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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post


    Fok me! he's got a swimming pool as well

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    heres some nice ones Our Bungalows

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Codger View Post
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    Fok me! he's got a swimming pool as well
    Look more like a bamboo gun to me

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    This local 13-year old girl initially came by in the evenings to earn some money by washing the worker's clothes. I soon had to tell this girl "sorry, can not". Why? The workers would start drinking whiskey and suggesting, well you get the idea.

    What is really sickening is that her father (his story coming up) thought it would be a good learning experience for the girl.


    To get our goal accomplished we had to hire several main contractors. This is how the system worked. We hired one contractor to build the house, another one for the fence, then for the plumbing, electrical work and so on.

    In the photo below you can see the workers whittling away on an outside wall post.

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    The cement and rebar begins to arrive.


    In the meantime some of our local workers begin to strip the bark off of the Teak wood.

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    These two workers are actually sisters. The youngest one shown in the background has a heart of gold. More on her later.


    To build the fence we had to clear a patch of bamboo that was about 50 foot tall. One can not just cut the bamboo down, the roots have to be taken out also. The local guy smashing away at the bamboo is only 51-years old...

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    The roots look like a mess. My patch of land has a big bamboo patch in one part. I wanted to keep it but my brothers-in-law have more or less removed it now.


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    excellent thread HB...this is what sets the TD apart from the others

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    The work on the floor continues on slowly.


    All the teak wood comes in a rather rough form. Each piece then has to be cut to size and planned.

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    The bamboo patch continues to create a problem. Now the son of the local worker tries his hand.


    The home for the fence workers is coming along nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surasak View Post
    The roots look like a mess. My patch of land has a big bamboo patch in one part. I wanted to keep it but my brothers-in-law have more or less removed it now.

    I can understand your love of nature, but I will bet you a 100 baht the bamboo will soon ask your fence to move. That is why I decided to remove the bulldozer.

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    Well, the reason they gave was that it would come crashing down on the house when it's built. Really I have not much choice due to the odd shape of the land because that's probably about where the septic tank will go. So, yeah, off it goes.

    That fence, by the way, cost about 120,000B.

    BTW, excellent thread. This is what I came for originally when I joined.

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    Nothing like home away from home. Guess who is paying the electricity bill? BTW, the fence boss is on the far right. His idiot brother is standing next to him.


    Still, the floor work continues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surasak View Post
    That fence, by the way, cost about 120,000B.
    How many meters long and how tall is that fence/wall?

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    It's about 240 meters total length and around 1-1.75 meters high (varies due to slope of land).

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    Quote Originally Posted by surasak View Post
    If it's a hardwood shouldn't matter much. Soft woods like pine, etc. can warp really bad if not seasoned first.
    Pine is a hardwood, a fast growing hardwood.

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    More materials arrive. Notice the concrete rings that we will be using for septic tanks. BTW, please take my advice and check the invoice of all deliveries.


    Unloading gravel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
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    If it's a hardwood shouldn't matter much. Soft woods like pine, etc. can warp really bad if not seasoned first.
    Pine is a hardwood, a fast growing hardwood.
    Hell, I'm probably wrong but in the states pine is normally considered a soft wood. Oak, maghony, etc, is hardwood stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by surasak View Post
    If it's a hardwood shouldn't matter much. Soft woods like pine, etc. can warp really bad if not seasoned first.
    Pine is a hardwood, a fast growing hardwood.
    Softwood is wood from conifers (pine, spruce, etc).

    Hardwood is wood from deciduous trees (oak, cherry, etc).

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    Just looked it up and you are right, i'm going to find my woodwork teacher from school and give him a beating he won't forget.

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    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. This is a fish caught from the Nan River.


    Filet and eat.

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    Here we begin to stake out the front fence.


    Now the stakes begin...

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    Truly a fine photo Hillbilly. Worth of framing, I'd say. What kind of fish and how was it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash
    Just looked it up and you are right, i'm going to find my woodwork teacher from school and give him a beating he won't forget.
    My woodwork Teacher said the same about Pine being a hard wood, never could understand why it was so easy to cut.

    How much did that fish weigh Hillbilly?

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    It actually has nothing to do with wood hardness per se (balsa comes to mind) but rather how water is transported up the trunk through differing series of mechanisms.

    Softwoods tend to have long round trunks (very straight which is why pines, spruce, etc. make good lumber sources) and seeds in cones while hardwoods produce fully enclosed seeds (like acorns, apples, durian) and have wider and varied shaped trunks due to a lesser ability to conduct and hold water against gravity.

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