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Old 06-18-2014, 05:45 PM
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Looks great, glad to see it done right.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:08 PM
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Looks great, glad to see it done right.
Thank you! I really hope I'm doing things right...

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Old 06-18-2014, 06:10 PM
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6 mil plastic sheeting over sealant - and fabric sock over corrugated pipe. Soil beneath pipe has been sloped for directional drainage and tamped.
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Additional layer of fabric covering corrugated pipe.



Backfill sloped away from block stand.

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Old 06-18-2014, 06:21 PM
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Back filled, sloped, tamped and covered with straw - all thanks to my wife and son!



Starting to build supports for hearth form...and spreading sand for pavers.



Testing paver fit and pattern. Note red oak firewood stacked in the background - just waiting to warm a Pompeii oven!

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Old 06-19-2014, 05:31 AM
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Rain in the forecast every day for the next 10 days! And Thursday of last week we finished up 12 straight days of rain - about half of that was severe thunderstorms with significant rainfall amounts. We have already received over 40 inches of rain, and are only supposed to get 54 inches for the entire year.

But after going through several years of drought, I'm not going to complain about the rain! Just would be nice to have a couple of dry days...and to get a little more work done on the oven.
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:51 AM
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Good practice to pitch the sub grade. Bummer of a forecast.....
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Good practice to pitch the sub grade........
Sub-grade foundations in our area require French drains. But most of the home builders just drop them in place and don't bother with slope of the drain pipe. I realize that just having the pipe there should relieve water pressure against the foundation. But it seems to make more sense to slope it for drainage.

Our (part-time) building inspector has not come by yet. At this time, we are only required to buy a permit for commercial or habitable residential structures. I'll bet he comes by anyway....
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Updates and more photos: We poured the hearth and kept it moist for a week.

We utilized the Sakrete Maximizer as discussed. We cooled buckets of water with ice to try to prevent the forewarned flash setting potential of this product - and it worked. We had no issues with mixing and pouring the Maximizer - it was actually very enjoyable to work with...other than finishing it (not super important for the hearth). But when I tried to trowel it the aggregate is so lightweight that it almost wants to float at the surface...making it almost impossible to get a good finish.

Framed up to support cement board:



1/2" cement board:



Rebar and forms in place (with cargo straps):



Maximizer hearth:

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Old 07-03-2014, 08:23 AM
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Front view while hearth is curing:



Pavers - woohoo!



My son removing hearth supports:



"Testing" the hearth (actually I was trying to catch a short nap!):

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