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    Dos and Don'ts

    Hey all, I thought it'd be a good idea if all those with building experiences in Thailand could contribute the lessons they learned into a compendium of hard and fast rules for the beginners here--a list on dos and don'ts.

    For example, making sure the electricity gets an earth wire. Making sure the contract is set up for staggered payments etc....

    Basically any of the simple things we'd take for granted in the West but need to be spelled out in Thailand.

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    Be there every day and all day.
    Check that everything you ordered arrives as ordered.
    Check the paint you specified is the paint used, and the good stuff isn't stolen and substituted for cheap shit.
    Employ your own security, don,t rely on the builders living on site.
    If it's a new house make sure all the timber etc is new.
    Go overboard on drainage, a lack of good drainage can put in jeapody the whole project.
    Use your own electrician and plumper.
    DON'T use round columns, they are shit.
    Make sure the pitch of the roof is adequate, friend of mine has a pro designed house and it leaks like a bastard.
    OR
    RENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Falling asleep and waking up is not the same as passing out and coming to.

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    when the reply to every question you ask is 'can' then believe that it means 'cant'

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    Be there every day and all day.
    Good list DC. I would add "you" be there all day, not your wife/partner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    Be there every day and all day.
    Good list DC. I would add "you" be there all day, not your wife/partner.
    Yes.
    YOU!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    Be there every day and all day.
    Good list DC. I would add "you" be there all day, not your wife/partner.
    Yes.
    YOU!
    ..and remember that you are NOT their friend but their employer..make it clear before they start that if it isn't good enough they will have to dismantle and rebuild at their own costs ( labour, materials and travelling).. I have a couple of minor problems in one of my apartments in Naklua.. I am being a bastard to a family friend telling him to go back and fix it even though it is a 5 hour drive and he and his team have to find accommodation...HIS problem not mine....

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    Buy pre sized plastic windows and let the supplier fit them.
    Thais are shit at windows.
    Get a separate company to suspend the ceilings.
    Check everything.
    I've gort a purple and a blue bathroom.
    They origionally put all the blue matching fittings in the purple and visa versa. Cretins.
    I,ve got non matching glass bricks in one bathroom.
    I actually only spotted that last week. Not my bathroom, it's the Thai bathroom. ie the cheaper one.
    DRAINAGE!!!!!!!!!!
    Plan ahead for the tricky bits or the bits that need to look ethstetically pleasing.
    I can't spell the word, but the Thais hav'nt a fucking clue what it might mean.
    NO flat roofes!
    Don't let the builders take any descisions, they WILL get it wrong.
    I have a pink terrace with matching pink and white built in seating.
    The stairs up to it are BLUE?????
    Only blue ANYWHERE in the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    Only blue ANYWHERE in the house.
    Obviously needed then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    Only blue ANYWHERE in the house.
    Obviously needed then.
    You can see them in this pic.


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    Try to check out the builder's work on another construction..and if you can, ask the owner about their experiences......Asking a question doesn't mean you will use somebody!!

    I used a family friend for my studios in Naklua because I visited his team fitting out a couple of Top Charoen shops.....Apart from the minor gliches in one I am very pleased with the work....

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    OK, for 20K English though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    OK, for 20K English though.
    Very nice. Without the pink trim, could have saved a few quid as well.

    Where is it if you don't mind saying?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    OK, for 20K English though.
    Very nice. Without the pink trim, could have saved a few quid as well.

    Where is it if you don't mind saying?
    It's built for sale as well.
    Pink can't go wrong with Thai girls.

    It's 17 miles North of Ban Phe.

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    having only dealt with renovations, and even better - renovations I'm not paying for, I don't think I could cope with a house build. Too often I've needed to go to my room and cry.
    I found that i could not leave the site without coming back and finding some cock-up that could have been averted, but generally too late.
    We were gifted 40yr teak and sent it off to be made into door and frame at 1.98cm. Instructions ignored (surely no one is that tall) we came back from a few days away to find it installed. Every day I duck through a 1.8m doorway (I'm 1.87). And the fancy/expensive heavy duty hinges - four to cope with the weight, placed totally randomly, no thought at all to spacing
    there, now look what you made me do, I'm crying again

    oh, and don't employ a carpenter with no tools - not even a hammer. That is a bad sign.

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    I tutor the son of a high-ranking Thai military officer who lost 200,000 baht and had his house torn up for months. He hired a contractor to do room additions and remodel the house, they overdrew money before the work was done, then vanished leaving him with a mess and in search of a new contractor.

    I only tell this story to suggest you be very careful. It this can happen to a well connected Thai, it's got to be damn difficult for a foreigner to avoid being cheated. But GOOD LUCK I hope it goes well.

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    very informative

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    The stairs up to it are BLUE????? Only blue ANYWHERE in the house.
    Match OK with the PVC drainage from your Carport roof though

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    Be there every day and all day.
    Rule 1 to 100 from my experince.
    Show face to the supervisor but focus on the tradesman
    Feed em' well, have a bottle of Regency whiskey on the ready for an occasional drink after work

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    Learn to speak some Thai is a good start, and yep a crate of Leo for Friday night when they finish work.

    YOU are the Boss not your wife if you have one, coz what you tell her to tell the builders ends up like chinese whispers.

    I have got a good set of builders now but I've been through some fuking idiots that I wouldnt have even let them on the job in England.

    One thing I used to do in England was look at the guys tools if they were all brand new you know he's been on a job creation scheme.

    I've got quite a good book somewhere I cant remember the title properly I'll look for it and it has thai / english words you can relate too

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    Blue pipes gone now.
    My builders didn't drink.
    Just the boss, he was the only non muslim?

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