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Looks like it will work. Well done!!

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Looks like should come out great......

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Interestingly enough, the builder installed a 3 vent for the pit. I don't see why this is really necessary, as the pit cover has a few holes in it to let air in, but I decided to keep it.



The 3" PVC pipe is a passive radon vent and is a very good thing to have even if you don't have a radon problem. Better yet, if you ever do have a rodon problem, then you can add a fan to improve venting. Radon abatement can be very expensive but this pipe makes for an easy DIY project.

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It looks like the jig is working out great. Now .... More PICS!!

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for the 45degree, that is exactly what I did for my FP area.

But incase you didn't know, or anyone else is interested, they do sell accent pieces that are angled at 45degress.
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Worked all day on Sunday putting up the stone veneer. I worked from about 10:15 until nearly 6:30 pm on it. In the process, I burned up two B&D Hammer drills mixing the mortar!

The stone was really easy to hang. The difficult part was making sure that the mortar and scratch coat were somewhat wet, but not too wet. You want to wet both the back of the stone and the substrate to ensure that they don't wick away too much moisture from the mortar. This causes a weakened joint. If the stone and substrate are too wet, then the mortar doesn't stick so well. Also, it's difficult to keep the mortar at the right level of moisture.

Also, the up and down for laying the pieces out, then getting up and waking outside to the cutter then back down to measure the next piece was a quite a chore. I was really sore when this was done!

The stone was surprisingly brittle. I could break one in half just pushing it on the wall. A few pieces fell when I was laying them out and broke into a few pieces, rendering them unusable. In the end, I had a bunch of corners left over and three full stones (only about 28" worth)! I had to order 10 LF of corners, and I only used about 4 feet.

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The corners turned out really, really well, if I do say so myself. I can still see the pattern in the stones, but I think it's because I'm so used to seeing the parts. Folks that see it for the first time have been blown away and have been very complementary.

I cut the pieces for the top 1" or so and I still need to hang them, but I'll do that when the underside of the bar is in.

I'm not yet ready to apprentice with a stone mason, but I have a healthy respect for their skill and strength!

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Nice work another step closer to the end

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CJ -- nice work. Looks great. If you ever do this again, you might want to use a masonry hoe and mix the mortar in a wheelbarrow ... the hoes are a lot tougher to burn out than a hammer drill :-)
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Very nice work!

I keep getting the urge to incorporate a stone veneer somewhere in my theater... argh.
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Wow, that is just amazing stone work.
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Nice work, looks great. I was showing the Mrs. you bar as I was trying to convince her of dooing something similar (no stone though) and she commented how nice yours was looking, but I still couldn't win her over .

Anyways, keep up the good work your on a good stride.
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Wow CJ - that really looks awesome. I've been out for a while, but it was great to catch up with your thread. I was on the edge of my seat as I followed the drama of the corners. I'm with jamis now. "How can I incorporate some stonework!?"
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Your bar looks good. Nice work.

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CJ -- nice work. Looks great. If you ever do this again, you might want to use a masonry hoe and mix the mortar in a wheelbarrow ... the hoes are a lot tougher to burn out than a hammer drill :-)

Yea..that's what I started out with (a regular hoe w/o the holes). I suppose that the masonry model would work better but I didn't have one, and I was mixing small batches (about 3 gallons at a time). It was very difficult to get the mortar mixed properly. I grabbed some old B&D Hammer drills that I had and this made it much easier. Guess who's going to receive two hammer drills in the mail for warranty repair? ;-)

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Oman, CheapMonkey, queendvd, jamis, and Kjlewie..thanks for the comments. For those who have a stone bug, I'm truly sorry. It does look good and isn't really so much work. I'd still take that over the drywall work any day!

Funny story...when the wife saw it, she really liked it. So much so that she said "I wasn't' sure how it would look when you started...it looks much better than I thought it would".

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CJ -

Just catching up here. Looking really good, man.

But here's what REALLY made respond.

You may very well have found the answer to one of life's most vexing questions. Nay, the answer to the ULTIMATE QUESTION (and I'm not talking about "42" here, either). This will revolutionize man's (and I'm not talking the generic "mankind," sense here) place in a mariage. It will put us, FINALLY, on equal footing with women in marriage.

Lsiten carefully gentlemen, for CJ knows of what he speaks.

The next time your wife asks, "Does this make me look fat?" You say....
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...it looks much better than I thought it would".


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Scott:

Thanks for callin me out. I have been busy with a few scouting activities and haven't been getting any time in the basement. In addition, my father in law was here for 2 weeks and we didn't get much done there either.

He did do some painting of the doors and got two costs of red on the bathroom. I've gotten a few minor projects completed, but nowhere near what I had envisioned.

I've got some free time coming this week, so I intend to get some stuff done!

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Adding a thread I started about distance behind the screen wall for reference.

Settling on 18 - 24".

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1145358

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You get anything done?

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You get anything done?

Yea, I feel the same way.

Been concentrating my time on finding new employment, but I've been working on the basement too. We've been working on projects outside (garden, grass, plating beds, cleaning the garage, etc) and have finally finished the bathroom. Got some doors hung and have been painting trim. Will do an update in the next day or so.

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Did you lose your job? Or just looking for a new one?

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Did you lose your job? Or just looking for a new one?

Didn't really "lose" it...I know just where it is. I just don't have it any longer.

My company spun my division off into a merger with another firm. In the time preceding this merger, I was presented with a number of options. I could move to Seattle and basically keep my job, I could go to the field, or I could leave. I chose to take a package and leave. I think I must have been clairvoyant, as my entire leadership chain left, as well as 5/6th of my direct peers (within my group). The merger has been another disaster for those who were taken over (my division).

In short, they are still paying me, but that will run out at some point and I'll have to go back to work.

I've slowed down big purchases for a while and am piddling around with the "other" stuff until the future becomes more clear.


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Ahhh, crud man. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Happy to help you work on your resume, etc.

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Thanks. What doesn't kill me makes me stronger, right?



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I realize I am a little late to this party, but I must say the stone work looks awesome! Nice job!

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Gonzo:

It's never too late for a compliment! Thanks!

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CJ,

I am sorry, but I can't see your pics at work so I don't comment much. First, I think the stone work looks great. Very nice work. Second, if you need help during your "corporate" restructuring, I'm only a few miles away, let me know.....
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Randy:

Thanks for the complement. And thanks for the offer. There's one certainty in corporate America these days...there's nothing certain!

Now, back to the building.

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Memorial Day was the two year anniversary of the build. Time for an update.

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