Thanks a bunch, Paula. I'll be calling him on Monday. And thanks also for the reminder to precoat the posts. I think I will use this fantastic stuff Jeff Ferguson, the carpenter, got me. He uses it on exterior doors and I've never seen anything as good. Soaks into the wood but also coats it. I'm thinking better than polyeurethene and certainly beats the traditional creosote coating -- at least for messiness.
One question: You wrote that the man's name is Timoteo (Timmy-ta-o). Which are you most sure of? The pronunciation or the spelling? Because if it's pronounced Timmy ta o then wouldn't it be spelled something more like Timi Tao. The way you're spelling the name, it would be pronounced Tim oh TAY - oh.
It's either Spanish for Timothy??? or its a Mayan name.
Just want to pronounce his name correctly when I talk to him. Also is that his first or last name or do you know?
Again, thanks for the contact info and the tips. And I def want the zacate grass even though I'll probably have to wait for it. Tried to get it last go round but there wasn't any to be had for the forseeable future. Wish I'd waited. I've now removed all of our palapas that were of the other type of grass. I would not want that type again. The winds take them too easily for one thing and, for another, they get very dirty and when it rains, the grit drips down any walls closeby or under them.