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17 – 23 January, a slow week so this will be a short post. The rat hunt I told you about in Week 11 HERE, which robbed the build of workers, ended on Sunday taking three days rather than the expected two. Only a moderate result in terms of rats collected in case you were interested, which is good news for the rats! Ming had wanted a particular guy to work on the render and, in typical Thai multi-skilling, also on the tiling once we get to that stage. He is supposed to be very good but more expensive. Remember that I have a fixed price labour contract with Ming the builder. A deal must have been reached because he turned up Monday and started what would end up being a full week’s work laying out the levels for render everywhere where there is a corner in the building both inside and out.
Each corner measured and laid out in mortar to ensure the correct coverage of the walls.

Each corner measured and laid out in mortar to ensure the correct coverage of the walls and sharp corners.

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This is on what will be a sliding door frame. Done on the left. To do on the right. Plumb line set out.

These little ridges must be there to help get the depth.

These little ridges must be there to help get the depth.

The whole lounge room walls done like this but not elsewhere. I don't know why.

The whole lounge room walls done like this but not elsewhere. I don’t know why.

I was surprised at the amount of render being applied. I was under the impression that one of the benefits of the AAC blocks is that because the surface is pretty smooth, in comparison say to the rough concrete blocks or the red bricks so loved by Thais, that a skim coat of render was all that would be required. Not so evidently. Can’t say I am particularly bothered. The render is cheap and the more bulk to the walls of the house the better from both an insulation perspective and sound reduction. With not much exciting happening inside we have continued work on the garden by planted up the South and Western side of the house with shrubs that will eventually grow high enough to cut out the setting sun from the windows at the bedroom end of the house and also the outside dining area at the very end of the day.
These will quickly provide shade to the North and West of the house. 150 THB each or A$5.50.

These will quickly provide shade to the South and West of the house. 150 THB each or A$5.50.

We also bought 1,000 hedging plants to plant around the perimeter of the land to hide the fence and also provide security in the longer term. A A$100.00 investment.
1,000 small plants waiting for a home.

1,000 small plants waiting for a home.

Gaun in her element.

Gaun in her element.

Big things grow from small beginnings.

Big things grow from small beginnings or I hope so in this case anyway.

120 meters of hedging planted up so far.

120 meters of hedging planted up so far. You can see why I am keen the hide the fence.

Me adding the necessary chicken wire to the fence to keep out both chickens and dogs.

Me adding the necessary chicken wire to the fence to keep out both chickens and dogs. A 30 meter roll costing 440 THB at Global House. I’m enjoying doing something rather than just watch others work, although that’s fun too!

A trip to Global also gave us our kitchen drinking water filter, a rather fancy 5 stage model that will give us cleaner water than rainwater! We got the Camarcio RO002 model. It looks something like this RO003 version and will sit under the sink with an access tap on the benchtop.
Bought from Global 6,000 THB.

Bought from Global 6,000 THB.

On Thursday enough pre-work had been done to allow the full rendering team to turn up and start working.
Starting out.

Starting out. Ming plus one. Ming on the left and one of his regular workers called Joy on the right. He is actually a delightful guy too matching his name. A good solid worker.

Ming and two others rendering, one guy keeping them supplied with cement and the main guy still working on levels elsewhere.

Two rendering, Ming a sometimes helper, one guy keeping them supplied with cement and the main guy still working on levels elsewhere. Dog an observer only. Our bedroom door on the left, pantry in the middle and Peng’s/guest bedroom door on the right.

Thanks for reading.

Building in Thailand eBook

When my wife and I bought some land in Isaan, which is a region in the north east of Thailand, and then started to build our house I started to record the daily events of construction life. For twenty six weeks I wrote a weekly blog update about all the aspects of the build and included as much detail as possible for others who might be thinking of going down the same path. I was surprised by the number of readers I attracted as a result of writing on this subject, many of whom followed the entire build from beginning to end. 

Based on this continued interest I thought I would revisit my original words and bring them all together under the one heading in the form of an eBook. Included in this process has been some extensive updating and expansion of many of the original posts and the addition of the many COMMENTS, which are designed to expand your knowledge and save you time or money or both!

Read more HERE and find out how to obtain the eBook.

I am loving your book – just on my second read at the moment, to make sure that I didn’t miss anything first time around (which actually it turns out I did!).  

Just a note of thanks at this point ……. I am a fairly methodical sort of bloke, but there are many issues which your book highlights which I just wouldn’t have thought about – or if I had, I may well have assumed they were “standard” building practice [U-bends, drain positioning, barge-board alignment] – if it hadn’t been for your excellent descriptions!!  I will probably still “miss” something – that’s the nature of building/design – but thanks to you, it shouldn’t be anything too mission-critical.

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