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    I really have no idea, maybe get a quote from rent o kill, I know on their yearly contract they come round the first time and drill loads of holes into the ground through your floor, then every month put poison down in it.

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    They drill holes all over your lovely floor and pump the poison in once a year. They come round once a month after to just spray the edges for cockroaches etc.

    The next year they just open the holes again and pump more poison in.

    Mine cost around B4000 a year for around 80 sq metres

    It is worth it if you have lots of wood they like! My house in the city was completely rotten when we bought it, to the point of the workers putting a foot through the boards.
    I have reported your post

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    my contractor has advised that since my house sits up off the ground and has a crawl space of about 3/4 to 1 meter, at any future point I can the termite control chemical sprayed from under the house rather than having to put holes in the floor. Having the spray applied under the house seems a lot better than putting holes in the floor to do the spraying...
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    ^Yep....Will they eradicate the Cobras too at that point?? Or is that extra??

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    Contractor advised me that if I desire the inclusion of a system to get ride termites now is the time to install the system.
    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    my contractor has advised that since my house sits up off the ground and has a crawl space of about 3/4 to 1 meter, at any future point I can the termite control chemical sprayed from under the house rather than having to put holes in the floor.
    Your contractor changes his mind a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    Contractor advised me that if I desire the inclusion of a system to get ride termites now is the time to install the system.
    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler
    my contractor has advised that since my house sits up off the ground and has a crawl space of about 3/4 to 1 meter, at any future point I can the termite control chemical sprayed from under the house rather than having to put holes in the floor.
    Your contractor changes his mind a lot
    DD, I'm sure you know experienced how it goes between builder and customer. Lots of discussion on availability of various options and the summarizing as I did in these posts did not include all the sequence of discussions. So now for the rest of the story and a good one at that: The contractor did treat the total 1 rai land area for termites. This was over and above the option to have the PVC pipe termite control system installed. The contractor did not think that I necessarily needed the PVC termite control system and mearly indicated that if I did not want to go with that system and if it was determined at some later that I needed a termite treatment (but without the use of the PVC system), the contractor pointed out that the treatment could still be applied from the crawl space and without putting holes in the floor of the house. So, that sounds like a good news story all around to me. #1, the land has already been treated for termites and is suposidely good for between 3 and 5 years. #2, I opted not to have the PVC system installed and had a net savings there. #3, if a termite erdication/control treatment is needed at some future point, I can still have it done from the crawl space without putting any holes in the floor of the house. sounds all logical to me now. I just needed to work through all the available options. I will remain vigilent though to keep an eye out for any tell tail signs of termites and take immediate appropriate actions. I think we are good to go on this issue now and moving on to the next issue, what ever that may be.

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    But just consider having option #3 @ 2 to 3 times the original price after the fact if it's required..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Driventowin View Post
    But just consider having option #3 @ 2 to 3 times the original price after the fact if it's required..
    Driven: not really. the fact that there is a crawl space and the grounds can accept a termite treatment without the PVC piping would mean that a treatment cost, if --- IF needed would be considerably less than the cost of installation of the PVC system. In fact, one would be able to get 5 treatments at the cost of the PVC system. The way I see it is the PVC system is good for when access to a house crawl space is not practical. I have a crawl space from which a termite treatment can be applied so the piping has only the benifit of being slightly more convienient.

    I look at it as 6 of one and a 1/2 dozen of the other.

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    Sorry I misread it as considering installing the PVC system after the fact in the crawl space if it was neccessary.. Not skipping it altogether...

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    PVC terrmite controle works quite well, also termite barriers, it's a cloth that is placed in the concrete wherever anything perferates it, works even better. Termites live in the soil, not in the wood and migrate to there food sorce on a daily basis, so if you can get in your crawl space make it a quartly scedual to go under the house and inspect for any termite tunnels. They are usually easilly visable as dirt tunnels on your concrete. If you find even one call the exterminators. If you do this regularly you won't have any problems. If you have the exterminators do the inspection you will "of course" always have a termite infestation, so you have to do it yourself.

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    one other thing I would like to mention on termite control, be vigilent about clean up, don't let your contractors bury any wood on the property especially around your foundation. Burried wood is ambrosia to termites and will give them a great reason to become your niebors and eventually your house guests.

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    ^^ I agree with most of this, with the exception of the personal inspection part. It's not worth it, either in your labor, or in your potential to meet up with a Cobra, I was deadly serious before when I posted that in spite of my injected humor (if you'll pardon the pun).

    Your crawl space is like the worlds most attractive bachelor pad to them and when your under there you wouldn't even be able to think before you got whacked with little to no space to move around in compared to how they move and how well they would blend in, also they would be aggressive and not fearful as you would be treading on their turf as they see it..

    Far less likely they will run since it is not a casual meet out somewhere in a field on neutral ground..Call someone and let them do their job..
    Silent but deadly.....

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    18 February 2008,
    Progress on the house continues. These pictures from 18 Feb 2008 reflect completion of putting the preformed/set concrete floor slabs into place.


















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    CPAC

    Good to see the CPAC truck in your photos makes a world of difference if your foundation aswell as slab is done in one pour. No seams from the hand mix stuff.

    BTW...whats the sq/m or feet on your house?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farangforever View Post
    Good to see the CPAC truck in your photos makes a world of difference if your foundation aswell as slab is done in one pour. No seams from the hand mix stuff.

    BTW...whats the sq/m or feet on your house?
    Roughly 400 sq meters on a single floor including the covered carport. So it is big enough but not to ostentatious.

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    Why have you not considered placing a lift in this gaff. ?

    Looks like you plan to be here for the term of your natural life and you will certainly find trying to climb those stairs when you get older or even sick a total pain in the arse.

    2 story houses are nice but those stairs become painful real quick.

    Nice thread by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler View Post
    my contractor has advised that since my house sits up off the ground and has a crawl space of about 3/4 to 1 meter, at any future point I can the termite control chemical sprayed from under the house rather than having to put holes in the floor. Having the spray applied under the house seems a lot better than putting holes in the floor to do the spraying...



    as a pest controller here in new zealand and although dont have any problems with termites, i have a few friends in aussie, i would suggest the pvc piping. its very popular in aussie and works a treat, u can always spray the areas of ur house....but the soil treatment is really what u need to keep in control.....
    sorry not sure if u actually went ahead with the treatent or not as i am skimming some of ur articles.....remember its better to be safe than sorry.....i ahve customers that dont take my advise and i get them calling back...
    great thread by the way....$320,000 nzd for ur house....not too bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Why have you not considered placing a lift in this gaff. ?

    Looks like you plan to be here for the term of your natural life and you will certainly find trying to climb those stairs when you get older or even sick a total pain in the arse.

    2 story houses are nice but those stairs become painful real quick.

    Nice thread by the way.

    cheers.
    Khun T57, for the reasons you mentioned, the house is only a 1 story house (not a 2 story house) and if there is ever a need for me to be in a wheel chair or similar, a ramp going up 1 or 2 steps will be no problem. As for now, no problem, I can run with the best of you young stud muffins...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    Why have you not considered placing a lift in this gaff. ?

    Looks like you plan to be here for the term of your natural life and you will certainly find trying to climb those stairs when you get older or even sick a total pain in the arse.

    2 story houses are nice but those stairs become painful real quick.

    Nice thread by the way.

    cheers.
    Khun T57, for the reasons you mentioned, the house is only a 1 story house (not a 2 story house) and if there is ever a need for me to be in a wheel chair or similar, a ramp going up 1 or 2 steps will be no problem. As for now, no problem, I can run with the best of you young stud muffins...
    hello sea traveller
    nice log, very interesting read, i built half a thai style house in udon last year, and didnt have net access, so couldnt blog it!! still got some photos kicking around so i think ill get started, a year late! then when i get back carry on the blog, thanks for the kick up the arse!!
    keep up the good work

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    1 March 2008:

    Both the swimming pool and house contractors continue to make progress. The pool contractor has just now started to excavate and the house contractor has started the placement and securing of super block for the walls. Note that the block placement around the whole exterior of the house perimeter will be double with approximately 3.8 cm of space between the blocks. This space will act as an insulation factor for both temperature and sound. The contractor has paid close attention to where the openings need to be left for where the windows will be placed. So far so good.



    beginning of the pool excavation. pool will be 5x9 meters with a spa. there will be a series of 4 or 5 steps, 3 meters wide from the patio on the house side that will lead into the pool. this is outside the 5x9 dimension mentioned above.




    a view of the pool excavation in proximety to the house location.



    South side of house looking into where the Thai kitchen will be.


    master bedroom.


    patio leading into the pool area.



    North side office and pool area.


    front of house looking at the office area.


    office and patio area




    West side of office and patio area with pool.

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    coming along a treat mate, very nice sized pool, what was you thinking for the patio? sandstone?

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    MTSINTERNATIONAL House

    Sun,

    Yes, the pool will be a fair size 5x9 meters with a spa outside of that 5x9 space. I will have overflow on 2 of the long sides and on the shallow end of the short side. I'll also have two skimmers at the deep end short side and have salt water chlorination system so should be relativly easy to take care of.

    The patio area within 1 1/2 meter of pool will be sandwash set at about 8 cm above a larger ceremic tile patio. I'll be using an "Antique Roman" type ceremic tile for the front terrace and larger 2 level pool patio area.

    Wheels up on 15 March for trip back to Thai and check up on the project.

    BTW, my 1 year, multiple entry non-imm (A-O) visa came back in my passport yesterday. Hooooa! Retirement visa from Immigration in Thai next step.

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    ello buddy
    yeah cool, nice one for the visa, get busy buddy!!
    theres some nice sandstone in thailand with regards to your patio, Sandstone - Indian Sandstone,Sandstone Exporters,Indian Sandstone Manufacturers,Indian Sand Stone
    try here for some ideas, we use it a lot for patios here in the uk, gets a nice finish if done properly
    catch you soon
    ps the sandstone is more or less the same as you can get in thailand, just need skilled stonemason
    cant wait to see the pool plans?

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    5 March 2008:

    Super block walls continue to be build. Swimming pool footers initiated and pool form outline made in concrete. I'm thinking that the retaining wall forms will be built around the form outline of the pool and then build the rebar on the floor and wall prior to any concrete being poured.




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    Well, I'm back from my 6 weeks sojourn in LOS where I had the opportunity to get down and dirty with review of the progress of the house construction, make minor adjustments and map out the course for successful completion of the project. I will mention that I had a few friends over to take a look at the progress of the house during my stay and seemed to have had favorable comments not only about the design, floorplan, and aloted space within the rooms but also about the superior level of workmansship.

    Over the next few days, I will attempt to post a few pictures of the progress that has been made over the past few weeks, add a little narrative as it relates to the pictures and discuss any related issues. One thing I can say for sure is that this has been one hell of a learning experience and fortunately, I've had the gods and Buddha on my side as things have progressed well so far, the contractor is ahead of schedule and on budget, and the quality of workmansship seems to be superior to what I have seen in other Thai housing and construction industry.

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