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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    Banana Palms make for excellent screens once they start growing?
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    Do you think they'd get enough sun there? This is on the north side of the house and the house behind has two floors. I'd like bananas if they'd grow there.

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    Hi guys, have asked this question before but no reply, so I'll post again. My wife and I are planning to build a modest house in Nakhon Sawan at the end the year. I would like to know if one needs lawyers for contracts, are house plans available from the builder or does one need to find a architect?? Does anyone know of any reputible builders in Nakhon sawan?? I would welcome any advice or recommendations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous Coward
    Do you think they'd get enough sun there? This is on the north side of the house and the house behind has two floors. I'd like bananas if they'd grow there.
    Sorry got the name wrong, just looked it up, called "fan' palm, they don't need a lot of sun. Fast growing, I planted some three years ago and they are now trees with about a metre of trunk - there huge!
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous Coward View Post
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    I'm trying to decide what sort of trees to plant as a screen. Any ideas?
    I would like to help because I get a lot of pleasure (non sexual of course) from your posts. BUT asking me for horticultural advice is a little like asking Nana tart for financial investment assistance.

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    Water Heater

    I ended up buying this water heater:



    It's a 4.5KW unit by Mazuma of Thailand.

    We'd used one in a guest house and liked it. (Nothing like hands on.) And the owner seemed to like how reliable they were.

    Another decision based on totally unreliable information....

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    you don't look like you've got much room there so you need something that won't devlop huge roots...not sure bananas would be the best choice there...

    one thing I have noticed is that lots of people plant in those huge pots rather than in the ground... maybe that's why...this way they can control the roots?..

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    I was thinking of Heliconia. This plant was formerly classified as a relative of bananas, but has a narrower trunk and a more attractive flower. The roots tend to be smaller than bananas. They come in a huge range of sizes and flower types. This wiki article has some photos: Heliconia

    This photo shows how dense it can get:



    Some tall ginger might do the trick as well.

    Still thinking....
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous Coward View Post
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    I'm trying to decide what sort of trees to plant as a screen. Any ideas?
    I would like to help because I get a lot of pleasure (non sexual of course) from your posts. BUT asking me for horticultural advice is a little like asking Nana tart for financial investment assistance.
    beg to differ PP
    Nana tarts are one of the best Investment Ass..istants money can buy, your money of course, provided you invest in ass..ets dear to your adviser of the moment e.g.: upcountry real estate, human and/or bovine pharmaceuticals, roofing repair companies and last but not least hair saloons and managed (by her/him depending on personal proclivity) entertainment avenues.

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    Where We're At

    It looks like the house is sliding toward completion in mid-March. Not sure how ready we are, but there's no pressure to move right away.

    The floor tile is nearly complete. The big remaining tasks are:

    - Pulling the electrical wiring
    - Putting up the ceiling
    - Installing electrical and plumbing fittings
    - Painting
    - Landscaping (just turf, I think)

    We're madly using Ms. AC's days off (one per week) to figure out the following:

    - Ceiling fans (still haven't found any I like at the right price)
    - Kitchen sink (Home Pro has a promotion on one from Teka)
    - Cooktop (ditto)
    - Fridge
    - Cabinetmaker to build out the kitchen and do some shelving and stuff

    Finally got the check from the bank for the final balloon payment. Ms. AC will deposit today. Funds should be available by the time the payment is due at the end of March.

    I wish the dollar weren't in such a hole, but it looks to slide further so we need to do the dollar/baht conversion sooner rather than later.

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    Front porch tile is done:


    Bathroom floor tile started:


    Living room, kitchen and bedrooms done:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous Coward
    I was thinking of Heliconia. This plant was formerly classified as a relative of bananas, but has a narrower trunk and a more attractive flower.
    Also known as "bird of paradise".

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    Actually, Heliconia are in the family "Heliconiaceae" while Bird of Paradise are in the family "Strelitziaceae". Same order, though: "Zingiberales"

    Heliconia are sometimes called "false bird of paradise" because they look similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous Coward
    Heliconia are sometimes called "false bird of paradise" because they look similar.
    The only problem I have with these are they prolifiate! you have to cut them back a lot, they spread like weeds.
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo
    The only problem I have with these are they prolifiate! you have to cut them back a lot, they spread like weeds.
    Agreed, they can be a problem.

    So, I'm still looking for something tall to screen out the neighbors in that narrow space that won't have invasive roots and won't be hard to control....

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    Lots of plants going in at the moo baan entrance.


    Window frames going in. Cheap hardware....


    This is the side yard next to the neighbor. Not a lot of room here, either.


    This is the front yard. Toward the back will be some small fruit trees. In front will be a pond and decorative garden.


    I really like the way the bathroom tile turned out.


    This is the moo baan central park. They put some huge trees in there including this massive areca palm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous Coward View Post


    I really like the way the bathroom tile turned out.
    Nowt wrong with that. You should see mine!

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    Is that your incoming power line on the right.

    If it is I would not bother purchasing any more electrical appliances


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    Is that your incoming power line on the right.
    They're promising and upgrade "real soon now"....

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    Of course my family in the US has never heard of the sort of water heaters used here. They asked for a photo of the innards and here it is:


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    we don't have these in NZ either but I think they are more efficient than heating a bloody great cylinder and keeping it hot all day for the odd moment when someone wants hot water...

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster
    we don't have these in NZ either but I think they are more efficient than heating a bloody great cylinder and keeping it hot all day for the odd moment when someone wants hot water...
    I first used one of these types of heaters in the early 80's on Saipan. The only one I could find was manufactured by a company in New Zealand and I ordered it from there. They claimed it would be long lasting because the heating chamber was made of Lexan plastic. After a few months of use the chamber sprung a leak and squirted me with a small stream of incredibly hot water.

    Perhaps that's why you no longer see them in New Zealand.

    Anyway, the company couldn't believe the thing leaked. I sent it to them and they sent me a new one, but the second one failed after a few months as well.

    I hope the ones I bought for the new house last a bit longer....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous Coward View Post
    Of course my family in the US has never heard of the sort of water heaters used here. They asked for a photo of the innards and here it is:

    AC, point of use water heaters are common in the west coast. Either gas or electric heaters. Sell in home depot outlets and other stores like Lowes.

    The Dude

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    Question, is you system wired with a GFIC breaker?

    The Dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Dude
    Question, is you system wired with a GFIC breaker?
    The water heater has one and the whole house also has one in the breaker box. (Referred to as an ELCB in Thailand and, I guess, everywhere else except the US, but more properly called a Residual-current device.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by klongmaster
    we don't have these in NZ either but I think they are more efficient than heating a bloody great cylinder and keeping it hot all day for the odd moment when someone wants hot water...
    I agree. I had never used one of the small ones until I came to Thailand and I think they are great.
    It must cut down the energy used too.

    I used to hate it when the whopping big hot water system which took a lot of space in the laundry needed a new element and you would have no hot water until someone came to fix it.

    In the house I have now at home, I've got two of the buggers; one upstairs and one downstairs. I am thinking seriously of having them replaced by a small instant one in the bathrooms and kichen.

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