CSIA Training Course

Hello Everyone,

I’m so excited to get back and share this with you! This is something ive been wanted to do for a loooong time. The CSIA stands for The Chimney Safety Institute of America. There are around 100 coarses offered. The “Certified Chimney Sweep” credential is the fundamental base, or foundation of chimney safety, codes, clearances and standards for chimney construction, installation ans maintenance. CSIA certified sweeps serve their communites with dedication, knowledge, and ethics which they are bound to. This organization is awesome and am so proud hold the Certified Sweep Credential.

Please view the pictures and enjoy, and as always hold the tools with pride!

 

You"ll see this on the back of my truck displayed loud and proud!

You”ll see this on the back of my truck displayed loud and proud!

The 44hr training school is not needed to recieve the CSIA sweep credential. I did it to go above standard. Im proud of that and will hold that close.

The 44hr training school is not needed to recieve the CSIA sweep credential. I did it to go above standard. Im proud of that and will hold that close.

Ive been wanting to recieve this cert. for years. Many people will say "your just a sweep, how hard is that?" Its much more. Real sweeps serve and protect thier communities, and are bound to moral and ethic standards set forth by the CSIA.

Ive been wanting to recieve this cert. for years. Many people will say “your just a sweep, how hard is that?” Its much more. Real sweeps serve and protect thier communities, and are bound to moral and ethic standards set forth by the CSIA.

"Not bad for a mason". Hah, i was the only mason(admittedly) in the room of 29 men and women. Im greatful for our instructors willingness to go above and beyond! Many late night study sessions. The CSIA has excellent organization!

“Not bad for a mason”. Hah, I was the only mason(admittedly) in the room of 29 men and women. Im greatful for our instructors willingness to go above and beyond! Many late night study sessions. The CSIA has excellent organization!

This is where it all went down. Theory and code/standard review was the name of the game.

This is where it all went down. Theory and code/standard review was the name of the game.

This pic shows a well constructed chimney.

This pic shows a well constructed chimney.

These are mostly flue tiles and refractory(high heat resistant) masonry components.

These are mostly flue tiles and refractory(high heat resistant) masonry components.

This diagram describes different fireplace damper types.

This diagram describes different fireplace damper types.

Top mount dampers are a popular choice for fireplace restoration and design.

Top mount dampers are a popular choice for fireplace restoration and design.

Chimney sweeps need to keep healthy, and mobile. I found a nice "dungeon" to train in!

Chimney sweeps need to keep healthy, and mobile. I found a nice “dungeon” to train in!

Rich demonstrating the calculation for chimney height.

Rich demonstrating the calculation for chimney height.

MMMMMmmmmmm, my study partner.

MMMMMmmmmmm, my study partner.

Rich is demonstrating concepts and tools to be used during sweeps/inspections.

Rich is demonstrating concepts and tools to be used during sweeps/inspections.

Rich is going over some of the materials used in chimney repairs.

Rich is going over some of the materials used in chimney repairs.

Masonry heaters are gaining ground and have thier role in efficient wood heating.

Masonry heaters are gaining ground and have thier role in efficient wood heating.

Todays sweeps are much more than "stack Whackers"!

Todays sweeps are much more than “stack Whackers”!

The final day of class we were awarded with our training certificates. It was a great feeling!

The final day of class we were awarded with our training certificates. It was a great feeling!

Fireplace Smoke Chamber Lining Install

Hello Everyone,

Winter is here. Make sure your wood burning appliance is up to snuff. Here’s a recent “Smoktite” install we performed on a fireplace smoke chamber. www.smoktite.com Click  the link on the homepage to find out more.

Stay warm, and hold your tools with pride!

The Smoketite system is a refractory lining installed pneumatically by fireplace and chimney professionals. The system is composed of a spray gun, air canister mortar containment system, special fireplace high heat mortar, and a compressor. It's a low invasive installation process that does not require dismantling of the fireplace or any of it's fixed components. The system is well designed, and comes with extensions and angles to broadcast the material as needed.

The Smoktite system is a refractory lining installed pneumatically by fireplace and chimney professionals. The system is composed of a spray gun, air canister mortar containment system, special fireplace high heat mortar, and a compressor. It’s a low invasive installation process that does not require dismantling of the fireplace or any of it’s fixed components. The system is well designed, and comes with extensions and angles to broadcast the material as needed.

The work site is set up for installation.

The work site is set up for installation.

All debris and obstructions are removed from the fireplace prior to installation.

All debris and obstructions are removed from the fireplace prior to installation.

The smoke chamber block work was never lined.

The smoke chamber block work was never lined.

The exposed block work has cracks, and the flue tile has openess around it.

The exposed block work has cracks, and the flue tile has openess around it.

After the install the smoke chamber is carefully inspected/evaluated to see if another application is needed. Typically 1 to 2 coats are needed, but more may be required to seal large gaps.

After the install the smoke chamber is carefully inspected/evaluated to see if another application is needed. Typically 1 to 2 coats are needed, but more may be required to seal large gaps.

Cellar Entrance Installation

Hello Everyone,

Many people have problems with their old cellar entrances including shifting, water intrusion, and usability due to improper design. When you are ready to replace your cellar entrance, or install a new into your existing basement to meet new safety code, call us!

 

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Bilco Door Installation

Bilco Door Installation

Basement Waterproofing

Rain, rain go away. Come back some other day, like after Home and Hearth Masonry installs a basement waterproofing system. The brutal weather seems to be trending. Call us for all your waterproofing needs. Here’s a job we completed at a good customers request!

Thanks for visiting!

The owners property was removed and covered/protected.

The owners property was removed and covered/protected.

It aint the most glamorous  job, but well git'er done!

It aint the most glamorous job, but well git’er done!

We can get those hard to reach areas no problemo.

We can get those hard to reach areas no problemo.

System install

System install

After system installed its hard to tell anything was done!

After system installed its hard to tell anything was done!

Drain system install process is slightly graded toward sump system.

Drain system install process is slightly graded toward sump system.

After the job is done the walls were re-installed in house.

After the job is done the walls were re-installed in house.

Water damaged carpet is yucky and unhealthy!

Water damaged carpet is yucky and unhealthy!

installing a preforated pipe system.

installing a preforated pipe system.

After the job is done the concrete floor we exposed will be left alone, or epoxy coated.

After the job is done the concrete floor we exposed will be left alone, or epoxy coated.

New drain system incorporated into existing sump as requested by customer.

New drain system incorporated into existing sump as requested by customer.

After removal of moldy carpet section, and exposing the concrete the trim was installed for a finished transition.

After removal of moldy carpet section, and exposing the concrete the trim was installed for a finished transition.

Gotta do what you gotta do. Prep is key!

Gotta do what you gotta do. Prep is key!

Tile and Mosaic Workshop

Hello Everyone,

As you may know, I’m a fan of Henry Mercer and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. I often drove by when i was younger wondering what that amazing concrete building was with all the decorative chimneys. My wife took me to the Tile works festival one year for my birthday and i was able to get a tour of the Tile Works and Mercer’s home, Fonthill Castle. I was amazed. The architecture alone was so raw, yet complex with all of the arches and vaulted ceilings. The hand made tiles were so vibrant and unique. It is the most creative collaboration of architecture, masonry, and art. Not only is the design amazing, but the men who hand mixed the concrete to build the place are equally amazing. It is a true labor of love.

Since then I’ve taken a few workshops at the Tile Works. I see the tile work incorporated into masonry work all over, and I’m very interested in progressing Mercer’s arts and crafts movement through some of my special projects. Here’s a few pictures of my last visit where I learned all the basic Moravian tile production techniques. It was a three day workshop with tons of info, and hands on.

Thanks for following, and check out the Moravian Pottery Link on my page to find out more!

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Jon sitting in front of a to story bee hive kiln.

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Vaulted ceilings are everywhere in this building.

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Dome arches and pillars in the basement hold the Tile Works up, and offer a great room to store clay from Lake Towhee.

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Master ceramist Adam giving a tour. Adam is well deserving of his title.

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Mercers earliest tiles were imprinted from cast iron stoves.

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Coal fired kiln

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My favorite “russian stove”.

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Extremely detailed, life size plaster molds.

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Producing master plaster molds.

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A mosaic I’m working on

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“quarry tile” molds and cutters. Very popular for back splashes, fireplaces, and flooring.

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Showing glazing techniques.

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Ceramist Eric demonstrating mosaic production.

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These, and other tile mosaics are placed throughout the tile works.

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Demonstrating tile production taken from a master mold.

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Ceramist demonstrating consistency levels of mortar used to back the tile mosaics.

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Another brick kiln

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Jesse demonstrating quarry tile production.

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Another imprint from a cast iron stove, one of Mercers original works.

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Demonstrating different glazing techniques.

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Hanging clay out to dry before kiln firing.

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Kachelofen Install/Workshop

Hello Everyone,

Masonry Heaters have been around for centuries. The are clean burning and efficient ways to heat your home using wood. “Biofire” manufactures custom engineered masonry heaters for your home to specification which is installed by a masonry specialist. I was lucky enough to be a part of this project with founder of the MHA, lead mason Jerry Frisch.

Masonry Heaters are a growing trend in America. This workshop was a part of my certification prerequisite, and was extremely appreciative of Jerry, and Homeowner for allowing inviting me to help build this beautiful, one of a kind tile/stucco “Kachelofen”.

Please go to www.Biofireinc.com for more information.

Thanks for visiting,

Jon

Each "Biofire" tile is hand molded and stamped for approval.

Each “Biofire” tile is hand molded and stamped for approval.

Jerry Making sure everything is sitting tight and right

Jerry Making sure everything is sitting tight and right

Scott, John, and Marty getting busy

Scott, John, and Marty getting busy

looking down into a "Biofire" Kachelofen core

looking down into a “Biofire” Kachelofen core

Custom fire rated block used

Custom fire rated block used

Tile manufactured and engineered to spec to extract maximum heat from the flue gases

Tile manufactured and engineered to spec to extract maximum heat from the flue gases

engineered and installed to specification.

engineered and installed to specification.

Core components and doors installed

Core components and doors installed

Marty finishing up some stucco work

Marty finishing up some stucco work

Bake oven with accented tile arch

Bake oven with accented tile arch

Completed stucco/tile kachelofen

Completed stucco/tile kachelofen

Homeowner installing a core tile

Homeowner installing a core tile

Please visit www.Biofireinc.com to find out why this may be the right choice for your lifestyle and home heating needs.

Weekly Update: Masonry Heater Association Annual Meeting

Hello Everyone,

For those of you who aren’t familiar with masonry heat, here is a little overview;

A masonry heater is a site-built or site-assembled, solid-fueled heating device constructed mainly of masonry materials in which the heat from intermittent fires burned rapidly in its firebox is stored in its massive structure for slow release to the building. It has an interior construction consisting of a firebox and heat exchange channels built from refractory components. I personally equate the masonry heater to be a combination of a wood burning stove, and fireplace. You can have the look of a masonry fireplace with the benefit of exceeded EPA efficiency standards. These appliances are the future of clean, efficient wood burning.

The great thing about masonry heaters is their ability to burn solid fuel(wood) quickly and efficiently, while offering an amazing heat dwell time. The Masonry Heater Association also combines bake ovens, rocket stoves and other genres of masonry built solid fuel burning appliances.

Here is an example of an award winning masonry heater combined with a bake oven, and heated benches Home and Hearth Masonry designed/constructed with custom tile supplier Jessephamarts.com, and the rest of the MHA week!

2014 MHA Build/Design contest winner

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The beautiful views of God's country!
The beautiful views of God’s country!

Group Photo

Group Photo

The student has become the master!

The student has become the master!

Special refractory cement

Special refractory cement

Chimney inspection demonstation

Chimney inspection demonstation

Domestic hot water hook up!

Domestic hot water hook up!

Beautiful tile kachelofen

Beautiful tile kachelofen

Commercial brick oven

Commercial brick oven

Masonry heater with bake oven and domestic hot water connection!

Masonry heater with bake oven and domestic hot water connection!

Cooking on a rocket stove!

Cooking on a rocket stove!

Castable refractory form sequence

Castable refractory form sequence

Firebox build sequence

Firebox build sequence

Finishing up a core construction sequence

Finishing up a core construction sequence

Get twisted!

Get twisted!

soap stone heater facade

soap stone heater facade

Residential wood fired oven

Residential wood fired oven

Kachelofen presentation

Kachelofen presentation

Lime slaking clinic

Lime slaking clinic

Yummy!

Yummy!

Bricklaying clinic

Bricklaying clinic

Stand strong!

Stand strong!

Chimney flashing clinic

Chimney flashing clinic

Chicken Pot Pie!

Chicken Pot Pie!

 

Brick Pavers In Solid Concrete

Hello Everyone,

If your interested in brick pavers that’ll last the test of time, consider a solid masonry brick paver system set in concrete and mortar. Installed properly, it can be very low maintenance and have staying power that only  a monolithic concrete structure can offer.

If your interested in what this customer had to say, check it out in my reference section! Hold the tools with pride!

-Jon

 

Out with the old!

Out with the old!

Old paver system

Old paver system

Stock and load! Concrete with wire will keep things tight!

Stock and load! Concrete with wire will keep things tight!

Butter the bread! Always remember to prepare your substrate!

Butter the bread! Always remember to prepare your substrate!

Close up detail shows 1/8" mortar(butter) joint

Close up detail shows 1/8″ mortar(butter) joint

Details count! A 1/8" butter joint is not typical and/or standard. We did it cause the boss said so....Ask and ye shall receive my friends!

Details count! A 1/8″ butter joint is not typical and/or standard. We did it cause the boss said so….Ask and ye shall receive my friends!

The entryway/landing was enlarged for a easier, welcoming aesthetic. Who wants to get pushed off the landing when the door opens? Not me!

The entryway/landing was enlarged for a easier, welcoming aesthetic. Who wants to get pushed off the landing when the door opens? Not me!

A larger landing was installed with custom railings fabricated by Patterson Iron Works.

A larger landing was installed with custom railings fabricated by Patterson Iron Works.

Weekly Update: Flagstone In Concrete Installation

Hello Everyone,

When replacing and installing any solid masonry system, standards must be followed to ensure a quality, sustainable outcome. We keep to proven masonry applications and techniques that have survived hundreds of years, and focus on workmanship. Tech is great, but you know the famous saying “They don’t build them like they used too” proves it’s point!

Here is a small flagstone set in concrete job. Let me guide you through the proven, standard process.

-Jon

Old man winter had its way with us this year!

Old man winter had its way with us this year!

A slurry/bond coat and mortar bed is needed to ensure adequate bond. This is a two step system that is required to meet acceptable standard.

A slurry/bond coat and mortar bed is needed to ensure adequate bond. This is a two step system that is required to meet acceptable standard. When the slurry and mortar bed meet a mechanical and chemical bond keys and holds!

Sledge hammer and pick/tunneling bar gits er done!

Sledge hammer and pick/tunneling bar gits er done!

A "rough casting" of concrete has been set with integral steel reinforcement. The top is left rough for "mechanical bond" of flagstone. Mortar sets with a "chemical" bond.

A “rough casting” of concrete has been set with integral steel reinforcement. The top is left rough for “mechanical bond” of flagstone. Mortar sets with a “chemical” bond.

 

All the stones are set in a solid bed of mortar pitched slightly.

All the stones are set in a solid bed of mortar pitched slightly.

Don't worry, your mailman will get the picture!

Don’t worry, your mailman will get the picture!

Weekly Update: Stone Pointing

Hello Everyone,

If you’ve read last weeks news update, you know that the freeze/thaw cycle and frost heave caused a substantial amount of damage to our infrastructure. Please pay attention to your property this early spring, as you may need some, or a lot of re-pointing.

What is re-pointing? Re-pointing is when mortar is replaced between masonry units( brick, stone, block) as needed to regain integrity that may have been lost most commonly through degradation, weathering and time.

If the pointing looks brittle, loose, and flaky generally it is re-pointed before structural integrity of said structure is lost, which saves the cost and effort of rebuilding, limits property damage.

There are different types of mortar, and pointing details that serve different purposes. Here’s a few pics of various pointing details.

A weathered pointing is tucked under the bottom surface of the masonry unit under the stone profile.

A weathered pointing is tucked under the bottom surface of the masonry unit under the stone profile.

V taper pointing is raised in the center, then tapered beneath the stone's face.

V taper pointing is raised in the center, then tapered beneath the stone’s face.

Rap pointing is finished with an open, rough look which permeates moisture away from the stone into the air.

Rag pointing is finished with an open, rough look which permeates moisture away from the stone into the air.

Recessed pointing is tucked behind the face of the stone, which reveals the stone's sharp edged profile.

Recessed pointing is tucked behind the face of the stone, which reveals the stone’s sharp edged profile.

Ribbon pointing has a raised bead of pointing which also pulls moisture away from the stone.

Ribbon pointing has a raised bead of pointing which also pulls moisture away from the stone.