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    Quote Originally Posted by pickel
    Will you be building that in South Park?
    No, Kwailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    is that orange thing a slide for the kids, an exit chute for you or a disposal ramp for the MiL?
    For the MIL to try and scramble up in the event of a flash flood.

    45 degree angle stainless steel with a mirror finish

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    ^ excellent plan there, looper. How's the Jag?

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    Ever tried using google sketchup ? Free to download and pretty easy to use.
    Might get a clearer picture of what the finished house will look like .


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    Come on you lazy cnut get out there and get some pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Why don't you go Spanish and have a bit of terracotta?
    we had that last night with a couple of glasses of red wine

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    Looking eastwards




    Looking westwards




    One of the uncles. Dad's got his gut out in the background.


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    The land is about 100tw. You can probably see that the land has been significantly raised and towards the end of the project we will waste money building a small retaining wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Looking eastwards

    I haven't seen people using a water level for many a year. having said that we used a similar technique surveying storage tanks at a refinery many years ago.

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    ^ they are in common use, very accurate and simple

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    towards the end of the project we will waste money building a small retaining wall.
    I suppose you could use plants to retain the soil

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    ^ they are in common use, very accurate and simple
    I agree to the accurate and simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    If they don't have decent tools then they are not worth hiring
    Couldn't disagree more. Some just need a little help. Poor boy contractor's abound in LOS in case you missed it? I have often found that those contractors with all the right tools don't know how or where to use them as well. Its about education not show and tell.

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    Yep good luck Marmite.....My wife built our first place here with just a little input from me...together we would get concensus and she would go ahead and organise and pay...cheaper that way I believe....I must confess she was strong and made the building team redo things we didnt like or agree to and the end product is pretty good...far from perfect as some of the posts on here seem but nevertheless pretty good. We used concrete and rebar. On the land at the back I am now looking around for ideas to construct a work shed for me and a small wood thai style house....I will watch your build with interest Marmite
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    I have found the guys with the right tools for the job are the ones who know how to use them, they have built them up over several well done jobs

    like my electrician, he started with just a few necessary tools; over the years he has bought good quality drills etc that make the job more efficient

    if your experience is different, never mind
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
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    ^ they are in common use, very accurate and simple
    I agree to the accurate and simple.
    and in common use too? I have seen the layout men use them, the brickies, tilers, even plumbers

    the guy doing the guttering used one yesterday to make sure the drop would be enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    towards the end of the project we will waste money building a small retaining wall.
    I suppose you could use plants to retain the soil
    We lose a fair bit of our small garden if we leave it as a fall to the road, so a wall we will have to just above the plot's ground level. Above that will be a Colditz style post and razor wire arrangement. It will be covered with bougainvillaea after a couple of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    ^ they are in common use, very accurate and simple
    I agree to the accurate and simple.

    here is an illustration of the water level pipe, hanging on the back of the cab - indispensable to all Thai workers


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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
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    ^ they are in common use, very accurate and simple
    I agree to the accurate and simple.
    and in common use too? I have seen the layout men use them, the brickies, tilers, even plumbers

    the guy doing the guttering used one yesterday to make sure the drop would be enough
    There is hope for the Thais then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh
    There is hope for the Thais then?
    I must admit, the Midget's uncles know their stuff. One of them has worked overseas for a few years and they all understand what they're doing.

    The reason why I'm only using them for the grunt work is that there are a few things I want doing differently (better hopefully) than the norm, so I will be using a different guy who is used to doing what I want for the main build.

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    Is this still in udon city or in the country side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    One of the uncles. Dad's got his gut out in the background.
    Can I ask looking toward that old house from that view is the road to the front of the old house ? so presumably when your new one is built that comes down , with your new one set back from the road ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    towards the end of the project we will waste money building a small retaining wall.
    It will indeed be a considerable waste of money if they don't know what they are doing. Do make sure the retaining wall has enough drainage holes, because the soil will basically be saturated for about half the year, which puts a big load on retaining walls. After his retaining wall collapsed twice in consecutive rainy seasons, a local farang ended up having the whole thing bulldozed and transformed into a dyke. Not really an option for you though, fronting the soi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ralphlsasser
    faucets
    What are they???

    I'm very much looking forward to this thread; I hope it turns out well, Marmite - perfect timing as my build is delayed by a few months, so I'll be nicely following behind you...
    Water (shower and sink faucets) the thingy you turn on to get water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    What are they???
    faucets are taps
    bidets are bum washers

    Anything else?


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