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Old 05-15-2007, 10:35 PM
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How many of you out here do masonry for a living? With that said, how many back transplants have you had? This is really hard on the body. I have done it in the past (see shop attachment), but this island is killing me. Most of the brick on the shop I was upright; as evolution allowed me to be, but this job requires me to be constantly bent - OUCH! I don't mind the hard work, but my hat is off to you if you do it day in and day out. This is a young mans sport.
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Les,
not a professional, but I play one for family and friends. I feel your pain (literally). Just completed my oven; no doubt this project as well as the many, many block, stone, tile, etc. projects I have done for the above mentioned has caused my current back problems (3 herniated discs -L3,L4,L5) as well as bone spurs).
Honestly, I have no idea how anyone could make a career of being a mason. Being just a 'part timer' has just about put me down for the count.

By the way....beautiful work

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Les,

I do it for a living, but part time these days. Back pain is part of the equation, particularly here, where the season starts in late March after a three month layoff. Part of the "conditioning" is to harden the deep muscles around your spine, at the base of your back. This takes about a month. Having said that, though, the pain never really goes away. My latest was a pinched nerve in that same area that caused shooting pains in my right leg. Gone now, whew.

Seems that by the time you have the knowledge and experience the body kacks. Life if like that, I guess.

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Old 05-16-2007, 01:28 PM
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Thanks RT and Jim. Its comforting to know Im not the only one feeling it. And now I am considering myself lucky I have no herniated discs or shooting pain. In fact, the pain I feel can usually be medicated with a few beers.

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Suddenly, hiring someone is sounding like a better idea....
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I'm in the process of selling my house. I've determined it is possible to remove the oven from the stand of the house we are selling but will wait to see if the buyers of our house will want to make an offer for the oven (we are advertising that the pizza oven is negotiable in the sale of the house but is not part of what they are buying with the house price). I'm anticipating pricing the oven at about $5000 - 6000 to account for the cost of (my) labor to build it as well as the $2500 or so in material costs. If the buyers also buy the oven I anticipate contracting out a large part of the build of my second oven (I have different time issues this year than last, plus I really just don't want to wait so much for an oven this time). Do you all think those labor cost estimates are in the ballpark? I don't want to gouge the buyer on the cost of an oven but don't want to just leave it.
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I'd say its a bargain at that price..
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Old 05-20-2007, 01:23 PM
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Um serious question - is there like a minimum amount you have to do at a single time? For instance when you start the first course do you have to finish it all right then?

I'm not a man - or a weightlifter. My game plan is to do things a little along (mixing mortar/concrete in small batches, obviously), maybe only laying a few blocks each day. Am I being stupid?
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Old 05-20-2007, 06:14 PM
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Archena,

Not at all - If you look at the first thumbnail, that's where I called it a day. I typically mix around 1/2 bag at a time, and with the sun beating down, that's about all I can do till I am working with a solid. I do admit - I am slow at laying this stuff. Just be sure to clean the run where you left off.

Good luck and may you have a strong back!
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Archena,

in my opinion the work of laying brick has more to do with mixing mortar than the laying of blocks. Mortaring and laying brick is detail work and is fairly straightforward. I usually used an empty mortar container as a stop point.
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