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The right book at the right time!,
This review is from: Period Property Manual: Care and repair of old houses (Haynes Manual) (Hardcover)
We bought this book just after moving into a listed townhouse in need of `a little updating' (to quote the estate agent). It actually came in really useful helping us understand the correct way to tackle all the various improvments big and small.
We actually changed some of the materials we were going to use after reading about the damage that modern cement and some paints can do to old buildings.
Unlike a lot of books on this subject that are worthy but dull, the text is written in a user-friendly way and the illustrations and use of good colour photos really help make complex subjects clear. It rightly promotes traditional solutions, so you should at least come away with a good basic knowledge of traditional building crafts and repairs.
There's a number of classic Haynes manual step by step features that take you thru all the stages for repair jobs like pointing brick and stone walls, mixing lime mortar, lime plastering, limewashing etc, even replacing a solid floor. Purists might object to the way it sometimes weaves in curious historical facts with the 'how to' stuff but that makes it intresting reading.
If you don't want to crack on with these jobs yourself it gives a very good idea as to what the builders should be doing. I would recommend this book - it's well written and easy to follow covering most of the main areas that you would expect in a lot of detail.