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Freaking RAIN!

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    I took Friday off to work on the final phase of my dome. I planned to cut firebricks all day so I could mortar them up on Saturday.

    Thursday night we had a bad T-storm. Knocked out our electricity, so I could not cut bricks. Luckily, I borrowed a generator from a friend, and was able to cut one course of bricks.

    On saturday I cut bricks all day. I planned to mortar them up Sunday.

    It was raining Sunday Morning. Between that and a couple of Honey-Do errands I couldn't start mortaring until 3:00.

    I was smearing the last layer of mortar on the dome ("frosting on the cake") when the rain started again. I was able to just finish and throw the tarp over the dome before it begain to rain hard for the rest of the night.

    After dark, I noticed that the wind had blown the tarp away from part of the dome. Scheisse! I forgot to weigh down the tarp.

    This morning I found that the rain had melted away some of the mortar on once side. No biggie; I can re-do it.

    Between the windy rain, the soaking of the bricks for mortar adhesion, my entire dome is very wet. I've got a lot of drying out to do.

    I'll post pix of the final phases in my other post.


    - Fio
    There is nothing quite so satisfying as drinking a cold beer, while tending a hot fire, in an oven that you built yourself, and making the best pizza that your friends have ever had.

  • #2

    We could use some of that rain out here in colorado, but don't send it until I finish my dome!
    My Oven Thread:


    • #3
      Originally posted by DrakeRemoray

      We could use some of that rain out here in colorado, but don't send it until I finish my dome!
      Drake, you can bet if jjerrier and I are anywere in between you and Fio we'll take that rain!


      • #4

        I don't have room for a free-standing oven in my yard, so I am having to dig footings next to the studio to support the structure and the chimney. I finished the three-foot-deep retangular hole a couple of weeks ago, and it's been wet weekends since. The hole fills up a lot faster than it percolates out.

        The good news is that in the meantime I scored a truckload of free concrete blocks and 2x8s from craigslist. This week I got the 10 inch brick saw from Harbor Freight (I never saw dumber and ruder sales help in all my born days) and am still looking for a cheap or loan concrete mixer for my footings and slab.

        It is summer. It's gotta dry out soon, even here in Jersey.
        My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2