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Forum: Other topics 08-25-2013, 07:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,151
Posted By ratto
It's more important to check your existing spring...

It's more important to check your existing spring rating (by its color code if applicable). If the spring is too strong comparing with door weight, the opener motor would have to work harder when...
Forum: Other topics 07-30-2013, 10:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,824
Posted By ratto
+1. Unreliable grounding rod connection can...

+1. Unreliable grounding rod connection can introduce "hot" spots in your wiring system. Normally, the AC current supply from the utility company should be pretty good in terms of voltage stability...
Forum: Other topics 07-25-2013, 05:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,350
Posted By ratto
This happened to me once as well. The good news...

This happened to me once as well. The good news is that the insurance claim was approved. The bad news is that the wrong test was ordered and performed so that I had to have the blood drawn for the...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-25-2013, 05:45 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,459
Posted By ratto
Of course not for that reason. I thought I would...

Of course not for that reason. I thought I would have a sleepless night because I was a little shocked by how far this target of retirement investment assets keeps going up. We only need maybe 2-3...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-23-2013, 06:24 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,459
Posted By ratto
I think I will have a sleepless night.

I think I will have a sleepless night.
Forum: Other topics 07-14-2013, 06:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,585
Posted By ratto
Per this article, Boeing: Cause of Dreamliner...

Per this article, Boeing: Cause of Dreamliner Fires 'Almost Doesn't Matter' | National Legal and Policy Center (http://nlpc.org/stories/2013/04/28/boeing-cause-dreamliner-fires-almost-doesnt-matter),...
Forum: Other topics 05-30-2013, 07:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,202
Posted By ratto
If your car's mileage is high, then a little oil...

If your car's mileage is high, then a little oil burning is normal. With the replacement dipstick, you can keep track how much oil is burned at what pace. At least with a compression test on all...
Forum: Other topics 05-30-2013, 10:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,202
Posted By ratto
Good for you! A very good point...

Good for you!



A very good point indeed. Just be sure the cap can stay on firmly. The last thing you want for turning belts and pulleys is something falling from above due to vibration. :(
Forum: Other topics 05-30-2013, 05:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,202
Posted By ratto
As Haha said, there's no universal one to fit...

As Haha said, there's no universal one to fit every make and model because each one's engine would have different specification. Trying to source a used one from some auction sites is a good idea. ...
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-07-2013, 06:55 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,741
Posted By ratto
+1. Taking SS away could lead to social unrest. ...

+1. Taking SS away could lead to social unrest. Instead, inflation will be a much more subtle and preferred way to get the dirty job done in conjunction of keeping CPI artificially low. We can...
Forum: Other topics 04-07-2013, 06:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,786
Posted By ratto
PINE came into mind. It's a great email and...

PINE came into mind. It's a great email and newsgroup client by University of Washington. I have used it extensively while at school and it's so compact and efficient.

One thing I don't quite...
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-03-2013, 01:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,732
Posted By ratto
A 3 year old Jetta TDI sports wagon could be a...

A 3 year old Jetta TDI sports wagon could be a 09-10 model. Tell the seller that on the HPFP failure topic, there have been more than 5270 posts on TDI club forum since 2009. Also if the original...
Forum: Other topics 03-27-2013, 06:18 PM
Replies: 4,445
Views: 755,615
Posted By ratto
That's not a problem because you have to keep...

That's not a problem because you have to keep patching it anyway.
Forum: Other topics 03-21-2013, 10:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,322
Posted By ratto
IMO, the worst part of Win8 is the UEFI. :nonono:...

IMO, the worst part of Win8 is the UEFI. :nonono: Just google it and you will find out why.

Basically, if your new computer motherboard does not allow you to toggle it off by changing back to the...
Forum: FIRE and Money 03-17-2013, 09:10 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 11,792
Posted By ratto
Based on the report I read, about 1/3 bank...

Based on the report I read, about 1/3 bank deposit in Cyprus belongs to foreign holders. There is also accusation that Cyprus banking system has allowed tax invasion and black money for too long. ...
Forum: FIRE and Money 03-13-2013, 10:15 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,238
Posted By ratto
This is the telltale sign of stage I G.A.S. (Gear...

This is the telltale sign of stage I G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). It's not too late, still curable. :laugh:
Forum: Other topics 03-05-2013, 11:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,617
Posted By ratto
Does the vine still have a lot of tiny hairs on...

Does the vine still have a lot of tiny hairs on it? If touched by finger, does the vine leave very strong and long lasting scent of fresh tomatoes?



Here's one from mine. IMO, even the green...
Forum: Other topics 03-04-2013, 10:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,860
Posted By ratto
Avoid high-tech gizmo whenever you can. If...

Avoid high-tech gizmo whenever you can. If possible, I would pick analog over digital ones, or mechanical over analog ones. For instance, laundry washer is laundry washer. It doesn't use...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-18-2013, 05:56 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,585
Posted By ratto
Thanks for sharing the blog. Gold is worth not...

Thanks for sharing the blog. Gold is worth not too much all by itself, but it serves special and important role because it can not be easily QEd just by punching extra zeros via computer keyboard....
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-15-2013, 06:19 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,585
Posted By ratto
$5800 is about 108 grams gold. That translates...

$5800 is about 108 grams gold. That translates to about 5.613 cc/cm3, or a cube about 1.777 cm each dimension. If they could get hold of a real gold bar at 28-30 pounds, then someone probably...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-11-2013, 10:16 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 7,465
Posted By ratto
Maybe the people can not afford to support some...

Maybe the people can not afford to support some entitlement programs going forward?
Forum: Other topics 11-03-2012, 06:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,533
Posted By ratto
One possible explanation is that the boomers are...

One possible explanation is that the boomers are already pretty much beaten up. So it's easier for them to catch up quickly. They have a better understanding to do whatever it takes to support...
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-02-2012, 11:19 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,937
Posted By ratto
There was an article about 2 weeks ago about this...

There was an article about 2 weeks ago about this FATCA topic, and it's available at Wary Swiss Banks Shun Yanks - WSJ.com...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 10-25-2012, 05:59 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,143
Posted By ratto
That's a huge jump! I don't know how high it...

That's a huge jump! I don't know how high it will go when I retire.







Without a fundamental policy in place to encourage and reward healthier life style, no any mandate will make...
Forum: Other topics 10-24-2012, 10:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,723
Posted By ratto
Thanks for sharing this wonderful article! Here...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful article! Here is the quote I find I couldn't agree more: I bet their lifestyle doesn't require them to have iphones, cables, facebook and so many other consumer...
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