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    What Fun I've Had Today!

    Or: Why I'd Never Build A House With Plumbing Buried In Concrete


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    Oh dear.

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    BD, were you putting it in or taking it out?

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    I was hunting for the leak which caused the brown stain on the wall. It wasn't much. I've been putting it off. Then it got worse....

    Found the leak, got to it from the other side of the wall. Fixed it and am now waiting to see if it worked.

    Grrrr.

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    yeah, I had similar problems with two leaks in my water pipes buried under the tiles in Portugal. Painful.

    I have a leak in my central heating here in London, the bioler pressure slowly decreases. I have a horrible feeling that the leak is in the boiler as I cannot see any leaks in the pipes or radiators......

    bloody nuisance, as I will be off to Thailand in a week.
    I have reported your post

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    You should worry, the ground floor of my house here in Rome is from classical Roman times, the upper floor is newer (only 600 years old).

    The plumbing works, but all the drawings are in Latin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itchy
    The plumbing works, but all the drawings are in Latin.
    I suspect the Romans didn't have to worry about remembering to actually apply glue to plastic pipe joints before they poured the cement....

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    What would be the disadvantages of having the plumbing outside the wall instead (aside from cosmetics)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by surasak
    What would be the disadvantages of having the plumbing outside the wall instead
    It goes brittle if exposed to the sun.

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    What if the pipes were on the inside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itchy
    but all the drawings are in Latin.
    How do you draw in Latin ?
    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    It goes brittle if exposed to the sun.
    Yea but they still last for years and are cheap as chips to fix

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    I grew up in a wood-frame sheetrock type of environment. If we had plumbing problems the situation doesn't really change that much. Sure we might be able to find the problem quicker, but the labor is much more expensive.

    In the states, you could have a carpenter, plumber and maybe an electrician to fix the problem. Here in Thailand it just takes a local worker and a bit of common sense. Sometimes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandomChances View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Itchy
    but all the drawings are in Latin.
    How do you draw in Latin ?
    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    It goes brittle if exposed to the sun.
    Yea but they still last for years and are cheap as chips to fix

    In Chiang Mai, my bathroom and kitchen pipes are all on the outside at the back of the house.

    It makes life so easy!! that side is less sunny anyway, so the pipes seem to be fine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    It goes brittle if exposed to the sun.
    CPVC lasts an awfully long time in the sun. I had it on the outside of my house in Saipan for 25 years (in the tropical sun) and it never broke or got brittle.

    Ironically, I used copper pipe inside the house for cosmetic purposes and it disintegrated (from the corrosive Saipan water) in a decade and had to be replaced with plastic.

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    Ugly as fuck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie
    Ugly as fuck?
    Yeah, the idea was that outside the house the pipes would be buried and only exposed when they came up to enter the house. Inside was supposed to be sort of an industrial look with nicely mounted copper pipe running along the walls about six inches above the ground. It looked fine until the copper crapped out.

    At least I never had to break concrete to repair things....

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    Quote Originally Posted by friscofrankie View Post
    Ugly as fuck?
    Agreed all you want to see inside are smooth wall no cables no pipes.

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    I have been looking for water pipe for my new build, I have found a German manufactured pipe, plastic-aluminium and plastic compression fittings in a store in Pattaya. Kanyong (spelling) a little expensive at 91 baht a meter,but it looks good and no glued joints. This pipe comes in 100 or 200 meter rolls.

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