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  1. There are plenty of "pros" who claim they can solve your salitre problem, but I've never found one who actually did. I have had much better luck dealing with it myself. There's nothing difficult about it- what it requires is patience. First, you have to ensure that there is no more source of moisture coming in anywhere.. If there is mold, as opposed to salitre, wash it down with a bleach solution. Then you just have to let the area dry out well. Put a fan on it if necessary. Doing any treatment before it is thoroughly dry is pointless. Best to wait until dry season. Scrape
  2. They'll eat pretty much anything- they're omnivores.
  3. Yes, talk to a vet to determine if it is old enough to survive on its own. Don't make the mistake of thinking it's some kind of pet, it's a wild animal. And they have sharp teeth.
  4. That was flippant. All those things are available in Mexico, it's just a matter of finding out where and deciding if you want to travel that far.
  5. Home Depot stocks them. They aren't that expensive new. Not enough to take a chance on a second-hand one that could conk out the second time you used it.
  6. Then Mr. Google was wrong. Those are variations of "and" symbols, not ampersands.
  7. Not true. They like to be misted in dry weather. I have a bunch of bromeliads in a tree and they certainly don't rot in the long humid rainy season where I live in Sayulita.
  8. I don't know the specific ratings of various types of masks, but from all I have read, wearing a mask is far more effective in preventing the mask wearer from spreading their germs in the form of aerosols than they are at keeping those aerosols from entering the wearer's mask. But they do provide a barrier which is far better than nothing. Doctors and nurses have long worn masks, having nothing to do with COVID, so as to avoid exposing hospital patients to their germs as much as to protect themselves. And visitors to hospital patients are often asked to put on a mask in order to not expos
  9. Dichosalocura- almost all of what you have said in your post above regarding the death rates and the efficacy of masks is incorrect. And saying you'll cease to wear a mask if the govt. mandates them makes about as much sense as Obrador saying he'll wear a mask when there is no more corruption. Masks are worn to safeguard public health and keep the infection rate down. They have nothing to do with politics and govt. power.
  10. Unless you are personally acquainted with the OP and his property, how could you possibly state how much a gardener should be paid for "the job"? The grass that needs mowing could be 10 square meters or 300. The plants that need trimming could be extensive or just a few. The job could take 2 hours or 10.
  11. Perhaps not to the same extent, but don't be so sure about that in general. Many years ago I had a rep from the Mexican tax dept. show up at my shop. He said their records showed I had a missing tax payment. Now at that time, the taxes due for a small business were a flat fee of 200 pesos every 2 months (that changed several years ago). I knew I hadn't missed any payments, but what had happened when I checked my records is that I had had an accountant when I first set up my business, who dealt with my reporting and payments. After paying her for a year, I realized that I could do myself what s
  12. You have to understand how IVA works. If you go into a store to buy a fridge, the store owner has already paid IVA on that item to the manufacturer. If that store owner says if you don't need a factura, you don't have to pay IVA, it doesn't mean he isn't paying taxes on his sales. It means that because he isn't charging you IVA, that he remains the one who paid the IVA on that fridge. If he issues you a factura including IVA, he then has to pay that IVA he collected from you to the tax dept. But he can also deduct the IVA he paid to the manufacturer on that fridge. IVA is a tax that starts at
  13. Because the majority of ex-pats don't run businesses here and therefore don't know how the taxation works for that, as you said you didn't. I wanted to make it clear that just because a business doesn't charge or pay IVA doesn't mean they aren't declaring their earnings and paying taxes, which was the implication in the topic post. So while I quoted your post in order to answer your question, my response was not solely intended for your benefit.
  14. Just saw a video from Canada where a doctor was asked about whether it was okay to pull the mask down around your chin or neck when you don't need to wear it. He said that's one of the most dangerous things you could do-, which seems pretty self-evident to me, yet I see it all the time, even with those who think they are taking good precautions. If the mask has filtered any viral material, it's now on the outside of your mask, which is now likely touching your chin or neck. Take the mask off by the elastic if you don't need to wear one right away again, put it in a bag to be washed, clea
  15. I was talking about the Mexican tax system and IVA and what I have to do to comply, so obviously I was referring to my small business in Mexico. I didn't say I don't pay taxes on my profits, I do, but that's different than being required to charge IVA.
  16. Did I say you could straight line it? I said it could give you an idea. 122,300 excess deaths in 3 months makes it evident that coronavirus isn't some overblown paranoia.
  17. I run a small business and while I pay IVA on many of the materials I use, unless someone wants a factura, which means they have to have a tax number, they are not charged IVA on my labor. I'm not doing anything wrong- in my tax category, because I earn under a certain amount a year, I don't have to charge or submit IVA on my earnings unless the client wants a factura. So don't be so quick to assume these businesses are cheating if you aren't familiar with the Mexican tax system. When I lived in Canada, BTW, small businesses often asked me if I was paying by cash and if I needed a receipt
  18. The excess death rate in the US from March1 to May 30, was 122,300. That gives you some idea of what it would be for the year if things continue as they have been. And with the numbers they are seeing in Texas and Florida since May 30, I would imagine the excess death rate at the moment is far greater. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2767980
  19. Personally, I don't care about people following rules if the rules are senseless. Anyone who has a high enough fever to be infected with COVID, rather than a slightly elevated temperature because they have a gum infection, is not likely going to be out and about anyway- they would feel too sick.
  20. I wouldn't be too concerned about temperature checks. There are many reasons why someone can have a slightly elevated temperature, and according to numerous medical reports I've read, many patients infected with COVID have no fever whatsoever. Doctors in NY said that 70% of their patients who tested positive never presented any fever. Masks, distancing and hand washing are the most important ways not to spread this virus.
  21. The bad stuff that peels is Sellacril.
  22. Thanks for posting this- They are now issuing warnings that these masks with exhale valves are not to be worn- they do nothing to protect others from your breath.
  23. Says the wannabe moderator. I believe the no crime reporting refers to local crimes, not online or telephone scams. And trying to scam someone isn't actually a crime if the mark doesn't fall for it. I don't think anyone can be prosecuted simply for lying to a stranger on the phone.
  24. When my kids were little and went to daycare, parents would drop their kids off, hand the daycare teacher a bottle of antibiotics, telling her the child needed to be given a spoonful at xx time because they had strep throat or something. Used to really piss me off. And I have a friend who's a elementary school teacher who says she gets censured by the administration because when she has a sick child in her class, she calls the parents and tells them they need to pick their child up, as she's quite ill. When the parents protest that they're at work and don't have anyone who can do that, sh
  25. Interesting times indeed, when avoiding confrontation takes precedence over public safety measures. Maybe police should start "avoiding confrontation" and ignore drunk drivers weaving all over the road. Or how about WM start avoiding confrontation by letting shoplifters just walk out with whatever they fancy without paying for it. Actually, since no one NEEDS to shop at Walmart, I think it's a great idea if all the anti-masker, COVID is a hoax bozos all go shopping there, infect each other to their heart's content, and let the rest of the more intelligent population shop in stores that do
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