite Westerns - Name 10

Here's 4, but only some notable quotes. We Don't Need No Stinking Badges! You See In This World There's Two Kinds Of People, My Friend - Those With Loaded Guns, And Those Who Dig. You Dig. Its a hell of a thing, killing a man. You take away all he's got, and all he's ever gonna have. You’ve got to r...
by Kagord
Sat Jun 19, 2021 5:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Florida State University
Replies: 68
Views: 4867

Re: Florida State University

IDK, I think he should rethink this and go to Colorado, that's really the best place to train because of the elevation. Also, he could pick up kayaking, I did this in the 80s, it was great.
by Kagord
Fri Jun 18, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Employer will not correct W2 - Please help
Replies: 8
Views: 928

Re: Employer will not correct W2 - Please help

I think the timing is important, when did you repay the $10K back, in 2020 or 2021? If the repayment was in 2020, you may be able to adjust on your 2020 return, ask for a corrected W-2 and file an amended return if you have filed already. If the repayment was in 2021, I suspect the repayment should ...
by Kagord
Fri Jun 18, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do I Actually Need New Windows, or Am I Being Sold?
Replies: 48
Views: 4512

Re: Do I Actually Need New Windows, or Am I Being Sold?

Just my 2 cents, wood windows need to be maintained. This means inspecting all of them annually and: * Replacing failed/cracked seals (bubble seals) * Looking for soft spots in wood, and repairing (Pella/Marvin...etc usually allow ordering of custom wood moldings, sills, mullions, brick moulding..et...
by Kagord
Fri Jun 18, 2021 5:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long should a car last?
Replies: 90
Views: 6224

Re: How long should a car last?

I wouldn’t buy an ICE car at this point since the technology is rapidly becoming obsolete. It’s simply not possible for ICE to compete with BEV’s +5% efficiency per year. Fix up your ICE car until a BEV comes along that can meet your needs. What's your definition of obsolete? There's a reason why B...
by Kagord
Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Favorite Movies - Name Five
Replies: 150
Views: 6033

Re: Favorite Movies - Name Five

My top 5

Apocolypse Now
Godfather
Pulp Fiction
Fight Club
Memento
by Kagord
Thu Jun 17, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Questions on will / beneficiaries
Replies: 14
Views: 1146

Re: Questions on will / beneficiaries

No, the life insurance will pay out to the listed beneficiary (s) and it's settled at that point, irregardless of what's in the will.
by Kagord
Thu Jun 17, 2021 6:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any experience with the Sleep Number bed?
Replies: 42
Views: 6378

Re: Any experience with the Sleep Number bed?

We bought an off discount brand that Consumer Reports rated #1 10 or so years ago, Charles Rogers or something like that, it's been the best purchase I think I've ever made.
by Kagord
Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 24 care home care for family member
Replies: 28
Views: 4299

Re: 24 care home care for family member

One option, is a CCRC, if a person can qualify and pass the CCRC's tests to live independently. There's a buy in and these usually have one monthly rate, and the transitions (independent -> assisted living -> nursing) do not raise that rate. Just something you can look into if it's applicable.
by Kagord
Tue Jun 15, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How long should a car last?
Replies: 90
Views: 6224

Re: How long should a car last?

30-35 years, 300-500K miles, you're halfway there. It's truly unfortunate Toyota's last this long, I wish I had a CD player in my oldest Toyota.
by Kagord
Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Looking for A/C troubleshoot help
Replies: 21
Views: 1979

Re: Looking for A/C troubleshoot help

There are two capacitors--start and run. Always have spares of each. Thank you, mine had 3 capacitors, a fan, compressor run and compressor start, and I ordered all three after seeing this thread, even though my AC was blowing 63 out the vents. I tried to get locally, HVAC distributors adamantly wi...
by Kagord
Mon Jun 14, 2021 5:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tire flat fixing for beginners
Replies: 153
Views: 7442

Re: Tire flat fixing for beginners

Due to the small and decreasing number of vehicles that have a spare tire or even dedicated storage space for a donut, it really seems like everybody should be more focused on enabling communication regardless of cell service, instead of equipping the family Corolla as if it's a race car hauler. I ...
by Kagord
Sat Jun 12, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another thread on "Which car should I buy?"
Replies: 40
Views: 2949

Re: Another thread on "Which car should I buy?"

Kenkat wrote: Sat Jun 12, 2021 3:05 pm Honda Odyssey EX, Toyota Sienna. A minivan may not be the vehicle you want, but it is probably the vehicle you are going to need over the next 10 years.
+1, better and more enjoyable for family car trips, that Home Depot run is covered, and sometimes you have to haul 3-4 of their friends around.
by Kagord
Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Heater Valve Corrosion: Repairable or is Water Heater Replacement Necessary
Replies: 46
Views: 1961

Re: Water Heater Valve Corrosion: Repairable or is Water Heater Replacement Necessary

Next question. Is the output soldered or threaded into the pipe? It might be as simple as a misaligned nut leaking water. I think it is crimped. OK, is it copper, you may be thinking the crimped is what the wrench latches on with. If it's copper, and the nipple wasn't swapped from the manufacturer ...
by Kagord
Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Water Heater Valve Corrosion: Repairable or is Water Heater Replacement Necessary
Replies: 46
Views: 1961

Re: Water Heater Valve Corrosion: Repairable or is Water Heater Replacement Necessary

OK, this is going to be hard without a picture but my first question in premature corrosion failure would be an improper (or no) dielectric fitting between the transition of two types of metal, like copper and galvanized steel, for instance. Was the nipple swapped with one or is the union one?
by Kagord
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What to do with car that flooded
Replies: 38
Views: 2922

Re: What to do with car that flooded

Yes, your car is running, but I would not say it's back to normal. From what I've read on flooded cars, a few years down the road, the electronics start massively failing, one after the other. It's why a flooded car is considered a total loss. As other's have stated, I would drive it till it dies. I...
by Kagord
Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA money, use it or save it for later
Replies: 95
Views: 8902

Re: HSA money, use it or save it for later

Based on a prior post, I'd like to fully understand how the 7.5% AGI limit works in conjunction with the HSA. There is verbiage that you can't double dip with a IRS income tax deduction and HSA reimbursement: Medical Expenses: 20K AGI: 100K AGI Floor: 7.5K Deduction Allowed: 12.5K So does this mean,...
by Kagord
Fri Jun 11, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Income req’d to afford pricey private school tuition?
Replies: 21
Views: 2281

Re: Income req’d to afford pricey private school tuition?

I just have some advice, never say "I have to go to the john" in a Catholic school. That was a mistake that gave me some good old Nun paddling and a red arse, and washing the mouth out with soap for 1 hour. I was in 4th grade, and saying that's what my dad says didn't help. I don't think I...
by Kagord
Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.
Replies: 393
Views: 62600

Re: MoviePass-Too good to be true, but it's legit.

MoviePass, now that's a name I've not heard in a long time.
by Kagord
Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing Machines- Home Use
Replies: 47
Views: 2824

Re: Rowing Machines- Home Use

I'm not seeing any benefit of the "lifestyle" marketed rowers you are listing over the Concept 2, except if you like to throw money out the window. In response to a prior post, there's a damper setting 1-10, that is supposed to be set for your drag target (a calculation in the software). M...
by Kagord
Sun Jun 06, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit cards for the kids
Replies: 27
Views: 2576

Re: Credit cards for the kids

DiscoverIT hands out $1000 credit limit accounts to kids like candy. All of our kids started with that.
by Kagord
Sat Jun 05, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I keep stick shift car?
Replies: 76
Views: 4524

Re: Should I keep stick shift car?

delete
by Kagord
Sat Jun 05, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can we talk about what I think is a blind spot in our retirement planning?
Replies: 149
Views: 13135

Re: Can we talk about what I think is a blind spot in our retirement planning?

That's why I always recommend buying divorce insurance, there's nothing that brings stability to a marriage more than knowing that you're in good hands. http://safeguardguaranty.com/
by Kagord
Sat Jun 05, 2021 5:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Make a will using online tool
Replies: 28
Views: 3047

Re: Make a will using online tool

Did research, read many books, bought Nolo...etc. I ended up going to a specialized attorney and ended up with an estate plan complete different than what I was thinking, and I'm very thankful I had the common sense to do that.
by Kagord
Sat Jun 05, 2021 5:15 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Tiller Money vs mint vs PC vs ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1408

Re: Tiller Money vs mint vs PC vs ?

My dw uses Quicken Deluxe, and though I hate paying the $32 to BestBuy every year, it's trivial really. But to me, Quicken is more of a historical record, I mean you can't put in future allocation changes and see the impact...so... ...as far as forecasting, I don't think any application does an adeq...
by Kagord
Fri Jun 04, 2021 4:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ideas for online cataloguing of medical receipts for future HSA reimbursement
Replies: 21
Views: 1438

Re: Ideas for online cataloguing of medical receipts for future HSA reimbursement

I always try to pay medical expenses from the credit card that gives me the best cash back expenses when I can and do a manual reimbursement (and not let the HSA pocket the whole 3-4% credit card processing fee) Given that IRS loophole of an HSA reimbursement forever, are HSA enrolled people actuall...
by Kagord
Thu Jun 03, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What exactly is the selling point of "pre-paid" cellular/mobile plans?
Replies: 117
Views: 8988

Re: What exactly is the selling point of "pre-paid" cellular/mobile plans?

I think the selling point is pretty obvious. With a prepaid plan, I can drive down the road, open the window, and start throwing dollar bills out of the car a few times a day. If I had I major cell network plan, I'd I'd have less cash in the bank at end of the month doing this, so I probably wouldn'...
by Kagord
Thu Jun 03, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mazda3/CX-30 vs Mercedes GLA vs Toyota C-HR
Replies: 18
Views: 1717

Re: Mazda3/CX-30 vs Mercedes GLA vs Toyota C-HR

I am thinking of replacing my 2008 MazdaSpeed 3 (87k mileage) – it could go for a while more but has some annoying problems – driver door doesn’t lock remotely, broken disk stuck in the player, etc. Husband thinks I should get a new one than repair. Those seem like very easy problems to fix, I woul...
by Kagord
Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Issue with a parent's former CPA
Replies: 25
Views: 2905

Re: Issue with a parent's former CPA

Was the K1 in the packet returned by the CPA, or is there evidence the CPA ever received it?
by Kagord
Wed Jun 02, 2021 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling a rental property, maybe?
Replies: 16
Views: 1255

Re: Selling a rental property, maybe?

Trying to understand the tax impact in a numbers perspective. 20+ years back when it was put in rental, the house value might be (assumed) = 200K. On a 27.5 year depreciation cycle, depreciation already taken would be nearly 175K. So if OP sells it for 500k now and we assume agent commission costs ...
by Kagord
Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling a rental property, maybe?
Replies: 16
Views: 1255

Re: Selling a rental property, maybe?

You're falling for the common condition of letting the tax dog's tail wag the dog. You're getting an offer almost double what you would put the house up for sale for. Stop being greedy and sell the place. Pay the depreciation recapture and gain and move on. +1 Cash on the table is the only real ass...
by Kagord
Wed Jun 02, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Selling a rental property, maybe?
Replies: 16
Views: 1255

Re: Selling a rental property, maybe?

For me, the decision would rest if I needed cash or not. Sure, it's high now, it may crash later, but likely to recoup more after, at least that's how it's been for the last few hundred years. Rental property has always been good to me holding forever, and very good when inherited with the stepped u...
by Kagord
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WWV Radio
Replies: 48
Views: 3582

Re: WWV Radio

nisiprius wrote: Tue Jun 01, 2021 2:42 pm As far as I know they don't make a watch with an actual cesium-atom atomic clock inside yet...
Why only one?
by Kagord
Tue Jun 01, 2021 1:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: WWV Radio
Replies: 48
Views: 3582

Re: WWV Radio

Is this what my titanium Casio atomic tough solar triple sensor watch uses?
by Kagord
Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Sidewalk, Use Your Neighbor's Internet for Free
Replies: 89
Views: 11162

Re: Amazon Sidewalk, Use Your Neighbor's Internet for Free

Here's a whitepaper, in essence, Amazon is trying to create a global low bandwidth mesh network in denser human habitations, that Amazon will control who gets to use and who doesn't (see last item 11 in whitepaper below). https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=GRGWE27XHZPRPBGX N...
by Kagord
Sun May 30, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Wet wall next to tiled shower stall. What?!
Replies: 28
Views: 3856

Re: Wet wall next to tiled shower stall. What?!

I'd post here with your pics, you may get some other opinions, I've had good luck doing this.
https://terrylove.com/forums/index.php? ... um-blog.5/

If I was guessing, the advice would be a do over down to the studs and joists, but who knows.
by Kagord
Sun May 30, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Installing already purchased windows - $86/h reasonable?
Replies: 29
Views: 2442

Re: Installing already purchased windows - $86/h reasonable?

As much as I hate paying the absolutely jaw dropping ridiculous prices to install windows from the vendors who both source and install, I pay it because I know what can happen if a window install is not done correctly.
by Kagord
Sun May 30, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Amazon Sidewalk, Use Your Neighbor's Internet for Free
Replies: 89
Views: 11162

Amazon Sidewalk, Use Your Neighbor's Internet for Free

Just letting people know, 6/8/21, there's a cool new feature in the newer Echos, Ring stuff...etc that let's you use your neighbor's internet. This should help if your Amazon devices can't hit your router, likewise, you can help your neighbor connect to your internet. There's nothing you need to do ...
by Kagord
Sun May 30, 2021 5:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tracking Spending - Amazon, Target, Costco
Replies: 26
Views: 2096

Re: Tracking Spending - Amazon, Target, Costco

I just started tracking last year, I break the receipts (I save them all) costs to the proper classification, and further break up some broad categories like grocery in to sub categories such as coffee, special meals (like king crab, lobster..etc). I spend about 3 hours on the 1st of the month downl...
by Kagord
Sat May 29, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Computer Files - the cloud, paper, or external drive?
Replies: 39
Views: 3285

Re: Computer Files - the cloud, paper, or external drive?

I use Cryptomator (creates an encrypted drive on your computer) and Google Drive (to back up the encrypted vault and share applicable directories across computers/phones), both are free for me. I back up the Cryptomator vault every 6 months or so to two USB sticks to put in the safe deposit box, to ...
by Kagord
Fri May 28, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: "Signatory" on Another Person's Bank Account
Replies: 11
Views: 1007

Re: "Signatory" on Another Person's Bank Account

Maybe talk to someone else at the bank. https://www.bankofamerica.com/signature-services/power-of-attorney/#add I'd be surprised if they won't support a POA, either yours or sometimes banks only take their POA specific form (unless you get an attorney to enforce one drafted outside). Or set up a tru...