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Stainless Gate


Stainless is for the most part prohibitively expensive, but after having both a heavy metal (and ugly) gate vs Stainless I can say that it is a very nice extravagance. This project was done by bid with 4 bids received, all citing the grade of stainless used (eg. Grade Central or Thai Unicoil) for Gate + Entry. Bids ranged from 55k to 91k with surprisingly most around the 55k price with one outlier who kept talking about all his Farang customers. Went with the 55k bid as had worked with him on some other stuff before.

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Wall Crack


Since we were painting the kitchen we decided to take care of a wall crack that extended up about 1/2 of the wall. This was a surface crack (as opposed to settling and structural crack) and seemed to reappear if simply using wall putty.

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Well Maintenance


This problem occurred because the original well was improperly 'sealed with concrete' not allowing the rain run off to follow it natural course down a gutter. Hence forth there developed a large sink hole under the layer of sealing layer of concrete. The job was to break out the old concrete and re seal the well with proper gutters along the outside.

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Raise Perimeter Wall Front


When we decided to raise the front perimeter wall the question was how could we do it in such a way as to keep most of the existing structure. In the end it involved just cutting the decorative metal dividers and adding a beam along the top of the existing columns. Also the columns on either side of the entry/driveway were also raised using decorative bricks.

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Pump House Roof


This shows the removal of the Change Brand corrugated roofing sheets which were used as the roofing material for the pump/filtration center. The original sheeting was too large to accomodate the satellite dish and in any event we have become less enamored with this as a roofing material for a number of reasons (looks, durability etc).

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Raise Perimeter Wall Side


This was a small project to raise the wall on the side of the house. The labor to modify the wall was 500 per meter which is about right for this area. It is more difficult to modify an existing structure than to construct a new one, ergo if the job is done well the money is well spent. The trick of raising the wall is to tie into existing rebar in the current structure for strength. Also the columns must be pour 'around' the cinder blocks (done after the cinder blocks are laid in place) to prevent cracking/weakness at the junction.

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Some other misc. maintenance items worth note; the main items being maintenance work on the wood windows and doors, re installing the ceiling (which wasn't done properly the first time) and redoing electric face plates.

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A view of some of the animals that have been encountered during CTH construction and maintenance.

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Last additions - CTH Maintenance
Bee HiveSmoking out a bee hive in the tool shed.dozerSep 28, 2011
BirdThis bird had got tangled in some fishing line or something. We saved it.dozerSep 28, 2011
BuffetAt least we finally figured out where all of the fish were going. Later captured and transported to the reservoir.dozerSep 28, 2011
MothA pretty moth with red and brown colorationdozerSep 28, 2011

Random files - CTH Maintenance
WindowsThe original wood windows didn't hold up too well. Was going to scrap them for aluminum when the wood guy said he could restore them no problem. dozer
Welding Security MetalMost of the welding was done prior to putting each section in place (each section being more than 2 meters). Here two adjacent sections are being welded together. dozer
Polishing StainlessWhite glove treatment! I like it. dozer
Electric: Original funky outletsThese were the original funky outlets installed throughout the house. There is inadequate space to use all of the individual outlets. dozer
Wierd Looking Bugdozer
Gate RemovalRemoving the old iron metal entry door.dozer
Megga GekkoThis large gekko is eating a bug. dozer
ToadsThese guys were hiding from the rain maybe. At least this time they weren't in my shoe. dozer

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