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  1. Thanks sincerely to the three posters who offered specific helpful answers to my inquiry. I have copied that information and will report back as I move towards the time to arrange my travel destination.
  2. Some countries are requiring proof of a Covid-19 test within 48 hours of entering. Does anyone know how to get a Covid-19 test in Lakeside, or Guadalajara? Thank you.
  3. Thanks Floradude. I recall being told NEVER keep a certain doc in the car because it makes stealing and reselling easier, and that must be the doc with the sticker that should not be left in the car.
  4. Just went through paying annual registration for my Mexican plated vehicles. QUESTION: Which original documents, besides the hologram stuck to the windshield, are to be kept inside the vehicle. I have been warned against keeping all original documents from Registration in the vehicle to guard against theft. OTOH, I have been told to keep an original of something inside the vehicle, but I can't remember what? I prefer to keep xerox copies in my vehicle but have been told the Transito Vial wants to see at least one original. Which one is it? The half-sheet with all data? The whole multi-colored sheet that contains the driver regist. wallet card? Thanks. (BTW, I checked for other threads b4 posting and found no answers.)
  5. If anyone has kept up with construction costs, please advise. price per meter for moderate or mid-range quality finished construction costs. (Think 120 m2.) ____________________. price per sq meter for higher end finish? ______________ Land costs? Not Central Ajijic, not west of Ajijic, but other areas more central, please. Chapala Riberas Libramiento I know prices can vary widely, so I am just looking for a number of inputs, and I will try to calculate my own median price expectation. AGAIN: Construction costs per meter squared. Land costs per meter squared. Thank you. Any inputs welcome.
  6. I came back to the thread today Nov 29, 2019 and see some updates. Sincere THANKS for all the information. I am still in the hunt for a higher end USED German vehicle, although I have a nice VW Golf Sportwagen (40-45 mpg), but it is has a different, more practical purpose (long distances, and going shopping. It has more cubic feet than a Ford Escape, believe it or not. The Golf is in the Classifieds.
  7. Board nazis asnide (sic), I have a question about driver license renewal, the window of time. My license expires August 19, about 6 weeks from now. 1. How many days before expiration date will the Guad office let me renew? I ask because I will be out of the country late July to late August and would like to get my license renewed now asap. 2. Any truth to driver license renewals coming to Chapala soon? Thank you.
  8. Along with the muriatic acid treatment, my workman then painted clear sellador onto the boveda bricks. While it may seem counter-intuitive to seal the brick from the opposite side from which the moisture is coming from, the "hongos" or the white fungus that appears on the bricks seems to have nowhere to grow, or continue to grow, or air to grow. So far anyway. Obviously, if you have a known leak from above, that needs to be fixed for more reasons than salitre. Water streaming down inside lower interior or exterior walls creates a saturation that makes paint not stick, and may lead to other issues with concrete or cal deterioration (huecos or holes in the interior of the wall). After a 4-year restoration of the walls inside and outside of my hundred year old home, I have come across a multiplicity of factors in moisture, and depending on the workman, a multiplicity of solutions. Some work, some don't. Keeping my fingers crossed on the clear sellador, that it keeps the boveda bricks from showing any white fungus. The sellador also holds the bricks' good fresh look right after the muriatic acid cleaned them. IDEA: Try a small patch with the acid and sellador. In a year if that patch looks great, no sign of return of the white fuzzies, continue the application.
  9. Good idea, Geeser, and very on point. Thanks. I wonder if any posters can update me: Costs of construction per square meter (or square foot) for 2019, and whether construction costs have accelerated upward the last two years or are steady. Eg. I imagine cement has risen 10%.. Medium grade construction costs = ? ______ pesos per sq meter. Medium grade construction/higher grade amenities = ? ______________ pesos per sq meter. Top grade ( excellent contractor who knows all the places in Guadalajara to select materials) = ? _____________ pesos per sq meter. Thank you.
  10. The thick tall retaining walls of Chula Vista and Chula Vista Norte: Does anyone know the cost per 20 lineal meters and 2 meters high. They appear to be built of rock and cement, perhaps 75 cm thick. Cost per cubic meter? Fill dirt per cubic meter: Does anyone know the approximate cost of fill dirt by the dumptruck load, perhaps 10 cubic meters? I will need five truckloads. Top soil truckloads? Cost per cubic meter? Anyone have a source for meeting these pre-construction needs? Many thanks.
  11. Beg to differ on STI. Once STI installs, then any adaptations are up to the customer. I know. I have had to install all kinds of bleed offs, covers of collectors, replacement auxiliary small tanks, float valves (up to four now). STI installs. STI does zero adaptations -- all up to the customer to do that, and the material and labor expense. So what good is a five year warranty on the STI eqpt when all the add-ons have no warranty, and all add-ons are the customer's to absorb the cost of? Not to mention continual problems about every other month, more service calls, more adaptations. Do research on what you're getting into, and do not listen to the "no downsides" sales pitch. The solar collector setup has a warranty but it causes all these other hangups and headaches ongoing now for over two years. STI does not act to replace the solar collector setup to ameliorate these auxiliary expenses.
  12. Looking into buying a used German car, perhaps BMW or Mercedes, even Audi. It will be an older vehicle, possibly a model prior to 2010. Besides agencies in Guadalajara, does anyone know a private operator mechanic shop that works on German cars? (I'm trying to lower the labor side of repair costs, and also get to know a mechanic personally to learn how to take care of a German car. I'd like to visit the shop prior to making the purchase so I know what owning the car might be like.) Thank you. (I already know the decision to buy German comes with higher maintenance and repair costs.)
  13. Yes, I saw some possibles going through my cards. Then, after an hour, I found the old aljibe records and talked to the fellow and he remembers me. All is good. Thank you.
  14. Lost contact information for my aljibe cleaner. He's from Ajijic or possibly Riberas I believe. Name starts with A perhaps. Husky young man with his thin helper. Ring a bell with anyone? Phone number? Others to recommend? Thank you.
  15. Yes, it's north and east of Soriana. Up on Pescadores about a block from Alacranes. http://chapala.linkbyme.com.mx/j-jesus-cabrera-jimenez-if5671292/
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