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Old 06-22-2013, 04:55 PM
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So I got the floor done and cut the first row. First attemp at uploading from my phone.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:20 PM
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dlebla,

good start. just a comment on the arch form, you need add a release to the form by shimming the form on bottom or you won't get the form out without damaging all your fine work. Second, save the form for a door template when you get to that point.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:51 PM
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Russell is right. In addition, I would make sure that you either clear the mortar that squeezes out between the pieces of ply as you go, and/or cut an opening in the center of it so you can get in there later. I mentioned on another thread that I hadn't shimmed my form up too much and didn't cut an access in it either. The shimming was adequate (about a half inch or so) but the mortar that squeezed out between (inside) the form made it very difficult to remove.
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Old 06-24-2013, 08:26 AM
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So I started to mortar my first course. I mixed the home brew and had it at what I thought was a good consistency. I then spread it on one side of a brick, which I did stick in water for a few seconds and then pushed it to the brick next to it. I did got the effect I thought. It did not seem to stick and seemed very dry almost instantly. I soaked the next bricks a little longer and put the brew on both sides and it seemed better. I went out this morning and the structure seems rather solid.

Does this seem correct? Should the space in between the bricks be completly full of mortar? To get the joints tighter I found just using a little between the bricks and then doing the top front and back easiest.

Is there a better way? Thanks
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Old 06-28-2013, 06:13 PM
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I have about 10 bricks on row 1 and about 7 on row 2 done. I was concerned about how the mortar was so I figured I would do a little on both rows so I could find out if there was any issues, both side to side and top to bottom. They appeared to be solid after a few days after my concerns in the last post, I tripped when I was setting up for work today and grabbed the bricks to support myself. I did not fall but the bricks have broken off into 3 sets of connected bricks when breaking my fall.

That being said they are still it's correct position, but I can tell I broke the seal between these 3 sets of bricks. Does this mean I need to start these 2 rows over? Or will it all just support each other and when I mortar over all the outside of the bricks it will keep that all together? Does this make sense? I appreciate your thoughts comments and words of wisdom. Hopefully I can keep going over the weekend, thanks!
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:29 PM
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If it were me I would remove the mortar between the broken joints and re-mortar. Itís easier to fix now rather than later.

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Old 07-08-2013, 02:09 PM
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+ 1 on resetting. It the bond breaks between the bricks, you absolutely need to lay them again. You can't do anything from the outside of the dome to get them to re-adhere. You're just starting the dome with cracks.
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:29 AM
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I did clean and reset all the joints. Worked some more over the long weekend and made some progress.
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dlebla,

Looks good, ummm, that IT sure looks familar............glad it works for you.
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Some progress over the weekend.
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