Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

November 28th, 2005

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

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Windows key + R = Run menu

This is usually followed by:
cmd = Command Prompt
iexplore + “web address” = Internet Explorer
compmgmt.msc = Computer Management
dhcpmgmt.msc = DHCP Management
dnsmgmt.msc = DNS Management
services.msc = Services
eventvwr = Event Viewer
dsa.msc = Active Directory Users and Computers
dssite.msc = Active Directory Sites and Services
Windows key + E = Explorer

ALT + Tab = Switch between windows

ALT, Space, X = Maximize window

CTRL + Shift + Esc = Task Manager

Windows key + Break = System properties

Windows key + F = Search

Windows key + D = Hide/Display all windows

CTRL + C = copy

CTRL + X = cut

CTRL + V = paste

Also don’t forget about the “Right-click” key next to the right Windows key on your keyboard. Using the arrows and that key can get just about anything done once you’ve opened up any program.

Keyboard Shortcuts

[Alt] and [Esc] Switch between running applications

[Alt] and letter Select menu item by underlined letter

[Ctrl] and [Esc] Open Program Menu

[Ctrl] and [F4] Close active document or group windows (does not work with some applications)

[Alt] and [F4] Quit active application or close current window

[Alt] and [-] Open Control menu for active document

Ctrl] Lft., Rt. arrow Move cursor forward or back one word

Ctrl] Up, Down arrow Move cursor forward or back one paragraph

[F1] Open Help for active application

Windows+M Minimize all open windows

Shift+Windows+M Undo minimize all open windows

Windows+F1 Open Windows Help

Windows+Tab Cycle through the Taskbar buttons

Windows+Break Open the System Properties dialog box

acessability shortcuts

Right SHIFT for eight seconds…….. Switch FilterKeys on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +PRINT SCREEN……. Switch High Contrast on and off.

Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK……. Switch MouseKeys on and off.

SHIFT……. five times Switch StickyKeys on and off.

NUM LOCK…… for five seconds Switch ToggleKeys on and off.

explorer shortcuts

END……. Display the bottom of the active window.

HOME……. Display the top of the active window.

NUM LOCK+ASTERISK……. on numeric keypad (*) Display all subfolders under the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN……. on numeric keypad (+) Display the contents of the selected folder.

NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN……. on numeric keypad (-) Collapse the selected folder.

LEFT ARROW…… Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder.

RIGHT ARROW……. Display current selection if it’s collapsed, or select first subfolder.

Type the following commands in your Run Box (Windows Key + R) or Start Run

devmgmt.msc = Device Manager
msinfo32 = System Information
cleanmgr = Disk Cleanup
ntbackup = Backup or Restore Wizard (Windows Backup Utility)
mmc = Microsoft Management Console
excel = Microsoft Excel (If Installed)
msaccess = Microsoft Access (If Installed)
powerpnt = Microsoft PowerPoint (If Installed)
winword = Microsoft Word (If Installed)
frontpg = Microsoft FrontPage (If Installed)
notepad = Notepad
wordpad = WordPad
calc = Calculator
msmsgs = Windows Messenger
mspaint = Microsoft Paint
wmplayer = Windows Media Player
rstrui = System Restore
netscp6 = Netscape 6.x
netscp = Netscape 7.x
netscape = Netscape 4.x
waol = America Online
control = Opens the Control Panel
control printers = Opens the Printers Dialog

For Windows XP:

Copy. CTRL+C
Cut. CTRL+X
Paste. CTRL+V
Undo. CTRL+Z
Delete. DELETE
Delete selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin. SHIFT+DELETE
Copy selected item. CTRL while dragging an item
Create shortcut to selected item. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item
Rename selected item. F2
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word. CTRL+LEFT ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph. CTRL+DOWN ARROW
Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph. CTRL+UP ARROW
Highlight a block of text. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text within a document. SHIFT with any of the arrow keys
Select all. CTRL+A
Search for a file or folder. F3
View properties for the selected item. ALT+ENTER
Close the active item, or quit the active program. ALT+F4
Opens the shortcut menu for the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR
Close the active document in programs that allow you to have multiple documents open simultaneously. CTRL+F4
Switch between open items. ALT+TAB
Cycle through items in the order they were opened. ALT+ESC
Cycle through screen elements in a window or on the desktop. F6
Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer. F4
Display the shortcut menu for the selected item. SHIFT+F10
Display the System menu for the active window. ALT+SPACEBAR
Display the Start menu. CTRL+ESC
Display the corresponding menu. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name
Carry out the corresponding command. Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu
Activate the menu bar in the active program. F10
Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu. RIGHT ARROW
Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu. LEFT ARROW
Refresh the active window. F5
View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer. BACKSPACE
Cancel the current task. ESC
SHIFT when you insert a CD into the CD-ROM drive Prevent the CD from automatically playing.

Use these keyboard shortcuts for dialog boxes:

To Press
Move forward through tabs. CTRL+TAB
Move backward through tabs. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB
Move forward through options. TAB
Move backward through options. SHIFT+TAB
Carry out the corresponding command or select the corresponding option. ALT+Underlined letter
Carry out the command for the active option or button. ENTER
Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box. SPACEBAR
Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons. Arrow keys
Display Help. F1
Display the items in the active list. F4
Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box. BACKSPACE

If you have a Microsoft Natural Keyboard, or any other compatible keyboard that includes the Windows logo key and the Application key , you can use these keyboard shortcuts:

Display or hide the Start menu. WIN Key
Display the System Properties dialog box. WIN Key+BREAK
Show the desktop. WIN Key+D
Minimize all windows. WIN Key+M
Restores minimized windows. WIN Key+Shift+M
Open My Computer. WIN Key+E
Search for a file or folder. WIN Key+F
Search for computers. CTRL+WIN Key+F
Display Windows Help. WIN Key+F1
Lock your computer if you are connected to a network domain, or switch users if you are not connected to a network domain. WIN Key+ L
Open the Run dialog box. WIN Key+R
Open Utility Manager. WIN Key+U

accessibility keyboard shortcuts:

Switch FilterKeys on and off. Right SHIFT for eight seconds
Switch High Contrast on and off. Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN
Switch MouseKeys on and off. Left ALT +left SHIFT +NUM LOCK
Switch StickyKeys on and off. SHIFT five times
Switch ToggleKeys on and off. NUM LOCK for five seconds
Open Utility Manager. WIN Key+U

shortcuts you can use with Windows Explorer:

Display the bottom of the active window. END
Display the top of the active window. HOME
Display all subfolders under the selected folder. NUM LOCK+ASTERISK on numeric keypad (*)
Display the contents of the selected folder. NUM LOCK+PLUS SIGN on numeric keypad (+)
Collapse the selected folder. NUM LOCK+MINUS SIGN on numeric keypad (-)
Collapse current selection if it’s expanded, or select parent folder. LEFT ARROW
Display current selection if it’s collapsed, or select first subfolder. RIGHT ARROW

Music on the net and how to find it

November 27th, 2005

Ok the first is a bit of java script.

just copy and paste it into internet explorer browser, click enter and a new search window will open, type the band or singer you are looking for,
it will find quite a few so you may have to check thru some of them to find the best bitrate etc.

javascript:void(qr=prompt(’Slapman%20-%20Music%20Search%20Indexer%20-%20Type%20any%20Music%20or%20Album%20Name:%20′,”) );if(qr)location.href=’http://www3.google.com/search?&num=100&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&btnG=Google+Search&as_epq=parent+directory=&as_o q=mp3+wma+ogg+anonymous&as_eq=module+modules&lr=&a s_ft=i&as_filetype=&as_qdr=all&as_occt=any&as_dt=i &as_sitesearch=&safe=images&as_q=’+escape(qr);void %201;

Next we have a search engine just to find music on the net, this one is pretty good. http://mp3.baidu.com/

Obviously if you can’t be bothered searching here are a few sites with loads of music on.

http://www.musichunter.net/

http://www.mp3chartbox.com/

http://www.mp3-network.net/?ft=the-scorpion.tk

http://217.172.20.175/

and if there are not enough in the above this one has a couple of hundred link sites to it.

http://pagesperso.laposte.net/spi2005/spi2005/

Of course if your downloading these illegal mp3s, which I might add that you will be banned from here if you do, and probably hung drawn and quartered, we will also probably burn down your house aswell, you will need a download manager.

DOWNLOAD MANAGERS

These are great things that manage your downloads as the title suggests, with these you can say download half a song or film, then stop, and then resume downloading it from where you left off, pretty foking cool huh, here are 10 download managers, just google the name of the one you like, I personally prefer flashget, I had the cracked version but learnt my lesson when the cap came and burnt my house down, with that one you just highlight the url of the song or film and its downloading straight away, but anyway here are a few more, just google the names and download the one you like, obviously do not add the words like “crack” or “serial” after the name of the download manager as that will take you to some dodgy site that will let you have the stolen passwords or registration of someone else and the cap may have to burn your house down :)

The Top 10 Download Managers

Download Accelerator Plus 7.4.0.1
DAP is fully integrated into the browser, providing the best possible performance from ANY Internet connection, broadband and narrowband (cable, DSL / ADSL, T1, dial-up etc.). DAP will allow you to benefit from a faster and more reliable download experience, optimize your download performance, and help you to recover interrupted downloads.

FlashGet v1.65 Unlimited
The award-winning download manager for Windows 95/98/Me, Windows NT 4.0 ,Windows 2000,Windows XP and Windows 2003.
Unlimited:
- special edition without banners.
- unlimited files to download at a time.
- connection settings can be adjusted to 1 sec timeout.

GetRight 5.2d
GetRight works with your web browser to help you download files from the Internet.
GetRight can accelerate your downloads and can recover downloads if errors occur (resume downloading). GetRight has many other advanced features such as scheduling, automatic dialing, and file searching.

Internet Download Accelerator 4.1.2
Internet Download Accelerator effectively solves three of the biggest problems when downloading files: speed, resuming broken downloads, and management of downloaded files.
The distinguishing features of Internet Download Accelerator are superior overall performance and convenient user interface.
Internet Download Accelerator lets you to noticeably increase the speed of file download from the Internet using HTTP, HTTPS and FTP protocols.

ReGet Deluxe 4.1 Build 243
Enjoy the last word in speed of downloading — ReGet Deluxe! Wherever you have a dial-up (modem) connection to the Internet or super-fast cable or ADSL, ReGet Deluxe will fully utilize the bandwidth of your connection and download files in a blast! With many features aimed at improving the download experience and dramatically increasing download speeds, ReGet Deluxe is the tool of choice for power users and heavy downloaders.

Net Transport v1.94.279
With independently developed Enhanced Multi-Threading (EMT) technology, Net Transport can make the most of the network bandwidth of various types of internet connection. As the fact is now quite apparent that more and more software sites are giving their support to resume and multi-threading downloads, you probably will find Net Transport is the right stuff you have long been seeking. If you had some experience of online downloading before, you will notice that the added support of MMS and RTSP streaming media data, powered by the EMT technology mentioned above, is almost enough to make Net Transport unique among its numerous counterparts.

Internet Download Manager v4.03 Build 5
The best way to handle your downloads and increase download speeds.
Internet Download Manager (IDM) is a tool to increase download speeds by up to 500 percent, resume and schedule downloads. Comprehensive error recovery and resume capability will restart broken or interrupted downloads due to lost connections, network problems, computer shutdowns, or unexpected power outages. Simple graphic user interface makes IDM user friendly and easy to use.

GetGo Download Manager 2.55
A download manager designed to maximize the efficiency of your broadband internet connection. It allows you to download much faster than default web browsers with increased reliability, resume support, and error recovery.
Let’s get going with this powerful tool to take advantage of your broadband connection!

HiDownload Pro 6.0
HiDownload is a multi-threaded download manager that allows you to download individual files (or lists of files) from web and FTP sites while maximizing the potential of your internet connection. It also supports multimedia streaming and and RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol) with optional resume, enabling you to download movies, music and capture streaming video and audio,record radio from Internet. HiDownload also offers a tool to analyze MMS/RTSP URLs, as well as a built-in Broadcast Manager.
URL Helper 1.1 for HiDownload Pro - To download mms/rtsp, you need to know the url(the file name and server address) of you want to download.
Unfortunately, some links to streaming audio and video that you come across on the web are hidden behind javascript or activex scripts. Because of this, it is sometimes very difficult to figure out the actual urls that correspond to the streams being played.
URL Helper provide a one-step solution to finding the URLs for all streams. It does this by searching files and watching network traffic and identifying potential urls.

MetaProducts Mass Downloader v3.0 Build 577 Service Release 1
MetaProducts Mass Downloader (MD) is a Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003 program that allows you to download individual files (or lists of files) from the Web and FTP sites at the maximum available speed. Multiple channels technology significantly reduces download time.

Sharing sites.

This is like you join them and share your music, again this is quite illegal and the cap will come and burn down your house and stuff like that if he finds out.

With these you have to download their software and infact you will have to google them as I really can’t be bothered, but they are pretty good for just about everything you may need porn wise and music wise.

www.imesh.com
www.limewire.com
www.kazza.com
www.bearshare.com/

when you download it is best to download to a partition away from your C:drive, also dont keep too much popular music in there otherwise those cnuts will be uploading from you and using all your bandwidth.

House Plans

November 23rd, 2005

Here are some sites for house plans;
Click on the picture to take you to their website.

Nice house

Differant company

Slow Loading this one

Thai site

Aussie Styles

Another Aussie Site

Slow loading Thai site

Embassies in Bangkok

November 21st, 2005

The Republic of Argentina Embassy
Prommitr Villa, 20/85 Sukhumvit Soi 49/1, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 259 0401-2, 259 9198; Fax: 259 0402; Email: embtail@mozart.inet.co.th

The Australian Embassy Website
37 South Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 287 2680, 287 3485, 287 4843; Fax: 287 2028-9

The Austrian Embassy Website
14 Soi Nandha, Soi Attakarnprasit, South Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 287 3970-2, 287 3925; Fax: 287 3925

The People’s Republic of Bangladesh Embassy
727 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 381 1144, 391 8069-70; Fax: 391 8070

The Royal Belgian Embassy Website
17th Fl, Sathorn City Tower, 175 South Sathorn Rd, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 679 5454; Fax: 679 5467; Email: Bangkok@diplobel.org

The Royal Bhutanese Embassy
Room 107, 19th Fl, JTC Bldg, 919 Silom Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel: 237 3315-27, 237 3600-3; Fax: 237 7541

The Republic of Bolivia Consulate
1901 Ramkamhang Rd, Huamark, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10240
Tel: 314 0040, 314 1911; Fax: 318 9737

The Federative Republic of Brazil Embassy
23rd Fl, Lumpini Tower, 1168/66 Rama 4 Rd, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 679 8567-8; Fax: 679 8569

The British Embassy Website
1031 Wireless Rd, Patumwan, Bangkok 10300
Tel: 253 0191; Fax: 254 9579

The Embassy of Brunei Darussalam
154 Ekamai Soi 14, Sukhumvit Soi 63, Luksorndang, Prakanong, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 381 5914-6; Fax: 381 5921

The People’s Republic of Bulgaria Embassy
33/15 Soi Charoenchai, Sukhumvit Soi 63, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 391 6180-1; Fax: 391 6182

The Embassy of Cambodia
185 Rajadamri Rd, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 254 6630, 253 9851; Fax: 253 9859

The Canadian Embassy
15th Fl, Abdulrahim Place, 990 Rama 4 Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel: 636 0560; Fax: 636 0568

The Republic of Chile Embassy
15 Sukhumvit Soi 61, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 391 4858, 391 8443; Fax: 391 8380

The People’s Republic of China Embassy
57 Ratchadapisek Road, Dindang, Bangkok 10310
Tel: 245 7030-45; Fax: 246 8247, 247 2214

The Republic of Colombia Consulate
9th Fl, Park Place, 231 Sarasin Rd, Lumpini, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 254 5105-6; Fax: 254 5109

The Republic of Cuba Embassy
Mela Mansion apt. 3C, 5 Soi 27, Sukhumvit Rd, Klong-Toey Neur, Bangkok
Tel: 665 2803; Fax: 661 6560; Email: cubaemb1@loxinfo.co.th

The Republic of Cyprus Consolate
17th Fl, Richmond Bldg, 75/59 Sukhumvit Soi 26, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 261 8408-10

The Czech Republic Embassy
71/6 Ruam Rudee Soi 2, Ploenchit Rd, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 255 4978, 255 3027; Fax: 253 7637

The Royal Danish Embassy
10 Soi Attakarn Prasit, South Sathorn Rd, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 213 2021-5, 679 9349-50; Fax: 213 1752

The Dominican Republic Consulate
92/6 Changwattana Rd, Laksi, Bangkhen, Bangkok 10210
Tel: 521 0675, 521 1282, 521 5000; Fax: 521 0737

The Arab Republic of Egypt Embassy
49 Soi Ruam Rudee, Ploenchit Rd, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 253 0161, 253 8138; Fax: 256 9310, 254 9489

The Consulate-General of Ethopia
962/14 Prannok Rd, Bangkok 10700
Tel: 411 0218, 412 1068

The European Commission Delegation
19th Fl, Kian Gwan House 2, 140/1 Wireles Rd, Bangkok
Tel: 255 9101, 255 9106-11; Fax: 255 9113-4

The Embassy of Finland
16th Fl, Amarin Plaza, 500 Ploenchit Rd, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 256 9306-9, 256 9511-3; Fax; 256 9310

The French Embassy
35 Soi Rong Phasi Kao 36, New Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel: 256 9306-9, 285 6104-7; Fax; 256 9310

The Consulate of Gabon Republic
13 Soi Pradipat 10, Pradipat Rd, Samsennai, Payatai, Bangkok 10400
Tel: 279 2800-1; Fax: 271 1142

The Republic of Gambia Consulate
610/5-6 Songwad Rd, Samphantawong, Bangkok 10100
Tel: 224 0091; Fax: 224 6212, 224 6894

The Germany Embassy Website
9 South Sathorn Rd, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 285 6627-8, 679 1120; Fax: 287 1776

The Embassy of Greece
99 Rama 9 Rd, Huay Kwang, Bangkok
Tel: 247 1068, 254 9729; Fax: 247 1068

The Republic of Honduras Consulate
4A Phirom Mansion, 11 Sukhumvit Soi 41, Bangkok 10110

The Hungarian Embassy
28 Soi Sukchai, Sukhumvit Soi 42, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 661 1150-2; Fax: 661 1153

The Republic of Iceland Consulate
59 Soi Navin, Chuaploeng Road, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 249 1300; Fax: 249 1253

The Embassy of India Website
46 Soi Prasarnmitr, Sukhumvit Soi 23 , Bangkok 10110
Tel: 258 0300-6; Fax: 258 4627

The Indonesian Embassy
600-602 Phetchaburi Rd, Bangkok 10400
Tel: 252 3135-40; Fax: 255 1267, 255 8199

The Islamic Republic of Iran Embassy
602 Sukhumvit Rd (between Soi 22 and 24), Bangkok 10110
Tel: 261 9790-3; Fax: 259 9111

The Republic of Iraq Embassy
47 Pradipat Rd, Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok 10400
Tel: 278 5335-8; Fax: 271 4218

The Consulate of Ireland
11th Fl, United Flour Mill Bldg, 205 Rajawong Rd, Bangkok 10100
Tel: 223 0876, 226 0680; Fax: 224 5551

The Embassy of Israel
25th Fl, Ocean Tower, 11 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 260 4854-9; Fax: 260 4860

The Italian Embassy
399 Nang Linchee Rd, Thungmahamek, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 287 2054-7, 285 4090-3; Fax: 285 4793

The Embassy of Japan
1674 New Petchburi Rd, Huay Kwang, Bangkok 10310
Tel: 252 6151-9; Fax: 255 6999, 258 6877

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Consulate
47 Soi Ekamai, Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 391 7142; Fax: 391 9180, 381 1314

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Embassy
14 Moo Ban Suanlaemthong 2, Pattanakarn Rd, Bangkok 10250
Tel: 319 1442-3; Fax: 318 6333

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic Embassy
502/1-3 Ramkamhaeng Rd, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10310
Tel: 539 6667; Fax: 539 6678

The Lebanese Embassy
15th Fl. CTI Tower, 191/67 Ratchadapisek Rd, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 261 1013, 261 1015, 261 5091; Fax: 261 1026

The Malaysian Embassy
33-35 South Sathorn Rd, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 679 2190-0; Fax: 679 2208

The Maltese Consulate
485/14 Silom Rd, Bangkok 10500
Tel: 235 9423-4; Fax: 235 6293

The Mexican Embassy
21/60-62 Thai Wah Tower, 20th Fl. South Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10500
Tel: 285 0815; Fax: 285 0667

The Moroccan Embasy
5th Fl, Ban Chang GlasHouse, Sukhumvit Soi 25, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 260 6410-1; Fax: 260 6412

The Union of Myanmar Embassy
132 North Sathorn Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel: 236 6899, 234 4789, 233 2237; Fax: 236 6898

The Royal Nepal Embassy
189 Sukhumvit Soi 71, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 391 7240, 390 2985, 392 4741; Fax: 381 2406

The Royal Netherlands Embassy Website
106 Wireless Rd, Bangkok 10500
Tel: 254 7701-5, 254 1265; Fax: 254 5579

The New Zealand Embassy
93 Wireless Rd, Bangkok 10330 (P.O. Box 2719, Bkk 10500)
Tel: 254 2530; Fax: 253 9045

The Royal Norweigen Embassy
18th Fl, UBC II Bldg, 591 Soi Sukhumvit 33, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 261 0230-5; Fax: 262 0218

The Sultanate of Oman Embassy
7th Fl, 134/1-2 Silom Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel: 236 7385

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan Embassy
31 Soi Nana Nua, Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 253 0288-9, 254 9702; Fax: 253 0290

The Consulate-General of Panama
14 Surasak Rd, Bangkok
Tel: 237 9008-9

The Republic of Peru Embassy
11th Fl, Ban Chang GlasHouse, 1102/25 Sukhumvit, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 260 6243; Fax: 260 6244

The Republic of Philipines Embassy
760 Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 259 0139-40, 261 6869; Fax: 259 2809

The Polish People Republic Embassy
8 Sukhumvit Soi 5, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 258 4112-3; Fax: 251 8895

The Portuguese Embassy
26 Captain Bush Lane, New Rd, Bangrak, Bangkok
Tel: 234 0372, 234 2123, 238 4275; Fax: 236 1954

The Romanian Embassy
20/1 Soi Rajakhru off Soi 5, Phaholyothin Rd, Phayathai, Bangkok 10400
Tel: 617 1551-4; Fax: 617 1113 E-mail: romembnk@ksc.th.com

The Russian Federation Embassy
78 Sap Rd, Suriwongse, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel: 268 1169, 234 9824; Fax: 237 8488; E-mail: rosposol@cscoms.com

The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
10th Fl, Sathorn Thani Bldg, 90 North Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10500
Tel: 237 1938-41, 266 3888; Fax: 236 6442

The Republic of Singapore Embassy
129 South Sathorn Rd, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 286 2111, 213 1261, 287 5115; Fax: 287 2578

The Slovakian Embassy
Pantip Court, 68 South Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 285 0220-2; Fax: 285 0223

The Souh African Embassy
6th Fl, Park Place, 231 Sarasin Rd, Lumpini, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 253 8473-6; Fax: 253 8477

The Embassy of Spain
93 Wireless Rd, Bangkok 10500
Tel: 252 6112, 252 8368; Fax: 255 2388

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Embassy
13th Fl, Ocean Tower 2, 75/6-7 Sukhumvit Soi 19, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 261 1934-5; Fax: 261 1936

The Swedish Embassy
20th Fl, Pacific Place, 140 Sukhumvit Rd, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 254 4954-55; Fax: 254 4914

The Swiss Embassy
35 Wireless Rd, Bangkok 10500 (GPO Box 821, Bkk 10510)
Tel: 253 0156-60, 254 6855; Fax: 255 4481

The Taiwan (Republic of China) Embassy
10th Fl, Kian Gwan Bldg, Wireless Rd, Bangkok 10330
Tel: 251 9274-6, 251 9393-6; Fax: 254 9276

The Republic of Turkey Embassy
61/1 Soi Chatsan, Suthisarn Rd, Phayathai, Bangkok 10310
Tel: 274 7262-3; Fax: 274 7261

The United States of America Embassy Website
95 Wireless Rd, Bangkok 10500
Tel: 205 4000; Fax: 205 4131
Additional links: Thai-US Relations; US-Asean Business Council

The Embassy of Uzbekistan
77 Soi Thonglor 8, Sukhumvit Soi 55, Prakhanong, Bangkok 10110
Tel: 391 3397, 714 9838-9; Fax: 391 3397
The Consulate General Website
138/5 Soi Thonglor 11, Sukhumvit Rd 55, Klongtan, Wattana, Bkk 10110
Tel: 391 6848, 712 8883; Fax: 391 3323; E-mail: ankhor@uzbinbkk.org

The Apostolic Nunciature
217/1 South Sathorn Rd, Bangkok 10120
Tel: 233 9109, 212 5883-4; Fax: 212 0932

The Socialist Republic of Vietnam Embassy
83/1 Wireless Rd, Bangkok 10500
Tel: 251 7202, 251 5835; Fax: 251 7201, 251 7203

The Contractor

October 4th, 2005

Well now you need someone to build your dream home, the nightmare has just started, now Thai builders are quite good, but alas they are using Thai materials, now I am not going to say use me, mainly because we have to use Thai materials aswell.

The first thing to do is get three quotes, one of these you will find is a rip off merchant, he will most likely be fifty percent more expensive, he is probably not your best choice, the other two will most likely be quite close in price so choose who you feel most confident with. a good test is always to hand the plans to the builder upside down and see how long it takes him to turn them the right way up.

As the job progressess you will most likely add extra jobs to the list of things you want, please try to remember that these are not included in the quote and will cost more, and if your an old git with a dodgy memory write it down or pay for it straight away so there is no confusion on billing.

Now I could post pages on the lack of materials and tools in Thailand but i wont bother, I will just discuss ceramic tiles, now 5 years ago they used to sell all the grade “A” tiles here, now all the grade “A” tiles are sold to foriegn countries and the grade “:B” tiles are now sold as grade “A”, yep, things dont look good, how good a job of tiling a floor could you do if there is upto a 3mm differance in tile size, actually I shall keep this thread here on tiling, now in the UK we would have nice level floors and walls and would just use tile adheshive,damn its a quick way to make a few bucks, but unfortuneately here nothing is straight or level, so we have to use cement, we are then looking at about 10 square meter of wall tiling per day per guy, and before people start this is in bathrooms so there is a lot of cutting, now a good tiler will charge 140baht per square meter for an easy job..

Anyway back to the most important stuff, this is the time to decide on what stuff is undergroud, phonelines and power cables are a good start.

A special note to Americans, shouting at the Thai contractor will not in any way help him to understand English any better whatsoever,yep, believe it or not the louder something is shouted will not make the language that they do not speak easier to understand, also calling them Thai monkeys will not help in anyway whatsoever.
actually it is probably best if Americans dont even consider building a home here in Thailand.

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Guttering

October 4th, 2005

This is something rarely seen on Thai houses, This I believe is due to if it is raining they will not go outside anyway, even if they were supposed to be at work several hours ago.

But without guttering over a few years you will find concrete areas around your building slowly subsiding.

Generally there are two types of guttering used here in Thailand, Galvanised which lasts about 5 years and looks crap and costs about 200baht per meter length, Then we have lovely stainless steel guttering, this stuff is lovely to see and looks great for years on end, but again it comes down to the price, yep, you got to reckon on 700baht per meter length, and when your costing it don’t forget the downpipes, these are not free, you wouldn’t believe the amount of customers that question me on the meterage, they look round their nice roof and tell me that it is only 2 runs of 15 meters, they seem to ignore the 2 8 meter long down pipes, anyway these are fitted prices.

stainless guttering

Of course for a more traditional look you could always use bamboo.

bamboo

new guttering

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Cabinets and Cupboards

October 4th, 2005

Well I have to admit that I started this blog as like just a one off thing and was just going to leave it at that, but after hundreds of emails begging me to carry on with it, I shall.

ps, thks mom, but stop spamming my email account……

So onto cabinets and cupboards made in Thailand, now this is the fitted stuff not your mfi gear.

Cabinets and cupboards etc are made using veneered ply wood and 2 by 1 inch plinths as supports, now some of this stuff actually looks quite good, but to my mind it seems quite expensive, i mean when a counter starts at 8,000baht per meter length using ply wood that costs 500baht per sheet and untreated 2 by 1inch wood it does seem a bit much, OK its quite labour intensive and there is a good profit in it, shame its an illegal business for farangs..

I also know of several teak furniture manufacturers, now using real teak wood nearly doubles the cost, but this is real teak wood, ie stuff that gets passed down from generation to generation, the old veneered ply stuff you will probably chuck out after five years or so, so its quite obvious in what to invest your money into.

Also you will find many kitchen manufacturers here that supply euro style kitchens, the only problem with these of course is that the carcas is made from mdf board, now this country is hot and humid and the floors are mopped everyday, yep that mdf is like a sponge and expands like nobodies business, the best way to get round this is to put a tile/marble/granite or real wood skirt round the whole of the base of all the kitchen units, it actually looks quite nice, well as long as its granite.

Kitchens are pretty damn expensive and here is a real expensive one.

Lovely kitchen

Granite kitchen tops

Beautiful kitchens

Professional kitchens

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The First Steps

October 4th, 2005

So, here we all are living in Thailand, and you finally got enough dosh to move out of that bedsit and build your own house.

But first you need some land, now manys the horror story I have heard where someone has purchased land from someone other than the owner, then the owner tends to get a bit uppity that you are building on his land, this is usually resolved when you pay way over the odds for the land to the proper owner, so now you have paid 2 times and more than 2 times the value for the land, not a good start at all.

So what you have to do, is first agree to the price, then drag the owner down to the land office with all the relevant papers and the cash in your back pocket, once everything is signed up and transferred then pay the owner, simple really aint it, well its not really cos you have got the hassle of whose name to put the land in or what company name to put the land etc etc.

Anyway while you are in the land office arrange for them to come down and stake out your land, this is mainly cos us builders get confused and build walls in the wrong place and that sort of thing, now here in pattaya they charge 3,500baht, it can take up to a month for them to come and stake it out though, but now your in a rush cos your all excited and that, well the good news is that for 3,500baht without a reciept they will also come and do it that evening,BUT, instead of using the little concrete round posts they will use wooden posts and bang them into the ground to stake it out.

Now you are on a roll, you got all that sorted out in less than 24 hours, so tomorrow you want the builders to start, well basically all the builders can do is build a perimter wall that is less than 2 meters high,yep, no house yet, you havent got planning permission yet, now the quickest way to start is to go to city hall with some rough plans and ask the nice gentleman there if they have someone that can draw up proper plans for you and sort out the planning permission etc, but now you are really rolling, doing it this way means you can start building the same day, ok this will cost about 40,000baht as opposed to 10,000baht doing it the long way, but your plans are guaranteed to be passed.

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Footings and Load Bearing Beams

October 4th, 2005

Now in the UK bricks are baked, so then they are extremely strong and can hold up a lot of weight, here unfortuneately those little red things that Thais call bricks are sun baked and these cannot withstand a lot of weight, so generally everything is supported by concrete beams and posts and the bricks are just used for infill, ie making the walls and that sort of thing.Anyway here is a nice picture of beam work.

beam work

Now generally for the footings these will be hand dug out, ie a dozen Thais with shovels, yes it does take longer than using a digger but it saves at least 500baht, so for that day you have lost the contractor has made an extra 500baht, a wheeled digger costs 2,500baht per day, and the big beasty track macro 7,500baht per day, hey now dont start complaining as that 500baht could usefully be used down soi yodsak, yes even us builders have needs.

Ahhh, I nearly forgot to mention an important aspect about making walls, in good old blighty we would render and then plaster the walls, it gives a lovely smooth finish, but alas here, the walls are only rendered off, yep it just dont look as good.
although in Sri Lanka they use white cement to plaster the walls and that seems to work fine and gives a nice finish.

Well I have been looking for a nice picture of a hole to post so you can get the feel of what a hole for the footings should look like, well I shall try to explain it, for a two storey house reckon on a one meter deep hole about 1 meter wide, anyway here is a nice picture of a hole that we put marble in and made into a swimming pool.

swimming pool

Of course there are many ways to make the form and wood is damn expensive here.

form work in thailand

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Windows

October 4th, 2005

Now windows are quite important for non vampire type people, I think I shall start with window frames.
1: wooden window frames.
now wood does look nice and it is traditional, but it has its drawbacks, the wood here isnt seasoned so it tends to warp, also being so humid it expands and contracts and cracks, also it needs continual maintenance.
2: Aluminum window frames.
Now these are nice, low maintenance etc but about three times the price of wooden window frames, yep these guys work on a 100 percent profit margin.
3: Plastic frames with double glazing.
WOW, are these expensive, but then again the best always costs the most, if your into 24 hour aircon then these are the windows for you.

Hmmm, now onto glass, now glass comes in many widths, starting from 3 mm upto 12 mm.
now generally a contractor will use 5mm glass, but for the extra 2baht per sq foot you may as well upgrade to 6 mm glass, now clear glass is the cheapest and doesnt retain as much heat as smoked or tinted glass, if memory serves me correct that blue glass is the most expensive, but its pretty damn sexy.

I hear the shouts for how much does this all cost, well using aluminum frames and smoked glass you can reckon on 1000baht per sq met, thats pretty much the cheapest you will get.

I suppose i should add mossie screens to this section, reckon about 200baht per sq met or a little bit less if you get lucky.

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