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  1. The roof sealants that are sold here vary greatly in quality and price.   I am of the opinion you get what you pay for.  The cheaper ones don't last very long and you need to continually recoat your roof.  The best I have found is the 12 yr. Fester but at over $2000 pesos per 19 ltr. pail not cheap. I redid my roof with it about 7 years ago and it still looks great and no leaks.  The white sealants reflect more sunlight and can make your house feel cooler in the hotter months.

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  2. I have had a problem getting hot water to the kitchen sink.  Problem is it is a long run of plumbing from where the hot water heater (propane - tank type) at the opposite end of the house.

    After researching solar hot water heaters, tankless instant heaters both gas and electric, etc.- I opted for an under sink "mini-tank" electric heater.  Amazon Mexico have a nice one in-stock for immediate shipment from the warehouse in Guadalajara - the Bosch ES4 4 gallon heater.  It uses 1440 watts (120 V) and has a 98% efficiency rating.  Cost was $4,515 pesos with free shipping.  Easy to mount and connect and was able to do it without getting a plumber.  Turn on the tap and you get hot water in about 3 seconds.

    My wife loves it and is now much happier.

  3. Nothing to do with where your account is based - you can use your US or Canadian account on the Amazon Mexico site - just add your Mexican shipping address.   When you are on the Amazon Mexico website, items that are located in the US or Canada (or other countries) which do ship to your Mexican address are identified by the word "Importacion" in the item description.  If you purchase one of these, there is a shipping charge that includes the import taxes.

    If you want to avoid that, select a product that is in an Amazon Mexico warehouse - usually shipping is free, taxes included in the price and you will get it in 2-3 days.

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  4. The town of Chapala is required by way of their extraction concessions with Conagua to test the water taken from their wells on a scheduled basis.  The water is tested by Agua Jalisco and the test results are on file at the SIMAPA office in Chapala.   If you are interested in seeing them, go in and ask to see them.  I have "heard" also that Chapala has a bit of a struggle with arsenic levels in one or more of their wells but have never investigated it further because I don't live there.  The wells I take care of east of Chapala are well below the maximum for allowable arsenic of 0.025 mg/l. (per NOM-127-SSA1-1994).

  5. The OP did not indicate what contaminants he/she is interested in testing for, so it can make a big difference where to get the testing done and the cost.

    Most homeowners are interested in determining if there is anything in the water that can make them sick in the short term - called microbiologicals.  Typically the labs will test for coliforms which can cause intestinal disease/sickness.  2 tests are usually done - one for Total Coliforms and the other a subset of this called Fecal Coliforms.  The results are expressed in units of UFC (colony forming units)per 100 ml. of sample water.  Most of the local blood labs can do these tests for a modest cost but like the poster above stated, I would question the quality of what they do.

    Water organizations that extract and supply water from the lake or from wells are licensed to do so by Federal Water Authority (Conagua).  These organizations usually are supplying water from  private wells (such as a subdivision, municipal operated wells, industrial process companies manufacturing consumer products and agricultural farms producing food for downstream consumption.  These entities are required by their extraction permits to test periodically to the Mexican standard NOM-127-SSA1-1994.  This standard consists of testing methodology used to test the levels of up to about 32 different parameters.  Agua Jalisco's lab does 28 different tests in 4 sub-categories on each sample of water from the municipal wells.  These include "Analisis de Campo" - 2, "Gravimetria y Fiscoquimico" - 12,  "Metales Pesados" - 12, and "Microbiologia" - 2.  These tests are fairly expensive to have done and usually the lab technicians come to the site to take the samples to ensure integrity of sample taking.

    Conagua's limit on arsenic in drinking water is 0.025 mg/l and the local wells that I monitor for the community in which I live typically show only between 0.0025 and 0.0035 mg./l so not a huge concern in this area. 

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  6. I built one for myself (4 x 6 mtrs.) and had a custom tarp to fit my steel "A" frame made by the guys that do truck tarps at the Abastos market in GDL.  Cost was $5000 pesos and fit perfectly.  It has been up for two years and still looks new.  Their shop is on the west side of the Pemex station in the market area.  Wide selection of colours and material types available.

  7. If Shaw has "forced" an xKu VCode onto your receiver (such as the National Menu VCode 4378) you will no longer be able to tune signals that are coming from the Anik F1R - IF - you still have the older dual Ku band dual LNB(s).  But you will still be able to tune channels that are coming from the Anik F2 which is what most of us watch.  The proper VCodes for the dual quad setups are VCodes 4320 (Classic Menu), 4322 (Advanced Menu) or 4377 (new National Menu).  You can temporarily reset your receiver to these older codes by pressing the Options key on your remote followed by the key sequence 1, 1, 2, 2.  A menu will then pop-up to show two alternate test VCodes.  Select the one that starts with a Q (for quad), then exit and wait a few seconds.  Your channel map will change and you can test if your channels have been restored.  If not, you have some sort of problem with your hardware (dish misalignment, LNB, cables, etc.).  The next refresh Shaw sends to your receiver will reset it back to the VCode they are using for your account. 

    There is no reason to upgrade to an xKu LNB here because it isn't going to let you get any channels off the Anik G1 (the "x" means extended Ku band which is a slightly higher frequency that the G1 uses - that is what the newer xKu LNB's support.  Eventually you will need to upgrade if your existing LNB(s) die because the older dual quad LNBs are getting harder to find or are no longer available.

  8. What Shaw has been doing is changing the Vcodes that some accounts were using.  If you were on the old "Classic" or "Advanced" channel lineups, you may have been moved over to the new "One National" lineup without your permission.  They changed my Vcode from 4322 to 4378 and now I cannot get some channels that I used to.

  9. No, CemPanel is a different product than Duroc.  It is quite a bit lighter and easier to work with for cutting, etc.  I just did a roof of 20+ sheets with it to replace an old and leaky tile roof.  I purchased mine from, Constru Muros which is in Guadalajara at the SW corner of Gonzalez Gallo and Rio Reforma - address is 2594 Gonzalez Gallo.  For a roof application I would recommend the 10 mm. or 12 mm. sheeting depending on the spacing between supporting purlins.

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  10. My wife had a misfortunate health issue last week and was admitted to this new hospital to spend a few days recuperating after experiencing a life threatening emergency condition. The facility is very nice - at least the part that is completed so far.  The doctors seemed to be very good, the nursing staff - not very good yet.  The prices seemed to me to be extremely high - probably gringo rates.  The charge for a room is $3,480 per day!!  Last time we were in Puerta de Hierro it was $2,000 but this was a couple of years ago.  I don't think many lower income people will be using this facility.  I would be interested to know if anyone else has had any similar experiences so far. 

  11. The Fester store beside Wal-Mart has a black asphalt coating which is elastomeric and with fibers in it. Good for foundation walls and crack sealing of rook flashing, etc. it is called Fester Microlastic and available in 4 ltr. Or 20 ltr. Pails. About $1500 pesos for the pails. 

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  12. No, the problem seems to be something unique to outlook and Hotmail email.  It is very slow responding some times for such tasks within the program such as looking up an address from the address book (within live.com) or deleting an email message once read, etc.  I do not seem to have any issues with other internet related tasks such as viewing the web boards or using Google to search from IE.  I do use a VPN (Nord VPN) so am wondering if that might have something to do with it?

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