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wow mike,,,,

nice job... looks fantastic


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Mike,

Looks like it is straight out of architectual digest...awesome sight

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Old 11-19-2009, 05:58 PM
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Mike that came out awesome -- good job on the engineering, especially the homemade brake!

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Very nice work - congrats!!
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Mike, I posted in the photo gallery - to reiterate, SWEET. I need to move so I can build another oven. The bar just keeps getting higher and higher.

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Thanks, everyone. I appreciate the comments. These tasks don't come easy to me. The encouragement helps.

I'm actually nearly done with the slate. I'm glad I got some extra. The used slate seems a little fragile. I end up chipping or cracking some just by picking them up.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:33 AM
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I put a wood strip at the top to tack the ridge to. Dino's thread was helpful to follow for these steps. The top row was tough. I had to be careful to line up the nailing holes with the gap between two slates below, as there was very little room to nail the slate to.
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Mike, the slate looks great! Used slate is usually quite fragile, it does become brittle. Slate roofs are usually good for about 75 years, and while the slate does deteriorate it is usually the underlayment that wears out. Copper nails are the best way to go (makes for easier repairs down the road), but you can use stainless screws, and a lot of guys will do that in the top couple of courses. I hope to start cutting brick next weekend, get a lot of stuff laid out in my shop this winter and go at it full blast as soon as the weather co-operates in the spring.
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:54 PM
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Here are photos of the completed slate roof. I'm pretty happy with how the refurbished slate ended up.
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Well, I think I'm done! 20 months after breaking ground, here is my completed oven.

Thanks for all of your help! This forum has been my "indispensable tool". Now I have a big mess to clean up, some landscaping to plan for the spring, and I need to start learning to use this beast!
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