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Old 05-17-2013, 05:17 PM
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You can build it without a saw. Simply cut the bricks in half with a brick bolster (like a really wide cold chisel) two blows with a hammer and you'd done. No brick dust. The rough end goes to the outside. You use more mortar, but if using the home brew it's really cheap. You can also do a lot with an angle grinder fitted with a diamond blade.

Plenty of people have built ovens without a saw.
I'll look for a bolster thanks. But I am sure they didn't have any at the B&Q, a truly poor copy of Home Depot but the only. Shop with even the faintest sense of being organized here.

I wasn't too concerned about chopping bricks in half but with all the tapering of successive courses I keep reading about, etc. not to mention those archway cuts. What's to be done there? I looked for a masonry hacksaw blade no luck though. Thanks
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:33 PM
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I used a chop saw with a diamond blade and an angle grinder with a diamond blade also.. it can be done!
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:49 PM
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I used a chop saw with a diamond blade and an angle grinder with a diamond blade also.. it can be done!
I've no chop saw but I have an angle grinder and 4" marble cutter (mini circular saw) with a diamond blade so I'll see how it goes. Thanks
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If cutting or grinding bricks dry, the dust is dangerous to inhale. Unlike unfired clay, the fired clay particles do not return to mud and tend to stay in your lungs as tiny sharp particles. In addition fired clay contains crystaline silica which develops during the firing process and is dangerous to inhale. A saw with a water feed dramatically reduces the dust problem. Get yourself a good respirator.

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Old 05-18-2013, 02:09 AM
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Thanks, always best to stay safe. I seriously doubt I'll be able to find a decent respirator here considering the Chinese complete lack of concern for safety especially on the job site.
This is a place where you routinely see people using Jackhammers and hammer drills without any hearing protection, construction workers grinding metal, etc even welding without any eye protection. As a Helicopter pilot I always had hearing protection on hand and more than once offered fresh packs of ear plugs to workers doing loud work only to have them shrugged off as unnecessary.
I'll be looking.
Considering the air quality here in Beijing I do own a couple of face masks capable of filtering particles down to as small as pm2.5 which and I believe cement dust is only a pm10 particle so I should be ok with that in the meantime.

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Old 05-18-2013, 02:19 PM
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I've no chop saw but I have an angle grinder and 4" marble cutter (mini circular saw) with a diamond blade so I'll see how it goes. Thanks
Have you tried going to any local shops that do tile or construction work and ask them where they buy their equipment.

I specifically remember sections of Hong Kong that had many shops in a specific area doing lots of mosaic tile work.

But Hong Kong is not typical of the rest of China so .....

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Old 05-18-2013, 08:16 PM
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No, HK is certainly not representative of the rest of the country. Not at all. The people, the culture, the way of doing business, it's like night and day sometimes.

Local shops? Been here for a long long time. Nothing of the sort that I've found thus far. There are lots of "shops" where you can buy stuff. Think of a self storage area, ground level, all roller doors, etc. Then when all those doors are open everything, in all its barely organized mess comes tumbling out. Then picture some guy sitting on a stool back up against the wall snoring away, cover all of it in an inch of dust and you kind of get the picture. Contractors to do the work can be found asking around. Then they will do the work if you ask. If you find a guy you think will do it.
I went to Masonry places and tool places, showed them photos on my ipad of tile saws, etc. they all said they'd never seen one before.

Even on Taobao, the Chinese Ebay there was nothing save one that was not quite right.

Anyway I will make do without.

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Gudday
Finished a brick cover over my dome today. Like the rustic look so the old brick bulster did most of the work again. For the little tiddly bits at the top I used a borrowed 14 in metal chop saw. It did the job it's a brute of a thing. The dust however had to be seen to be believed! Definitly not in an enclosed space!
But it could be a lot more user friendly and I would think and the blades would last longer to if you could fit a water feed to it. So keep your eye out for one it could be easier to find that a dedicated bricksaw.
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Old 05-19-2013, 02:38 AM
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Thanks Dave, A chop saw I can get. I'm sure I can cut the bricks in half with the tools I have.
I've found a tile saw on line but the price is pretty high at about US$550.00 I think with a bit more hunting I might still be able to get something at a more reasonable price. If not the chop saw might be the route to go.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:50 AM
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You have to be kidding me, all the tools we buy here now are from China.

See if you can get hold of one of these its what I bought for bricklaying and its a beast, all made in China.
$Au700 here, Im sure you can get a better price over there.

Well as it turns out I can get this one:


For about RMB$3,600.00 or US$580.00 or AU$595.00 same same?
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