Our Building Story: in Phuket

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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby scudman » Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:32 pm

Progress.....worker's camp going up.
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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby MGV12 » Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:48 pm

scudman wrote:Progress.....worker's camp going up.


scudman wrote:Contract signed today.
The build starts September 9th, the month of the heaviest rain of the year. It is going to be fun.


Little bit behind schedule ... don't let that become a trend :wink:

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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby fredlk » Thu Sep 18, 2014 3:41 pm

scudman wrote:Progress.....worker's camp going up.

Well .... it's a start. :D
Has your design changed much?
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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby scudman » Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:03 pm

MGV12 wrote:Little bit behind schedule ... don't let that become a trend :wink:


Been raining pretty heavy everyday for about a week down here. Contractor's truck got stuck for 3 hours the first time he drove on the land. Contract has a 3,000 baht a day late penalty if he goes over the 9 month build commitment. He will make up the time lost, of that I am sure.


Fred:
The design is basically the same. Some mods on window configuration, and I added a catchment cistern under the carport that should hold about 72,000 liters of rainwater.
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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby scudman » Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:18 pm

Electrical wire run from main road access road and out to the land. Meter board and box in and ready for meter. Have to go to the PEA tomorrow and give them 6,000 baht deposit for the meter. Also waiting for the transformer to be installed on the main road. When that and the meter is installed we will have our 220V 3-phase juice. Rebar station set up. Need juice to start cutting and forming. Worker camp at 95% including the latrine and shed for privacy. Column locations staked out and checked for correct position. Getting close to digging the first hole.
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Outhouse. Needs a waning moon on the door however.
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Main road wire to access road.
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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby scudman » Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:36 pm

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About half of the footing holes have been dug out. Only going down 3.5 meters but water seeping up and really prevalent at 4 meters. Have a few options. Dive piles, use wood poles driven in the ground or drive in 6 or so concrete or wood poles in each hole. Think we are going with the 6 concrete poles. Contractor to investigate further and decide. He is the expert.
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Water in the hole at 4 meters. Ground really soft at 3.5. About half the holes are dug. All the same.
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Workers moved in yeaterday. No electricity yet so they are a bit miffed that they have to cook rice the old fashioned way by boiling water in a pot, inserting rice and simmering for 20 minutes. Calling the PEA daily for an update. Promised today but did not happen. Tomorrow for sure..Fingers crossed. They ran pipe from the well we had dug that yielded brine. They are going to use it for bathing I think.
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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby glassdude007 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:21 am

Very interesting read...
gonna be fun to follow this thread....
May I ask what area of Phuket your building near?? :?:
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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby scudman » Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:07 pm

glassdude007 wrote:Very interesting read...
gonna be fun to follow this thread....
May I ask what area of Phuket your building near?? :?:


The 1 rai plot is in Cherng Talay adjacent to the Laguna Homes and the Laguna Golf Course.
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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby Ians » Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:39 pm

The water at 3 - 4 metres is the standing water table and will need piling - look at your photo, standing water surrounding your property which is the water table and probably salty or at least brackish.
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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby scudman » Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:25 pm

Ians wrote:The water at 3 - 4 metres is the standing water table and will need piling - look at your photo, standing water surrounding your property which is the water table and probably salty or at least brackish.


Those lakes are fresh water. Lots of old tin mine pits up this way. We do know that we hit brackish water at 20 meters when we drilled for water. In any event, the decision to pile was made today. Hope to start on Tuesday.
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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby Ians » Sat Oct 18, 2014 7:29 pm

Good decision, enjoy your build.
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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby Roger Ramjet » Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:08 am

scudman wrote:We do know that we hit brackish water at 20 meters when we drilled for water. In any event, the decision to pile was made today. Hope to start on Tuesday.

Very wise decision. I know that area well having stayed there at 2 of the hotels while playing golf a few times. The food is superb at the "Island" restaurant which is more than I can say for the hotels.
Should be an interesting build, you definitely need piles. After looking at the quality of Laguna houses/estates we didn't bother to to even consider buying there.
If you play golf on the Jack Nicklaus designed course, make sure you buy balls by the box..... there's a lot of water up there.
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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby scudman » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:27 pm

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Piles in waiting


Started piling today. Because the access road is narrow and has a couple of difficult corners, the big pile machine cannot get in. So shorter piles are going to be stacked. Am told this is done all the time in these situations. Interested to know how they secure the two (or more?) piles together at the junction.

Rained really hard in the afternoon today so only a few were put in. Come on high season. Need the rains to lighten up.
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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby scudman » Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:42 am

They have finished piling the piles for the cistern and the carport/workshop/pump room/ maids room. Now they have started on the main house. Interesting to watch them move that piling rig around on the railroad rails using a hydraulic jack and the cable that hauls up the ram. It's all in the leverage. The question about spicing piles has been answered. During the process of casting the piles, steel plates are inserted at the junction points, then when the second (top) pile is aligned with the previous pile the two are welded together at the junction.
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Re: Our Building Story: in Phuket

Postby Ians » Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:55 pm

The steel plates will more than likely corrode way over years but with the pile sitting on top of the other and the earth around the piles being well consolidated over time they will stay where they are.
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