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    I haven't posted since coming back to LOS the end of August. The outside has all the teak siding up and inside, the walls all have teak except for one bedroom, which may have teak in a few weeks but we decided to postpone it until the teak under the eves and the patio ceiling are done. I really don't want to spend another 50,000-60,000 baht to buy teak for one bedroom. I am putting a teak ceiling in the main living area upstairs but will, for now, put office type tile ceilings up in the upstairs bedrooms. All in all, the project has gone well, with a date around the end of the year to finish, hopefully. Instead of costing me 2,500,000 baht, it will cost around 3,500,000 baht, mainly due to misunderstandings on teak costs and what would be included in contractor's bid (I supply all materials and usually pick quality materials). I added the teak ceiling upstais but have not really changed anything else. I will post pictures on finishing and have plenty of pictures. The only downside is breaking my arm on visiting in July (it necesitated my coming in August to take the health care and surgery done in Bangkok instead of the states becasue of costs and no insurance). It turns out that an MRI showed a dislocated shoulder (how could 3 thai doctors miss it while I was a patient for two days in July?) and ligament damage which will require surgery in October (they have to wait 3 months to let the bone heal completelly before putting the bone back in socket) and then 2 months of rehab in Thailand. One question I had was; I am going to build a wall around the 1.5 rai lot and was quoted a price of 400 baht a meter for a wall about 8-9 feet tall. Is that a reasonable amount to pay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean
    I am going to build a wall around the 1.5 rai lot and was quoted a price of 400 baht a meter for a wall about 8-9 feet tall. Is that a reasonable amount to pay?
    That sounds far too cheap to me - If you are talking about a rendered block wall I would have thought 1500.

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    I agree with Dougal but 1500 baht would be for a 2 metre wall.
    9 foot would be more expensive

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    Good luck Dean with your shoulder! But back to business, do you really want a 3 meter fence that resembles a prison wall?

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    I assume that is 400baht per square meter for the wall, at that price it wont be rendered off, normally a builder would price the wall per meter length, block work is cheap, the beam work and footings are expensive.
    Good luck with your arm

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    Sorry that I didn't clarify but the wall will cost 400 baht per meter for labor, and I buy materials (about 1,200 baht per meter). I still can't get used to dealing with meters versus feet but it will be closer to 7 feet tall, not 8-9 feet. The construction chief now believes that he has enough teak to do one of the ceilings in the 3 upstairs bedrooms, so I have to decide whether to buy enough teak to do the other bedrooms (maybe 40, 000 baht) or leave it for 1-3 years. I don['t have to make a decision for 2-3 weeks. I'll be in Pattaya from Oct 1-7 and then in Bangkok for a day before returning back to C.M. Is there a good cordless drill for a reasonable price in either city to buy or are they as expensive as other tools in Thailand? I still can't believe that all the leak was cut by hand saw and I promised to buy a cordless drill to put up the ceilings and the windows and doors, which also also teak. I have a wood floor bussiness in Kansas City and have just about any tool for that purpose but didn't bring any last month (and probably shouldn't have since my brother, who is running the business now, would need the drill). If cordless drills are expensive, then is there a good variable speed drill with cord to buy that is reasonably priced?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean View Post
    Sorry that I didn't clarify but the wall will cost 400 baht per meter for labor, and I buy materials (about 1,200 baht per meter)...
    There can be a downside to buying the materials yourself. Basically, the workers can waste a bunch of material or the neighborhood will often suddenly begin home projects...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dean View Post
    Sorry that I didn't clarify but the wall will cost 400 baht per meter for labor, and I buy materials (about 1,200 baht per meter)...
    There can be a downside to buying the materials yourself. Basically, the workers can waste a bunch of material or the neighborhood will often suddenly begin home projects...

    as opposed to the workers buying the materials themselves and doing the same thing....?

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    ^If the original bid included the materials + labor, the contractor tends not to want to pay more out of his pocket for lost or wasted materials.

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    Got to admit I don't know any contractors that would do a labour only job, also hillbilly does have a good point about the contractor selling off materials to improve the profit margin, why would a contractor invest a couple of hundred thousand baht into tools and then do labour only jobs?

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    In my case, they don't have much of an opportunity to steal materials on the job. My Thai partner in business is there 70% of the time and buys the materials and brings them herself or has them delivered. I thought that the whole point of hiring a contrator just for labor was to avoid him shoving off on the owner crappy materials. The only part of the process that I didnt have much experience in was the foundation/concrete process but they are using was was specified by the archetect, who has no connection with the contractor. However, the contractor did ask to borrow my stepladder 3 weeks ago (one that I bough for his use while on the job and my use in reaching the 9 foot ceilings after construction ends) and hasn't brought it back yet.

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