Chapter 12 day 2
I am all tooled up now! I went on a second shopping recce this morning to the usual places plus 3 new ones to really establish in my mind the prices and what you get for your money.
In the end I bought a Hitachi chop saw 2200watts for 3900bt; this was a middling price of the ranges available; only the Makita and deWalt was silly money for a less powerful unit.
Home Pro for some reason had a Bosch at the same price, I thought it was a mistake as home pro are usually a fair bit higher but the same model in global was 1000bt more expensive.
I bought an MMA welder TUF make, for 5k baht after a surprise500bt discount. I really preferred an IWELD which is the brand Thong uses and he is a pro so I expect he knows the good from the bad.
Anyway my standard at welding is not like my standard at badminton so I have to lower my sights. I actually paid less for it than I paid for my badminton racquet.
I am not going to be doing TIG welding or anything fancy, so really I just need a basic model to see me through diy projects.
I had already checked out all the eye protection. They went from 30bt for a pair of sunglasses that according to all the pictures on the packets they were all singing and dancing, use them for cutting steel, use them on your motorbike, use them on the beach, use them for gas bottle welding…yeah yeah yeah. Then I looked at some cheap goggles I once bought for thong and he said it was safer not to use anything than those.
Bollox to it; someone is recommending the automatic ones, safety approved, international standards…but they started at 1480bt-1900bt.
That’s a lot of money but welding is a serious business, blindness and burns being the least of your worries!
Ok for now forget the cost just go and get a good approved one. It seems welding helmets must be so boring they are now sold in designer livery and need to make welders look bad ass
There was a red one, actually the flames from hell all over it, really nice, then there was the eagle, you could just about make out the eagle emblazened against the stars and stripes flag…,but as a Brit, I wouldn’t have that one given to me.!
There was a black one in the shape of a skull….i just got a plain black one, with light sensitivity, and a shading sensor setting according to whether you were arc welding, tig welding or 6 other different operations.
1600bt it was, I really indulged there, but when its personal safety on the line……………then you can always count on me to do the right thing……wrong, flip flop injury, burned toes, doctors, medicine for 6 weeks!!
I had tried to keep the conversation about expenditure to a minimum, as I knew Wasu wouldn’t approve. That conversation started early morning………..
“what is your plan today”
“Well I have been thinking about doing all the steel cutting and burning myself so I want to go and look at machines”
“Look its easier to get someone in to help”
“No its not, we asked Thong weeks ago and he is either too busy or he doesn’t want to come so its best I sort it myself”
“I saw some steel men at the house at the end of the soi”
“Well I am not going to ask them to come and help with a half day job and be charged 2k. at some point I need to repair the main gate and there is a screen to fit around the water tanks. Its an investment which will be worth it”
“how much are they”
“Just 6k or 7k”
Oh….expensive (I didn’t mention the 4k for chop saw, 2k for the visor, gloves, extra disc)
“Look, we can look at it as my christmas present to myself, after all I saved over 10k by building the wall myself.”
“Its funny you know how men and women are different; men feel its important to spend their money on tools and the car and women think its necessary to spend money on cosmetics and shoes.”
“Yes; cosmetics and shoes, what a waste of money…theres no investment there, its just fighting fires!!”
No sooner was I home I had the saw cutting steel into 750 long lengths. These will be the support bearers for the shutter ply.
A short day tomorrow, its badminton day so I will go an order some more sand and gravel for the concrete in a few days and if I have time try to lift the rest of the plywood decking sheets.