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    Thai style building:- Carport - do it yourself - and CHEAP

    It's a bit quiet in the Building Forum ATM so maybe a good time to showcase the ways Thai build for themselves.

    We built this a little while ago, but most prices would still be relevant today.


    Carport - do it yourself - and CHEAP

    Building a Carport, Thai Style and not expensive.


    Can it be done? I was about to find out over the next week or two.

    The place where I stay/live in Thailand is the home of my gf's parents.
    They are Farmers, Fish and Prawn Farmers in Central Thailand.

    The gf's old man and I get on OK so the plot was hatched to build a Double Carport.
    It gives me the chance to have my wheels under cover and for him to free up space in another area.

    It was actually being planned before being discussed with me ... and, being asked to pay for some of it,
    that approach went down like a lead balloon because that 'some of it' was never discussed ...

    Since then, I've regained my cheerfulness as the build got under way and the split on the costing works out
    about 1/3rd me ... 2/3rds him ...

    When I get a copy of the Materials Invoice, I'll be able to explain better.

    But the agreement is that he paid the initial Bill and I pay the balance.


    Photos below ...

    Our fingerprints never fade from the lives we touch

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    The 'Before' Area.

    Just metres deep of Thai mud with a thin crust of sand used as a walkway between the the small dwelling and the FarmHouse.
    The Builder, the Farm Father (gf's Old Man), the gf's sister (owns the small dwelling), her Thai bf, my gf and various others
    who drift in and out, begin to discuss what is to be built.
    I learn a new phase ... 'Mai Me Tung' ... no have money ... because the gf's saying to me, 'Don't worry, Father help you pay for it'.

    I'm thinking ... ... I just wanted a few bamboo poles and some of that black shade cloth attached to the side of the house ...
    that's enough to keep the sun off my wheels!

    My 'Mai Me Tung' (no have money) was politely smiled at ... then back to the serious business of deciding what was to be built,
    how it was to be built and, importantly, what materials were to be purchased as the Builder was hired on a labour only basis.


    Fast forward a few days and we have (below) ...


    Steel ...

    Father did make an enquiry about 'Stainless Steel', but advised by the Builder that it would both be to expensive for the job
    and the concrete doesn't adhere to it well.
    Well that was the translation for the gf of a conversation to which she was ears dropping ... who knows.




    Posts, both long and the short ones for the foundation.

    I couldn't imagine how they would use the short ones for the foundation till I saw the construction.
    ... and I'm sure the building purists will shake their head, but horses for courses and it's a lightweight
    structure, thus minimum footings required.



    New roof tiles.

    I was pumping for the cheaper 2nd hand ones, but the price difference was little and apparently these are the thinner type, so not so expensive.
    I said the build was going to be cheap!



    Those bags are 50 kilos.

    Now I'm not a small guy and can unload the back of their truck of the 20 kilos bags of Fish food without breaking a sweat ... but moving
    the 50 kilos bags ... man, that was hard work ... I was literally breathless after the first 3 I moved.
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    First the steel gets some attention ...


    Gf's Father
    Note the rare use of a welders mask!


    More unheralded practices - Preparation!



    Whole Family gets into the act ... 3 generations in that shot
    Note the worker protection wearing gloves ... pink slippers ...



    Same but different ... apparently good quality ... price for 1 tin is 235 baht/3.5 lit
    All things considered ... a good start ... well done Farm Family

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    Set out, Posts, Holes, Footings ... but no Shoes!


    Footings marked out


    A proper post hole digger probably would have been faster ... but labour is cheap



    Then you grab 3 of the short pipes from the pile and ...



    Now that is Thai mud their driving into with the footings.


    Originally, the gf's Father wasn't going to put in formal footings, but the builder convinced him otherwise.
    The roof is lightweight so not too serious in that department.

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    More Footings ...


    Have to honest ... apart from a guide for the stringline, I no idea what the timber plank does beside supporting the post while the concrete dries ...



    So, grab one of these ...



    Finally some appropriate footwear for a building site.



    Hole for the rero to pass through to link the footing steel.



    Careful that string-line Somchai



    Safety standards have slipped



    Before the footings pour ...

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    What would fail the slump test in the West passes for concrete in the Kingdom


    Contemplating the mean of (life) concrete



    So nice you can even see your reflection in it.
    The water is free, so add lot's of it ... typical soup.



    One up ... five more to go.



    All up and looking good

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    The place where I stay/live in Thailand is the home of my gf's parents. They are Farmers, Fish and Prawn Farmers in Central Thailand.

    The gf's old man and I get on OK so the plot was hatched to build a Double Carport. It gives me the chance to have my wheels under cover and for him to free up space in another area.
    If you don't live there permanently, don't expect the "car-port" to be a car port when you return. It will become another storage area for your in-laws.

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