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  • Cracked arch - what can I do?

    Both the outer and inner arch have cracked in the mortar before I've even got anywhere near starting a fire.

    What can I do?


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  • #2
    That should not be too difficult to take out and re fix it back, you need to soak the brick before cementing it and cover the work with a damp blanket to stop it drying out to quickly as that is very likely what has caused the issue.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by fox View Post
      That should not be too difficult to take out and re fix it back, you need to soak the brick before cementing it and cover the work with a damp blanket to stop it drying out to quickly as that is very likely what has caused the issue.
      Should I do that with the back one as well?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by angelboy View Post

        Should I do that with the back one as well?
        i would. It will never be easier to re do than right now.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by fhausback View Post

          i would. It will never be easier to re do than right now.

          Right, I know what I'm doing tomorrow then!

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          • #6
            This is what I would do. I would pour myself a bourbon and finish the build. That brick is not going to move ..it's keyed in and can't drop down. Now if it was a huge crack.. okay fix it but it's a hairline crack and you will get many more...so chill out ...I would not loose sleep over this one.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ultrasport View Post
              This is what I would do. I would pour myself a bourbon and finish the build. That brick is not going to move ..it's keyed in and can't drop down. Now if it was a huge crack.. okay fix it but it's a hairline crack and you will get many more...so chill out ...I would not loose sleep over this one.
              My favorite two parts of your post:
              1) leave it alone
              2) Bourbon
              My Build:
              http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f8/s...ina-20363.html

              "Believe that you can and you're halfway there".

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              • #8
                Originally posted by NCMan View Post

                My favorite two parts of your post:
                1) leave it alone
                2) Bourbon
                Mine too!

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                • #9
                  If it helps you make your decision I had a similar crack right at the center of my arch and didn't discover it until I finished my dome. I think, at least for me, it was from the higher stress that area gets as it didn't appear until after I pushed against the arch from the inside finishing the dome. (I had thoroughly soaked my bricks before doing the arch).
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                  After firing unfortunately the crack has increased quite a bit. Hoping it won't become a real structural problem but I don't think it will affect the performance of the oven. The crack fortunately doesn't go through to the inside of the arch.
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                  • #10
                    I took out the bricks on the front and reset them and the back I ground out as much as I could and repointed.

                    From what I hear I need to get used to cracks appearing!

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