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    Have you decided on the type of roof? seems like it's coming up soon.
    Apologies if you have mentioned and I missed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Have you decided on the type of roof? seems like it's coming up soon.
    Apologies if you have mentioned and I missed it.
    I think he wants one that doesn't leak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    I think he wants one that doesn't leak.
    You young fellas wid your long hair , rock and roll and no leaking roofs...
    why when I was your age .......

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    ^ You obviously haven't actually met Ootai, BB!

    'young' and 'hair' aren't really relevant, tbh.

    'Leaking' is probably spot on though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    You young fellas wid your long hair , rock and roll and no leaking roofs...
    why when I was your age .......
    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^ You obviously haven't actually met Ootai, BB!

    'young' and 'hair' aren't really relevant, tbh.

    'Leaking' is probably spot on though!
    Bucko it was a long time ago when I was young and had hair as Mendip says and I don't leak Yet but it won't be long.

    Anyway I had the pleasure of spending a few hours today with Mr peciacake and his wife and it was enjoyable for me but you might need to get his take on the experience.

    320km round trip to say hello bet you don't get Poms or Yanks doing that.

    Peciacake please tell Yuri thank's for the lunch and it was a pleasure not to have to wade in a pool like Mendip's

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    320km round trip to say hello bet you don't get Poms or Yanks doing that.
    Same for me. This Yank will be heading down in a couple weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Have you decided on the type of roof?
    Bluescope Colorbond pre-fitted with PU foam insulation Buckaroo. Should last considerably longer than me. And no leaks.



    Ootai, thanks for dropping by today. Appreciated you spending the day with us, good to have your company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Watching them barefoot in concrete makes me cringe. Certainly not OSHA approved.
    Can you spell "Cement poisoning".
    The number of safety hazards I see on site every day makes me cringe. Concrete poisoning being but one. It is a constant concern - I would never forgive myself if anyone got hurt during the build.
    Safety and Thailand in the same sentence are mutually exclusive from my experience. I come from a background where safety was the core value that drove operations - if we got safety right, the rest of the business was right, so it makes me shudder to see the hazards in the first place, and secondly being totally ignored.

    ie. On the day of the blessing ceremony, which ironically I understand is to ask the spirits to look after the workers, a worker was cutting steel rebar with a chop saw - sparks were flying everywhere. I couldn't help myself, and gave him a good pair of safety glasses. He was grateful, and put them on straight away. The next morning, there he was cutting up more steel, with the safety glasses on his head... A polite request and he put them on. Day 3 and there he was, cutting steel and no glasses. When I enquired, through Yuri as interpreter, he said they were at home. Apparently the lens got scratched and he was worried I'd be angry. He was surprised when I gave him another pair, which I'm pleased to say he wears, at least when I'm around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    Bucko it was a long time ago when I was young and had hair as Mendip says and I don't leak Yet but it won't be long.

    Anyway I had the pleasure of spending a few hours today with Mr peciacake and his wife and it was enjoyable for me but you might need to get his take on the experience.

    320km round trip to say hello bet you don't get Poms or Yanks doing that.

    Peciacake please tell Yuri thank's for the lunch and it was a pleasure not to have to wade in a pool like Mendip's
    but did you Wade in the wet concrete?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    320km round trip to say hello bet you don't get Poms or Yanks doing that.
    I did 360km round trip to say hello and have lunch with Naptownmike and meet his wife. Nice folks. Go easy on us Yanks there big fella.

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    Room plan is pretty solid. IRL living room/dining/kitchen may have challenges. Or not, up to lifestyle. Good job anyways!

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    This looks to be more a Thai style build, Not Aussie.

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    Have you decided on windows?
    If I build another house in Thailand , I would certainly get windows with good noise insulation.
    Thailand is a very noisy place, If you are a light sleeper , I highly recommend it. if not for the whole house, at least in your bedroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Have you decided on windows?
    If I build another house in Thailand , I would certainly get windows with good noise insulation.
    I'd do doors and windows differently if I were to build again. Noise isn't my main issue, this is a quiet area except for the occasional party where you can hear the bass booming from 2km away and I don't think any kind of window would keep that vibration out. I got standard sliding windows from Global House and my main problem with them is that the termites swarm in when that season arrives. It's like one of those B horror movies. Next time it will be hinged windows that seal tightly, a UK standard window basically. Double-glazed and tinted would be good too, to keep the heat out and the aircon in. Relatively pricey here.
    I bought wood doors locally for the front entrance. I added draughtproofing and that helped a bit to keep the insects out, still we get our share of invaders. After a couple of rainy seasons they don't close properly any more so I'd be looking for something different next time.

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    Stage 2 Progress Update

    Work commenced on Sunday 13.11.22 on roof steel and block work. The image below was taken this morning. Solid progress from the same crew who completed Stage 1. Not quite to the same standard as their foundations, floor and column work, but still a country mile in front of many of the other builds we've looked at during our search for a builder who knows what farangs expect.

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    The weld quality on the gal RHS is good by Thai standards, which isn't saying much I know. Think I'd better buy them a welder's chipping hammer before they cold gal the welds.

    More to follow tomorrow

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    Interesting. I thought the beams would be poured cement rather than steel. Better catch up with the times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcActual View Post
    IRL living room/dining/kitchen may have challenges
    Hi Marc, thanks for your comment. Yuri and I lived in open plan apartments before moving to Thailand: we don't have any problems with a farang kitchen. I was the beneficiary of her wonderful Thai cooking.
    As an observation, I often wonder why so many expats complain about Thai cooking smells and why they are glad they have an outdoor kitchen. It's not as if they didn't know Thais use a lot of fish sauce before they came to live in Thailand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Thailand is a very noisy place,
    No argument from me Buckaroo - village life is far from peaceful and quiet. That's why we placed our bedroom at the back of the house. Still not expecting it to be overly quiet though. Industrial deafness / hearing loss gives me some peace though...

    Shutree, we are doing something similar to you. Windows will be aluminium frame, sliding with 5 mm thick glass, fitted with 3M window tint film. Would like to have gone with double glazing but not able to stretch the budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peciacake View Post
    Windows will be aluminium frame, sliding with 5 mm thick glass, fitted with 3M window tint film. Would like to have gone with double glazing but not able to stretch the budget.
    What I have and does decent job cutting noise down but noise here is way lower than average Thai villages. Also given the size of your property expect you will plant plenty trees and other plants cut down outside noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    This looks to be more a Thai style build, Not Aussie.
    Hi Fondles, Thank you for your comment. See if you can spot the difference...

    Thai Style House

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    Architects Rendering of our Aussie Style House
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    Inspiration taken from this classic Aussie Style

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    Quote Originally Posted by peciacake View Post
    Think I'd better buy them a welder's chipping hammer before they cold gal the welds.
    After discussing how they should be de-slagging the welds with the Team yesterday, it was pleasing to see this when I was wandering around surveying the site after last night's deluge.
    A home-made slag hammer that does the job.
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    After the Deluge

    Not sure whether anyone else experienced the torrential thunder storms Ayong copped last night but it was fierce - both wind and rain. The village briefly flooded due to the intensity.
    As a consequence the site was pretty messy this morning. Luckily no major problems, just very waterlogged. The Team took it all in their stride, getting on with block work and continuing with installing the roof beams.

    Note the subsidence around the corner footing - all footing pits unsurprisingly show the same level of subsidence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peciacake View Post
    Not sure whether anyone else experienced the torrential thunder storms Ayong copped last night but it was fierce - both wind and rain. The village briefly flooded due to the intensity.
    Nary a cloud up here mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    I'd do doors and windows differently if I were to build again. Noise isn't my main issue, this is a quiet area except for the occasional party where you can hear the bass booming from 2km away and I don't think any kind of window would keep that vibration out. I got standard sliding windows from Global House and my main problem with them is that the termites swarm in when that season arrives. It's like one of those B horror movies. Next time it will be hinged windows that seal tightly, a UK standard window basically. Double-glazed and tinted would be good too, to keep the heat out and the aircon in. Relatively pricey here.
    I bought wood doors locally for the front entrance. I added draughtproofing and that helped a bit to keep the insects out, still we get our share of invaders. After a couple of rainy seasons they don't close properly any more so I'd be looking for something different next time.
    Have the same issues with our wood front door. They sure look nice , and there should be on in every farang's life, but not worth the trouble IMO, we are thinking of ripping ours out and replacing them with a nice aluminum product.
    The only problem I have with notice in our area are the dogs, they some times get the howling chorus, and once I am away that's it for me, it takes me ab hour to go back to sleep. I am considering taking melatonin to see if it improves the situation. We used to gave a rooster problem but both the neighbors that had them, found Jesús and I guess ate them. But I will not sleep with my bedroom windows open, because there are a couple of rosters a few houses away and they start 4am.
    Anyway, good soundproofing windows are IMO a good investment because even if it is quiet now, whose to say where the next karaoke bar will open or who will get into cock fighting rooster breeding.
    Oh!! the joys of living in the country LOL
    The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peciacake View Post
    No . Industrial deafness / hearing loss gives me some peace though...

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    Funny you would say that.
    I had developed a condition on one of my ears called Otosclerosis which had caused diminished hearing from that ear.
    Biggest mistake I made was that I had it fixed.
    At night I used to put my good ear on the pillow and you could be playing the trumpet next room and it would not bother me. Also it gave me an excuse for selective hearing.
    Now I hear everything! and aside from the sleeping issues, I no longer have an excuse to pretend I did not hear , and now I can hear everything people say about me and frankly some of it is not very kind LOL

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