Advice wanted about building a house

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Post by Sugarfree » October 5, 2006, 8:02 pm

Well in that case I guess this house project will be put on ice again. :-)

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Post by Harry1534 » October 5, 2006, 9:48 pm

Rickfarang wrote:

"Very few appliances in Thailand come with grounded plugs, but somebody who with some skill in the area can add a grounded plug to many appliances. If you don't netural from hot, don't try this yourself."

What's the point of fitting an earthed plug to a two wire appliance?? If it's double insulated it won't have an earth circuit anyway!! Complete waste of time!

Also, don't quote me out of context. I know my stuff and know, for a fact, that the installation is a lot safer than some of the new ones I've seen around here.

By 'grounding' to a steel antenna mast you run the risk of a lightening surge running through your electrical installation. That wouldn't be good from an electrocution point of view or an electrical fire. Earthing rods need to be installed at a very low level, preferably underground with a clearly marked cover for inspection purposes.

So, in conclusion, don't quote me and don't preach to me. Thank you.

PS....You can stop grinning as well Dakoda, you sanctamonious dh.
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Post by oldfield » October 5, 2006, 10:05 pm

arjay wrote:While you bright sparks ( :D ) are on the subject, if I touch my PC case I get a lot of sharp prickles through my fingers, presumably of electricity and presumably because the PC isn't earthed. It has a three core supply cable from a two pin wall socket, though via a UPS. Is that something I just have to live with? The alternative being running a separate earth lead outside to a metal stake in the ground?
Yes it is something you have to live with "apparently". I have the same problem. I got a computer guy in to look at it and he said it was just the way the apartment/house is. He suggested wearing something (eg.slippers) to stop the shocks. And yes carpeting also works.


Post by oldfield » October 5, 2006, 10:06 pm

Harry1534 wrote:Rickfarang wrote:

PS....You can stop grinning as well Dakoda, you sanctamonious dh.
Now that told him didn't it. :wink:


Post by valentine » October 6, 2006, 6:53 am

One more point to add to fdimikes excellent list. When contemplating the build you will have very many smiling Thai men or women suggesting they know a very good builder. The reason they are smiling? Because they are going to get at least about 10% of your building cost. Now assuming you had a reasonable cost estimate in the first place, this 10% shortfall has got to come from somewhere. So you can expect either repeated calls for extra's or the use of cheaper, therefore substandard materials. You then have the problem that you lose control of the actual builder and your smiling"friend"
is giving the orders based on financial reasons not good construction methods.
As to bank borrowing. If you were to build on girlfriends parents land using it as collateral you must consider the following. It is unlikely the plot of land you are going to build on will have been seperated at the land office from the total land area. So it remains the parents land. The whole area will be forfeited in the event of your not keeping up the instalments, which could possibly be for 20 years. Now should you want to move on away from this girl. Are you prepared either ,, to keep paying this loan, indeed , would a new lady let you. Or stand back and watch , this once apple of your eye and her family lose their land?
I am not suggesting your relationship will end, it is just a consideration you should take into account. After all, none of us contemplate divorce when we marry, but it happens.

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Post by BKKSTAN » October 6, 2006, 8:03 am

:lol: My point had nothing to do with financing.The fact that the land is in the family name,negates your ability to benefit from ownership of the house! :roll:

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