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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 07:46 (9 days ago)

I'm interested in getting some feedback on dehumidifiers.
First of all has anyone seen a place to buy one locally?
I'd like to check that before I try Amaxon.com.mx or other online.
Second- how about efficacy?
I've had a few items of clothing, pillow cases mold up during the high humidity/rainy reason. I used the dehumidifier "balls" last year and they seemed to help.
Looking to take the next step.
Thanks

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 08:32 (9 days ago) @ mosesk

I'm interested in getting some feedback on dehumidifiers.
First of all has anyone seen a place to buy one locally?
I'd like to check that before I try Amaxon.com.mx or other online.
Second- how about efficacy?
I've had a few items of clothing, pillow cases mold up during the high humidity/rainy reason. I used the dehumidifier "balls" last year and they seemed to help.
Looking to take the next step.
Thanks

Mis dos centavitos. :2c:

Never had one or used one here and neither have generations of zihuatanejenses. You're making things too difficult and going against the flow.

That said, any decent A/C should have a dehumidify setting. Have you tried running that once a week or so?

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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 08:58 (9 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

I'm interested in getting some feedback on dehumidifiers.
First of all has anyone seen a place to buy one locally?
I'd like to check that before I try Amaxon.com.mx or other online.
Second- how about efficacy?
I've had a few items of clothing, pillow cases mold up during the high humidity/rainy reason. I used the dehumidifier "balls" last year and they seemed to help.
Looking to take the next step.
Thanks


Mis dos centavitos. :2c:

Never had one or used one here and neither have generations of zihuatanejenses. You're making things too difficult and going against the flow.

That said, any decent A/C should have a dehumidify setting. Have you tried running that once a week or so?

Last year was really the first time I had to deal with the situation and I was not here during the period in question.
The sanitary engineer (Also known as housekeeper) comes weekly and I think runs the AC for an hour while she is here.
I don’t think that’s enough to take care of the situation.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 17:59 (8 days ago) @ mosesk

I'm interested in getting some feedback on dehumidifiers.
First of all has anyone seen a place to buy one locally?
I'd like to check that before I try Amaxon.com.mx or other online.
Second- how about efficacy?
I've had a few items of clothing, pillow cases mold up during the high humidity/rainy reason. I used the dehumidifier "balls" last year and they seemed to help.
Looking to take the next step.
Thanks


Mis dos centavitos. :2c:

Never had one or used one here and neither have generations of zihuatanejenses. You're making things too difficult and going against the flow.

That said, any decent A/C should have a dehumidify setting. Have you tried running that once a week or so?


Last year was really the first time I had to deal with the situation and I was not here during the period in question.
The sanitary engineer (Also known as housekeeper) comes weekly and I think runs the AC for an hour while she is here.
I don’t think that’s enough to take care of the situation.

Running the A/C isn't the same as using its dehumidify setting.

If you have a maid come once a week even when you aren't there (?) then one of her tasks could simply be to hang linens and clothing in the sun for an hour or so. That's what locals have always done to deal with the problem you're having.

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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 18:16 (8 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

I'm interested in getting some feedback on dehumidifiers.
First of all has anyone seen a place to buy one locally?
I'd like to check that before I try Amaxon.com.mx or other online.
Second- how about efficacy?
I've had a few items of clothing, pillow cases mold up during the high humidity/rainy reason. I used the dehumidifier "balls" last year and they seemed to help.
Looking to take the next step.
Thanks


Mis dos centavitos. :2c:

Never had one or used one here and neither have generations of zihuatanejenses. You're making things too difficult and going against the flow.

That said, any decent A/C should have a dehumidify setting. Have you tried running that once a week or so?


Last year was really the first time I had to deal with the situation and I was not here during the period in question.
The sanitary engineer (Also known as housekeeper) comes weekly and I think runs the AC for an hour while she is here.
I don’t think that’s enough to take care of the situation.


Running the A/C isn't the same as using its dehumidify setting.

If you have a maid come once a week even when you aren't there (?) then one of her tasks could simply be to hang linens and clothing in the sun for an hour or so. That's what locals have always done to deal with the problem you're having.

I’m not aware my A/C has a dehumidify setting.
I’ll take it apart tonight to see if it’s there...

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 18:55 (8 days ago) @ mosesk

You know you could always be "unmanly" and read the instructions.....:bump:

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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 19:33 (8 days ago) @ Talley Ho

You know you could always be "unmanly" and read the instructions.....:bump:

Well hail Elijah...I have seen the lite and I am rezuwreckted...
The reliable dynamic duo of ZR and TH have shown me the folly of my ways and led me to the path of manualization...
And lo and behold...I spy upon a "Dry" setting which undoubtedly is my savior in these troubled and turbulent times...
Wet with agony and intensity I am now delivered...suckled by the feats of technology...

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by Casa Juan @, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 20:55 (8 days ago) @ mosesk

a really well ventilated place and putting your sheets etc in plastic containers with bounce or the equivalent( dryer fabric ) has worked for me for 6 years with up to six month absences without mold. Though it did not help me with the ratone problem this year which was previously non existent.

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by Elena S @, Tacoma WA USA, Friday, February 19, 2021, 19:35 (7 days ago) @ Casa Juan

Willis Carrier was trying to invent a dehumidifier for a printing company, when they found that everyone was taking their breaks near the presses because it was cool in that room. And a lightbulb went on over his head as to the true potential of his invention.

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by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 15:57 (8 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

We agree with you Rob. On the very few cabinets that have doors on them, our wonderful carpenter made a point of explaining to us why they had to have slatted fronts, not solid. Maybe when you aren't around you could leave cabinet doors open for air flow.

We have ceiling fans running regularly. Consider leaving them running when you aren't there. Most of the modern ones are very energy efficient.

Windows. Ours are open, with one very rare exception, fully, and left that way all of the time. During a hard, wind driven rain we have to close our three big sliders down to about 2 feet, then put a large towel in front of the opening on the tile floor to catch the flood. Better three soaked towels than a flooded second floor, and we still have air flow. You are bound to have a window or three that you can safely leave open when you aren't there.

Or, even better, just move here full time!

Batteries arrive yet?

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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 16:08 (8 days ago) @ Talley Ho

We agree with you Rob. On the very few cabinets that have doors on them, our wonderful carpenter made a point of explaining to us why they had to have slatted fronts, not solid. Maybe when you aren't around you could leave cabinet doors open for air flow.

We have ceiling fans running regularly. Consider leaving them running when you aren't there. Most of the modern ones are very energy efficient.

Windows. Ours are open, with one very rare exception, fully, and left that way all of the time. During a hard, wind driven rain we have to close our three big sliders down to about 2 feet, then put a large towel in front of the opening on the tile floor to catch the flood. Better three soaked towels than a flooded second floor, and we still have air flow. You are bound to have a window or three that you can safely leave open when you aren't there.

Or, even better, just move here full time!

WORKIN ON IT half time, anyway


Batteries arrive yet?

NOT YET

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 16:42 (8 days ago) @ Talley Ho

In Zihua, we keep our personal stuff in a well-sealed, locked closet. We buy a product at Mega, the name of which I can't remember - it looks like cat litter - that attracts moisture and drops it into a covered container. So far, we've not had any problems with mold.

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by mexicoman @, Puerto Vallarta, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 08:36 (9 days ago) @ mosesk

I'm interested in getting some feedback on dehumidifiers.
First of all has anyone seen a place to buy one locally?
I'd like to check that before I try Amaxon.com.mx or other online.
Second- how about efficacy?
I've had a few items of clothing, pillow cases mold up during the high humidity/rainy reason. I used the dehumidifier "balls" last year and they seemed to help.
Looking to take the next step.
Thanks

We have used Damp Rid hanging humidity absorption bags for years. Replace them every 2-4 weeks. Available at Mega. They may be cheaper than the electricity for a humidifier running 24/7.

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by mosesk @, Ojai, CA, USA, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 08:59 (9 days ago) @ mexicoman

I'm interested in getting some feedback on dehumidifiers.
First of all has anyone seen a place to buy one locally?
I'd like to check that before I try Amaxon.com.mx or other online.
Second- how about efficacy?
I've had a few items of clothing, pillow cases mold up during the high humidity/rainy reason. I used the dehumidifier "balls" last year and they seemed to help.
Looking to take the next step.
Thanks


We have used Damp Rid hanging humidity absorption bags for years. Replace them every 2-4 weeks. Available at Mega. They may be cheaper than the electricity for a humidifier running 24/7.

Thx
I’ll look into it

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by kathyMN @, Saint Francis, Minnesota, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 08:51 (9 days ago) @ mosesk

Several years ago we bought two dehumidifiers at the suggestion of our property manager. They said that other clients had done the same for the reasons you describe. It was a mistake. Our electricity bill went up to 12,000 pesos and we were stuck in the higher tier for months. We now use Damprid when we are gone for long periods of time. It works well if changed out every 2-3 weeks. I have never found it locally, but it is available via Amazon. Mega has something similar, but it does not work as well in my opinion.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 09:56 (9 days ago) @ mosesk

We've never had a problem at Casa Amarilla, which stays unoccupied for most of the year.

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by Sandy feet @, Seattle, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 10:16 (9 days ago) @ frostbite

I wouldn't be advertising an empty property ;-)

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 10:55 (9 days ago) @ Sandy feet

I wouldn't be advertising an empty property ;-)

Excellent advice. :thumb:

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Thursday, February 18, 2021, 15:29 (8 days ago) @ Sandy feet

The downstairs apartment is rented out year round. We use the upstairs for 8 weeks a year and it is available for rent at other times. The manager checks the place daily, maid service and gardener work are regular, as well as maintenance.

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http://www.casaamarillazihua.com/

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by catlover, Friday, February 19, 2021, 06:07 (8 days ago) @ Sandy feet

A number of years back we had friends who owned a condo there with the plan of using it a couple weeks a year during the high season and then rent it out to offset the cost of holding it until they could retire and move there. They had a property manager who would rent it out, but would not tell them it was rented, thereby pocketing the rent. This ended when we made a surprise visit to the condo during one of our trips and spoke to the tenants who had no idea what the manager was doing. One of the downsides of being an absentee landlord.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, February 19, 2021, 09:21 (8 days ago) @ catlover

A number of years back we had friends who owned a condo there with the plan of using it a couple weeks a year during the high season and then rent it out to offset the cost of holding it until they could retire and move there. They had a property manager who would rent it out, but would not tell them it was rented, thereby pocketing the rent. This ended when we made a surprise visit to the condo during one of our trips and spoke to the tenants who had no idea what the manager was doing. One of the downsides of being an absentee landlord.

Thanks for underscoring one more reason why I do what I do and urge people to avoid using websites like airbnb and vrbo. There is no guarantee when you deal with those websites that you are going to a place that is legit, that pays its local taxes and complies with local laws. Stories like yours are quite common here locally.

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by midalake @, Friday, February 19, 2021, 09:50 (8 days ago) @ ZihuaRob
edited by midalake, Friday, February 19, 2021, 10:16

A number of years back we had friends who owned a condo there with the plan of using it a couple weeks a year during the high season and then rent it out to offset the cost of holding it until they could retire and move there. They had a property manager who would rent it out, but would not tell them it was rented, thereby pocketing the rent. This ended when we made a surprise visit to the condo during one of our trips and spoke to the tenants who had no idea what the manager was doing. One of the downsides of being an absentee landlord.


Thanks for underscoring one more reason why I do what I do and urge people to avoid using websites like airbnb and vr bo. There is no guarantee when you deal with those websites that you are going to a place that is legit, that pays its local taxes and complies with local laws. Stories like yours are quite common here locally.

You understand his story has nothing to do with airbnb or Vrbo, correct?
Do you also understand that both those two websites and others now report any income to Hacienda .
Probably not!

Vrbo and airbnb also require a Mexican tax#, a RFC.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Friday, February 19, 2021, 12:04 (8 days ago) @ midalake

A number of years back we had friends who owned a condo there with the plan of using it a couple weeks a year during the high season and then rent it out to offset the cost of holding it until they could retire and move there. They had a property manager who would rent it out, but would not tell them it was rented, thereby pocketing the rent. This ended when we made a surprise visit to the condo during one of our trips and spoke to the tenants who had no idea what the manager was doing. One of the downsides of being an absentee landlord.


Thanks for underscoring one more reason why I do what I do and urge people to avoid using websites like airbnb and vrbo. There is no guarantee when you deal with those websites that you are going to a place that is legit, that pays its local taxes and complies with local laws. Stories like yours are quite common here locally.


You understand his story has nothing to do with airbnb or Vrbo, correct?
Do you also understand that both those two websites and others now report any income to Hacienda .
Probably not!

Vrbo and airbnb also require a Mexican tax#, a RFC.

I stand by my comments, Dave. I live here. Whoever runs those websites doesn't. I actually know and care about my community. Those two websites couldn't care less. Be kind of hard to require a Mexican RFC from someone who lives in the USA and doesn't have one, yet properties owned and advertised by such people abound. I know. I have their e-mails with replies to my question "Do you have an RFC #" "What's that?" They get around it by using "agents" or the catchall RFC #s for non-registered foreigners. Very simple matter to get around. Then there was the matter of the harassment of a reader a while back by one of those scammers. The lodgings and services I list are reliable, trustworthy, and as far as I know did not earn their money through corrupt or dishonest practices. Can't say the same for properties and services I see listed elsewhere, including the two websites in question.

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by catlover, Friday, February 19, 2021, 16:54 (7 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

:megusta: