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Dear forum users,
Thank you for your patience with the Photo galleries. We've got your galleries online!
We have finished writing a custom script to migrate the PhotoPlog to vBulletin5’s albums.

Unfortunately V-Bulletin killed the "Photoplogs" in their software upgrade which was unforeseen and we're the first development group to have written a script for getting the galleries back... that said, it took some time to reverse engineer the code and get the albums to move over seamlessly!

Forum users will be able to access their “PhotoPlog” images through their user profile page by clicking on the “Media” tab.
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In order for users to create an album please follow the steps below.
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6) Once posted, the album will be created as a “Topic” on the albums page for the public to see. The topic title will be the “Photo Gallery Title” they created before uploading their photos.

To create this migration path we used vBulletin5’s default album structure. Unfortunately, it won’t work like the “PhotoPlog” but is an album/gallery component on the forum now.
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Mortar or not to mortar

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  • Mortar or not to mortar

    I am preparing to lay my first chain of bricks for the dome. I have read that this chain should be mortared to the hearth and I have read that it should not as the mortar might adversely affect the thermal expansion of the dome. I will greatly appreciate any input.

  • #2
    Re: Mortar or not to mortar

    Let it float.
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    • #3
      Re: Mortar or not to mortar

      As in don't Mortar it.


      • #4
        Re: Mortar or not to mortar

        should the first course have mortar between the bricks or no mortar until second course?
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        • #5
          Re: Mortar or not to mortar

          Originally posted by texman View Post
          should the first course have mortar between the bricks or no mortar until second course?
          That's what I did. Mortared them together on the sides, but let them float on the base.

          Note that I built my dome around the floor, not on it - so mine are not mortared to the floor on the fronts either. Just mortared together in a ring.
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          • #6
            Re: Mortar or not to mortar

            Thanks for the input. I think that I will mortar the sides only on the first chain as you did.