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    I had these included in my pool construction and have to say they were bloody good value for money

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    if you look to the right of the pictures you will see loads of squigely lines, this is to give us a slightly rough finish for when we tile to give us better adhesion to the render.

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    Here we have an aerial photograph of the pool.


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    Will this pool have 'sandwash' around it DD?

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    Dougal by sandwash I assume you mean colored cement with tiny little stones in that the water runs over and then drains into the runoff and back into the resovoir, yes it will

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    ^ That's good, I've never seen how it's done. By the way what is the steel sticking up in the air in the corner for?

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    There will be a small retaining wall there of about 30 cms in height to seperate it from the main pool, the steel is just for us to attach the rest of our rebar to to keep it strong.

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    thetylim, my mom used to have the same leaf problem with the pool she had. i ran across some used netting that was used at a baseball diamond to catch the fly balls. i took flexible pools and built a kind of dome over the pool then attached the netting using plastic pull ties. worked out great and even provides some shade. i wish the netting would have been just a little finer but it kept all the big leaf's out and cut the work load on the pool in 1/2

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    Well we started tileing the old pool today, most pools are tiled with 10 by 10 cm tiles, the reason for this is that it looks nice when going round curves and also makes the inside of the pool less slippery, the only problems with this is that takes 100 poxy tiles to do one square meter as oposed to say 11 nice big tiles.

    The video is of the digger we hired to dig out for the resevoir, the git charged me 1,000baht for half hours work, but if I had got one in specially he would have charged me about 3,000baht, he is working on the same building estate as us.

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    For those poor people that are not members of this board and cannot view the exciting videos here, well here is a couple of nice pictures of the digger digging out a big hole that we shall turn into a resevoir.







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    Well the tiling is going on at a snails pace but they are also working on the resevoir.


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    Here is the resevoir, as you can see they are tyeing the rebar up at this present moment in time, once it's done it should hold 5,000+ litres, I would have prefered it a bit bigger but there really aint enough room.



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    Why can I connect to an hour porn show in 3 seconds but these little babies take 15 minutes to download and buffer?

    Well it was really only about 2 minutes.

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    Haven't seen it mentioned in any Thailand-related forums talking about pool construction where the pool company comes in with a truck and the form is done with 'shotcrete' or 'gunnite'?

    Is that available in Thailand?

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    Swimming pools are like girls.
    They're too expensive for the time you spend in...

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    I can't believe I just sat here and read 7 pages of "How to build a swimming pool." I must be bored.

    Now that you have my enthralled attention how long before this picture novel is concluded? When do we get to see the finished product? And how long does it take start to finish?

    BTW, 6-800,000 baht seems high for a swimming pool. I mean, who am I to know, but can't you buy a house for that much in Isaan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippaporn
    BTW, 6-800,000 baht seems high for a swimming pool. I mean, who am I to know, but can't you buy a house for that much in Isaan?
    Not if it's got a swiming pool

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandomChances
    Not if it's got a swiming pool
    DD will definitely have to come down on price. Either that or I could only afford to live in one or the other. Living in a swimming pool doesn't sound like a good prospect. Advertising "no leaks" would not bode well during the rainy season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tippaporn
    how long before this picture novel is concluded?
    Should normally take 6 to 8 weeks at most, but that is working days, due to loads of holidays and now rain everyday it will be a bit longer.

    As we can see the tiling is coming along nicely.






    The spa area is now nice and round.






    The resevoir is now being rendered off and tiling on that can start tomorrow.



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    I'll grant that this beats watching television. It's always nice to get deserved feedback, so enjoyable stuff, DD.

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    Actually this is my way to stop future customers hassling me over what my staff are doing, you really wouldn't believe the amount of phone calls I get from idiot American customers asking me what the fok my staff are doing, this I can then refer them to and then they will know wot the fok my staff are doing and not waste my time with their idiotic questions, no offence to americans here on this forum but you are the customers from hell

    I remember this joke and it really does run true;

    10 bucks to fix your tap

    20 bucks if you want to watch us fixing your tap

    100 bucks if you want to advise us on fixing your tap

    I mean if you could fix or build it yourself then foking fix or build it yourself, don't get foking involved

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    They want to make sure it gets done "the American Way." Do you have to provide them with MicroSoft Project reports, too? 555555555.

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    DD, if you watch over your workers ALL the time they are doing things, then I don't think you would have the problem of people asking questions of what the heck your workers were doing. Since MOST of the construction, wiring and plumbing I have seen being done by Thais is poor, I for one will be at my next place whenever work is being done. We all here stories of customers being told that their requested materials would be used, they get replaced with second rate so the builder can make more money.

    I have a 3 year old place and the roof still leaks, plumbing is just nuts with the constant gurgle effect whenever someone flushes the toilet, the wiring looks as if a 10 year old was running the wiring around ( I can see wiring across my sunlight), the parkay flooring is popping up and countless other problems.

    You might run a reputable biz that stands behind their work but there are a lot of companies that do not do this and in the end HAVE to watch what's being done. I don't think I have EVER seen a squared up door or window in any building.
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    The thing is, if you're paying for a westerner to do your construction work, you shouldn't need to stand watch over it.

    If you want to be a pain in the arse, hire your own crew. I think after 15 or so years constructing in Thailand, DD should've found a decent foreman.

    Funnily enough, I've just been doing some design work for an aussie guy and his Thai missus. The missus is a right pain in the arse, as she wants to change things just to show that she is the customer, not because it improves the design. In the end the guy just said 'go with it - I'll take the flak' as he understood what she was playing at.

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    Eliminator, do you have a child or children? if you did would you goto school with them each day to make sure the teachers are teaching them correctly? Which is more important, your childs education or your house? Obviously to your mind it must be your house, strange priorities you have there Eliminator

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    DD, Sorry if I stepped on your toes there and I'm sure you have a fine crew that you do NOT need to watch over. I am also sure that you are an honest person that would not cut corners to make higher profits. I wish you had built my place instead of the ones that screwed mine up. I meant to say that most crews that you see in Thailand don't do a very good job and you do have to watch them to make sure they do it right and don't cut corners or materials to make higher profits.

    I think you would have to agree that there are a lot of slipshod guys out there (including farang), that do not do a satisfactory job and that everyone should make the effort to find out more about the construction company doing the work. This can be done many ways: specs and pics of previous projects done, get a list of satisfied customers, check for any complaints (is there a Thai office like this here?), go to ongoing projects and many others.

    If I had children then I would not be watching the teachers on a daily basis but I sure as hell would check the school and teachers out before letting them go to it. I made the big mistake of NOT checking the construction company before my house was built. I saw them building all the other places and made the wrong assumption as to their capabilities, won't happen again, I assure you.

    I don't think I will ever buy another house in a subdivision again (many reasons for this) but if I did, would it be possible to get my own choice of construction company to do the work?

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