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Re: John's budget build

Post by ajarnudon » November 27, 2018, 6:19 pm

Hi Barney. The walls up to the 80cm mark (4 courses) are 140 cm blocks. These were all backfilled with concrete and reinforced vertically witth 12 mm bar every third cavity. The webbing was cut out of the tops of the blocks in the 4th course, and horizontal 12 mm bar welded to the vertical bars. Above this height, block width reduced to 9 cm concrete and 7.5 cm AAC. These walls are only reinforced, as you suggest, at the strategic points. The vertical bars are tied into the posts every 80 cm. At lintel height and again in the top course, we will cut the webbing out of the tops of the concrete blocks. On the ground we will put 5 cm of concrete in the bottom of the blocks. The next day these blocks are laid, 12 mm bar laid in the top and the blocks filled with concrete. This effectively gives us two ring beams.



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Re: John's budget build

Post by Barney » November 27, 2018, 6:21 pm

ajarnudon wrote:
November 27, 2018, 6:19 pm
Hi Barney. The walls up to the 80cm mark (4 courses) are 140 cm blocks. These were all backfilled with concrete and reinforced vertically witth 12 mm bar every third cavity. The webbing was cut out of the tops of the blocks in the 4th course, and horizontal 12 mm bar welded to the vertical bars. Above this height, block width reduced to 9 cm concrete and 7.5 cm AAC. These walls are only reinforced, as you suggest, at the strategic points. The vertical bars are tied into the posts every 80 cm. At lintel height and again in the top course, we will cut the webbing out of the tops of the concrete blocks. On the ground we will put 5 cm of concrete in the bottom of the blocks. The next day these blocks are laid, 12 mm bar laid in the top and the blocks filled with concrete. This effectively gives us two ring beams.
Perfect. :drunk:

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Re: John's budget build

Post by ajarnudon » November 27, 2018, 10:30 pm

Giggles 26 Nov. 'You mean: "in about twelve months." What else could months be, but time? distance? temperature? weight? It reminds me of the laborious daft Brit phrase, "Sixty years of age." WTF else could years be, you logorrhoean toads? Seriously, you Brits test the limits of my medication.'

As the owner of this blog , I will take some ownership and control, the last word on this topic. Firstly, who are you calling a Brit? Are all of the world's 1 bn English speakers who live outside the US, Canada and the Philippines Brits? I, for one, am not. But I'm not a Brit basher either - others can make up their mind about this member after reviewing some posts. But it's not just reserved for the Brits. Have a look here:
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A small selection:
26 Nov. 'Probably some drug dealing, slap-headed oik Britons.'
26 Nov. 'The Brits secretly long for a strong, courageous leader like Teddy Roosevelt, or any number of US presidents. Instead they get dishwater, milquetoast blowhards like Major, Blair, Brown and Cameron. What a smarmy, do-nothing line-up that is.'
25 Nov. 'You're ignorant, dun. ...The levels of stupidity on this forum are startling.'
25 Nov. 'Your logic has more holes in it than a hunk of Swiss cheese.'
23 Nov. 'The ugly Briton(s) at it again.'
23 Nov. 'Tesco Lotus really is a heaving pile of sewage peddling diseased offal and promoting an unhealthy lifestyle.'

And this is only a sample from the last couple of days. It seems that the poster is a 'sniper' - one who doesn't initiate discussions, but continuously seeks to belittle others.
Both STWW and myself are long-term professional TESOL teachers. Personally, I instruct my students in the differences between British and US English so that they will have some knowledge of both. I even give them some examples of rhyming slang - dog and bone = phone. Even to the extent of some southern US grammar - 'Are you done doing that now?' However, don't we all use (and like to use) IDIOMS that we grew up with? I for one do, and I bet a search through Giggles' posts would find plenty.
Neither Merriam-Webster (US) nor Oxford (UK) dictionaries have an entry for 'logorrhoean'. The different US and UK spelling versions both use the 'ic' suffix, as in 'logorrhoeic' - neither use the 'an' suffix. One of the subjects I teach is English for Communication. If someone is really trying to comminicate (as distinct from point-scoring) they would use language readily understood by the target audience. Surely either 'verbose' or 'loquacious' would have been better choices (for an audience of non-psychologists). Let's put this language discussion behind us forever now.
Just one final point - I know that STWW is a moderator on this platform. I would like to point out the legal ramifications of Udonmap publishing things like the OP's Tesco Lotus rant of 23 November. And for that matter, there may be any number of Brits who might want to take a class action against the site publisher for hosting some of 'Giggles' posts. I would be hugely surprised if 'Giggles' still has membership next week. However, with this type of framework (shared by most others), there is nothing to stop a barred member from rejoinng with a new set of credentials - including rejoining from a different IP address.
This is a great site - let's make it hard for riffraff to take over.

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Re: John's budget build

Post by ajarnudon » November 27, 2018, 11:22 pm

ajarnudon wrote:
November 27, 2018, 6:19 pm
Hi Barney. The walls up to the 80cm mark (4 courses) are 140 cm blocks.
Sorry, block width 14 cm - getting my cms and mms mixed up

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Re: John's budget build

Post by neeemu » November 28, 2018, 7:35 pm

Ajarn, there isn't a like button on this site but I must say well done on putting the troll known as giggles well and truly in his place. His life in Udon mustn't be all he hoped for when he spends so much time craving attention so embarrassingly on here.

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Re: John's budget build

Post by ajarnudon » November 28, 2018, 9:39 pm

'I know that STWW is a moderator on this platform.' Sorry, I might have got this wrong. STWW is a moderator on the coolthaihouse forum, maybe not here.

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Re: John's budget build

Post by Giggle » November 28, 2018, 11:06 pm

Lighten up, Francis. :roll:

"In three weeks time" contains 25% too many words.

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Re: John's budget build

Post by Udon Map » November 29, 2018, 1:34 am

Giggle wrote:
November 28, 2018, 11:06 pm
"In three weeks time" contains 25% too many words.
Actually the overall construction is acceptable, if redundant; but your example is grammatically incorrect. It should be: "In three weeks' time."

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Re: John's budget build

Post by neeemu » November 29, 2018, 4:02 am

Giggle wrote:
November 28, 2018, 11:06 pm
Lighten up, Francis. :roll:

"In three weeks time" contains 25% too many words.
More efficient than all your posts by 75%😉

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Re: John's budget build

Post by ajarnudon » January 9, 2019, 11:13 pm

Udon Map wrote:
November 29, 2018, 1:34 am
Giggle wrote:
November 28, 2018, 11:06 pm
"In three weeks time" contains 25% too many words.
Actually the overall construction is acceptable, if redundant; but your example is grammatically incorrect. It should be: "In three weeks' time."
I go along with the possessive, but not the redundancy. 'In three weeks' can (and mostly does) refer to a period of time; 'In three weeks' time' can ONLY refer to a point in time. If you wish to avoid any confusion, I suggest this approach. Thai language handles it differentially as well: song moong = 2 o'clock, song cha moong = a two hour period.

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Re: John's budget build

Post by ajarnudon » January 28, 2019, 12:18 am

A bit late, but a couple of pics from the 10 days I had on site over Xmas-New Year.
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Seems we forgot to run an earth for the main BR air con. No probs, there are ten 15 x 15 cm steel posts all one metre into the ground, all connected via the roof structure, and they are also connected by a 4 sq mm earth cable to the main copper earth stake in the septic absorption trench.
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Got a lot more plumbing done, and put in a couple of external taps, which brought the water source a lot closer to the tubs where they are mixing the mortar.
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Now have a working light in the downstairs bedroom. Temporarily hooked it up to the power outlet supply box (the lighting box isn't functional yet).
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The foreman's son is playing with the barrow in the sandpit. All of the upper level slabs heve been poured; this ground level area is the last under-roof concrete pour. Ordered another two cubes of sand for the morning. This concrete pour was 4 cubes; if I left it like they had it, it would have been 6 cubes. After the extra fill was spread, plastic sheeting was laid and reo welded in situ and raised with luk bun. To the left is the main bathroom, further left (out of shot) is an indoor garden, pond and waterfall that is integrated with the bathroom. Top of shot is the kitchen/dining area. I have been very lazy with the photography - we are really a lot more advanced than this. I will do some catching up when I am back on site next weekend. Now, completely off-topic, but I will throw it in anyway.
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My best mate in BKK is from Uganda. He recently brought this back for me - Ugandan gin with coconut flavour. Superb.

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Re: John's budget build

Post by ajarnudon » February 6, 2019, 2:13 pm

Back in BKK again after spending five days working onsite.With five workers, we got a lot done. Just backtracking a little, we poured the lower level floor a few weeks back - kitchen/dining, main bathroom/indoor garden/water feature. This is the last slab until we add a front patio down the track a little.
This time we completed the main bathroom walls and rendered them. On the upper level, the main bedroom/ensuite/walk-in robe walls are 60% complete.
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These pics show work on the BR1 door jamb, ties spot welded to the 15 x 15 cm steel column every second block before a 12 mm deformed bar is placed inside and backfilled with mortar. Also framed up two large windows with AAC block bridging the wall cavity.
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We have also undercoated around 40% of the internal walls. The downstairs 2BR has been colour coated and the door hung.
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Installed the last of the inside roof insulation (3 inch microfiber), and I have to say that it seems very effective.

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Re: John's budget build

Post by ajarnudon » February 6, 2019, 10:38 pm

Forgot to put this one in. On the left is a robe with sliding doors, and on the right a cupboard with a hinged door and shelves for clothes, towels, sheets etc. Shelves will be varnished ply.
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Re: John's budget build

Post by ajarnudon » March 25, 2019, 6:42 pm

Back in Udon on the building site for seven weeks, the first of which has just finished. The rear wall is now 100% complete and 60% rendered, and the north wall 80% complete. Here are some photo updates. In the southwest corner, where the sun will come from during the late afternoon for around eight months of the year, I have opted to go with a double AAC cavity wall above sill height for superior insulation. The white panel above the sliding glass door opening on the left, is also double AAC block, but without a cavity. The window opening is 220 x 110 cm looking out across the rear deck, and has a 5 m wide deck roof shading it.
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The completed window opening in the rear cavity wall.
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The window openings in the north wall being framed up - the main bedroom on the right and the ensuite bathroom on the left
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The lintels for the external wall are made of two 50 x 50 mm steel angles welded together, and the next picture shows 12 mm vertical bar being welded between the lintel and the main roof beam as reinforcement.
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Next, two panels of glass blocks which will provide natural light for the main bathroom and indoor garden. They are topped with a steel lintel, and 20 cm long steel stubs (12 mm) were welded vertically between each block above to positively locate the blocks, and then the rods mortared in. These blocks have the tops of the webbing cut out and a 12 mm horizontal bar will be welded to the top of each stub and the blocks backfilled with concrete - forming a solid concrete beam at lintel height.
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Meanwhile, work on the internal walls of the main bedroom continues. The next picture shows the timber formwork going in place to pour the reinforced concrete arch between the bedroom and the walkin robe. Glass blocks in the rear wall of the robe borrow light from front of house, to be supplemented by LED lights switched by a PIR motion sensor.
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And finally, a look at the storage loft above the WIR.
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Re: John's budget build

Post by ajarnudon » March 25, 2019, 7:09 pm

And in the meantime, the missus has been quitely going about putting things together for the new house. Today one of her best friends left Udon with her husband and newborn baby to start a new life in Norway. We are storing quite a lot of stuff for them, but have benefitted by buying this two peice leather lounge suite, glass coffee table, and the table and two chairs - at the bargain price of 6,000 baht (roughly AUD 270). Thank you Mario and Fon.
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Re: John's budget build

Post by pipoz4444 » March 26, 2019, 3:34 pm

Good progress John.

Whats you planned date for moving in

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Re: John's budget build

Post by ajarnudon » April 7, 2019, 11:33 am

Hi Pipoz
Hoping to have the external windows and doors in, and the ceiling up by the first week in May. Probably move some furniture in during July. However, I will be commuting to/from BKK for perhaps another 18 months, so will still have furniture in both BKK and Udon until that time. For instance, I have two full size fridges - maybe I will bring the one from BKK to the new house, and buy a small 2nd hand one for the BKK appt. A lot of juggling to happen I think. Probably have the house completed by November, although there will still be lots to do - landscaping and the like. I am in Udon until 6 May - could catch up for a lemonade if you will be around.

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Re: John's budget build

Post by pipoz4444 » April 7, 2019, 6:42 pm

ajarnudon wrote:
April 7, 2019, 11:33 am
Hi Pipoz
Hoping to have the external windows and doors in, and the ceiling up by the first week in May. Probably move some furniture in during July. However, I will be commuting to/from BKK for perhaps another 18 months, so will still have furniture in both BKK and Udon until that time. For instance, I have two full size fridges - maybe I will bring the one from BKK to the new house, and buy a small 2nd hand one for the BKK appt. A lot of juggling to happen I think. Probably have the house completed by November, although there will still be lots to do - landscaping and the like. I am in Udon until 6 May - could catch up for a lemonade if you will be around.
Good luck with the move in May

Re. The Landscaping can take years, if you are anything like me and do it at a slower than slow pace, from a distance. At my rate I have another 9 to 12 month, of slow planting and paving. Still not in a hurry, as I need to have something to do in the not to distant future. :lol: :lol:

Unfortunately, I wont be back in Udon in May this year. :cry: :cry:

Sometime in May, I will be "Pulling the Pin" on working in this Desert and once I do, I then have to work a two & half months Notice Period without taking holidays. So then I am stuck here, until about end July, before I can leave for good. So probably wont see you until August if that is OK \:D/

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Re: John's budget build

Post by ajarnudon » July 24, 2019, 2:43 pm

Well, as in the adage, the best laid plans of mice and men are apt to go awry. And so it was that my plans for moving in at an early date were turned on their head.The last wall to be finished was at the front of the house, and the front patio was going to happen some time in the future. As the wall got higher and higher, I came to the realisation that I would have to call a halt to the wall construction. The wall covers the main structural steel posts to which the frame work for the patio roof would be welded.
Back to basics again, and the next step was to get in a mini excavator to dig four 1m x 1m x 1m holes for the footings of the patio framework.
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While he was there, I got him to dig a 40 cm x 30 cm trench connecting the holes for a strip footing for the front wall. Then manufactured four 90 cm square footing cages from 12mm deformed bar and welded two vertical reo starter bars to each, and entombed them in 25 cm of concrete. The roadfront pillars for the patio were to be of reinforced concrete, and we cut up some blocks to use as formwork.
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Each course is made up of two 14 cm wide blocks (each with one side cut out) and one 9 cm block with part of the centre cut out; each course is laid 90 degrees to the previous one, over the reo starter bars and backfilled with concrete course by course.
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The position of this column was dictated by underground services (water, power and comms), as well as the front road alignment.
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Next, the roof beams supported by the front concrete pillars and welded to the main steel house posts, 100 x 50 box steel rafters, steel roof purlins then the roof sheeting. Some structural steel underneath to take the ceiling purlins which will take the gyprock ceiling. Finally, enclosed the roof section at the front with lapped sheraboard and topped with steel flashing from the roof.
So, the front patio which was to be built sometime down the track has happened sooner rather than later.

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Re: John's budget build

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