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  • Acoma 42" Tuscan

    It has finally began. I am over the prep, prep, prep. Absolutely exhausting, spending countless hours reshaping my entire backyard so that I may have the needed dirt for the area where I will be building the oven.
    Today, I formed my area, then started to remove dirt. Tomorrow, I hope to complete excavation of the dirt (2ft. at footers). My goal is to have the area prepped for pour by end of week. Pictures of site will be after dirt is done.
    I know, I have been full of information, lacking in action. Well, I have been in action (prep), meaningless to the facts of oven building. I am now happy to be a part of my respectfull peers.
    An excellent pizza is shared with the ones you love!

    Acoma's Tuscan:
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/a...scan-2862.html

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    Re: Acoma 42" Tuscan

    Congrats Robert!

    You will need blankets, because we will be freezing next week I may be done for the year, but no worries, gives me a spring project

    Les...
    Check out my pictures here:
    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

    If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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    • #3
      Re: Acoma 42" Tuscan

      Excellent! A monumentous day for sure. I'm sure that you, more that alot of us, know what you are getting yourself into. I can't offer much, but I will say this. Focus on the big picture, but make sure you are happy with each baby step. Don't let yourself try to tell yourself "that's good enough", or "no one will ever notice that". Your oven is going to last a LONG time.

      Did you move the dirt around and then excavate it? I didn't understand that part. Can't wait to see some photos.

      Dusty

      P.S. I thought that if southern cal. had a capital, Los Angeles would be it.

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      • #4
        Re: Acoma 42" Tuscan

        Les, the dirt is removed for footings. Now the prep for pouring.
        Dusty, for preperations I built a retaining wall 2.5ft above ground by 60ft. I then rototilled the entire backyard because the slope was terrible for all I plan to do. My area where the oven courtyard and island go had a big gully that I needed to fill with dirt (post retaining wall). I then used two types of MONSTER tampers that made my body jello. I then moved my fence (seperating front to back yards) towards the street by 6ft. Finally, I dug 2ft. deep area for the oven where the soil is hard clay with rocks inside. By now, patience is well understood. Like Les, I live where freezing soil is a concern. I was informed that 2ft is best here. Last year we had nearly a week of 10 below. Many homes had busted water pipes, flooding within, due to thawing.
        I will now prepare the site with correct steps and pour. Once done, I plan to go slow and careful, by natures time and whether.
        An excellent pizza is shared with the ones you love!

        Acoma's Tuscan:
        http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/a...scan-2862.html

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        • #5
          Re: Acoma 42" Tuscan

          Wow! Like total yard makeover. I figured that your 2' footings had to do with the freezing weather. Mine are 8", but winters here are nowhere near that harsh. Must be a tremendous relief to finally begin the oven part of the project - the part you have been working so hard towards for months.

          dusty

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          • #6
            Re: Acoma 42" Tuscan

            I am about to get rebarb for ground prep. I was curious about the fabric recommendatins for seperating the dirt from cement (for foundation). I have seen a few types, but what is best for frost areas like the sierras?
            An excellent pizza is shared with the ones you love!

            Acoma's Tuscan:
            http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/a...scan-2862.html

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            • #7
              Re: Acoma 42" Tuscan

              I'm not sure you need it at all, but I would guess that standard ground cloth for landscaping would suit your needs.

              Just my opinion.
              George
              GJBingham
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              Everyone makes mistakes. The trick is to make mistakes when nobody is looking.

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              • #8
                Re: Acoma 42" Tuscan

                I found a solution. I'm good for this concern. Today was about material for the foundation. Sunday will be about prepping for pour. Oh ya, and a pre pour, post pour photo.
                An excellent pizza is shared with the ones you love!

                Acoma's Tuscan:
                http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/a...scan-2862.html

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                • #9
                  Re: Acoma 42" Tuscan

                  Robert,

                  There is no need for a barrier between dirt and concrete. Serves no purpose. If a weed got to your oven I would call 911

                  Les...
                  Check out my pictures here:
                  http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/les-build-4207.html

                  If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Acoma 42" Tuscan

                    Barrier be gone. I was unsure of the needs as well, but I wanted to confirm first. We have not really discussed the needs of barrier on the forum, or maybe I missed that day in class. Thanks Les, great to hear that. I am 2' down, and it sucked. That clay was as hard as the rocks that came out too. Tomorrow I take my daughter (photo) to the Pack game.
                    An excellent pizza is shared with the ones you love!

                    Acoma's Tuscan:
                    http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/a...scan-2862.html

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                    • #11
                      Re: Acoma 42" Tuscan

                      I would recommend a dirt to concrete barrier in high moisture areas. 6 mil. poly (plastic) - sold in rolls at Lowes and Home Depot.
                      FL is extremely wet during the summer, no one pours a slab without a vapor barrier here...In theory, water could wick all the way up to the hearth; Although I don't think it actually would. I put down the barrier to keep the slab from wicking from the soil and the block from the slab; which would have made it to the slate and mortar that I used for facing my support stand - leading to the early demise of my handy work.

                      RT

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                      • #12
                        Re: Acoma 42" Tuscan

                        We don't have much moisture in the Sierra's. Humidity averages 5%. Some summer thunder clouds and showers, but mostly rains and snow fall through spring. Les is in the same climate area as me, and I likely will be passing up the barrier. Thank you very much RT for the information.
                        An excellent pizza is shared with the ones you love!

                        Acoma's Tuscan:
                        http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/a...scan-2862.html

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                        • #13
                          Re: Acoma 42" Tuscan

                          I always wondered what the barrier was for... I put one in just because it said you should. Well, it can get pretty wet here, so its just as well, but its nice to have that cleared up, thanks
                          "Building a Brick oven is the most fun anyone can have by themselves." (Terry Pratchett... slightly amended)

                          http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/p...pics-2610.html
                          http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f9/p...nues-2991.html

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                          • #14
                            Re: Acoma 42" Tuscan

                            Well, I have completed the prepping of the foundation. Now I need to get concrete poured this week. The local concrete mixing guys want to charge $400, what a rip! I also need a few recruits to help with getting the cement to the site and poured.
                            An excellent pizza is shared with the ones you love!

                            Acoma's Tuscan:
                            http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/a...scan-2862.html

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                            • #15
                              Re: Acoma 42" Tuscan

                              That does sound a tad pricey. My pour took 1 yard. I Towed mine home in one of those hydrolic tilt trailers, concrete mixed and ready to pour. The cost was $118.50. I'm guessing that you may need more than one yard, but I think you may save money if you bring it to the job site yourself. You have to wheel barrow it back either way.

                              dusty

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