New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

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New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby Baht Man » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:13 am

After finishing my rough plans and quizing a number of builders I figured to pull the trigger on the construction. A couple of changes occurred while talking to the builder, but “no problem” seemed the standard response.

A few days prior to the start date, the workers set up their “resort”, ran a water and electric line and dug themselves a toilet and constructed a shower stall. During those few days, I had concerns about the trash being generated and utilities consumed. After all, no one was living on the land but the crews would be here for “150” days.
The Ms. had a talk with him and on the start day he showed up with a do’s and don’ts sign be posted on the site. He also told her that he would pay for the water and electric during the build.

He had also laid out the floor plan on the site with a lot of stakes and string, even though he knew I was going to shrink it down due to costs, but he was very eager to start a house unlike he’d built before.

He seemed genuinely concerned and willing to help whenever possible. I watched him build a house near the one I was renting the quality and finished product was quite nice. He had been building from age 15 with his father and although he had two others going on at the time, assured he he’d stay on top of things, which he has.

The plan was to get town and get the deposit required so he could start. By the time I got back, the worker bees were already hard at it and he’d already signed the contract acknowledging receipt of the funds. I’m building on the back piece of a chunk I own and told then the rest was available for them to forage, and hey waste little time in collecting meals from the land. (I’m not into frogs and bugs anyway)i

Hopefully, this build will go better and end in amicably unlike others I’ve heard and read about

Pics and progress reports to follow.
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Re: New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby BKKBILL » Wed Nov 27, 2013 9:05 am

Welcome!

Good topic title lets hope there won't be too many headaches. :mrgreen: Seems being on site daily helps in that department.
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Re: New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby MGV12 » Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:25 pm

Good to see a new build story starting.

As long as it's headaches and not heartaches you will hopefully both survive the experience .... chok dee :)

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Re: New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby Baht Man » Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:52 am

I appreciate the support and well wishers.
I don't want to pull out the little hair I have remaining.

So we begin...

Before the build a few ground rules were set up by the Ms. and the builder.

Roughly translated:
Don’t: Take the ducks, geese and chickens, or their eggs. Don’t take the fish. Don’t fight or make loud noises and don’t go into his other buildings or take anything without asking.
Do: Pick up your trash and put it in the bin provided. Do only quality work.
Work hard and God will help you. If you don’t work hard and do a good job, no one can help you.

The rough layout was made

Two days, 6 diggers and 27 holes later.

Main support footers were 150 x 150 x 150.
Beam footers were 100 x 100 x 150
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Re: New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby geordie » Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:47 pm

Impresive amount of digging for two days I have to echo Bills comments and stress the importance of close supervision the closer the supervision the better Its unbelievable how quickly they can go astray :( :(
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Re: New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby Baht Man » Fri Nov 29, 2013 8:53 am

Impressive indeed. The worked all day, stopping for lunch only.

I'm there every day as I rent a house only about 2 km from there
and in constant contact with the boss and the Ms.

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Re: New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby Baht Man » Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:06 am

Day three had C-Pac out pouring about 30cm of cement into the holes.
On day four the posts were set on the pad @ 9:19 after the obligatory satang into the holes and offerings were made.

6 pc. DB 12mm SP 40 rebar on 30cm 240 mix cement.
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Re: New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby Baht Man » Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:01 pm

After the footers were poured, a thin slab was placed where the beems will go and the 20 x 40 steel was wired up.
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Once the forms were placed C-Pac was on the scene again.
As I had extended the front another 2 meter, the only option now was to bucket it in as access to the far side was limited.
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I finally figured out that the shims that were made up earlier were used to keep the steel off the forms.
Why did'nt I know this?
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Now day 17 found the folks adding dirt into the voids.
With a proper soaking and a day on the vibrator, things were tking shape for the pour in two days time.
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Re: New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby thailazer » Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:54 pm

Looks like you have a good crew and a good build on the way! Keep talking to them and things will work out without headaches. Good on you on checking on their prior builds. That is such an easy thing to do yet so few do it. We heard some real horror stories on some of the crews that wanted our satang.
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Re: New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby Baht Man » Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:42 pm

Every morning that the boss and his Ms. show up, she brings me a nice meal.
Yesterday it was a 1/2 chicken and 6 pastries.

She feeds the workers as well.
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Re: New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby geordie » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:20 pm

The shims? should have also been used to raise the rebar off the previous concrete allowing the new to flow around and under the rebar
Try if its not too late to get a plastic membrane down before the floors are poured
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Re: New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby Baht Man » Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:21 pm

Yea, the shims were used as necessary, sides and bottom.
2-3" of sand was brought in before the pour, somthing I never expected, but was SOP in the US.
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Due to the 7m wide room they put grade stakes in to pour to, but when I told the Ms. this would termite highway she made them take them all out. Had the used some old pieces of rebar, they could have left them in and saved themselves a lot of work.
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A visqueen vapor barrier was laid and 5mm bar was used (glad it was not wwm).
They also used the shims here.
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The pour went fine, C-Pac to the rescue again with 30 cubes.
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A final troweling and sponge bath for the carpark where there will be no tile. Sure made a difference in the finish.
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Re: New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby thaicbr » Sun Dec 22, 2013 12:05 am

Where in Thailand are you?
It looks like you have a decent builder there.
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Re: New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby Baht Man » Sun Dec 22, 2013 8:06 am

I'm a few km east of Udon Thani, and yes, I kinda like this guy as he's always one step ahead of me and seems to have all the bases covered and scheduling down pat.
I've seen some of his other builds, one I watched on a daily basis near the house I'm currently renting, and I was pretty impressed.
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Re: New Home Build "LET THE HEADACHES BEGIN"

Postby Baht Man » Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:46 am

Day 24-25.
Just as soon as the floor was the floor finished, up comes the truck with the post shuttering.
One day for the assembly and the next day they were filled and wrapped in plastic (for the slow cure).
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Day 26-27
They formed the upper beam at the front of the house to support the wall above as below the wall will consist of a lot of windows and doors.
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Day 28-29 Front post extended upwards for the roof support.
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Time for the second payment :(

Just as that was being finished… here comes the truck from Global House with 100,000 Baht of steel for the roof and trusses.
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So far so good. This guys timing and scheduling is spot on.
There has been activity here every day except one for one day of rain. Rain in december? :shock:

I'm quite happy in finding this guy (knock on wood)

Your not going to believe what he's planning next.
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