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Timber Decay in Buildings: The Conservation Approach to Treatment: Decay, Treatment and Conservation: The Conservation Approach to Treatment (Guides for Practitioners) Hardcover – 25 Nov 1999

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'I recommend the book to anyone who works with wood in buildngs, not just to those who work on their fabric. The book clearly covers everything that can cause decay in wood in this country and even extends warnings against what might do so if global warming increases!' - Conservation News


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Blows the timber and damp industry out of the water. Official confirmation that 'timber treatment' as requested in cheap rics building surveys - homebuyers etc - is never needed. Forget the PCA - or Property Care Association - damp wally, and their fraudulent 'timber and damp surveys' - you dont need them. Ridout is clear that in 99% of cases, just drying the timber is all that is needed.
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Bit disappointed with this seeing as it was so expensive. Book is in black and white, there are not a lot of photos and there is a lot of material which is not really relevant such as talking for pages and pages about the origin of dry rot dating back to the 1700s on a boat....who cares? Just tell me about the treatment and show me some decent colour photos! Would not recommend this book, shame really as I heard good things about this and Brian ridout. Stick to books by Ralph burkinshaw or Michael parrot.
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This book is a must for anyone concerned with wood preservation Reviewed by Jerry Clarke (rvw@aecb.net) Brian Ridout is one of the UK's most highly regarded specialists in control of timber decay. As English Heritage's consultant on damp and timber decay problems, he has been involved in the conservation of some of our most prestigious buildings. It is therefore not surprising that his experiences and expertise have now been collected and published in an a new book "Timber decay in buildings. The conservation approach to treatment."
With this background in mind, I had been concerned that "Timber Decay in Buildings" would be an uncompromising book of little use to those of us involved in the conservation of 'lesser' buildings. Fortunately, this did not turn out to be the case.
Although conservation of as much of the original building fabric as possible is the primary objective of the treatment methods described, Ridout does not lose sight of the importance of minimising environmental impact. He is very critical of the remedial treatment industry as a whole for its historic over use of chemicals and makes the point that the situation was exacerbated by the use of long-term guarantees as a marketing device. However, he falls some way short of calling for a complete chemical-free approach to treatment, describing such approaches as impractical in a world where naturally durable timbers are not available in significant quantities and where the quality of workmanship on building sites is frequently poor. Instead he suggests a "combined approach" using targeted preservative treatment, where necessary, backed by a greater understanding of the causes of timber decay by those involved at the design stage.
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This book was invaluable when I was preparing my university dissertation on dry rot treatment. Whilst it is extremely authoritative it somehow manages not to make the subject too dry.
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extremely useful information for those who deal with historic timber structures as well as the conservation of monuments in general
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