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  1. Thread: Build costs

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    Yes, timber is expensive.....thats why village...

    Yes, timber is expensive.....thats why village houses are built of concrete blocks now, not timber. Or if they have a few baht more to spend, they use AAC.
    Building in a resort area pushes the costs...
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    If you need to improve your soil, which is quite...

    If you need to improve your soil, which is quite likely, there is worm farm in Roi Et to get some worm castings from.....magic stuff ! Penn Worm Farm, a Thai/farang operation .... have a website and...
  3. If I want the same level of quality that I will...

    If I want the same level of quality that I will get in the west, with a house that will *last* (minimum of 100+ years), it will either be unfeasible or significantly more expensive than doing the...
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    apparently the American guy is single, so no...

    apparently the American guy is single, so no parents in law or other relatives ......yet. I'm sure there would be no end of women in the local village wanting to change that situation though. Or they...
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    Why ? Because he can .....

    I'm sure most of us at some time or other have seen a huge "baan falang" sticking out like a sore thumb in a thai village. Well I've just seen the king of baan falang mansions on Youtube. Four and a...
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    If you want to save space citrus trees can be...

    If you want to save space citrus trees can be espaliered along a wall. Fix some wires a few cms away from the wall and train the branches along them in any design you fancy, lots of Youtube videos...
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    There are many different sorts of jasmine, the...

    There are many different sorts of jasmine, the common climbing jasmine is easy to grow but the bush type is a bit fussier.
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    A nice colour scheme there, modern but tastefully...

    A nice colour scheme there, modern but tastefully restrained .....unlike so many thai houses !
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    Ah, for ever the optimist !

    Ah, for ever the optimist !
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    I know that our expenses have roughly halved...

    I know that our expenses have roughly halved since moving from Bangkok to rural Ubon. Our regular monthly costs are under 30,000 baht, plus irregular stuff such as visa costs or trips away.
    House...
  11. First up, the legality of what you are proposing...

    First up, the legality of what you are proposing with Air BnB is debatable. You might not have any problems, or you might have angry resort owners reporting you for not having a hotel license,...
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    I guess they would use bottles because there are...

    I guess they would use bottles because there are millions of them laying around, easy to collect.
    You can fill it with anything you like, but if you do use the concrete rings there is no need to...
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    The bottles and tyres are not exposed to...

    The bottles and tyres are not exposed to sunlight, so it will be a very long time before they break down. Plastic bottles in landfill can take hundreds of years to break down ! The PVC tube on the...
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    great looking vegie garden there mate. Any...

    great looking vegie garden there mate. Any ornamentals as well, or do you go by the Thai philosophy ...if you cannot eat it, why grow it ?
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    and some dude running about in wet concrete in...

    and some dude running about in wet concrete in his bare feet.

    You’re worried about the OHS for the concreter, but not for the pest controller spraying chemicals without any PPE ?
  16. Why black font on dark blue ? Sorry but my old...

    Why black font on dark blue ? Sorry but my old eyes cannot read your post so cannot help you.
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    You should have just said it was rice, not sand...

    You should have just said it was rice, not sand .......it’s apparently OK to cover the roads with rice. Going thru town on the scooter this morning, I am just about to turn down the road to my SiL...
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    I am guessing that the bits of rebar on the floor...

    I am guessing that the bits of rebar on the floor are to tie the walls into the columns? Perhaps not quite as good as the proper metal straps but they will do the job. As long as they have something...
  19. Well they would work, for a 10 minute run you...

    Well they would work, for a 10 minute run you would need at least 1500 litre tank for the smallest (400W) one. You would have enough pressure for a garden hose. But they are not automatic, was n't...
  20. You will certainly need a tank, unless you have a...

    You will certainly need a tank, unless you have a pond to pump from ? (which would be a completely different setup) You "could" use a 200L drum, but that is not really much water when you are talking...
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    We were just about set to start when the missus...

    We were just about set to start when the missus decided she did not want to live on our land out of town, but next door to our rental house in town where a small block and a very rundown house is for...
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    ^ Now you just have to train her to turn the...

    ^ Now you just have to train her to turn the camera and have horizontal video :D
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    Certainly looks like something is munching on it....

    Certainly looks like something is munching on it. Have you tried checking it at night time, perhaps it is some nocturnal insect ? You might have to ambush it with a torch.
    I have found that a mix...
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    From looking at the photos I think you have got...

    From looking at the photos I think you have got your answer ....
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    I notice they did not close off the tops of the...

    I notice they did not close off the tops of the pipes before the pour, it's too late for this but it is a good precaution to cover the pipes to prevent any concrete being splashed into them and...
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    So you already have wired for 3 phase but it is...

    So you already have wired for 3 phase but it is only connected to the PEA grid on single phase ? If you now want to get 3 phase you have to talk to your local PEA office who will supply the meter....
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    ^ Pulling the rebar up "might" be ok ....if they...

    ^ Pulling the rebar up "might" be ok ....if they do not walk all over it again and tread it back to soil level. There is a big new house going up near us in Muang Samsip, easily going to be the...
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    If they are not going to use precast, has there...

    If they are not going to use precast, has there been any sign of them making the concrete "cakes" for spacers underneath the rebar mesh ? Or are they going to let the mesh sit on the ground instead...
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    ^ Almost correct Dennis, judging by the two...

    ^ Almost correct Dennis, judging by the two pillars on the plan the 0.00 datum is atthe front of your carport, which is not necessarily the same as street level. It’s probably best if it is well...
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    I think that what you are seeing is not the...

    I think that what you are seeing is not the actual foundations but just a non-structural ďblindĒ layer. They would have scraped out a shallow trench then poured and leveled the concrete you are...
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    Do you know if the neighbors’s houses are built...

    Do you know if the neighbors’s houses are built on piles ? I am thinking you may not be very popular driving piles into the ground so close to other peoples houses if it is not usually required in...
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    B.I.P. Foxtail palms don’t like too much water,...

    B.I.P. Foxtail palms don’t like too much water, they are a drought tolerant plant and the roots can rot if the soil stays wet.
  33. Thread: What snake?

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    ^ Not sure if it was a gecko, it looked to be a...

    ^ Not sure if it was a gecko, it looked to be a little bit bigger than the usual geckos we have running around the house. Not that I got down close to really check it out.......
  34. Thread: What snake?

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    Came home the other night to find this pair on...

    Came home the other night to find this pair on the lounge room floor, just inside the front door !!

    https://teakdoor.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=34733&stc=1
    The snake had swallowed a small...
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    As somebody said before, work out what the house...

    As somebody said before, work out what the house is worth now, as it is, and don’t pay more than that. You fix it up at your cost, but using materials and workers that YOU choose. If the owner was to...
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    That depends on what sort of orchid you have, and...

    That depends on what sort of orchid you have, and the "offshoot". If it was a dendrobium or Phalaenopsis they will often have a "keiki" form along one of the flower stems, which you can leave on the...
  37. Thread: Yoga

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    When I was in the military many years ago they...

    When I was in the military many years ago they brought in yoga once a week for some of our PT sessions. As you can imagine, many of us macho soldiers were skeptical .....
    But after a few sessions...
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    Did you ever find out the name of those bushes ?...

    Did you ever find out the name of those bushes ?
    (something to file away for future reference )
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    Yes, that’s the first thing I thought ....hope...

    Yes, that’s the first thing I thought ....hope you got a free stepladder for the maid when you bought those lights !
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    Have you, or Mrs BIP, planted any hibiscus ? They...

    Have you, or Mrs BIP, planted any hibiscus ? They are butterfly attracting too.
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    BIP, you have been a busy fellow. Rather you than...

    BIP, you have been a busy fellow. Rather you than me in this heat, I once helped a mate back in NSW put in 100m of drainage, even using a trench digger and the proper perforated piping that was bad...
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    I refer you to post #20. "Interlock" (from the...

    I refer you to post #20.

    "Interlock" (from the Oxford Dictionary : (of two or more things) engage with each other by overlapping or by the fitting together of projections and recesses.

    I've...
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    It seems that you have missed that he was talking...

    It seems that you have missed that he was talking about the interlocking blocks in the video ..."Just the interlocking thumb."
    ​NOT the usual Thai blocks !
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    Apparently you are not famous any more TD ? I was...

    Apparently you are not famous any more TD ? I was looking for any update and saw you have been relegated back to mere mortal status.
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    ^ After retro-fitting the ceiling batts into my...

    ^ After retro-fitting the ceiling batts into my house in Australia where it gets at least as hot as here in Thailand (many days each year of over 40 degrees C ) I can assure you they work both ways....
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    ^ I suppose that as itís Easter it is appropriate...

    ^ I suppose that as itís Easter it is appropriate that you do a Lazarus act and resurrected a thread that has been dead and buried for 10 years .......
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    My GF insists we will have to put bars on the...

    My GF insists we will have to put bars on the windows, and a high wall around ( to make it look like we are living in a jailyard IMHO). I asked her "have any of your family's houses been broken in to...
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    Sticky: ^ Neat idea !

    ^ Neat idea !
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    ^ Iím thinking that installing that security bar...

    ^ Iím thinking that installing that security bar system with 6 or more screws on every window every time you go away ( and then taking them all out again when you return ) is going to get very...
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    assuming this rumour is actually right...

    assuming this rumour is actually right ......proposed this week, to be implemented in less than a month ? That timeframe doesn't give me much confidence that all administrative procedures will have...
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