I'm getting conflicting opinions on how often a septic system needs to be pumped, and pumping isn't cheap. My current system is about ten years old, and it's been mostly just me using it. I've heard of other low-use households that have been pumped maybe once in 30 years. Conventional wisdom seems to be thus: pump every 3 years or so or risk anything from a bad smell to a total system wipeout and replacement. Is that for real? [more inside]
posted by Camofrog
on Jun 30, 2014 -
A coworker of mine asked me to help his friend out with some excel problems she is having. I am good with excel, so I agreed. We've talked and are all set to go, but I have no idea how much to ask for. [more inside]
posted by Hactar
on May 1, 2014 -
Should we get married this year, or will that end up in a tax penalty, considering our incomes are similar and we would end up in a higher tax bracket? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 7, 2014 -
I was the executor of my mother's estate after she died in February of 2006. The estate was discharged in March of 2007, and the assets distributed to my brother, my nephews, and me according to the terms of the will. All the assets, that is, except for $6,000 that I left in the estate's checking account as a hedge against unforeseen developments. There have been no further developments, and the money has sat in the checking account all these years. The account is non-interest-bearing. I've been remiss in waiting so long to disburse the funds, and in not obtaining any interest for them in the meantime. I want to make this right. How can I do so? [more inside]
posted by saywhat
on Jan 10, 2014 -
My credit is good. My loan on my new-last-year Toyota Yaris is awful; the interest rate is absurdly high. My credit union, who issued the loan, doesn't want to help. How do I find the best rate I can get on a refinance? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11
on Nov 25, 2013 -
What would be a realistic and reasonable bill to expect from a US attorney whom you asked to travel long haul (think China) to work with a client for a week? What about a UK solicitor travelling to Australia? Assume when they get there they will put in a 35 hour week. On the travel expenses front, would business class be typically expected when travelling long haul? I know there'll be a range, but would be interested to hear estimates for mid-size and large firms.
posted by pines
on Nov 5, 2013 -
I'm hoping to find someone with some insight on why we're being presented with really pricey flights from Milwaukee to Orlando, and what options we may have come this November. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis
on Jul 5, 2012 -
PersonalFinanceFilter: Given the near-zero interest rates these days, what's the best strategy to use to allocate savings? [more inside]
posted by hot soup
on Mar 5, 2012 -
Why does NPR always refer to the US Federal interest rate as "near zero" rather than a specific amount? Googling shows it's between 0 and 25 basis points. What is the exact amount, and why is it not referred to exactly? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Sep 2, 2011 -
Is there a proper name for errors in distance calculated by GPS logs resulting from a curving path not receiving enough samples to define it and thus being shortened? [more inside]
posted by c0nsumer
on Aug 18, 2011 -
How is the following risk assessment from this NYT infographic
reached?: "The estimated increase in cancer risk of eating two unwashed pounds of [radioactive cesium-tainted broccoli] is about two chances in a million." Is it based on population studies, or sieverts, or something else? What biological effect do sieverts measure? [more inside]
posted by Nattie
on Apr 3, 2011 -
When I make an animated gif it seems to run faster in some browsers. Is there a way to make it consistent for them all? [more inside]
posted by austinlee
on Mar 26, 2011 -
What hourly rate for a 10+ year UNIX (Linux) admin in Bay Area? This is for maybe 2-3 visits a month, each 3-4 hours in duration. [more inside]
posted by uhom
on Feb 9, 2011 -
How to get the best conversion rate (GB Pound to US Dollar)?
I've been working in London for the past year, trying to save up money for grad school when I return to the states. I was told that December was the best month of the year to do a GBP to USD conversion (not too sure how accurate that is).
I bank with Barclays (England) and Chase (US) and am in the states at the moment. I've brought the money (in GBP) over because I thought it would give me more conversion options.
I know that it can get complicated with conversion rates changing, various banks with their own exchange rates, etc. I'm willing to open an online bank account if that's the best option to transfer pounds to dollars.
Are there any conversion geniuses out there who can help give me any tips?
posted by Danah_78
on Dec 23, 2010 -
I'm going to make 2011 the year I keep my New Year's resolution to lose weight. Can you help me figure out a realistic target/loss rate? [more inside]
posted by edbyford
on Dec 22, 2010 -
How can I get information about the crime rate in a given neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by amro
on Nov 25, 2010 -
I'm considering an online bank for the higher rates of return available on a large sum of cash that I've been saving, but I'm sort of a Luddite, and I would appreciate your input. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 18, 2010 -
Super random question, but does anyone have any data on the survival rate of finches (the house finch, in particular) that are released back into the wild after being reared in captivity (e.g., a rehabilitator)?
posted by wuMeFi
on Jun 27, 2010 -
My wife and I are planning a trip to Europe in September. I understand the EURO has decreased significantly in value. Would a member know a USA Bank or agency to contact to exchange dollars for EUROs this month I would like to take advantage of the dollars strength?
posted by Mckoan1
on Jun 7, 2010 -
How much should I charge for this freelance writing gig?
A small book publisher has offered me a job writing roughly 100 humorous, high-concept captions for a book of illustrations. There's no clear category for this kind of work in the Writer's Market. They've asked me for my rate. Should I base it on magazine per-word rates? Halp!
posted by DeWalt_Russ
on Mar 17, 2010 -
geek alert! If two humans were to speak to each other using only 1's and 0's, is it possible to determine a baud rate? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1
on Mar 15, 2010 -
Despite the lender explicitly loaning me something interest-free and with no firm repayment date, I would like to offer a fair interest rate when I am able to repay them in the future. I'd like your help in figuring out what that rate would be, and your confirmation that I am applying the concept of compound interest correctly. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 25, 2010 -
I will be doing some consulting work. Basically I will be strategizing with a very small company on optimizing their presence on the web and helping them with social networking. Here's my problem-- I have no idea what to charge for my time. I will spend two hours driving to them and probably an hour or two consulting. What do you think I should charge? I don't want to be too low but I am also scared that I might be too high. What do you think would be a good rate? I am located in the Philadelphia area if that makes any difference.
posted by hellodonna
on Sep 3, 2009 -
Should I reject a credit card's rate increase if I cannot pay off the balance right away? [more inside]
posted by dforemsky
on Aug 14, 2009 -
I have searched through previous posts, but have not found specific info on women's heart rate monitors, specifically those worn on the wrist and that include a chest strap. [more inside]
posted by angiewriter
on Feb 11, 2009 -
What are the best ways to find and compare mortgage refi rates and fees? (web sites, or?) [more inside]
posted by msalt
on Jan 17, 2009 -
Interest rates are down, so my mortgage broker contacted me to see if I want to refinance. I'm under the impression that every time you refinance, you lose value in the house, so is this a good idea?
posted by MtDewd
on Nov 26, 2008 -
I've been asked to design a t-shirt for a well-known band on a major label, but I don't know what the going rate is for the work. I saw this question
, but I'm not fresh out of school, and that's a question about bulk work, which this will not be. I'm open to charging a flat-rate or my hourly, but am unclear which is appropriate in this situation. [more inside]
posted by apetpsychic
on Sep 10, 2008 -
What hourly rate should I quote to be an on-site web-development / graphics guy contractor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 1, 2008 -