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Old 05-18-2011, 07:25 AM
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It has rained for the last four days, keeping me from my build. I would really like to get it done before the heat comes. Also I don't want the rain to pop my cherries. Last year it rained about two weeks later than this and we could only save a few cherries from our two trees.
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:13 PM
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Got some nasty cuts out of the way. I hope to finish the fifth row tomorrow.
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:54 PM
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Hey Berry, you should clean up the inside of the dome as you go along (if you haven't already). It's a lot easier when you can get into the oven.
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:19 AM
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That is my project for today. That is exactly what I was thinking yesterday, my fat butt is going to have a hard time getting to it if I don't do it now.
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:09 PM
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I have been doing a row, waiting a bit to let everything settle a bit then clean it up. I didn't want the mortar to harden up and have to do any chipping or grinding in the end. I am not that big a person, but I don't want to be stuck inside an oven scraping away.

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Old 05-24-2011, 09:29 PM
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Just finished row 6 and got about 1/3 of row 7. Went to fourth bricks. Post pics tomorrow
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:54 AM
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I lied about the pics. I'm a high school math teacher and last week was finals and it took more than I thought.
I had all that extra mortar, no more. The secret is a ROTOZIP with the sanding attachment. Bought it 6 years ago and it is one of the best tools I've ever bought.
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:34 PM
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Barry,

Looking good.

Before you get those top courses, while you can still get to everything in the oven without having to go through the arch, squeeze mortar into all those little gaps, then wipe with a damp sponge. Easy to do now... especially when you finish a course and have a little mortar left over...

Keep up the good work and glad your wife is doing okay. Give us an update on her as well.

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Old 05-31-2011, 03:42 PM
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Thank you. I just finished the 8th course and filled the gaps with mortar. Not all of them, just the bigger gaps.
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Old 06-02-2011, 09:18 PM
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Got to the keystone!!! I am going to use full bricks to fill the hole. Put two in since pictures were taken, I'll post those tomorrow.
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