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  1. 11 hours ago, Tommy T. said:

    Of course it does... Maybe I didn't explain this correctly? After re-reading my post I can see how you might have gotten confused...sorry.

    Try this HK... If the outlet box is on an outside wall and it rains, the water will flow downhill, exactly as you say. So any water that gets into the box somehow will drain out the bottom either into the wall or along the outside.

    So, if you bring electric wires or cables that provide power into that same outlet box from the top, then water will not flow down into the wires and definitely will not flow upward into the downward facing wires. (Actually that may not be 100% true because capillary action can bring water into wiring that is not waterproofed and travel regardless of the orientation of it. That is one of the reasons I will soak the outlet with water displacement chemicals or even just grease. Even Vaseline would do the job...)

    If you lead the wires in from the bottom of the box, then any water will more easily enter them and tend to travel in or along them...because the water will drain down from the box or wall or wherever it is entering the box...

    So what I was referring to was water from outside coming into the outlet and then running down the wire - or not. I reckon that if it does not run down or into the wire, there will be less chance of corrosion such as what Jim experienced? At least that's the plan!

    Another way I dealt with this issue on the yacht was to make sure that any wiring that ran along an area that might leak (which basically means almost anywhere on an ocean going yacht) would have a downward loop or dip so any water would just drip off the bottom of that loop or dip and not travel along the wire to anything important - like the circuit panel.

    Does that explain it better?:smile:

    Not really to be honest but I'm a visual guy so need to see things to get a clear picture. I totally get the looping idea though.

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  2. 2 hours ago, Tommy T. said:

    I was wondering when you would weigh in on this great debate, Mike...:89:

    I don't think there is enough wall area for pocket doors. I like them and had them in USA. They are so good for space saving.

    In our place in Hong Kong we had a pocket door in the bathroom - but split so one slid to the left and the other to the right due to space restrictions. However, you did have to slide with care as they tended to slip off the runners due to their reduced size.

     


  3. 2 hours ago, Tommy T. said:

    Ah... so you did read the instructions! I am famous for buying something, attempting to install or use it and then, when all else fails, reading the instructions last... After all these years, I still haven't learned...:bonk:

    I can't take credit for reading the instructions Tom - the red/blue labels were on the unit itself!

    I only resorted to looking at the instructions to see if the gaskets were in fact for what I assumed but that was after the event!

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  4. 36 minutes ago, Viking said:

    Thats the part I disagree with, I prefer to have a safe and fast exit of a room or house. Personal preference I suppose :tiphat:

    Yep...I can see pros and cons with either option but I suppose we all prefer what we know. Still, I think for the majority of daily life opening in makes sense but that's what I'm used to. 

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  5. 2 hours ago, Arizona Kid said:

    Was wondering if you could expound on how you could bring that much into the country. I have a few assets in the US. that I would love to use.:smile:

    You can bring as much as you want into the Philippines but must declare everything over, I think, 10,000 dollars. That said, I have transferred £10,000 from my UK banks here on 5 or 6 occasions over the past 4 years with no questions asked - all done with just a phone call or online request to my UK bank. Whilst the rules don't specifically say so, I'd imagine they are mostly concerned with large amounts of hard cash coming in due to money laundering.


  6. On 10/20/2019 at 10:00 AM, Tommy T. said:

    Thanks, OMW... Yeah, I have actually given a lot of thought to water heaters. I know that I don't want Voda, because that is what is in this apartment and it is total rubbish. I was thinking Panasonic. And I was planning on trying to link up a few water lines to provide hot water to more than one location. All sinks and showers will have hot and cold water connections to mixers. It's another western thing for me - I want to be able to wash dishes, hands or shower with hot/cold water mixtures... I just feel the hot water cleans better.

    We had a popular local brand first - so popular I've forgotten its name already - but it didn't cope well with the varying pressure and eventually it had 2 options - off and scalding! We changed to a German brand available in Ace - Stiebel Eletron. Really not that expensive and no complaints thus far - very good design and touches that you'd expect from German products i.e. the screw fittings at the back came with 2 gaskets, presumably to stop moisture seeping behind the unit and into the electrics through the screw holes. Saying that, there was nothing in the instructions about them so I made an educated guess as to their purpose!

    As an aside, when I was switching the 2 units, I just couldn't get the new one to heat the water. All was working but just cold water. After much head scratching and a few expletives, I realised that the inlets on the new unit were reversed! Mind you, the big red and blue stickers should have been a clue but I somehow missed them!


  7. On 10/20/2019 at 10:00 AM, Tommy T. said:

    Thanks, OMW... Yeah, I have actually given a lot of thought to water heaters. I know that I don't want Voda, because that is what is in this apartment and it is total rubbish. I was thinking Panasonic. And I was planning on trying to link up a few water lines to provide hot water to more than one location. All sinks and showers will have hot and cold water connections to mixers. It's another western thing for me - I want to be able to wash dishes, hands or shower with hot/cold water mixtures... I just feel the hot water cleans better.

    We had a popular local brand first - so popular I've forgotten its name already - but it didn't cope well with the varying pressure and eventually it had 2 options - off and scalding! We changed to a German brand available in Ace - Stiebel Eletron. Really not that expensive and no complaints thus far - very good design and touches that you'd expect from German products i.e. the screw fittings at the back came with 2 gaskets, presumably to stop moisture seeping behind the unit and into the electrics through the screw holes. Saying that, there was nothing in the instructions about them so I made an educated guess as to their purpose!

    As an aside, when I was switching the 2 units, I just couldn't get the new one to heat the water. All was working but just cold water. After much head scratching and a few expletives, I realised that the inlets on the new unit were reversed! Mind you, the big red and blue stickers should have been a clue but I somehow missed them!

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  8. Every single door in our place opens into the room except 1 CR but that's because it's under a staircase and cannot open into the CR.

    I may be wrong but the only reason I can see for inward opening doors is that it's less likely to cause an accident. I take Viking's point that people can be on either side of the door, but it makes sense to have the entry safer than the exit somehow. 

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  9. 3 hours ago, Tommy T. said:

    Hmmm... not necessarily so, Jim. Sorry to disagree with you here...

    We had "weatherproof" outlets outside our house in Seattle. They lasted for years. Maybe the build is better there than here? That would definitely not surprise me. The USA versions had strong spring-loaded caps that fit snugly with rubber gaskets over the outlets when not in use. Never had a problem and it rains a lot in Seattle.

    The ones I've seen commonly used here are not what I'd call waterproof...I'm not even sure they're water resistant! Basically, a standard plastic outlet with a hinged cover - as simple as that. Nothing to stop the water getting under the plate or through the cover. We have 2 but both are under roof cover so no issue.

    Back in the UK we had a fully enclosed unit with heavy duty plastic - not suitable for equipment permanently plugged though.

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  10. On 10/19/2019 at 7:53 PM, usa32 said:

    I understand what your saying. It can be cheap. apples for apples, its probably the same. as in I live in a huge house, that probably doesn't even exist there of similar build quality. So obviously my lifestyle would be dialed back quite a bit. Plenty of gold diggers there, I have no doubt. However, at least for me, being a balding , slightly overweight white guy in the usa,   vs. there in the Philippines, i dont think anyone would argue my options would be plentiful there, and here, not so much. Especially, if you want a slim woman, with a semi-decent attitude. That's a big draw for me, as it is for others. The fact I could retire early and live a simpler life appeals to me as well. As well, as being SE asia, it would be alot easier for me to travel to some other countries I want to check out, thailand, vietnam, Singapore etc.

    Those are the main reasons.

     

    No offence intended, but you say your options would be better here than in the USA - why would you imagine that to be the case - because you are financially sorted? Already this sets off alarm bells to me.

    As for house size and quality - you'd be surprised at the number of wealthy Filipinos who live in palatial luxury here. Please don't assume this is a 3rd world backwater - in some areas it is but in orhers its up there with anywhere. And those are the places we are most likely to be gravitating towards more than the squatter areas.

    That said, if you are really looking to dial down your life and meet a simple woman and live a simple life then absolutely this place can work for you.

    Your reasons are sound enough, absolutely. Just give some thought as to how you'll pass your days - once the honeymoon period wears off you are faced with the reality of living in a place where there isn't that much to do unless you're dipping into your wallet. - same as everywhere else in that respect.

    Again, hope you make the decision thst works for you and good luck!

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  11. We had a bizzare one in Vista Mall. We bought a dinner set and an office chair. The chair was to he delivered and we were taking the set with us. This caused chaos as we tried to leave - the guard could nor grasp such a simple thing. Without a word of a lie, there were about 8 people involved in the chaos, each adding a new level of idiocy. Even the Manager was struggling to bring sanity to the situation. It really struck home to me how dumb some things are here and how little people actually think about what is actually happening rather than what the rule book says. Comically, the Manager suggested we leave the dinner set to be delivered with the chair - speechless!

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  12. 3 hours ago, Snowy79 said:

    From my perspective I retired here at 50 and brought 9m peso equivalent into the country.   I invested where I thought and has turned out to be a winner.  I purchased a condo on a holiday island that on a bad month turns over 70 peso per month.  By the end of next year it will have paid for itself, that's in under 4yrs.  I also have a small armed forces pension which in January next year matures and will go up by 2/3rds.  

    I've lived in a few places from Manila to Oriental Mindoro and next month I'm moving to the holiday island.  My rent for a nice one bed studio apartment will be 25k peso, electricity about 5k and visa 1.5k peso per year (extended courtesy).  My investment and pension will mean I'm sorted.  Not a drinker and hate smoking.  

    The only thing I'd warn you about here is the culture.  Yes means maybe, don't expect a business to return a call and there's plenty of women ready to help you spend your money. They'll have lots of great business ideas, don't listen to any of them and find a single orphan with no children. 

    Apart from that live the dream.  If I was in your shoes knowing what I know now I'd go for it.  Get someone to take you under their wing for a bit.  Experience matters here. 

    Good to hear that your investment paid off big time Snowy.

    But, very rarely will somebody see an investment in property pay for itself in only 4 years. I managed to do that in Hong Kong but that's a very special market compared to here.

    Still, your story shows that now and again investing in something here can pay off.

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  13. 1 hour ago, Marvin Boggs said:

    The one that chaps me is getting checked at the exit door for the receipt.  Especially at the nicer stores like S&R where you need a member card just to enter.  Just a few days ago at Wilcon, bought a big pile of flooring, which needed a stock receipt just to wheel it from the back of the store, then a sit down with the cashier lady, and THEN a manager to come sign off on it in front of the guard at the exit.  Really guys?

    It's all part of the lack of trust everybody has for everybody else here. This is one of the few things about the Filipono character I don't like - the instinctive belief that everyone is out to deceive you. Now, I know plenty are but how sad to live thinking everybody is.

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  14. I find customer service great as long as everything runs according to the script. However, the slightest deviation from said script tends to leave me frustrated. I've shared several experiences of this before, but they are the exception. 

    It's a churlish complaint but I find being followed around the store irritating, especially when you just know the person will be unable to answer your query 50% of the time - the other 50% being the stock answer - not available! Ace hardware is bad for this - a hardware store with next to no hardware!

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  15. 16 hours ago, usa32 said:

    If i did. it would still be another 2 years out, as I would have liquidate.

    With that said the reason for me living there is simple.

    Early retirement/cheaper living. no winters. And of course the women.

    I'm just intrigued as to why here rather than somewhere else. Certainly, you can live cheaply here but I wonder how many guys your age think it's cheap. For most if us we're living a simple life because we're of a certain age but if I were 20 years younger I'd not be happy sitting at the Sari Sari store sipping a beer - I'd be in the westernised bars and paying accordingly. I'd just caution you that like for like it's really not significantly cheaper.

    Certainly no winters - long, hot and humid summer instead! The weather is a plus but not as much as you may think.

    The women - well, there are good and bad ones, like everywhere else but there are a fair few examples of gold diggers who can spot a target a mile off.

    I'm not being deliberately negative, it's a great place to retire to and enjoy a slower pace of life IF that's all you're looking for, but it doesn't sound to me that it is.

     

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  16. 1 hour ago, Tommy T. said:

    I know, I know... Sometimes I get carried away with myself. Sorry... :sad: I guess I was trying educate him somewhat and at the beginning I was hoping to give him a couple of simple tests he could try to eliminate considering simple problems. It also gave me a chance to try to re-activate a few dormant or rum-soaked brain cells:smile:

    Actually, I had to calculate the loads when living on the yacht so I could figure out how many solar panels and how many batteries and wire sizes and breaker sizes too. So I will carry that on in the new house too. I am not referred to by friends as anally retentive for nothing!!!:89:

    Apologies not necessary Tom - information is always valuable!  :thumbsup:

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  17. I'd be approaching it from the perspective of why here?  For most of us who are here, we didn't necessarily choose the place rather our partners are from here.  Next, what is the motivation to come here at all - if it's just because it seems easier to date and living costs are cheaper, I'd say don't be so sure about that - and the two can be directly related - plenty of high maintenance women here who have expensive tastes, especially of the rich, young foreigner is paying.  As some have already mentioned, if you want to live a relatively comfortable life here the costs rack up quickly!

    As for your budget, assuming no further financial crises, you would be OK IF you keep a close eye on your budget.  But, you have a lot of life ahead of you and wonder if the place has enough to keep you happy and busy.

    If it were me, I wouldn't be doing it at this moment. 

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  18. 4 minutes ago, Tommy T. said:

    Okay... I get it. Well I'll add this. I have noticed Aussie immigration and customs were always nice to me, Canadians, Kiwis and a number of others. The only really nasty ones I have encountered were in Beijing. Some in other places have been possibly a bit less friendly but not like there.Yeah... I think it could be a tough job to try to take in at a glance, a few questions and the papers and determine on the spot if someone is illegal... But most of them are well trained and I am certain there are many tells that they watch for.

    Oops... I feel like maybe we are drifting off topic a bit? 

    Whilst not in Beijing - my most positive experience was in Guangszhou, China.  Myself, and a number of others, were on the point of missing our train back to Hong Kong due to long lines at immigration.  Recognising this, they ushered us onto the train and then stamped our passports on the train!  

    Back to Beijing, I remember the little feedback buttons at immigration - happy face and sad face!  Thing is, the buttons were in advance of the immigration point rather than after - feedback in advance if you like!  Of course, i hit the smiley face just to be on the safe side!   

    Yes, we have meandered off topic, Tom,  and perhaps have exhausted this side of the topic!  

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  19. 2 hours ago, Tommy T. said:

    ... but then I go in the USA passport holder lines which move along faster than the foreign passport holders. So no complaints from me.

     

    I think that's the relevant point Tom - most of us would say our "own' immigration officials are more pleasant than perhaps foreigners would say! 

    Let's be honest here - their job is to pick out illegal immigrants amongst other things thus it's quite logical that foreign passport holders feel a greater degree of negativity - I've heard the way UK immigration officials talk to foreigners entering the UK!  

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