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  1. I would appreciate any advice regarding which a/c units are considered good and which should be avoided. We are building next to the sea and have been advised by an a/c installer to use Daikin as he claims they are the least prone to rusting. Other than the rusting issue, we would hope to install units which are reliable, relatively low maintenance and quiet in operation. Homepro are pushing the Samsung units at the moment, claiming they are low maintenance with some special filtration system, and they claim the Mitsubishi condensers are very durable against rusting. I have designed the house with good passive ventilation and lots of fans, and with decent sea breezes we would hope not to have to use a/c very much at all, but no doubt visitors will struggle without, and the humid wet season in the South will probably send us running for the on switch also at night time, or we may yet spend those months away with the house locked up. Would this low usage create any problems, i.e. should we run them periodically to prevent the mechanisms seizing up? Thank you in anticipation for your input.
  2. Thanks VocalNeal, very informative. I must confess to being a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to the Internet, I must try to get into the habit more. Always been used to having expert consultants around me on major projects for instant advice, now I'm on my own minor domestic project I'm not convinced I get the best or impartial advice from local tradesmen and sales staff. My reason for this platform enquiry was to get personal experience specific to what people have used here in Thailand and by the sea. The very useful general / maintenance advice is also very helpful and much appreciated from all who have chipped in, thank you.
  3. Yes, I've always been very happy with Mitsubishi. The build quality is better than Daikin IMHO. The Diakin had to be cleaned at least every three months because the airflow would start to make an annoying whooshing sound. I just came up to a year for a clean with a Mitsubishi Mr Slim with no airflow problems at all. One Diakin I had kept making a lot of annoying clicking sounds as the badly designed plastic enclosure made expansion and contraction noises. The Diakin installer had to strip it down and line the insides with tape to get rid of the noise. He said it was a common problem with them. Six months later the evaporator motor packed up. Never again. Daikin is an Indian company. Mitsubishi is Japanese. Enough said! Thanks for the detailed information. At least nobody has trashed Mitsubishi yet. Our temporary rented accommodation has Panasonic and they are not performing well, don't know how old they are though.
  4. Thanks amvet. How often do you strip them down for cleaning?
  5. Thanks for sharing your experience. Judging by by the other posters it sounds like you've been particularly unlucky, sorry to hear that. Are your Mitsubishi units performing well?
  6. Thanks trogers. How often and for how long should the units be run if generally stood dormant for a while?
  7. Many thanks to all contributors. I really appreciate your input.
  8. Lots of money to be made from fines OR expensive blindfolds on all the issues! Either way. It can only be good for the potential improvement in traffic law compliance and educating litter louts.
  9. Sadly, that's not true. They litter their own and their neighbours doorsteps indiscriminately. Then they are the first to complain when tourists numbers drop off, scratching their heads and wondering why..... Blaming the bad weather or anything else, other than their own obvious lack of civic pride. We drive past homes on our island that are piled high with junk and rubbish, that tourist are also subjected to when supposedly visiting the 'paradise' islands of Southern Thailand. We occassionally then drive a shortcut route on the mainland through a place of particular note, Lam Thap - North East of Krabi, where it is clear there is a sense of civic pride. The area is clean and tidy with well manicured frontages to their homes and businesses where few, if any, foreign visitors call into or even transit. Every time we travel this route I am bemused by the completely polar difference in attitudes of Thais towards their environment. A campaign to highlight the negative impact of all this pollution on tourism, and hence their direct income, in a lot of places around Thailand may just hit home. That is, optimistically of course, assuming there is a measure of logical thought in the indigenous population. Hmmmm.
  10. AIS works perfectly on Koh Lanta. You can buy a month's contract with AIS for 499 thb which gives you Internet use / free AIS - AIS calls and some allowance for other calls, not sure exactly what, we just checked today and my wife was explaining it to me up to the point where I decided we don't need it and so I switched off and have not got the accurate details.
  11. Congratulations. Good result all round.
  12. Steel welding advice required

    I had a good look today. Seems ok, just a couple of spots need plating I think. I'll get 4 of them to swing on it later and see if it stands up. I did that before and cracked a weld, so it seems a good test. Can't do it now though as my shoulder is in a bad way. Thanks again to all who responded.
  13. Our builder has had to make some adjustments to the steelwork in our roof structure to rectify their mistake. They have cut out sections of steel in a lattice truss and are welding the struts and cross bracing bars back together with the main header bar. As there are some quite large gaps between the sections being welded back together, largest being about 7 - 8mm, my question is whether a weld across such a large gap is strong enough. The steel sections are 1.8mm RHS. I have heard it said that a weld is stronger than the steel being joined, is that correct or an old wives tale? Any expert knowledge would be very much appreciated thanks.
  14. Steel welding advice required

    Thanks for your reply. Some in tension on a hanging / unsupported corner of a castellated eaves / lintol beam and a gable wall which hang off a double rafter - double decked and braced on a stepped roof line. The castellated eaves beam and gable wall framing will be in compression at the strut & cross bracing connections. There will be an element of lateral wind pressure also, as the lintol beam and gable wall are clad in boarding, in a seafront location. The welder had some sort of glasses, didn't make out what, and a heavy material head cape with eye slits. The best protected I've seen so far. His boss the general contractor used to be a welder in his working days, so I've got my fingers crossed he knows what he's doing. He's a new face on the job so I guess he was brought in specially to sort out this problem, hopefully, properly!!
  15. Steel welding advice required

    Thanks, but I don't know how I'd explain that to them through my wife / translator! I'd even need to google it to see what it is myself...
  16. Steel welding advice required

    Thanks, good point. I had thought the ends being welded looked a bit ropey.
  17. Steel welding advice required

    Thanks Hutch. I'll get up close with my specs on and do a proper inspection tomorrow.
  18. Steel welding advice required

    Thanks very much for the advice and reassurance. They are definitely using my welding rods to fill the gaps, labour only so costs them nothing. I will take a much closer look when they've finished. I've learnt from many years of past experience as an architect not to comment on a part finished job, but there are definitely no bridging plates / straps or rebar inserts as yet. I don't mind the nominal expense of the welding rods as long as it is a strong enough job ultimately, which you have reassured me is probably the case. I've already identified a couple of spots I will be insisting on bridging plates. Thankfully we have a builder who is eager to please, and I can generally get everything done to my satisfaction. Is there a professional anything on these small scale building projects. I guess the majority of trades with small builders have learnt on the job from their peers, not in a technical colleges like the UK. I'm pushing as hard as I can for a good product and have had a good few follow on trades, decorators / tillers / ceiling installers comment that they've not seen better in Thailand. I have, reluctantly, come to compromise on the local capabilities / quality, not to say this is only a Thai problem, I've made a living out of sorting out construction problems over many years all over the world. Disappointments everywhere, and not least in the UK. Finally, a big thank you to all who have taken the time to respond.
  19. But you don't want to retire too late either otherwise you won't have long left. A US friend of mine showed me an article from the US that people were saving too much for their retirement and died with a decent amount still left. How can you save too much for retirement?? The fact is nobody knows how long they are going to survive into retirement and I wouldn't want to run out mid stream and end up living in poverty if I was reliant on capital. Retirement planning should incorporate a reliable income / pension, and the capital is really of no consequence unless you have a crystal ball and can predict your day of departure.
  20. I was considering this type of investment a few years ago. The company I spoke to told me all loans were secured by assets, but when asked to confirm that my capital was guaranteed they refused. Suffice to say I took it no further.