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Old 08-24-2007, 02:10 PM
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Looks great!

I'm starting to get jealous....because I haven't started yet!

I am curious though, how many fire bricks did you buy?
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Old 08-25-2007, 06:05 AM
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Only bought 150. Although I didn't get enough...I'll probably need 50-75 more.

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Finally got a break in the rain and decided to jump on some brick cutting. I got about half of the floor bricks cut so that the wall bricks fit around them. I'll do the rest tomorrow.
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Rl,

We are at the exact same stage - the race is on!
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I actually think you're a bit ahead of me. I still need to cut the other half of the floor bricks, and I still may add another 2" of insulation to the bottom. Still deciding on the latter task.
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Old 09-05-2007, 09:16 PM
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Havn't had any problems yet, but I may just try your suggestion. Thanks!
Its just a matter of time before you will...

The quality of those pumps is pretty good actually. Its not really a saw pump its a fountain pump, doing the bucket thing will ensure it will last the life of the project.

Another trick is to have a 5gal bucket under the drain hole and just leave it drain into the bucket. When cutting dozens of bricks in the same day especially fire brick the tray is very difficult to clean. Putting the bucket under does not allow the muck to collect on the tray. The last really big brick job we did we were making between 400-600 cuts a day..not with the HF saw..the MK. although I would like to put my HF saw to that kind of test I think that thing would take it. Its really not a bad saw for brick..tile...no luck for me..to wobbly= chipped glaze

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Finished the other half of the floor bricks. Now I have the fun task of numbering them, taking them off, and putting down the layer of clay/sand/water for them to sit on. The last picture is of one of 'hands' taking a break.
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Old 09-06-2007, 10:14 AM
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Now I have the fun task of numbering them, taking them off, and putting down the layer of clay/sand/water for them to sit on.
The leveling layer is designed to level off the rough surface of a vermiculite concrete pour. You may not need to do this - I didn't, just left the bricks sit on the insulation board.
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Sounds good to me. I guess that means I'm sticking with 2" of insulation board on the bottom instead of four. Oh well...leaves more money for the chimney and pizza tools.
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Ron,

I had to use the sand/clay to fill in the small uneven spots I had. The board wanted to rock in a few spots. Someone had suggested that you leave it dry untill the leveling is complete - I would go that route if I had to do it over. It will give you more time, then again, I was cutting and placing at the same time (in 90+ degrees).

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