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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.
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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Cool Mortar Jig

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  • Cool Mortar Jig

    As I may have shared before, I am not a good bricklayer. This tool from the UK is a great thing from the look of it, I may have to get one.


    It is a pair of jigs that lay down a perfect bed of mortar between courses of brick, and between individual bricks. The joints come out uniform and level, and there is no waste or dripping of mortar. The mortar joint is already finished when you lay in the brick, there is no scraping of the joint after the fact.

    For those with broadband, there is a video. The spokesman has a really neat accent. Scottish?


    I have no connection to this product, it just seems like a must for masonry. James, you may want to add it to your FB store.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2

  • #2
    Pretty Cool,

    I liked the video because it shows what consistency the mortar should be...

    My Oven Thread:


    • #3
      cool tool

      I saw this tool a few years ago but could not find a local supplier.

      I made my own out of plywood and some fiberglass when I was building several brick piers to hold up a deck. My homemade version worked pretty well. I covered it in fiberglass as the sawn wood edges stuck to the mortar a little too well.

      When I saw the tool on the web, it put a bed of mortar down 3/8 inch or so in from the edge of the brick and I think was advertized as no need (or little need) to tool the joints. I worried that the joints not being tooled would evenually cause leakage. At the website today there is some provision for tooling - if you plan to use a 1/8 inch grapevine jointer you might have problems.

      I went back and make the mortar bed nearly as wide as the brick so that I had some level of squeeze out to tool.

      Where it helped me most was handling mortar, reducing the amount I had to scrape up off the ground and the amount I had to scrub off the face of the bricks - very little to clean up. I was mixing mortar by hand, so I was glad for the increased number of bricks per batch.

      Arch construction may reveal some limitations.....

      For inexperienced guys like me - it works. For 60 dollars I should buy the real deal and get my wife to help!!!!

      My oven progress -


      • #4


        Yep, pretty cool tool indeed. One proviso, though. You do want to tool or finish point your joints no matter how the bricks are laid. This is less for appearance (except for facade bricks) and more for seal and strength.

        "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827