Lime in Building: A Practical Guide Paperback – 1 Dec 1997
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..a practical guide, very well illustrated...could be used by a complete novice who wants to do the job properly -- Salvo News
Jane Schofield has distilled her expert knowledge in a handy booklet -- Homes & Gardens
a brilliantly simple book, at a sensible price -- SPAB News
all the technical information in a far more digestible format...a startlingly simple chart illustrating appropriate mixes for plaster, limewash -- Context
From the Author
I've worked with lime for over 25 years and I've repaired a lot of old buildings with it. If you've got some common sense, you can use lime too. It won't cost you a fortune, you'll do repairs that will last for ages, and you'll help the environment at the same time. You'll never go back to cement.
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I am in the building industry (a chartered builder) but did not know anything much about lime mortar as I had never come across its use. This book filled in all the gaps. What types of lime there are, how to mix it and how to use it. In lime wash, in plaster, in rendering and in mortar - even in limewash and limed oak!
It would make an excellent starter book for a student, a builder or a keen do-it-yourselfer. In simple terms it covers the preparation and use of non-hydraulic lime (for Lime Putty), and just touches on hydrated lime (bag lime) and hydraulic lime. And there's a section on the tools to use.
It is a user's guide for the use of lime putty rather than a treatise on the performance of lime mortars. I highly recommend it and look forward to putting it into practice on my old barn.
This book is truly excellent value. Buy it! Tom
I'm also very impressed with Black Dog Press. Communicated well and delivered bang on time. To sum up - OUTSTANDING...
What ever you do do not follow the advise of modern young surveyors who just do not understand old buildings.
Could it have been longer/thicker? Yes. Would that have helped it to be a better book? Absolutely No.
The author could have done as so many do, which is take a subject and bury it under mounds of information, where you have to spend weeks digging through the useless in order to extract the nuggets that have real life application. This is a booklet of pure nuggets basically. There is nothing superfluous in it.
It's beauty is really in its simplicity and cutting to the chase. The diagrams though simple are exactly what you need in terms of seeing for instance the depth and angle you need to dig out the old before repointing with new. External, internal, on wood, pretty much everything you're ever likely to do with lime is covered. Even a section on slacking your own lime if needed. I am a complete beginner where lime is concerned, have never used it, but having discovered beautiful though old and crumbling stone walls beneath a dreadful shell of moulding plasterboard I'm itching to get started. The recipes alone are worth the price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fantastic book written in Plain English and probably the best I've read on the subject.Published 24 days ago by Mr M.
Very practical help. Will be useful in renovation of 250 years old Welsh Hill CottagePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really useful book. A shame that the building trade seem to be in the dark ages and are still using cement on Yorkshire stone. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Greenwood
I bought a copy of this superb and informative little booklet many years ago. Unfortunately I lent it to someone but can't remember who to - so I bought another one!Published 4 months ago by Patrick
Very quick delivery. Interesting, practical and easy to understand guide. Highly recommended.Published 6 months ago by Meinir
Great little book, loads of detail needed for those doing up or planning an old house renovation. Seller was great too. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great overview with the basic details we require as we press forward with the restoration of our Cornish farmhouse.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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