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Photo Galleries are back! Instructions below.

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.
They will also be able to browse other albums by going to the albums page. (On the forum site, there is a link in the black bar beside “Forums” to the albums.)

In order for users to create an album please follow the steps below.
1) Go to user profile page and click “Media”
2) Click Add Photos
3) Enter Photo Gallery Title in the first field
4) Click Upload or Select from Photo Album to add photos
5) Click Post
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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  • pre soak vermiculite for a smoother finish?

    Hello Folks,

    We are working on some little architectural pieces, not an oven, though I've found all kinds of info on your website and appreciate it being out there.

    We are using a mix of vermiculite sizes one larger grain from a garden center that comes in 6 cu. foot bags and the small tiny grains from Uline, the shipping folks, great to work with.

    We are trying to get a nice cosmetic finish in our molds and we are for the most part. The parts that are surrounded by the mold come out nice and smooth as seen in the second picture. However the top of our mold where it is exposed and could be trowel finished, etc... seems to always come out rough.

    I'm hoping someone with more vermiculite experience can provide some guidance. I've heard some people soak theirs overnight while others mix and go.

    We haven't soaked overnight, but before I waste more product and get the same rough result, I'm looking for any sage wisdom.

    It makes sense to me that not soaking overnight on this absorbent aggregate might be causing it to suck up the layer of milk or water that forms at the top and therefore we get the ugly finish pictured second below.

    Any thoughts greatly appreciated, sorry not oven related, but hope you'll help me anyway!

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