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Old 08-08-2010, 08:46 PM   #106
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No, no, no...that's not luck...that's pure skill.

And so when will the invitations be going out for the inaugural event?
lol Still going to be a little longer yet. Heres where I finished the day:




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Old 08-08-2010, 10:21 PM   #107
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Well, this is starting to look very impressive indeed. You had a good day today I would say!
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:34 PM   #108
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Got the rest of the cap cut but havn't had enough time to start on the mortar yet. Theres a chance of rain every day the rest of the week but we'll see if it lets up enough so I can at least finish the cap up.



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Looking good Michael!

Sooooooooo, how close have you and the saw/grinder gotten in the last few weeks???????
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Oooooohhhh, that is REALLY NICE! Great job!
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That is beautiful. Looks like a pro did it.
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Looks GREAT!!! I'm impressed!
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:10 PM   #113
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Thanks everyone, I appreciate the compliments. Its not done yet though! It didnt rain today so I was able to get a little work in on it. I was able to get about half of it mortared, which doesnt include the grout. I believe I can have the cap done with just two more of these short days. I'll wait until the cap is grouted to post the pic.

Jomama... It might as well be glued to my hands on most days

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Nice jigsaw puzzle
Lookin good
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It rained yesterday so I took a half day today. I've got the cap level and mortared... I'm going to start, and hopefully finish, on the grout in about 30 min once I'm done cooling off. Stay tuned for pics
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I ALMOST got the cap completed today. I've got everything done except for a few gaps between stones where it hangs off the edge and a couple of places underneath the stone where it meets the veneer on the outside. The gaps between stones where it hangs off have been a bit tricky since they mortar falls through. I did manage to come up with a system of using packaging tape and a small thin flat stone to fill these areas in. I start by putting tape underneath the gap to catch mortar... I butt the flat stone underneath for more initial support, then squirt the mortar in with the grout bag. After that I sit the bag down, and work the mortar in a bit with my thumb. After a minute or so, I'm able to remove the stone from underneath and let the tape hold it while it finishes setting. BTW, the mortar took almost no time to set in most places since the stones were so hot.

I would have finished today but the clouds started rolling in pretty heavy and just after I took these pics and covered up the work, its started raining. It has since stopped though, so I might finish it up this afternoon.

On with the pics!




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Very (repeat two or three hundred times) nice!
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Very (repeat two or three hundred times) nice!
Thank you very much

Now I'm just hoping that I can get the patio part cut up and grouted quicker than I have been so I can start enjoying it.
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FIRE PIT DONE! Mowed the yard today and finished up the cap and fire pit. I am more than happy with the result too! I'm really surprised

All that is left now is the patio....





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The cap looks absolutely fantastic Michael. I'd be proud ot say I did the work.

The inside radius looks great, what did you do to finish off the edge of the stones?

BTW, on the ends where you were having problems (and for future reference for anyone else), you want to "butter" each stone with a small trowel to get a little mortar stuck to them first. As long as you don't use much force when bagging the rest in, or when jointing, they will hold fine.

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