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    leveling up the slab before concrete


    Compactor plate over the final layer of soils. Water compaction used on the earlier stata.


    Barrowing in the sand layer...


    ...and leveling it


    QAQC in attendance.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    Hey, AP2, how's it going?

    We capped off the compacted soil with compacted sand in a plastic membrane (sort of DPC) and also of course the termite control pipes, same as we did for zones 1 and 2.
    All is well thanks, I can see why you filled ground now, for some reason I was thinking concrete planks would be used! Cheers..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    All is well thanks, I can see why you filled ground now, for some reason I was thinking concrete planks would be used! Cheers..........
    We use the planks on the upper floor - pix will follow shortly - we are there now, but there was a delay in me getting the photos - I'm only just getting to grips with the backlog

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    Termite control

    Yes.. the thing I forgot (but luckily K.Pot didn't) from the contract for zone 1 and 2, was remembered this time. Termite pipework and chemicals


    Laying out the pipe


    Drilling the holes to fit the nozzles


    Fitting the nozzles


    Spraying the chemical over the whole area as the initial 'treatment ' before the slab was laid

    and then... the floor slab


    PJ and the photographer only managed err.. no pix at all of this activity so I had to lift this one of the video.

    You can see the plastic membrane down over the newly-sprayed sand layer and the rebar in place, and some dude running about in wet concrete in his bare feet.

    ...where's Elven Safety?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thai Dhupp View Post
    We capped off the compacted soil with compacted sand in a plastic membrane (sort of DPC) and also of course the termite control pipes,
    They did it the same way for our too, must be a common practice,
    Lookiing good TD, moving right along, ours is kind of on hold right now waiting on block, so he says.

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    and some dude running about in wet concrete in his bare feet.

    You’re worried about the OHS for the concreter, but not for the pest controller spraying chemicals without any PPE ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis4558 View Post
    They did it the same way for our too, must be a common practice,
    Lookiing good TD, moving right along, ours is kind of on hold right now waiting on block, so he says.
    Hey Dennis... thanks yes we are still moving along so I will try to fly the construction flag til you get going again. (lol..I hope its not 'builders block'...!)

    I got to try 'n upload the backlog of photos before I leave for LoS on the 19th

    K.Pot is pushing ahead because he wants to be PAID lol....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikenot View Post
    and some dude running about in wet concrete in his bare feet.

    You’re worried about the OHS for the concreter, but not for the pest controller spraying chemicals without any PPE ?
    hi Mike, lol yeah the spray guy said he had developed 'immunity' due to breathing it all his life (and he isn't actually a termite so its possible)...whereas..

    ...you cant build up immunity to a chemical burn.... you walk in the concrete- the skin gets hot over time, otherwise known as skin damage - you ignore it for a few hours - then you go to the hospital because its become really painful, after dousing it in water to wash it off (the worst thing you can do as its a chemical burn and the reaction is triggered by...water) - the doctor takes a quick look - then you go to the theatre and the foot is removed.

    Elven Safety confirm.. chemical burn with cement is really horrible in extreme cases because it creeps up on you.

    Often by the time you realise something is not right... it's too late.

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    Well...its that time if year again... we got back late from a v good Christmas lunch at the Sportsmans bar over in Pattaya and then..back to work on the kitchen.Merry Christmas to one and all... the very best seasons greetings to you all. This year raced past...I hope in all slows down in 2020. Here's to it and to all good things for the New Year. Cheers!!!

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    Merry Christmas to you too, Thai Dhupp.
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    And a very good New Year to you TD. Keep keein' on. Your home is going to be a thing of beauty and a joy forever.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    And a very good New Year to you TD. Keep keein' on. Your home is going to be a thing of beauty and a joy forever.
    Thanks Norton.... sometimes that last bit seems to take the longest and yet K.Pot is racing ahead. I am not keeping up with the photos TBH!!

    We spent a good portion of my last visit actually living in the house over Christmas and New Year - a very relaxing time with just about everything as expected.

    The in-the-middle-of nowhere firework display from the neighbours was a welcome addition and luckily it didn't burn the place down!

    Lol - I even managed to start cutting the wood for the kitchen and made one of the base units, so that PJ had a working sink!

    We capped it off with an afternoon mee with the chief OBT engineer and an unplanned and spontaneous BBQ with the OBT himself, round at his place, so we managed to keep in with the important people too.

    02-04-20 - I will be leaving Dubai for the last time...90 days and counting!

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    TD a Happy New Year to you and PJ. Look forward to the last bit. Are you making the kitchen cabinets? apologies if i missed that point.

    Only 4 months left in the Sandpit, bet you can't wait but I expect it'll take some getting used to after the years you've spent there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    TD a Happy New Year to you and PJ. Look forward to the last bit. Are you making the kitchen cabinets? apologies if i missed that point.

    Only 4 months left in the Sandpit, bet you can't wait but I expect it'll take some getting used to after the years you've spent there.
    hey hey! HNY NPT!

    Ok enough acronyms...

    Yes - in fact I am aiming to build the whole kitchen. I bought 8 sheets of plywood for the carcasses (all will be treated once cut, of course).

    i planned it all out on Excel - that well-known kitchen design tool, and then found an on-line program that actually generated a cut-list from the sheets, based on the size and quantity requirements. Its pretty good

    I currently lack a table saw, in fact I lack a table too, so all the cuts so far are on a raised up frame of AAC blocks (no blade damage) and a self-made track for the DeWalt cordless circular saw to follow.

    i will probably make a work table when I get back there next time.

    I have sourced the face-frame wood from a very helpful wood store / factory in Bo Thong and super-reasonable pricing too.

    Just got to find a granite worktop wholesaler and we are sorted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Merry Christmas to you too, Thai Dhupp.
    ...and all the best for 2020!

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    TD i'd be interested in the software you mention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    TD i'd be interested in the software you mention.
    I told it somewhat tongue-in-cheek, NPT.

    I really did use EXCEL - the MicroSoft spreadsheet (and kitchen design) application...

    I just made the grid small - 10mm square increments and 'drew' the lines in by colouring the squares.

    Can be resized at will.

    You can duplicate worksheets so that the dimensions from, say, the carcass profile can be used to build the face frame, and by copying the face frame you can add in door and drawer fronts etc

    Yes, before anyone jumps in - I know it can be done with this 'n' that, why not use Sketch-up, etc etc....

    I was idling at work and put the time to good use with what I had...which was...Excel!

    I tried Sketch-up before and got hopelessly lost - I am just simple folk and these things are often beyond me...

    As always, I am not saying it's THE way to do it - just the way that I did it - it worked for me!

    The cut-list software - there are a few on line all free. i simply entered 'free cut-list calculator' in google, then picked one.

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    TD i k ow i got up early...stuff to do etc bt i did get the Excel thingy...i did a house floor plan layout on excel meself

    it was the cut list software..

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    Lol... no worries!

    for the cut-list, I used this one:

    https://www.cutlistoptimizer.com/

    It let's you enter the panel sizes / quantities and also things like grain direction, if that is important

    You enter the number of sheets, and indeed the sheet dimensions and it will use only the number of sheets needed

    seems pretty good

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    Now...where was I?

    ahh yes.. building zone 3.

    Sorry, all, for the mammoth delay in finishing this story. A lot of ducks to get in a row at work and preparations to be made since i am finishing in March... i have simply been too busy to do anything but the day job.

    Of course, that's not stopped K.Pot tho... I just made payment 3 out of 4 so u can guess he's motored on.

    Lets try 'n' get things up to speed, eh?

    Ground floor columns.


    all the cages ready n waiting


    Shuttering in place, cages fitted and concrete poured


    It still looks quite tidy at the moment - wait till you see some of the later pix!


    They have kept the overgrowth in 'Mango-land' under control too










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    Forming the 1st floor ring beam - steelwork


    There's always got to be a working@height drama situation, right....


    The starter bars from zone 2 build were used of course. Yes...they were wire brushed and cleaned before use.




    Base formers






    Cirque-du-Somchai was in town...


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    Its going to ruin your view

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    Coming along nicely but bet you are getting impatient to get out if the sandpit and kick back in your fantastic new abode.
    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Its going to ruin your view
    Lol... I will be in the pool most of the time so not too worried.

    The big room downstairs is the cinema.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Coming along nicely but bet you are getting impatient to get out if the sandpit and kick back in your fantastic new abode.
    Got it in one, Norton!

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