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Old 01-28-2013, 01:40 PM
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I have just used an offset pattern for the floor.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:53 PM
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Once I started cutting bricks for the arch and dome transition I realised the angle grinder wasnt going to be accurate enough (Maybe just the guy holding it wasnt accurate enough) Plus I didn't feel that safe using it and knew it could go pear shaped pretty quickly.

So with brick saw's retailing for around $1000 AUS and 1 day hire $165 + Blade wear I decided to go out and buy one of these for $125

RYOBI Tools

It's a beauty. Just have to flip the brick over and cut it from the other side to get all the way through but I dont mind. Works like a dream compared to the angle grinder. Just have to pull the brick towards you instead of pushing it into the blade. Stops you getting sprayed with water and clay.

Most of the dome I am just halving bricks with the bolster but this is fantastic for some of the fancy cuts where it needs to be pretty spot on. Should be great for closing the dome also and the keystone.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:39 PM
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Finally started on the dome.

First course laid flat on the floor no soldier course.

I only used 7mm ply for my floor template. That was a mistake. With a bit of rain it is bowing and flexing so I have had to put bricks all over it to keep it down flat.

It seems to be going ok so far. Two chains have been completed with some motar joints to fix up.

Rather than build the arch all in one hit I have decided to build it as the dome goes up. I think that will make it easier to cut the transition and build it in situ rather than try to predict the angles.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:39 PM
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Thanks Doug

I only hope mine turns out half as good as yours and I will be happy

Cheers,

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Old 02-18-2013, 02:20 PM
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Slow progress... Cutting the arch bricks as I build each chain. Just using some cardboard templates to mark up the bricks as I go.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:25 PM
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I got a bit ahead of myself and decided to finish the Inner Arch.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:49 PM
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I got a bit ahead of myself and decided to finish the Inner Arch.
Seems it is impossible to resist. I had the same problem

good looking arch
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:40 PM
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Seems it is impossible to resist. I had the same problem

good looking arch
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:05 AM
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The whole idea of using arch bricks goes down the drain when you see huge mortar joints like that.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:08 AM
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I have just used an offset pattern for the floor.
Herringbone would have been a lot smarter, less bumps and grinds over the edges of the bricks.
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