Priority for today was getting the piling done for the kitchen extension. One of my greatest fears is that the extension will subside and pull away from the house. The neighbours have had a big problem with this – a problem their builders “fixed” by putting black plastic tape over the gap. There’s hardly a house in the moobaan which hasn’t had a kitchen extension or a car port built, and many of these have cracked badly. One house had a garage built (very unusual for Thailand). Unfortunately for the owners, it too started to subside, and risked ripping the whole front of the house off. It had to be torn down.

Anyway, I’ve gone for piling overkill so, fingers crossed, there shouldn’t be any problems.

Rather than use a pile driver, Thai builders have their own way of doing these things:

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