3 – 9 January, a week of excellent progress after a couple of weeks of not much happening due to a lack of building materials and then the New Year shutdown.
Day 64 Saturday, the crew of six plus Ming the builder were back on site Saturday. Some of them a little worse for wear after three days of New Year drinking but mostly engaged if sometimes a little slowly.
The Colorbond sheeting collected from Bluescope in Khon Kaen Week 9 HERE, was to be transferred from ground to roof something I have been hanging out to see. The central panels down the longer “backbone” of the house, all of which were the same size, went up quickly with a 5mm foam and silver foil backing to reduce noise and heat.
You can see why the Thai build A frame style roofs are popular because fitting Colorbond to the ends of our hip roof was a bit of a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece of sheeting had been cut to a different size x 4 to allow for the steadily decreasing length of each section of roof once it started to head into the corners and round to the ends. Ming had done a good job though and we only ended up with four very small leftovers.
Day 65 Sunday, more of the same and even though they had to cope with more complex sizing issues the roof was mostly on by the end of the day.
Day 66 Monday, the crew splits with two guys continuing on the detailed roof work, fitting the ridge caps and cutting them to match the Colorbond sheeting profile. They were using tin cutters and struggled a bit with the thickness of the Colorbond when compared with the normal stuff they deal with. The other four guys moved onto getting ready to start building walls now that we had a full supply of AAC blocks and mortar. The door frames were set in place and levelled and building the outside walls continued on from where they stopped pre-New Year.
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