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    Re: The Emu story.

    The rice harvest is on in our area. Most available space is used for drying. There are long queues at the rice merchants every day. A lot of the rice is still laying flat from all the rain, and can't be picked up by mechanical harvester, and is cut by hand.

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    Re: The Emu story.

    Thank you for taking an interest Susana. I feel like deleting the whole thing. I know if I was reading this , I would be interested in developments, but not to be. Share for interest, but mai mee. Hmmm.

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    Re: The Emu story.

    emu-I think a lot of people are interested-your thread has has 1370 views! People do not post because they do not know what to say, or they may have trouble in writing English-or just don't want to ask what may seem to them dumb questions! Please persevere with the thread. I find it very interesting -and soothing after dealing with what is going on in BKK at the moment!

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    Re: The Emu story.

    I am interested in architecture of all types, and at the same time 'living off the grid' and non-traditional building methods. I like to see how things in Thailand are done in comparison to building in the U.S.. And of course I prefer personal stories.

    I agree with Khun Don. Since so many people have read/viewed your thread there are many who are interested. It is of course good to have confirmation with a 'thanks'.

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    Re: The Emu story.

    Emu, your thread is very, very interesting and informative. If you recall, I strongly urged you to write it It's because this is exactly the type of story that enriches a forum like this! It presents your experiences as you try to develop your abode-practically starting from scratch. I particularly like the way you present the details, including measurements, expenses, technical calculations, and all. This approach can give prospective builders an idea how to go about constructing a house in a provincial area in Thailand. I plead guilty of not making any comments earlier because I didn't want to display my ignorance about such technical matters. LOL But I have been enjoying reading your story and viewing the photos.

    Thanks for posting it!

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    Re: The Emu story.

    Hi

    Emu have you seen the builders or contractors shoot one grade or even use a level other than the water bubble level.

    at my school they are building a new 4 story cement building with 24 classrooms and officeI have not seen a transit on site or even any levels all I have seen is a plumb bob.

    no inspectors no cement testing.at least they are using alot of rebar

    I have been in the bulding trades for over 35 yrs and it boggles my mind how they build here.

    are you going with total cement structure? or traditional thai wood building.
    the ones I have seen in Issan are beautiful with solid wood beams "trees " for support and the wooden roofs with the curved eves.

    I will be interested in seeing your final cost when all is said and done what is the sq ft of your house or sq meter.

    I know a few yrs back when I had money I was just going to buy an existing farang house
    instead of going thru all the hassle. I could get a really nice rather large house on a couple rai for around million baht

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    Re: The Emu story.

    When I was not at school I watched the workers my father-in-law hired build a house. They just built it. That's all. But like you said, they used lots of rebar. All six of the houses in our compound were built on a concrete slab above a stream coming in from the river. It's all still there.

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    Spirit/water bubble levels-not needed! And he only was forced to spend the money because he ran into a few problems!

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    Re: The Emu story.

    Thanks everyone. Busy tonight, but I'll continue tomorrow.

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    Re: The Emu story.

    "It was meant to cost nothing but some things went wrong so we ended up spending 150 (pounds) on it." If only all such projects went so well!

    The house we lived in when I was born was made of railroad ties and chinked with mud & straw. It must not have been finished inside because I remember my dad working on the walls. It had a rock chimney and front porch. I have good memories of living there.

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