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    Building your own Thai condo

    Well we have seen a few houses and swimming pools being built so time to move onto a bigger project, yep a DIY build your own multi story condo, no idea how many storeys this place will be, but reckon on 30 days per storey which will make this quite a long running thread.

    Okay this is on Soi Thepprasit where KR Karting is, seems the karting is going and the whole plot is going to be developed, not that Pattaya and Jomtien need more hotels or condos but hell builders need to make a living aswell.

    First up we got the pile driver there in the background, haven't caught him working yet so assume he is a bit shy.



    Some of the pilings that have been piled into place.



    Cant remember the name of the thing he using to check everything is relatively straight and where it should be.



    These are stuck on top of the pilings while they are driven into the ground, underneath these they chuck in a few old sacks to help protect the top of the piling so it doesn't get too badly damaged while being driven into the ground.



    Although sometimes they do get a bit knocked about, don't matter though once it is in the ground.



    Piles laying in waiting and ready to be used.



    Steel tipped so the thing don't crumple away as it is driven.



    Rebar lugs so the things can be moved around, ie hooked by crane etc off of the lorry and that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Cant remember the name of the thing he using to check everything is relatively straight and where it should be.
    Transit? Theodolite? Or just a builder's level with a scope?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai
    Theodolite?
    That one rings a bell.

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    Pattaya pile driving

    Well things are moving along at a rapid pace as they usually seem to do at the beginning of the job when the money is being passed around, this section you can see the piles are in and they have dug out for the footings.



    One of the piles with some sack cloth stuck onto the rebar.



    Nice job on this pile, although it does leave you to wonder maybe they should have used a longer one



    Freshly dug hole ready for rebar and concrete.



    An exciting video of a pile driver going up and down as only a pile driver can.

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    As you say, it could be a long thread, but sure to be an interesting one, no doubt you will be taking photographs and making notes to pass on to the Health and Safety Executive.




    Oops, sorry, forgot we are in LOS!

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    Time to get a couple of guys into the hole and start knocking off the excess concrete from the pilings, the trouble at this stage is they are using expensive power tools, ie the big angle grinders and a jack hammer, with the profit margins being so low they don't have enough power tools which causes a slow down on the job, or, they start on other stuff that it's probably not best to start on at this stage.



    Got a lot more whacking on this one to break it down



    On a lot of them they are now pouring a cement base ready to put the footings in, trouble is they aint broken down the piling yet, it's not a major problem or anything but just seems a bit pointless when they still got 1,000kilos of concrete to break up in that hole.



    Rebar being cut to size and shaped for the footings.



    One set of rebar ready to go into a finished hole and have the concrete poured in.


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    Very interesting. So you have no idea if this will be four or 40 stories tall?

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    Nope no idea of how many floors it will be, anyway hopefully tomorrow they may pour some concrete for some of the footings, they got a load of the rebar made up for the posts and already to go into the holes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai
    Transit
    That's the one

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Nope no idea of how many floors it will be, anyway hopefully tomorrow they may pour some concrete for some of the footings, they got a load of the rebar made up for the posts and already to go into the holes.
    Oh the excitement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabian View Post
    Oh the excitement.
    I found the video of that pile driver in action particularly thrilling.

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    Actually I find this thread really interesting.

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    Well they got the tops knocked off of most of the pilings, soon be time to get the concrete lorries in and start pouring the pads.



    Nice clean neat job.




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    Seems like no parking space under the apartment building.

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    Thai footings

    Well things are moving along quite well, what is a bit of a shock is they are going to pour all the footings at the same time, normally the profit margin doesn't give you enough to justify buying shuttering for the whole lot in one go, ie you may set it up if you have 30 footings to pour you would probably make up 10 sets of shuttering and pour 10 perday, must be a good profit margin in this job.



    Some of them they are using wood shuttering.



    Here's what it looks like just before filling up with concrete.



    Some metal shuttering.


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    Time to start filling those holes with concrete.



    They should have all been finished today.



    Yep, got a crane in to lift the concrete over to the form work.


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    Cant wait to see what they will do tomorrow ?

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    One week without any progress?

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    This is almost as exciting as Elderado was on TV , any one remember that ? The young bitch Marcus Tandy was shaging was well fit , lovely arse . Rather play with her than pour concrete !

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    Well they have been slowly tieing rebar together for the beam work and putting up the shuttering for the form and generally getting ready for the next concrete pour.




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    Very professional looking job .

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    Thai concrete posts and form work

    Well they still got the last few tops to knock off of the pilings, would you do this for 200baht perday?



    Some of the rebar still exposed to tie in something big and heavy, maybe stairs but it doesn't look like it to me.



    Most of the wood up for the form work for the uprights to be poured.


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    Hm, in the last picture the uprights don't look straight.

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    It's cos of the camera, they will be within about 10mm which is close enough, well aslong as we don't get too many earthquakes down here in Pattaya that is

    Here we have the brand naked concrete posts revealed in all their glory.



    Time to start wrapping them in plastic, although we seem to be having rain every night so one wonders whether it really is necessary, they aint gonna dry out that quick.


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    Its starting to come together nicely , when can I move in ?

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