Sunday, March 11, 2012

Why You Seldom Find Buildings in Mexico Made of Wood

A few years ago I read an article, probably in the San Diego Reader (an alt paper less-interesting than Bend's Source Weekly), that to build a house in Mexico you got a loan from the bank. But the bank only allowed houses to be constructed of stone, concrete, or cinder blocks. The writer did not know why these were the only permitted building materials.

Now, after having spent a week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with the lovely and always charming Mrs Elliott, I know the reason why: Mexican wiring.

Herewith is a gallery, which represents only a tiny fraction, of the open and exposed electrical wiring horrors I saw while walking around the city:

And here we are:
Jack and Mrs Elliott. Jack has somehow channeled his old man, circa 1974.


  1. Leave it to you to go on vacation in a beautiful tropical resort and spend your time taking photos of faulty wiring.

  2. We all do what we can to make the world a better place.

  3. This is also why earthquakes in Mexico are more deadly than earthquakes in the US. A wood-framed or steel-framed structure (or rebar-reinforced concrete) can withstand a tremor while a masonry structure melts.


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