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Old 07-20-2006, 03:37 PM
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Default New triangle plan

I had previously mentioned that I had come up with a new way of making a triangle with one brick, and two cuts. Since my triangle count had come up three short, it gave me a chance to try out my new theory.



Here's the new triangles, and for future refrence, a look at the piece cut off the bottom: See how big it is? You could make a considerablely larger oven with the same number of bricks.

Here's the door-side partial hexagons assembled, to compare the look of the vertically and horizontally seamed polygons.



The vertical seam leaves the point shreaded, but it's all concealed in mortar anyway.
Also there is a little cut-off nub that needs to be cleaned up while you are cutting the bottom, no problem.
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Old 08-10-2006, 03:36 PM
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This is pretty boring stuff, but I thought I'd put up some more pictures.



When we last left the footings, there was a foot of re-inforced concrete in a hole.



A wall of craigslist free concrete blocks form the front wall of the foundation.



Two piers of blocks were built in the back corner, and a simple plywood form made to pour concrete between them. The cardboard concrete casting forms are used in the reverse of the usual form, to create a space needed in the later part of the project. I thought that if I wrapped the tubes in building paper I would be able to pull them out and re-use them. Wrong. The expansion of the concrete gripped those things like a three jaw chuck.
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Old 08-10-2006, 03:44 PM
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Pouring the concrete around the tubes.



Trowling the top.



Ready for the next level

Those two-by-fours separating the plywood forms were attached with the smallest finishing nails, so they could be easily knocked out to disassemble the forms. The concrete poured behind the forms was pretty ragged: I had to fill some big cavities with mortar trowelled in. I think that when the big boys cast concrete they do something to vibrate the air spaces out.

Notice that while I was pouring concrete, I filled the corner block holes where the rebar is.
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Wow and I thought I was doing alot just building the stand!

That is just amazing! Nice work
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The concrete poured behind the forms was pretty ragged: I had to fill some big cavities with mortar trowelled in. I think that when the big boys cast concrete they do something to vibrate the air spaces out.
When we poured the walls for my stand, the concrete guy recommended gently but firmly tapping the forms with a hammer to get the void spaces to fill up.
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Old 08-11-2006, 01:13 PM
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Yep they use them in all BIG concrete construction jobs. Got to play with one when my dad took me to a construction site on some dam in Washingtom state. Something about big coolies. I was more impressed with the monster crane that flexed 4 feet when it was carrying a load.

Here is a cheaper smaller version of a vibrator for the home builder. You could get by with just tamping each pour with a 2X4 and hitting the forms.

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Old 08-14-2006, 11:02 AM
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I did construction work for years, we called that a stinger. You had to be carfeful though because you can over vibrate the mud and cause separation and that can weaken the mud. There are not going to be big enough cavities to cause any structural issues, and tappin or beating the outside of the forms with a hammer will get most of the surface bubbles that look a lot worse than they are. Dont get it too wet. that is about the only caveat I have with concrete. Well that, and it is really heavy stuff, do not underestimate its weight when building forms above ground. I have seen pretty big stem walls pop apart whe pouring. It is a major drag to fix when the truck is there.
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Old 09-04-2006, 07:08 PM
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Here is the "bricky" brick laying jig at work. I was a little worried that because the bricky is made in Europe, that it would be sized for weird metric brick sizes. Not a problem, it fits US bricks snuggly.



The jig lays a smooth strip of mortar on top of the wall. A pair of built in levels keeps you from getting too far off.



Here I'm filling in the thin part of the wall, where i've notched it for clearance for my sonotubes. In retrospect, this was an immense amount of work to get a couple of extra inches of wood storage.

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Old 09-04-2006, 07:18 PM
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The strip of 3/8 inch plywood serves to establish the front of the mortar line where the bricky won't reach. Since at the bottom of the piers I was working around the sonotubes protruding from the foundations, for most of the piers I was using this to do the horizontal mortaring. Even with it not reaching the front or the back, the job was twice as fast (and twice as good) using the bricky.



The side jig is designed to fit over the wall, to mortar the side brick in place. I found it's easier to do this in the mortar tub.



The jig lifts off to leave a nice flap of mortar in place.

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Old 09-04-2006, 07:27 PM
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That flap of mortar on the side can fall off, so I support it with the trowel as I travel to the wall.



The brick sits on the mortar bed, a tiny tap with your hammer handle, and you're done.



After the mortar begins to set, in about ten minutes or so, you rub the joints with this cheesy looking plastic do-dad, and this smooths them out, and pushes together any places where there are cracks or rough joints. The striking tool that comes with the bricky has four different widths, in case a brick ends up too close or too far away.

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