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  1. Apparently the cable selected is "outdoor", which is excellent, though "buryable" is probably better. Unless you expect to have 'net service to the home at speeds exceeding 10 Gb/sec, a ruggedized Cat 6a - 7 product should perform the same, but why not 8. The length limit on ethernet cables is usually 100 meters (300 ft), and my cursory tests at home indicate no major speed reduction at that length. A longer ruggedized cable even at a lower Cat standard can afford great flexibility in cable placement and even burial (in PVC pipe, for instance).
  2. EP, thanks for the valuable and competent first-hand report - a tonic in an era of medieval epidemiological propaganda (stateside, anyway). May I ask, where are you and your afflicted neighbors located, as precisely as is comfortable? Again, big thanks.
  3. A few years ago before I bought a still undeveloped lot in SJC, I did everything I could online to check out the municipal sewer system serving the site (which is very steep, at least). I came across this (free but gated) 'case study' describing the installation of an UV processing plant in SJC. See: https://www.wateronline.com/doc/wastewater-disinfection-san-juan-cosala-mexico-case-study-0001, and also https://www.trojantechnologies.com/en/applications/municipal/wastewater?origin=dropdown&c1=applications&c2=municipal&c3=wastewater&clickedon=wastewater. The manufacturer at least claims to serve serious towns in California, and in my neighborhood in the redwoods most everybody uses 'ozination' to treat their large well water tanks, and knowing this I was skeptical/pessimistic that SJC could/would maintain their system, which if it's similar to ozination requires specialized light emitters, electrical power and regular flushing. Expensive.
  4. ...and you previously wrote "How far west? To Jocotepec and the on to Zapopan." These comments suggest you may have spoken with Total Players, perhaps during your own installation. Your blurb indicates you're in SJC. May I ask, AFAYK, does/will TotalPlay serve SJC neighborhoods west of the Racquet Club? Thanks - (And I guess this brings up a question I won't ask about the availability of "infill" installations by TP, ILox and others in proximate neighborhoods bypassed during initial build-outs...)
  5. My future neighbor in SJC has this installation, and it seems like a logical location (so long as automotive oozing don't contaminate anything). It would be expensive overkill from a water/sewer management perspective, but if local zoning lakeside limits homes to two stories, can well-engineered structures add full basements below grade (which is kind of hard to define at a 25 degree slope), suitable for both general use and facility location and operation. My lot is so small that a fancy cantilevered foundation is planned anyway... TIA
  6. Lest someone fixate on such figures, my dark green 2600 gal (@ roughly 10k lt) US style Rotonics water tank is just about 8 x 8 ft. V = π r^2 h They make these quality tanks in various formats, and at least 50% more voluminous, such as my neighbors' @ 12 ft tall, a freestanding specimen, on a pad foundation - cost about US$3k. Don't know if these branded products are available in Mexico, but I think I once saw a small one in a hardware store in Ajijic.
  7. That's good general advice, but my situation is based on my current experience here in Mendocino, even now in the middle of a draught. In SJC I have a small, steep view lot and all the other buried tanks and hardware previously mentioned have to be configured carefully. This is the point, to integrate into and supplement the function of municipal utilities and, in the case of water harvested from a 150 sq mt roof with a lot of plants forming a serious rooftop view garden, to have the ability, if necessary, to buy water off a truck using concealed, built in ports and pipes, to pump water back up, for example, such energy expenditure ideally involving intermittent municipal pressure. Rooftop water harvesting and ambitious storage are obviously key features that should almost always be design defaults . @ 100/gal day p/p, typical of the US, storage of over 400k lt/yr would be required for three persons, unless they resorted to the combo sombrero-bidet involving wash cloths described above, a perfectly reasonable solution if you only have a liter a day.
  8. Am in the process of designing a house in SJC which will have city water and sewer, but supplemented with such systems on a small scale, should city facilities fail, plus a 10k lt water tank also connected to rooftop rain capture. Carefully positioned solar panels designed in, rather than pasted on.
  9. Some Lloyds history: https://www.discoversma.com/places/mexico/guanajuato/san-miguel-de-allende/insurance/oa-orourke-asociados/
  10. "Starlink is targeting service in the Northern U.S. and Canada in 2020, rapidly expanding to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021." See: https://www.starlink.com/
  11. Z - www.travelingmailbox.com looks excellent - shipping packages seems to involve a monthly fee and other related reasonable charges which maybe could be switched on/off as needed - thanks for the recommendation.
  12. Again thanks to earlyretirement for the comprehensive treatment of the PR process two years ago. Contacting Mexican consulates here in northern California appears to be impossible, and if one visits without an appointment, you might be turned away, so I read with interest that Santa Ana once upon a time was accessible. Reviewing their website, I noticed that over the intervening two years that the financial requirements for PR have increased over 50%, as below. Perfectly reasonable, except that most financially competent persons would not keep $130k cash in savings accounts at no interest. So do the Mexican authorities include CDs, brokerage or forex accounts representing cash and other financial asset positions, particularly if the aggregated total is multiples of the minimal figure they require? Thanks. Per https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/santaana/index.php/extranjeros2020-2/visas2020-2 : "• Proof of economic solvency: a) Original and a photocopy of the last twelve bank statements (the complete official statement month by month, with full name and address – NO P.O. Box), showing a monthly ending balance of over $129,705.00 dollars; OR b) Original and a photocopy of documents showing that the applicant has a pension with a monthly income of over $3,242.00 dollars during the last six months (pension statement and bank statements, the complete official statement month by month, with full name and address – NO P.O. Box)."
  13. Sorry - Don't remember cost of sewing a suit in Baht, either. Around US$100 at the time...
  14. A couple of years ago, I took a pair of spectacular classic rayon tropical shirts to Rosy to be first repaired and then copied in terms of cut with cotton fabric I had brought with me from California. It turns out that rayon somehow disintegrates just as if it had been attacked by moths, and I asked Rosy to patch the holes, for which she quoted a reasonable price, and to pattern match a new shirt with ample an amount of printed fabric with dinosaurs in a rich jungle setting. For this, custom job, I think she quoted US$23, and I had to go scare up some buttons. The final product of this project was excellent, but as I understood her, she found it difficult and might have changed more. The patching repairs, which certainly arrested further disintegration, were quite crude and in no way resembled proper 'reweaving', which she never promised and I lacked the Spanish to discuss, and which would have been quite expensive if even possible. There may be a sort of 'tailors' justice' at play here. Once in Bangkok I picked up a 3-piece suit-length of Italian 150s pinstripe (superfine fabric, hard to work with) and the very friendly and suspiciously handsome Kashmiri salesman of the sort you see in the better tailor shops in BKK quoted me a good price and away we went. For two fittings, they had to bring in the foreman from the Chinese workshops where the real work gets done, very hip guy, and they explained how the salesman had quoted way too low for the expert work involved. They did a beautiful job, except for certain interior panels that they usually shower with handwork, the point being that they had to cut back on work somehow to lose less on what for them was a substandard deal.
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