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pappap 05-18-2012 12:04 PM

Mortar or not to mortar
 
I am preparing to lay my first chain of bricks for the dome. I have read that this chain should be mortared to the hearth and I have read that it should not as the mortar might adversely affect the thermal expansion of the dome. I will greatly appreciate any input.

Les 05-18-2012 06:16 PM

Re: Mortar or not to mortar
 
Let it float.

Mike D 05-18-2012 06:34 PM

Re: Mortar or not to mortar
 
As in don't Mortar it.

texman 05-21-2012 09:50 AM

Re: Mortar or not to mortar
 
should the first course have mortar between the bricks or no mortar until second course?
Texman

deejayoh 05-21-2012 10:18 AM

Re: Mortar or not to mortar
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by texman (Post 131792)
should the first course have mortar between the bricks or no mortar until second course?
Texman

That's what I did. Mortared them together on the sides, but let them float on the base.

Note that I built my dome around the floor, not on it - so mine are not mortared to the floor on the fronts either. Just mortared together in a ring.

pappap 05-21-2012 07:01 PM

Re: Mortar or not to mortar
 
Thanks for the input. I think that I will mortar the sides only on the first chain as you did.


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