Monday, August 17, 2009
Site Works - 14th August
Dermot Fullam from Dermot Paul construction came back and gave us a very thorough lesson in brick laying. There was a lot of work in getting things going in the correct manner. I think that we all gained an insight into the skill of a good brickie. We are going to take this section of the works very slowly to ensure that we can be accurate. Hopefully as we learn we will get faster.
Our intention is to work each pier up simultaneously with the arch, to brace against the buckling experienced in the earlier arch test. We will have to lay the first 12 courses this way, until we reach the point where the angle of embrace is reduced to less than 52 degrees. Once this is the case we will be able to complete the arches and start work on the dome as the brick walls continue to rise.