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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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  • Pouring a dome plug

    I am considering doing a dome plug as others have done. I do have a question about this. I see that Wade used KS-4, but I have not been able to find that in my area. I noticed that others have used a "repair mortar" to create the plug. What exactly is repair mortar? Is it just something like Refrax or HeatStop with some crushed up firebrick in it or is there a specific repair mortar product that is beign used. I was thinking about going the route of a HeatStop with some firebrick broken into it and wondering if that would tolerate.

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    Re: Pouring a dome plug

    I bought the KS-4 here, very reasonable and they ship from the nearest distributor. In my case I had it in 1 day.

    Empire Refractory Specialists Shopping Cart

    I bought a 1lb of stainless needles to reinforce it. I bought that here;
    eBay Store - HIGH-TEMP REFRACTORY STORE: Ceramic Fiber Products, Mortars and Coatings, Refractory Mixes

    Also great people to deal with, very helpful. You have to call them to buy less than 10 lbs.

    So far, I highly recommend the KS-4. Of course I, I didn't try my first plan of chopped brick pieces and mortar, so have nothing to compare it to. This stuff is twice as dense as refractory mortar and the needles make it feel close to indestructable. The only drawback is the extra time it takes to cure it in an oven. There is a published cure schedule you need to follow, which in my case took 6 hrs in the house oven.
    Wade Lively

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