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  1. A brick hearth

    Steve said I would go from one thing that takes months to do (chinking) to many things that only take days to do, so here's a post about the brick hearth:

    any ideas on reducing haze on the bricks, shoot them at me.

    tried: lemon juice, water, going to try vinegar. It's getting better, but it's not exactly where we want it.
  2. Restoring an old wood stove

  3. Framing begins

    thought I would post "framing complete", but I'm probably going to stop framing and work on the stove before it gets colder. So there'll be another framing post eventually.

    Steve said instead of 1 thing taking 3 months to complete, I now have a million things that take days - weeks to we are....
  4. buttoning up leaks

    just some odds and ends to get the thing fully closed in - mostly about spray foam, lol.
  5. The Chinking Post

    I used the calculator at the permachink website - my average gap is about 4", and about 2" deep x 40 foot long walls x 20 feet tall (15 lines of chink x 2 (inside / outside)) x 4 walls is how they figured it = $14,000 for their stuff. Traditional mortar chink = 1 wall takes about a bag of portland cement ($18), 4 bags of lime ($4 each), and probably 1/2 ton of sand ($23). So 1 wall, outside only: 18 + 16 + ...
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