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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:58 am

i think will have to go for the angle grinder with a new wood cutting blade. a round window sounds awesome but may be beyond current skill level of me or heng, so will stick with a smart rectangular one. planned for tomorrow if i can buy the blade today. thanks for the ideas guys.
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:05 am

We started off with just 2 of the orange cactusy plants (forgot the name again, too lazy to scroll back and lookup).
Now we have a huge collection of them, they just keep multiplying. At least they don't need formula and nappies, so
are very cheap to maintain. Heng has been instructed over thisyear to grow a few more as they keep sprouting,
when we come back next time if I can be bothered or have interest, may try to sell a few at the local Thursday
market.

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Work for next week includes the completion of the footpath around the observatory, and 2 trucks of rock/soil infill to raise
levels. Then mood permitting, another river rock truck on top of fresh slam for a picture perfect finish to that area.

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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:09 pm

the journey to enlightenment begins....

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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:03 am

The first cut is the scariest, me thinks "please don't screw it up".

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Luckily things are proceeding good, all should be finished by the late avo.

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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby thailazer » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:19 am

Bamboo really looks nice. Looks like you are in the home stretch!
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:14 pm

thailazer wrote:Bamboo really looks nice. Looks like you are in the home stretch!


Thanks... Yep another 3 weeks to go this trip, then the rest of the build next pit stop.
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:21 pm

The soil infill behind the obs has been completed. 4 trucks, 12 cubes, 3 days. The area is now ready for footpaths, then the final single coat of river rocks on top. Happy times indeed. I estimate 3 days for the footpath work, then an additional 2 days for the 10 cubes of river rocks cover.

Hope everyone has had a great V Day and has reinforced and solidified their love with their beautiful Thai wives/gfs/or others as the cases may be.

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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Mon Feb 18, 2013 11:57 am

Footpath work progresses.... completing around the obs today.

Also completed about 4 trucks of soil/rock infill in that area, so the land is now filled up to where its fairly even.

We have lots of driveway pavers left over, so will be putting those to use making another sitting area at the front of the obs, covered with bamboo and crawly bushes as well. This will be a nice little breakfast nook for anyone staying over at the obs.

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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:00 pm

got another aerial pic from a friend flying.... this season of green rice looks pretty.
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:26 pm

Activities in the last day or so consist of making an outdoor sitting area - mostly to use up our supply of the 20x10 pavers. This area will use 260 units,
and there are another 300 pavers in the garage. So will make another such area somewhere else in the garden. This is slated for very early next week.

It will take Heng a full day to finish off the pavers, its not his specialty so he is working very slowly. After that its the small footpath around that area, and
also 2 new semi cutoff footpaths to ease garden thoroughfare off the main path.

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We also continue to put in the ground cover bushes - Kamtien market is virtually out of the big leaf colored flower variety, and everyone is waiting for shipments
from Bkk. There is however one small shop well hidden that has another 30 or so, that we plan to pick up tomorrow.

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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:18 am

2 developments:

1. Bee submitted an application for a handgun about 6 weeks ago - involved was the usual docs to the local (big) police station and a quick visit to the amphur to get them stamped. Anyways, 6 weeks later, its still being processed not ready. Anyways, the interesting part is we went to the big police station to see the progress, and head honcho pulled out all the files they had recently received from bangkok concerning gun licenses for the san kamphaeng area (where we live). There were over 50 files that have been processed in the last 2-3 months. I was curious and asked Bee to ask him, just generally, who applies for guns. He was more than willing to have a long chit chat, and looked through the files. There were about 5 local teachers (at the local schools), about 10-15 shop owners, a few government members from the local tambon and amphur, about 10 or so police, and the rest average joe's (like us). He mentioned that gun applications are always increasing. It seems guns are quite prevalent here, so watch out people! Very worrying is the school part, hope they don't carry to class.

2. We renewed our insurance for the house and contents. Insured sum is 6.5 mill, the premium was 6,600 baht. Not too bad at all. Covers all natural disasters that I am aware of, and contents.
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Roger Ramjet » Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:28 pm

Max and Bee,
The whole gun issue is very worrying, but pistol licences are even more disturbing. I actually don't even think police should be armed, unless under exceptional circumstances.
What is the name of the insurance company if you don't mind? We've been looking for that same insurance for months, they all say they do it but never show at the appointments.
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Ians » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:16 pm

Max&Bee-in-CM wrote:
Ians wrote:Hi Max & Bee


Quick question - what are you using under your river stone - plastic sheet or weed cloth?



They call it "slam dum" here - its perforated weed mat or fence covering or cheap sun shade - we use the 90% one but it goes from 50% to 100%.
Its some sort of plastic weaved cloth.

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Hi Max
Any signs of weeds coming thru' - guess you have had in down long enough now to prove its efficiency.
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:57 pm

Roger Ramjet wrote:Max and Bee,
The whole gun issue is very worrying, but pistol licences are even more disturbing. I actually don't even think police should be armed, unless under exceptional circumstances.
What is the name of the insurance company if you don't mind? We've been looking for that same insurance for months, they all say they do it but never show at the appointments.


Yes the number of guns in the general populace here is alarming, considering many factors.... Bee's dad carries a 9mm, and so do most of the other government officials, at least the ones he meets and told us of. They do have concealed carry licenses though.

It's actually very prudent to keep a firearm at home, based on "inside information" on crime rates in Chiang Mai (I imagine some other areas are much worse). Home invasions are NOT a rarity. Someone looking for cash for a quick fix, busting into a home and armed with either a machete or revolver is more common than many people believe. That's why the cop actually recommended, and I fully concur, a 9mm semi, such as a Glock, with a few loaded spare clips in close proximity.

Pic of the insurance attached. Seem pretty good, show up early in fact, don't start to BS when they see a white boy. Our second year with them, but no claims so of course the real test not done yet.
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Re: Building an Australian style house in Chiang Mai

Postby Max&Bee-in-CM » Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:00 pm

Ians wrote:Hi Max
Any signs of weeds coming thru' - guess you have had in down long enough now to prove its efficiency.
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About 30% weed through in the first few weeks. Sprayed already with poison one time about 1 week ago. Perhaps 10% weed through today, but its all from the old grass, as the area was covered in grass before.

Other areas where the mat is laid on that were clear, perhaps less than 5% weed growth. I attribute that mostly to birds and wind cross pollination.
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