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by Marmite The Dog
May 9, 2017, 8:01 am
Forum: House & Land
Topic: John's budget build
Replies: 223
Views: 35836

Re: RE: Re: John's budget build

I came back again last weekend and put a lockable tap onto the blue pipe and was pleasantly surprised by the strong flow from the town supply thru the 3/4" pipe. This will probably mean that I can save on power costs by bypassing the tank and pump except in case of need. I had been scratching my he...
by Marmite The Dog
April 2, 2017, 10:52 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: MY house build to begin.
Replies: 520
Views: 68389

Re: RE: Re: MY house build to begin.

Do you need a special paint for the Shera decking? I cant imagine something lasting on a horizontal surface. Very nice and clean pool deck area. Why do they make cinder block forms for the stair pads? Why not just wood forms? Here they they use forms and then take them off at the end of the day and...
by Marmite The Dog
March 28, 2017, 7:47 am
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Lessons Learned
Replies: 8
Views: 1694

Re: Lessons Learned

Good points, Parrot. My own bugbear is the use of concrete roof tiles in a country with a very high amount of sunshine. In my opinion, a metal roof is the only sensible choice as it doesn't store heat and radiate it into the house at night. A metal roof also means less structure is needed to support...
by Marmite The Dog
March 27, 2017, 3:10 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

Re: Marmite's Pad

Hi Marmite, are you he same marmite on TD? I used to enjoy your posts until you disappeared. I just discovered this forum as I am prob going to move to Udon (from Oz ) soon. I find it to be by far the best Thai forum so far.Hopefully I ca get to meet some of the mad farangs one day soon. Yes, same ...
by Marmite The Dog
March 27, 2017, 7:56 am
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

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How tall is a midget? Does that rebar get the rust cleaned off and painted? So where will you live for 98% of the time? Plan went from you living there to in laws? Hi Randall. My midget is 5' 1/2". The rebar was cleaned up but not painted as per every other structure here. We're living in Chiang Ma...
by Marmite The Dog
March 16, 2017, 6:37 pm
Forum: Travel & Transport
Topic: Smart Drive Driving School - Udon Thani
Replies: 46
Views: 4862

Re: RE: Re: Smart Drive Driving School - Udon Thani

My wife went there for lessons. It took another year or so until she could drive by herself. We lasted about 300 metres on the first time she drove me before I kicked her back into the passenger seat. Not sure if it's the driving school's fault of the wife's. Sent from my R2D2 using my C3P0 manserv...
by Marmite The Dog
March 16, 2017, 6:12 pm
Forum: Travel & Transport
Topic: Smart Drive Driving School - Udon Thani
Replies: 46
Views: 4862

Re: Smart Drive Driving School - Udon Thani

My wife went there for lessons. It took another year or so until she could drive by herself. We lasted about 300 metres on the first time she drove me before I kicked her back into the passenger seat. Not sure if it's the driving school's fault of the wife's. Sent from my R2D2 using my C3P0 manservant
by Marmite The Dog
February 22, 2017, 3:09 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

Re: Marmite's Pad

Another one of the Midget's relatives agreed to finish the build and in Spring 2015 the mothballs were removed and the project started up again. I don't understand the fascination Thais have with the odour of things rotting, so I educated Uncle Maimeesamong on one of these bad boys: 38.jpg Unfortuna...
by Marmite The Dog
February 22, 2017, 3:03 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

Re: Marmite's Pad

OK - the roof is 'done'. Por is happy and the SiL has retracted her claws. One thing most have neglected to understand is that the roof panels are part of the structure so will add a significant amount of rigidity to the roof (like aluminium or dope & paper wings/fuselage on a plane) unlike roof til...
by Marmite The Dog
February 22, 2017, 3:02 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

Re: Marmite's Pad

So, I popped over to the site a wee while ago. The crew had knocked off for a late lunch so I couldn't ask 'Wtf have you done it like that for?" Here's the front of the house from the road. The 'master suite' is on the left, the living room on the right. 31.jpg A closer look at the main bedroom show...
by Marmite The Dog
February 22, 2017, 2:55 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

Re: Marmite's Pad

We popped up to site today to check on progress and am fairly pleased with things so far. The welding looked reasonable and the design was as I wanted. 29.jpg They still have to add the bracing to the structure, but it will be done over the next few days. I am never convinced that a whole roof can b...
by Marmite The Dog
February 22, 2017, 2:54 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

Re: Marmite's Pad

Work started up again just before Christmas... We paid the first 50k to the roof guy today, so there should be some activity soon. He's also going to take down the redundant posts FOC, but will reuse the rebar on other builds in the future. We're going to get a quote for the walls off him too. Shoul...
by Marmite The Dog
February 22, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

Re: Marmite's Pad

A couple of 80% accurate renderings. The roof material is wrong and the outdoor kitchen, not quite right.
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by Marmite The Dog
February 22, 2017, 2:50 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

Re: Marmite's Pad

We've made a small change to the plans. I'm not happy because it'll cost me another shower room and a few more blocks, but it makes more sense as we can utilise 2 more existing posts that I don't need to remove (which also costs money). So we will move bedroom 1 out by 2m and add an en-suite. This w...
by Marmite The Dog
February 22, 2017, 2:49 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

Re: Marmite's Pad

There was an 8 month delay after the posts were put in, as I needed to save up some more cash to do phase 2 - The roof. In the meantime, the Midget had an epiphany and realised that if we lived in the village full time a number of things would happen: 1 - Her family would be murdered for being such ...
by Marmite The Dog
February 22, 2017, 2:46 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

Re: Marmite's Pad

By the end of March all the posts and ground level beams were done. Cost a lot more than I was told it would. This is after the ground level beams have been done. They've since filled up all the inside of the areas with soil, which they'll have to take out again as I want concrete floors downstairs,...
by Marmite The Dog
February 22, 2017, 2:42 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

Re: Marmite's Pad

They started shuttering the posts. They bought enough wood to do about half of them and then they'll do the other half. This is because they know how tight I am and wanted to save a few baht. The order was placed for the cement. 10.jpg Then they propped them up to ensure they were straight. 11.jpg B...
by Marmite The Dog
February 22, 2017, 2:37 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

Re: Marmite's Pad

OK, got some more photos of them making the posts. This has some leaves in it (can't remember which plant) which will bring good luck. I did ask why but was met with contemptuous stare. 04.jpg More luck being heaped on the house. We apparently had some Brahmin chaps over to perform the ceremony, but...
by Marmite The Dog
February 22, 2017, 2:30 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

Re: Marmite's Pad

Looking eastwards 01.jpg Looking westwards 02.jpg One of the uncles. Dad's got his gut out in the background. 03.jpg The land is about 100tw. You can probably see that the land has been significantly raised and towards the end of the project we will waste money building a small retaining wall.
by Marmite The Dog
February 22, 2017, 1:54 pm
Forum: House & Land
Topic: Marmite's Pad
Replies: 20
Views: 1819

Re: Marmite's Pad

If you get stuck then call me, I have a great builder who I've used a few times, he's really reliable and does a good job 091 057 5550 Hi Vince, This project has finished now, but I will be starting another one in about 2 years time. Good tradesmen are valuable here, so if you post gets a good guy ...

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