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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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  • small cracks appearing in the base and dome

    This is odd, but just finished insulating 42 inch oven with three inches of blanket covered with chicken wire, and two coats of stucco. The first coat of stucco has reinforcing fibres, but the final coat does not. I have just finished with my curing fires and all looked fine. This morning i noticed a crack in the stucco base, that continues into the fire bricks i used on the deck, and a very fine crack starting at the base of the dome. I seems heat may be escaping out the floor of the oven. The oven floor is firebrick, and I followed the plans when making the base and insulating hearth. Should I worry about this?

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    Re: small cracks appearing in the base and dome

    If you did not wait long enough for the outer stucco to dry before firing, that maybe the cause of the cracks, particularly if thestucco coats were thick.Alternatively too much heat too quickly may have caused steam pressure to build up in the insulation space. The outside shell is only a weatherproof covering so it really doesn't matter, although cracks are also places where water can enter, so it's probably advisable to seal up any cracks on the outer shell.
    Last edited by david s; 11-19-2012, 06:59 PM.
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    • #3
      Re: small cracks appearing in the base and dome

      I wouldn't worry too much. There are plenty of instances where other good builders have observed cracks. They don't hinder the performance too much. Just fill as you can and consider it "character"!

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