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  1. Since I live in Thailand and have to do my scouting, planning, diagramming, etc. by long distance, before turning it over to my GF's filipino brother, I need names and contact(preferably e-mail) info so I can ask questions
  2. Hey, that's great! Many thanks! The only question left is where can I buy them? Just one or two sources would make my day!
  3. You may be right, but unless there are attacks of flying termites, that's the only way they could attack a wood balcony, 10 feet off the ground, which is attached to a cement-built townhouse. Even then, flashing around the base of the balcony further reduces the chances of invasion. I'm from New Orleans, own a number of wood-frame houses as rentals and we have installed flashing karound and between brick piers, holding up the frame homes. It's worked for 15 years so far.
  4. I've never worked with concrete, but I suspect unless, as you say, you set up a metal box frame, supported by poles(10 feet above the ground) and devise a way of pouring the concrete into a tube and forcing it up 10 feet into that frame(which butts against the concrete wall of the townhouse), it's the only way to create a balcony floor. Then, while the concrete is drying, insert right angled poles at the floor corners(wood or aluminum). Wood is so much easier to work with and a lot faster and less dangerous. Agree?
  5. I've never worked with concrete, but I suspect unless, as you say, you set up a metal box frame, supported by poles(10 feet above the ground) and devise a way of pouring the concrete into a tube and forcing it up 10 feet into that frame(which butts against the concrete wall of the townhouse), it's the only way to create a balcony floor. Then, while the concrete is drying, insert right angled poles at the floor corners(wood or aluminum). Wood is so much easier to work with and a lot faster and less dangerous. Agree?
  6. Did you send it again? I just received an empty message from you. Can you send it direct to my e-mail? It's NOT PERMITTED Thanks!
  7. I''m an expat American who's retired an living in "Thailand. I contracted to have a townhouse built for my filipina girl friend in Manila(Cavite). Since I built my own wood-frame house in the States in 1988, I assume wood construction materials haven't changed much since then. This is apparently not the case in the Philippines. Instead of pressure-treated wood, it's kiln-dried wood. No problem with that. However, in designing a wooden balcony to attach to the townhouse, I made scores of contacts(mostly filling out on-line forms and asking questions) to hardware stores, building supply firms and construction materials companies to get prices. The good news is that the few prices I got are for 2" x 4" x (various lengths). The bad news is that I also need 2" x 6" x 8',10' and 12' lengths and no one seems to stock them. If you know any shops or companies I can contact, I'd really appreciate it. It's driving me crazy and there is NO substitute for a 2" x 6" piece of wood. I will gladly follow up any and all suggestions!
  8. I haven't forgotten you. I'm waiting for the specs of the balcony we need to build, so it may be a few weeks. I'll be in touch.
  9. I have sent countless e-mails and filled out forms of various building materials, manufacturers and hardware stores and no one has responded. I need to buy pressure-treated lumber for my GF whose family lives in Cavite, while we live in Thailand. That's why we prefer not calling(put on hold, no answer, etc.) and it's cheaper to just send an e-mail, whre we can stipulate the size and dimensions of the pieces we want without any confusion. Know any source that WILL reply? Or is there a chart of dimensional lumber that is a competitive list of material?
  10. Excellent points. I need to add that regarding financial resources, I will sponsor her, since she is a student finishing second in her class in her 4-year business degree program in July. My income[ as confirmed by my 2017 IRS forms] is well above any minimum they require and she will stay in my U.S.condo, which I own. All of the above[and more] will be documented through copies which she will bring to her interview.
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