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Today Is The Official Completion Of Our Retirement House In Packchong (Pak Chong), Thailand, As Kanyah Moves In

7th November 2011 – Another Difficult-to-Forget 7/11 Date

Today’s the date that as I reported in the Move-In Date Fixed – Thailand Retirement House Build Project Finished… ? Post the monks will come to bless the house and Kanyah will move in to reside there.

The retirement house build project is officially finished.

Silence From Kanyah In Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand

Kanyah phoned me yesterday to tell me (again) about the monk’s visit today. But she was very subdued and didn’t sound at all excited. “Send me more money” was the theme of her call.

But she did mention that two water tanks to collect water from the roof had been delivered – each tank 4 m3 capacity. She also said that she had bought a kitchen for 50,000 Baht and had to pay more for the builder to fit it. When I pressed her for details of what was in this kitchen she had bought she said that it was a cooker and kitchen cabinets like in the West. So much for my theory of a Thai kitchen on the Move-In Date Fixed – Thailand Retirement House Build Project Finished… ? Post

I’m not surprised that she hasn’t phoned today – it’s Kanyah’s way. No phone call, no photos, nothing.

Kanyah received for house address (Baan Lek Tee ) on 29th October 2011 as I reported on the
Thai House Address – Baan Lek Tee In Thai Language Post and promised to send me a scan of it to put on the website. That was well over a week ago and nothing arrived so far.

Fine when she wants money and I send it to her immediately. But she can’t even be bothered to send me a scan of the house address or any progress photos. That last time she sent me photos from our retirement house build project in Thailand was on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 3:15 PM and that is just two weeks ago.

Thinking Of Marrying A Thai Woman And Building A Retirement House In Thailand?

My advice? Read this Post and all the other Posts on this website, read the Dont Retire To Thailand page and think carefully. Above all don’t rush in.

What Next in The Retiring In Thailand Story?

Well, “all” we have done so far is to buy a car in Thailand (Toyota Hilux Pickup), bought some land and built a retirement house in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand.

I haven’t done any retiring at all so there’s that to look forward (?) to…

But let’s get practical.

  • She (we) need furniture for the house.
  • I need to buy my machine tools and hand tools for the workshop.
  • I want a big freezer stocked up with farang food and a bigger fridge stocked up with cool beer.
  • I need an Internet connection, my work desk and executive chair…

And my next trip to Thailand is for Christmas and New Year coinciding with the Pakchong (Pak Chong) Cowboy City festival.

I thoroughly enjoyed last year’s festival as recorded (complete with movies) on the Pakchong Cowboy City Countdown 2011 – Happy New Year 1 page and this year it can only be better.

My Model Engineering Workshop In Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand

Maybe I’ll send some money to Kanyah for her to buy the furniture so that I can spend my visit looking for machine tools. Steve W tells me that there are streets in Bangkok selling second-hand lathes and milling machines at reasonable prices.

Here are some photos of machine tools for sale in Bangkok that I have found on various Thai websites:-

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Second-Hand Lathe for Sale in Bangkok 003

Above, this second-hand lathe for sale in Bangkok, Thailand is advertised on the http://www.machinethai.com website.

Below is a half-decent milling machine for sale on the same website.

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Second Hand Milling Machine for Sale in Bangkok 003

My ‘Beautiful’ Workshop Floor Will Be Messed Up In No Time !

Above, these machine tools do a messy job of machining metal. A lot of oil is spalshed on the metal cutters to lubricate it an keep them cool. The metal cuttings (swarf) fly in all directions making an oily dirty mess everywhere.

The ‘beautiful’ marble terrazzo floor that Kanyah has put into my workshop See the (Mission Creep – Costs Escalate – Time Overruns – Photos Show Why) Post will be completly ruind as soon as one of these heavy machines is dragged into position.

Here’s another website selling machine tools in Bangkok:-

http://www.thaimachinetools.com/?machine-type=lathes

To save you leaving this page I have posted a photo of a typical machine tool of the type I’m likely to be putting in my workshop below:-

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Another Second Hand Lathe for Sale in Bangkok

I must admit that these machine tools are a bit bigger and older (worn out) than I really want. It’ll take me some time in Bangkok to find small machines in good conditions with lots of accessories.

So, I have my goal set for this forthcoming visit – to set up my model engineering workshop in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand.

After that, it’s back to the UK to earn more money to replenish my depleted pension pot so that I can eventually retire in Thailand.

I expect that Kanyah will stay on in Pakchong (Pak Chong) until the (UK) spring or summer to give her time to make the Pakchong (Pak Chong) house garden ‘beautiful’.

About Steve W

Steve is very knowledgeable (in general but also about Thailand). Some photos of Steve’s houses on these pages:-

I met Steve out in Pakchong last Christmas and we have kept in touch ever since. His Thai wife is now expecting twins.

Steve (unlike Kanyah) just sent me some photos showing the progress on his retirement house build project in Si Khiu Korat near to Pakchong (Pak Chong) and I’ll upload those to the website in the next few days.

The Construction Of Our Retirement House In Pak Chong, Thailand, Is Nearly Complete

Photos Of Our Retirement House Construction Page 1

These photos arrived 15th August 2011 but until now I have not had time to post them to the website. Kanyah sent me 71 photos all at once in one email! I have sorted out the best ones to show you and they will be posted on the website over about 4 posts.

Pakchong House Nearly Finished Page 1

Our retiring in Thailand dreams are coming tue as our retirment house build project in in Pak Chong nears completion.

The Paralysing Fear Of Feeling That You’re Being Criticized

Nobody likes criticism and the Thais are very sensitive to it. I think this is why Kanyah has not been sending me the photos every weeks like she used to.

My idea was that she should send my the photos as the work progresses so that I could do a quality check and tell her what’s wrong – if anything – so that she could get the builder to correct it.

But when I started pointing out the mistakes, and there were some very serious ones, they didn’t like it. (‘They’ means Kanyah, Jalan our now deposed ‘inspector’ and the builder.) I think that’s why she is very reluctant to send me photos. She keeps telling me to ‘wait until it’s finished’. She just wants to send me photos of the finished article so that I can say how nice it looks and she can feel proud. Nothing wrong with that but by her own admission she knows nothing about building (or didn’t until she took over this house-build project herself) and in her position i would have appreciate some technical support.

Anyway I think this is why she isn’t sending me regular in-progress photos.

Even on these latest photos there are mistakes – or things done wrongly or at least not to the Thai Architects drawings. I will point thenm out to you on the website but (with one exception – and that caused an upset) I have not mentioned them to Kanyah.

The Stresses Of Running This Project Are Starting To Show In Kanyah

Kanyah used to phone me daily but now its not daily. More like avery three days. But on those days she’ll call me perhaps three times to tell me her problems and how tired and lonely she feels.

It’s a bit strange that she should complain about being lonely. She is Thai living in her own beloved Thailand – and she feels lonely!

All the time we have been married – and any farang married to aThai will resonate with this – I kept hearing the matra “I want to go back to Thailand”. Used to drive me mad.

Now she wants to come to England to stay with me but she can’t because she in locked into that house building project in Pakchong.

Anyone contemplating building their retirement house in Thailand should consider the stresses it can put on individuals and their relationships and whether the people concerned are liable to overcome the difficulties or suffer from them.

Here Is The First Batch Of Photos Of The Retirement House In Pak Chong Nearing Completion

All these photos are of the exterior of the house showing off the lovely wooden walls and the feature created by the exposed cement-rendered structural concrete.

Image of Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand View From Roadside

Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand View From Roadside

Above, the house from the roadside. Looks nice but also look at that lush green vegetation on the right. Apart from the blue neighbours house on the left, not another building in site.

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Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Closer View From Roadside

Above, a close-up of our retirement house in Pak Chong, Thailand. Left-to-right on the first floor (Thais call that the second floor) you can see the bedroom with the lovely brown coloured wooden walls, the the bathroom and shower room behind the white-painted rendered-brick waal, and another bedroom on the right.

All rooms are 3.5 m x 3.5 m so the house is 10 x 10 m = 100 m2 floor area per floor x 2 = 200 m2. (About 2,000 square feet)

On the ground floor, left-to-right is the car port which can be converted to accommodation if necessary, then my huge workshop where I will be making live-steam models.

Image of Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Close Up View From Roadside

Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Close Up View From Roadside

Above, closer up you can see the huge car port. Kanyah is having the whole of the ground floor laid with marble. That blue vertical line are the water pipes. these will be boxed in and invisible when complete.

Image of Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand View From Neighbour's Side

Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand View From Neighbour's Side

From this view you can clearly see the size of the balcony and the balcony roof.

Left-to-right on the second floor you can see one bedroom and the lounge. On the ground floor my workshop takes up two bays and the area under the balcony will be paved with marble. (Kanyah tells me)

Image of Retirement House Pak Chong Balcony View From Front

Retirement House Pak Chong Balcony View From Front

Above the view from the front. (Our house is built back-to-front with the front of the house facing the rear garden and the rear of the house facing the main road.)

You can see the huge balcony, access steps and the handrail.  The handrail is supposed to be wood as shown on the Thai Architect’s drawings and in keeping wit the rustic nature of the house.

A few weeks ago Kanyah phoned me up to ask if she could change the handrails from wood to stainless steel like the gate. Of course I said “No, we must keep the rustic look of the house. Stainless steel would be out of place”. I had already complained about the stainless steel gate.

And what do we have? Stainless steel handrails! I must admid, though that they do look noce. Wait until the next (or next after next) post when I show you some close-up photos.

Image of Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Showing Carport

Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Showing Carport

Above, just another photo of the car port.

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Imagine Retiring In This House In Pakchong, Thailand

Above, a good shot showing the Bamboo mat ceiling to the balcony roof. Also you can appreciate the clean lines of the house – and the way the concrete structure and wooden walls contrast. Not sure if I like those white stripes above and below the windows though. They aren’t on the thai Architect’s house plans. I think Kanyah called them “Kiew” or something like that. “Kiew” in Thai means “Eyebrow”:-

Image of Thai Language Translate Eybrow

Image of Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Lush Foliage

Retirement House Pak Chong Thailand Lush Foliage

Above look at the lush green vegetation to the right of the photo. In the middle, the blue vertical line comprises the incoming water pipes.

What To Look Forward To In The Next Posts

  • Some Internal Shots and The Teak Wood Doors
  • The Beautiful Stainless Steel Handrails and Lovely Stairs
  • The Bathrrom and Shower Room
  • The Hidden Steel Gutters

The Wooden Walls Of Our Retirement House Styled After A Traditional Wooden Thai Style House Are Nearly Complete

Here are the latest photos showing the current status of the house we are building in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand, for us to retire to.

We went through a very bad experience with our original Thai builder, and Kanyah eventually terminated his contract, but all the signs are that this new Thai builder is doing a terrific job for us and the house build project is now progressing very quickly indeed. The new Thai builder is delivering the high quality of building that we want.

Here are the latest progress photos from the construction site at Pakchong (Pak Chong).

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View Of The House From The Road Side

Above you can see that the wooden walls on this side of the house are complete. Also the rendering is nearly complete. At last I can get an image of what the finished retirement  house will look like.

Below is a close-up of one of the bays of the house looking from the same side.

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Close Up View Of The House From The Road Side

Above, the wood wall complete for one of the bedrooms.  The wooden area is the wall to a double bedroom, the cement rendered bay to the right is the external wall to the twin bathrooms. (Actually one bathroom with bath for Kanyah and the other is a shower room for me.)

Next, is a view of the house from the front, or balcony side.

Image of Front View Wood Walls Not Finished

Front View Wood Walls Not Finished(Alan's comments)

Above there is not much progress with the wood walls, just the Living Room in the left hand bay is half finished.

Next a view of one of the end walls.

Image of Blue House Side View Wood Walls Finished

Blue House Side View Wood Walls Unfinished(Alan's comments)

Above is a photo taken of the end wall from the blue house neighbour’s side.

Quick Redesign Of The Stairs And Hope I’m Not Too Late

Now, changing the subject, from wooden walls to steel stairs, below is a photo of the steel for the stairs receiving a coat of paint.

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Steel for the Stairs Being Painted

Quick Redesign Of The Stairs And Hope I’m Not Too Late

The above photo of the steel for the stairs jolted me into action.

Why? Because I didn’t like the design provided by our Architect and I had already agreed an alternative deign with the previous builder and made a sketch which is on the That Architect’s house plans drawings.

But I’m not sure how much Kanyah has told the new builder about the alternative design and what he is planning to build. So I need to knock out a drawing pronto and get it to the new builder before he starts cutting that steel!

I am suspecting that he is planning for the alternative design for two reasons.

First when I explaind this to Kanyah by phone today, she said that the new Thai builder always looked at the drawings with the changes we agreed with the previous builder.

Secondly, in the photo above I can see some steel angle iron. that kind of angle iron was not in the original Architect’s design but is in the alternative design.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I have spent the last day making the new stair design drawings in AutoCAD and have just emailed then to Kanyah.

Let’s look at the two designs and why I wanted to change the stair design.

Why I Changed The Design Of The Stairs For Our Retirement House in Thailand

First look at the computer-generated 3 D image of our house below. (This is a 3D computer generated image created by our Thai Architect in Bangkok)

Image of Retirement House Thai Architect's Design Rendering End View

Retirement House Thai Architect's Design Rendering End View

Above, notice the stairs at the left hand side of the picture? What is important (to me) is that there is a gap between the stair treads – you can see right through them.

In case you can’t make out what I am referring to here is an annotated version of the same picture:-

Image of Retirement House Thai Architect's Design Rendering End View Showing Ope Stair Treads

Retirement House Thai Architect's Design Rendering End View Showing Ope Stair Treads

Above, the Thai architect’s 3D rendering of the house shows open style stairs. This is in contrast with his construction drawings – an extract of which is seen below.

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Stair Detail From Thai Architect's House Plans Showing Closed Risers

Above, it’s probably not immediately obvious (and I must admit I didn’t realise this until well after I had signed the construction contract with the first builder) but this stair detail has closed risers.

In other words you can’t see through the steps. The stairs will look just like any normal stair that you see in a building, even in your own house.

But I wanted steps – with open treads that you can see through – not stairs.

The stairs, I thought would look much to heavy and out of place in our retirement house which is supposed to appear rustic and mimic the treadittional Thai house which would have open steps not closed stairs.

Those steps had to go so I came up with my own design for the stairs. Note that I kept the basic design by the original Thai architect, all I did was to change from closed treads to open treads.

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Packchong House New Stair Design

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I have made these two drawings to show the open-tread stairs I want to have in our Pakchong (Pak Chong) retirement house.

I started with the original design for the stairs by our Thai Architect from Bangkok as shown on the construction drawings he produced for us. Then, using the AutoCAD program I changed the steel steps so that there would be gaps between the treads that you can see through.

I didn’t fundamentally change the steel part of the stairs (apart from the steps) and made no changes to the handrails. It still took me a full day to make the changes, though!

I sent the drawings off to Kanyah last night by email and hopefully they will arrive in time before the builder starts fabrication of the stairs using the previous design.

Image of Packchong House New Stair Design Steel Fabrication Only

Packchong House New Stair Design Steel Fabrication Only

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The picture above shows just the steel part of the new stair design.

Underside Of The Floorboards Look Nice

I don’t normally go round commenting upon how nice the underside of floorboards look, and usually it doesn’t matter. But if you’re on the ground floor in this house then you have no choice but to see the floorboards above since they form the ceiling.

And I plan to spend a lot of time on the ground floor – busying myself away making model steam engines in my workshop.

But let’s start by looking at the underside of the balcony, where you can see the red bricks that have been used to fill in voids above the beams and that will be rendered smooth by cement.

Image of The Underside Of The Balcony Floorboards

View Of The Underside Of The Balcony Floorboards

Above, the red bricks have to be rendered, like the ones have in the photo below.

There Is No Insulation On The Floors In This House

Look at any of these pictures and the wood plank flooring is all that stands between the living areas, Bedrooms, Dining Area, kitchen and living Room and the outdoor air. There is no thermal insulation whatsoever and this would be unthinkable in A) a house in colder climates like, for example, the U.K. (England, Britain, Great Britain, or whatever you call it) where I live now, and B) a house in Thailand that is to be air conditioned.

Image of Under Floorboards Balcony

Another View Of The Underside Of The Balcony Floorboards

Above the nearest column where the wet cement is has had the red bricks covered by cement render.

In the picture below, which is taken in the workshop, the red bricks await the cement rendering treatment.

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View Of The Underside Of The Bedroom Floorboards

The next picture (below) shows the rendered red bricks in the workshop.

Image of Another Under Floorboards Workshop View

Another View Of The Underside Of The Bedroom Floorboards

Look Out For “Counting The Cost Of Building A Retirement House In Thailand” In The Next Post

The previous builder was on a fixed price contract to supply all labor and materials to build the house and we paid him in staged and fixed progress payments. Therefore keeping track of what we were spending on the house was quite simple – just keep a record of the payments made.

Enter The Labor Only Contract – Where We Buy The Materials

After we changed builders and type of contract to labor only, it fell on Kanyah to purchase all the materials. Now, Kanyah is doing a great job in Thailand, it’s her enthusiasm that has kept this project alive, but keeping track of where money is spent was never her strong point.

Spend it (money) she can. Account for it she can’t.

I am very nervous that I keep sending money out to Thailand and I have no idea where it goes. We have a budget for the house build project and we both want the project to be completed within budget, despite the losses we suffered when Kanyah sacked the previous builder.

Fortunately she does seem to get a receipt every time she buys something or pays anyone so I had the idea of getting Kanyah to list all the receipts with the receipt number and dtails annd sending that to me every two weeks.

I could put all this data into a spreadsheet and bingo, I could track the spend.

Check out the next Post to see how I got on…

The Tiles Are On The Main Roof But Problems Are Arisin’…

Progress Photos Taken Tuesday 29 March, 2011

The next set of progress photos may at first site look OK to you but there are some big problems arising (reminds me of that song by Creedence Clearwater Revival I See The Bad Moon Arisin).

It annoys me intesely that what I see as a major (and avoidable) problem the Thais just treat as a normal everyday occurrence. Much of these issues could have been dealt with and a satisfactory outcome except for poor communication, laziness, pride and ignorance.

I Need To Be Out There In Thailand Immediately…

I need to be out there in Thailand on site immediately to sort things out. (If it’s not too late). As it is I’m not due to go out there until 22 April so let’s see if we can hold off the build for a bit. There are other issues arising too that I regard as so serious that I will not mention them here at this time – but let me just say this:- the house build is not going at all very well at the moment. In fact it’s stopped!

And these photos were sent to me by the Architect after he visited the site on Tuesday 29 March, 2011, not by Kanyah. Thereby another problem and story.

More on that later when I have sorted the problems out (if indeed I can).

OK, here are some progress photos taken last week.

Image of Pakchong House Main Roof Front View

Pakchong House Main Roof Front View

Above, the main roof tiles are finished and looks good. Also I can just see a thin strip of wood on the second floor – it looks like the second floor balcony flooring is being installed.

Image of Pakchong House Main Roof Rear View

Pakchong House Main Roof Rear View

I like the natural color of the roof tiles. In the beginning I chose bright red color, but this color is more natural looking and fits in well with the rustic look I want for the house.

Image of Pakchong House Workshop

Pakchong House Workshop

Above, the rafters are in place for the balcony roof. In the foreground you can see a pile of widow frames on the floor.

This Construction Site Is untidy And Needs A Clean-Up

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Pakchong House Window Frames

Above, I’m highlighting the fact that the wooden window frames are just sitting unprotected on the ground exposed to the termites, the sun and the rain. A sure-fire recipe for damage. They should be stored in the workshop sitting on the concrete and away from the elements.

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Pakchong House Build Termite Food

Above, look at all that termite food, just sitting on the ground. Termites love soft wood and left here for a few weeks that pile of wood could soon turn into a pile of termite droppings!

And look at the masses of wooden posts used as scaffolding to access the upper parts of the house. A termite motorway to my brand new wooden floor!

We have a termite protection system installed under the ground floor slab but it’s not activated yet. The builder should clean up the site and get rid of the termite fodder.

Steel Roof Rafters Installed – Massive Progress On Our Retirement House Build

Pictures taken during the construction of our retirment house in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand between the second week of February and the first week of March, 2011

Approximately Two Weeks Ahead of The Planned Construction Schedule

As you will see in the photos at the bottom of this page the roof rafters have already been installed. These were scheduled to start on 22 March 2011 and be finished ready for the roof tiles to be installed commencing 31 March 2011.

So taking today’s date as 7 March, the roof rafters were installed at least two weeks earlier than scheduled. Allowing for the few days it takes Kanyah to send the photos to me and the fact that they would have started putting up the steel roof rafters a few days before that I would say that the progress of the couse construction is at least three weeks ahead of schedule.

Below is an extract from the construction schedule showing the dates for the roof installation.

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Construction Schedule 110307

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House Build Progress Photos – Earliest Ones First

Kanyah sent me the last set of photos which I posted on the website on the 17th of February, 2011, so three weeks have gone by without her sending me any photos until now. Therefore the oldest of the photos i’m posting here could have been taken three weeks ago.

Anyway here are a batch of photos showing the changes since the last set, namely, the ring beam complete at eaves level (to support the roof) and some blockwork walls started for the ground floor workshop.

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House Frame Side View 1

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House Frame Side View 2

If you look at the ground floor slab level on both the photo above and the photo below you will see what looks like wooden planks. As you should know, the walls and the floor will be in wood (on the second floor level).

I can’t tell from the photos what those wooden planks on the photos are for. Before the wooden floor planks are laid there must be a supporting structure of wooden joists and the wood I can see on the photos looks too thin for that purpose.

Next time Kanyah calls from Thailand I will ask what this wood is for and where it is to be used.

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House Frame Side View 3

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House Frame Side View 4

Above and below I’m baffled how such a flimsy arrangement of wooden sticks nailed together can support all that concrete when it has been poured into the formwork and has no strength of it’s own. but now I think of it, I can’t see any formwork, so what is the wood for?

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House Frame Side View 5

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House Frame Side View 6

In the photo above, the two white ‘blocks’ in the foreground ar stacks of wteel mesh fencing panels awaiting erection around the perimeter of the land. Actual photographs of the panels after installation are further down the page.

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Posts For Front Wall 1

Above and below the concrete columns for the from wall are in preparation. 20 m of wall (minus the gate), cost to me 49,000 Baht.

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Posts For Front Wall 2

Now let’s change the subject and introduce Jalan and a disappointing (and dangerous) practice.

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A Happy Worker - Is This Jalan?

Above, Kanyah keeps talking about Jalan, her nephew who has come to stay with her in Pakchong to help supervise the house build. His primary function is to act as an inspector and to make sure that the house is constructed in accordance with the construction drawings. I paid for a high quality set (42 sheets!) of drawings produced by a Thai Architect based in Bangkok and I’m very glad that I did.

Jalan also took charge of assembling and erecting the perimeter fence, assisted by one labor, and when you look at the photos you’ll see what a neat job he has made of it (except for the welding!)

I have never met Jalan and am guessing that’s him in the photos. He looks happy enough, but Kanyah told me yesterday that he was not well and couldn’t work. His eyes were hurting and he had to put drops in them. Why?

Don’t Weld Galvanized Steel!

Kanyah tried to explain what had happened to Jalan and after looking at the photos I came to a conclusion what had happened to him. I deduced that he was suffering from the fumes that arise when welding galvanized steel (on the fence). I know from first hand experience how awful they can be because I had done it myself many years ago.

I had to make this educated guess at what had happened since Kanyah doesn’t know the English for ‘galvanized’ steel nor ‘welding’ (and I don’t know the Thai words). I immediately sent this warning message by email to Kanyah:-

“Important Safety Warning

DO NOT WELD GALVANIZED STEEL. Galvanized steel contains a zinc coating that produces carcinogenic and poisonous gas when it is burned. Exposure to the stuff can result in heavy metal poisoning (welding shivers) – flu like symptoms that can persist for a few days, but that can also cause permanent damage.

Before welding, grind off the galvanizing.

After welding must paint with special paint”

I,m very annoyed at this. Not only is welding galvanized steel dangerous (and at best very uncomfortable) it completely destroys the anti-rust benefits of the galvanizing. Why oh why did kanyah not send me the details of the fencing system before she bought it. I asked her to end me the information in the post but she never did.

Strong headed and short tempered she did what she wanted without using my experience and we lose out. Typical. Very difficult trying to control a house build project in this way.

Below are the tell-tale marks from welding.

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Fence Panel Welding

Image of the Wedding Machine Used To Weld The Galvanized Steel Fence Panels

The Wedding Machine Used To Weld The Galvanized Steel Fence Panels

In the next photo, Jalan seems happy mixing concrete – presumably for the fence posts.

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Mixing Concrete By Hand

Image of Fence Panels Neighbor Noi's Side

Fence Panels Neighbor Noi's Side

Image of Fence Panels Blue House Neighbor's Side 1

Fence Panels Blue House Neighbor's Side 1

In the photo above you can see the fence on the blue house  neighbor’s side of the land. I have marked the power poles installed by the electricity company to bring the electrical power into our land.

Image of Fence Panels Blue House Neighbor's Side 2

Fence Panels Blue House Neighbor's Side 2(Alan's comments)

Above, you can see what a neat job Jalan has made of the fence (except for the welding) and how long our plot of land is.

Next, the later photos – the house is really taking shape now that the steel roof rafter are in place.

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House Frame Roof Side View 1

Image of House Frame Roof Gable View 1

House Frame Roof Gable View 1

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House Frame Roof Gable View 2

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House Frame Roof Distant View 1

The next few photos show the blockwork wall forming the ground floor workshop.

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House Frame Blocks Side View 1

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House Frame Blocks Side View 2

In the picture below you can see the first of the window frames for the ground floor workshop.

Image of the Workshop Walls and Window

The Workshop Walls and Window

And below is a close up of the window frame.

Image of the Workshop Window

The Workshop Window Frame

Above, you can see the angled temporary supports for the workshop window frame. There seems to be a row of ‘bricks’ or half-thickness blocks just under the window frame, I suppose to make the height correct for the window frame.

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