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Old 06-24-2012, 06:35 AM
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Lookin good, a I am only on my third course. How lucky to be able to hop in the pool between cuts all I get is cooled off by the wet saw....

I am also watching how the bond seems to shift around. Looking forward to seeing you get past the arch.
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:33 AM
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I tell you....its getting rough trying to keep these joints staggered. I had one course that I knew I had joints lining up in sacrifice to get a fresh row to work with on the way up. Even though the sacrifice, I am finding I still need to trim brick to keep a staggered joint no matter what.

Today, I am going to take my time...if I don't get a course in, it's because of trying to figure out a way to cut a brick in thirds with bevels.

I could be taking a lot longer and strive towards perfection...but I just want to get this dome done! I am happy with the way it is turning out regardless. It could be better, but then I would be working into next year.

And yes the pool does a lot better than the wet saw

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Old 06-26-2012, 10:55 AM
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Well I started messing around on Sunday trying to get the seventh course complete. With yard work that I have been neglecting, I got no where. I did do some measuring though. I figured out that I need approximate 3rd size bricks for my 7th course.

I cut them last night.....Arrrrrgggghhhh!!!! Most are too small....some fit fine. Trying to keep staggered joints are going to be very time consuming. I almost recall Gianni saying that he cut each brick custom. In order to stay on bond, I am going to have to check every brick that goes in and trim if necessary.

It looks as if I want that bond joint, I am going to need to do the same.

I read somewhere that the outside width of your new bricks should be the same as the inside width of the course your laying on top of. This did not seem to precisely work out for me. I came out a little small.

The further I get with this oven, the more appreciation I have for all the builders before me. It's the thought of you guys that keep me going when I just want to give up.

Any others with issues trying to stay on bond?
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:45 AM
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I read somewhere that the outside width of your new bricks should be the same as the inside width of the course your laying on top of. This did not seem to precisely work out for me. I came out a little small.
I think the idea is that bottom of your bricks for next course will be about as wide as the tops of the previous course. That way you theoretically stay in bond if you manage to keep the seams consistent.

It's easier if you only cut bricks as you go.
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Doahhhhhh That's it. Funny how I get things wrong the first time and then BINGO the light goes on and I truly understand. Thanks for the clarification Laku...I am going to save the smaller bricks for later and try re cutting. I will post as to how it works out.
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Old 06-26-2012, 12:49 PM
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Dave, I've done the "I cut it off twice and it's still too short" routine on my bricks a few too many times times so far and found that cutting them individually is the way to go for the first few in the course then build a jig or use a template brick. Good luck, looking great!
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:15 PM
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Looks really good. Take your time on those bricks next to arch and over the arch. They will lie to you, not trick you, but lie. Will your IT lock at the vertical plane of the oven? If it does, that should keep the arch adjoining brick true. I didn't get to third size brick till course 10 on my 37.5", so not sure where that will be for yours. Keep up the good work.
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Thanks Tracy and Johnathon....you give me hope in responding and backing up my suspicions about these bricks.

I will take my time and try to keep those bricks from lying to me.
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tex and fish,

Like this "lie to ya", the closer bricks next to my arch have been lying to me all week... I have had to make some smaller adjustment bricks to try and avoid vertical stacking and hoping it does not come to haunt me in later courses. I am hoping you two figure out all of this stuff before I get there so I have some guidance.
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I think the idea is that bottom of your bricks for next course will be about as wide as the tops of the previous course. That way you theoretically stay in bond if you manage to keep the seams consistent.

It's easier if you only cut bricks as you go.
This formula is spot on. Works like a charm. I got 1/2 7th course completed last night after work. Plan to do the other half tonight and tie in this weekend over the arch and start the 8th.

Its getting steep now
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