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    Sand was filled into the floor area and water sprayed over it all day. The metal bars coming out of the floor perimeter are to hold a concrete footpath, all around, against the shed.

    Last week my wife and I selected roofing tiles from a local shop. We compared prices in several shops, explaining exactly what we needed and asking about availability. The builder gave us a list so there would be no miscommunication (ha)! One store had the style and color we wanted, but only 200 flat tiles (we require 385, and another 50 odd shaped). The lady insisted they would be shipped up from Bangkok within 10 days. We politely declined, as we need them by Monday. A few minutes later, at the next store, we ordered what we needed for delivery Monday.

    Today (Sunday) a truck pulled up in front loaded with tiles -- a day early! We told the driver to unload them next to the shed. After he went back for the second truckload, my wife and I went out to look at them. They weren't what we ordered, so wifey calls the roof shop -- the lady said the order will be delivered tomorrow as scheduled and had no idea where today's delivery was coming from.

    You guessed it -- from the first shop. Told the driver to take back the second load and then return for the first, cheeky bastards.
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    I woke up around 9:30 this morning to find the wooden frames off the upright concrete columns and the welder already started on the roof. The second (correct) shipment of roof tiles was being offloaded.



    At least four broken pieces meant the driver had to make a second trip. The fuel his truck used to make that return trip certainly wiped out the store's margin for the four replacement pieces. Why can't they think ahead and throw a few extras in in case a few break?



    This is what the roof structure looks like complete. It went up very quickly and I suspect tomorrow they will add the smaller steel cross members that actually attach to the roof tiles. My dog, Yako, (bottom right) is scrounging for leftover bits of lunch.

    A thought occured to me while looking at how high the roof will be. Without a regular ceiling in the shed, I could probably build a shelf up high, or maybe suspend it from the roof supports to store some (lightweight) crap that's accumulated in a storage room under our stairwell.



    From the opposite side, as the sun goes down. Thinking this shed might also provide some late-day shade to the western wall of the house.
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    This was taken yesterday. Walls should be finished today. Concrete floor is laid and dried. This project is taking much longer than they claimed. I don't know if they thought finishing it quickly would be a selling point or what. I don't much care as long as it's done well. The idea is to put a ramp into the shed for wheeled items. I must also consider the best use of space for shelving, hanging tools and perhaps a small workbench.

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    Looking good!

    What is your secret?
    Its the first Thai construction site I have seen that, as soon as the walls are up, it hasn't got 3 labourers families with assorted children,dogs and chickens in residence!

    You obviously have influence ! LOL

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    Blimey Texpat, tell em to keep the noise down, don't forget your neighbours .

    Seriously though, roughly where in town are you? I keep trying to eyeball your place, but not bumped into it yet...

    Good luck with the build

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    Note to self - must post here more often so I can pm members on here.

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    What a lovely residence, I wish I could have built something like that for my wife when I lived in Thailand.

    Oh well, there's always retirement

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    Got your pm Texpat, many thanks.

    Not a million miles away from me, so I'll give you a shout next time I'm over, should be in a few months or so.

    Just out of curiosity, who are you using for your internet service over there?
    I'm just looking for more options due to some bad experiences...


    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BangkokButcher View Post
    who are you using for your internet service. I'm just looking for more options due to some bad experiences ...
    As far as I can tell, there are two options.
    There are no phone lines where I live.

    Erect a 20m tall radio tower in your front yard and get some crappy dial-up, or plug in a GPRS modem about the size of a D-cell battery into your USB port. Either way it sucks, but you're connected.

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    Good one Tex, looking foawrd to the shed warming, I'll bring the beer and a couple of home made Pizzas, you supply the poosy !

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    Looking good Tex. I'll be interested to see the finished project, got half a mind to do something similar myself.

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    Yesterday morning they started the roof. It went up very quickly.



    All that remains is the 1m footpath around the shed and to hook up the interior/exterior lights -- and it's finished. Debating whether or not to paint it the same color as the house.

    My wife and I bought a water tank, but will wait until we have the filter(s) and pump before making the final water connection.

    Guess I should jump over to the water filtering thread to judge my options.

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    One would have thought that it might have been a good idea to put the tank inside before you built the wall...or are you expecting the tank to fit through the door?..certainly looks too big on your original sketch...


    Look good though Tex and gels well with the house...good thread...

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    Bought the tank (1,000 liters, 5,500 baht) and checked that it will fit through the door before they finished the walls.

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    ^^good man...could be a bit embarrassing otherwise...

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    hi

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    I moved to Thailand in May of 06.
    Began construction in Oct 06.
    Completed in May.
    Location: Tha Bo, Nong Khai, 1 mile from Mekong.
    Started with a lot of hair, bald now. But rent-free is good.







    wery nice well done

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    OK, thought I was done with the pics, but couldn't miss these.

    There were some excess materials and my wife suggested we build a few stairs to the shed (the house sits 2 meters above the surrounding grounds).

    She spoke to the contractor and offered a lao khao party if they'd build a small stairstep with the remaining cement and bricks. They were on that offer like flies on shit.



    The contractor grins as he's getting his mao on. A few of the other workers disappear into a fallow rice field adjacent to my house. They return about 30 minutes later with a clump of dirt in their hands and huge smiles.



    Seems they had found a termite mound and were after some goodies that hid within. It was a major score, they explained, as most mounds only have one queen. This one had three. Thirty minutes well spent.



    Two of the termite queens were scoffed down quickly by the diggers, but the last one was squeezed into a bottle of lao khao for all to enjoy. They claim it makes them keng leng -- strong.

    I passed.

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    ... out.

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    Nice one!
    Lovely to read a story with a happy ending

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    Tex, looking very good. It looks like the shed is quite a bit lower than the house. Have you considered how to handle drainage around the shed?

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    We thought about water a lot while putting these structures up. Being one mile from the Mekong, I definitely wanted a two story house. I know that might suck as I get older, but if a flood occurs, I'd like at least 4 or 5 meters of breathing room before I cash out. As further insurance we piled in about 2.5 meters of fill where the house would be built, when we bought the land years ago. It settled down to about 1.5 meters before construction.

    The entire area slopes almost imperceptly toward the river (to the east) and drainage is OK and getting better. We put a drainage pipe under the driveway and it worked well last rainy season.

    The area where the shed sits has remained relatively dry for the past few seasons (no standing water) and the shed is elevated a good 30 cm above ground level. Also, I will put the water pump on an elevated, vibration-dampening wooden platform inside the shed.

    There are about 15 homes in the subdivision where I live and they're all built on the same level as my shed (no fill, no elevation)

    I know there are only two kinds of rivers in the world: those that have burst their banks and those that will. Hopefully the Mekong will remain quiet until I'm floating downstream as fishfood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Hopefully the Mekong will remain quiet until I'm floating downstream as fishfood.
    Sounds like you have thought it out and will be high and dry. The way the Chinese are diverting the headwaters of the Mekong by the time you depart this earth the river, by then known as the Mekong Canyon, will be but a historical footnote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    All that remains is the 1m footpath around the shed and to hook up the interior/exterior lights -- and it's finished. Debating whether or not to paint it the same color as the house.
    I'd go with painting it the same color as the house.

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    Nice Texpat, looks very good indeed!

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    This past weekend I bought a 10" resin filter and a wall mounted micro filter from Global House Udon Thani (12,700 baht) and a few hundred more in fittings, valves and fixtures.

    Last month I picked up a Mitsubishi 255 water pump (6,000) and a 1,000 liter tank (5,500)

    I paid two techs at Global House 2,500 baht to drive to my home an hour away and spend the day digging water lines and hooking everything up. (I'm a lazy git)The water is now clear and the pressure is awesome. I also picked up a bottle of Hagesan professional limescale remover which works a treat removing white lime deposits around the faucets.

    It wasn't cheap though -- in all, this shed (including water treatments) cost slightly over 100,000 baht. But I'm happy to move all my gardening and outdoor crap out of the house and into the shed.

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