Today made the second day of the home inspection business. The first day was getting the electricity on and checked as well as the water. The electricity seems to be fine all plugs are wired correctly only one fan in the back bedroom doesn’t work, but I don’t like its looks anyway so it will be replaced and wired properly. The water turn off valve for the house leaks badly and needs to be replaced as does one toilet tank seal. All this is an easy fix.
Today we had the gas turned on and found that the water heater needs to be straightened so the flue will work correctly and that there are no racks in the oven, the oven looks clean which surprised me as the rest of the house looks grimy. I was most concerned when the heating/air-conditioning unit didn’t come on when we had electricity. The HVAC man checked it out and it is a problem with the cable going to the unit from the thermostat and or the thermostat. I’ll have that replaced once the house is officially mine.
So far nothing serious has been found to be wrong just little things that need repair. A bit of good news today while at the house there was a strong down-pour of rain for about fifteen minutes giving the roof and windows a good test and they passed the test. The small amount of damage to the back windows was mostly caused be condensation and not a water leak as I first thought.
I am eager to get going with cleaning up the place; such as removing the carpet it stinks like someone or some animal peed on it and with the humidity the odor is stronger. Once the interior of the house is painted and new floor coverings are installed it will smell a lot better.
So, all-n-all I am more confident that this place can be made into a nice home once I get working on it. I did get to observe the neighborhood on a weekday morning and it is a quiet neighborhood just a few cars and small trucks passing by, the land drains fairly well and so far I’ve heard only one rooster, some horses and the train far off not using its horn at the crossing which is nice. I may like this place after I get it fixed up to my satisfaction. In a few weeks I’ll be trailer trash again maybe I should practice scratching in in-appropriate places and wiping my nose on my shirt-sleeve-nah, I’ll get by with the blank look on my face 🙂
This morning started out okay I got up early fed my kitty and she seemed to be in fair shape for a change and took my meds. I then I got dressed and went for my walk to the beach. I noticed we had a lot more gulls this morning than usual and that we had an RV camped on the beach from Austria! There was one other camper using a Volkswagen van and that was all of the campers. The walk went well no major huffing and puffing up the hill. When I got back to the house I had breakfast and got ready to go to town. Today was Spanish class, go by the mechanic‘s shop to have him check out my car and go to the Mexican DMV to get another license.
Once I pulled out onto the highway on the way to town I felt and saw the RPMs quickly rise up and I knew the car was in trouble. I coasted over the median and headed back to my house. I drove slowly to keep the car moving and made it almost into my yard when the transmission went out! So now my car is sitting partly in the road and won’t move. I can’t push it enough because of the sand and I don’t want my elderly neighbors pushing it so there it sits. I switched vehicles and drove my little GEO Tracker to town and met with the mechanic and arranged to have him take it to a place to have the transmission rebuilt ($$$). Then I went on to the Mexican DMV where I got my new Mexican driver’s lic.. It cost me 570 pesos or about $50 for five years and the ugliest photo ever OYE! I then went on to Spanish class where I might have understood about half of what was going on, sigh! Finally I had enough and went for brunch at my favorite restaurant where I (at last) got everything my way, breakfast was 35 pesos which included coffee or a little less then $3.00 for two eggs, toast and potatoes 🙂
I stopped for a little shopping on the way home and when I got here my car is still sitting in the street at an awkward angle and the mechanic hasn’t shown up and most likely won’t today. I’ll have to put some light out there tonight to make sure somebody doesn’t run into it!
The fun just keeps on coming!
there always seems to be something wrong with vehicles. Either they need repair or need maintenance. I called my landlord for a recomendation on getting a mechanic to come by and check my van. The motor over heats in about twenty minutes and it was leaking water/antifreeze. I couldn’t find the leak and feared that the water pump had failed. The mechanic took his time about coming over to look at the van. He found the leak right away it was the lower radiator hose.
I talked with the mechanic in my broken spanish and I thought we agreed that he would return later the same day to guide me to his repair shop across town. He was supposed to meet me at four pm. Those of you who have Mx experience know what happend next, he didn’t show up at
the appointed time. What’s more the card he gave me didn’t have the correct cell phone number either. When I called his number I got a message in spanish saying they couldn’t complete the call. I thought that was my fault that I had not dialed correctly or that I had done something else to cause the error. I figured that either way the mechanic knew he had a paying customer waiting for him and he would show up with out prompting. Nope he didn’t show so I called my friendly landlord again and had to leave a message. Finally, hours later, I get a mesage from the landlord that the mechanic will show up at four and he did, much to my surprise.
Because my car is american plated he can’t drive it so I had to drive it over to his shop following him and of course being the end of the day and the car was now hot they couldn’t work on it till the following day if they can find a hose that will fit it.
So when someone says make sure you pack your patience when living in Mx they know of what they speak. Now I’m waiting for the mechanic to show up to take me to his shop ….