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By sometimewoodworker
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After 2 half days and 3 full ones the metal part of the roof is finishing
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Now it's time to relax and go fishing

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2 views of the roof inside the workshop

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Preparing for posting at 3:22 p.m. Tuesday, 29 November 2016
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By sometimewoodworker
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A couple of local delicacies while I'm preparing the next episode

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By sometimewoodworker
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Early March

Now the roof is on the interior work doesn't have to stop because of rain.

The workshop windows are taking shape

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Runway beam and internal workshop wall with second roof and windows

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Detail of water prevention

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Wire mesh to stop the render cracking at the joints between the AAC block and concrete framework

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Preparing the roof for its PU foam coating

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Looking down into the workshop, a view that will soon be blocked.

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Standard Thai septic tank

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Demonstrating the correct way to tie a knot.

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Preparing for posting at 8:44 a.m. Friday, 09 December 2016
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By sometimewoodworker
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Early March continued crane detail

In the foreground is the bridge girder

Cutting a section of I-beam to form end trucks

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Smoothing the cut on the top of the end truck

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Lifting the bridge girder so it can be bolted to the end trucks

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The bridge girder is now attached to the end trucks but still needs stabilising.

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Stabilisers being cut from another length of I-beam

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Putting on some nice yellow paint

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Render undercoat

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Smoothing the render topcoat

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Preparing for posting at 11:46 a.m. Friday, 09 December 2016
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By sometimewoodworker
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March PU foam:
The foam has two primary functions in our case to insulate from heat is the main one but equally important is sound reduction. We are in the tropics and so when it rains it is often really heavy so much so that with no sound insulation it is difficult to hear people if they don't shout.

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Notice the protective head gear :)

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The protection is a balaclava, so he can breathe and a plastic food bag to protect the balaclava and his eyes.

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It's going up quickly. I decided that 25mm was likely to be enough and a reasonable balance between cost and performance

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The foam is adding to the water resistance of the roof

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It also helps seal the roof.

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The foam is good at sticking to most surfaces so they need protecting

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Preparing for posting at 8:18 a.m. Monday, 12 December 2016
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By sometimewoodworker
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March PU foam: final

Protective clothing ;) the shirt and trousers are thrown away after two jobs!

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The safety protecting plastic bag is changed when needed, about 1 per hour

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The pump and two of the chemical barrels used

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The workshop wall and window openings with the foamed roof

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Inside the workshop withe the dividing wall to reduce noise transfer into the house side. You can see the completed crane in place

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A pressure test that was using way too much pressure (but mostly holding)

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The correct pressure easily being held by the water system, that uses PPR pipe.

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Sacks of render being offloaded

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Our pickup using the workshop loading dock

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Preparing for posting at 3:34 p.m. Monday, 12 December 2016
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By sometimewoodworker
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A little bit of history first

This picture is from about 2006 or 2008 you can easily see the posts for our water house. We put them in when digging the earth to raise the base for our house forming the first pool

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The next satellite picture was about 6 years later and clearly shows the completed water house, sunshade and SWMBO's 3 pools together with evidence of her hard work in the garden

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Then we have a lower resolution picture from November or December 2015 showing progress in the garden and foundations of the house

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Very much to our surprise google updated the imagery again in April 2016 so you can now see the finished roof and temporary gravelled drive way

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Everyone, including SWMBO raking the drive gravel

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This gives a sense of the size of the workshop with its ensuite toilet and shower.

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Mostly finished window openings

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Another view out of the workshop, enough power points?

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A view out of our bedroom

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Putting in gutter down pipes

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Preparing for posting at 10:02 a.m. Friday, 16 December 2016
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By sometimewoodworker
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April-> May

The kitchen living room is progressing

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SWMBO moving ghost trees

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From the front it's looking more house like

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Back in Japan it's wisteria season

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And strange gift season as well

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4 views of the workshop

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Car access and loading bay

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Preparing for posting at 10:58 a.m. Thursday, 29 December 2016 (Thailand)
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By sometimewoodworker
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May -> June

The house is progressing

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The workshop floor was supposed to be mostly flat, it wasn't!

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It is now, mostly

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Preparing for posting at 11:20 a.m. Thursday, 29 December 2016 (Thailand)
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By sometimewoodworker
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Back after a bit of hard work with progress

The windows are ready for shipping.

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The window and door installation team having a bit of a sit down after the 500km drive from Bangkok.

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Assembling the longer windows

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A very unusual site on a Thai building site, a safety harness.

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One of the high level opening windows

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Some workers don't bother with the safety equipment.

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One of the window frames will need to be replaced as it was imperfectly made.

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Local colour. The school bus rescues an iron buffalo.

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A start on the outside ceiling

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By sometimewoodworker
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The laminated IGU's coming off the truck

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Two of the installation team's drills

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Fitting a kitchen/living room window

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The workshop windows are going in

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A couple of doors

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The bedroom windows

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More workplace safety

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By sometimewoodworker
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The details of the glass for one of the doors.


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The village decided to enlarge some of the water storage so you can get a look at both the house and wter "sala" from the road

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SWMBO decided on the design for our front (show) wall

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Having picked up a load of our tiles and thincoat it is really convenient to bring the pickup into the workshop so we can keep everything dry, probably about 1 ½ tonnes.


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A view of a few of the workshop windows together with my crane.

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My workshop shower and toilet with a couple of tile pictures.

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SWMBO doing a quality control check on the fitting of the tiles in living room/kitchen

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The computer room looking from the living room.

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Master bedroom ceiling detail.

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By sometimewoodworker
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Some of the lighting in the master bedroom with dimmable colour changing LED's

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The living room floor

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The living room ceiling from the same view point

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The master shower and toilet with SWMBO's choice of pictures

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Tiles going down in the workshop. There are 3 different tile styles because we bought many of our tiles after the Bangkok flooding a couple of years ago at half price but had to guess the area we would need as we hadn't designed the house then.

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By sometimewoodworker
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I had to make a quick visit, in advance of my retirement from teaching in Japan, to take some more tools to Thailand.

This is the secondary use of the workshop, secure parking, out of sight is out of mind.

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I'm looking forward to outfitting the workshop and getting to work on all the projects I have lined up.
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