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    Quote Originally Posted by RDN
    No reverse gear on that truck?
    That's what I said. The driver claimed the gap between the houses was too narrow (he still managed to drive in and revert out, though).

    It's going to be our second drinking water tank, yes, rain water from the roof, like everybody elses. Since we got one functional tank already, I have complete trust that this one will be fine, too.

    Once the fence and the rice-planting will be done, the guy will continue with the tank.
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    Ok, the guy finally decided to proceed with the tank, it's almost finished, just needs a coat of cement, and the guttering and connection put in.
    I insisted on slightly more user-friendly model than the standard local one, so I had to get the valves from the nearest town.

    It's easy maintenance, no filters to clean out, but one needs to open the inlet extension when it hasn't been raining for a while, so the shite from the roof doesn't get into the tank. We got 2 watertaps in the kitchen now, well-water and rainwater.

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    I pity the neighbours. What an eyesore

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller
    Ok, the guy finally decided to proceed with the tank,
    What was the overall cost Stroller?

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    Cost about 4000bt, including the plumbing. I still need to get a different craftsman to do the guttering and the metal lid. The front face of the tank will bear a funky mosaic design made from broken tiles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller
    The front face of the tank will bear a funky mosaic design made from broken tiles.
    Oh jaysus! Like one fo your shirts??
    Maybe the neighbors'll get lucky and vines 'll grow over it quick...

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    Looks like a big still.

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    Thats shite

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    Cost 4,000baht, looks like it takes 3,000liters, a stainless one that size is about 30k baht, yep the concrete one looks quite appealing to me

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    ^Would it be possible to build a cheap swimming pool/jacuzzi in the same way???

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    It would just be a very deep and narrow plunge pool.

    Would be good for keeping those bodies in though.

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    If you get any subsidance on that thing and it manages to topple over you had better hope that it topples to the right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickA
    Would it be possible to build a cheap swimming pool/jacuzzi in the same way???
    I suppose it would but I have never seen anyone do that and I wouldn't bother doing it, it wouldn't have the structural integrity to last very long.

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    Here's a propper water tank. About 16,000 L, cost with base around 10,000. The pipe on the side is the inlet, the base is curved and the outlet is in the center on the base. The box at the side it the switch for the pump, and you can just make out the top of the bore hole near it. Takes about 2 hrs to fill the tank.

    I have more than the average number of arm and legs

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    ^ Is it my imagination or is it doing an impression of the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

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    I just did the final accounts with the craftsman, and the total came close to 5500bt, with the extras, not 4000 which was me doing the calculation.

    Oh well, still not a bad deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal
    ^ Is it my imagination or is it doing an impression of the Leaning Tower of Pisa?
    Imagination mate, really !! The land is on a slope, it may be off a couple of cm, but not much. You can tell when its full of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    I was advised to put down some large stones before pouring the concrete base, so off we went to the nearby river:




    All local, organic pebbles, nothing less would do.

    Quite a nice location for me to relax in the shadow and take some pics:





    Well, at 150/day, they can't complain, took them out to some nice scenery where they could do some weight-lifting to keep fit. I even paid for the rice-wine after work.


    Update:
    This tranquile spot has slightly changed in appearance:

    Storm or flood-damage?
    No,no - it's part of the rural improvement scheme: We have a concrete road byt he riverside now, for the 5 cars in the village!

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    They did the same thing by our place. Sure not having the dust or mud is nice, but now some people drive like idiots!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    Ok, today they got the cement mixer out:



    I had the opportunity to save some real money and get rid of some building rubble at the same time, as it was used to fill the base together with the pebbles and concrete:






    Tomorrow they'll deliver the prefab segments for the tank.
    All the "Click for photo" says Photo not found, why is this ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curious George View Post
    Maybe stack a few concrete rings like for DD's sewage tank? I've seen that sort used around Chiang Rai to collect the rainwater.
    Hope that its a bit better than that !

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    Quote Originally Posted by man with no head View Post
    It's probably cheaper to pay someone to push it backwards

    Interesting idea but will the base support the weight? Each gallon of water weighs 8 pounds.
    Dont see why not, concrete with reo and mesh in it there will be no problem. I had a concrete tank 2000 Gals built on site back in Queensland, no problems there for the last 30 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Dave View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by man with no head View Post
    It's probably cheaper to pay someone to push it backwards

    Interesting idea but will the base support the weight? Each gallon of water weighs 8 pounds.
    Dont see why not, concrete with reo and mesh in it there will be no problem. I had a concrete tank 2000 Gals built on site back in Queensland, no problems there for the last 30 years.
    Concrete SLAB then tank on top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    A real gallon of water weighs 10lbs, but as Stroller isn't UK or US lets go for a litre of water =1 Kg.

    If I understand you correctly Stroll this is going to be your drinking water supply. That would mean you are ging to save 10 baht for every 20 litres.

    I presume the water will be collected off the roof.
    You must leave the gutters DISCONNECTED from the tank and let the first few gallons, sorry litres, run off or you get a tank full of dusty water.
    Try and install this bit in a dry postion.
    Can't one buy a filter pipe which catches all the leaves etc before it goes into the tank here.
    That's what i used to have on mine, used to unscrew a cartridge and dump any leaves every few days during rainy times. We have all this easy technology in Aust as the country areas do not get town water. Sometimes hard for europeans and Brits to imagine i suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandomChances View Post
    Here's a propper water tank. About 16,000 L, cost with base around 10,000. The pipe on the side is the inlet, the base is curved and the outlet is in the center on the base. The box at the side it the switch for the pump, and you can just make out the top of the bore hole near it. Takes about 2 hrs to fill the tank.

    I think that they have got one of those in Piza Italy

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