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Practical Building Conservation: Mortars, Renders and Plasters Hardcover – 28 Mar 2012
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'I find this to be a very practical and user friendly volume which presents and explains this fascinating subject in a clear and digestible manner. The editors and contributors should be congratulated for their combined efforts.' Peter Martindale ACR, Icon News 'A large, colourful book, it has been well organised and presented, with excellent photographs and detailed drawings, complementing the well-written text, which contains a tremendous amount of interesting and useful information.' Cornerstone 'My overriding impression of this series is that it is comprehensive, well set out and easy to follow, and it should be of interest both to all involved in the repair and maintenance of historic buildings, and to the casual reader. Each volume stands alone or as part of a set. This represents a substantial body of work in the field of building conservation that is unlikely to be repeated in the near future. The tables and technical drawings are clear, and some of the photographs included are remarkable. The amount of information within each volume is staggering and must represent the nearest thing to a one-stop-shop for historic building practitioners.' Context: The Journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation
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The contents reflect the work of the Building Conservation and Research Team, their colleagues at Historic England, and their consultants and researchers, who together have many decades of accumulated experience in dealing with deteriorating building materials and systems of all types. This multi-disciplinary team of architects, surveyors, conservators and scientists are responsible for standard setting and research across a wide range of Historic England activities. The team specialises in dealing with the practical, technical and scientific aspects of building materials decay and their treatment. The aim has been to provide practical advice by advocating a common approach of firstly understanding the material or building element and why it is deteriorating, and then dealing with the causes. The books concentrate on those aspects which are significant in conservation terms, and reflect the requests for information received by Historic England.
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on 27 April 2012
For those who are new to the world of building conservation, this book contains the condensed experience of many years of the lime revival, books that have been written, papers submitted, failures and success, this book can draw on this information.In the majority of areas the content is excellent, with new information to me on the development and history of cement,lime and gypsum use, in all, well researched. At last , a book has clearly pointed out that the hydraulic limes of today bear little resemblance to the hydraulic limes of the past,the question that has not been answered is, will these harder and stronger limes create problems. There are a few areas which , sadly were not fully addressed, on the subject of plaster work consolidation and adhesion, this area was dismissed by saying these specialist treatments are beyond the scope of this book, that statement made me realize that the authors of this edition are no John Ashurst,at the cost of this book , i feel a little cheated, this book is about conservation and as to to the careful conservation of existing plaster fragments and there reattaching , this subject was not touched. On the whole, this book is a must have for people new to the world of historic building conservation, for those who have been in this world for a while, it is a good read, there's nothing that will cause alarm, and for those of you who apply lime mortars for a living, the mix recommendations are typical of the mixes we have been working with for many years. On reflection, there is a mass of content, but there is still a need for a book on plaster conservation.
EH has now turned 85 pages into 643 with a wealth of information accompanied by excellent photographs, charts and drawings
on 27 September 2016
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This is a welcome update to John Ashurst's 1988 publication in the previous series on practical building conservation. EH has now turned 85 pages into 643 with a wealth of information accompanied by excellent photographs, charts and drawings. This is a must-have book for conservationists working with the subject matter. I own a number of books on working with lime for example and it is useful to have this information consolidated in one weighty volume. The colour coded cross referencing to other books in the now expanded series (9 titles to date) is helpful, the bibliography is comprehensive and the text is thoroughly researched and technically informed. Highly recommended.
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