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by VincentD
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Home, Lifestyle & Family
Topic: Rubber snakes
Replies: 2
Views: 269

Re: Rubber snakes

Rubber snakes don't deter mynahs. They've built a nest on the ledge above where I've hung the snake. And the snake isn't just 20 baht, cost me a lot more, the small ones are useless. But it did come already pre-strung with clear nylon fishing line, so I'm assuming the locals find them useful. I boug...
by VincentD
Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Digital Realm
Topic: Which Mobile Phone?
Replies: 380
Views: 37685

Re: Which Mobile Phone?

Haha. And here I was, thinking it would have four wheels.. Many other rugged smartphones on the market, CAT comes to mind. Don't think too many of us would really want that amount of bulk in the pocket for day-to-day use. I've ditched my 5" Acer phone and got the Sony Xperia Z3 compact (4.6" screen)...
by VincentD
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Property & Real Estate
Topic: Land boundary markers
Replies: 9
Views: 595

Re: Land boundary markers

My take on it. (Based on the wife getting the family plot surveyed late last year). 1. Get the Land Office to do it. Officially. They will have a queue. Just wait your turn. 2. A land surveyor doing it on his day off is not official. Even though he may work there. 3. As per 2., a land surveyor using...
by VincentD
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Property & Real Estate
Topic: Thai law on property rights and marriage
Replies: 8
Views: 486

Re: Thai law on property rights and marriage

i had a copy of the regs back then, purchased from a lawyer's office in Silom. Think I lost it in the last great flood of 2011. Baically, Sin sod - dowry Sin son tua - personal property before marriage. This is yours, and needs to be declared before you tie the knot. It remains so after marriage and...
by VincentD
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New to the Forum
Replies: 9
Views: 618

Re: New to the Forum

You'll read a lot of gripes on the forum from members, I'm sure you know that's what expat forums are like, take most with a pinch of salt. :) 404CJ, Not all are gripes.. Thing is, human nature is such that the good things seldom find their way into the public arena.. Will have been here as PR 30 y...
by VincentD
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: NHS treatment back in the UK if resident in HH?
Replies: 27
Views: 1043

Re: NHS treatment back in the UK if resident in HH?

My appendix decided to burst when we were visiting... I don't think I'd be here now if I had had to go to a government hospital here. VS On a slight tangent here, but healthcare nonetheless. The government hospitals here can be a bit hit or miss, but you do get good and timely medical treatment. Ta...
by VincentD
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Property & Real Estate
Topic: Possible land purchase 2.5km outside HH centre. Planning to build houses. Advice please.
Replies: 25
Views: 1834

Re: Possible land purchase 2.5km outside HH centre. Planning to build houses. Advice please.

OBR My younger brother tried what you are proposing to do, also around the same age group and still single. It didn't work out. If you're not retired, and can't show an income source locally (rent from abroad doesn't count) you're under the radar and will eventually end up in the authorities' sights...
by VincentD
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello all. Newbie in Manchester.
Replies: 10
Views: 775

Re: Hello all. Newbie in Manchester.

Hi Bobby Some advice.. From someone who's been here around thirty years. Don't take it to heart, but rather with a large pinch of salt.. 1. Don't burn bridges. Keep your property, don't sell up. Not at your age. 2. Enjoy the GFE while it lasts. (girl friend experience) 3. As another poster advised, ...
by VincentD
Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Ask The Expats
Topic: Chrome plating
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: Chrome plating

BTW, Mamod is the brand name of an old steam-powered toy so it's not oversize.. Always wanted one but they were expensive back then. Remember my neighbour had one, fascinating to watch..
by VincentD
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:49 am
Forum: Ask The Expats
Topic: Chrome plating
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: Chrome plating

Good Sunday morning. A few comments, if I may... I used to work at a facility where we did aviation standard nickel plating on aero engine parts, the biggest obstacle to getting a good job done was always the part preparation. Extremely strong acids were used on superalloys to remove all traces of o...
by VincentD
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Motoring
Topic: Build an LED blinker circuit for my motorcycle
Replies: 6
Views: 374

Re: Build an LED blinker circuit for my motorcycle

Interesting as a project but in practice would advise getting a commercially available one, they are typically designed to directly replace whatever was there in the first place and be compliant with the law. There are certain shades of amber and red suitable for traffic; not all would comply. Also ...
by VincentD
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Motoring
Topic: Diesel particulate filters
Replies: 17
Views: 625

Re: Diesel particulate filters

Yes, have seen the articles and some videos on DPF death and that the prevention really is to thrash them once a week or so to get it up to operating temperature and do it's job. Never have been much of a diesel fan, but some of the more recent turbodiesel offerings are actually quite nippy. Was als...
by VincentD
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Ask The Expats
Topic: Chrome plating
Replies: 18
Views: 683

Re: Chrome plating

Lots of rather strong and nasty chemicals involved. Just go to the places that do plating, not worth the investment (and more so the environmental disposal aspects of waste materials that go with it). Most of these plating places do small job lots..
by VincentD
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Life In Thailand, Opinion & Relationships
Topic: Need to know things about thai GF
Replies: 3
Views: 592

Re: Need to know things about thai GF

Sigh. Doesn't have to be Thai; she could jolly well be an Amazonian or even Zulu. It's the relationship you've got with her. Deal with it.

If it's a problem with the language, learn it. Works wonders. I see someone dug up an older (7 years old) thread on that topic..
by VincentD
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Ask The Expats
Topic: Where to buy 12 Volt Garden Lights in Thailand
Replies: 4
Views: 419

Re: Where to buy 12 Volt Garden Lights in Thailand

Go to an auto accessories shop. I have used strip LED lighting (12V) for many projects. Most of these strip lights are already weatherproof and you can cut and join but may need some basic soldering skills. I, like you, do not like some of the stuff the locals do (like those 220V christmas tree ligh...