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    Mendy. why make it out of metal pipe? Just get some PVC. It will not rust and will easily serve the same purpose. Additionally pick up a few of those Marine cup holder I posted. You can put beer out on the pier and they are SST and will last forever

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    Ya know Stumpy, I don't really know but what I do know is that I abhor the look of the ubiquitous turquoise blue PVC piping that you see everywhere in Thailand. I thought that a welded on metal, painted and finished rod holder would give my jetty some class?

    I have a load of suitable diameter PVC piping off-cuts but it just doesn't look right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Ya know Stumpy, I don't really know but what I do know is that I abhor the look of the ubiquitous turquoise blue PVC piping that you see everywhere in Thailand. I thought that a welded on metal, painted and finished rod holder would give my jetty some class?

    I have a load of suitable diameter PVC piping off-cuts but it just doesn't look right.
    Good point Mendy. PVC would work but not look a nice for sure. When I worked as a deck hand on a charter deep sea fishing crew for Tuna, they used SST tubing due to the corrosive salt water environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Ya know Stumpy, I don't really know but what I do know is that I abhor the look of the ubiquitous turquoise blue PVC piping that you see everywhere in Thailand. I thought that a welded on metal, painted and finished rod holder would give my jetty some class?

    I have a load of suitable diameter PVC piping off-cuts but it just doesn't look right.
    Yeah as you know there are standards to uphold. After all can't have the dogs sitting on the table looking at a shitty piece of PVC pipe can we?

    FFS Mendip no ones going to see it cause your dogs won't let them in and it definitely wouldn't bother me when I pay a visit as I am only a low brow Aussie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmond View Post



    I get up when I want
    Except on days ending in Y
    When I get rudely awakened by the nagging
    (pondlife)
    I put my wicker-undies on, have a cup of yaa-dong
    And I think about leaving the wife's house
    (Pondlife)
    I feed the dogs, I sometimes feed ootai too
    It gives me a sense of enormous well-being
    (Pondlife)
    But then I sulk for the rest of the day
    Upset in the knowledge there will always be
    a dining table with dog balls and my hair on it




    Alllllllllll the places
    So many places
    And I haaaaaaad to end up here
    with ootai in this stinkin', pondlife.

    I missed this somehow the pother night... Green owed for effort!

    I guess it's a song? I'm afraid I lost interest in music after the 80s so if it's modern stuff I won't know it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I guess it's a song?
    Parklife - Wikipedia


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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    Yeah as you know there are standards to uphold. After all can't have the dogs sitting on the table looking at a shitty piece of PVC pipe can we?

    FFS Mendip no ones going to see it cause your dogs won't let them in and it definitely wouldn't bother me when I pay a visit as I am only a low brow Aussie.
    Well, pardon me for having standards!

    It seems to be the gardener's mission in life to try to make this place look like a junk yard. I have green gardening twine yet he uses old electrical wire to tie trees to stakes, sometimes with the plug still attached. I have good wooden stakes, yet he will use old rusted mop handles and the like. I have old floor mats yet his area has old pairs of shorts or underwear on the steps at doorways. You get the idea.

    So, I don't like the appearance of pvc pipe... yet today I also realised how difficult it would be to weld a section of metal pipe to the flat surface of the jetty framework. My welding skills ain't great and trying this would have been asking to burn through the framework and getting into a right mess. I had a free dat today and wanted to get this project underway so put on my thinking cap... and decided to use pvc pipe. And paint it!

    There is a bin full of pvc pipe off-cuts in the workshop.



    This length of yellow pipe had the optimal diameter. As usual, the most difficult part of any project I undertake is to find some space on the work bench.



    I cut two 30cm lengths and drilled a hole in each so they could be hung on wire to dry, after painting.



    A light sanding and a coat of grey primer...



    Followed by two coats of black gloss.



    A few tie-wraps and the job's a good'un. I may even get to Christen my new fishing rod holders tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barty View Post
    Thanks Barty... good song!

    Released in 1994, so that explains it, although I have heard it before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Well, pardon me for having standards!

    It seems to be the gardener's mission in life to try to make this place look like a junk yard. I have green gardening twine yet he uses old electrical wire to tie trees to stakes, sometimes with the plug still attached. I have good wooden stakes, yet he will use old rusted mop handles and the like. I have old floor mats yet his area has old pairs of shorts or underwear on the steps at doorways. You get the idea.

    So, I don't like the appearance of pvc pipe... yet today I also realised how difficult it would be to weld a section of metal pipe to the flat surface of the jetty framework. My welding skills ain't great and trying this would have been asking to burn through the framework and getting into a right mess. I had a free dat today and wanted to get this project underway so put on my thinking cap... and decided to use pvc pipe. And paint it!

    There is a bin full of pvc pipe off-cuts in the workshop.

    This length of yellow pipe had the optimal diameter. As usual, the most difficult part of any project I undertake is to find some space on the work bench.

    I cut two 30cm lengths and drilled a hole in each so they could be hung on wire to dry, after painting.

    A light sanding and a coat of grey primer...

    Followed by two coats of black gloss.

    A few tie-wraps and the job's a good'un. I may even get to Christen my new fishing rod holders tomorrow!

    Looking good. Surely the fellow that gave you this good idea deserves a green?

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    When are you next off on a work expedition, Mendip?

    Or are you seeing your future in Isaan working on the house and garden?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    Looking good. Surely the fellow that gave you this good idea deserves a green?
    Green prepared, shipped and delivered!

    Within seconds. That's how good I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Green prepared, shipped and delivered!

    Within seconds. That's how good I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I have green gardening twine yet he uses old electrical wire to tie trees to stakes, sometimes with the plug still attached.
    sorry to laugh Mendy. When we first started landscaping our place my FIL was an electrical wire/bailing wire everything. In the beginning I bit my tongue and didn't say anything as I didn't want to upset the creative Thai folks. But one day I grabbed a hose and damn near jabbed some bailing wire nearly through my hand. I said F this ghetto nonsense. I went and grabbed all the bailing wire, electrical wire and tossed it all in the trash and said NO MORE. I then headed off to get a tetanus shot.

    I caught him a few more times using bailing wire ( not sure where he had it), but took the small spool and tossed it in the bin too. We now use proper twine to tie up trees, we use hose clamps on hoses and zip ties to keep wire Tidy. But it was a painful process. I haven't got him to stop saving rusty nails to re use them and they bend and bend and then you can't pull them out so he just bends them over.

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    You can't rush a big project... but tonight was the night to finish up.



    Not a bad result even if I say so meself.



    I should have done this ages ago.



    The dogs were well impressed... apart from Anna of course. It takes a lot to get her down off her chair in the evenings.



    In fact it was so successful that I mounted the port rod holder as well. I didn't actually catch anything using the starboard rod holder but I can tell that it's pretty well perfect.



    There were extenuating circumstances tonight however... the bladdy dogs were on a frog hunt.



    How can you expect to catch fish in these conditions?



    No chance.



    No fish and no frogs... a poor night all round.


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    But some damn fine rod holders.

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    ^ Aren't they just!


    Some big news from last night...

    The frog hunt resumed and Maya seemed determined to ruin my ornamental reed bed...



    As did Tommy...



    But generally everyone was focused on the fishing.



    We continued into the night and it was becoming too dark to see the float. The bladdy neighbour turned their back light on which didn't help our night vision. This pond used to be rural but now it's getting surrounded by buildings.



    Just as I was about to give up, the float went under. I ran up to the starboard rod holder and it worked like a dream. I took out the rod, struck, and was into a lovely pla nin. The starboard rod holder has been Christened!


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    Pleased to see they are working a treat and even more pleased to see you using the rod as a measure instead of footwear or your damned clawed hooves.

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    I walked up to the road with the daughter this morning on her way to school.

    Our lane has been built up a bit (mainly using the spoil from the pond) but during a heavy wet season as we have just had, the vacant land either side has standing water that teems with fish, tadpoles and water snails during the rains. It's feast time for the storks and kingfishers.

    Everything is drying out now.



    As we arrived at the road I noticed something on the concrete. At first I thought it was a skink that had been hit by a car.



    But no... it was a pla chon (snake head) wiggling it's way across the road.



    This is why it is just impossible to keep pla chon out of the pond. As the flood waters recede, the fish exit the drying pools in the hope of finding some permanent water and all it takes is a couple to find our pond, a girl and a boy pla chon, and we are in trouble again (as we probably already are).

    All of this land will be baked as hard as concrete in a month's time and will remain that way until at least next May or June. How the fish eggs survive in the ground during the dry season I have no idea.

    Anyway, this lucky pla chon went into the catfish tank while I consider it's future.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    You can't rush a big project... but tonight was the night to finish up.



    Not a bad result even if I say so meself.




    Love the thread. and have been following it religiously. We are looking at a property not too far from our house that has a lake behind it right on the property line, If we settle on a price , I will certainly use some of your ideas.

    As far as attaching the PVC pipe is concerned, for a more secure attachment, why not drill a hole large enough to accommodate a long screw bit it for your power drill and and secure the PVC pipe with self tapping screws from the back of the pipe so that it will not interfere with your fishing rods
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    Thanks BB, I will bear this in mind if and when the tie wraps fail!

    I cleaned out the catfish tank today. It needs doing every few weeks and the water makes good fertilizer for the garden.

    The majority of these pla duuk will eventually get turned into the most foul smelling pla raa imaginable. I hope not until I am away at work again. A lucky few may make it to the pond.


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    Shame because bbq’d pla duk is the best!

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    ^ I'm waiting to catch a decent one from the pond to barbecue but I haven't been having much luck lately.

    The pond is full of fish but they seem to have become a bit 'hook shy'. I guess that's a problem with catching and releasing the smaller ones... they learn from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I guess that's a problem with catching and releasing the smaller ones... they learn from it.
    Hmm you don't think they share a similar trait with their golden carp cousins?

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    ^ You mean the 3 second memory?

    I don't really believe that because in heavily fished waters it is common knowledge that fishermen have to use smaller hooks and lighter tackle to stand a chance of catching anything. Fish do seem to learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^ You mean the 3 second memory?
    Ehh?.

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