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  1. Thanks for the replies. I emailed hunterfan.mx but haven't gotten a reply yet. I bought 4 Hunters in Mexico and they were all great, very quiet. I am now on my third new Hunter in the States and all of them hummed. No one seems to have an answer other than to switch to a DC fan, something which I will look into. I was thinking that perhaps the Mexican fans were made in Mexico and that that might be a clue as to the difference.
  2. Does anyone know if the Hunter ceiling fans sold in Mexico are manufactured in Mexico, or in China? Thanks.
  3. I chatted with Samantha and she said they didn't deal with international brands and couldn't predict whether it could be retrofitted or not. It would depend on the model. I will start with the local handyman and ask for recommendations or possibly talk to Tio Sam's, with whom I have dealt before. I didn't get the stove from them but they should have some leads. Thanks.
  4. I just learned that the average/typical new oven here may not have a flameout gas cut off device. That is the gizmo that turns off the gas when it senses the flame has gone out unexpectedly. It's also known as an FSD, a Flame Supervision Device. I have a new Mabe range , model number XOC8076C, and I would like to explore having a thermocouple (or something) retrofit onto it. I know there are several mechanisms but I have no information about how people who have them like them. Also, I'm wondering about cost. Does anyone have information or experience about this? I love my daily bread but gas has its down side. Thanks.
  5. Today I made the rounds of Chedraui, Sams, Costco, Tio Sam's and Home Depot (in Vallarta). Of the ones on the floor all were right-hinged except for two units at Tio Sam's which were reversible. The one I was interested in was a Whirlpool; don't know the other brand. These were each fairly basic models; neither had an ice or water dispenser in the door but I could see the caps in the holes for the reverse mounting. The sales rep knew all about the feature and confirmed it. Again, this was Vallarta but the common thread here is Tio Sam's.
  6. Ha! French door type ... I have a 36 inch French door type Whirlpool in the rental where I am now and I go to my list of colorful short words every time I use it. I have never had an appliance that big with so little convenient usable space. The thick door leads the bitch list since it then puts the shelves so far back in the unit. Everything else follows. Obviously, what I need to do is not buy that type and find the other type, if I can. Actually, since many condo units have layouts that are mirror images of each other; that means half of them are good candidates. Also, I got a response from someone in Vallarta who said that Tio Sam's has them, at least that the fridges had the caps -- it might be similar to what you reported, however. Thanks.
  7. I have the WEA plan but I went with the individual policy. I switched from the group to the individual policy last summer at renewal time; the premiums were similar and I deal directly with their bilingual staff in the States. If you search a previous thread on this you will see a lot of interesting discussion from last summer when the group policy renewed. I have yet to have a claim so I have no personal experience for you on that.
  8. Where have you seen them? I'm in Vallarta now but I'd think the big chains would have similar inventory.
  9. I've been looking at property and I've noticed that all the refrigerators I've seen since coming to Mexico have the door hinge on the right side. That is very different from anything I've seen NOB. And, that makes them inconvenient in about half of the kitchens here. Does anyone know where we can find refrigerators with reversible door capabilities?
  10. I installed the Pix system but then realized that it doesn't have MSNBC. There are a lot of English channels, a mix of SD and HD, also movies, HBO, Showtime, sports and more that I haven't discovered. The next day I subscribed to radiosity giving me MSNBC HD as well as a lot of other HD channels. Between the two there is a good selection of HD but I haven't had time to chart it all. Paying in pesos for each gives a total of 450p/mo. You can even pay cash at Oxxo and not involve your CC. The websites are not current so as Chillin suggested, you don't really know what you bought until you buy it; however they offer more than the website shows. You can subscribe by the month with options for price breaks for a longer period. I did notice today that some of the radiosity channels have their audio and video a wee bit out of sync, others are fine. I called support about it and they said that parts of the service were very new and that they would be fine tuning it.
  11. Thanks, everyone for the great information. I think I am going to hedge my bets and try to do both options so I can compare. I've paid for a month of radiosity (250p) that Chillin recommended and it should be active within 24 hours. Actually, it is Pix that the rep on the radiosityroku website set me up with. That amount includes all the premium channels they list on their website (Pix); it's a mix of HD and standard. We'll soon see how it goes. Radiosity and Pix are from Mexican resellers so no VPN is required. The sales/support rep on the Chat session writes perfect English and answers questions directly and to the point. It's interesting that if you look at their website in English the price is $23/mo. However, if you look at it in Spanish the price is $23/mo or 249pesos/mo. Do the math -- I paid in pesos. In fact, the support rep gave me both prices, too -- very helpful. On the other front, I am going to order a modem/router from the information Blame the Dog provided us and then I'll try to get that running, probably with Sling TV. I still have yet to digest much of the info' about the choice of routers so that is pending. My time is spread a little thin doing this, looking at property, and getting ready for a quick trip to the US so it will be a week at least before I know much more.
  12. Blame the Dog: Thanks for the information. Now I'm overwhelmed regarding the choice! Suggestions? I'm going up to the States later this week and could order one and have it shipped there and then bring it down with me. However, I need to decide soon. Do you favor replacing the Telmex rather than adding the new one as a secondary? I see that some of these modems seem to have only the rj45 jack for input while the Telmex has the rj11 for the phone line.
  13. That method was suggested on Dec 12, 2016 by Isso Jawad in the comments section of the link I posted above so it sounds good. Are those routers readily available here? Do you know the model numbers that can be used for this? Where would we get detailed instructions as to how to get into the second router and make those changes, plus whatever else needs to be done on the computer, if anything? Will instructions in the box be in English? Also, do you think that is better than running a smart DNS like Unlocator? Thanks. By the way, I spent 3 hours on a Chat session with Express VPN this morning and got nowhere.
  14. I just called ustvnow asking about the channels and cost. About half of the channels I want are on the premium plan and that is $200/mo with a $175 setup charge. I had set up an extra gmail account as REC had suggested (thanks) but I think I will pass on ustvnow.
  15. Yes, ustvnow explicitly says FB or Google. I'm near Bucerias and getting 8-9 from Telmex which should be fine for streaming anything ... if I could just get it set up! Checking into a VPN enabled modem or the smart DNS method.
  16. Ustvnow won't accept a sign-in using a hotmail address! They want a sign-in via social media, something I don't do so I can't get to the free trial. I'm not going to give them my primary gmail address. As for Roku, if I try to add a channel it asks for the access code. On Roku neither ustvnow nor Sling TV show on the apps listing. The main problem seems to be that Roku knows that I'm not in the US. With Roku, the Home page will not give me the Search option along with: Home Streaming Channels Settings. The Roku help page instructs us to go to Home, click on Search and then enter Sling TV in order to put it in the list of options for apps. When I talked to the Roku tech on a Chat session he told me that the reason is that Roku does not give me the Search option because it detects that I'm not in the US. A VPN doesn't change what Roku sees. I read somewhere recently on this forum that someone wrote about changing the DNS in the modem. Also, I think this webpage may have the answers: https://thevpn.guru/roku-american-channels-usa-get-unblock-vpn-dns/
  17. I looked at the channel lineup online and it looks like very few are HD. Is that correct? And how did you get Roku to add it to their lineup?
  18. I had a local guy here (Vallarta) set up a Roku 3 for me last night and today I tried to get Sling TV added for the basics like ESPN, History, NatGeo, MSNBC, CNN and I couldn't find a way to add it. Eventually I did a Chat session with Roku and after a long silence on the session he asked me where I was. I told him I was in MX using a VPN, the config everyone recommends, and he came back and said I couldn't get it here. Well, I've heard a lot of talk about Sling being used here so someone knows how to do it. Anyone know the procedure?
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  20. Al and I are at least two of those in our early 70s who are interested in plans we can still enroll in. I plan to pay out of pocket for the small stuff but want coverage for an expensive surprise that requires immediate treatment. Best Doctors is very limited in what it covers. So, all suggestions for catastrophic plans for our age group are welcome. As I mentioned earlier I know about Plan Segura and Prevem, both Mexican plans. I've also heard that Bupa might cover us but don't have any information.
  21. Plan Seguro and Prevem Seguro are two that do. El Saltos can add to these.
  22. Ava now wants each interested party to contact her or Valerie directly regarding these matters. Interesting.
  23. Good point, and that creates a good question for Ava. I've sent off a request for her response to this. I'll report back. By the way, it sounds like you have at least one more option than many of us have (your GNP). Nice to have.
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