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Old 07-22-2010, 11:03 AM
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Or masonry supply houses. You could get about 60 cubic feet of perlite for 200 bucks around here.
I-10 Building Materials near San Antonio has Harborlite brand Perlite for $11.22 per 4 CF bag. It is not a coarse grade, but it does the job.
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:16 PM
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Well i put the floor down and cut all the soldiers and a bunch of half brick. I dont think i am going to taper every half brick!! not unless i get my hands on a wet saw. or you all convince me. Its also time to think of an opening and dome height!
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:23 PM
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I'm using a cheap 14" chop saw that has been in my metal working shop for 8 years+. One of my boys holds a hose with a misting/shower sprayer on it directed at the diamond masonry blade. That helps extend the life of the blade (though I am on my second), reduces dust and reduces the noise a little. Cuts easier, too.

I'm not sure I would taper every brick. I did on this build and it has been a pretty good pain. Most rings are locked, and 3/4th of the bricks are cut with a simple angled/tapered cross cut, but the occasional custom brick to keep things in the round has been a challenge. Some guys on here have a nice jig for doing all that, but my saw wouldn't allow for an elaborate setup.

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Old 07-26-2010, 06:17 PM
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Took the weekend off, but got the soldiers in and the landing walls up! take a look at pics and let me know if you think i screwed anything up. One thing i know i messed up was started with a 20" opening but ended up at 19" because of the 1/2" reveal for the door. still can get 12" height. Anyway i hope to get a few rings done tomorrow or maybe inner arch... thanks for any tips!
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Old 07-26-2010, 06:34 PM
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Looks good! you are off and running!!

A little every day or two will get you there in no time!

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Old 07-27-2010, 11:30 AM
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"That helps extend the life of the blade (though I am on my second), reduces dust and reduces the noise a little. Cuts easier, too."

Soaking the brick for 2 or 3 min (until the bubbles stop) will help as well. The chop saw will also do the "double bevel" cuts you will find necessary on the top courses.
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:58 PM
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Looking good...Have fun with it and don't worry about the "goofs" we all have them somewhere

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Old 07-27-2010, 02:32 PM
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I learned something today! I suck at laying brick!! had a helper today so i got over confident and laid 4 courses and inner arch. There is a great chance that i will wake up to a pile of bricks tomorrow. Just not too confident in my abilities at this time!! if this thing holds it will be a great advertisement for heat stop!!
Pictures of todays progress?(don't feel good enough to call it progress)
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:42 PM
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front arch will be first to fall. Must be a sign! cant upload photo of front
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:48 PM
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heres another try
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