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    Single 7.5 cm AAC Block Exterior Walls

    The original contractor we engaged to build our house (Kittysak) has pulled out after he became concerned about my request for details on such sundry incidentals such as using rebar chairs to support the steel reinforcing. At a meeting with him I saw the look on his face when Yuri showed him a picture on Google of rebar chairs. A bit like a deer in the headlights. So we moved on and have spent some time talking with Bandee House Construction, giving them a copy of our plans and asking for a price based on these. The price came back and while it was THB 310,000 more than Kittysak's we were satisfied they knew what they were doing and would build what we wanted. This was backed up by a visit to a house under construction for another expat on the outskirts of Surin.

    At the most recent meeting to finalise details on the build I was bemused to note they had quoted on single 7.5 cm AAC block external walls. The plan we gave them clearly stated double 7.5 cm AAC cavity external walls. They justified their decision by saying the single block wall will still give "nice cool house." My scepticism must have been apparent as the sales consultant went to great lengths to assure me we would be happy with the end result.

    A question to forum users who have built their house using single 7.5 cm AAC blocks - how cool is the interior in the middle of May without the air con on? Is the house comfortable without using air con during the day? Comments / observations and experiences on this would be very much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peciacake View Post
    A question to forum users who have built their house using single 7.5 cm AAC blocks - how cool is the interior in the middle of May without the air con on? Is the house comfortable without using air con during the day? Comments / observations and experiences on this would be very much appreciated.
    Thaidupp could answer but haven't seen him here lately. Try sending him a PM.

    https://teakdoor.com/building-in-tha...ml#post3757691 (Thai Dhupp and Princess Joy's Thai House Build)

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    Thanks Norton, much appreciated.
    Cheers...Greg

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    New Spade and Shovel

    My beautiful wife bought me a new spade and a mini shovel for my upcoming birthday. Isn't she wonderful.... so thoughtful of her...
    Hope she likes the new vacuum cleaner I'm giving her for Xmas. It's her favourite colour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peciacake View Post
    The Result of a Taxi Driver Operating A Tractor


    You have to laugh. Your soil looks quite sandy so should be easy to move and level. Love the bit about not gluing the pipes - you have to wonder what goes through their heads, likely he'd run out of glue and thought fuk it.

    I have witnessed the dearly departed FiL set about a relatively easy saw, screw and glue some wood together project which took him 5 hours with a blunt saw, old rusty butchered screws he'd salvaged for just such a project and a flat head screwdriver with a chunk missing causing it to slip out of the grove repeatedly. It was so painful i went out and got him some new kit for his next project only to find out later he'd lost half of them or loaned them out never to see then again. Chimpanzees can often achieve a better result and be left with tools in better shape.

    I have also witnessed a bloke drilling a hole in a wall with a battery drill and as it ran out of charge he used a hammer to smack the back of the drill to finish the hole off. It took a moment or two to realise he was using my drill that the Mrs had lent him as he'd burnt out his 600W non-hammer drill.

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    Hi Mike,
    The similarity to my FIL is striking - he has exactly the same approach. Old tools, reclaimed and reconditioned screws and nails, blunt chisels and saws - that's all he ever used. When his old cow shed was pulled down I walked around for days discovering tools buried in the dirt. With a bit of TLC they have been brought back to life. Yesterday, while doing some more work on the water reticulation system the brother in law and I did an inventory on pipe fittings. I'll share a photo tomorrow of what we found along with a shot of the reconditioned tools.

    Hope the Mrs asks you before she lends your tools these days...

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    ^ They don't get lent period i don't care if somchai breaks something and he has to sacrifice his Lao Khao money to buy a new chisel, welding rods or grinder disks - my hire shop is closed.

    I am quite picky with tools, they get sharpened post use and oiled if required so they are ready to use next time, seeing rusty chisels, screwdrivers and planes gives my a Herbert Lom twitch

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    Reclaimed Tools from the FIL's old Cow Shed


    Every item in this image was found in amongst the remains of the FIL's old cow shed after it had been pulled down.
    Most were buried, covered in dirt, rice straw and cow shit. After a bit of TLC with a wire brush and some emery cloth
    all are useable, albeit well past their best.
    The builders will be using this room during construction of our house so I'm keeping my tools in storage until completion
    No sense leaving them here on full display - the temptation to "borrow" tools that are in as new condition would be too great.

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    ^ that saw doesn't look salvageable, if it was 70's or earlier with a wood handle you can sharpen them - modern hard points are throw away like that plastic handled jobbie.

    I don't rate your chances of any of them being left by the time your build is finished

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    Pipe Component Inventory


    The FIL installed a network of water pipes throughout the property. Without exaggeration it would run to over 500 metres of pipe.
    This image gives an idea of the pipe components stock recovered from the floor of the old cow shed (except the new lengths of 1" pipe).
    The majority are new / never used. Some over 10 years old but unused.
    You'd think the poor bloke could have included some glue in the inventory... He must have been allergic to the stuff.

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    555 my FiL used to salvage old used pipe for re-use - no idea why but he came from a generation that made do and re-used, a sentiment i fully concur with except where used PVC pipe is concerned, oh and condoms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peciacake View Post
    New Spade and Shovel

    My beautiful wife bought me a new spade and a mini shovel for my upcoming birthday. Isn't she wonderful.... so thoughtful of her...
    Hope she likes the new vacuum cleaner I'm giving her for Xmas. It's her favourite colour.
    Gotta love it. Thai shovels are good for 2 or 3 digs and then they fold in half like a beer can.

    Good luck with them.

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    ^ I cut the Thai shovel blades in half and reshape the front with an angle grinder.

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    ^ i bought a stainless steel spade and fork from the UK, which was fine except the wood handles got eaten by termites. Had to get a new ones made from pipe.

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    I brought over 4 True Temper(brand)shovels in my cargo container. I had all of them is the US for 10+ years and now 6+ years here. They are like gold to me. Shovels available here are not tempered steel. They are just stamped and assembled and for some reason short handled. Good thing for Peciacake, he won't have them long...

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    These are high grade Japanese steel with Manganese alloy, so they will last longer than me. Although I had to question the wife's choice of a birthday present, I couldn't fault her eye for quality.

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