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Old 10-27-2011, 03:20 PM
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I finished the 8th chain this evening, I noticed the water from the hose feels warmer than the water sitting in the bucket, winter is coming. I hope to get the dome and chimney done before its too cold. I used sticks on this chain then after placing a keystone in the chain, removed sections of the sticks to wash the inside. I replaced them until the mortar sets. Its a little more work but I like the clean joints on the inside, I am going to do as many more chains as I can this way.

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Old 10-29-2011, 10:24 AM
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The pond has lots of fish, I catch and release them for fun. I really wish it was double that size.
Today I finished the 9th chain using a combination of halves and tapered halves. I cut an angled taper to help reduce the triangle mortar joints that start to appear on the inside. It helped some.
Of course it was raining again. I actually started the morning cutting the bricks while it was snowing and raining.
How many more can I do using the sticks? All the way?

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Old 10-29-2011, 11:34 AM
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You can do it all the way. Though I did use piece of plywood on top of stack of bricks for the last chain and the keystone.
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Old 10-29-2011, 12:11 PM
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Thats the plan then, it takes me less than an hour to get a chain done now.
I spend more time cutting and cleaning up.
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:00 PM
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Completed chain 10 today using all tapered brick. I only have a 14" diameter opening at the top, filling in at about 5" per chain now, I have two more chains and the last brick. I am going to cut smaller brick with a taper for the last few chains.
Saturday and Sundays cold weather was tougher to work in, I used the small ceramic heater just inside the arch to keep my hands warm, the thermostat actually shut it off a few times. It helped the bricks stay in place as the mortar stiffened up with the little bit of warmth.



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Old 11-01-2011, 03:02 PM
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Finished chain 11 with a dozen tapered and wedge cut bricks.
A lot tougher going with the smaller opening.
I am left with a 10" hole on top and the next course is almost completely verticle.

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Old 11-01-2011, 03:03 PM
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:08 PM
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Looks like your close. Just one or 2 more till the keystone. Looks great.

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Old 11-01-2011, 10:37 PM
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Dome is looking great. You'll be making a few really steep cuts now and then your keystone. Getting really close now. What's your final dome height looking
like?
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:48 AM
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According to my indispensible tool, the dome height is right at 21 1/4".
When I set my soldier course, I did not use the tool and it was a little over the 21" half way mark so I had to go with it the whole way up, If the top chains are sliding in a little on me it may end up closer to 21". The next row will be almost verticle with sharp angles.
Temps in the 40-60's all week so I should have nice weather to work.
Thanks to everyone on this sight for all the valuable help.
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