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    metal stud partitions-drylining

    Does any one know why the thais stick with solid construction methods,where as in the uk we tend to use metal stud partitions and drylining to blockwork,i know this method is a lot quicker and cheaper in the uk.

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    There is only a couple of hundred baht difference in the square meter price.

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    But if they used drylining and m/s in large condo developments they would complete the units much quicker thus quicker profits,maybe there not as greedy as uk developers or perhaps they have more pride in the quality and sturdynes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sityparamount
    But if they used drylining and m/s in large condo developments they would complete the units much quicker thus quicker profits,
    How does that work out?

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    Also here floors are mainly tile or marble or whatever so get mopped down everyday, plaster board does not like water, UK we have carpets so our floors we try not to get wet, 2 completely different envoiroments.

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    Because the quicker you build and sell units, the larger your turnover surely.

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    Very good point.

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    ^^It's a bit more complex than that, most condos start selling before the ground breaking, the price is then revised every few months to a year and increased for new sales, so a slow selling if there increases are kept above inflation would in theory be better.

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    Heat and humidity here would also wreck a drywall. Black mold everywhere during/after the rainy season.

    I can't imagine what kind of critters would move in if my walls were hollow.

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    ^You did.

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    I would have thought the price of labour would factor in it too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Heat and humidity here would also wreck a drywall. Black mold everywhere during/after the rainy season.
    We have standard block walls in the partitions, but do have Sheetrock ceilings which is far superior to the Thai suspended fibrous tile thats generally used here, and it is airtight and makes it easier to clean the air, keep out dust and makes the air con more efficient.

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    Yeah, BG, Have sheetrock ceilings myself. Aside from being tighter than drop/suspended ceilings, they look cleaner.

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    If you're doing the job properly, then dry-lining is much more expensive and not much quicker. A double layer of board either side, with insulation material inside, electrical boxes and conduits installed at the same rime, taping the joints and filling. Also a fairly high skirting to keep the moisture from floor cleaning out.

    Blockwork goes up in one run - chase the conduit runs in later, plaster over and the jobs done!

    I prefer dry-lining, but if I'm strapped for cash, then cheap blocks would do it for me.
    Last edited by Up2U; 15-04-2008 at 08:15 AM. Reason: spelling!!

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    Improper taping and attendant incorrect feathering is a culprit too. Most LOS builders have not the experienced crew nor patience to properly seal the joints. I am watching another house being built in Chiangmai, a hobby of mine. In this case, they are doing a great job - allowing the added feathered coats to dry, sanding them, and then re-feathering: It's good to see.

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