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Construction in Thailand Is building in Thailand as bad as it seems? Can properties really be built and fitted out to European standards? Would you like to Build your own house in Phuket, or a swimming pool in Bangkok? Solar water heating in Pattaya? Or maybe you want to build a resort or guesthouse on Koh Samui? If you want to build a luxury house in Thailand then this is the forum for you.

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Old 02-08-2017, 10:39 AM   #326 (permalink)
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The build is almost complete, still some snagging to do, plus we have a bit of an issue with the wiring installed in the master bathroom (no surprise there then!)...

The power feed for the shower was put in an approximated place, then the bathroom was tiled, then the shower unit installed, but the wiring comes in 6 inches from the shower position and runs around the corner and top of the shower unit and back in to the left hand side... ugly wires visible, so some cheap-arse plastic stick-on, snap-close surface conduit has been roughly hacksaw-ed and bodged in a shitehawke attempt at hiding wires. Same goes for light above bathroom mirror... power feed too high up, leaving exposed wired to light unit.. same crappy attempt with surface conduit.

It's not as if this is a DIY attempt at changing something already installed.. it's a bloody new build, with clean lines and nice materials, only to be let down at the final jump by lack of care... FFS!

Solution is either i) to knock out a couple of tiles, chase out the brickwork, install conduit and re-tile in the right position.

Or ii) re-site the shower unit to where the wires come through, but then the shower head and will be at 90 degrees to the unit, and it will look a bit odd. Plus there will be mounting holes visible in the tiles where it was previously sited, so the tile (or tiles) would have to be replaced anyhow!... a pain in the arse, all because of lack of attention before tiling.

I also requested lighting above the window behind the kitchen sink.. (I'll put in a shelf with a concealed LED lighting strip underneath), but somehow this request was ignored, I asked again, as the wiring conduit in the walls was being installed, as I noticed no conduit had been installed for this, and was told "no problem, will do".

Walls were then rendered, ceiling installed, decorating done, still no sign of electrical feed... so I asked again.

Khun Ranger and Tonto wiring services must have paid a visit yesterday, because now we have wiring coming out of the ceiling above the kitchen window... I presume that the proposed solution to hiding this now visible wiring is that same crappy surface snap-on conduit.

I don't think so! better get the angle grinder out and get some chasing-in done, followed by some very clever filling and painting or there will be trouble!

Again.. 95% fabulous, nice finish, nice materials, made to look 50% shite owing to a dodgy rushed finish and half-arse solution on a few things.

I'm not a happy chappy.

It's a learning exercise for me, I would never had thought that knowing what fittings are going in and where they are to be placed should be worked out at the stage where brickwork has just been completed, but this is actually the case. Noarng and the foreman should have known this, I perhaps should have, but I have never overseen a house build before, so I guess I am sort of excused.

The missus is on the case, so perhaps it can be fixed without too much of a faff... almost at the point where I don't want to go to see the house any more as every time I do, something annoying as hell is waiting to greet me!

Advice to anyone wanting to build in Thailand to any level of decent finish... simple answer is DON'T! Just rent, it'll be cheaper and more stress-free
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Great thread jonny and I hope you get everything sorted.

I also wish you and your family many happy years in your new home.
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Great thread jonny and I hope you get everything sorted.

I also wish you and your family many happy years in your new home.
Cheers LT.. I'm wishing too!
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OK, so after a bit of a long-winded phone conversation with the missus, Noarng agreed to fix the issues.

Step one: re-siting the water feed pipe and waste pipes for hand basins to a higher position so that the pipes can be hidden behind ceramic mounting unit (as intended) and not hang down below like a bunch of blue pudenda!



A= original height, B= new correct height.

A would have been fine if the sink units had a floor standing pedestal, but we couldn't find one that matched and fitted the sink shapes we liked, so went for wall mounted instead, so this is what caused the issues.

We did however choose the bathroom stuff at the same time as the tiles (Noarng was actually with us during this shopping trip), so really the measurements for installation should have been cross-checked against the plumbing on site at that time BEFORE tiling happened.

Step 2 is re-positioning shower unit to sit 90 degrees to wall with shower head mounted, this hiding wiring and no need for stick-on uncle bob's DIY surface- plastic conduit...which means also that a longer water feed pipe needs to be purchased (and I can't help but think this was also a constituent factor in the decision to mount the unit where it was!).

Not sure what is going to be done about the plastic dicombobulation that carries the power to the over-mirror light in the master bathroom.. might as well re-position that too, it's only about 5 inches, but will still mean some chasing, a short length of conduit (hopefully) and a new tile being placed with a hole cut.


Also purchased a 2000 litre green plastic water tank directly from the manufacturer (which just happens to be the nearest source and also saved us some beer tokens!)

Getting there.. slowly!
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Update on work this week:

White paint splatters have been removed from floor tiles (using solvent, as I caught one of the chaps scraping away and scratching off the smooth tile surface).

Stain splatters on walls have been painted over.

All wood has been sanded down and re-stained and a few of the planks used on door frames have had a second coat of brushed stain added to darken them down to match the tone of the rest of the wood). All wood has now received a coat of varnish.

Terracotta floor tiles have been sealed.

Showers unit has been re-sited, sinks have been re-positioned to correct height, lighting units re-positioned and all tiles have now been reset and finished.

All door and window furniture now fitted.

Some rendering done to concrete pillars and the walls on the carport/utility room.

Now waiting on kitchen to be fitted on the 18th Aug.

Also waiting on electricity to be hooked up from entrance gate to the main house, plus a spur ran over to the carport for lighting and power for the pump and utility room. After which water can be hooked up and the leaky pipe joins fixed! 555

No photos, as it's a bit boring, will post photos of the 'completed' build, which should be 'in a few weeks' (TM).
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