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Sereno replied to the thread 2015 Drought. on the Dominican Republic forum:
Sereno initially posted:
We have posted under the Hurricane thread concerning our Drought but thought that being in our second year of being actually recognized as a Drought that a new tread should be started. I've talked about putting in rain harvesting gutters/systems and they work great BUT ya need da rain. WELL? A deep subject? Not really. A well was put in 300' feet inland from us and it has some salt. 500' from the Ocean. OK... good for the lawns and pool. (after over a year without any city water I'll consider anything.) The residence of that "community" rejected the water. OH... the water company has DOUBLED the price of water to them. Our well was drilled and produced water the next day and we being much closer to the ocean got .....SWEET WATER with no salt taste. We have topped off the guest pool and filled one cistern. 7,000 gallons of clean fresh water in less then 5 hours. Our neighbors just had one drilled too. Clean fresh water. After over 15-16 months of water problems you would not believe our collective sigh of possible relief. Still conserving but you can not believe what a difference being a little bit more dependent, secure and ???? I'll provide details when asked. Cost was around US $1,500 for the whole thing. BUT it was like a crap shoot... salt water or fresh?
Sereno replied on May 23, 2015 with:
YIPPEEE! All the materials have been ordered and workers lined up for Monday. Since we don't have water yet, a good neighbor will run a hose over so that cement can be mixed. Bought the pump and it's really neat. I'm told this is what is used most of the time in the campo. Bomba Ladrona. Made for shallow wells. 1/2 hp. 110 VAC, 5 amps. Has its' own little pressure tank and pressure switch. Can be bolted to the cement floor. Can run continuously. Can be set for up to 87 psi (that would blow most plumbing connections that are done here.) We don't have a lot of store choices in the Sosua area and learned that it's not fun to run around POP or to Santiago just to save a few pesos. We got the last one in our area and glad to pay the DP $10,125. with 1,545 of that in Tax. I'll experiment with it once up and running but feel that 50 psi is more then enough to run two large lawn sprinklers with no problem. I have the crawling "tractor" type ones that I really like in the pastures since I don't have to go move them. Sometimes.... just SOMETIMES, a project comes together and keeps moving forward.
Sereno replied on May 23, 2015 with:
So after my wife had spent over an hour at Edenorte to get power to our pasture land... and needed to get more papers that needed the official stamps.... Our foreman and I ventured to the Edenorte office yesterday morning with a stack of papers and ID's. I played stupid gringo and let our man handle things. Our man is a good looking young man and the girl and him were flirting while I sat to the side playing my part. The girl didn't even look at the papers and just filled out the forms. The new electrical connection goes in next week. So with that close to being under control we called the drilling guy and by the end of the day the well was drilled and sleeved. Hit water at 27' and drilled another 8. Sweet water. We will start to build the well house today to protect the equipment and secure it. That should be finished before the electric people have installed the new cables and meter. We, and everyone else, have had a BIG problem with ONE person in the area that is next to our lots. He also is the main cause for several houses not getting water since he has cut everyone off. Corraplata knows it but did nothing. When HIS water stopped he yells at everyone and makes trouble. Loud mouth that does not stop yelling and even thou you wait for him to stop and take a breath..... he doesn't. He opens unlocked gates and walks right onto private property and does his rants that have gone on for hours. He has been threatened by a few people and punched out at least once. SOOOO.... I gave our man my shotgun and told him to wave it around and to use it if he enters our closed gate. Guess that "Mussolini" saw it and never got near us. The police did show up and just started laughing and even a little disappointed that we didn't "take care" of him. They have had their run-ins with him and can not stand him either. So we will take extra steps so that he can not steel our water at night as he has with others. He even pumped out his neighbors cistern and pool while they were away for a week. Don't let what rain we have had fool you into thinking that the Drought is over. A few light showers yesterday but the D.R. is so behind on rainfall that in a short time we will really be in trouble around the Country.
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Sereno replied to the thread Going Green for power. on the Dominican Republic forum:
Sereno initially posted:
This usually becomes a rather heated subject. As most know, the DR is installing 2 coal powered electric generating plants at a very high cost. I'll leave it at that. BUT... if this is true perhaps the people in charge have come to understand a few things. ------------------- http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/economy/2015/5/4/54986/State-owned-Electric-Utility-toinstall-solar-panels-on-govt-buildings State-owned Electric Utility to install solar panels on govt. buildings. Santo Domingo.– State-owned Electric Utility (CDEEE) announced Monday that a program of solar energy will be implemented in all public buildings in the country, aimed at reducing the governmet's annual electricity bill by at least US$50 million. According to El Nuevo Diario, the program also seeks to reduce the dependence on fossil generation and help mitigate the negative effects fuel production has on the environment. The program designed by the CDEEE involves the installation of photovoltaic solar panels for electricity production for self-sufficiency of public entities. The project will meet all or part of the electricity demand of schools, hospitals, government offices and other institutions. ------------- I'm over 95% solar for the last 5 or more years. Just about everything is on the solar system. Our Edenorte gringo smart meter had upped our bill to almost US 1,000 per month while we responded to cutting our use down. After some adjusting.... we have won. Our bill is under US $100. per month and we have not really changed that much. Our system has paid for it's self over and over and over and thou we conserve, we and our renters have everything. The ONLY thing that is NOT on the solar system is AC. With our rentals, we have a lot of power requirements that must be met. We have not only met those but have extra solar energy that we use to "boil" our batteries in normal maintenance. Our back up Gen has started so few times that I have it scheduled to start once a week to maintain it. We LOVE our solar system. We .... don't like the inflated electric bills and refused to pay them.
Sereno replied on May 23, 2015 with:
Oh NO.... I ran out of power..... and everything worked just fine as intended. Cloudy day yesterday but still ran 2 pool pumps and 2 water pumps trying to get my wife's pool filled and keeping both pools clean. Batteries got low so the generator started just like it should. It needed running anyway and my diesel is getting old. Full charge on batteries in about 1-1/2 hours and before our systems switched to Edenorte street power for the night. So that stayed on a float charge not running up our electric bill. All is good. Sereno
Sereno replied on May 21, 2015 with:
Just a little more info? I forgot about the Solar Controller. The panels are wired to a breakers and then into the controller and then to another breaker then to the batteries. I have 2 Outback Flexmax 80. I have a flat roof area that works great.......... after I moved them from where the "expert" installed them so that the roof shadow didn't shade them. I angled them to get the most from the sun in the winter. Mounting them on a tile roof is difficult but can be done but a lot of care should be done so you do not create a leaking roof when it rains. The location and angles are very important. Also consider the possible theft factor. You can make the solar panel frames from 1" X 1" square aluminum tubes and add "legs" to adjust for the best sun angle. Carefully drill holes in the out most part of the solar panels and then screw or bolt onto the frames that you have made. The panels should come with wire that is connected to your wire to run to the solar controller. I suggest using insulated 3 wire cable that is run in conduit. The grounding is very important so check that you have a grounding system. The gauge of the wire also depends on how long of a run you will have. I also crimped my wire connections, wrapped with electrical tape and used heat shrink to seal the connections. (The Atlantic Ocean is 60 meters from my house so we get a lot of salt air.) Anything Else? Sereno
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Kiskeyanos replied to the thread trailer? on the Dominican Republic forum on May 14, 2015:
Kiskeyanos initially posted:
We are starting to get ducks in a row as we hope to move in less than 2 years. We have narrowed down our search to Cabrera, Azua and Bani,all for proximity to family and friends... although I read they are putting up 2 coal fired electrical plants in Bani which I would avoid.my question is this. We love camping and we have a 27 foot trailer we are likely going to sell before we move. Could we transport a smaller pop up trailer? Would that go in the container with the household goods or with auto transport (no motor involved). We are moving in a citizens, so I don't know if the rules are different
Kiskeyanos replied on May 14, 2015 with:
Thanks. Warnings not taken lightly. Will be vigilant
Sereno replied on May 13, 2015 with:
Expectations? I know 3 other US/Domincans with family that live in the US and are moving back here to the DR. They have family and property here in the DR. They have been going thru HECK in every way. The set their expectations that being a Dominican with resources returning under the law would help them. They have lots of family that can help them. They knew people in the many areas that would help them. They ALL learned a lesson and hearing their experiences I concluded that they got it worse then me the gringo. Really. Everyone got it worse cause.... their family and friends got involved and they all took advantage. Every one of them! Do your OWN homework and do it as best that you can. Your husbands 3rd cousin ain't gonna show up.
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Sereno replied to the thread FOREIGN EXCHANGE RATES on the Dominican Republic forum:
Bgon57 initially posted:
I HAVE RETIRED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND RECEIVE MY PENSION WHICH IS DEPOSITED DIRECTLY INTO MY U.S. BANK ACCOUNT. CAN ANYONE RECOMMEND, ASIDE FROM XOOM AND WESTERN UNION, (WU) A CHEAP AND RELIABLE WAY I CAN TRANSFER MY PENSION PAYMENTS TO MY DR BANK ACCOUNT? XOOM AND WU CHARGES HIGH RATES AND LOWER THE RD$ EXCHANGE RATE FOR EACH TRANSFER. YOUR ASSISTANCE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Sereno replied on May 13, 2015 with:
OH... this IS the tread. No one can read UP and learn possible answers?
Sereno replied on May 13, 2015 with:
Another thread covers this. NO NEED TO YELL! If you have been living here and have not figured it out then I don't know what to tell you. You're have a problem with transfer fees of under $10. points is a concern? The U.S. Embassy IS NOT GOING TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR PERSONAL FINANCE PROBLEM. Period. Several possible solutions are posted in another thread but this thread is GARBAGE.
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Mikeytraveller replied to the thread Cost of living on the Dominican Republic forum:
Azure initially posted:
I've heard that cars and fuel are expensive. Can you tell me the names of any dealers for second hand car like Opel Astra about 4-5 years old? How much is gas, electricity, water, council tax for a 3 bed villa/house? How much is grocery shopping for 2 adults including meat and fish per week? Beer and wine? We will be retiring to DP but we'd like to eat out too, how much would a 3 course meal in a mid range restaurant be? Would appreciate some idea of costs as you've all been in this boat I'm sure!!
Mikeytraveller replied on May 11, 2015 with:
I agree completely with Boater. The majority of expats I know here are very happy of their decision to move and live here. Come to the DR and judge for yourself, don't let a few thoughtless comments keep you from what may be your perfect place too. Cheers, Mike
Mikeytraveller replied on May 11, 2015 with:
I agree completely with Boater. The majority of expats I know here are very happy of their decision to move and live here. Come to the DR and judge for yourself, don't let a few thoughtless comments keep you from what may be your perfect place too. Cheers, Mike
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Azure replied to the thread buying without renting on the Dominican Republic forum:
Azure initially posted:
Has anyone retired to the Dominican Republic and bought a house without renting first? We have had previous problems selling a UK house with obstructive tenants who would not let people view at weekends, and it took ages to sell. We're not keen on doing it again. If you did buy straight away, which agents are the best to use, and solicitors? How many trips did you do before you found your home? These are all important questions to us.
Azure replied on May 11, 2015 with:
Dominicaninfo I have been there actually, and I consider you to be quite bitter, and thank god we are not moving there now. This post is now closed
dominicaninfo replied on April 26, 2015 with:
the question you asking prove that : a) either you never been there b) you have no concept of dominican reality & mentality do yourself a favor, come here, rent for few months, explore the island and later make up your choice. dont forget about learning Spanish, as it helps a lot. (guess what - this is spanish speaking country)
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Georg posted What's allowed in household goods? on the Dominican Republic forum:
I make some of my own herbal potions. Nothing risque or even borderline "high" type, just simple stuff like ginseng and ho shu wu. I have vitamins and supplements as well, again, nothing that is not strictly over the health food store counter, but in so many parts of Europe, Codex Alimentarius bans these, so much so that a Polish friend told me Germany's ban created a thriving blackmarket in Poland for anything from vitamin C to krill oil. I was hoping that it is possible to bring this kind of thing in by simply declaring it- after all, none is for resale. Has anyone encountered this, brought in nutriceuticals like MSM?
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Trev423 posted Tips for TESOL Teacher looking for work on the Dominican Republic forum:
Hello all, I am a 49 year old Canadian/British citizen, TESOL certified, with an associates degree looking for a teaching job in the Dominican Republic. Wages are not hugely important as long as I have food and accommodation covered. Any tips on how to do this would be greatly appreciated.
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richardalaird replied to the thread Dominican inheritance rights on the Dominican Republic forum:
tonyb764 initially posted:
Good day; does anyone know if there is any such law stating if you are an expat, and you purchase property in the Dominican Republic and you pass away, Now you want to leave your property to your family. Is it true that your attorney that represented you in the purchase of your property is entitled to 50% of your property, before your family can take over the property?
richardalaird replied most recently with:
We are going through this process now in the DR. It is my understanding that the DR is under Napoleonic Law vs. the US form. I have had multiple attorneys interpret this law differently. I highly recommend you consult an attorney BEFORE acquiring real estate in the DR. I am told that the sequence of events for inheritance is: 50% to spouse and 50% to either your parents or children (I don't know the sequence if you have both living); If either are not living: 50% to spouse the 50% to the deceased siblings. We are trying to determine if this can be overruled with a DR will and/or how to shape our US will to have an effect on the DR's Napoleonic law. I am not an attorney, but have been told that the simplest way to leave property to whom you want is to obtain a waiver from the family members who are in line too receive the property so the title is in the name of the person or persons you wish to leave it to. As for 50% to attorneys, I doubt it. However, because of the loose interpretation of legal matters in the DR, it has been recommended to me to have two or more DR attorneys monitoring the execution of your DR will to have some protection over the amount an attorney may charge to be the executor of your DR will. Or, you may wish to designate in your DR will a predetermined amount the attorney will be paid and require your attorney to sign an agreements as too that amount. It is complicated, so find a reputable law firm for any property transaction you contemplate and get a second opinion. You may want to form a DR corporation to obtain the property, but that has a different set of problems with taxes, etc. Good Luck.
boater replied most recently with:
I don't know about the attorney thing, although I've heard some version of it. However, I do know that the inheritance law in the DR has a feature called "forced inheritance" that requires that spouses and children get most of the estate, no matter what your will says. If you have property here and want to leave it to someone other than your family, you should go to a Dominican attorney who knows about estate planning. The laws here are not like in the US.
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boater replied to the thread Men from DR on the Dominican Republic forum:
mm77 initially posted:
Hi All :) I would like to find out more about men in DR.I came back from holiday in Punta Cana 2 weeks ago .I absolutely loved it. People were amazing and so friendly.I met one of the guys working in the hotel.We exchanged the numbers and since I am back he texts and claims to be in love. Obviously I think this it is ridiculous in my opinion but could I be wrong? is that true that all guys want just to escape from their country ? I would rather move in to DR then bring someone to UK. any advice ? thank you
boater replied most recently with:
There is a great deal of information on this topic on the Forums at www.DR1.com. Many sad stories and some that highlight the exceptions. It happens to both men and women. Up your odds by bypassing tourist areas, if you can. Or just have fun and don't take things too seriously.
mm77 replied most recently with:
Of course I agree !I am not judging anyone.I am sure there are good men as well no doubts.The one I met at resort he seems to be very nice.He doesn't hide anything.Sends me photos of his kid every day.If not his sudden expression of love I may have even liked him :) just want to add I am 30 years old so not exactly the age they are talking in the movie about (no offence ).Well but I am not bringing anyone to Uk. To be honest I feel sorry for people in DR.How do they manage to live in such poverty ..? :(
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