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There’s no section in the Yellow Pages here for appliance repain. No Sears, No Maytag guy, no A1 Appliance Repair.

We brought a gas dryer in from the States and it needed to be adapted for use with LP Gas and for the nearly 9,000 foot altitude we live at. We had no idea where to start. But, as with most things, if you know the right people, somebody will have the solution. Turns out my mother-in-law knows the right people.

The repair man, or technician, I should say, showed up in a felt golf hat, slacks, and button-down shirt. He had a clean cut goatee and looked to be in his late 40s. He had one of those shiny metal briefcases with chromed corners, and inside neatly arranged were his socket wrenches, screw drivers, and other assorted tools. He immediately got to work dismantling the dryer.

Within thirty minutes he had most of the job done; now he just had to do the fine tuning. He hooked up the tank of gas, which here come in 15 kg weights as standard for domestic use. He fired up the dryer, adjusted the valves, and it worked perfectly.

When I asked him the bill, I was a bit taken aback at the $45 charge. I asked if he would take $40. He said sure. We went out to his car, black hood, white paint job, sport steering wheel, and all the other disco-style latin accessories which are so popular pretty much from the US border on south, in one fashion or another. He gave me his card and I paid him for his great service. Would that have cost me any less than $150 in the US? I do think so. Not a bad profession though for Ecuador-three or four or five repairs in a day for a gross of $150 to $200.

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Welcome to Destination Ecuador! My family and I have been living in Ecuador for the last four and a half years. We’ve dealt with the worst kinds of red-tape, searched out or ended up making hard-to-find ingredients ourselves, imported equipment for making chocolate confections, learned the import-export business...Continue >>

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