The Rice Field Project Part 29 : Foundation and beams

As part of Living in Thailand, the Rice Field Project follows our journey of buying land, preparing it for building our house and finally building our house. This is part 28, to read the other parts click The Rice Field Project. We bought the first plot of land in September 2017. The extra plot of land was bought in November 2017. The real construction of the house started 29 October 2018 and the erecting of the first pole was at 8 November 2018.

Status report at 17 November 2018 : So what happend since the last update 10 days ago? In the previous update you did see there were 18 holes made and in each hole a footing with a pole of steel on top. Well those poles have been cast with cement and the holes have been closed. While doing that there was also made a big hole behind the house. This hole is for the septic tanks. Two tanks of each 3 cement rings. Each ring is 50cm high. Later a third tank of plastic will be placed.
The next step was making beams between the poles. This beams are 20cm into the grond and 20cm sticking above the ground. On top of the beams will be made a cement floor of 10cm thick. And today they will be starting with the casting of the beams above the beams. That will be to just under the beams for the floor of the house.

All the steel frames are created by hand right at the spot. The castings of the cement are ready made panels in different sizes for different jobs. The cement is brought in with a big cement truck but mostly poured in by hand carrying a bucket of cement. While pouring in the cement someone is sticking a stick into the soft cement to be sure there is no air in the cement.

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