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By sometimewoodworker
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More from November

Adding money to the foundations for luck
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Neighbors helping putting up one of the first posts

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Neighbors helping putting up the other of the first posts
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Thin concrete base
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Correct, but uncommon, spacers under the rebar
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Irrelevant banana plants just beside the house
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Again a common sight in the UK a concrete bucket, but less common in Thailand
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We are going to use a UFER ground but our architect decided to add a ground spike as well

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An unusual, for Thailand, spiral stirrup.

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Preparing for posting at 3:47 p.m. Thursday, 13 October 2016 (my class is busy now)
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By phil.p
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Bananas? Common in Thailand, less common in GB. I've just been told to cut back the one on my allotment as it is too big and they don't allow trees. I don't think they liked it when I told them bananas aren't trees. :D
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By sometimewoodworker
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phil.p wrote:Bananas? Common in Thailand, less common in GB. I've just been told to cut back the one on my allotment as it is too big and they don't allow trees. I don't think they liked it when I told them bananas aren't trees. :D

Of course you are completely correct it is a grass as is bamboo and papaya. So the jobsworths should have banned very large/tall plants :lol: because they would probably allow a box tree.
By sunnybob
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Theres lots of banana plants / trees /herbs/ whatever, around here. You cant believe the space a single plant takes up. Incredible amount of green material for a few fruits/ vegetables/ whatever, and I dont even like them.
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By sometimewoodworker
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November December

More foundations
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Foundations completed and back filled
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Keeping them damp for the first week
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The house and workshop are going to be raised off the ground for a few reasons including, ease of repair of plumbing pipe if needed, making it more difficult for snakes, centipedes scorpions and other wildlife to get into the house/workshop.

Starting on beam supports
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More of the women construction workers

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The women are not limited to the lighter jobs

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The garden provides some free food for the work gang

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The workshop is being built to be able to park a car or few if we need to lock them up if we want to have a holiday. So some of the beams have a significant amount of rebar

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Preparing for posting at 8:27 a.m. Friday, 14 October 2016
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By sometimewoodworker
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December continued

The rebar framework

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The way locals mix concrete

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SWMBO is proud of the fish she can get from our pool

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A rarity in Thailand, a builder who does read the plans

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Shutting going in for the floor beams

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The shower/toilet gets a solid floor

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In the midst of the new there is a reminder that death is something that comes to us all.
Nui's grandmother died of a cerebral haemorrhage.

This is a body freezer

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Part of the ceremony

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The concrete poor is finished and ready for the floor planks

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Preparing for posting at 2:48 p.m. Tuesday, 18 October 2016
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By sometimewoodworker
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December continued

A Thai cremation is a spectator affair with family and friends paying their last respects.

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Then the monks give a last blessing

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And finally the body is cremated

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Back to the building, concrete planks are put down

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Rebar is put on top and formwork is put in place

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They did use a helicopter but might as well have not bothered as they didn't leve a flat floor.

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I managed to fly in on Christmas Day, as you can see in Thailand we can carry a few more people in one pickup than would be legal in the UK

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Preparing the column shuttering

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A crane carried concrete bucket is much easier than individual builders buckets

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Preparing for posting at 12:59 p.m. Wednesday, 19 October 2016
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By sometimewoodworker
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Christmas/New year

Wrapping the posts, using up a great auction purchase from 40 years ago

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The new year holiday break

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This is the time of year when the sugar can is burned to get ready for harvest

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New year starting on some top beams, concrete and steel

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Getting the front stairs ready steel I beams for the car ramp and parking/loading dock

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What happens if you get your measurements wrong

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One of the two trusses that will be about 18 meters long

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Preparing for top concrete beams

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Preparing for posting at 6:17 p.m. Wednesday, 19 October 2016
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By sometimewoodworker
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There's been a little bit of a hiatus due to replacing my iPad
Anyway continuing;

Starting with papaya for the main Issarn meal of somtam
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Getting the stars ready for pouring

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Spiral wound stirrups for round posts

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Re-enforcement for the security room

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A high tower is needed to place the forms

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The "finished" steps (there is a bit of problem with these, more later)

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Shutting going up for the security room

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Final welding on the 2 X 18 metre trusses

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Truss placement

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Fixing the trusses in place

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Preparing for posting at 3:01 p.m. Tuesday, 22 November 2016
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By sometimewoodworker
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With insulation being at least as important as in the UK the walls are going to be double AAC block construction

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The spacing of the skins is dependent upon the thickness of the posts

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AAC blocks

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A wall in progress

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The roof steel is going up

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The inside of the security room doesn't look too good at the moment

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Oxypropane cutting to length

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One of the big advantages of AAC bloc is that woodworking tools work.

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Another advantage is the very thin "glue" line needed

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Double walls mean that electricity and water pipes can go in the voids

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Preparing for posting at 3:34 p.m. Tuesday, 22 November 2016
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By sometimewoodworker
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Spacing and height for some of the workshop power sockets

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These are kitchen outlets, over and under the work surface.

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The roof substructure is close to finished

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More workshop outlets

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We had a problem with the water supply, so the fire brigade was used to supply water to each house!

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Roof frame again

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Workshop outlets

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Its a building site
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Outlets at about 50cm intervals

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Preparing for posting at 22:30 p.m. Tuesday, 22 November 2016
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