House near Rattanaburi, surin

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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby tertim » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:09 am

My wood burning stove taking shape just needs cleaning up and painting it incorporates all the latest technology IE primary air, air wash, tertiary air and flue control!!!
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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:41 am

tertim wrote:
Hi SW thank you for your input I'd been looking at solar heating products but was put off by the cost until I saw the DIY solar collector on youtube some guys in Nepal had made. My first attempt was a little too large but I will try it out anyway and if all OK will make a more condensed version later.

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That is the ones I linked to they are in Nepal and with sub-zero temperatures are getting at least warm, if not hot, water.

Why do you say that the first try was too hot? More details will be good.

FWIW my paint room that is building now will have one on the roof.
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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby tertim » Sun Nov 20, 2016 12:41 pm

Why do you say that the first try was too hot? More details will be good.

FWIW my paint room that is building now will have one on the roof.
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Hi SW l haven't connected up my solar system yet in fact I don't have any plumbing or tanks as yet we are still at the rendering stage. I was referring to the size of the collector rather than its capacity to provide hot water, of course I will post more info when I have it up and running.

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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby tertim » Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:40 pm

Whenever I have to go and buy materials it usually involves a 190KL round trip to surin (TW,GH,HM) and i'm invariably away for most of the day, it seems no matter how much I explain and show the workers what I want done and how to do it they always fcuk it up and I am left with trying to sort out the mess!!!! Take a look at the pics of the sand bag retaining walls, I supervised and placed the one with the nice buttress formation and they built the other one!!!!! Will have to be taken down and rebuilt properly.

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Inside plastering/rendering almost finished
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Setting out for ceiling levels
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Sand bag retaining wall (please note the buttress effect of placing the sand bags inclined towards the concrete poles)
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Samran's effort after helping me to build the first sand bag retaining wall.
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Comparison of the two sand bag retaining walls
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planting veviter grass for erosion control
Planting veviter grass for erosion control
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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby tertim » Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:16 pm

Another week flown by and progress has been very good, all the internal plastering/rendering completed, counters in the kitchen and basin cupboards in the bathrooms also started rendering outside. Electrics first fix should be finished in the next few days and then it's a trip to surin to buy plasterboard and some tiles.


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I've been searching high and low for these HDPE plastic barrels and eventually found them on my own door step, what a find just what I need for my solar powered water heater.
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Our future herb garden
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Sand bag retaining wall finished
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Junction box for those of you not seen one before
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Support steelwork for ceilings all completed
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First fix electrics well under way
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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby eyecatcher » Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:56 pm

Are those sandbags pre filled and sold as a unit?

I ask because pretty much all of the white sacks you see here filled with sand, soil, rice etc will perish and disinegrate in about 3 months out in this sun.
I found this out with lots of rubble I put in them; when it came to shifting them, the top of the sack just came off in my hands. :(

So unless they are robust sacks I would be afraid your sand will eventually find its way out.

I am surprised that a man of your capabilities didn't make some gabion baskets? :wink:
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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby tertim » Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:22 pm

eyecatcher wrote:Are those sandbags pre filled and sold as a unit?

I ask because pretty much all of the white sacks you see here filled with sand, soil, rice etc will perish and disinegrate in about 3 months out in this sun.
I found this out with lots of rubble I put in them; when it came to shifting them, the top of the sack just came off in my hands. :(

So unless they are robust sacks I would be afraid your sand will eventually find its way out.

I am surprised that a man of your capabilities didn't make some gabion baskets? :wink:


Hi eyecatcher
Yes you are quite correct the plastic sacks will disintegrate in about 3 or 4 months if left in the direct sun. I've planted veviter grass around them and also the natural vegetation should cover them fairly quickly, I'm hoping this will prolong them long enough to allow the veviter grass to take hold and keep the bank intact.
The gabion baskets filled with Stone would probably have allowed the fine Sandy/clay soil to run through at the first decent bit of rain.

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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby tertim » Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:08 pm

Carried out the first test fire of the wood burning stove which was 100% successful all the air controls worked as expected and we achieved a secondary burn which dramatically increased the heat output.

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First test burn
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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby tertim » Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:15 am

All the outside rendering finished and the builders are fitting the plasterboard ceiling and tiling the bathrooms.

We moved the temporary 25mm electric supply cables to the house and we now have power to our CU, the carport circuit has been connected so we can take power from there for our building needs.

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Power supply entry into house this cable has to be in conduit.
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First plasterboard going up.
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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby tertim » Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:53 pm

Steady progress but the builders two workers have taken 4 days off to go fishing and get food for their buffaloes, so we are down to the builder boss + wife tiling and samran my direct employee starting the plumbing first fix. Having to make more frequent trips to surin TW buying tiles, doors and general finishing products, I always bargain with them to get the best possible discount (The supervisors have a pocket full of discount vouchers to hand out for the asking)

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Our permanent supply to the carport.
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All ceilings finished just need sanding and painting.
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Wood stove in place ready for the chilly weather next month
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First tiles being fitted, can't figure out why they start at top and work down, in the uk my workmen always started at the bottom and worked up, seems to be easier to me also they don't like using the plastic spacers!!
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Painting prior to plumbing work
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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby tertim » Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:31 am

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Chimney flue pipe being fitted
The builders two workers should return Monday so shall be expecting a pick up in work rate, with so many jobs coming together and snagging it can be a bit tedious.
Next week expecting the exterior doors to be fitted will be good to be able to close up and install the more valuable fittings.

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Wood stove in place
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Base for water tanks under under construction
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Plumbing well under way.
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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby pipoz » Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:28 pm

tertim wrote:Steady progress but the builders two workers have taken 4 days off to go fishing and get food for their buffaloes, so we are down to the builder boss + wife tiling and samran my direct employee starting the plumbing first fix. Having to make more frequent trips to surin TW buying tiles, doors and general finishing products, I always bargain with them to get the best possible discount (The supervisors have a pocket full of discount vouchers to hand out for the asking)

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It must get cold down your way

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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby tertim » Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:01 pm

It must get cold down your way

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Hi pipoz
Yes with the NE wind and the clear skies we have had a few chilly nights this last month, i've been told in January and february it gets much colder. Having spent the last 12 years in Phuket and a few in Malaysia ( temperature never gets below 25 c) I suppose i've become acclimatized to the hot weather, also i must admit to a certain amount of nostalgia having previously lived in an old farmhouse in the snowdonia national park where we had a wood stove and a wood fired cooking range (very cosy in the evenings)

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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby tertim » Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:20 pm

It's been a very good week so far, we have a full team working even the workmens wives are here cleaning and mixing cement, looking good to move in around early January.

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Exterior doors fitted with first coat of stain can now lock up the house
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Archways under construction to the front and side elevation.
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All the ceilings have been sanded and holes for light fittings cut out.

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First coats of paint being applied.
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Tiling almost completed in the ensuite.
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Seat for a more relaxing shower.

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Ceiling in the bathroom with cut outs for light and extractor fan.
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Re: House near Rattanaburi, surin

Postby tertim » Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:45 pm

Just connected our solar water heater had to purge the air from the coiled pipe and I'm hoping to get flow going, I will be checking the temperature over the next few days and will post the results.
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