Thursday, November 8, 2012

Timbrel stairs - II

The temporary plywood sidewall was carefully removed. Dickson now can easily glue a line on both sides. You butter two sides with gypsum plaster, put in place and tap , hold a few seconds and then repeat. Better if you can have two lines going so it sets up a bit. Also we leave the plaster to set for 5-10 minutes before using.

Below  sees after three layers are in place.  the side will look better after pointing.  The courses all have different bonds and overlap joints.  It feels like a cast reinforced concrete slab.

Cleaning up some plaster. 
It is a bit hard to get perspective, from below looking up  the run to first floor. (second floor to Americans)

From the top looking down.  It would be better to have joints in the middle, but these are thin bricks and cutting makes them a bit weaker.  and it is covered of course.  I walked up the vault.  feels more solid than a full single brick in shiner orientation.  I mean it feels very solid, like i said like a reinforced concrete beam.
Now we let it cure a bit and put some treads, but not the final treads as we can't keep them clean.


  1. I'm in awe. This is amazing. Everything in my brain says this shouldn't hold itself up let alone support your body weight. Really great stuff.

  2. ditto what Sean said. I still cant believe you are using gypsum!

  3. You do beautiful work! I am learning from your work. Thank you. Amazing!