Mick's House Build

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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by bluejets » January 6, 2017, 6:24 am

mickojak wrote: Funny thing is they poured the concrete into a big bucket then hand poured it down the holes.
Don't know why they did not just pour it straight from the chute on the truck?
But that's Thailand.
Probably do a few people out of a job?????
Mick
The reason is to maintain the concrete strength. A similar approach would be to run to concrete from the chute down a "slide" made from say, a scrap piece of corrogated iron roofing or similar.

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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by alanhass » January 18, 2017, 8:09 pm

mickojak wrote:Getting closer to completion.
Just finishing everything off now.
I'm very happy with the result so far.
Mick
That's some wall, so when do the prisoners arrive


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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by ajarnudon » January 18, 2017, 10:28 pm

Hi Mick
What size are those posts - hard to guage just from the pics - are they 20 x 20 cms?

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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by mickojak » January 19, 2017, 4:40 am

ajarnudon wrote:Hi MickWhat size are those posts - hard to guage just from the pics - are they 20 x 20 cms?
I'm not there at present, but that size is about right.
Mick

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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by JR » January 19, 2017, 1:58 pm

I have the same type of wall as Mick. I believe that is where he got the idea from. My poles are 15x15cm. According to instructions these poles should be hammered down to solid ground, not rest in a small puddle if concrete. But of course this way is easier and cheaper for the builder. Let us hope this wall will be strong enough anyhow.

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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by ajarnudon » January 19, 2017, 5:51 pm

Don't think there will be any problem JR. The holes are 2 metres deep, and for the most part it is just a screen, not a retaining wall.

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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by mickojak » March 22, 2017, 5:56 pm

Hi All,
Back home for a week and things have started on my pool.
Can't remember if I have spoken about it yet but here goes.
I am using Swimming Pools Thailand, the company with the advert on the top left hand side of the Udonmap home page.
I ended up chosoing them after talks with many other pool suppliers did not convince me that they quite understood exactly what I wanted as I have designed the pool myself and it is a little different than normal but in no way complicated.
The price was also very competitive.

So, now we have a big hole in our back yard that was dug a month ago.
Concrete footing being poured.
Mick
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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by vincemunday » March 22, 2017, 6:24 pm

I'll be really interested in following this, I'm thinking about building my own swimming pool here, I had a pool in the UK and would like one here but I'm quite keen to build it myself, I've done a bit of research and don't think it'll be too tricky but watching your posts will help me decide on way or the other which will be to hire a pool company.
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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by Barney » March 22, 2017, 6:42 pm

Good luck Mick
Have you changed the orientation since I was out your place?
Sorry I cant visit again but in the desert of Abu Dhabi.

You'll have your baby in there in no time doing the Australian Crawl.

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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by mickojak » March 22, 2017, 7:02 pm

Ok Vince, feel free to ask question if you want.
I will not be here all the time so correct answers may take a few weeks.

Yes, Barney I have changed the orientation.
At first the plan was to be 90 degrees from the house but when I marked it out there was too little space between the end wall so decided to go at 45 degrees as I stiil want to be able to view the whole pool from my office and kithcen etc.
Mick

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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by Randall » March 24, 2017, 2:21 am

Mick, I'm a new guy here. I think your kitchen is located in a good place and I like how the shape of your house gives two private areas separated by the kitchen just in case there's noises :D
I can imagine you want to be able to keep an eye on the pool since it appears the average swimming ability in Thailand is much lower than many places in the world.
I was wondering from the very beginning about you're complicated roofline with drainage issues. I also Smoke Meats and barbecue and so getting the smoke out of that little cubicle cooking area would be a concern for me. I wonder if having 3 sides closed allows enough ventilation or not. What was the reason for adding the little wing walls that somewhat close the gap between the patio and main roof? I am just wondering if you have put any thought to maybe a different roof line if you could wave a magic wand? I am so impressed with the ability if your gf/wife to manage this project. I think you should show a picture of her and you. Tell her I am very impressed and I hope to find a lady so capable. Looking forward to the pool build as I think I would need one to survive in the hot climate. The pictures in Thailand always look so nice when you're sitting in a beautiful cool spring like day in Utah. But think about what 38 c feels like.
Randall

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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by mickojak » March 24, 2017, 10:42 am

Hi Randall,
Thanks for the comments.

What happened with the roof was that the gap that they built was a bit larger than I really wanted and the builder said that during some of the storms that we get here the rain would come pelting in and wet the whole area.
My wife agreed and hench the builder suggested the current retrofit.
I was away working at the time and when I got back that is what I got.
It's not too bad realy and has survived the storms, as has the gutter drainage.
No leaks at all.

The height of the roof gives the feeling of sitting outside even when you are not, so happy with that aspect.
That area is quite large and definitely no problem removing and cooking smoke, fumes steam etc.

So, while not perfectly what I envisaged, it is working Ok.
Mick

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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by Randall » March 24, 2017, 7:57 pm

I do have concerns about water leaking, wicking down those patio support columns. There penetration th really through the main metal roof are very hard areas to get water proof. Cutting, bending, sealing, metal flashings, and the large temperature changes produce movement. Add in UV light and sealants dry and crack. So watch those areas.

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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by mickojak » March 25, 2017, 5:50 pm

Randall,
I appreciate your thoughts.
No leaks so far and the flashing above the columns goes up under the tiles, just the same as all the old tiled roof houses in Australia.
They have never leaked and I don't expect these too either as we have added silicone sealant that was never available to the old house constructors.

Anyway, if it leaks I will deal with it then.
No point worrying yet about a prob;em that hasn't happened yet.
Got lots of other stuff on my mind anyway.

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Re: Mick's House Build

Post by Randall » March 25, 2017, 10:09 pm

Yes lets not worry about what can happen...
I bet it is exciting to have the pool started.

I was reading where sometimes they hammer in the foundation posts and sometimes set on a pad.
How to concrete posts handle the stresses of hammering?
Here in the US they sometimes hammer in large round hollow pipes (maybe 30cm dia) using a big air hammer mounted on a crane.
They also sometimes drive in these wicking sleeves in a grid pattern may be 2m grid Im not exactly sure how these work? maybe break up the wicking?

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