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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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.
What ever you do do not follow the advise of modern young surveyors who just do not understand old buildings.
We are undertaking a renovation project on a stone cottage and doing most of the work ourselves. We both did a one day course on Lime building, but have struggled to remember all that we crammed into that one day.
'Building in Lime' has been a great guide to refer back to. It has covered every technique we have needed so far without being over complicated. It is not a coffee table book with pretty pictures and photos, but a concise practical guide that anyone using Lime will find useful.
Additionally the author also very kindly included a large letter stamp as a refund for some of the postage costs.
I have since purchased my egg beater and potato masher (now you will have to buy this little book to find out why). All the points you need to know but at a fraction of the price of the big glossy books.
Delivery time was good and a small personal message from the author was well received. Thank you Jane Schofield and Black Dog Press.
Niall Keane B.Arch BSc.Arch MRIAI (Registered Architect)