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Old 06-12-2009, 08:46 AM
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Well, through all the great efforts of the forum I have begun to break ground. It's assuring to know, there's a wonderful group of knowledged people out there ready to lend a word.

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Old 06-12-2009, 09:14 AM
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Good luck! We look forward to your build!
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:51 AM
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Tony,

Sounds like your off and running. I still didn't get my brick samples yet. How far ahead are you planned or are you concentrating on foundation and stand for now.

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Old 06-12-2009, 10:53 AM
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Thanks Mike!
Bob,
I hope to pour the foundation this weekend. As far as planning, I'm concentrating on the foundation and stand. I'm thinking of a round stand with the final appearance of old school brick meets South Beach Art Deco (I.W.A.= If Wife Approved).
Let me know about the sample bricks. Like to see if I can incorporate them into the oven.
I bought a mini cement mixer for $110 at Harbor Freight, it's on sale. I read in a post it worked Just fine for what we need. They also have a huge side walk sale this weekend, if you need anything.
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Tony,
Glad to hear one of us is starting. I just got the bricks this afternoon at my office here in Delray. I'll post photo's this weekend. I'll be in touch. They sent me 2 of each type.

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Old 06-13-2009, 04:13 PM
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GO FLORIDA WFO BUILDERS!!!!!

Sorry, got carried away. I'm getting ready for 'GO GATORS!!!'

It sounds like you're off to a good start Tony. Be sure to post a lot of pictures. You're in good hands in this forum; I can't imagine having to build one of these without the help that everyone provides.
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Old 06-13-2009, 04:45 PM
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Hi Tony
Glad to hear you took the plunge. If you need any info on local suppliers just let me know. Buona fortuna!
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Tony, I've been busy and haven't had a chance to sketch the arch brick dimensions yet. I will as soon as I can. Hope your base and stand are going well.

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Old 06-17-2009, 06:37 PM
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Does anyone know if it is necessary to place plastic over the pea gravel here in South Florida, prior to pouring the cement foundation? With our humidity, I don"t see how it would be necessary. Also, wouldn't it be better having the cement bind to the gravel vs plastic? I see alot of construction down here and nobody seems to use plastic.
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Old 06-21-2009, 07:11 AM
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Well, it's the morning after my foundation pour. But, more importantly, it's Father's Day and my wife and children are baking my favorite Napolitan cake.

After a week of lugging 80lb bags of Quikrete, 5 at a time in the back of the car, I did it. I placed 10 bags of pea gravel from Lowes, 10 bags of sifted recycled concrete from the Bushel Stop on top of it, I did place the plastic, Bent the rebar and tied in the metal fence. It took 3 people and about 3 hours to pour 38 bags of cement using Harbor Freight's mini mixer (GREAT MACHINE!)

Overall, It felt great at the end of the day to stare at a glimmering 80" diameter giant quarter (with my wife, children and parents handprints).

Cost for 80" round foundation:
cement mixer............................................. .............................$109.99
5.2mm 4x8 plywood for the form.............................................. ....$16.58
(3)1x2x8 furring strip cut to 18"long stakes to hold form.(1.96ea)........$5.88
(3)2x2x8 furring strip cut 18"long stakes to also hold form(1.57ea)......$4.71
4 rebar 3/8"x10' (4.49ea) .................................................. ........ $18.96
4 rebar 1/2" for verticals (3.13ea).......................................... ......$12.51
10 bags pea gravel (3.00ea).......................................... ..............$30.00
10 bags sifted concrete gravel............................................ .........$34.00
38 bags of 80lb Quikrete cement mix...........................................$139 .00

Total $371.64

Gotta go. My cake is ready! Enjoy this day.
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