The final update on the steel prices between the beginning of 2008 through the beginning of 2009 and the relationship between steel and other building materials and labor costs.
First, commodity prices were going up at an obviously unsustainable rate. Now prices material prices (internationally) have crashed. One easy example, copper, which was selling for 4.01 dollars per pound is now under 2.00 dollar
Rob writes in ‘can you tell me what it would cost to live there, say for a year, just basic lifestyle not including any extras?’ What is the minimum expat cost of living? How to find a ‘micro rental’ and how much they cost.
A picture of the coolthaihouse apparently showed up as a house for sale outside London England.
Here was what I thought was maybe a sign that land prices are falling. What I found instead is some land that you need a boat to navigate — isn’t that called a pond?
Bad builder syndrome isn’t unique to Thailand. A nightmare story about how construction projects can go haywire even in ‘developed’ countries.
Recessed lighting, how many to use? Mixing recessed ceiling lighting with wall lighting, some thoughts.
Watching Thai workers can sometimes be fun. Why climb up to the top of the foundation column to wet it down when the water can just as easily be throw in that general direction?
You might have noticed lately the forum electric topic lately has been out of control, flames, off topic posts, silly barbs, etc. Is ignorance bliss with regards to building. Topic moderation.
Lots of good info coming in lately, megatesting electrical, tensioner for barbed wire, deep water well pumps, etc. Also, coolthaihouse informal get together possibly around mid October in Pattaya.
You run into them everywhere. Shirtless dudes in restraunts, banks, on the street, in the markets, all shirtless. What is it all about?
Finally it was time to determine the cause of continually getting lost on the way to the airport. A test trip was in order to see the source of the problems.
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More and more wealth seems to be passing on to the Chinese Thai, generation after generation.
Retired soldier seeks house in Pattaya. Are there any?
There are many really old housing developments around the Pattaya. Some have held up OK and some are dog ugly. Why?
What is the best way to monitor the progress of your building project if you’re out of the area?
Reader feedback about upcoming upcountry project. Finding contractors.
Prefab framing — is there an advantage?
Reader Dave questions the best method for termite control. How about a sand substrate?