Monolithic concrete arches for entrance and center support
Supports for the luon ply wood arch curve
Plywood attched to supports
Removed mantle supports after 12 hours to work on exposed agregate
My IT, made from cabinet grade plywood, a turnbuckle, and part of a commercial door closer.
Using a laser level to keep level over arch.
Made a removable wood brick to attach Dome Guage
I veneered the front of my stand also, but I cut those from brick that matched my chimney
I used 1/2" tile spacers to help guage the mortar joints
I applied an acrylic masonry bonding agent to the stucco before applying the brick with Thin-Set
I had a beaver tail on each side of the chimney to fill in in order to get back to a true circle meaured from the apex of the dome
I mixed up some grout (I used regular mortar with an acarylic fortifier) to set my vent in the center.
Before pointing the joints, I cleaned the joints and carefully applied an acrylic sealer just to the face of the brick.
I appled the Thin-Set to the back of most of the brick, this was one acception.
1/2" Old Chicago Flooring splits
It was the same on both sides of the chimney
Some declare that brick should not be sealed and allowed to breath. I included a vent for that purpose.
When pointing, I started at the top and worked my way down.
The sealer helps with the cleanup when pointing the joints
The sealer also helps bring out the color of the brick. It has sort of a wet look. It can be bought in satin, simigloss, and high gloss. Satin looks a lttle more natural
Wood brick inset. Note: adjustable Dome Guage