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27 December – 2 January 2014, a short working week as the workers headed off to celebrate New Year on Tuesday and are not due back until the 3rd. However there was some progress made that makes this week worth a post.

Day 56 Saturday, I wrote in my post for Week 8 HERE, that the AAC blocks had turned up finally on the Friday and we had collected some mortar from Thai Watsadu so the team could get started first thing Saturday. Well this happened and when we arrived that morning the wall building was underway.


The wall of what will be Peng’s bedroom going up.

These blocks are great to watch being put in place as they are a quick method of building and for the people doing the work, lightweight to use. They are being cemented into place with a thin mortar base rather than the glue type option used in some cases you will read about on building forums. Better or worse I can’t say.

The outside of that same wall.

The outside of that same wall.

The rear ensuite wall started.

The rear ensuite wall started.

With the first fix of electrical linked in with the walls going up we headed off on what is now a very familiar route to Global House at Nong Bua Lamphu to buy conduit, junction boxes and that flexible silver tubing stuff that i think goes in the ceiling.

Some of the electrical supplies waiting for installation.

Some of the electrical supplies mixed in with leftover plumbing pipes waiting for installation.

We also purchased 32 ceiling downlights as an alternative to the handful of fluorescence tube mood lighting thoughtfully included by the draughtsman to light the place.

Gaun continued to chase Thai Watsadu to get the rest of our AAC blocks delivered as the wall crew seem to be getting through about 400 blocks a day, which only gives us a couple days supply based on the one delivery we have received so far. Building here is SO much easier with an active Thai partner. I have said it before but doing a build on your own without any Thai language would be such a pain and the guys that do it successfully are heros in my book.

Day 57 Sunday, Ming’s two permanent guys turned up after a day off fishing, which gave us a full team of six plus Ming. Good progress was made and the rear of the house started to take shape.

Our bedroom wall with the space for the double glazed sliding door starting to take shape.

Our bedroom wall with the space for the double glazed sliding door starting to take shape. Kitchen the next wall down.

From the reverse angle.

From the reverse angle looking to the rear of the house.

looking across the house.

From our bedroom sliding door looking across the house.

Peng's wall almost finished.

Peng’s first wall of blocks almost finished.

Gaun and I made another of our daily trips to Global House and bought the fuse box, 14 fuse spaces, plus door frames and two vanities. We are lucky in being able to borrow my brother-in-laws pickup for these trips otherwise we’d have to have larger items delivered. 25,700 THB out of the bank account.

In the afternoon another load of 800 AAC blocks turned up this time delivered by Thai Watsadu’s own truck, not the contractor that hasn’t been showing up.

More supplies to keep us going.

More supplies to keep us going. 1,200 blocks in this delivery plus some mortar.

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