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  1. If you're only interested in a back-up, i wonder why you wouldn't choose the less expensive option of a generator? Also, I hummed and hawed about installing solar power but the numbers didn't stack up for me as our power bills are circa 2k a month only. Also, the power supply is pretty reliable in my area, with only a couple of small outages a month and never more than a couple of hours so we can survive easily. I realise this is location dependant but the situation is more likely to get better than get worse IMO. Given that, i'd opt for a generator before a solar system.
  2. I think that is the intended purpose of imprisonment/incarceration - loss of liberty. The idea of rehabilitation is noble but seems to have got lost in the reality of the system.
  3. With all due respect, Tom, I hear this often. The hotel rate doesn't include 24/7 security. all meals, etc etc etc. If it was that simple, governments would be renting hotel rooms rather than building prisons.
  4. The one taking the picture of course. Tom!
  5. I wonder how effective it would be. Tom - Flu strains tend to change?
  6. I'm shocked it isn't more given how crazy you guys are! Only joking guys!
  7. I'd say a good starting place would be where your wife is from - that may not be the best choice but it's a starting point at least to make a list of pros and cons which you can then use to "rate" other places. If you want a better indication from the people here, I'd suggest you note down a simple list of what you're looking for and what you're looking to avoid. Posters can then advise how their locations measure up - what works for me may not for you.
  8. If you ask 100 people from 100 different places here you'll get about 100 different answers. Many of us are where we are because of our partner's connection - myself included. So, I'll throw in Iloilo - safe, developed/ing, moderate prices, moderate traffic and so on. Not a great ex-pat community though which is OK for me but not for everyone. Also, whilst some of the country may seem like the 3rd world, I'd say any of the developed cities absolutely do not. We can get most if not everything we need here most of the time, water and electricity are, in the main, quite reliable and internet is good enough in the developed areas. It's no Hawaii but not a bad 2nd choice!
  9. Ours is that depth to allow for plumbing etc. If you are not going to run plumbing or suchlike in the cavity then you can reduce the depth to a minimum i.e. the total height of the framing and the ceiling material. However, If you are not going to have a usable cavity I wonder what the point would be of having a drop ceiling? Edit to add - you seem to have around 8.5 feet ceiling height - that doesn't leave much to play with.
  10. Got it! You can still insulate the attic area with a drop ceiling as long as you have access hatches in strategic places. If the current plywood ceiling is the floor for the attic you will probably want to retain it and the insulation can simply sit on it. Again, check you have sufficient space for a drop ceiling without losing too much height in the rooms.
  11. Ah...that makes sense now. We had that problem with the main door in that the tiler brought the tiles flush with the door instead of leaving them an inch or two back. That meant the rain would hit the door, run down and hit the tiles and then flow into the house. The solution was to chip away the concrete and tiles by an inch or so!
  12. If you have the height then I'd say why not. You probably need at least 12 inches for a reasonable cavity and framing etc. I'm not sure what you mean by isolate the attic?
  13. Perhaps I'm not getting it but why would you want to stop water in an open carport - the rain will be coming in on 3 sides anyway so not such a big deal if a few drips make it down? Anyway, I'd suggest sealing the corrugated sheets with silicon and then using flashing inserted into a groove cut into the wall with the groove also sealed with silicon. It might be a bit overkill though but would probably provide a good seal. Our flashing was installed using this method and seems OK. Edit to add - remember to make sure they seal the bolt holes with silicon to stop drips there.
  14. Yes, it would be normal to adjust to give you the required height and the builder did this but the open plan living/dining/kitchen area has a metal ceiling flush to the slab above - this results in 2 different ceiling heights obviously and the higher ceiling is better. Our cavity is about 12-16" i'd say - not really enough to call a crawl space but enough to run pipes etc
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