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Here's a story...

Postby Nawty » Tue May 22, 2007 7:30 pm

Thought I would start a thread for the house that Sam built.

We are building in Bangkok and took on this project as a learning curve....and crikey what a curve it is.

I am 44yo, with wife, but just call her the wife as we not married, but bloody well as good as after 10 years and 2 kids.

Everything I have done in my life seems to be the same, start a new career every 6 years or so and go into that career knowing absolutely nothing....sink or swim so to say....happily I swam on all so far since 16 years old to varying degrees of fun and success.

Anyway, luckily I entered this project as a learning curve, the only way to learn is to do it and learn as you go....learn from mistakes and practical experience.

Practical experience nealry killed me in one career change though as chasing cows around the bush in a helicopter is something one should not undertake lightly.

So, the learning curve began and luckily I approached it with this attitude as it has allowed me to smile along the way and joke about most of it...while all along learning some valuable things that will help in the future here for sure.

Here are some pics of the first stage, we sacked this builder after the structure was complete....he was a complete tosspot and I still smile about the extra room that he built that was not on the engineering or architectural drawings.

The house is now around 70% complete and I will post more as time goes by.

Here is the electric pump that the builder told me he had and would bring in this morning to speed up the hand digging of the pool area. We had to hand dig because the neighbours got the sads with me....might have something to do with a truck falling through their drainage system at the front of their homes and stuck for a day.
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Postby Nawty » Tue May 22, 2007 7:46 pm

Stage 1 continued....
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The finished structure after the builder was sacked and cleaned up the site....complete with extra room and all.
My son helping to wreck something
Getting up to the second level was a milestone for these guys.
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This is the first time I have seen this method of wrapping concrete in plastic for curing, anyone know how good it is for the purpose ?
Hand digging the pool area, nothing like making twice the work for yourselves, lucky I paid a fixed price.
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Postby jazzman » Wed May 23, 2007 7:06 pm

Nice pics Nawty, and it looks like an interesting house going up. I posted somewhere on this site once about builders who can't read drawings, but an extra room? Probably it was a kind of bonus because they liked you - maybe you shoudn't have fired them after all!

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Re: Here's a story...

Postby dozer » Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:23 pm

This thread (with a little gap in time) is continued here....
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