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Lime in Building: A Practical Guide Paperback – 1 Dec 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Press; 3rd Revised edition edition (Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952434121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952434122
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14.7 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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What superb value! - and Jane Schofield even sent back an overpayment on the postage.

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
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It's exactly what it says, it's a good practical guide, but it doesn't cover the use of Hydraulic Lime in bagged powdered form. Very informative if your intending to use lime putty (non-hydraulic lime), though I prefer the Haynes manual titled Period Property which covers the use of both forms of lime and is indispensable for people who are thinking of buying and restoring an old house.
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I own a listed building which was converted by a developer 5 years ago. However, in true developer style it was done without any care towards the age of the building. I need a book to tell me what to do with lime and this delivers exactly what I wanted - a short and to-the-point practical guide to working with lime.

I'm also very impressed with Black Dog Press. Communicated well and delivered bang on time. To sum up - OUTSTANDING...
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The best book I have bought for working in older buidlings. I was being told to build in with cement on an old stone structure. I cannot recommend this book enough as I have an old stone farm house and barn to restore and now using lime has been so easy.
What ever you do do not follow the advise of modern young surveyors who just do not understand old buildings.
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This booklet is a veritable mine of information, recipes,applications and exactly how-to's. If you were to buy only one book on lime and its applications and uses in building this would be it.

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.
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I work in building conservation and whilst I have many more expensive books, this one answers the questions the others forgot. Lots of concise and practical info. Thanks!
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This book is so well conceived I would recommend it to anyone on the threshold of using lime in building work. It is encouraging without disguising possible pitfalls and induces confidence. The list of suppliers and contacts is excellent and for a short book it carries more really useful information than many longer publications. Well worth the money and a terrific publisher.
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The essential and classic book for anyone who has or is contemplating living in a Listed Building. Follow this and you will not fall foul of your Listed Buildings Officer and the consequences of not following Heritage Regulations. I am an Owner and an amateur Listed Building Carer !!
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