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Forum: Masonry 10-27-2019, 08:34 AM
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A friend of mine is on a "Production" brick crew...

A friend of mine is on a "Production" brick crew in the North end of Toronto... think mini-Mcmansion territory...
I asked about their production rates.
12 man crew (8 brickies and 4 labourers) are...
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 08-05-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By bytor
and some details...

and some details...
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 08-05-2019, 12:58 PM
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Views: 34,438
Posted By bytor
Got our oven All Fired Up this morning for some...

Got our oven All Fired Up this morning for some Long weekend Pizza and Bread today...
Forum: Masonry 06-11-2019, 04:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 528
Posted By bytor
How thick is the existing concrete? Perhaps...

How thick is the existing concrete?
Perhaps grinding/polishing is an option...?
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 01-13-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,084
Posted By bytor
A few nice photos of this project which appeared...

A few nice photos of this project which appeared in a magazine article;
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 01-12-2019, 02:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By bytor
A couple of follow up photos of the completed...

A couple of follow up photos of the completed Kitchen fireplace...
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 02-19-2018, 01:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By bytor
Another fireplace we're working on on the same...

Another fireplace we're working on on the same job-site... different end of the house so you can't view the two contrasting fireplaces at the same time. This one is definitely a more 'natural' look.
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 02-17-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By bytor
Just need a massive 12'6" by 7" thick hearth...

Just need a massive 12'6" by 7" thick hearth (which we'll source out once the snow melts...) and this baby will be complete.
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 02-16-2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By bytor
it actually works out to be more expensive......

it actually works out to be more expensive... castable refractory is pretty pricey around here... plus, add in the cost of making forms etc.
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 02-13-2018, 07:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By bytor
and still... more.

and still... more.
Forum: Tiling 02-13-2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,403
Posted By bytor
Absolutely no worries there... several feet of...

Absolutely no worries there... several feet of clear gravel under the 10" concrete slab with a double layer of 5/8 rebar on a 12" grid:thumbup:

Slab is approximately 30 x 40' and is supported on...
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 02-13-2018, 04:13 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By bytor
More Archiness...

More Archiness...
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 02-12-2018, 07:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By bytor
Start of the stone facade for the fireplace... ...

Start of the stone facade for the fireplace...

The stone is a local 'Full-bed Granite' with sawn heights of 3", 4" and 7-3/8".

There will ultimately be a huge-ass hearth slab... 12' by 7"...
Forum: Masonry 02-11-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 703
Posted By bytor
But of course... in the 'Masonry Picture Post'...

But of course... in the 'Masonry Picture Post' section... once we get rolling!
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 02-11-2018, 07:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By bytor
Finished Rough-in... at least on the inside......

Finished Rough-in... at least on the inside... still have to punch through the roof and finish the chimney in the Spring.
Plywood template over the firebox to show the outline of the 'basket handle'...
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 02-11-2018, 07:08 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By bytor
The refractory slabs are made by Alsey...

The refractory slabs are made by Alsey Refractories... we pick them up in Toronto.
At the end of the day, the cost is similar to doing the smoke chamber out of regular firebrick. Pay more for the...
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 02-10-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By bytor
Smoke chamber constructed with refractory slabs...

Smoke chamber constructed with refractory slabs...
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 02-10-2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By bytor
More block, forming and casting the lintel with...

More block, forming and casting the lintel with castable refractory and installing the damper. The damper will be operated with a wheel on the side of the fireplace hence the rod extending towards...
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 02-10-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By bytor
Block-work continuing around the firebox. We...

Block-work continuing around the firebox. We almost always wrap our firebrick with ceramic insulation to ensure a bond-break and add just a tiny bit of efficiency (he said hopefully...)
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 02-10-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,811
Posted By bytor
Seeing Red... Firebrick

Finally got a chance to use some Red Firebrick that I'd had in the 'yard' for several years...

Fairly hefty fireplace rough-in, firebox is 5 feet wide, fireplace will hold up the main ridge beam...
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 01-21-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,314
Posted By bytor
Website is indeed no longer with us... just...

Website is indeed no longer with us... just wasn't worth it for us. We're literally booked 2-3 years in advance consistently... our clientele aren't really the types to shop for a mason on the...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 12-28-2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 722
Views: 20,922
Posted By bytor
I'm about 2 hrs. north of Toronto, Ontario ...

I'm about 2 hrs. north of Toronto, Ontario

-36 celsius (-33 F) this morning... so cold the furnace couldn't draw propane from the outside tank... had to fire up the woodstove. About a foot of snow...
Forum: Masonry 12-23-2017, 04:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,931
Posted By bytor
I'm envious... we've been under tarps for two...

I'm envious... we've been under tarps for two months now...
Forum: Business 12-11-2017, 04:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,065
Posted By bytor
Our working costs increase in the winter...

Our working costs increase in the winter months... No way I would ever consider reducing our rates.
Forum: Masonry Picture Post 10-29-2017, 06:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,314
Posted By bytor
Just completed this little number...

A masonry Rough-in which transitions to a 14' I.D. stainless insulated flue... clad in our local full-bed (5") 'granite. Overall it's just shy of 13' wide by 8' at the high point.
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