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Old 06-09-2013, 05:06 PM
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Your I.T. should tell the story like it is.
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:54 AM
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After a short delay my build resumes. Yes, Greenman the IT did tell the story. You just have to ask it the right questions.

I did find out it's best to cut the vertical/horizontal angles (slope) on the arch bricks before beveling them for the arch. I wanted to use larger brick for the arch but the HF saw has its limitations. I suppose I could have made it happen but you have to pick your battles in life. Anyway moving on. Not as neat as I'd like but when it's 96 out my priorities shift a bit.

I also noticed this thread is probably in the wrong section. If an administrator wants to move it to the Pompeii section feel free.

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Old 07-31-2013, 08:26 AM
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We are through course 9 or 10 now and the IT is holding the brick in place fine while the mortar sets up. So far no need for other devices.

Looking at my post view count it appears to me many are looking for tips and ideas, as I did. So here are a couple of things I found helpful:

Mortar the brick one at a time as opposed to mortaring a whole row or partial row. It makes making adjustments less messy.

I wet my brick. Just a quick dunk, as I live in a very dry area and they were sucking the moisture out of the mortar very quickly. I think it helps adhesion as well.

A few horizontal cuts on the brick bottoms provides purchase points for the mortar.

I haven't noticed this anywhere else but I set some tie wire in the brick joints to help fasten my stucco lath and pencil wire for the stucco dome. If I don't need them I don't have to use them but they will be there if I do. Just doubled up tie wire 16" long anchored in the mortar joints.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:03 AM
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Finally reached the point to put the saw away for awhile.
Moving the 3 keystone brick forward also gave the throat more room to draft. They were notched to receive a header brick for support.

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Old 08-22-2013, 08:02 AM
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Cladding and tile base are now complete. Keeping it damp with wet sheet
kept it from any cracking. I used the slurry from the tile saw pan mixed with
Portland cement. I was adding fire brick pieces, crushed and screened but
that was more trouble than it was worth.

Now I can complete the stone facing on the platform and tile the slab while
the oven is curing and I start the tempering fire sequence.

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Old 08-22-2013, 08:10 AM
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Looking Good! congrats on making it to curing. Lots of fun now. Go slow on the curing fires.

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Old 08-22-2013, 08:21 AM
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Calisdad,

How close is the fire to your property? My father in law lives at Pine Mountain and they were talking about evacuating.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:37 AM
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Thanks Texman. Mother Nature might have some say in that.

Les, it's a mile and a half. Went to 54,000 acres overnight. We packed up to go yesterday. My property is half a mile above PML.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:23 PM
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:22 AM
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Looking really good! Are you covering the dome with tile as well or something else?
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