Videos

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Rising damp - Nope - its broken drains!
It's been suggested this property needed damp proofing and tanking. We gave the thermal imaging camera a workout, and found peculiar cold areas. It rained ...
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Structural damage from rusting iron
Rusting iron girders, iron pins, iron brackets in walls - all of these combine in this property to cause serious structural movement, purely through expansion of the ...
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Extreme damp wallys
Mike did a survey recently in London and found this absolute mess - some of the worst damp wally damage we've ever seen. They even injected the skirting ...
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A burn test on Kingspan insulation panels from our cellar
After threats from Kingspan to sue us for defamation if we published anything about their insulation, we thought we'd have another go at burning their insulation.
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Grade 2 Listed Timber frame survey - Part 2
Surveying a timber frame is a complex art form. You need to understand what makes a joint - how structural is the timber you are looking at? Is the timber original ...
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Timber frame survey
This will give you some insights into what we look for when surveying old timber framed buildings. The pitfalls are huge, but so can be the rewards.
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Welsh timber framed Hall House
Ancient smoke blackened timbers from Medieval cooking fires, a Victorian range, and modern repairs live side by side in this ancient house. Inappropriate ...
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Using oakum caulking to seal infill panels on timber frame
We show you how to use our caulking to make infill panels watertight in an historic oak framed building. If you need oakum and caulking iron, we sell caulking ...
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Henley Ice Cream - Timber frame progress
We review progress on the job - and look at how the infill panels are fitted and sealed. www.heritage-consulting.org www.heritage-house.org.
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Fixing the tie beam - Henley
The guys fix the huge tie beam plate, which secures braces and uprights. Now it needs to be all pegged together. www.heritage-consulting.org.
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Rising Damp? No it ain't - just gypsum!
Gypsum plaster covered with wallpaper makes it look like the mythical rising damp. Actually its salts being forced up behind gypsum plaster into the lime.
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Elm or Oak?
Elm versus oak - all about the difference - and where you'll see beetle. And why you don't need to treat ANY wood with chemicals.
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Recent News
Pete's on BBC Radio 4 now!

Pete recently did an interview on BBC Radio 4 - You and Yours - which investigated a case history of failed cavity wall insulation.

An Irish client and his magnificent restoration blog

Our client, John, wanted help with this restoration - it led to this great blog.

It's Condensation Season!

The phone is running off the hook with calls about condensation. Find out how to solve your issues.

Guidance concerning Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

This is the English Heritage Guidance document that covers almost all the issues I cover in this site.

The Haynes Manual for Period Property

Ian Rock has written another of his great books.  This one is even better - We've helped Ian with this one and there's loads of photos of our guys doing timber frame work.  A great book, with lots of practical information you need if you have an old home.  Treat yourself and buy this - you won't regret it!

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