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    well Betty, I always admit to any mistake I have made

    pay attention

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    ^ sorry, I wasn't paying attention - my mistake...

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    Simon43, I say go for it. Many people both Thais and Falangs have said many of my ideas would not work. They would trot out figures, pitfalls and a myriad of reasons that my idea would not work.

    Now many of them come to me and ask if this might work. Personally, I am glad that I did not listen to the negative people...

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itchy
    Simon, disregard the bitching - Thailand has no shortage of bitter expats who would like nothing better than to see other people fail. A handful are hanging around on this thread.

    Like crabs in a bucket.

    Ignore them, you'll get your place built, you'll get on with your life and these sad fucks will be bitching about the next guy that want's to have a go at life.
    Probably the truest thing said in this thread.

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    possibly, but it is no bad thing to be suspicious of any thread that starts out with a massive hype about something that may happen, at some time

    those threads often end with requests for funds for the wonderful investment

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    Back on thread ,,,,,,,,, are the first pics imminent ?

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    I'm in Phuket waiting for the rain to stop. Today is not too bad and I'm off to the OrBorTor after lunch to chase them about clearing the land (rubber tree roots and debris) from the Nature Resort project. Then the well diggers can get to work.

    I'll post some more photos as soon as the work starts.

    Meanwhile, I've been testing out solar garden lights and solar water heaters. Since the power supply for this resort is somewhat 'weak', the plan is to use most of it to power the air-con units, and to use solar water heaters fro the showers, and solar spots and ambience lights in the garden.

    As reported by me on TV, I found a shop in Phuket with a good range of solar products, and discounted by 50%.

    'Massive hype' Dr Andy?? I don't recall that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43
    'Massive hype' Dr Andy?? I don't recall that
    well, just a little example

    January - 100%+
    February - 100%+
    March - 100%+
    April - 100%+
    sounds like one of those footballers saying they are going to give it "110%"

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    ^
    Simon has already explained what 100%+ means

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    sure, but there are lots of other examples

    it will be nice to see some pics when it gets going

    just to wash my cynicism away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    possibly, but it is no bad thing to be suspicious of any thread that starts out with a massive hype about something that may happen, at some time

    those threads often end with requests for funds for the wonderful investment

    And then gets straight back to bitching - Get over yourself ffs

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    just to wash my cynicism away!
    That would probably take another tsunami

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    shouldn't it be 100% ++ ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itchy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    possibly, but it is no bad thing to be suspicious of any thread that starts out with a massive hype about something that may happen, at some time

    those threads often end with requests for funds for the wonderful investment

    And then gets straight back to bitching - Get over yourself ffs
    what nonsense

    if you can read the posts one after another, you may find that is rubbish

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    OK, finally the weather is a little better and work can start on the nature resort.



    This guy is clearing the land of the decapitated rubber trees, removing their roots, and creating a car park area for a couple of cars. Although you cannot see it, we have already laid concrete pipes in the ditch adjacent to the road - just in case water ever flows down the ditch.

    The sight of this activity encouraged my ex to do what every spirit-fearing Issan person does!



    That's right! Some cheap whiskey, 20 baht of steamed rice, a bottle of water, some candles and joss sticks - and don't forget the naked chicken

    A few prayers and wais to whoever is being disturbed by our noisy activities, the naked chicken is given to the junior worker (out of camera shot), and the cheap whiskey is given to the backhoe driver, (with orders to only start drinking after he has completed his work for the day).

    The workers have also made good progress with the well.



    The water table is at about 8 metres down, so the well diggers will now line the well with concrete rings, and dig a further 1 metre or so to ensure that the well doesn't run dry. (This photo makes the water in that hole look to be about 2 metres down, but it is actually a rather DEEP hole...)

    The soil isn't rocky here, nor is it sand (like my previous hotel), so work has been easy so far.

    All in all, a good start for this Nature Resort.

    As for the City Resort, I spent the day in and out of the OrBorTor office, finalising some plan details. Although this project is about 2 weeks behind the Nature Resort project, it should catch up, since the land at the City Resort is already cleared and ready to build on.

    8 Issan workers are on their way down, (4 for each project and some sharing between projects). I can always throw in a few dozen Burmese if we need more workers.

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    And theyre off !!!!!!!!!!! good luck with it all ,looks like the weather in on your side at the mo

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    Good luck with your project, Simon.

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    I went back to the Nature Resort location this morning, after the tree and debris clearing was finished.



    With the land cleared, it's much easier to measure out important positions for the various services, such as electricity cables, waste pipes etc. An important check was to measure/identify the location for the septic tanks and soakaways that will deal with the black and grey water waste from the guest rooms.

    At this stage, I only need to confirm that my chosen location fits in ok with my building locations. I will not actually install the septic tanks and soakaways until the building foundations are completed, and the pipework locations/levels from the toilet, basin and shower are clearly identified. As previously mentioned, sh*t doesn't usually flow uphill, and so I will only fix the depth of the septic tank and soakaway pipes after my workers have completed this initial pipework from the bathrooms. I can then ensure that the waste pipes have the correct slope per foot, and the depth where they end up at will fix the correct depth for my septic tanks/soakaways.

    For this little project, there will be 5 septic tanks and 6 soakaways, (the extra soakaway is to handle the waste water soley from the washing machines, since this amount is greater than produced by the showers/basins).

    During the land clearing yesterday, (and not surprisingly for a rural environment), quite a few snakes were disturbed. The common snake in this area is the cobra, which is best to keep out of sight of hotel guests. So this project will have a low wall on 3 sides and a higher wall that faces the road. The low wall needs to be about 1.5 metres height to discourage cobra snakes. Other, non-venomous snakes may gain access over this wall, but it's really the cobras that I want to keep out.

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    ^ You could just put a warning sign up about the deadly snakes... If one of your guests then karks it from a snake bite you have already covered yourself.

    Could you put up your plan views for both sites so they could be scrutinised?

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    Looks like a fair bit of tree root in there mate ,, is that all extracted before the footings go in , or is an assumption made it is all dead after pulling the trees out from above. Interested to know as I will probably have this problem ahead of my build
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    [at]nigelandjan - The stumps and attached roots of the rubber trees have been dug out and removed by the backhoe - the roots you see are not attached to anything. But the workers will clean this all up before they start excavating the foundations for the buildings.

    [at]rawlins - the problem with snakes is that customers just see a cobra snake (even if it is fleeing from them), they will flip and post warnings on TripAdvisor ==> not good for business

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawlins
    ^ You could just put a warning sign up about the deadly snakes... If one of your guests then karks it from a snake bite you have already covered yourself.

    Could you put up your plan views for both sites so they could be scrutinised?
    You need to be careful about posting danger signs. In litigation this shows that you knew there was a danger. Which is often seen as being liable to litigation. That is why people rarely have dangerous dog signs on their property.

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    ^ You could get the guests to sign a disclaimer as they check in.

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    bring their own coffin, 10% discount?

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    I had the occasional cobra at the old hotel - on one instance, 2 rather 'large' Australian women were having a traditional Thai massage in our wooden Thai sala when a cobra snake fell from the roof rafters and landed in between them..

    You could have heard their screams all the way back to Sydney.

    Laugh? I almost died trying to hide my hysterical laughter - Basil Fawlty would have loved it

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