Building a Trellis

One of the many projects we wanted to achieve during out two month stay back at the village in Ubon Ratchathani was to build a trellis to encourage a vine that we had planted along the road verge to cover over the main frontage of the house.

Between half a dozen other projects going on I discovered early one morning a pile of steel piping had been delivered over night.

Total cost was 1,800 baht ($60) plus 25 baht (.80 cents) for delivery from Det Udom which is a 1 hour and 15 minute drive away!

Within half an hour this fella turned up and got to work putting it all together.

After cutting it all to size he welded the pieces together and then with the help of my brother in law started to erect the structure.

He then welded those pieces to the front fence.

This bloke was the elucidation of cool – note the one hand on the hip.

If you look closely you will see the power cord for the welder snaking away in the back ground.

The reason for this is because the only power option available to run such a thing was to plug in directly into the mains!

These next two photos were taken about ten days later showing the desired effect as the vine starts to take hold. I can’t wait to see what it looks like when we next get back to our home away from home.

5 responses to “Building a Trellis

  1. Nice! We have only one welder in the village that I know of (?) and Ngharm (I think it’s Isaan for beautiful? [phonetic spelling]). Ngharm has constructed our roofs and house and outbuildings (with help) and to keep the white ants at bay (to some extent) most of the structural stuff is steel. He also needs to ‘hook’ into the mains but we put extra heavy duty lines [electrical] through our little house re future, additional ‘energy’ needs. So he ‘hooks’ into our electrical junction box in the house ~ ‘… soooh, the point being …?’ that we can have said welding cords in the house for a copla weeks at a time ~ and I noticed in one of your photos the condition of your man’s lines and well, Ngharm’s is the same (or worse)! I have offered to pay for a new set of leads (especially when he operates during rain) and he justs laughs good naturedly at me and says ‘No, okair, fine for me’. Klazee! Anyways, he has had another 3 years operation out of the old ones and I gave up trying to buy the new set of leads (about 1,000 bahts [$34 Oz thereabouts]).

    Well, your trellis[work] should look really good by the time you guys get back to home Mark II. Hope everything in home Mark I (WA) is going good for you. Cheers Terry and Noi in Ban Makuea via T Nong Bo (UBON).

    • Hi Terry, great to hear from you. How did the trip go back to Australia? When are you going to start you own blog as some of your experiences in Thailand that you have mentioned to me here or via direct email make great reading!!

  2. Andrew if you need anymore welding work done then you should get it completed quickly before the welder’s eyes are totally kaput. It looks like he’s arc welding with little more than a pair of sunglasses on. The hand on the hip should be holding a face shield.

    The next time you visit your home the trellis will be so green and bushy you’ll wonder if there’s any metal under there at all.

    Best wishes from Udon Thani.

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  4. Terry & Noi Mason

    Hi GUyz! Hope all of you are well and having a great life.

    Just put in a Google Maps for where we live [as I still have no idea where we are in relation to Ubon or anywhere [then]…, and POP there’s a ‘Hi!’ there from you young Andrew.

    Seems that we miss you each time you [and your family] return home Mk II – these days I/we don’t get into town very much at all, .. prefer the village life [?], or at lest becoming a great recluse [Huh? Anti-social? HAh! Probably, but… 🙂 ]

    Cheers and LOVE to you all…

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