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4-12 RE: HIGH WATER BILLS - The most common reason for a high water bill is being charged for air as well as water. This is particularly problematic if you get water only part of the day. Install a bronze in-line air check valve, available at most Todos hardware stores. It has a little ping-pong ball inside that will only allow the meter to run once the air has been purged out of the system. Use a good plumber who can braze all joints properly or you will have more leaks after than before! - Captain Jim Elfers, Restless Spirit Enterprises, www.BajaAdventure.com


4-12 RE: HIGH WATER BILLS - The most common reason for a high water bill is being charged for air as well as water. This is particularly problematic if you get water only part of the day. Install a bronze in-line air check valve, available at most Todos hardware stores. It has a little ping-pong ball inside that will only allow the meter to run once the air has been purged out of the system. Use a good plumber who can braze all joints properly or you will have more leaks after than before! - Captain Jim Elfers, Restless Spirit Enterprises, www.BajaAdventure.com


From the December 20th BWO: We have a new and realizable gas truck in town for the bottle type gas. His name is Goosie and he is very prompt and helpful. He changed out my tank and even replaced the worn connection nut on my regulator. I called him and he arrived 10 minutes later. Quite refreshing to get prompt, courteous service. His cell # 612-119-5371 - James Black


RECYCLING INFO Aluminum cans can be recycled, I put them outside by the garbage and a guy comes by for them, clear glass can go to the glass factory in Cabo, #1 clear plastic bottles can go to La Paz, as well as cardboard. There is a pilot recycling program in Pescadero. We could have it here if enough people were willing to participate and pay a monthly quota. Anyone interested in pursuing it further? I would host a community meeting after the new year.

We could also start a Craig's list style gleaner's column as part of the WO for free stuff which could include surplus building materials like tile, etc. Patricia Baum, Phone: 612.145.0882 teampaty1 ( -a t- ) hotmail.com.


MORE ABOUT SEPTIC TANKS - Call Bernal Olachea at 124-6021 in La Paz. He has a septic pumping service and is very good. Unless you have a very large septic system he can often pump more than one house per trip, so it may be less expensive to have him take care of several homes in your area. Good luck...Elena


HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS OPTIONS - I have a second home in the historical district in Todos Santos and would like to install access to high speed internet. Can someone provide a list of the options and an assessment of their reliability? Thanks much, Cathryn ( -a t- ) bridgecomm.com


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As far as I know, there are three ways to get high-speed Internet here in TS.

  1. 1. DSL Service is available through TelMex if you have a telephone line and number installed. You will need to go to La Paz to order it. Be sure to ask for the wireless DSL modem ("inalambrico"). Normally, they won't offer it unless you ask. It's more convenient, especially if you or your guests have a laptop computer. There are four "levels" of service; each with higher up and down speeds. Bundled with your telephone bill and other services, the basic 512/128 kbs service runs about $50 per month. DSL is generally limited to within a couple of miles from town. This is the most cost-effective route, generally works well with occasional slow downs, and will support Voice Over IP telephone (VOIP) calls to and from the U.S.. At times, DSL service has been intermittent in some areas. TelMex will deliver the DSL modem to you, sometimes the same day you order it. Once you receive the modem, you will need to install it or have someone install it for you. It's relatively easy to install.
  2. Satellite Internet systems from HughesNet or Starband. These require a satellite dish installed outside. In addition to equipment costs of $1,000 and up, there is a monthly service charge starting at $50. There are also various levels of service available. These systems will work anywhere but can be impaired by bad weather. There is also a noticeable delay when using VOIP but it does work. Newer, more powerful satellites have recently improved the service available in Baja. This may be the only solution if you live outside of town.
  3. Share with your neighbors. You might find that a neighbor who already has high speed service and is willing to share the access and/or cost. Wired or wireless access can be installed to allow multiple users. You may even find there are already wireless signals in your neighborhood that don't require an access code to connect to them but it's always best to ask first before simply logging on to someone else's wireless system. The available bandwidth is shared among all the users, and can get bogged down depending on the number of users. - Alan, alan ( -a t- ) bajasatellite.com


10-10-2006 Recycling notes:

- When going to the dump near the entrance of San Pedrito, stop at the house just after the turnoff going east and see if the gleaner/scapper family can use any of your discards. They took our used but functioning toilet, old palm leaves and a wading pool.

- Clear glass can be taken to The Glass Factory in Cabo and exchanged for blown glass figures from the chip and dent table. - Pat Baum


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Pat, thanks for that tip about the dump. It reminds us that family at the dump is very poor and has kids. Readers may want to take them some toys, food, etc. on your next trip there. - Alan and Debra


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