Old 11-19-2009, 04:55 AM
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Default Re: Final dome brick courses.

Now I’ve got a bit of time on my hands I can describe this method. It works very well. Putting in the final courses of bricks is a doddle and they go on snugly and very solidly with no slippage or sliding.

The dome is a compound curve so the only thing that can be used is a hosepipe. Nails or screws are inserted into the mortar between the previous 2 brick courses on the outside of the dome. Locking wire is then wound around the nails and used to hold the hose up against the final course. The hose butts up against the top edge of the previous course so the new course cannot slide off and down.

The wire tension can be adjusted as work proceeds. The beauty here is that after 24 hours the wire is cut near the nails and as you remove the hose all the wire pulls out as well.

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Old 11-20-2009, 01:51 AM
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Default Re: Final dome brick courses.

I am really impressed with your ingenuity, it looks like something these Filipinos would dream up. They can build anything with nails, cement, tie-wire, hollow blocks. Just add the rubber hose. I am just about to that point in my build and i will try this method, thanks.
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Old 11-20-2009, 02:55 AM
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Hey Burnt

INGENIOUS !!!! very cool idea,,, Looks like its working well

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Old 11-23-2009, 04:19 AM
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Default Re: Final dome brick courses.

Thank you gentlemen. I've got one more course to go and the keystone. So far so good.
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