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  1. https://www.chapala.com/webboard/index.php?/topic/83215-composting-worms/
  2. I went by this location yesterday. To be clear, if driving, you'd need to come from the east side, and still, the road will certainly challenge many cars/drivers. All that's needed is a vehicle with some road clearance, and a driver with some patience. Had a nice talk with a young man there, and he explained the following... (he doesn't speak English) The owners (from Guadalajara) of the property set up the worm business with the young man and his father working there a couple of years ago. As things went, they added fresh grown foods and enjoyed some success. Then there were fewer and fewer customers, finally, the land owners put an end to it. The boy got permission to stay on, and he's now living there on his own, with a cat, dog, some chickens and a pig. He had perhaps a single large bag of castings that could have been scraped off the ground. He's hoping to rebuild the worm castings but says it will take a long time. Since he has no capital and few other apparent resources, if he succeeds, it will likely require at least a couple of years. There are perhaps, two dozen long rows enclosed by cinder bricks, a watering system of hoses which may or may not need full or partial replacement. He's there hoping to get something going. He could certainly use a angel's help. Anyone looking for castings might try some of the other options as mentioned above and check with a few of the local nurseries.
  3. The Home Depot portable (frame and cover) garage is around $500 USD. I bought one some years ago, and in the direct sun, that plastic cover doesn't last very long. A couple of years perhaps. You could of course, buy such a product and replace the cover when it gets old, or even start off with a new, better quality fabric. Another alternative would be to buy a cover - similar - to the ones you see the farmers using. Metal framing, either a high grade (UV Blocking plastic (various colors), or the screen type of fabric (black or green) used to make shade but to let some light through. You can get screens rated as blocking 60% to 90% of visible light in many of the hardware stores around lakeside. Most will have someone who can sew it into the size/shape you'd want. Alvaro Revera 33 13 28 93 59 (speaking Spanish) has a company called MacroTuneles in Jocotepec. They are located on the west side of Joco, near the Guadalajara/Morelia Hwy. They build covers for a living, for farmers and smaller applications, and have higher quality, longer lasting fabrics, including 95% light block screen.
  4. Capital One ✔@AskCapitalOne The technical issues impacting some of our services have been resolved. If you continue to experience any difficulties, please reach out to us. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. 53 2:11 PM - Nov 1, 2019
  5. Thank you very much for your post on SLS. Certainly one of *the* most informative and exhaustive posts I've read anywhere about anything!

  6. There is an International company with multiple locations in Guadalajara called Praxair. I know they supply CO2 tanks, you might contact them to learn if they refill tanks. www.praxair.com.mx This site is in Spanish, google will translate if for you if needed. (They also have operations in the USA and across the pond.)
  7. Is anyone still using the Houston office of Estafeta for re-shipping from the states to Lake side? I've been using them for years, but the service seems to be going downhill... boxes not shipped out when requested, refusal to provide a breakout of the quoted shipping costs (multiple requests), providing incorrect tracking numbers... Looking for any recent, first-hand experiences with Houston, bad or good, and/or any reviews from current users of the Laredo office.
  8. Has anyone here, who actually HAS DF plates on their OWN vehicle, EVER had any problem? Even been pulled over? Lost their car or gone to jail? First hand experience?
  9. I've inquired of various Mexican professionals lakeside, on this exact topic - workers who don't show up (or call to let you know). Several of my contacts told me that, when they need (reliable) workers, they bring them in from Guadalajara. They also told me that it isn't a problem everywhere in Mexico, but the kind of thing that is commonly found outside of major cities. Many of us come here in part, because life tends to be more relaxed. The problem mentioned by the OP is just another part of living this relaxed life - for better or worse. As others have already commented, I don't chase the various workers I try to hire. I let them know I'll be waiting at the time we've agreed to, and, that if they don't show up on time, I'll find someone else. I doubt my comment affects the behavior, but it gives them a chance to understand my expectation. Most still don't show up. On the other hand, I recently set an appointment with a local Architect, and was quite surprised when he called me saying he'd be 30 minutes late. He was actually about an hour late, but, since he'd called, I felt he'd gone above the local norm and didn't make anything out of it. Funny thing, he was supposed to get back to me with his estimate of price, but I never heard from him again. If you've been here more than a few days, you've had these experiences. To whatever degree that upsets us, it's OUR response that determines our own attitude. I get angry, but that's just me trying to swim against the current... While it's common to say "all Mexicans" it does more disservice to the speaker than to the Mexicans. And if the Mexican you're trying to hire senses this kind of attitude, they probably never intended to show up in the first place. Culturally, they want to please, and in this light, tend to say or make agreements based on wanting to please you in the moment, without really understanding (or caring?) how much not showing up will displease you tomorrow. Ask for referrals (of good workers) from Mexicans who you know or other gringos, and you will probably get more satisfying results.
  10. The Pogo Stick style, also known as: Jumping Jack, Earth Tamper/Compactor. Quite similar to a Jack Hammer and nearly as fun to use...
  11. Commonly, when a transformer "blows", you hear the dreaded "bang", it is simply a fuse, not the transformer itself. Fuses are quite cheap, usually 1 or 2 amp is used, and there are usually a sufficient number of locals who can replace it for you. I keep a few extra fuses on hand along with a couple of phone numbers. But only had to replace one fuse in the last year. A transformer itself is unlikely to "blow" or require "fixing". Mine is many years old and still handling the (reported) 23,000 volts per hot - times 2 - off the CFE mains. EVERY option has trade offs, compromises. No single option is always right for everybody. For many, having their own transformer has more benefits than detriments.
  12. If the pump and air conditioning will be new additions to your house system, it can reasonably presumed that, as a result of adding and using these items (regardless of either 110v or 220v) you'll be using more electricity. More usage = higher total CFE bill. Residential connections to CFE commonly have three rate levels. If your usage exceeds the maximum for level one, you'll be pushed into level two. And if you exceed level two maximums, you'll be pushed into level three. If you are interested in keeping your monthly bill low, aside from the obvious, "use less electricity", there are a few options... The one many here choose is adding solar panels and an inverter, some even have back up batteries for emergency. The initial investment pays off over some years (local solar companies can calculate that for you). Or, if you have a Casita (and even if you don't) you might be able to get a second meter. This is also quite common here. Under this plan, you might carefully "balance" electrical usage between the two meters (done by choosing which items are connected to each meter). You might have two meters that are both in rate level one, instead of having one meter, that might be pushed up into rate level two, or even three. By looking at your current CFE bills, you can see your routine, current usage level, and by reading the specifications on the (if new) new pump and air conditioning units, and estimating how many hours per day each might be expected to operate, you can estimate what your new level of usage might be, and thereby, determine if you'd likely be exceeding maximum usage for any of the three rate plans. Another option, with a higher initial cost, is to purchase and install your own "transformer", which can be sized to your expected usage. This is allowed for residences as well and commercial/industrial. (I have one.) When you have your own transformer, the three rate levels no longer apply. Instead, you'll have a fixed rate, commonly mid-way between the kilowatt rate levels one and two, regardless of how much electricity you consume. No rate level bumps for usage. There is a company about two miles east of Tuxcueca (south shore) that builds transformers to your specifications. In Guadalajara there are commercial electrical supplies companies which can offer you various other transformers (Schneider & DESA are two). Personal transformer = flat rate/single tier pricing structure. Solar systems owners can end up paying next to nothing after the purchase and installation costs.
  13. It's possible that the system (MiTelcel) that shows how much data you've consumed, may not be a "real time" measurement. It might take a few hours or longer before that system is updated. If so, when you shut down the modem and then check MiTelCel, if you check it later (maybe in the morning) before turning the modem back on, the data may have changed. Is your Telcel modem a Huawei model? Is Wifi turned on? Do you still use the original Huawei password? There is talk of apps available that can provide the original passwords used for (all/some) Huawei modems. Having the app and a little time, a person may be able to determine your password, and then possibly using your Wifi for their own needs. Even if you've changed from the original, a determined knowledgeable person can probably figure out your password by using other tools available. There are various programs that can offer you some information, "whosonmywifi" is one. A program for Windows, it can scan your modem's Wifi connections and tell you the ID of each device connected. You can learn the ID number of each of your devices by checking them individually, or, you turn on the modem, make sure no one is connected, and scan with the above program. In this fashion, there shouldn't be any devices connected, and the program should tell you there are no connections. Then you can add devices one at a time, and rescan between each one connected, and write down the device ID's the program shows you. Another option might be to (get help) set up your modem so that only the devices you approve, can connect via your Wifi.
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