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    ^ there are indeed.

    mix no more than one part cement to ten parts sand on any application.

    always reduce the rebar thickness by at least 2 mil from the design spec

    never use earth wires in electrical installations as the unqualified sparky will get confused and wire them more dangerously than he would have using twin core

    always wait until the customer is off site before moving materials and labour to your other job

    avoid cost and time by always just tack welding

    make sure you use the cheapest screws and fixings that rust immediately thus providing an additional level of fixing fastness

    if using metal sheet roofing, always reduce the thickness by 0.2mm the customer will never be able to see the difference without a vernier gauge

    there are loads more

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    ^ there are indeed.

    mix no more than one part cement to ten parts sand on any application.

    always reduce the rebar thickness by at least 2 mil from the design spec

    never use earth wires in electrical installations as the unqualified sparky will get confused and wire them more dangerously than he would have using twin core

    always wait until the customer is off site before moving materials and labour to your other job

    avoid cost and time by always just tack welding

    make sure you use the cheapest screws and fixings that rust immediately thus providing an additional level of fixing fastness

    if using metal sheet roofing, always reduce the thickness by 0.2mm the customer will never be able to see the difference without a vernier gauge

    there are loads more
    I saw that regional notebook Mike. Seems to be standard and an online course available for most.

    As for roofs or gutters hanging over a fence line...naaaah. Most build them right up to the fence and then go "Oh Shit" as all the rainwater jettisons into their neighbors yard and floods it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    There are building codes here?

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    I was trying to introduce a bit of humour/sarcasm to TD but obviously I am not a comedian or sarcastic enough.
    Oh well back to just being a grumpy old man, its what I do best I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
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    I was trying to introduce a bit of humour/sarcasm to TD but obviously I am not a comedian or sarcastic enough.
    Oh well back to just being a grumpy old man, its what I do best I suppose.
    I was too Ootai. Why I laughed and said. Building codes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    Erm, why didnt you just notch it at the base facing away from the wall and then cut the wall side to fell the whole tree
    To be fair, the pics suggest the tree was leaning a bit. Leaning trees are very tricky to take down. One way is to use that long webbing tape with a ratchet, secured low to the ground to a vey strong tree nearby. The target tree might still swivel as it falls. Alternatively, send someone else up it to trim as much weight as possible off the top,still awkward if it is overhanging someone else's property.

    The way I do it is to pay my neighbour. Last time he agreed to take the wood instead of cash, so he cleaned everything away too.

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    Mendip ... grab the 18v version of this.

    If you want a few power tools, you can batteries across the range.


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    Also Mendy, these are a very handy tool when falling trees, pulling walls down or pulling up stumps. I have used mine many times.



    Can find on Lazada for about 2k baht

    TEKTON : TKT5541* หัวรอกเกียร์ 2-Ton Power Puller

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutree View Post
    To be fair, the pics suggest the tree was leaning a bit.
    Yeah Shutree, that was the problem. The palm was leaning so much that no way would it have fallen away from the wall... even if that was possible because it was hard up against a mango tree (which it was leaning away from to find some light).

    As for wood... it was just a palm tree so nothing useful to be had.

    The neighbour may have built his housing too close to the perimeter wall as per building regs (which I believe is 2 meters?) but I don't think so. It is just that the overhang of the roof comes very close to the wall. And anyway, it's all about compromises. I have 7 dogs who go off occasionally and the cockerels start up early am... and they're much closer to his house than ours. Chopping down the fan palm was no great deal.

    And David358atTD... thanks for the tip but I have a ladder and a gardener! Same same Stumpy... if something needs doing I sort it out by saying, 'please can you cut that tree down?' or 'please can you dig that stump out'. OK, so for a difficult job I maybe splash out for a bottle of Hong Thong... but I get a few shots as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Mendip ... grab the 18v version of this.
    Those 18v pole saws are the bollix

    I got mine for $100 and been using it for 4 years and have not even changed the chain yet even though it has cut thousands of thick branches and small trees.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    these are a very handy tool when falling trees, pulling walls down or pulling up stumps
    That is exactly what I have been looking for felling some bad leaners near the power line.

    Just googled one up and they are peanuts cheap.

    Wish me luck


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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    That is exactly what I have been looking for felling some bad leaners near the power line.

    Just googled one up and they are peanuts cheap.

    Wish me luck
    They are excellent, easy tools to use. Early on when clearing parts of our property I cut down a lot of old trees. A few Lumyai and Jackfruit. I trimmed the tree and then got a long rope and attached to the base of another tree. Put some tension on it and cut the last big part down. Fell exactly where I wanted it. If you don't have a tree to tie it to, just beat a pole in the ground.

    I also used it to pull a section of a previously made wall that was leaning towards the neighbors property then replaced the cement posts while it was held in place.

    Nowadays I just use the winch on my truck if accessible but always keep the Come-Along tool around.

    Good Luck.

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    Our house was built in 2007 so everything is 14 years old and I'm starting to dread coming home from work cos I there is a list of jobs as long as my arm that need doing.

    All the facia boards need replacing and a total repaint/maintenance is required but for now I'm getting loads of small jobs out of the way, including taking away all the pigeon roosting locations. And when I say 'I', I mean the gardener... I'm not doing high stuff any more.

    I'm not at all sure this would meet international safety standards but I think that securing the two-story scaffolding on wheels to the knackered old can crusher was a bit over the top.



    Wrapping the old electrical cable around the hose bracket showed some ingenuity I guess but we have coils of decent rope. It never ceases to amaze me that some piece of shit improvisation will always be used even when there are better options available. I have green chord and rope to tie up plants around the garden but constantly find them secured by lengths of old electrical cable, often still with plug attached. It drives me mad and makes the garden look like a junk yard.



    And that plank of wood is riddled with termites as well... and we have good stuff. I've learnt to just stay away from this shit now, but I ain't going up there.



    My job was to continue preparing the pool fence for painting while listening to the cricket. I haven't really got time to watch the cricket so find listening to BBC Radio 5 while doing jobs means that I can still be part of the futility and disappointment of supporting England but not waste the day.

    Cricket radio commentary is great as well... today I learnt there is another Melton Mowbray in Tasmania... I wonder if they make pork pies as well?

    Any Aussies in Korat need some work... I hate sanding?


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    Mendy...I am a bit confused...You have gutters on the 2nd level roof?....Did I miss the memo.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post



    At least the Beast of Bodmin Moor puzzle has finally been solved.

    Dear God, Menders! I thought seeing you in your undercrackers was as far as you were gonna push us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy View Post
    Mendy...I am a bit confused...You have gutters on the 2nd level roof?....Did I miss the memo.....
    What do you Merkins call the second level? Upstairs or downstairs?

    There is guttering on the lower level which extends out further than the upper level, thus catching all the water!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    the Beast of Bodmin Moor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I have green chord and rope to tie up plants around the garden but constantly find them secured by lengths of old electrical cable, often still with plug attached. It drives me mad and makes the garden look like a junk yard.
    make do and mend mendip, surely mummy mendip taught you that.

    when the FiL was still around i used spend a day every year going around locating and piling up all his second hand treasures he was going to use for a project or as you say used around the garden and he'd also ignore the new balls of twine and rope. I'd collect it all together and ask the Mrs to get the Thai equivalent of a Rag and Bone man round to cash in his largess for a couple of hundred Baht. The first time i tried the pile was still there 3 months later and so lesson learnt i chucked it all in the truck and hand delivered the shit to the Rag and Bone man. Since FiL passed we don't get that issue anymore but i'd probably trade the annual shit collecting task for having the old guy back..miss the old fella.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Any Aussies in Korat need some work... I hate sanding?


    Jaysus, Mary and Joseph.

    I suppose I should be happy the sweaty, tatty wiking silk shorts aint in the photo.

    And that's your job advert????

    Who are you hoping will apply?

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    This Aussie ain't applying for your job but I just don't understand why you do the shit you do the way you do.
    If it was me I would get a wire brush attachment for my hand drill or hand grinder and use it to buff up the steelwork.
    I am assuming you are only trying to remove old paint or light rust.

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    Yeah, sanding by hand is hard yakker.

    Use a sand blaster.

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    I worry about anyone who lives here that doesn't realise basic labourers are about 350 Baht a day to do shit like sanding and painting gates while they could be kicked back by the pool watching the Poms get bashed again.

    Hard work never killed anyone, but why take the chance?

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    I guess it's the way I was brought up. I just want to remove the flaky paint really, and the occasional patch of rust.

    I also tend to do jobs the hard way these days just for the exercise. It seems a bit odd to spend an hour in the gym and then use tools to make my jobs easier?

    Edit: And why would anyone want to watch cricket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    I worry about anyone who lives here that doesn't realise basic labourers are about 350 Baht a day to do shit like sanding and painting gates while they could be kicked back by the pool watching the Poms get bashed again.
    He already has the gardener on the payroll. So your guess is as good as mine.

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    ^^So ok for some bizarre reason you decide you've got to do this menial task yourself. If we're going to go down that road the first thing to do is look in the mirror and appreciate the fact that Rolex wearing Oilfield guys with opposing thumbs didn't get to be in that position by having the brains of some 10 buck a day a day basic labourer so start using the smarts that separate the 2 species. How would the Engineers at work attack this? What machinery would they use to get the job done in minutes with not one bead of sweat raised that involved electricity, compressed air, PPE, and a JSA? Or, just keep sweating your ring-piece off and hopefully you'll be done by March


    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Edit: And why would anyone want to watch cricket?
    It's great viewing in between re-runs of Seinfeld. Scientific studies have shown laughter is good for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    PPE,
    Mendy?

    In Issan?



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    ^With the amount of swag he's boosted off airlines, I'd assume he's got a cupboard full of stuff like that too.

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