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    Help - House inspection in Pattaya area

    Well, after almost 18 months of searching we are now ready to buy our own piece of paradise - a ready to move into new home just south of Bang Saray.

    Some time soon I'll write the whole story that I'm sure will amaze most on the business practices and ethics of some builders, real estate agents and banks in what has been a pretty stressful experience.
    There is a few outstanding ones out there but they are well hidden in a large sea of incompetent sharks

    OK, so the house is ready to move into, gardens established etc., etc.
    Our only concern, and only as a final check (we don't think there is any problems) we want to double check that the electrical and plumbing are to up spec.
    Can any one recommend an independent person / company who can do an audit of the house and advise what is a fair price for this service?
    Thanks

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    Plumbing they wont be able to check apart from a visual on the small amount showing, so all you need is an electrician.

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    I've a mate in Darwin who's as qualified an electrician as you can get. Recently sold his own company, they used to do some pretty big projects. If he was at a loose end would you cover his expenses to come over and run it for you? Just a thought.

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    In retrospect;

    You're bound to be able to find someone in-country that's cheaper.

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    Turn all the lights, aircon and other electrical components on and for about an hour and then check it out. Look for heat build ups and zone drop outs.

    Re-plumbing turn on all the taps, fill the baths and sinks up and then empty them.
    Make sure all your toilets flush properly and in the tiled showers and toilets spray the bum guns around and check that the flow is towards the drains and without any daming in unwanted areas.

    Check where all your sewage and water collection tanks are, open them and make sure they are not full or blocked. Same with the storm water drains.

    Get a hold of the building permission civil engineering drawings which should of come with the Tabian Barn booklet and all the electrical and plumbing diagrams should be detailed.

    Good luck mate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    Turn all the lights, aircon and other electrical components on and for about an hour and then check it out. Look for heat build ups and zone drop outs.
    I wouldn't do that in 90 percent of farang owned houses in Thailand, it doesn't happen in real life and generally the meters are not big enough to take that sort of drain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy
    Turn all the lights, aircon and other electrical components on and for about an hour and then check it out. Look for heat build ups and zone drop outs.
    I wouldn't do that in 90 percent of farang owned houses in Thailand, it doesn't happen in real life and generally the meters are not big enough to take that sort of drain.
    Thats the standard thing I do when I prepare a house for passover to the customer. Then again we have 3 phase connection and frequency regulators on all of our electrical connections.

    Better to have an electrical fire or short circuit with everyone at the ready!

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    Last house we built has 2 3 phase meters, its on 2 land papers, still aint got enough electric to power up everything at the same time though

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    ^ Well I cannot understand that mate as the last house we handed over was over 1,000 square metres and there was no problem with powering everything up, with exception of the pool.

    I certainly would turn on every bed room light and aircon, the TV and the oven as well as at least 2 showers because that would be a realistic everyday event and before I brought that house.

    Better to be safe than sorry.

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    Lights aren't a problem as they use next to nothing, this place was a bit over the top, ie 7 or 8 water pumps for different things, the kitchen has more stuff fitted in it than most single phase meters could run, ie it is air conned, it has a walk in cold room, 2 electric ovens, 1 microwave convection oven, 5 electric hobs, ie one with 4 hot plates and a gas one with one electric hot plate, 2 deep fat fryers, etc etc, this is just the fitted stuff not free standing stuff.

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    Thanks all for the advice, appreciate it
    We'll take up Loy Toys process.

    Can anyone advise of a shop that do wooden / PVC venetian blinds and curtains in the Pattaya area?

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    curtains

    There are many shops around Pattaya.

    We used a place on Pattaya nua at the intersection of 3rd road and Pattaya nua near the corner on the Northeast corner Don't remember the name but they did a good job on curtains and a fair price. I know they can get the wooden style blinds.


    If you take the time to do the job right the first time you won't need to "find" the time to go back a second time

    HINO

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    it has a walk in cold room, 2 electric ovens, 1 microwave convection oven, 5 electric hobs, ie one with 4 hot plates and a gas one with one electric hot plate, 2 deep fat fryers, etc etc,
    sounds like your average baby cooking establishment

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    ^Naaa, he's English actually

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