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    I have to say it looks very very good.
    The craftsmen have done a very good job, especially considering what I see from other Thai building constructions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swedmark View Post
    I have to say it looks very very good.
    The craftsmen have done a very good job, especially considering what I see from other Thai building constructions.
    Thanks for stopping by, Swedmark... dunno if you read the whole thread yet. If so you will know I spent a very long time checking, evaluating and choosing this builder. It paid off and I would certainly recommend allocating time to getting the right person. K.Pot has been fantastic, worked WITH us, found solutions, built to plan, had his own equipment and a very good , long-term crew and..well... the craftsmanship speaks for itself.

    Was he on time? hell no! ...but for me that was not an issue. no point in thrashing the builder to work to the timescale if it means 1-he feels pressured and 2- as a result he cuts corners or his standard drops. as long as everything else is as per vision/plan/requirements, the timescale will be what it will be. I had a comprehensive build contract, which to his credit, he had followed, but although timescales for each section were agreed, there was no penalty if they were exceeded.

    Things can happen and we recognise that.

    Keeping on good terms with the builder is far more important than trying to screw a penalty out of him for being a few days late. Relax and be flexible... hes doing his best to build your dream home, right!?

    What about yourself? I see you joined long ago but have only posted a few times (nothing wrong with that!)... are planning or have you already , built a place in LoS.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    Keeping on good terms with the builder is far more important than trying to screw a penalty out of him for being a few days late
    Tis indeed especially as he has done a good job. He will be a great source to recommend folks to do all the many bits that need doing in the adventure that lies ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Tis indeed especially as he has done a good job. He will be a great source to recommend folks to do all the many bits that need doing in the adventure that lies ahead.
    I am in talks with him now to do zone 3, Norton!!

    He has performed beyond expectations, that's for sure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by swedmark View Post
    I have to say it looks very very good.
    The craftsmen have done a very good job, especially considering what I see from other Thai building constructions.
    I remember now... I asked you about the build before - you did it back in 2008. durrr. sorry I cannot remember it all... getting old now and sometimes the Altzheimers gets away from me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    I remember now... I asked you about the build before - you did it back in 2008. durrr. sorry I cannot remember it all... getting old now and sometimes the Altzheimers gets away from me...
    No problem TD, this is a fantastic building thread, with many good posts. Therefore, of course, it has also become long, and therefore it is impossible for you to remember everything, and to remember who had written what.


    And you are right, I already given the answer to your question on page 29 in post number 720

    I have been following this tread all the time, and also look forward to seeing the rest of the construction being completed.

    I wish you the best of luck with finishing the house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swedmark View Post
    No problem TD, this is a fantastic building thread, with many good posts. Therefore, of course, it has also become long, and therefore it is impossible for you to remember everything, and to remember who had written what.


    And you are right, I already given the answer to your question on page 29 in post number 720

    I have been following this tread all the time, and also look forward to seeing the rest of the construction being completed.

    I wish you the best of luck with finishing the house.
    thanks - we are so close now... I am there on the 20th and expect it to be 'done'

    Electrician is in at the moment, making a start on connecting it all up - testing and commissioning in other words.

    K.pot is messing about with high priced gates at the moment - i am sure there must be a cheap way of doing this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    high priced gates at the moment - i am sure there must be a cheap way of doing this
    One of the cheap one (gate opener) in GH for 10k (w/o the gate), 3 pcs installed by myself (OK, with few helping hands) working over 10 years with daily heavy traffic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    One of the cheap one (gate opener) in GH for 10k (w/o the gate), 3 pcs installed by myself (OK, with few helping hands) working over 10 years with daily heavy traffic...
    Thanks Klondyke....I am interested to know more from you (or anyone) who has some good information about the real costs of a gate and remotely operated motor opening system for it.

    K.Pot is on a mission for a little bit of 'extra' lol hes not getting it, but I would like some good info to 'get him back on track' so to speak, or...

    ,,, get someone independent to source and fit said gate

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    ^As I said, it costs ca. 10k at GH + for each 1m of the teeth rail, 2 remote controllers included (they work over 60m), + IR sensors at both sides (if the beam interrupted it stops the closing and open again), + installation (2,000B?) if required. Not sure about the momentary situation.

    The same type (Foresee 500M) is on market in UK, you can check.

    It's sliding type, there is also swing opener for more money.

    https://detail.en.china.cn/provide/p110005113.html

    There are some more types at others for more, however, this from GH is OK over years and very heavy gate.

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    Main gate purchase, fitment and automation

    I have a quote, fitted, with 2 remotes + 1 wall mounted switch in house

    - Stainless steel construction
    - Aluminium panels, shaped to look like wood, painted same colour as the house
    - All limit switches, track, motor drive, wheels, cables & receivers, and accessories included, obviously.
    - Fitted and tested

    Initially the first company wanted 94k, that was through K.Pot.

    so then we did a bit of checking ourselves... quote 2 was 75k

    However, I told PJ to go back to get it for between 65-70k..just awaiting confirmation.

    So.. is that cheap, about right or a rip off?. k.Pot is out of the equation whatever happens...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    get someone independent to source and fit said gate
    I did. Been awhile but recall less than 25k baht. Nothing fancy. No gate opener. Have kids n grandkids for that.

    Looks something like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    So.. is that cheap, about right or a rip off?. k.Pot is out of the equation whatever happens...
    I would say 70k about right - sure you could get cheaper using lesser materials, our main gate is "steel" and in need of major repairs as "steel" rotted out, mainly due to our dogs and every dog in the neighbourhood peeing on it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    I would say 70k about right - sure you could get cheaper using lesser materials, our main gate is "steel" and in need of major repairs as "steel" rotted out, mainly due to our dogs and every dog in the neighbourhood peeing on it!
    lol.. if you are on the route back from the bar AP2... might not only be the dogs....

    My option is stainless steel, and i would further seal it over if not done by them.

    I am hoping sub 70k but Norton's option looks good too... the auto motor arrangement might only be 20k so could save a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    lol.. if you are on the route back from the bar AP2... might not only be the dogs....

    My option is stainless steel, and i would further seal it over if not done by them.

    I am hoping sub 70k but Norton's option looks good too... the auto motor arrangement might only be 20k so could save a lot
    Tempted fate here! just came back home and the bloody gate wouldn't open, small gate lock frozen as so long since it was used, been meaning to lube it! had to climb over the bloody gate which was akin to Hilary's ascent in my mind! "short" story made longer, it was a fuse - they do tend to put small fuses on these units - sure they have their reasoning - there's a couple in there, worth remembering to keep a few around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    stainless steel
    There is a big material cost driver. Min 5 times more than galvanized.

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    Usually what I see the stainless-steel gates (mostly w/o remote) in the villages, the cost exceeds the cost of the house.

    However, it hardly can be the case of the TD Towers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    I have a quote, fitted, with 2 remotes + 1 wall mounted switch in house
    1. It's a good to have a master switch (a breaker) at the gate - enabling to switch it off when you want leave it open for a while (when working around it or when expecting a visit of province governor )

    2. Parallel to the fixed wired switch in the house you could have a secret switch hidden near the gate - enabling to fast open once you are near the gate, spotting the province governor entourage arriving and cannot immediately find your remote in your deep pockets since your hands are shaking by excitement...

    No kidding: these 2 things are always forgotten but serve you well...

    And not to forget:
    Before finishing the drive way your builder should embed a pipe in-between the 2 columns parallel with the rail with inserted string enabling to pull in cables for power supply (if coming from other side than the motor) and for the connection between the two sensors. The sensors are compulsory to avoid scratching your RR when not fast going thru...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    small gate lock frozen as so long since it was used,
    That's exactly what I remarked before: the small gate is finally never used, just for emergency when the motorized gate is out of service. Of course, the old fashion lock has to be kept in order...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    That's exactly what I remarked before: the small gate is finally never used, just for emergency when the motorized gate is out of service. Of course, the old fashion lock has to be kept in order...
    Climbing a gate is no big deal, climbing a gate when it has been 37c all day and your wearing only shorts and T-shirt requires a different skill set, which I haven't mastered!
    Once the burns have healed will service small gate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    Climbing a gate is no big deal, climbing a gate when it has been 37c all day and your wearing only shorts and T-shirt requires a different skill set, which I haven't mastered!
    Once the burns have healed will service small gate
    Luckily, the burns can be healed, worse it would be when some body part was torn away

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    Tempted fate here! just came back home and the bloody gate wouldn't open, small gate lock frozen as so long since it was used, been meaning to lube it! had to climb over the bloody gate which was akin to Hilary's ascent in my mind! "short" story made longer, it was a fuse - they do tend to put small fuses on these units - sure they have their reasoning - there's a couple in there, worth remembering to keep a few around.
    ouch!!
    *note to self : keep spare fuses (and burn cream)*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Usually what I see the stainless-steel gates (mostly w/o remote) in the villages, the cost exceeds the cost of the house.

    However, it hardly can be the case of the TD Towers...
    lol, Klondyke... TD Towers costs less than you think.... anyway, gate started in the 90's his final offer, that's it, no more negotiating, final price...72k


    He's doing the job now, new 'final price'...71k.. dunno why we got that extra bit... maybe hes eyeing up the pedestrian door requirement too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    1. It's a good to have a master switch (a breaker) at the gate - enabling to switch it off when you want leave it open for a while (when working around it or when expecting a visit of province governor )

    2. Parallel to the fixed wired switch in the house you could have a secret switch hidden near the gate - enabling to fast open once you are near the gate, spotting the province governor entourage arriving and cannot immediately find your remote in your deep pockets since your hands are shaking by excitement...

    No kidding: these 2 things are always forgotten but serve you well...

    And not to forget:
    Before finishing the drive way your builder should embed a pipe in-between the 2 columns parallel with the rail with inserted string enabling to pull in cables for power supply (if coming from other side than the motor) and for the connection between the two sensors. The sensors are compulsory to avoid scratching your RR when not fast going thru...
    thanks Klondyke.. all v useful - I will incorporate all of your suggestions

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    Time for a re-cap

    So.. now we have all but completed stage 1 and 2, i will look back to what PJ and I set out to do - our building brief, and see how much of it we managed to achieve. and no, we did not achieve it all!

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