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    Ah, how I long for the days in the pool . . . in Asia. Alas, we have a pool here in NZ and it is a bitch to heat so is really only usable three months a year tops.

    Having a pool in Thailand makes so much sense, and you have chosen a lovely style and sala. Can't wait to see the end result

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Mate, great image ... the promise of things to come.
    Thanks David and I am all over your suggestions below...

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    My thought would be to run power to the sala.
    Already planned.

    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Maybe for a fan/lighting/mozzie zapper
    I already ordered a small orbiting fan, not a big fan of those zapper deals. Fan seems to work OK. I am going to install solar lighting underneath. The back side of the Sala roof sees sun all day so I can put the panel there. Plan on 3 or 4.

    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Run the conduit through the rear of the concrete before it's poured and up the rear post so you don't see it when you walk into the structure.
    All power will be run underground. I have to cut through my street out front the gate and will pull power across from the pole in from city. Then will run power in conduit in between the cement foundation portion and the pool under the decking. I will mount off the ground but having it under the deck leaves access should anything go wrong. It will all be sight unseen. Challenge right now is where the pool plumbing will go and the pool pump and filter location. Still working that out. I sent some pictures to the pool installer.

    This will go in 5 stages I think.

    1) Pool bar/cement deck portion on far side. Had to do this before pool install as room would be tight to do it all later and of course very messy after the pool is in
    2) Tree install. We have a few large trees coming Sunday. Again have to do this in advance. We are bringing in quite a few Fox Tail palms of different sizes and a shade tree that will be in the back corner of the pool bar area.
    3) Pool excavation and Plumbing install and electrical
    4) Finish installing the composite wood Deck closest to house at far end and on opposite side.
    5) Finish pool bar. Will have a counter top and a small fridge to keep my beverages cold.

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    10/10

    Today was a run to a place my wife found that sells various sizes of Fox tail palms. We decided to go buy them now as we may need to plant them as we go along.



    Picked up 5 at one place and 3 at another.



    Home to now unload.



    We will plant them in groups of 3 close together.

    Tomorrow a few big trees arrive and a Fox tail palm that is growing as a group that my wife really liked.


    Cement on Monday

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    Looking good. Nice rock warrior wheels.

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    Nice to see some progress as usual seems to be well planned to get things done in the easiest order, very unThai like, you need to assimilate a bit more and think like a Thai then things would be done haphazardly and things broken by climbing over stuff etc.

    By the way it was nice to see (in post #78 above) that you finally wrote the date correctly i.e. 10/10 tenth day of the tenth month instead of that stupid American way you guys usually do it.

    I hope you are off the clock while you are doing all this work.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Nice rock warrior wheels.
    Only a handful would notice that but us "Merkins" appreciate good forged wheels .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
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    Nice to see some progress as usual seems to be well planned to get things done in the easiest order, very unThai like, you need to assimilate a bit more and think like a Thai then things would be done haphazardly and things broken by climbing over stuff etc.

    By the way it was nice to see (in post #78 above) that you finally wrote the date correctly i.e. 10/10 tenth day of the tenth month instead of that stupid American way you guys usually do it.

    I hope you are off the clock while you are doing all this work.

    Cheers
    HAHAHA Ootai. I have tried to do it all backwards but the guys I know look at me like WTF?

    btw, I got lucky on the date, wait until tomorrow. I will screw it all up again until 11/11... Good thing is, I am guaranteed to get it right 1 time a month.

    Yes. I am balancing this between my work job and my pool job. Working remotely does offer a lot of freedom.

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    Was kicking back sippin a Blanton's Bourbon out in the sala tonight. My Lab has found a new view point





    My dog and I enjoying a good Bourbon and a cool Northern night





    I flew my Mavic Pro drone for a bit of Aerial project review. Tomorrow a few big trees arrive

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Only a handful would notice that but us "Merkins" appreciate good forged wheels .
    Not sure about there, but they are spendy here in the states. All the guys want them to downsize from 18's plus they look good. Just curious do you groom your dogs to help them stay cool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Not sure about there, but they are spendy here in the states. All the guys want them to downsize from 18's plus they look good. Just curious do you groom your dogs to help them stay cool?
    Well finding forged wheels here is tough. I brought these over from the states in the cargo container along with my Toytec 3" lift kit.

    As for my Lab. She is quite comfy here. My wife gives her a good bath every few weeks. Our Golden requires a pool to cool off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    I brought these over from the states in the cargo container along with my Toytec 3" lift kit.
    Ah nice. So was the toytec a Tacoma lift or do they make a hilux specific lift?

    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    As for my Lab. She is quite comfy here. My wife gives her a good bath every few weeks. Our Golden requires a pool to cool off.
    Good to know. It horrifies me when I see that Thais have huskies and other cold weather dogs over there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    I went and got the cement and rebar at the local place. I always try and patronize the local places versus going to the big stores. I have to say man its friggen hot today, sweating like a pig. Yesterday in rained like a sumbish around noon for a good hour. Thought today might be a bit overcast being that storm is supposed to blow over Thailand.

    I actually like the Mighty X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Backspin View Post
    I actually like the Mighty X
    My wife's uncle has had that truck since new. Has over half a million kms on it. It rattles a lot in the engine, leaks oil but is a good beater truck for carrying supplies around. It still drives pretty sound. I have used it many times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsnub View Post
    Ah nice. So was the toytec a Tacoma lift or do they make a hilux specific lift?
    The Hilux and Tacoma platforms are the same. I bought it in the US and brought with me. The Toytec Boss kit bolted right in. Only difference was the sway bar shims had to be reversed due to steering on opposite side to the Tacoma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    The Hilux and Tacoma platforms are the same. I bought it in the US and brought with me.
    That is cool to know. It is really hard to find that information here in the states.

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    10/11

    Well busy day again today. 2 big trees came.

    This was a big job. Took 2 cranes. One to take it off the big truck and put it on the other that would fit down our soi.



    Swapping tree 1 to the other crane.




    This was a beautiful Fox tail palm we found and had 3 growing out of it





    All Planted.

    Tree 2

    I do not no the name of this in English. But it will grwo into a nice shade tree over the deck and pool bar area in a few years



    This was lifted off the big truck and then brought down the soi again on the little crane truck





    Again, we had to put these in before the pool install or no way to get them into the location.


    Tomorrow is cement pouring day for the foundation then fill up with Sand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Was kicking back sippin a Blanton's Bourbon out in the sala tonight.
    Hell, I can't find Blanton's in the US! My favorite Bourbon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalEden View Post
    Hell, I can't find Blanton's in the US! My favorite Bourbon.
    It is becoming very hard to find. Never ever find here in Thailand of course. Here you are extremely limited and its usually only big name brands like Makers Mark, Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace ( Which is actually pretty good) and a few others. My colleagues in California who I drink Bourbon with know where to find it and bring me a bottle. I was hoping to replace my bottle of Pappy Van Winkle. None to be found.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    I was hoping to replace my bottle of Pappy Van Winkle. None to be found.
    That's hard to get here in the states. The local liquor store does a raffle for the few bottles of Family reserve they would usually get in around Thanksgiving. I enter it every year and have had my number pulled once.

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    10/13

    Foundation cement day

    4 cement truck runs. Of course they use little drums so it makes it appear like more than it is.






    Next up is to fill the square and rectangle openings with sand. I expect about 4 big dump truck loads.

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    I also wanted to comment at this stage, that the original designs I had drafted up in the OP have been altered significantly.

    Major changes for anyone following this thread;


    • I opted away from an infinity pool style for a couple of reasons the primary one was that I wanted a deck around the entire perimeter and an infinity pool is far more eye appealing if you have a view across a valley or a skyline.
    • The deck area will be half composite wood and half cement as we want to put potted plants on the deck and setting them on composite wood seemed risky long term due to warpage.
    • The pool bar area in the OP will look similar but the roof will be slanted and the poles will be round
    • To the left we had a pad made for the Jacuzzi we had that we will move to the pool area.
    • The pool will not be cement and tile as originally shown, it will be a custom Fiberglass mold. This is far more economical and suits our needs.

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    I just thought I would remind you that there is no 13th month i.e. 10/13 , please get your sh*t together.

    Also I don't think they call them "drums" I believe they call them "bowls", of course if I'm wrong then I will be corrected and we will then both know, maybe.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    I opted away from an infinity pool style for a couple of reasons the primary one was that I wanted a deck around the entire perimeter and an infinity pool is far more eye appealing if you have a view across a valley or a skyline.
    There are so many advantages of infinity pool, the "infinity view" is the least one. Of course it's good when a view into a valley.

    The majority of the good points are for the less powerful pump needed to clean up the surface within 10 min. (as the Over Flow does). And the less filthy filter over a time when all the dirt is being sucked in by the skimmer(s) and is collected on the top of the filter.

    Unlike at the OF pool when the dirt from the surface drops into the OF tank where it will sink down to the bottom, the filter suck only the water without that dirt. The sedimented dirt at the bottom will be cleaned up and sucked away once in few months by a manual submersible pump.

    But the most important plus is a swimming without water into the nose, no sharp waves. Who was once swimming in a OF pool will never want to swim in a skimmer pool.

    And there are much more advantages, actually no disadvantages. Some of the "disadvantages" are highlighted by the swimming pool builders with a plastic foil or a ready made pool, they scare the owner off when claiming much higher investment cost.

    They do not recommend OF pool from very clear reasons: The OF edge is quite difficult to make with the foil, they better ask (and charge) for 20 cm higher walls to be covered by the foil - but actually not need by the pool water. Or the pool depth has to be increased.

    In my pool thread I think I had listed all the features of living with OF or skimmers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
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    I just thought I would remind you that there is no 13th month i.e. 10/13 , please get your sh*t together.

    Also I don't think they call them "drums" I believe they call them "bowls", of course if I'm wrong then I will be corrected and we will then both know, maybe.

    Cheers
    Hahahaha. You know if I put 13/10 my Americans friends will say. Hey JP. There isn't 13 months... can't win. Guess to appease all I will write the month and day. Win - Win

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    @ Klondyke,

    I personally like the infinity style pool albeit I have swam in both and I see absolutely no difference in swim quality although water loss is probably less.

    In the end I just didn't want the cost associated with a cement tile pool and I wanted a deck all the way around to walk. Think if the pool was going to be over to one side with no access that style pool might have made good sense but centering it in the deck area didn't make sense. The cement pool with cascade edge was about 300k bht more for the same size and I just didn't see the cost being worth it.

    Of course it all boils down to personal preference but in the end jumping in the water to relax and cool off is the goal and spin a few laps

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