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Conservation of Clay and Chalk Buildings Hardcover – 23 Jul 1992
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Gordon Pearson has distilled into this excellent book his many years of specialized interest in understanding the conservation of chalk and cob structures ... it is to be hoped that it reaches a wide audience. Context The book is a model of its kind ... (it) can be whole-heartedly recommended. RICS Building Conservation Group Newsletter
This publication provides practical guidance on appropriate methods of conservation and repair of earth buildings using traditional building materials. It is the first major work on the subject since Clough Williams-Ellis and the Eastwick-Fields published "Building in Cob, Pise and Stabilized Earth" in 1947. The book deals with the nature of clay and chalk, their qualities and characteristics, and the way in which they have been used to construct buildings. Advice is given on soils analysis, the philosophy of repair techniques and the factors to be considered before altering, converting or extending an earth building. The author primarily advocates repair techniques using traditional materials, but he also considers the role played by certain modern materials, and assesses their suitability.See all Product description
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10 May 2014
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This excellent book came recommended by the gentleman surveying the cottage I contemplated buying. If it hadn't spent the the time and money buying and then reading this book I would now be taking a long walk off of a short pier both financially and psychiatrically speaking. Needless to say the understanding the book gave me helped me to view the property from a highly critical angle and withdraw from the sale before making a terrible mistake. I would advise everyone to try and obtain a copy, whether by fair or foul, before taking on a clay or chalk building. You will at the very least go into ownership better informed and forewarned of some of the problems that may occur and how to best rectify them. Great reading.