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by jabberwockOG
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to get the best sleep?
Replies: 27
Views: 1922

Re: How to get the best sleep?

1) Vigorous daily exercise makes for a good night's sleep. Do some vigorous exercise for an hour or so every single day - it can be a sport, jogging, brisk power walk, swimming, or a labor intensive home project/yard work/chore/etc. The specific activity doesn't matter but getting tired and good and...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering porcelain flooring that looks like wood
Replies: 12
Views: 687

Re: Considering porcelain flooring that looks like wood

Personally I'd avoid trendy fashionable looks (gray tile that looks like wood) especially for expensive flooring. They tend to look dated pretty quickly. Classic styles are usually a better way to go for long term use. Better to install natural stone that looks like stone, natural wood that looks li...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2021
Replies: 37
Views: 3003

Re: Gardening 2021

Zone 8b 4x12 raised bed. We get our tomatoes in very early each year - they are mostly done by June. Squash is done by mid may. Then replaced with poblano, habanero, jalapeno, and various bell peppers. Tomatoes are very strong this year. 4 tomatoes (celebrity, early girl) two feet high and setting f...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Apr 10, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help analyze my HVAC decision
Replies: 19
Views: 1628

Re: Help analyze my HVAC decision

If you are not bothered or don't notice noisy single speed HVAC starting and stopping, blowing hot or cold on you, go with less expensive and definitely more simple old school single speed air-handler (fan). If you want a quiet HVAC where most of the time you don't even hear or feel that it's runnin...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric water heater for a confined space
Replies: 20
Views: 1261

Re: Electric water heater for a confined space

Change water heater location, or redesign the cabinet(s) in that room to accommodate a more standard water heater (with a drain pan).
by jabberwockOG
Fri Apr 09, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: walking shoes with wide toes?
Replies: 48
Views: 2945

Re: walking shoes with wide toes?

New Balance makes lots of its shoes in 2E and 4E sizes.
by jabberwockOG
Wed Apr 07, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The best $10,000 to $15,000 vehicle.
Replies: 42
Views: 3316

Re: The best $10,000 to $15,000 vehicle.

Try to find a 2015-2016 Toyota Camry or Rav4 with under 75k miles.
by jabberwockOG
Tue Apr 06, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I replace 2 or 4 tires?
Replies: 55
Views: 3087

Re: Should I replace 2 or 4 tires?

A couple of other questions. 1 - How old are the existing tires? If they are more than 5 years old, just replace all four. 2 - Is the vehicle AWD? If so, having similar tires diameters is more important than if it is FWD or RWD. 3 - What is the vehicle value? If it is a $30,000 Jaguar, get all four...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Talk me out of DIY Yard drain project.....
Replies: 37
Views: 3020

Re: Talk me out of DIY Yard drain project.....

Depending on your age and skill with a shovel, 130 feet of drain line is not a big deal to install. The most difficult part is going under the sidewalk and how deep you will need to be at that point relative to the rest of the grade. That' s the only part that might make me hire a pro. Unless you ar...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deck Levelling- Potential Foundation issues
Replies: 46
Views: 2288

Re: Deck Levelling- Potential Foundation issues

That deck was probably built resting on concrete blocks. Since it is basically at ground level it may not be attached to the house (which in this case is a good thing). Built right it should have been solidly attached to steel anchor points that are embedded in concrete filled cylinders poured deep ...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Apr 04, 2021 9:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deck Levelling- Potential Foundation issues
Replies: 46
Views: 2288

Re: Deck Levelling- Potential Foundation issues

There are lots of incorrectly built decks. Built bad enough they can actually cause significant damage your house due to water penetration issues or be a safety problem if they are elevated. Priority number one is find a quality deck contractor/builder have the deck inspected. You may be able to cal...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do maintenance free car batteries last as long in warm/hot climates?
Replies: 53
Views: 3155

Re: Do maintenance free car batteries last as long in warm/hot climates?

Car batteries should be checked at least once or twice a year for adequate fluid level in the cells. If the fluid level is below the bottom of the lower cap wall, add distilled water until fluid level just touches bottom of cap wall. Why do you feel that distilled water is necessary? At the factory...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do maintenance free car batteries last as long in warm/hot climates?
Replies: 53
Views: 3155

Re: Do maintenance free car batteries last as long in warm/hot climates?

High heat is what kills wet cell car batteries over time. Cold temperatures actually preserve batteries. Low fluid levels will accelerate battery aging. Even maintenance free batteries have caps that can easily be pried up with a screwdriver to check fluid level. Car batteries should be checked at l...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you give money to close friends to live in same neighborhood?
Replies: 45
Views: 2992

Re: Would you give money to close friends to live in same neighborhood?

Bad idea as others have posted. More expensive homes comes with higher ongoing costs and expenses. Best to stay out of getting involved in close friends finances and major purchases like real estate, if you want to remain close friends.
by jabberwockOG
Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: toyota sequoia vs toyota sienna safety
Replies: 44
Views: 2677

Re: toyota sequoia vs toyota sienna safety

The Sienna is a Top Safety Pick Plus according to the IIHS. There picks are always done “in class”, to obscure the fact that, for instance, subcompact fatality rates are multiples of full-size fatality rates. Because: 1. Fatality rate in collisions is overall inversely proportional to mass. For saf...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Laser Printer: Buy a New One?
Replies: 54
Views: 3879

Re: Laser Printer: Buy a New One?

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by jabberwockOG
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to make strong coffee equivalent to Starbucks for cheaper?
Replies: 134
Views: 10571

Re: How to make strong coffee equivalent to Starbucks for cheaper?

Ditch the Folgers, it's not worth drinking. Starbucks is not much better. Get a decent burr grinder for approx $100. Buy good quality whole bean coffee - (Peets, Kirkland, Mayorga, Ruta Maya, etc.). Costco has fantastic prices on 2-3 lb bags of whole bean coffee. Get a $12 pour-over Melita cone and ...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Battling basement humidity
Replies: 26
Views: 1608

Re: Battling basement humidity

First make sure there is no water flowing up against your foundation walls. Stopping water from flowing against your exterior foundation walls is critical. Install gutters if you haven't already done so, and add splash blocks so that flow is away from the house. It is critical that the soil level al...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Mar 29, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bathroom Remodel
Replies: 45
Views: 2852

Re: Bathroom Remodel

You've received some great tips. A couple of additional suggestions. 1. Leave the bench out of the shower. Poorly constructed benches are one of the most common source of leaks in showers. if you need to sit or want a leg rest, use a small teak shower stool instead. 2. Consider multiple lighting sou...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Mar 29, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tankless Water Heater - Struggling to Justify
Replies: 71
Views: 5910

Re: Tankless Water Heater - Struggling to Justify

Very long payback if you already have a functioning hot water heater. Our electric 50 gal hot water heater costs about $30 month to operate. There is no reasonable payback period that doesn't exceed the average service life of the new heater that would justify replacing a functioning water heater (e...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Shower pan leak—advice please
Replies: 24
Views: 2042

Re: Shower pan leak—advice please

Looks like solid multi piece shower floor and walls - no tile. Your leak is most likely along perimeter crack where wall meets floor, or at the drain where the hole in the floor meets the drain. Inspect those two areas first, pull out any old chalk that looks loose or old and refill/reseal with high...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: exipred / obsolete propane jugs
Replies: 58
Views: 3923

Re: exipred / obsolete propane jugs

Best thing to do with an expired propane tank, or a tank with a old style valve is to take it to a tank exchange and trade it for a filled tank. The tank exchange companies will accept the old tanks. Accepting expired tanks is part of their business model and priced into overall costs. BTW - Do not ...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: son to major in Business, advice on specialization requested
Replies: 60
Views: 2659

Re: son to major in Business, advice on specialization requested

I think specialization at undergrad level makes for better career opportunity and potentially more satisfaction with career. If he is really interested in studying business subjects at university, suggest that he take a diverse set 101 level classes as a freshman - one marketing, one finance, one ac...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Mar 22, 2021 10:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Safety of logging in to retirement account using unsecure wifi?
Replies: 33
Views: 3043

Re: Safety of logging in to retirement account using unsecure wifi?

If this is a one time event to conduct a relatively brief transaction you should be just fine using the hospital guest network. The connection with Schwabb will be https and that is secure enough for a brief non regular transaction/account look up/etc. - no need to worry. On the other hand if you re...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Mar 21, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Oven temperature accuracy
Replies: 26
Views: 1462

Re: Oven temperature accuracy

Check install/owners manual for the oven. Most ovens can be easily be adjusted/calibrated plus or minus apprx 35-40 degrees.
by jabberwockOG
Sun Mar 21, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car suggestion for 70+ year-old mom
Replies: 160
Views: 8968

Re: Car suggestion for 70+ year-old mom

Keeping the extra bells/whistles down to something manageable - a 4 wheel drive basic level (LE) version of either the Honda CRV or Toyota RAV4. The problem with that is the way most model package features - there always seems to be something you want that's only available on higher trim levels. Tr...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Getting ready to fire my bank...
Replies: 31
Views: 4509

Re: Getting ready to fire my bank...

We use one of the big banks (with ATM's in multiple states) for our checking account and keep minimum balance (apprx $2k) to avoid any charges. Every other account is in various online institutions. Prefer a good safe at home to a bank box.
by jabberwockOG
Thu Mar 18, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is the BEST thing you spent money on?
Replies: 242
Views: 24016

Re: What is the BEST thing you spent money on?

1. Leesa Mattress. 2. 10x10 Thomasville leather couch for the den. 3. Positive Grid Spark practice amp 4. 2020 Epiphone Les Paul Modern 5. Monoprice Stage Right 15 watt tube amp 6. High end tennis shoes, racquets, and paddles 7. Lexus vehicles 8. Timex Ironman watch 9. Apple macbook pro, ipad, iphon...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do you determine consulting hourly rate?
Replies: 15
Views: 1191

Re: How do you determine consulting hourly rate?

Try to find what the average market rate is for consulting in your industry and charge something in that ball park. In the world of IT consulting - relatively short term rates for high skill senior level consultants (US based) were typically $1200-1600 per day plus travel expenses - so $150-200 per ...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Mar 16, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: interstate movers recommendation
Replies: 19
Views: 1006

Re: interstate movers recommendation

My suggestion is to get fixed cost estimates from 3-4 national brand companies - International Van Lines, Allied, Beacons, Mayflower, etc. In our last big move they underestimated our load by more than 4k lbs but we paid only the fixed cost written in the contract. The company you choose may subcont...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Mar 16, 2021 7:40 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Cryptocurrency - Bitcoin Continues to Soar!
Replies: 299
Views: 25482

Re: Cryptocurrency - Bitcoin Continues to Soar!

Bitcoin is over. Get out before it's too late. Tulip bulbs are the next big thing. Get in before it's too late. Totally, all the folks saying Bitcoin has been a bubble for the past 1,3,5,10 years have finally been vindicated! Just check the returns yourself. 1yr- 919% 3yr- 1,686% 5yr- 13,616% 10yr-...
by jabberwockOG
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Cryptocurrency - Bitcoin Continues to Soar!
Replies: 299
Views: 25482

Re: Cryptocurrency - Bitcoin Continues to Soar!

Bitcoin is over. Get out before it's too late. Tulip bulbs are the next big thing. Get in before it's too late.
by jabberwockOG
Mon Mar 15, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car suggestion for 70+ year-old mom
Replies: 160
Views: 8968

Re: Car suggestion for 70+ year-old mom

Keeping the extra bells/whistles down to something manageable - a 4 wheel drive basic level (LE) version of either the Honda CRV or Toyota RAV4.
by jabberwockOG
Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Re-cycling very old PC-s (not MACs) ..how about using Staples?
Replies: 37
Views: 2710

Re: Re-cycling very old PC-s (not MACs) ..how about using Staples?

Remove HD, vigorously apply framing hammer 1.0, toss HD in the trash. Take the PC to local recycle.
by jabberwockOG
Sun Mar 14, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Texas resident selling car to buyer from Illinois
Replies: 24
Views: 1847

Re: Texas resident selling car to buyer from Illinois

The esteemed dude likely needs something that shows the sale price of the hooptie purchase so he can pay use tax. Maybe a bill of sale? Just ask him. I personally think you're crazy for accepting a check. Don't do that. Not even a cashier's check or a certified check. Accepting a certified or bank ...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Non-fungible tokens (NFTs): anyone investing in those?
Replies: 246
Views: 17431

Re: Non-fungible tokens (NFTs): anyone investing in those?

Using the mysterious sexy sizzle of blockchain tech to sell Florida timeshares made of pure digital air. Investment?...more like a modern day crowd funded pyramid scheme to shuck funds from the rubes.
by jabberwockOG
Mon Mar 08, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?
Replies: 331
Views: 23176

Re: Tips to stick to a weight loss diet?

One year of self imposed Covid19 house arrest has been tough on me in terms of weight gain because most of our usual physical activities (racquet sports, Pilates, yoga, and weight room) were curtailed or significantly diminished. My wife has always been a light eater, but I was used to eating anythi...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Mar 06, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can Subaru Outback cabin and air filters get really dirty in just 3500 miles?
Replies: 77
Views: 3851

Re: Can Subaru Outback cabin and air filters get really dirty in just 3500 miles?

Assuming 12-15 k miles per year, engine air filter should be checked twice a year or so and changed at least once a year, cabin air filters same schedule. You may have been ripped off in two ways - 1) the existing filters were not dirty and were discarded way too early, 2) if an independent shop did...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I want to fix an old pot using something safe for cooking
Replies: 27
Views: 1538

Re: I want to fix an old pot using something safe for cooking

To be used safely the pot needs to be professionally repaired by metal brazing or spot welding the handle back on the pot body. Doing it correctly with correct materials will likely cost more than a replacement pot. Under no circumstances should you use any type of glue, epoxy, or other bonding agen...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Contractor Issues with Remodel
Replies: 64
Views: 3763

Re: Contractor Issues with Remodel

Rule number 1 - Change orders to a contract (with pricing and specifications) are presented for written approval and signature before work is performed. I would request a face to face meeting to discuss the "change order" with the contractor to try to better understand the situation. I'd a...
by jabberwockOG
Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any Traditionalists on here? (in terms of their home interior)
Replies: 32
Views: 3356

Re: Any Traditionalists on here? (in terms of their home interior)

I'm firmly in the minimalist camp, especially in retirement. It took me many years to realize that you don't own your physical possessions - homes, cars, household property, etc - instead your accumulation of physical stuff owns and controls you - you have to take care of it, insure it, safeguard it...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Busted water pipe, now what? Help a Texan out.
Replies: 187
Views: 14203

Re: Busted water pipe, now what? Help a Texan out.

Yea. Your eyes do not deceive you. The water pipe appears to come up out of the foundation. The siding is trimmed back away from it and is caulked. The white pipe to the right is part of the sprinkler system. I guess the pipe to the far left is some sort of drain. On the other side of the siding is...
by jabberwockOG
Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ski Socks
Replies: 23
Views: 1123

Re: Ski Socks

If you are renting, pay extra for the higher quality newer boots. A good high quality boot will keep your feet warm and provide a firm but not tight fit (for good fine motor control of the boot) with a relatively thin to medium wool or acrylic sock.
by jabberwockOG
Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Busted water pipe, now what? Help a Texan out.
Replies: 187
Views: 14203

Re: Busted water pipe, now what? Help a Texan out.

Instead of attempting a repair on the outside I'd open up a small square of the drywall opposite the hose bib and make the cut on the water pipe inside the garage and put on a shark bite cap. That way you are protected from another outside freeze in the short term. No need to repair the drywall, the...
by jabberwockOG
Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What is your favorite non fiction book?
Replies: 142
Views: 8514

Re: What is your favorite non fiction book?

To hit on two of my personal loves, The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross is a highly entertaining and thoroughly accessible journey through classical music in the 20th century. Both a unique history, but also a lesson in aesthetics of music from a much more current perspective. And, if you have even the ...
by jabberwockOG
Sun Feb 07, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Return to office after covid shutdowns
Replies: 183
Views: 7350

Re: Return to office after covid shutdowns

I worked from my home office for the last 15 years of my career. During that period of working (Fortune 100 IT), most of my employees, fellow managers, my manager, and of course clients were scattered across the US. So most of my day was spent on conference calls. There was no reason to drive into m...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Feb 06, 2021 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's your Yearly Costco Spend?
Replies: 96
Views: 5475

Re: What's your Yearly Costco Spend?

Member for 25 years, our Costco spend ranges $7-10k per year depending on periodic major purchases. Costco is a terrible value and I don't recommend to anyone - the stores are already way too crowded already.
by jabberwockOG
Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Garbage Disposal Time?
Replies: 26
Views: 1351

Re: New Garbage Disposal Time?

We recently installed an Insinkerator Evolution Excel as a replacement for our failed disposal: https://insinkerator.emerson.com/en-us/shop/insinkerator/insinkerator-evoexcel It's unbelievably quiet. We'll never use anything else. Same here - replaced our dead builder grade Insinkerator a couple of...
by jabberwockOG
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Electric Vehicle Tipping Point
Replies: 94
Views: 4519

Re: Electric Vehicle Tipping Point

EVs currently are very trendy. Plug in hybrid are a more proven and more flexible technology and they will become more numerous and popular over time. I don't think I'd be interested in a pure EV only vehicle anytime soon. The recharge speed and capacity issues are real, and way too limiting in anyt...
by jabberwockOG
Thu Jan 28, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Careers - Flagship State vs Top Tier Private
Replies: 162
Views: 8312

Re: Careers - Flagship State vs Top Tier Private

Finding a good fit for the student is 10X more important that the ranking of the school. School size, location environment, school culture, graduation rate - all critically important. I started school at a medium to large size school in a large city and hated every minute of it. Next stop was a smal...