MY house build to begin.

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Re: MY house build to begin.

Post by Barney » September 5, 2017, 2:33 pm

Photoman wrote:
September 4, 2017, 8:54 pm
Hi Barney
I have just seen a photo of your house showing a border detail around the windows etc ( I'll try and load a pic ) . Were these build in when the apertures were made or added onto the surface afterwards .

Thank you .

Roy

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Hi Roy,

The photo is not my house. That was from another poster who is building. I have no borders around my windows internal or external.
I remember Mick from "Mick's house build" thread had borders installed. That may even be his house. I know he has them as I visited his house.

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Post by Barney » September 5, 2017, 4:07 pm

fatbob wrote:
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JR wrote:
September 4, 2017, 8:59 pm
Hi Barney,
Re. your new cabinets. What kind of wood Thinking about termites.
You can see by the method of construction it is 3 ply with a veneer face, looks like a teak veneer, depending on the type of timber used in the frame to fix the ply to will determine if it's caviar to termites, if the ground is treated below which I'm sure Barney has done with a system, termites wont be able to get in so no issue.
JR,
I would have to send a message back to the GF to get the type of wood if you are really interested?
As for termites, Fatbob is correct, I do have under house protection and a periodical check and top up of the chemical.
My house is about 800mm above a concrete slab which is also drilled to insert more of the chemical, another reason I am built up above the ground level is that any possible termite tracks leading into the house can be easily seen with a regular check on the concrete columns.

My intention was to have near zero timber except doors but things change as we move along and some furniture and fittings will be built.
I'm confident that any termite problem will be arrested.

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Re: MY house build to begin.

Post by maaka » September 6, 2017, 6:41 am

dont termites fly

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Post by Barney » September 6, 2017, 9:03 am

maaka wrote:dont termites fly
Sure do. Straight to a light and then the isaan pot for a nice meal.
I'll keep the lights off and the doors shut.


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Post by Photoman » September 7, 2017, 12:25 am

Sorry Barney

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Post by kopkei » September 7, 2017, 7:04 am

we also had borders (bua they call them) around the windows in our first home , nice but dust/dirt collectors and also tjintjok/tokai/bird droppings area, not practical or clean at all ... ;)

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Post by JR » September 7, 2017, 10:11 am

Barney, this is the type of frames we have around windows and doors.
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Post by Barney » September 13, 2017, 3:50 pm

JR wrote:
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Barney, this is the type of frames we have around windows and doors.

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JR that looks very smart and a clean line look. Like the border strip along the rock and house wall.
Nice to see the green pipe used. All my pressurised lines into the house are green and all unpressured drainage lines are blue.

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Post by Barney » September 13, 2017, 4:14 pm

Well it was time to fix the stuff up I made very early in the build. :(
I chose the wrong tile for the pool deck but have left it until now to replace.
We all make mistakes and this was a major for me. I admit I did not do due diligence with these tiles.
Have now ripped the old ones up and replaced them.
Our usual tiler took about 5 days to complete the full replacement. Saved as many of the old tiles as he could for use somewhere else outside.
He has also started the tiles on the entrance stair platforms.
Getting close now and Buddha will now declare my move in date, funny how it will syncronise to my next R&R return date.
Furniture builder is working on the main bedroom en-suite shelving and door plus bathroom and same bedroom 2. GF has been able to design and colour match items without buying shop units which were hard because of unique dimensions. Her choice, and mine, I suppose, because I have the wallet :lol: .
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Post by tamada » September 24, 2017, 9:07 am

Barney wrote:
September 22, 2015, 11:53 am
Electrical has been a busy team with the rough in of the ceiling and wall cabling, mounting of the 2 circuit breaker boards, incoming pole install and cable to house, A/C piping, cable and drainage, security cables, CCTV, 4 independent galavanised grounding rods for steel house frame, 1 copper coated rod for power grounding.

All went to plan to allow as you can see gyprok and external walls to commence.
Took a bit of back trawling to find references to the bain of all home construction in Thailand, the electrical work and found only the one post (so far) with pictures of a power pole going in, a big circuit breaker/distribution box with yellow conduit and reference to grounding for the house frame and a single service ground rod? You mention a 'busy team' so they knew what they were doing with correct gauge wire, no cheap black insulating tape and minimal use of wire nuts? If it's all been done correctly (and with Thailand's history of sh!t sparkies and bodge jobs I hope you can understand my skepticism), I would like to ask where this team came from? Any issues subsequently discovered with their install? Of course there may be some more details elsewhere in the thread but whereas I was just looking for the first mention of electrical work thinking it may be worth at least half a dozen Q&A's.

I was inspired to ask having just turned off the circuit breaker for the ensuite hot-water shower and noticed that half the ceiling lights in the master bedroom went off as well!!! Our new-build was over 10 years ago and admittedly the electrician who initially spoke up good game was ultimately a total waste of skin so this new discovery of his inherent shonkiness, although disappointing, isn't exactly unexpected. We have been away from the house for the past 5-6 years so a lot of stuff is 'new' to us but I think things electrical will a bit of a Pandora's Box in that regard.

Nice job on your pile BTW and a work in progress. With a Euro kitchen, laundry/bath room and 4th bedroom added as an extension from stuff left over from our original build, I always thought our (original) 3-bed, 2-bath would be too small 10 years ago when I was a younger, fitter man. My mate built a fairly lavish u-shaped villa with pool, covered parking, separate maids/groundsman quarters and 2 guest bungalows on his 3-and-a-bit rai with a pond, landscaping and trees. In his 60's and pushing retirement as late as possible, the sheer size of the place meant full-on, expensive third-party maintenance, both home and garden. If he had retired, he could have done some of it himself but after you turn 60, some tasks are just not as easy. I now appreciate that our house struggles to beat 150 sq meters livable on a half-rai plot... but I still have plans for my 'man cave' in the unused 'gazebo' half of the car port once the brother-in-laws chooks are relocated.

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Post by Barney » September 27, 2017, 1:02 pm

Tamada,

I understand your skepticism. Our electrical guy was found a long time ago when we moved up the road to UT from KK.
We had bought the land and it had an old house. Plumbing and electrics were shot.
GF got his contacts from relo's in the land office where he had done some maintenance etc.
He is a Jack of all trades but his main focus is electrical without being a formal contractor.
On the old house he got our plumbing up and running by installing and redirecting pipes and new Hitachi pump in place. All the old plumbing was in the slab and was redundant.
He then put in a new DB and fixed all the circuits and lights. Got an AC man to install 2 new AC's, installed an instantaneous water heater in the shower etc etc. Remember this was a dilapidated home and has only been a temp dwelling while we slowly build the new home. This old house will be demolished later.
He was instructed not to be tempted to give us Falang costs with the carrot of all the work in the new house. He has been reasonable and got a lot of work in the new house. I may be wrong but I think it was 300 bht an out let or light. That's supply of wire and the rough in work and connection. I supplied the LED lights, ceiling fans and small power outlets. He bought and installed the main DB's and the smaller DB in the pool pump room.
He has procured all electrical items and wired the house, installed toilet cisterns, incoming power and new meter ( he has a contact at the PEA). run the conduits in the ceiling space for future security systems, ran conduits back to the front fence area for future gate and cameras, wired up the dog house, installed and wired the new water filters and 2 pumps etc etc etc.
He has contacts in all trades to come and assist for anything, Under his supervision. He helped by going around to get better prices from most shops after we got price. His son comes and helps when required. And sometimes his missus helps.
He has become some what of a friend and will always come and fix things on short notice from the GF. I pay him a reasonable rate because of his honesty and service. With his general building knowledge my GF was able to use him for a lot of advice and some project management during the new build. He didn't build the house as we used different subbies, but he was able to talk to them during the build and give honest feed back to my GF and any problems he could see. She is not a builder but learnt fast.
Being a sparky myself I designed the electrics for my house and he followed it, any changes he would always get the GF to contact me and with the confidence in him I usually agreed to his local knowledge. I only provided a sketch or drawing and he understood what I wanted, he don't speak English.

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Re: MY house build to begin.

Post by sunwavessand » November 1, 2017, 8:00 pm

Looks great! Looking forward to more updates. Cheers.

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Post by Randall » November 13, 2017, 4:00 am

Doors look great... Wow I think your
GF can become a GC after this project.

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Post by Barney » November 13, 2017, 3:13 pm

I suspect there won't be to many more updates for a little while as the move in ceremony was completed last thursday , couldn't believe I could get a hangover from a Buddhist ceremony :D , but have proved you can.

3 laps around the house to clear any nasty ghosts etc from the place then the official welcome and bit of chanting and cheering in the house, tie the white and orange string on the wrists, then the copious amounts of food that was prepared offsite and alcohol could be bought in. Relo's from KK and GF friends had a right old knees up. \:D/
Good day by all.

Got the furniture builder in now for bedroom ensuites, bathroom and laundry, so will post that later when he is complete.
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Post by JR » November 13, 2017, 6:30 pm

I guess your Filas were not allowed to take part? :-)

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