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About elosodelcerro

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  1. He's still building and I was going to have him build something for us. The guy was totally non-communicative and hard to deal with.I certainly cannot recommend him.
  2. Sounds like a good plan. Try to prevent it from jarring around too much as well, perhaps something cushiony on the bottom. Protecting the screen from puncture or scratches is one of the big things as I'm sure you know. Maybe a blanket against the screen, then the cardboard...
  3. I only know that the people I know who live in nice new homes, in sight from a public road are the ones who've been hit the most and hardest, of all the people I know in Costa Rica, which is quite a few. Again, I think that being off the main road, not visible from the main road, is more of an asset than a liability. I think that if one has to carry stuff over a fence, down a long driveway, and under threat of security cameras and a gun and/or a dog, there is less chance of being robbed. Time and circumstance will of course tell the tale. I also wanted to point out to marzrox above, t
  4. Marsrox, you aren't that far off from me re the security you are putting in place. It's just that you make it sound a lot more dangerous to live in Costa Rica than I think it really is, based on visiting there and having friends there for 25 years - Ticos and Gringos alike. You wrote: "Am I being unduly paranoid or hysterical?" and so I gave you my answer that I think you're a bit overstating the danger which I would call "a little paranoid". A "Club" type device on your steering wheel is well known to be a waste of time to any thief worth his salt. There is a very simple cheap and e
  5. Good points. Thanks. I still think that a home not visible from the main road and down a "lane" and over a fence is less susceptible to being broken into than one right off the main road that is visible. But time will tell who is right on this, or maybe just random chance is a main factor...
  6. Wow. That's a lot of words to say that you sound very scared to live in Costa Rica. May I ask what area you live in? Is it San Jose'? is it a bad neighborhood of San Jose'? I ask because it does sound like either you're kind of paranoid or else you have had some very bad experiences in Costa Rica with robbers etc. Honestly, I thought my security ideas were pretty extreme but yours make mine sound like nothing. If I had to live in fear like it seems like you do, I'd definitely move somewhere where I felt safer. Just sayin'. That said I really don't think MOST areas in Costa R
  7. It's interesting how many people have varying ideas on how to be secure from robbery in Costa Rica. I thought I had a pretty good plan but I see now that - even if I do go with my original plan? - I have some other ideas to consider. As with most things there is kind of 2 extremes of thought in this thread .... and the best way may well lie somewhere in the middle. Since I cannot own a gun for about 3 years or 4 years (after becoming a permanent resident) I will give up on that aspect of my security plan. I will stick with the "hidden closet" reinforced with rebar or other steel and t
  8. You make some very good points. I think my stragegy of having a hidden reinforced closet for my laptop etc is still not a bad idea. No one except a few will know it's there and if they try to get into it they will likely get caught spending so much time on it... not to mention getting videotaped by the camera I'll have pointed at it... ;-D Maybe the threatening signs are overkill. I would only do that I guess AFTER being robbed. I am guessing you've never been robbed, Eleanor? It makes a difference. I know people who've been robbed twice and it changes their whole approach and attitude.
  9. I was being somewhat fecetious re the arrow. But, someone running off with your stuff gets an non-lethal arrow in the back and you go to jail?
  10. Your point of view is something to think about. We actually won't have much but what we do have we don't want stolen. I know sometimes people break in just to steel sheets, towels, silverware, etc. We'd just rather not have anyone break in at all. The sign I would put would be near the door which in order to see, they'd have to already be planning to steal from us. I'm hoping it might make them change their mind. They'd have to drive down a private driveway, climb over a fence, walk 50 yards to just see my sign. Then they see the cameras, the lights coming on if at night, and realize they
  11. Wishing I were lying in a hammock on my porch in Costa Rica drinking a coffee and watching the clouds over the Gulf...

  12. Good info. We will not put security bars up over our regular windows unless or until (!) we do get broken into. I hate the idea of being behind security bars. I will put them up over the top jalousies but not over the picture windows. Our home will be un-seen from the road, several hundred feet in behind a locked gate... and we'll have security lights and cameras and alarms and a dog and a sign that says "WILL SHOOT ROBBERS!" in Spanish, and yes, guns. So, hopefully we will not be broken into!
  13. These jalousies are what I have seen being installed above picture windows and what we want - at least on a couple walls that face our view - are picture windows with the jalousies above them and along the entire width of the picture windows. This design allows you to keep the jalousies open virtually all the time to create ventilation as the overhang of the roof will keep rain from coming in, and the angle of the jalousies themselves also help this. Since they're high up and not tall no one could get in through them so you can leave them open all night as well. Are these jalousies - ones
  14. I looked at Concrepal and may use them. I looked at a couple houses built by them and they seemed okay to me. I mean, you get what you pay for but for a low budget home, they're not bad, especially if you are on a limited budget. It's cheap and quick and my friends who used them were happy with them. A lot of people say concrete is bad because it creates a home like a pizza oven. What I have learned is that by putting insulationi above the ceiling (foam, I think it is), you can keep the heat down, and then by having good cross-ventilation instead of NO Windows as the Ticos tend to do, and wi
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