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by Miro
Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:46 pm
Forum: DIY, Pools & Home Improvement
Topic: Metal Paint
Replies: 25
Views: 8442

Leroy Merlin have a no name brand of anti-oxidante which is much cheaper than Titanlux. I've bought a can of each to try out & compare. Will try to remember to post results here in a couple of weeks time (if the rain ever stops!)
by Miro
Tue Apr 24, 2007 12:05 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: New Electicity Meters
Replies: 54
Views: 11622

Torreluz, tiny wholesale shop directly opposite the bus station in Torremolinos, best prices around here. I buy the materials, my man does the work. Best that way!
by Miro
Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:45 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: gas bottles
Replies: 11
Views: 2931

dmw, don't know whereabouts you are, but the second hand shops round my way almost always have a few orange bottles (empty) available for something like €10. You can then simply exchange it for a new (full) one just the same as you do for your cooker. No one will ever know what you use it for - i.e....
by Miro
Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:38 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Paving blocks - where can I buy them?
Replies: 6
Views: 2701

Isn't there a Leroy Merlin over your side of Malaga? I thought I'd seen one, maybe where Dunnes is? Doesn't show up on their website. They seem to sell just about everything you could possibly need. If Malaga (before the airport) isn't too far for you, check this: http://www.leroymerlin.es/mpng2-fro...
by Miro
Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:37 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Relatives!
Replies: 21
Views: 5290

My OH's young nephew has somehow conned me into accepting a bet with him: if Everton finish the season above Spurs, I pay for his flight to come and "see us" for a week in June. He will treat us to dinner one night. If however, Spurs finish above Everton, he will pay for his own flight, bu...
by Miro
Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Scary moment
Replies: 21
Views: 5239

Great story Kenny. Happily, these sort of things are not entirely lacking in other parts of the world. I once found myself in a similarly intimidating situation, afraid of the apparently hostile natives, who spoke in a strange tongue, and of whom I had been brought up to fear and who had quite a rep...
by Miro
Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:06 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: New Electicity Meters
Replies: 54
Views: 11622

Got all the cabling I need for the apartment for €158. Bit of a relief! My man had a list of prices (computer printed) from some ferreteria for various materials. Included on the list was 6mm cable @ €71 / m. It would have cost me €1680 just to wire in the ceramic hob at that rate! He realised there...
by Miro
Fri Apr 20, 2007 1:13 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: New Electicity Meters
Replies: 54
Views: 11622

Thanks very much for that HB, bit scientific for a dunce like me, but seems to be what I was looking for.
by Miro
Thu Apr 19, 2007 6:03 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: New Electicity Meters
Replies: 54
Views: 11622

Just returning to the topic of boletins (sorry if this is the wrong thread); The guy doing our reform told us we could probably re-use the existing wires, just install a new fuse box, circuit breakers etc. He knows a registered sparky who'll do the boletin, but I felt it would be better to do the jo...
by Miro
Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Planning permission
Replies: 4
Views: 1182

I recently applied for permission (from Urbanismo dept. @ town hall) to carry out "obras menores" (minor work) in an apartment in Torremolinos, including changing an existing window. I got the permission within 10 days. The "tax" is around 7% of the (declared/estimated) cost of t...
by Miro
Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:42 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: patio furniture
Replies: 2
Views: 1037

Don't know about Antequera, but if you have time before heading "up country", you should check out Bauhaus, near the airport, and AKI, next to Carrefour Los Patios, Malaga. Good selection & prices.
by Miro
Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:40 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Ikea UK vs Ikea Spain
Replies: 15
Views: 4920

Slightly off topic, but if anybody is in need of bathroom fittings, Leroy Merlin have been offering a complete WC (base, cistern, the lot) for €49.50, but both the Malaga & La Canada branches are out of stock. BUT, AKI in Malaga still have some left, at €48.75. The model is called UNNO. The next...
by Miro
Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:57 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: New Electicity Meters
Replies: 54
Views: 11622

Thanks again SL. If it's only been enforced this year that explains why I hadn't come across it B4. Don't use lawyers if I can help it. Why? Because they're money grabbing bar-sterwards! The agent I bought from is a personal friend of several years, Spanish, and he knows nothing about it either. Thi...
by Miro
Sun Apr 15, 2007 8:53 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: New Electicity Meters
Replies: 54
Views: 11622

Thanks SL, How long has this been the situation? I sold a property March last year and nobody mentioned anything about it, which is why I was a bit surprised to find out about it recently after buying another property. The big rhetoric question is, of course, why don't estate agents tell you anythin...
by Miro
Sun Apr 15, 2007 12:03 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: New Electicity Meters
Replies: 54
Views: 11622

Spanish Lad is correct if you change the contract name or the voltage you need a boletín if the house is over 5 years old. Have a look at www.endesaonline.com there is an English section. Thanks for the link, Katy. Took me a while to realise the English version has far less info than the Spanish, b...
by Miro
Sat Apr 14, 2007 11:26 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: UK car to spanish registration
Replies: 6
Views: 1714

Reading this thread addles my brain to such an extent that I wonder why anybody bothers to bring a car from the UK? Isn't it so much easier just to buy a Spanish reg car in Spain? Having said that, I did it myself 10 years ago. I don't remember too much about it (maybe the trauma caused memory loss)...
by Miro
Tue Apr 10, 2007 11:48 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Artificial turf.
Replies: 14
Views: 2597

How about the plastic stuff you can buy on a roll from many ferreterias, or places like Pinturas Andalucia? It fades and crushes down with time, but I think it's cheap enough that you could replace it every so often. Don't know about drainage, but you can vacuum it! It's easy to fit - just need a St...
by Miro
Sun Apr 08, 2007 11:28 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: new residencia effecting re-matriculation?
Replies: 14
Views: 3028

Spanishlad said "a uk driving licence is accepted as proof of id."
What if you don't have a UK licence? Spanish licence any good?
by Miro
Sun Apr 08, 2007 11:26 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: new residencia effecting re-matriculation?
Replies: 14
Views: 3028

Malagaman said: "So far as us Brits are concerned, we have the following choices: 1 Special Certificate + in date National Passport to be carried at all times 2 Residencia which will cost more (the same as the Spanish DNI cards) but last longer (10 years in place of the current 5) I still recko...
by Miro
Sun Apr 08, 2007 6:50 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: new residencia effecting re-matriculation?
Replies: 14
Views: 3028

I can see nothing but trouble ahead with this ridiculous change. Since the new certificate is not acceptable as a form of ID (no photo) it's not worth carrying around or showing to the police anyway. We will be forced to carry our passports, since that will be the ONLY acceptable ID for Brits. But s...