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Old 04-10-2013, 01:39 AM
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Originally Posted by brickie in oz View Post
I deleted the post as I could see by your reply that you were mounting a witch hunt for me and my views on why not to wet bricks.
The copying and pasting into your post of my original reply proves my point.
I will now add you the ignore list.
Allan, i'm sorry you feel that way. I quoted your post as my reply depended on it and would not have made much sense without it.
Not a witch hunt, just information that hopefully can be useful to other builders.

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Old 04-16-2013, 08:28 PM
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Default Re: wetting the bricks

hey guys, keep things simple, remember the first ovens were made of mud! Surely it is easy enough to have just damp bricks and use a squirty bottle if necessary. Soaking them would seem to me to be overkill, the water has to get out somehow? For the newbie builder, sloppy mortar is quite difficult to handle, so a drier mix is easier to work with.
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:30 AM
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You are correct Tony. Note that in my first post I said that
"The bricks should not be so soaked that they are wet or the mortar will not adhere well."
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:09 AM
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1. Dampen bricks only to create mechanical connection

2. The more water used in mortar by volume the more shrinkage occurs causing cracking

3. The more loam or clay in aggregate used in mortar the more shrinkage

4. Non-hydraulic lime may slow the setting rate

5. mix only what you need as cement mortar doesnt retemper once its life is passed. It causes cracking weakens the mortar.
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