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intrepid last won the day on January 5 2017

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  1. Was I the only who noticed at the end of the new great movie there was a note. "Battle of the Philippine Sea" coming soon. There have been several movies made about Midway. All are good. However, I have seen several documentaries on the Battle of the Philippine Sea but not a movie yet that I'm aware of. It should be really good too.
  2. Tim, I like your quote. Like you, I dreamed of retirement from the day I started working. In my line of work too many had no life other than their work with no other interests or hobbies. As one older co-worker summed it up, "Most of them live to work. He and I work to live."
  3. I'm sure just like back home some local will get a couple buckets of cement and paint and later sell for a big profit!
  4. Steve, just a reminder that the Philippines is 60 Hertz and the UK is 50 Hz. May not be a big deal to some but can really shorten the life of some appliances. Also I think they will run hotter which = $ Voltage, Frequency and Plug/Outlet Type in Philippines. Electricity in Philippines is 220 Volts, alternating at 60 cycles per second. If you travel to Philippines with a device that does not accept 220 Volts at 60 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter. In England the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in England, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 - 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa).
  5. Snowy, Since you live there maybe you see things differently. Could you explain a little more what conditions you are talking about? Maybe sewage. We just returned home from our first trip to Puerto Galera Mindoro. stayed at Sunset at Aninuan Beach Resort. We loved our trip there and the hotel. We drove about an hour each way from the hotel and was amazed how clean the roadsides were. It is the first beach I have been where there was no trash, broken glass, or cans in the water. I actually swam in the sea without any footwear. Another first for me here. I sent comments to several friends around the Philippines of my observations and asked why can't the people of Luzon be as clean and neat with their towns? I even told my wife I felt like sending the Mayor a note of thanks with my observations. Somehow I missed what you are talking about.
  6. I was in the drive thru at Jollybees when a small girl who looked really needy was standing by the cars in line with her hand out. I asked her if she were hungry and she said yes. I told her to wait past the pick-up window. I ordered her a burger and then gave it to her and she replied with a big smile and thank you. I felt good seeing her run away across the parking lot down the street. By the time I got thru the traffic and down the street a short way, I saw her again standing beside a man,(maybe her father), the man was eating the burger I bought for her.. I stopped again and gave her a piece of chicken from our bucket and drove on. I don't know for sure but I hope she was able to eat it.
  7. I really like sliding windows. Especially the sliding screens. It makes it so much easier to open everything unlike the swing screens which it the curtains each time you want to open or close a window. The only down side compared to casement style windows is you can only get half the opening for airflow.
  8. Begs the question; As one bank goes will the others follow?
  9. It comes with a good seal but I used silicone and has a nice large overhang drip edge on the top as well as the sides. The wires come out the bottom and once closed no water is going to get in. I don't have a power washer but the 60psi from my garden hose has failed it,...yet! I did not know they had Omni in the UK. I never saw them in the states.
  10. For outdoor outlets I purchased these Omni outlet covers from Wilcon. I have seen them at Ace also. https://www.omniphilippines.com.ph/product/wpp-601/
  11. Tommy, I've been away a few days and don't have time to read all. However, I did read your comments and thoughts of your shower and made me want to suggest something I did. If it's not too late for you, I had them install all doors on the first floor to be 3' wide, including shower. Never know the future. Most all wheel chairs will fit thru 3' openings. Hoping this is the last house I build or live in.
  12. Yes it upsets me too. Once you decide to do a grid tie the power company sees you as a company and you must sign a contract with with them. So to make myself feel a little better I consider the things I don't have to do to sell my excess. Examples, no poles to plant and wires to run or employees to work on it. No office and employee with which to my billing which would also include a meter reader also. All this is taken care of by my parent company. Another thing that's nice with the grid tie is when traveling. My business is working automatically as usual and our home is consuming very little electric. After returning home and getting the next bill it sure is nice to see that large credit! Attached is a photo taken just a few minutes ago of the readout on my inverter. The upper right shows the dc voltages in both arrays and the ac voltage output. P is the current kW it is producing. 4.340. E-Today is the amount energy produced since sunrise and at half a day almost 16 kWh. E-Total is the amount produced since being in service Oct 2017. That is Mega Watts. 14.818. Well worth the investment for me at least.
  13. That was my plan when we built our house and installed the grid tie system. To off set the electric bill. My 5.4 kWh system has saved me an average of P6,500 per month since in service Oct 2017. There has been Zero maintenance or breakdowns. At this rate it will pay for itself in just over 4 years. I am considering adding another 20 panels in the near future. No batteries, just sell back the excess and use it to lower the bill. Also for those who don't know the Philippines has "net metering". Your meter will not run backward. You pay what you use and the excess that is put back into the grid is paid to you about half the price they sell to you. I think I receive about p5.2 for what we sell.
  14. Had that happen also when building and still yet today on other projects. She thinks she knows and tries to explain and tells me later what she said to the workers. When I tell her that is close but not really what SHE wanted it becomes my fault because I did not explain and translate for her. Oh well, it all works out in the end.
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