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PostPosted: Apr 28th, '13, 20:12 
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Hi Paul,
Fish tanks,don't what's in the budget,but the company I purchased my barrels from had the most perfect plastic tanks,manufactured from the same poly as the barrels,looking very similar in that dark blue colour with paler inside. Anyway they were approx 3 ft deep slightly tapered sides and approx 10/12ft DIA,the minute I saw them if it wasn't for the existing pond they would be mine,there were two other sizes both smaller. They really do look the business.
Now the stinger the large pool was 7200 Baht,didn't ask for the others.
If this could be of any help I can take the good lady to see if I can find out the supplier.

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Hi Dasboot,

Probably they are from Comos, a Thai brand that manufactures all kinds of PE tanks. Ridiculous expensive and mostly sold through these plastic shops with tanks, boats and all kinds of PE containers. But check if these are from the same brand. If not, We can find the importer or manufacturer of it.

Just had a power outage in the province. 9 hours out of business. Backup didn't go further then 6, so we had to turn it of and on at times to stretch it. Hope the 8 tilapia will survive this. Tank looks murky now.... :upset:

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Slowly but surely the rainy season is kicking in here. The frame for the high tunnel has to get on hold for a little while. Hoops are up, purlins done, foot and hip board done, storm cables in place. Remaining frame work is going to be done in between other works.

From tomorrow we start to focus on the workshop. The hoop parts have to be welded together, feet welded and lots of holes to be drilled in the concrete slab to anchor the whole construction. I guess we might have a couple of weeks left before it really starts to pour down, before that we need to have at least the roofing done on this one to stay dry!

So much to do, so little time (so much rain!). :wave1:

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Hi Paul,
Took your advice and had a couple of days off just driving around searching for shops,things that could be of use for my build,it paid dividends,sourcing a lot of items or there equivilant,after scouring the interweb even found a supplier for clay balls,I put the link here if it's of use.
http://www.accenthydroponicsthailand.co ... anded-clay
Hope all is going well,making progress here if slightly on the slow side.

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Thanks, Dasboot. My wife already found them, but now I had a look too. Good place, as it seems.

Here also slow, Thai speed. Now busy with the workshop/garage to get a roof above our heads for the rainy season. We have to stop regularly because of rain. Soon update with some pictures of progress.

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We had the mother of all storms last night,it's quite a sight sat on the porch,rain as heavy as I have witnessed the sky almost permanently lite by lightning,at least the temp comes down when it rains. Just about to go down and check everything is still ok.

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Short update:

We are now busy with building the workshop, a sort of Quonset Hut of 18 x 8 meter. The hoops are up and about 60% of the purlins are welded on. We have a lot of interruptions because of rain and thunderstorms, so progress is slow. As you can see on the pic there is again something brewing in the sky! However, hopefully end of next week the frame will be completed so we can move on to get the walls up.

The tent inside of the frame is our temporary workshop (8x4 meters) to protect the tools from rain and sun.


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Working on the workshop......

The rain season is slowly kicking in and we have to stop more often to let it all pass and wait for the soil to dry enough to walk on. I've used the down time to work on the design of the workshop and the never ending story of sourcing good quality and reliable materials. In a region where concrete, steel and plastic rules as building material it can be hard to get things. Most is a case of ordering from Bangkok, where they seem to be more in contact with mondial construction methods.

No opportunity yet to make some attractive pictures (some sun and bright sky) of the progress, but as a panacea I have some "shots" of the Sketchup design.

As soon it is possible, I will make some pictures of the real thing. Until then..........


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Weather still grey and unattractive, so instead a picture of the solar panels we imported into Thailand. 42 x 320Wp (13.4Kwh) which will give us about 67.2Kw per day. Way too much I realized afterwards, so we'll start first with about 20-24 of them. If that turns out to be not enough, we'll keep adding until they can satisfy our "needs".

We're going to use inverters from SMA, a Sunny Boy 5000 in combination with Sunny Island 8.0H plus some fancy stuff around it for monitoring and control. Batteries going to be from Trojan, 24 x 2V 1110 Ah each.

If I don't electrocute myself in an early stage of installation, it will be all up and running in about 2 months. Providing the weather (rain, rain, rain) to cooperate.

Picture taken in the transport hub in Bangkok, on its way to Nong Khai.


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Another thing happened a couple of days ago. We had a Papaya tree getting wild in the IBC test system, shooting out like whatever and starting to give fruit. Just to find it yesterday morning blow over by the wind. Bad luck. Proves that you should not do this outside, since the bigger trees cannot find enough hold in the gravel to withstand the sometimes hard winds here. Well, let's hope it survives the transplant to the land into good old clay ground.


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Paul are there any more updates?


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Looks pretty neat Domani.

Tell me, Geodomes seem like an awful lot of effort to construct.. are they worth it once complete?


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Very nice can't wait to see more!


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Much like bonsai, which is in fact what you are doing when you put a tree in a container, you need to secure the tree into the container.

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Paul are there any more updates?

One of these days I will update with some pics. Now fighting with the weather (rain, rain, rain) who's going to master the OSB plates....us with paint and protection or the rain washing it from the purlins...

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