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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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Concrete/Vermiculiate crumbly

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  • Concrete/Vermiculiate crumbly

    I have my stand complete and ready to begin building the oven. My concrete/vermiculite layer is 8" thick. It is encapsilated on each side by regular concrete. The one issue I have is it seems to crumble off fairly easily. I realize it's just an insulating layer so strength is not that big of an issue. It's compression strength seems to be fine. (will compress if pushed in firmly).

    My question is what can I use to smooth the insulating layer and adhere the brick floor to it? I figure the regular fireclay mortar mix but am not sure what thickness (standard 3/8" mortar joint?)

    Is this regular behavior? I used the the recommended 1:4 ratio of concrete mix to vermiculate

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    Re: Concrete/Vermiculiate crumbly

    The vermiculite is crumbly but sets up better in a couple of weeks.
    I agree, weird texture but just go with it.

    do not mortar the bricks to the insulating layer.

    from the directions.....

    "With this method, you do not mortar the bricks in place, but rather spread a thin layer of paste made from sand, fire clay and water as a "bed" for the floor.

    To make the under floor paste, mix 1 part fine sand and 1 part fireclay (photo 2) with water until you reach the texture of a sticky mortar (but without the cement). Spread the under floor using a notched trowel as the ridges will make it easier for you to get your floor perfectly level (photo 3). The process is similar to setting ceramic tiles."

    takes a leap of faith to work with some of these materials.

    keep at it, you'll be cutting bricks in no time.

    Greg Geisen
    Chula Vista, CA

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