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by krannerd
Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So, I've got chimney / firebox problems
Replies: 19
Views: 4362

Re: So, I've got chimney / firebox problems

Certainly interested on following this...I have a nearly unused chimney I've always talked about taking out piece by piece from the roof to basement to expand the kitchen. Our's is also quite high above the roof so that it clears the other part of the house which is a story higher. While I'm not a ...
by krannerd
Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So, I've got chimney / firebox problems
Replies: 19
Views: 4362

Re: So, I've got chimney / firebox problems

That sounds like an awfully tall chimney exceeding the roofline, in comparison, the portion of the chimney surpassing my roofline is about 5 feet tall. My liner was inserted inside of the old clay liner. It does sound like your liner has seriously deteriorated if silver dollar pieces of it are comi...
by krannerd
Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So, I've got chimney / firebox problems
Replies: 19
Views: 4362

Re: So, I've got chimney / firebox problems

scone wrote:While you're at it, make sure no other appliances, such as a boiler, vent into the chimney. This used to be legal, and it's generally grandfathered in, but it's not a good idea.
Thank you for the suggestion. I know that there's a second flue that vents the boiler and gas water heater.
by krannerd
Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So, I've got chimney / firebox problems
Replies: 19
Views: 4362

Re: So, I've got chimney / firebox problems

Which flue is actually cracked? Did the repair companies do a camera inspection and show you the cracks or did they go by the old fashioned method of "shining a light on the chimney from up above while you were down below? Cracked mortar joints from the roof line up to the crown doesn't indica...
by krannerd
Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: So, I've got chimney / firebox problems
Replies: 19
Views: 4362

So, I've got chimney / firebox problems

As I was inspecting my roof and chimney this year (and removing leaves from the gutter), I noticed that the mortar was loose on several joints in the bricks in the chimney. This is a 1915 craftsman bungalow in Minneapolis with a woodburning fireplace and a hot water boiler that share a chimney (sepa...
by krannerd
Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Paypal
Replies: 30
Views: 2524

Re: Paypal

I second the Craigslist comment. I've had much luck selling items there. Recommend that you be ready to keep the posting up and active for a while (depending on the market for what you're selling). Household items usually sell very quickly...but other items like used accessories for babies can sell ...
by krannerd
Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best Way to Bring / Spend Money Abroad
Replies: 10
Views: 1501

Re: Best Way to Bring / Spend Money Abroad

Agree with the ATM approach. It has worked for me in India and China (large cities and small). Also, your local bank can order currency for you so you don't have to hit an ATM immediately. If you're planning to hit multiple countries quickly...it may make sense just to bring some of each along...and...
by krannerd
Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would you fly American today?
Replies: 24
Views: 2081

Re: Would you fly American today?

I fly American somewhat frequently (50k miles this year). In the last 12 months I've had my share of bad luck (weather and a medical emergency), but nothing related to their current difficulties. Just took a flight to PVG today on AA and everything went smoothly. AA is probably having more difficult...
by krannerd
Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:24 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Where do you splurge?
Replies: 31
Views: 3390

Re: Where do you splurge?

We have a well paid nanny for my 1 year old son. This allows my wife and I to work with great confidence that our son is OK. I suppose this makes me a job creator. I've got a fancy german car (bought used, negotiated vigorously) that I expect to keep for 10 years. It keeps me sane. My wife will be g...
by krannerd
Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you pick up pennies?
Replies: 56
Views: 3841

Re: Do you pick up pennies?

I don't pick up pennies...but anything above that is fair game.

Currently working from China...I passed up on 1 jiao on the street yesterday. That's about 1.5 cents. So, I guess my "cost" to bend over is somewhere between 2 and 5 cents. If I saw 1 yuan on the street...I'd pick it up.
by krannerd
Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:22 am
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: At what age did you start investing?
Replies: 87
Views: 13114

Re: At what age did you start investing?

Age 16. Was given a birthday gift of stock of my choosing. It's increased in value 16x since then and I still own it.

Contributed to a Roth at 21 and started my 401k at 23.

Am 35 now and still at it.
by krannerd
Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:19 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Power Home Remodeling Group
Replies: 12
Views: 6444

Re: Power Home Remodeling Group

My experience is that there are dozens of companies who will replace windows...very few repair or reglaze. I assume your windows are double paned and the seal is that between the panes? I'm pretty clueless about new fangled windows...but I can't imagine that there's no way to repair them. It may not...
by krannerd
Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Power Home Remodeling Group
Replies: 12
Views: 6444

Re: Power Home Remodeling Group

I know nothing of Power...but had several quotes for double pane vinyl with metal frame windows in the last year. All were "contractor" grade windows....ie not Anderson or Pella. The quotes prior to negotiation came in at $1000/window for 42 windows. It sounds as if your quote is in line w...
by krannerd
Tue May 08, 2012 8:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Money to use in Europe
Replies: 18
Views: 1655

Re: Money to use in Europe

Fidelity has a cash management account with a reimbursable ATM card...has worked for me in Europe and India very well. I'd also suggest calling your local bank branch...they likely have Euros that you can purchase (with very reasonable exchange rates) before he goes. Then he doesn't have to worry ab...
by krannerd
Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Help Requested: Financial Plans for 34 & 32 year old
Replies: 3
Views: 810

The unrealized gain is quite high. And, given the fortunate circumstances for income this year...I'm going to resist the temptation to sell. The good news is that over the last 10 years, the proportion of the portfolio that these stocks make up has declined significantly (via sales offset by losses ...
by krannerd
Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: Help Requested: Financial Plans for 34 & 32 year old
Replies: 3
Views: 810

Help Requested: Financial Plans for 34 & 32 year old

Thank you in advance for your advice on what to do with financial planning. I think that we’re on the right track….but could always use another opinion (or 6) to see if there’s anything missing. Any and all help is appreciated. I’ve been reading the forum for a while now…and am working on some of th...