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    Contractor, Wallpaperer, Electrician, Repairman, etc.. recommendations in Bangkok?

    Hi there,

    I'm currently fixing up a condo for rental and there are a number of issues, nothing terribly serious. Not sure what the condo maintenance itself will fix for me, but I wanted to line up some suggestions for various contractors, handymen and repair folks to take care of whatever they won't cover.

    I could use recommendations for work on the following:

    Wallpaper: This is my top aesthetic priority. The apartment is a combination of beautiful custom teak flooring and built-ins, but the white wallpaper, while not peeing, is yellowing at the edges and needs to either be removed and replaced/painted, or if there's some way of whitewashing it back to it's original color (doubtful).

    Electrician: I'm hoping the condo will cover this, but some of the outlets don't work and one or more of the breakers keeps tripping, so that the hot water doesn't work in one of the rooms.

    Plumber: Some basic plumbing, I could probably do it myself if I knew how to ask for what I needed at Home Pro - replacing some o-rings on toilets, new faucet, fix a broken shower head base, replace molding caulking in the shower, etc...

    Teak flooring: This is probably the trickiest bit. The condo is probably around 10 years old, and through shifting or shrinking, small spaces have appeared between the floorboards. I did speak to the people at Paul's Antiques, the furniture store, about having one of their people coming to take a look to see what they could do. They seemed confident, but if anyone knows someone who specializes in flooring rather than reproduction antique furniture, that's probably a better bet.

    HVAC: Again, hopefully the building will take care of this, but in case they don't, I appear to have two built-in conduit a/c vents with thermostats, and two of the rectangular, above-the-door/window box-style that leads to an outside fan type. The two built-ins simply turn on a fan and don't cool - I don't know if it's some combination of electrics or freon recharging, or what. And the main problem with the A/C boxes is I can't find a bloody replacement remote. Anyone know where I can get Saijo Denki remote control replacements? (It's a Thai company but they named themselves Japanese) I wrote to their website with no reply.

    Anyway, just hoping to get some idea of how these things get done in Thailand, whether I need an army of specialists, or one handyman who knows how to get everything done. Plus, hopefully this thread can serve as a resource for anyone needing similar services here in Bangkok.

    Cheers!

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    Remotes, Chinatown markets have tables covered in various remotes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    Remotes, Chinatown markets have tables covered in various remotes.
    Thanks, worth a try at this point. Tired of turning on the air conditioner with a back scratcher

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    Really, someone still likes wallpaper in 2014 ?

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    Had my bedroom papered and was very impressed, seems to be a thing Thais are good at, along with tiling

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickmansucks View Post
    Really, someone still likes wallpaper in 2014 ?
    It's actually back in vogue, but as I said, I was looking to have someone remove the existing wallpaper, refinish the walls and then either just paint, or use removable wallpaper to save on future hassle.

    I had found one place online for Bangkok called PK Curtains that did both curtains and wallpaper services, specifically servicing the English speaking Bangkok community, and thought I had found a nice one-stop shop, but turns out they went out of business and didn't bother to take down their website.

    So, again, if anyone has a walls and curtains (and floors, electrics, plumbing, etc...) recommendation, please let me know.

    All the advice thus far and future wisdom is much appreciated!!!

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