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Water-House Extended time line

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:52 pm

In the beginning (early 2007) there was a field and we bought 2 Rai to build our house.

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The field


We commissioned a garden wall and got in a Maco to dig a pool to raise the area that we will build our house.

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Pool dig


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Maco repair


SWIMBO then decided she wanted a water-house later and so we added an order to our garden wall builders. That was to put posts in the pool while it was dry to support the water-house to be. We also had to get the pool diggers to leave part of the pool base at about 1 meter deep for the posts.

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Water-house base


Our workers found that it was very hard going with the foundation holes.

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Foundation holes


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Foundation holes


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Foundation holes
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Re: Water-House Extended time line

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:00 pm

Even with water left in the holes over night didn't make the job much easier.

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Foundation holes + water


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Foundation holes + water


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mostly finished holes


Eventually the foundation holes were finished and had a concrete layer in them ready for the rebar base and pillar.

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rebar frame making


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base frame


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base frame


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base frame + concrete
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Re: Water-House Extended time line

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Wed May 01, 2013 9:58 am

A little time went by, a day or two and progress was good
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Shuttering in place (March 2007)


While and after the shuttering was removed digging continued for the pool and house base.

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Digging more pool (March 2007)


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Digging more pool (March 2007)


AFAIR there were 4 trucks moving earth.

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Moving earth (March 2007)


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Earth moving trucks (March 2007)
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Re: Water-House Extended time line

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Wed May 01, 2013 10:28 am

Some time has passed and we begin to see the pool taking shape

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The rain begins to fill the new pool (Aug 2007)


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The rain begins to fill the new pool (Aug 2007)


We notice that there is a lot of erosion so add Fescue grass to reenforce the banks

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Protecting the banks of the new pool (Aug 2007)



the seasons pass

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Dry season again (Feb. 2008)


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Rainy season again (Aug 2008)


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Dry season again (March 2009)


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Entrance (March 2010)
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Re: Water-House Extended time line

Postby Roger Ramjet » Wed May 01, 2013 10:40 am

sometimewoodworker,
Jerome,
The suspense after those immortal words:
Sometimewoodworker wrote:A little time went by, a day or two and progress was good

I at least thought the next few lines would have been "and on the third day the paradise for SWMBO was nearing completion, the fourth day it was, so I ordered it to rain for the next 2 days and nights until it was complete and so I rested"........Sounds like a book written with imagination.
Looks like a Koi pond or a pig wallow; both the same.
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Re: Water-House Extended time line

Postby MGV12 » Wed May 01, 2013 11:27 am

Roger Ramjet wrote:Looks like a Koi pond or a pig wallow; both the same.


Or even a 'swimming pool' .... same .. same:

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Re: Water-House Extended time line

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Wed May 01, 2013 12:18 pm

Roger Ramjet wrote:sometimewoodworker,
Jerome,
The suspense after those immortal words:
Sometimewoodworker wrote:A little time went by, a day or two and progress was good

I at least thought the next few lines would have been "and on the third day the paradise for SWMBO was nearing completion, the fourth day it was, so I ordered it to rain for the next 2 days and nights until it was complete and so I rested"........Sounds like a book written with imagination.
Looks like a Koi pond or a pig wallow; both the same.

Well if you are impatient to see more of the story of the "swimming pool" :lol: :lol: :lol: "Koi pond or a pig wallow" around our water-house rather than the episodic version I will post, you can follow the link in my sig.

At least we didn't rush and build where there would sometimes be a lake as one member of CTH I've met did :lol: :lol: :lol: :twisted: :twisted: We do know the maximum water level. :roll: :roll: and that will always be lower than the floor :wink: :wink:
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Re: Water-House Extended time line

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Fri May 03, 2013 12:39 pm

Time passed at it is wont to do and water levels rose and fell as they usually do

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Aug 2010



Pigs had stopped wallowing (RR :P :P )

SWMBO's plants grew as the usually do

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March 2011


BUT all was not good In SWMBO's eyes so she decided that 3 meters at the shallow end wasn't OK

The pool was pumped out and the first Maco came tried and was found wanting or the base was too soft

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1st April 2011


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1st April 2011


The first attempt over 10 days later a second Maco went down to 6 meters

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10th April 2011


All was good again and pigs started having fun again (RR :? :? )

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2nd August 2011


The wood supports for SWMBO's plants rotted as the had done before So I decided we would enrich the soil with iron :wink: and stop replacing supports every year or two.

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August 2011
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Re: Water-House Extended time line

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Fri May 03, 2013 1:32 pm

Then the rain came as some will remember and we watched as the Bangkok ~ Ayutthaya lake began to fill. :shock: :shock:

we had a little ourselves
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It rained a bit more 6th September 2011


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More rain 6th September 2011


then we got a lot more

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Maximum water level 8th September 2011


The 2012 dry season wasn't so dry

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Dry season again 7th March 2012


This year the dry season was (is ) very dry

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This year dry season 4th March 2013


And SWIMBO decided we (I :lol: :lol: ) needed to spend some of our (MY :lol: ) money

So she talked to the one Thai builder she liked and who was still willing to work for us. She explained our ideas for a Water-House and asked if he was interested.

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This is the plan we started with.


He was interested in doing the job especially because he would be the main worker though his wife would assist when needed.

We asked if he wanted a Job price of daily rate. He decided being paid on a day by day basis was better.

He suggested building a 1/10 scale model which we were happy to pay for

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Builders model 9th March 2013


FWIW I wouldn't usually think of paying on a day by day basis as it can easily be a recipe for slow work. We however have built up a degree of trust and so far it is going OK only time will tell. I'm paying on a 5 days pay for 7 days work basis with the balance due on completion to our satisfaction, so it is trust but verify.
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Re: Water-House Extended time line

Postby Sunpax » Fri May 03, 2013 2:04 pm

Nice !

What is the white "house" on the right side ?

Where is your main house ?
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Re: Water-House Extended time line

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Fri May 03, 2013 2:22 pm

The second version of the model with greater detail including bench seating on 3 sides

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Modified second builders model 10th March 2013


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Modified second builders model 10th March 2013


There was an interval of about 8 days during which we went shopping for metal and other supplies for the work. Na-Sit (our builder) came with us to advise. He very diffidently asked Nui (SWMBO) if we would buy an SDS drill for him as he had always wanted one but had never been able to afford it. He would pay us back from the money he was due from the work. I was happy to agree end he chose a Makita for about ฿7,000. I also got a 7" angle grinder to help with cutting the posts down to size and we decided to get an OxyPropane cutting torch to speed things along.

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New "Boys Toys"


He built a stand and trolley for the cutting torch.

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OxyPropane cutting torch and home built stand.


and also a reel to keep our temporary power supply cable on.

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Storage for our temporary power supply


Then on the 19th work on the base of the water-house started.

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Beavering away at the first post


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Beavering away at the posts
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Re: Water-House Extended time line

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Fri May 03, 2013 2:49 pm

Sunpax wrote:Nice !

What is the white "house" on the right side ?


If you mean in the "Dry season again 7th March 2012" pic its an Adult School payed for by the national government with a teacher included in the funding.

If it's in another pic let me know

Sunpax wrote:Where is your main house ?
At the moment we live in Nui's house in the next village :o :o.

The water house is continuing to be built now :shock: :shock: while we are in Japan.

We would never risk doing that with our main house as I'm sure you understand.

It will be built on the raised area in the second of the "Foundation holes" pic and the "The rain begins to fill the new pool (Aug 2007)" pic.

We decided to reverse the usual order of building and do the garden first. :D

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The local Grannies love the short walk.


This area will be Nui's kitchen garden. at the moment we let 4 of the nearest old folk use the area and both of us benefit

In the outer Garden it's mostly fruit but there are a few fish as well.

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Outer garden and second small pool


That's where our sunshade is.
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Re: Water-House Extended time line

Postby Sunpax » Fri May 03, 2013 3:05 pm

Ah ! ok..thanks :)

i am jalous your are in Japan...the food is one of my favorite in the world ! include the warm saké..miam
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Re: Water-House Extended time line

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Fri May 03, 2013 9:28 pm

Sunpax wrote:Ah ! ok..thanks :)

i am jalous your are in Japan...the food is one of my favorite in the world ! include the warm saké..miam

Atskan it is called and at ¥450 that is ฿140for 1.8 Liters it is almost cheeper than water. :D :)
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Re: Water-House Extended time line

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Sun May 12, 2013 3:32 pm

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Cutting the posts down to size


The posts needed to be reduced in hight

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Having fun with an SDS drill


Brackets for supporting the floor of the waterhouse.

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Post brackets setup


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Post brackets tack welded


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Post brackets tack welding


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Post brackets


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Post brackets finished and undercoated
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