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130mountainside 04-16-2010 03:48 PM

First soldiers cemented
Well, I have finally started after along Winter in Eastern US. I need some input. The first 7 bricks are exactly in the correct spot along the scribed circle, however, they are not perfectly vertical- off 1/16" in some cases. They are not perfectly level as 1/16 to 1/4". Leave them as is or rip them out?

(How critical is perfection for the first row?)



dmun 04-16-2010 04:12 PM

Re: First soldiers cemented
This is absolutely your choice. Any pile of bricks piled up in a roughly dome shaped mound will work, it is your decision how nicely you want to finish the interior. I don't think one sixteenth of an inch will be a show stopper: Sometimes the good is the enemy of the best, but sometimes the impulse to the best is a bar to any progress at all.

130mountainside 04-16-2010 04:42 PM

Re: First soldiers cemented
Thanks. Perfection is something to aspire to, but rarely attained. I guess the use of more/ less mortar can help make adjsutements in the direciton of perfection. Glad to hear i treally doesn't matter- except that it all stays together...

nissanneill 04-16-2010 09:28 PM

Re: First soldiers cemented
just get those bricks mortared in place, around 2 days work. Keep them neat but don't worry about perfection because it is not important.
Build and enjoy.


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