Status of various things in Bangsaphan

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Re: Status of various things in Bangsaphan

Post by buksida » 26 Sep 2020 11:58

Have we lost people (due to immigration I suspect more then virus)?

No more than usual for this time of year when there are no tourists here anyway.

Are hotels, restaurants, entertainment beginning to open?

No, there are more closures due to the lack of business.

Have land prices reduced? (man's got to dream....)

No, people are still asking silly money despite the above, the only land shifting now is between wealthy Thais.

Market in BS Yai is open?
Liquor stores are stocked?


Yes, and yes.

BS has been spared pretty much everything Covid related - it is life as usual here. Enjoy! :D

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Re: Status of various things in Bangsaphan

Post by cjsiam » 27 Sep 2020 22:43

Thanks!
Glad to know things are still taking a slow pace, but moving...

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Re: Status of various things in Bangsaphan

Post by cjsiam » 07 Feb 2021 08:28

So....

We start construction...local family watching the start....ground breaking....
With Luck....April....
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Re: Status of various things in Bangsaphan

Post by buksida » 11 Feb 2021 07:48

Try and get a backup power supply, or install solar adding the wiring as you build. Those outages are getting worse - had three this week, and its only Thursday!

Good luck.

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Re: Status of various things in Bangsaphan

Post by cjsiam » 12 Feb 2021 12:52

Timely response---thanks!
So---advising the power company of our needs...that has to happen...I suspect we might be on edge of circuit (in terms of limits and support) so....will be looking at how to mitigate that...fortunately (I think?) we're close to the
Coral and they have connections (and good power...)

Questions for the assembled hordes:
1) what kind of UPS do you use for your computers?
2) Do you put many items on "surge protectors" -- if so what do you use?
3) Where is best place to purchase these in BS area? or do you have to go to Hua-Hin?
4) Where is the closest--and where is the best---computer shop for printers/monitors/UPS etc?

I apprecaite any pointers about most any of the things I'd need....

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Re: Status of various things in Bangsaphan

Post by buksida » 13 Feb 2021 10:00

cjsiam wrote:
12 Feb 2021 12:52
Coral and they have connections (and good power...)
The power company (PEA) is useless, Coral has its own private transformer, you will be on the public one unless you buy your own - which still won't help you when it goes out up the line (every third day at the moment).
cjsiam wrote:
12 Feb 2021 12:52
Questions for the assembled hordes:
1) what kind of UPS do you use for your computers?
2) Do you put many items on "surge protectors" -- if so what do you use?
3) Where is best place to purchase these in BS area? or do you have to go to Hua-Hin?
4) Where is the closest--and where is the best---computer shop for printers/monitors/UPS etc?
1 - Standard 750 VA unit. But it has not prevented having to replace almost every component in a high-end PC that is just two years old (boxing up the RX570 graphics card to send back as I type this).

2 - Yes, have at least 6 of them but it makes no difference - when the local transformer that supplies this area explodes (very often), the power drops to a single phase (130 volts) which most appliances designed for 230v do not appreciate. It takes the PEA on average two hours to fix this - every time ... the same problem ... every few days.

3 - Nothing available in BS, but can order online.

4 - Hua Hin or online.

Tips:
Do not buy anything high-end/expensive as it will get fried within a few months.
If you need to work on a PC have a laptop as a backup and a mobile internet connection in addition to your hard-wired one (which also goes out very often).
Unplug/isolate anything expensive when you're not using it.
Invest in solar if you can - cheaper to add the wiring while you're building than afterward.

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Re: Status of various things in Bangsaphan

Post by migrant » 14 Feb 2021 05:02

When I lived in Maine, where the power went out often, many people had a generator hard wired into the house. They had a switch that automatically turned it on when power went out. When we were going to build in BS it was on my list to look into and see if possible there but we never built and I never followed up.

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Post by buksida » 14 Feb 2021 10:38

Yep, its also something I'm considering, there is a shop up on the Petchkasem road that has a few of them - the new quiet ones.

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Re: Status of various things in Bangsaphan

Post by buksida » 21 Feb 2021 11:56

Today the Koi pond pump has gone bang after the latest transformer explosion and power outage this morning.

Be prepared - it gets expensive replacing stuff.

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Re: Status of various things in Bangsaphan

Post by buksida » 01 Mar 2021 08:48

Another weekend, another power outage - almost three hours on Sunday afternoon.

I'm now in the process of getting quotes for solar power for the full house - brief calculations suggest it will be paid back in 4-5 years as the electric bills are going up. A that does not factor in savings on lost productivity time and fried appliances.

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Re: Status of various things in Bangsaphan

Post by cjsiam » 01 Mar 2021 11:32

Interested to know what you're specifying in your bid....

Including inverter and connection to the mains? After meter I'd assume?
I suspect the PEA doesn't really love these ideas? or are they up for it?

Will you be trickle charging a battery, and running off that if power drops?
Will it switch over automatically (and do you need a controller for that?)?

As you can see if you drive down toward ITalay, we're starting construction...and providing power/
Short term battery, et. Al. has been something I'm looking at--but can't work it into initial build....
I want to be there when we do this....so, interested in your experience and sources.....

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Re: Status of various things in Bangsaphan

Post by buksida » 02 Mar 2021 08:00

The cost of the setup will depend on the size of your house and of course your consumption. We get through anywhere between 600 and 800 units per month depending on the season (a/c on more in the hot season naturally). The bills vary wildly from around 1,600 up to over 3,000 and seem to be numbers pulled out of a hat - there is very little consistency with them regardless of usage.

The PEA are not interested in anything but taking money for the bill and charging a stupid amount to put posts in. So a private solar company must be used, the one in Hua Hin I'm talking to has estimated around 180k for the full setup and installation. I figure it'll take 4-5 years, maybe less, to get a ROI - utility bills are going up here (and peace of mind that my computer is not going to explode).

I'll be experimenting with a smaller kit first to test outputs and solar hours - it would be ideal to be totally off the main grid and be isolated from those surges though. Not only does the power blackout frequently but there are daily brownouts where the voltage drops to less than half - which of course pisses off anything plugged into it designed for 230v (this is what just buggered up our pond pump).

The joys of living in the boonies. If you need to work on a computer or anything electronic you'll notice it a lot, however, most people living here are retired with little to do all day so it doesn't seem to bother them.

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