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Old 06-15-2013, 08:49 PM
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Thanks for the coaching, Aceves!

I am motivated to complete the entire structure - but I have discovered that I am an extremely slow brick layer ! (My excuse is that I stare at computer screens for about 50 hours a week)

I made further progress on the structure today. I am aiming for a completion date of July 4th! Still lots to do!

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Old 06-16-2013, 03:38 AM
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Gudday Neil
I'm slightly " masonry impaired" so to see your build ... Promise it's taken me 3 yrs to get mine to look as pretty as yours ....
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Thanks Cobblerdave!

For me keeping at it is the most important thing! You have way more stamina than me! If I don't finish it now I never will!

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Ok, I have to admit that I am seriously tired of laying brick!! I now have a lot more respect for people that do this for a living! Someone in this forum posted that Winston Churchill used to lay brick as a hobby - he must have had some serious issues!!

I counted and believe it or not there are nearly 1,000 bricks in this structure. No wonder I am tired! And that is not counting the 200 or so fire bricks in the pizza oven!

I am almost ready to move to the back and start framing in the surround which will close the "box" and house the insulation. Then I need to put a roof on the thing. I am thinking of using clay tile...

And I still need to decide on the work surfaces on the left and right. Not sure whether to use brick or not. I may go with granite or sealed flagstone

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Looking real good Neil. Nice work!
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Looks great............I wish I could work and fast as you............By the looks of that brick work, I would say you have been laying bricks for years.....
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Neil - I hear what you are saying, it get's old. What I hated was never being able to stand up. The majority of my brick I was stooped over. I think vertically challenged masons get top dollar

It's looking great!
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Your bonding looks good, and you did very good with the arches and corners. For the counter you might be able to get a good price on remnant granite or soapstone at a fabrication shop...it doesn't look like you have more than 15 sqft. If you get flagging, try to find a sawn stone instead of natural cleft..it will be smoother.
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Thanks all for the kind compliments!!

Stonecutter, thanks for the suggestion on granite or soapstone - you are correct the surfaces are not that big. I do have some extra Arizona Flagstone ("Rosa" color) - but it is extremely absorbent so it would need to be well sealed... Also not sure what I would do on the edges if I used flagstone....
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