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Old 05-22-2012, 10:21 PM
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Total rookie question as I'm getting ready to build one out at my property.
When you place the brick with this tool, how long does it have to stay clamped before you can move on to the next brick?
That depends on several variables, How wet is your mortar, What type of mortar are you using, are you pre-cutting your bricks for a very thin joint, and what chain you are on. the steeper = longer. I was able to let it set for about 1 - 2 minutes per brick because of my magnetic two tool IT setup.

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Old 05-23-2012, 08:34 AM
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I found I could remove it as soon - a minute or so - as I was ready to lay a new brick. You still need to be careful not to move the brick you just laid - so make sure you build the tool so it will not disturb the brick while you are removing it. look at jcg31s design where he covers this point.
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:32 PM
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Jim,

Thanks for your IT design, built mine from your plans. Do have a question. How to you fasten a nut to your armored carpenter pencil holder for the IT? The holder I bought which looks just like the one in your IT pictures is aluminum and thin wall. Is the nut epoxied on?

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Old 06-03-2012, 07:49 PM
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Thanks Russell,

The glue I used can be found here Pasco Fix

It is amazing stuff the sticks practically anything to anything, metal to glass, metal to metal, acrylic to glass and fingers to most anything I have used this with (need to be careful about that). It also has a great filler product that works with the glue that has saved so many projects for me over the years. a couple drops will do you so don't be alarmed at the price. Once you have this stuff in the house you won't be able to do without.

Good luck with your Build!

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Old 06-04-2012, 06:56 AM
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thank you...your tool design is my basis for my IT with a small few mods to utilize what materials i could scrounge up. Will look around for the superglue on steroids.

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Old 06-30-2012, 09:15 AM
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Depends on the mortar, I was using the good stuff from James, with that it was seconds. If you are using a home brew or thinner mortar it could take minutes.

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Total rookie question as I'm getting ready to build one out at my property.
When you place the brick with this tool, how long does it have to stay clamped before you can move on to the next brick?
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:48 PM
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man7sell,

Taking a break from laying a course with home brew so I thought I would check the forum. My current experience, is I lay a brick the move to the opposite side and by time I butter the mortar set the brick in with a rubber mallet I can move the IT over to this brick for final alignment and the previous one holds fine.

It does depend on mortar consistency, how long you soak the brick and temp. But like the other WFOs say, just be careful not to disturb the previous brick. It is about 95 degrees right now with moderate humidity. I am mixing small batches of home brew (3-4) bricks worth and it works for me but I am not the fastest brick layer in the world.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:45 PM
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OK, let me know if I am off base here: Can I simplify the IT design to a really long clamp that is attached to the hinge in the center of the oven? Why not?
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:58 AM
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A tad bit of precision, consistency and speed would be lost if don't have some sort of stops in place to make certain each brick can be quickly placed in the clamp and held the same way,each time. But you're right, all this thing is is a modified clamp.

I also used the compass head with permanent (sharpee) marker quite a bit for marking the bricks particularly for the union between dome and entry way and on the floor edge cuts, the stand head was also very useful for the final courses.

OvenCamHiRes (the entry way view looking back into the dome) will give you a look at some of those cuts on the entry, which in my novice state I couldn't have done without dry placing and marking the brick first.

Have a great build!
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:07 AM
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wow that ovencam is awesome well done. What did you use to take that (Off subject sorry, well not really)
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