ptheland

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ptheland replied to the Retirement Investing board. 2:09 AM

Re: Home Ownership not a good investment

At retirement the homeowner will sell and add his net to his savings.

What was your assumption about the value of the house at sale?

Selling the house at retirement means that most of the time there would have been a [more]

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ptheland replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 1:53 AM

Re: sanding plaster

I'm a bit late to this party, but seeing as we're talking about old plaster and sanding I'll mention it anyway.

With any plaster from around 1980 and earlier, I'm pretty sure you have a possibility of asbestos in the plaster. Asbestos is a [more]

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ptheland replied to the Retirement Investing board. 2:16 PM

Re: Home Ownership not a good investment

After 2033, Social Security could pay three-fourths of scheduled benefits using its tax income if policymakers took no steps to shore up the program.

Right. But how is that 25% shortfall going to be distributed among individual [more]

Tue Apr 22

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ptheland replied to the Retirement Investing board. 4:55 PM

Re: Home Ownership not a good investment

Since we're on the retirement board, I'll point out that some people find a sense of security in owning their home outright - with no mortgage. After 30 years (give or take a bit) of making mortgage payments, the ongoing costs of taxes, insurance, [more]

Mon Apr 21

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ptheland replied to the Humor and Urban Legends board. 3:29 PM

Re: The adult roller coaster

Isn't that Manhattan? Aren't we ALL forced to ride that roller coaster???

--Peter

Sat Apr 19

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ptheland replied to the iOS help: iPhone iPad iPod touch board. 10:22 PM

Re: iPad Mini Retina Wifi 64GB

I recently bought a refurb iPod Touch for my son. The refurb iPod looked just like brand new. Can't tell the difference except in my checkbook.

I can't see a good reason to buy brand new unless you absolutely, positively have to have it [more]

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ptheland replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 11:07 AM

Re: Bathtub Drain major problem

I think I'd call a plumber before I'd replace the whole tub. Sometimes calling in a professional is the cost-effective choice.

Before cutting into the drywall, look for a plumbing access panel at your local hardware store. May as well keep [more]

Fri Apr 18

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ptheland replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 4:35 PM

Re: Looking to purchase

For long-distance traveling, I don't think you can beat a mini-van. There. I said it.

I wouldn't get a Ford or Chevy minivan. They're more for the commercial market. I find their ride to be pretty stiff. I prefer the Honda, Toyota, and [more]

Wed Apr 16

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ptheland replied to the Tax Strategies board. 3:26 PM

Re: Sad News: Phil Marti

Even though Phil and I had never met face-to-face, I considered him a friend and will miss his acerbic wit.

Phil is the only person from TMF I recall meeting face to face. Had a very pleasant lunch with him 2 or 3 years ago when he [more]

Sun Apr 13

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ptheland replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 2:16 AM

Re: Using keyboard to toggle sites

Ctrl-tab switches between tabs in my IE 11 (and Firefox) on Win 7 Pro. I think it does the same for multiple documents in Word and Excel. In general, that combo will switch you between open documents in an application (which translates to different [more]

Sat Apr 12

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ptheland replied to the Tax Strategies board. 6:37 PM

Re: E-file rejected

I'd wait for the letter you'll get from the IRS in a couple of weeks. They'll probably ask you to send the form and your ID directly to the IRS office handling your case.

--Peter

PS - I think it's your SSN that is the problem. Had [more]

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ptheland replied to the Tax Strategies board. 5:26 PM

Re: E-file rejected

OK - that code has nothing to do with dependents. It's your social security number that has been used to file a return.

Welcome to the world of identity theft.

Go to that link I gave earlier and start in on the identity theft info. [more]

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ptheland replied to the Tax Strategies board. 3:44 PM

Re: E-file rejected

I see another trip to the post office in my immediate future.

Yep.

Can you give the exact reject code? It will be a fairly short code - around 8-10 characters or so, mostly digits. TT might be hiding it from you and [more]

Thu Apr 10

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ptheland replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:51 PM

Re: Am I running XP?

A pilot who flies VFR carries VFR charts, which show every detail of the terrain, including the many airports and their approach frequencies.

I suspect my non-pilot-ness is showing.

If the flights I noted in my previous post [more]

Wed Apr 9

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ptheland replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 3:30 PM

Re: Am I running XP?

Of course, the only way a commercial airliner could make such a mistake would be if the entire electrical system was down (transponder, radio, GPS, etc.) because Air Traffic Control (ATC) would of course spot the mistake miles away and let the [more]

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ptheland replied to the Retirement Investing board. 2:04 PM

Re: IRA deductibility when there is no 401(k)

Your current employer's 401k plan taints you for this year. So you are considered to be covered by a retirement plan. That puts some income limits on deducting contributions to a traditional IRA. If nothing changes, (same new employer, still no [more]

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ptheland replied to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 1:32 PM

Re: More on Money supply

If I get what Mungofitch is saying, he's describing something similar to the "monetary velocity" concept as far as what measure is meaningful.

I think it's a little more nuanced than that. My understanding is that this [more]

Tue Apr 8

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ptheland replied to the Help with this STUPID computer! board. 6:03 PM

Re: New Computer Proposal - Worth It?

I'll ask the first question so that others can answer intelligently.

What do you need to do with this computer? What programs do you need to run? What do you need to connect to in the office or elsewhere?

--Peter

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ptheland posted to the Macro Economic Trends and Risks board. 3:59 PM

More on Money supply

There's an interesting thread on the BRK board that has devolved into a discussion of money supply. It's got a couple of posts by mungofich regarding an alternative measure of the money supply, which I found interesting.

Thought some here [more]

Mon Apr 7

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ptheland replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 4:55 PM

Re: securing sliding glass doors

If "rock through the window" is such a universal idea, why bother with locks at all?

It keeps honest people honest. And it does deter those who are looking for the easiest marks.

Why do they sell pin locks as [more]

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