House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:09 pm

Chapter 13 day 16

It’s a big Buddha day today; Visacha Bucha day and Wasu has volunteered with her two friends to offer food and drinks to the local villagers as a merit awarding enterprise.

Its being organized in the local temple so there will be about 30 different stalls all giving away any manner of stuff.
After her shopping trip to Makro yesterday she was up at 6.30 boiling bal fruit juice, making green tea and preparing to cart everything off including two very large water melons to the temple for a 9am start.

I said I would have a walk around to see them but also take advantage of the freebie giveaways.

So girls out of the way I finished the pump sump and then made an effort to level out the pond base.

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An hour later I decided to go and see what the girls were up to.

The temple grounds were very busy; everyone doing their thing whether it be doing the Buddha thing, offering food to monks or simply just lounging about stuffing their faces with free grub and drink

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I couldn’t find the girls initially; in fact the first time I saw them they literally walked in front of me carrying a large plate of produce and were on their way into the temple to see the monks

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“come on, get a tray and follow us”

“No, its not my scene and I don’t want to be leaving my shoes on top of a pile of 200 pairs already.” :roll:
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:16 pm

Chapter 13 day 16 contd

I found a chair and sat behind the girls stall and enjoyed some muu tod and sticky rice and some of Wasus bal fruit juice.

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An old lass approached me

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“oh…kao neo…you can eat it?”

I mean who can’t eat sticky rice? Its not laced with chilly powder is it

“yes I can eat sticky rice, no promprem”

It was a pretty good show actually. Wasus water melon was a real hit, I as helping to load the cups with it but we couldn’t keep up. It was a nice gesture for everyone and there wasn’t one sign of greed at all. No one was stocking up for a party, it was lovely in fact. :)

I asked where the beer tent was and was frowned upon immediately. :lol: I would have really appreciated a free beer but alas, Buddha day and no alcohol so it was fortunate that I had already thought ahead yesterday and stocked up on an extra two bottles for today. :)

I returned home and prepared for a pond drain outlet. I found some 1 inch pipe offcuts from my water tank installation and knocked a hole through the double wall with firstly a masonry drill and then a two inch scaffold pole.
Surprisingly it was almost a perfect circle. My blue pipe fitted snuggly and then it was jointed in. :)

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I will fit a ball valve to outside in due course and maybe have a spare length of pipe to direct it across the drive….or I could bury a pipe and plumb it into something bigger or just send it to the big fruit tree. :?

Final task today because I have just about used up all my sand to fix a few angle beads. With the sand left I made a strong mix just to set up the first of many angle beads. It’s a start and lots more to go but a short day yet again.

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Wasu had returned home before I was finished. Her temple merit giveaway was a success and deserved a well earned rest……………..but instead she decided to do all the washing????
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:54 pm

Chapter 13 day 17

I have been messing with corner beads today. I say messing because I can’t seem to find the right mix to fix them. :( I just wished I had some q con adhesive left; that was perfect.
I have a feeling the Thais use almost a pure cement mix but it doesn’t last 10 minutes before its gone off. Add sand to it and its doesn’t want to stick.

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It doesn’t make it any easier trying to stick to porous red bricks but after setting out the full perimeter of the fist planter I decided to make a mix and render the top.

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I am rushing yes because I think tomorrow every single bead will be loose after drying out.

I bought these render beads from a different place, same price but not as strong and not as deep so now my render thickness is almost nothing it seems.

I am tempted to go an buy the q con render for the walls. It mixed so nice and trowelled on perfectly and doesn’t go off as quick.

I will use up the sand and cement first on the planters and see how it performs but so far its just too harsh.
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:40 pm

Chapter 13 day 18

We had a nice steady downpour at 6am so that meant all my bricks were nicely soaked and bode well for a mornings rendering. :)

My render mix today was much better and the fact that it was cloudy meant my render was still workable after applying for a good 90 minutes.

Seven small panels completed this morning and a reasonable standard but I still cant get it perfect despite my best efforts. It either dries too quick or I add a bit more to places and it shows, but hey we are on our way and will press on a bit further tomorrow.

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I inadvertently put the mockers on my mum ever coming to stay. Last night I was talking to her about what our plans are for the old house and she thought it was a good idea but renta gob here thought it funny to mention my window diy and the mouse. :oops:

Of course if there is anything that puts the fear of hell into her its “anything vermin” :cry:

The fact that we had a mouse is enough to put her off but I told her not to worry as the snakes usually take care of them! :wink:

I was also reminded that it was one year to the day when we went to England. Time flies doesn’t it. it doesn’t seem a year since I was last there, seeing mum, brother, sons.

Wasus friend who we went to see at Aberystwith also a year ago will be coming to see us in two days;….I remember that hotel, it had a bath, I think I reported it was over 6 years since I last had a bath….now its back to just one year since! :lol:
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:47 pm

Chapter 13 day 19

I have had a weekend of rendering and setting out corner beads. Its not been too bad because we have had a few days of rain and the mornings have been cool and and cloudy. When the sun is out the render will dry in 5 minutes, when its cloudy sometimes taken an hour to dry.

I have made two trips to collect sand and cement. The lady I go to for sand and cement is the none too clever one. I am sometimes a bit dubious of her mental arithmetic off the cuff when taking my money; but maybe she can easily calculate sand at 30bt or 35bt. Its when cement is 90bt or 115bt that complications set in.

The first trip I bought 4 sand and one cement, it should have been about 240bt but the change she gave me looked like I got two bags of sand for free.

I mean I did say “see” but she was nattering with another customer so well done that man! :wink:

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After the performance with the mouse I spotted another small mouse in the main room of the house. Wasu had spent some time tidying up, shoving boxes of stuff into corners as you do. Of course where does the mouse want to run…..behind the boxes. :shock:

We chased the mouse around the room with a brush by which time almost everything on the floor was now on the bed. :lol:

Was it the same mouse? Was it different I don’t know.

It was a tom and jerry caper but finally managed to trap the thing with a pink mop.

“where are you?

“Down here”

“Ok I have got it, can you come and take it quick”

Wasu arrived with a towel and caught it and like the first one, launched it over the back wall.

The following morning I checked again….there it was (or maybe another?) asleep on the floor of the shower. It scurried off into the drain behind the partition wall and I decided to throw in some pink pellets and close the door.

We have Wasus friend coming tomorrow so I need to fit an emergency pain of glass until we decide how to deal with the window.
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:21 pm

Chapter 13 day 20 + 21

Another two days slide by. One was blazing temperatures the next an English autumn, rain, stop start for 12 hours.

My first day rendering was nice, good progress but today raining. I thought I would get up early and take advantage of the cool weather.

My first panel was rendered and then moved to the next. The rain started again but I wasn’t bothered I had moved to a panel out of the rain.

Sadly when I can back to re finish the first panel quite a lot of it had been washed off in the rain. :cry:

Hahaha, no worries. It was a lesson learned I suppose and after rubbing it up I covered it with the plastic screening.

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My pond is already starting it seems. The sub base concrete slab either wasn’t flat or they had slightly created a fall; I suspect the latter really so now I have built walls around the water is already collecting.

The rendering cement is completely different to standard cement in that it has a creamy texture and I reckon has a good helping of lime to make it sticky. Standard cement doesn’t really mix well with the sand for render; mortar yes its ok but it has no stick and dries out far too quickly.

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The pier bases that were done by an old rendering crew were a bit of a mess in that they were all over the place. Not one side square, not one face flat so after building the new walls I decided to plant on some more corner beads and start again. just the tops set out today; the rest will follow.
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:15 pm

Chapter 13 day 22+ 23

We have had some heavy and moderate rain in Chiang Mai over the last two weeks. The big one was when the trees came down but since then almost every other day has seen big winds and rain.

My vinyl rain (were sun) blinds have only been lifted for a couple of days but when they are down I am now having to tie them with bungy ropes at the bottom as I fear they are going to get blown away.

A two hour downpour had me taking a long detour home after a badminton afternoon because all the back roads were flooded. :shock:

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:40 pm

Chapter 13 day 22+23 contd

The rain also tells you where you missed in the roof repairs but also that I did a good job with the vinyl cover on the lower roof. No drips from there which is good news but I have now created a new problem…a leaking gutter. :(

The gutter was made 300mm wide from three 8 foot sheets of aluzinc sheet. I don’t remember the overlap but the fall was “working” and they were lead soldered together.

The roof tilers used this gutter walkway as access, and myself and Thong have been up there together replacing the roof tiles on the old roof and I have been up again two or three times to tinker about more with flashband and the vinyl cover.

There are three joints and they are now leaking and dripping onto the timber decking. Even with 6 buckets and bowls and two towels I am not catching it all. :roll:

I am convinced that the problem has occurred for two reasons. Firstly the obvious one, walking up and down it has opened up the lead joint and secondly the heat on the roof and in particular the temperature the metal gutter reaches (you cannot touch it with your bare hands) it expands and contracts regularly; every day in fact so those lead joints were probably already cracked before anyone was walking up there.

So; options

Wasus option is to get the gutter man back to re solder the joints. I am immediately against that idea because it going to cost me money and I can probably do it myself for cheaper.

My retort to Wasu was that the gutter mans little shop is no longer there

Her response to that was “well that doesn’t matter” :lol:

I have considered lining the gutter with a 300mm wide flashband. Just peel it off and roll it out the full length. It will accommodate any expansion easily and its waterproof but it will cost me 1000bt to buy it. :(

I have also considered just buying the 100mm wide flashband and simply lapping each joint. For less than 200bt I will have 80% of the roll left over but I am not sure if I want a raised lip at each joint to trap leaves and water.

However used in conjunction with silicone in the joint it should be effective.

First job was to check in the shed to see if I had enough flashband left over from the last job;…sadly the piece I retained and put back in the box was only 120mm long :lol: , about big enough to make a knee pad.

But….as with most of my delving about I come across something and today I found the very perfect solution.

I must have bought this 4 years ago together with the flashband as two options but never used this acrylic roof seal filler. Just a small tub holding the same as three yoghurts it had never been opened. :)

A very thin roll on or spatula applied product that you paint on at about 1mm thick. It dries to a ruberoid waterproof finish.

Well this is it. I went up and blathered around the three joints and came down satisfied that I have beaten the rain……..the next rainstorm will tell. :wink:

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The planters and pond spent another day receiving render. I didn’t appreciate how many small sections of wall I need to cover. When I looked at the whole area it was equivalent to about three panels of my wall so I reckoned I could have it all rendered in 8 hours. That doesn’t seem to be the case. Some times I am fighting against the sun, others I am waiting hours for it to semi dry.

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However I have concluded, rendering in the cool damp weather is much easier but you need more patience with your time.
Over the two days I am getting to the business end now with only the wall faces of the pond to complete.
The internal faces I propose to mix a latex waterproofer into the render. The success or failure of that will decide on whether I will be tiling the inside face.
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:48 pm

Chapter 13 day 22+23 contd

I had a mate from Australia pop over to Chiang mai for a few days, another Justin. he was actually one of my 6 readers on the building story and last came over almost two years ago when our first builder had just laid the concrete ground floor planks.
He came for a second look today, I gave him the big tour and then we headed out to the other Justins house, may aswell put these two Aussies together and see how often they mention a barby or a sheila :roll:

I last visited his house just after songran when he was having some trees lifted in.
Since then he has had 250m2 of his driveway concreted. Its almost the last piece of his jigsaw and concrete though expensive does a job that he wanted... to let the cars get in and turn around, and to ride the bikes and play footy with his son.

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I particularly wanted to look at his drive and the standard of workmanship. I wasn’t impressed with the price he was charged.
They have laid a 100mm thick concrete slab, I assume wrapping mesh throughout and it was on a leveling sand bed. The edges were steel shuttered as it appeared very angular.
I mentioned that they have used 25 cubes so reckon on 45k tops for the connie.

His estimate was for 90k and in the end adding on the usual bullshit he was charged 110k. not sure how many men but he told me it took them a week which….ok if they worked just 4 hours a day yes I can see that. :shock:

Did someone mention expansion joints????.....obviously not; but it does appear they scratched a trowel line in the top surface; and I mean scratch.

So; a good couple of days and a trip to krabi coming up after the weekend. :) That’s going to be a test for me. A test of patience, relaxation, calmness and sabai sabai. Main thing don’t have a fall out.

The last time me and Wasu went to an island together it was either Ko … somewhere off Pattaya or Ko somewhere off Ranong we had an argument and she just disappeared and left me on my own. (it turned out quite well…..me on my own) :wink:
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Sun Jul 23, 2017 7:54 pm

Chapter 13 day 24

This morning I was telling Wasu about the hotel my Aussie mate was staying in.
The Imperial Mae Ping.
Its part of Chiang Mai history and had a good reputation. He had his wedding reception there 6 years ago and has stayed there a couple of times since but says its looking tired now. :roll: arent we all?

It was slightly notable for its big part in the Pearce Brosnan movie “no escape” about 3 years ago which was filmed here in Chiang mai but it makes money hand over fist for another reason.

The Chinese flock here…and I mean flock here. When I met him yesterday I was sitting outside waiting for him when 6 coaches full of Chinese tourists arrive.

I remarked that they are going to be busy tonight.

"Oh no they are not checking in, they are on a tour just to see one bedroom….the bedroom that Teresa Teng died in!!!"

"Who???"

" Exactly!"

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Well singing diva Teresa Teng (pinyin: Deng Lijun) was a very popular Taiwanese singer who spent the last few days of her life with her dearest in the hotel before she died from a severe asthma attack on 8 May 1995 at the age of 42.

So now you can go and see the bed where it was finally over for the fat lady who sings….for 800bt a pop!

Whats more; if you are a really big fan of her and you actually want to stay the night in the same room they charge “from 25,000 baht”

Is that good business or taking advantage ?

We do get a few Thai celebrities visiting our spa; soap stars, models etc but I am already thinking of coining it in on a death.

It’s a tricky one to negociate but at least we use all natural products..

These last few days Chiang Mai like every other city in Thailand has taken a real lashing with rain. I am hearing about flooding everywhere but I didn’t see any of it here until my trip back home from an afternoon playing badminton. My route back is one of short cuts through the back roads to avoid the 4.30 school traffic.

My turnarounds and detours due to roads blocked found me discovering new roads in the city.

Wasu asked me to collect her at 9pm and the army and fire brigade were out on the main roads with 6 inch flexible hoses pumping out. Those hoses were all connected together along the kerbside. What was remarkable was that they stretched for at least 1km to the river.

Yes; I know, you read all that yesterday and the associated photos were also posted yesterday…but in the future I am having a really stressful time, and I am writing in the future. Seems I am not concentrating on my postings but this story will become clear in Chapter 14; October I think. :)
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:01 pm

Chapter 13 day 25+26

With two days left before a trip to Krabi its going to be one day with the trowel and one day with the iron. :roll:

I didn’t have much cement left so a couple of mixes should finally see the external faces of the walls complete. That will only leave the areas holding back the pond water.

Lots of my time was spent trying to square up the timber column plinths. They were neither square nor level so I made an effort to re shape them.

Quite enjoyed the rendering again after rain, you have time to go back to the render and re apply it.


Wasu has spent the day making a duvet cover. The lounge floor is covered in material, she has a sewing machine on the dining table and edging machine in another corner, the ironing board in another corner.

She was so pleased with herself after spending the final couple of hours making a frill to go around the edge that she came outside and requested I came to look at her achievements.

“oh wow, excellent” :)

“Yes I think so”

"Did you put a zip at the bottom or just ties?"

“I have made buttonholes for buttons”

“Ok so why did you not put the frill at the bottom; seems you have put it at the top instead?” :roll:

“Oh yes…….I didn’t think of that” :oops:

“I think you will find the part that pulls up around your neck does not have a frill, a zip, or the buttons”

Time to bid a sneaky retreat I think, what do I know I am just a man….this could mean sulking for a few days?

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My day of rest was a day of preparation for our trip away. It seems our biggest concern is how to get to the airport at 6.00am. Wasu is thinking Uber or Grab taxi but we also appreciate these are private hire car and no one knows a Thai who will get out of bed at that time to earn 60bt….and of course no Uber driver will be seen in the airport for safety reasons!

We may have to go on the motorbike and just leave it there for a few days. It will be free I expect judging by the number of vehicles left there every day for weeks.

Ironing board was already out so it was just a case of getting my arm back in…easy peasy, a bit pointless when everything ironed is just screwed up into a rucksack.

A bit of a tidy up at the front, moved the bricks and tried unsuccessfully to burn the bonfire three times. Next stop krabi if we get to the airport. :)
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:36 pm

Chapter 13 day 27 Krabi trip

It was an early start for us. Wasu had managed to persuade her friend to stay with us last night in order to be our taxi driver. The plan was that we drive our car to the airport and she drives it back and then gets collected by her family.

It all seemed a bit ott to me and unnecessary as I was quite happy just to go on the motorbike and leave the bike at the airport.

Our flight was a two hop flight, the first leg into Swampy and then out to krabi. At 6.55 we were on our way. Just an hour to
Bangkok with another hour waiting in the all important Bangkok customer lounge. Important because this is the best part of the flight…to stuff your face with pastries and buns, coffees and hot chocolates.

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The flight into krabi was quite pleasant as I try to recognise coastlines and islands from the sky. A similar time flight 1hr and 10 minutes.

Its my first time at krabi airport but not my first time in krabi, as I came here on a day trip from Phuket 8/9 years ago

We were staying on railay beach east,a resort on the mountain side with spectacular views apparently but in order to get there it meant a shuttle bus to the pier then a longtail boat into Railay since there is no vehicular access.

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We paid 150 baht each for the shuttle bus which was a 1 hour dawdle and 100bt each for the longtail boat which was a 20 minute pleasure.
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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:42 pm

Chapter 13 day 27 cont

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:47 pm

Chapter 13 day 27 contd

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Re: House Extension to "Baan Thai"….what happened next?

Postby eyecatcher » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:59 pm

Chapter 13 day 27 contd

At railay it was a 15 minute stroll along the concrete towpath past posh resorts,and those past their best; several restaurants and reggae bars and about 500 tour companies all selling exactly the same trips.

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