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  1. When I have smelled leaking gas, the culprit has always luckily been one of the hoses that connects to the stove or from the gas cylinder to the hard pipe. Cheap and easy to replace.
  2. One problem is that people want to paint walls too soon after they have been built or repaired. Cement takes a long time to cure. If you paint too soon, the moisture has nowhere to evaporate and you seal it inside the wall behind the paint. I waited about 6 months to paint my walls after they were plastered, and like I said, no salitre anywhere after 9 years except where my french drain failed (and it was dirty river sand I can assure you). Also, they like to mix paint and sealer together for the sealer coat here. Don't let that be done! Sealer is designed to absorb into the plaster, paint sits on the surface. One coat of sealer after the plaster has cured for months, then 2 coats of high quality paint is the way to go.
  3. P.S. My house was all built with unwashed river sand and I did not have a speck of salitre anywhere for 8 years until my french drain got plugged up a couple years ago and that is the only place I now have salitre. You can't get rid of it for long until you actually eliminate the source of the moisture.
  4. Salitre, as in Sal, as in salt, not Selitre. Having lived in Mexico for about 16 years and been involved in construction here, my own and others, I can tell you that I have never found any "expert" on dealing effectively with this, although many seem to claim they to know the fix. NachoOE's advise is pretty good, but you really should apply a good quality "sin salitre" product before painting. Stuff they sell at Comex and Prisa doesn't seem to work, Home Depot sells Sika brand, which is good and I believe Fester also puts out a good product.
  5. I have found most kitchens in Mexico, even in new, "fancy" houses to be very poorly designed. There is a "golden triangle" when designing a comfortable, functional kitchen- the fridge, sink and stove should form a triangle, no two should be on the same wall or line. Doesn't matter much the length of the legs of the triangle. Most fridges here are stuck over at the end of the kitchen like an afterthought, with no counter next to it where you would conveniently set your groceries down in preparation to transfer into the fridge, or when taking things out to use.
  6. Actually, I don't think any gardener should be holding a hose on any plants ever, it's not at all necessary. If the hose has one of those brass or plastic screw open/closed nozzles on it (as opposed to one that you squeeze the trigger on), it can just be set to a small trickle, and left at the base of a plant or tree for 5 minutes while the gardener prunes or rakes something. Then just go move the hose to another area and continue working. But that would be an efficient use of time, a concept not widely understood here :-)
  7. I do almost all my own gardening, mostly because it brings me joy and contentment. I occasionally hire someone if I need tall bananas or palms pruned, but as other posters have noted, I don't consider standing and holding a hose for hours to be a job description I am willing to pay for. Once I hired a guy to do some pruning- I had to go attend to something else for 15 minutes, and when I came back, he was proudly and happily raking out all the mulch I put around my plants to conserve moisture and keep down weeds. I do wish you luck finding someone professional.
  8. Well, I just see a lot of people who can afford to go out to eat several times a week, buy fancy imported groceries, are hooked up to internet, satellite TV, a fully equipped kitchen with lots of fancy appliances, have a really nice car (or 2), take Fifi to the groomers, etc, but don't pay their employees what I would consider a living wage. Which is not to say I think gringos should be paying something totally out-of-line with local wages, just that maybe one's maid might like to be able go out to eat with her family once in awhile, too, instead of just scraping by. The poster I was responding to said the maid has been working for them for years without a raise, so 10% raise, i.e.5 pesos/hr. seems pretty piddling to me. But I don't know the financial circumstances of the poster, so maybe that is a big outlay for them.
  9. Wow, you raised your maid's pay by the equivalent of $1.35US for a 6 hour week, after she has been working excellently for you for years. How generous.
  10. Yes, and that is the problem (not upping the pay). Gas has just gone up, CFE rates, everything that depends on transport will, etc. It costs your employees just as much to fill up their cars as it costs you, but they are less able to afford it. My maid, who has been working for me for 4 years and does a fantastic job, told me in Dec.that she needs to have her hourly rate increased by 10 peso/hr. in 2017, which I thought was totally fair. Altho she doesn't have to drive to my house, as she lives just up the block, she has 3 kids to ferry around and 5 mouths to feed.
  11. What they call black sapote is actually a form of persimmon.
  12. I have seen new ones for sale at Home Depot with drain holes on the water storage side.
  13. I don´t know where you all buy your contacts up north, but they are about 3 times the price in Mexico (including Costco) than ordering them online. I don´t have experience with shipping to Mexico, I just had them sent to a friend´s place in Canada who was coming down.
  14. Virgo girl- if you are planning to live in Mexico and use tourist permits, which will entail having to leave and re-enter every 6 months, rather than applying for temporary residency (whatever your reasons for that are not my business) maybe you should consider buying a used Mex.plated car so you don´t have to try to navigate what seems to be a question to which there are many conflicting answers.
  15. I had a cat when I lived in Canada- every summer she would get a large " hot spot" on her back just above her tail. She would chew it til it was totally raw. Took her to vets, to little avail. Then went to a homeopathic vet who gave me a remedy, 3 times a day for 3 days. Hot spot disappeared quickly and NEVER came back. So for all you skeptics, I can attest that, at least in this case, it did work.
  16. How is it fear mongering to state what the law is and that it is sometimes actually enforced? I personally know someone who had exactly what the OP posted happen about 5 years ago at the PV airport. Everyone is free to take their own chances, but knowledge is a good thing, no?
  17. You can put the plan on whatever phone you have. And you are not locked into the plan, you can decide to go with something else whenever you want. So 100 p.only lasts 25 days now. I knew it was too good to last very long.
  18. You don't actually have to remember to buy minutes- and you're not buying minutes anyway, because you have unlimited minutes, you are buying the package which is good for a certain time period. Telcel is real good at sending you a message when your time is running out- so good, in fact, that they send the message about 3 days before it actually runs out, which I think is another sneaky Telcel scam, because then you'll go put more $ on when in fact you still have time left. Their message just says to recharge in order to keep the same rate- they don't say when it runs out, so I just make sure not to delete the message they send when I actually do pay, so I know the actual date it runs out.
  19. Joyfull- what you are talking about is not the plan that Rony, the OP posted, and is twice as expensive as the "paquete 100" or sin limite. What he is talking about does not require signing up at any office- it is pay-as-you-go. Just go to OXO, or wherever you buy cell phone time, pay the 100 pesos to your number, then text the appropriate code name to 5050. In my case, I buy 50p. worth (lasts for 2 weeks) and text SL50 to phone number 5050. I quickly get a msg back from tecel saying my plan has taken effect.
  20. Yes, Rony, I have been using this for months, I call my friends in Canada and yak for an hour- I've been surprised that everyone I tell about it isn't aware of it. Telcel started sending me messages re this option about 3 months ago. Before, I was paying 200 pesos a month and my calls NOB were 1.98p/minute and Mexico .98.
  21. All Saltillo tile is not made equal in quality. You might think some places are charging a lot more than others but the quality may be better. Good to buy one tile from a few different places, mark on the back where you got it, take them home and give it a little stress test- like hit the edge with something (not a hammer, that would break any of them) and see which chip or break easier. Some break if you just look at them the wrong way. If you are doing a tiling job yourself, be aware that the Saltillo tiles, as well as the 3 or 4 inch traditional decorative tiles need to be soaked thoroughly in water before laying. Soak until the air completely stops bubbling out, then lay. Failure to do this means the tile will instantly start sucking the water out of the cement mix, and you won't get proper adhesion. I know people who paid for tiling jobs where half the tiles fell off the wall for exactly this reason. Have seen lots of pools with lots of missing tiles as well, because the guys who did the job thought it was okay to use white cement. Pool tiles need to be adhered with "Pega Venetianos" or type 3 cement, as they are made of glass.
  22. I was told by a Mexican doctor that it was fine to substitute generics for the brand-name drugs but NOT to use those from Farmacia Similares, that they were very poor quality.
  23. As an upholsterer working in the Riviera Nayarit area, I can tell you that as with most things, you get what you pay for. There are varying price factors having to do with upholstery. Most stuff looks good when it is new, the question is how it holds up through time and, in the case of slipcovers, repeated washings. I have had "Sunbrella" fabric brought to me by clients that was purchased in the States, Canada, or Mexico, that in fact was not Sunbrella, but sold to them as such, and which the color faded from in 6 months. There are many different qualities (not thicknesses) of foam, with corresponding price difference. I usually put an inner cover over the foam and dacron batting of a couch cushion, for instance, so when the outside cover is removed for washing, the fuzzy batting doesn't get stuck in the zipper (which usually breaks the zipper) and the foam and batting are all held firmly together. This adds somewhat to the cost, but most of my clients opt for it. Also, are the inside seams finished off, or will they continue to fray away every time you wash them until the seams rip out? I can assure you that if the quoted price for a job is much lower than anyone else's, (and if they don't give you options for foam quality, you can bet they are using the stuff that goes flat in a short time), you are likely getting inferior materials, or less than high quality work. As for tradesmen not showing up when promised, or taking months to do a job they told you would take a week, well, some people just don't know how to do good business, and reap the consequences. Although you won't use them again, some other unknowing sucker will come along.
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