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    Your dumb building questions

    This is the thread to ask real dumb questions as to why they don't build things the same way in Thailand as they do or you think they do in your home country, but I will be giving some examples....


    Tiling, 95 percent of tiling in Thailand is on the floor, 95 percent of tiling in the UK is on the walls, 95 percent of floors in modern buildings in Thailand are concrete, in the UK they are wood, so we can see some major differences straight away.

    The little crosses

    These are used as spacers in the UK, it's a major breakthrough on using matches to space your wall tiles, in Thailand though all grade A tiles are exported so you will be left with grade B, these all have slight size variations, so why the fok do you think you can use normal spacers on tiles that have variations on their sizes? You can't, you got to balance the differences out to get it to look good.

    Right, next question

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    ^ Where do I find an honest experienced contractor

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    Why does Home Pro and Global House have 24,567 different types of sit-down, double-flapper seat-lid combo toilets and every Thai house I go to has a gruesome looking cavernous shit-drop dunny that forces me to strip naked and cry for mummy after I make a deposit?

    *edit* Clarification -- the deposit is AFTER the strip naked but BEFORE the cry for mummy.

    God, what do they wipe with? I've tried scraping that plastic dish across the offending orafice. I've tried the ass-dip, but the bowl is never deep enough. I've considered the underwear sacrifice, but that's usually not an option (MIA). What's a neophyte to do?
    Last edited by Texpat; 03-05-2008 at 12:26 AM.

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    ^ Just to piss you off

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    Where can I buy an AGA Rayburn in Thailand ?

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    Is it ok to call a room a bedroom even if it has no bed in it ?

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    If there is room for a bed then it's OK

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalton
    Where do I find an honest experienced contractor
    No such thing in the world.

    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Why does Home Pro and Global House have 24,567 different types of sit-down, double-flapper seat-lid combo toilets and every Thai house I go to has a gruesome looking cavernous shit-drop dunny that forces me to strip naked and cry for mummy after I make a deposit?
    Move back to America and eat BBQ Babies.



    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    Where can I buy an AGA Rayburn in Thailand ?
    No idea.



    Quote Originally Posted by daveboy
    Is it ok to call a room a bedroom even if it has no bed in it ?
    Is it ok to call you a moron even though you have no "mor" in you?

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    ^^
    Thanks I can stop worrying now it was getting me down.

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    Is it common for the landscaping section of the building contract to imply merely hauling in scarcely enough dirt to bury the meters of scrap/junk/wires/lumber/cut tiles/burned plastics/hundreds of M-150 bottles the contractor couldn't be assed to haul off?

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    ^ Very normal...

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    So what exactly is the landscaping? The first time it rains, you're back in construction site.

    Ummmm. no.

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    When it rains I quickly run inside for shelter but after a while I'm soaking is this normal ?

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    What does a Thai builder mean when the contract states all materials and workmanship are guaranteed for a minimum of two years?

    Specifically cracks in the rendered concrete.

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    Okay lets talk about lasndscape garderners, you get 1 cm of soil at most and that is it, so stop bloody whinging...

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    How much will it cost to build a house ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    So what exactly is the landscaping
    In 90% of the time, something that is done by 'cowboy' gardeners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Okay lets talk about lasndscape garderners, you get 1 cm of soil at most and that is it
    Cowboy

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    So whatever landscaping is promised, you get a film over the garbage.

    Good start. Any new homebuilders should take this as a standard.

    Landscaping means nothing -- so too might every other aspect of your project.

    Water pipes must carry water: not leaking is another matter.

    Roof tiles? Yes. We have them. Did you require waterproofness? Well then ....


    Come on DD. There is almost no comparison between home construction here and in advanced, western countries, (yours excepted, of course.)

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    I sent my gf 17 million baht to build our 2 bedroom bungalow on 100 talang wah in Sisaket, friends tell me thats a little expensive. can you help me get my money back?

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    Builder's Guarantee's, are they worth the paper they are written on?

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    Do termites eat plaster board? why don't thai's use stones or rubble for back fill in concrete floors.???

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    why aren't the walls straight ?

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    Why do they insist on using a million bricks the size of a matchbox when they could use larger but less bricks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by melvbot
    Why do they insist on using a million bricks the size of a matchbox when they could use larger but less bricks?
    Great question. In this moo baan they use normal concrete block for building perimeter walls, but never use it in the actual houses; instead they use those tiny, crooked fired clay bricks.

    In fact, at the house being built across from mine someone accidentally delivered fired clay bricks that were twice as thick as the normal ones. They simply won't use them; preferring to work twice as hard laying up the small ones.

    I solved this problem for them by taking all the big ones for use in my garden.

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