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  1. Just remember, you have to be a little bit careful if you are mixing the types of LNB's you are using (on different dishes) on the same account.  The new triple LNB uses a different software setup for its channel selection scheme (referred to as the "V-code") than the older twin LNB setups like most of us have here in the south.  It is a bit difficult to explain to the Shaw techs why you need to have different V-codes on different receivers - but it is possible.  You can tell what your receiver's V-code is set to by looking at the first 4 digits of the "Map Status" in the configuration menu.

  2. I saw some guys installing fiber optic cable on the Telmex poles just east of Foccacia Restaurant near San Juan Tecomatlan this morning.  I asked one of the workers who they are stringing cable for - his response was phonetically "y fibra".  He said it was for internet and TV services.  Not sure of the spelling of the company name.  Anyone heard of this outfit and where to locate them?

  3. On ‎3‎/‎9‎/‎2019 at 5:27 PM, chicamysterious said:

    Friends of ours are planning to drive down for a Visit/Vacation. The husband wants to also bring his Motorcycle to go on some rides with my Husband.

    He is going to bring his Motorcycle in the bed of his truck.

    Is this possible? Yes

    Is there a particular  process for this?  Same standard process as entering with your vehicle.  Aduana adds the VIN# of the motorcycle to the Temporary Import Permit (TIP) for the pickup truck.  I have done this with an ATV in the bed of the pickup.  Both the moto and the truck have to exit at the same time to get the TIP cancelled.

    I assume it would be like someone in an RV with a Motorcycle strapped to the back or a Towed Vehicle. How do the RVers do it?  An RV is not the same process - they are issued a 10 yr. permit so is a unique TIP.

    Thanks so much for any help any of you could provide. 

    I would like to add that I do love the fact that we have this site and the people that share their knowledge and experiences here with us. It has helped us countless times in unique situations.

    Thank You all Ajijicians and Chapalatonions (yes I made those up)

    This should be a thread of its own but.........

    but we really should come up with something unique for our area. I know there is Tapatios and I've heard names about other areas. I've had people jokingly say Gringolandia

    Answers to your questions above.

  4. Find out from SIMAPA what the water temp is on the well that feeds your area.  This is one of the parameters that is tested on a regular basis by Agua Jalisco on all municipal wells part of Standard  NOM-127-SSA1-1994.  As an example - the wells I take care of showed a reading of 30C when the last sampling was done in August 2018 (privately managed system east of Chapala near San Juan).

  5. Just a bit more info on this for the "techies" out there.  The numbers in the F: Map Status parameter indicate what LNB and channel lineup your receiver is set to for your configuration.  In my example above (586-4322), the second 4 digit number is referred to as the "V-code".  In this example, 4322 indicates a dual quad LNB and the eastern advance channel lineup.  If you switch to the new xKu quad LNB, you will need to get Shaw to change your V-code before you can get all the channels you used to.  Really no benefit to doing this though because you still won't be able to get any signals off the Anik G1 (the third satellite) this far south.

  6. guillermobill - you ask an excellent question - one which I have wondered for some time and have never been able to get a definitive answer to.  This is what I "suspect" is going on from a technical perspective.  The older dual frequency LNB's use specific DC voltages controlled by the receiver to select channels.  There are 4 specific voltages used to select which of the two satellites and the polarization (vertical and horizontal) used to "tune" in the channel you want.  The newer xKu LNB's use a different tuning scheme to select which satellite and polarization to tune in the channels across the 3 satellites.  The receiver's software controls this magic and must be set up by Shaw to the type of LNB you have.  I "suspect" this is a parameter called the "Map Status" table identified in the receiver's configuration menu (Menu, Settings, Status, System Status, Parameter F).  I use aftermarket dual LNB's on two separate dishes with a 4x4 multi-switch (mux) and am configured with Map Status: 586-4322. 

    Once when I was back at my home system in Ontario I looked at the installation there.  I had the standard 65E with the newer triple LNB and also experienced the same thing you mention - missing channels.  So the moral of my story is be careful - the new LNB's from Shaw don't seem to be a direct swap out without some involvement of Shaw to reconfigure your receiver(s).  I can see no reason for us here in the south to do the dish upgrade.  Receivers yes, dish/LNB no.

  7. I think the OP is asking about Tony's Restaurant - between Santa Cruz and San Nicolas. It is just past the SIMAPA pumping station (on the Chapala-Mezcala Carretera) on the lake side and directly across from Mexico Rustico.  There is another new restaurant reopened in the old Eagle Restaurant building right on the Carretera in San Nicolas and Foccacia is further east just pas San Juan Tecomatlan.

  8. To prevent the silting problem I use a cloth that is used to prevent weeds from growing in patios.  It is called "Weedblocker" - water can get through but not fine sand.  I lay that on top of the gravel before backfilling the trench with soil.  I have not seen it here (yet) so I bring it back with me when NOB.  Available in Lowes, Home Depot, etc. NOB.

  9. The proper solution is to trench down the side of your foundation and install a weeping tile system.  This consists of a 4" perforated tile (with "weeper" holes) preferably wrapped with a filter cloth (sometimes called a "sock") and laid in a bed of clear crushed gravel.  I have not seen any of the Lakeside ferreterias carrying this but it is available from a supplier in Guadalajara.  The outside of the exposed foundation should be coated with a waterproof membrane such as either a paint-on tar or a plastic/rubberized membrane before back-filling to prevent water from getting into the foundation.  This takes care of the ground water problem due to an elevated water table during the rainy season.

    In addition to this, the installation of gutters, an impervious surface adjacent to or at least ground level sloping away from the structure can further help to keep water away from your walls further reducing any damage.  I have not seen much evidence of any local knowledge on how to implement these measures by local contractors.  One that I know of who has the knowledge and experience is Alejandro (Alex) Salazar Gutierrez at (33) 4593-6417. 

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  10. Symptoms included sharp yelps due to pain when trying to jump up on the couch, lack of interest in eating or drinking, sleeping a lot, short breaths (almost a shallow pant) and generally no vitality (normally very active - some Husky content).  Ladron reported an enlarged spleen and liver which could be fatal if ruptured.  Initial blood tests show elevated levels of immune deficiency. Advised to try and prevent the dog from jumping up/down and prescribed medicine to try and reduce infection.  More comprehensive blood test results should be back by Friday to identify which species of tick this was due to.

    Good news is that after 2 days on the meds she is doing much better and is eating and drinking now.

  11. I was in the Home Depot in Tlaquepaque yesterday and they have stock of the Rustoleum etching primer (in spray cans) on the shelf.  Failing that, bare metal surface preparation can also be done by first applying a diluted solution of phosphoric acid and then putting on a good epoxy primer over that before applying the top coats.

  12. Best method I have found is to use a high quality primer over the bare metal first before applying a good quality top coat.  Make sure the bare metal is free of any oil/grease or other contaminants.  Lightly sand or wire brush the paint off first.  Home Depot sells the Rustoleum brand metal etching primer in spray cans here - but it isn't cheap!  No disrespect intended but the local workers don't understand the use of primers and what they are for.

  13. Stick with buying only garafons that you know have been bottled by the majors (ie. PepsiCo or Coca-Cola).  These are brands such as Santorini, Ciel, etc.  Don't buy from local "mom & pop" bottlers because you have no idea where they get the water and what refining processes they use or even if they have any safety & ongoing testing quality control.

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  14. Yup. I hear ya Ferret.  If it can't be a "win-win-win" then as a Canadian citizen and former resident I think the Canadian negotiating team needs to tell the US to "Bite me".  It is time Canadian business figured out how to survive in this Global Trade environment without depending on the US market so heavily.  During my working career I spent most of my time working for Canadian subs. of US Corporations.  The attitudes and this type of bullying by US based decision makers is nothing new.

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