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We find a huge stone fireplace!
This is an almost pristine old house, probably mid Georgian, built of stone. 1960's repairs have covered much of the inside and we decided to investigate the fireplaces - this was a spectacular...
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Laying a limecrete floor - the quick option!
Richard puts a limecrete floor down in the new office. No frills, just gravel and lime with a ploished finish - breathable, simple, cheap, no hassle. That's lime for you!
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Rentokil
Totally un necessary - You NEVER need to use chemicals to treat timber. This is old stuff - but just goes to show what horrible chemicals our houses are treated with. Historic England research,...
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The con of Schrijver damp proofing
These stupid bricks are smashed into the walls of old buildings, breaking through the cement render that is the cause of moisture in the first place - and CEMENTED into place, so nothing can...
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A timber frame survey and some rough costs..
Surveying a timber frame - some observations and costs for you.
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Rising damp - of course its not - Just more PCA fraud
A Grade 2 listed Georgian farmhouse - defaced by moronic damp wallies. There isnt even any damp - rising, penetrating or any other type - the place is bone dry.
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Lime Torching in an old roof
Our new London office - torching the underside of the coach house roof with lime. Traditional alternative to roofing felt! www.heritage-consulting.org www.heritage-house.org.
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Mixing and making Hot Lime mortar
We are building a new office in our London base - an old coach house. Here the boys are making hot lime mortar in readiness for repairs. It's so easy, so cheap, that cement should be a thing...
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Forge Paint Removal
We show the process of paint removal from an old house covered in plastic masonry paint. This traps moisture into walls. Plastic is removed and earlier paints cleaned off to reveal beautiful...
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Opening up an historic timber frame - many problems..
We surveyed this house, and warned client of potential problems. After negotiating allowance for repairs, they have completed purchase and we are now opening up and preparing to undertake repairs....
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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, and lo and behold, a leaky drain...
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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 iron as it rusts. www.herita...
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Recent News
RICS prove they don't understand damp

I've just seen this staggeringly incompetent blog on the RICS website.  This is the kind of mis-information that is being fed to homeowners all over the country - and...

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.

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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