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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Spot fucking on!
    I hope you didn't offer that to your daughter as an answer to her end of term Maths exam.

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    I thought this one was appropriate for you......


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    But most important of all... will 10mm gaps between planks be OK.
    For Isan, more than one plank is a waste.

    Ten mm, a whole cm, nearly half an inch. Do you have any more wood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    But most important of all... will 10mm gaps between planks be OK.
    putting on my optimistic hat

    I would think they your continued weight will press the timber to spread and thus make the gaps smaller



    you could also just use that bar top piece on the foot bit and go and find yourself a nice piece of teak for the bartop

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    ^^ Not without going out and paying for it, I don't.

    But who will really notice... apart from me?


    ^^^ However did you get hold of that pic PAG?

    The one time I took off my grey aerated boxer shorts...


    Edit: ^ I'll ignore that.

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    10mm gaps or 10cm? It will be fine.

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    ^ Yeah, I think 10mm will be ok.

    A lot of work has gone into this so far and I don't want to skimp at the end... but to buy more wood just to add one more plank to reduce a 10mm gap seems a bit OTT. And also, one more plank would make it difficult to have any gaps... to accommodate a further 14.6cm plank would mean reducing the gaps to next to nothing... I've just been unlucky the way it's worked out.

    It's all ready to go tomorrow... each plank was personally inspected to choose the best side for the top, before drilling and countersinking. Usually this involved getting any nasty splits or rough patches underneath, but also many planks were a bit buckled laterally and I need to get the convex face pointing upwards to avoid water retention.

    This buckling may well be the cause of the reduced plank width, and I can't help feeling the timber merchant used the opportunity of an inexperienced 'farang' to get rid of some rubbish.

    Bastard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I can't help feeling the timber merchant used the opportunity of an inexperienced 'farang' to get rid of some rubbish.
    No, it is all crap, the only difference is our expectation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    To cheer meself up I poured a bucket of water over mysef
    FIFY.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    reduced plank width
    Don't think that comes with old age, just the opposite


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    No, it is all crap, the only difference is our expectation.
    I sense a bit of negativity after your lamb escapade last night!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I'm also trying to show my daughter how important maths is before her end of term exams next week.
    Checking her calculations, once she finishes her exam and handing in her answer sheet, may be the difference between a B+ and an A *.

    As some suggest, "measure twice, cut once".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    But who will really notice.
    Nobody. Maybe only the smaller snakes will make their homes under your jetty planks.

    The size of the fish, the quality of your booze, and the flexibility of the dancing girls are my "fishing" weekend criteria.

    Having the knowledge of the location of a good fishmonger, keeps her-in-doors happy. If you spend too much time with items 2 and 3.

    Last edited by OhOh; 17-06-2021 at 07:42 PM.
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post


    But most important of all... will 10mm gaps between planks be OK.

    It's been on my mind all day.

    Mendip
    If you really are concerned about a one cm gap being too large then what you could do is use the 21st plank that you set aside for the "bar".
    You could get some more wood at your leisure and paint it up and fit it to the resting beam.

    Also if you really don't want to buy another piece of wood pay me a visit and I am sure we can find what you need here.
    I have a big stack of timber which came from the mother in laws old house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    the quality of your booze,
    You've seen the yah dong he drinks.

    Quality is not a word I'd be using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    we can find what you need here.
    One hopes it is delivered pre painted and has counter sunk screw holes!

    Best thing is to visit a commercial Thai jetty and build as the Thais do. Otherwise, your daughters classmates fathers will want to see the talk of the school "falang jetty".

    No need to travel abroad for work, any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    just an enthusiastic amateur passing the days
    And that right there is all that matters Mendy. Have some fun, spend time with your daughter. I have numerous flaws on my deck around the pool. It bugged me for a few weeks but hey, Life's too short.

    When it is all done and you walk to the end and sip that iced diluted ( oops I mean cold) Leo and that Ya Dong chaser you will be a happy camper.

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    Thanks guys... lots of good advice here.

    Seeing as they announced my daughter's school is closed again I've had one extra Leo and a couple of extra Ya D9pngs with my mel tonight.

    Yeah... it's been a slog but now it' nearly there.

    I'm gonna scrape me feet c;ean and head updtairs... anout time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Thanks guys... lots of good advice here.

    Seeing as they announced my daughter's school is closed again I've had one extra Leo and a couple of extra Ya D9pngs with my mel tonight.

    Yeah... it's been a slog but now it' nearly there.

    I'm gonna scrape me feet c;ean and head updtairs... anout time.
    No one can tell…

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    No one can tell…

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    I was going to have a day off... the daughter's back to home schooling and I fancied taking it easy indoors and maybe put some lunch together.

    But... the wife's a bit off today so I figure I may as well get out the house and do something useful. I got pissed up on Ja Dong last night and decided to wake Mrs Mendip up late on and tell her that I'd cleaned up my feet. Things didn't go quite as I anticipated and I won't be doing that again. Her mood worsened this morning when she saw that I'd been lying anyway and my feet are still spattered in Chaindrite and primer. That Ja Dong is evil stuff.

    Anyway, I removed the step shuttering while having my morning coffee and it looks pretty damn good, even if I say so meself.



    There will be a small step down from the step to the jetty wood but I'll just pretend that was in the design. I'm hoping that the gap between concrete and jetty frame will help stop the frame being subjected to prolonged moisture.



    It's a beautiful morning in Korat today... just the weather to lay a few paving slabs in cement. I sat with Maya a while to look at the jetty and watch the fish rise.



    It's evidently also a nice morning for a swim... Maya can't control herself and spends hours swimming after the rising fish.



    Hopefully by lunchtime the only job left will be to install the jetty wood.



    I surely hope that Chaindrite is good stuff. I also had a bit of a tidy up while having my coffee and turned this piece of wood over... it'd only been lying on the grass for a few days.



    It was absolutely riddled with termites. I'll be well pissed off if they get into my jetty wood.


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    If I lay any wood on the ground, it will be assaulted by Termites in a day just like your Pics Mendy. This is why I keep our property clean of any wood scrap and keep nothing near the main house. I have to watch my FIL because he keeps old wood by the shop along with Cardboard (I have no idea why) and termites move in fast. I have showed him numerous times and then have to toss the wood out. They love wet wood as it is easy to eat.

    Speaking of that, I absolutely will not allow New tree or plant support stands to be made of those wood stakes you see Thai folks use. Not only does it draw in termites but they climb up them and eventually attack the tree. I made up metal stakes and tie up the tree with garden hose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    I made up metal stakes and tie up the tree with garden hose.
    I found some inexpensive stakes in three different lengths at the DIY shop at our local Tesco. I think they are plastic-coated metal core. Inevitably, the gf is asking why on earth I would spend those when we have so much wood about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I got pissed up on Ja Dong last night and decided to wake Mrs Mendip up late on and tell her that I'd cleaned up my feet. Things didn't go quite as I anticipated and I won't be doing that again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post






    It's a beautiful morning in Korat today... just the weather to lay a few paving slabs in cement. I sat with Maya a while to look at the jetty and watch the fish rise.



    It's evidently also a nice morning for a swim... Maya can't control herself and spends hours swimming after the rising fish.




    Your gardener needs to get mowing that grass... I'm beginning to think he is a free loader!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Your gardener needs to get mowing that grass... I'm beginning to think he is a free loader!
    I think we have all come to that conclusion KW. Mendy keeps him around for his Mad Ya Dong distilling skills.

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