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  1. D

    Cement over Lime - 150 yo building (remove or leave)

    Hi all, I'm renovating a very old Coach House and one of the many issues with the building is damp and condensation. A possible cause is likely the cement repointing (which is also damaging the external brickwork all round the house). Having chipped away some of the cement (see picture...
  2. I

    Roofing/insulation disaster - advice needed

    I will try to be as concise as possible. See photos for context Jan 2023 - re-roof with existing stone slates, fitting of felt, fitting of velux windows, cost of £6000 Jan - April 2023 - always been an attic room in this house, no insulation so I knocked the lath and lime ceiling down. Then...
  3. S

    "Organic" plaster finish to look like lime plaster

    We want to plaster a feature wall of our living room to have a natural organic finish, a bit like a "faux" lime render. It is a 19th C. house but it is a sand-cement mortar, so the work involved with a lime plaster is unnecessary. Ideally we'd have it plastered flat and add a textured layer at...
  4. JamieDIYs

    Lime constructed house with cavity wall… can you insulate

    Hi all, just wondering what people’s thoughts are on cavity wall insulation on a 1910’s built house constructed with lime mortar. I’ve read a couple of horror stories online about people installing modern cavity wall insulation into a period property which subsequently caused a multitude of damp...
  5. Rageyboy91

    Laying a slate hearth on limecrete.

    Hey guys, I have a chunk of slate comming for my hearth, 30mm thick, I'm setting it above the laminate so I created a concrete bed around 2cm, so the boards will slide under to create a nice finish. But I'm not sure what to use to stick it down, I want about 5mm, I was thinking flexible tile...
  6. OllieCR0

    Nailing Hessian into scratch coat to protect it?

    We have some builders currently half-way through lime rendering for us. They've finished scratch coat ... but: -> I think without wetting bricks first -> have nailed hessian to this overnight (into the brick) until temperature consistently back to 5'c from Monday onwards What impact is this...
  7. Fishwalker

    Can you dot and dab plasterboard onto lath and stud walls

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  8. Fishwalker

    What to do with our lath landing ceiling as having trouble hiring a tradesperson to fix up a new one

    Hi. So some of you may have seen my other posts on our hallway rennovation of our 1920s semi. Well it's been back to brick and laths for a couple of months now and we are not getting anywhere! I had to let our agreed builder go, before he put it back together, as I learnt that it had lime...
  9. G

    Old stone house advice

    Hello, So I have recently brought a c.1800 stone cottage and am at the start of the extensive work it needs doing to it. The area which is a bit of mine field is the topic of cement rendering and keeping walls breathable. Now the house is basically split into 3 section as I've illustrated in...
  10. Dan watts

    Lime plaster wall in bathroom. Renovate or replace?

    I’m stripping our bathroom and found that behind all the layers of skin and tile over the years, we have lime plaster on the external solid wall. My initial plan was to just leave it be, but annoyingly it is blown from about 300mm above where the top of the new bath is going to be. The wall is...
  11. R

    Lime Mortar / Pointing query

    Hi all - and firstly apologies if this is in the wrong place but hopefully addresses my question! We've recently had a loft conversion done, and as part of this, have put aside a section of the eaves for storage. The builders have plasterboarded out most of the eaves area, but have left the...
  12. W

    Lime repointing, 1910 London house

    House is circa 1910, London yellow stock bricks. Original pointing is quite a light colour. I seen and been quoted for repointing in lime ranging up to around £50/sqm with a 'weather struck' finish. I'm also contemplating doing this myself, with some ready mix products like Limetec or similar...
  13. X

    Removing cement-based repointing

    Hi all Looking to remove the ugly cement pointing that will damage the stonework of an 1860s Terrace house. Pointing has been thickly applied over a traditional lime pointing. This will cause the stones to spall and damp issues within the property. Much of the pointing is already loose so is...
  14. R

    Using old Engineering bricks for pathway and dwarf wall

    Hi I am planning an extension that will involve removing some old outside walls. I would like to reuse the bricks to make a path and patio and also to build a dwarf wall. Will the bricks be OK for the path and patio? This is the look I was wanting Also I was wanting to build a dwarf wall...
  15. X

    1860s lime plaster off - gypsum or line plaster new?

    Hi So, 1860s Victorian end Terrace. Old plaster delaminated and have removed from the walls - see pics. The external walls are faced sandstone, with solid stone rubble - they’re almost 30 inches thick! The partition walls are single skinned brick. The previous owners have wallpapered and...
  16. S

    Natural Cotswold Stone wall and mortar advice please!

    Hi, I'm a novice building a small natural stone (Cotswold) wall with recessed seating – c. 4m long wall, double skin. I have about 200 stones, various shapes, sizes. My plan is to do footing, then get cracking. My questions are: 1.Which mortar do I use? I want it to be light coloured to...
  17. G

    Damp wall at one end of an old limey kitchen

    We've had a problem with damp in our kitchen cupboards since we moved in. Only against one of the external walls. This is a single story outshoot from a sandstone building (I would say extension, but all the houses have them so I suspect they were built with them) The outshoot is brick and...
  18. A

    Damp Single Brick Solid wall

    Hi, my house is 1900 Victoria terrace with a ground floor passage ginnel on one side. I have a tiny single brick room on the second floor. The brick is old stock I think and is very soft. The mortar is lime and the original plaster was lime. Someone has skimmed over the plaster with a cement...
  19. G

    Plastering around old sash window

    Morning all, I removed the architrave around a ~100yr old sash window and a load of plaster came off, which wasn't a surprise. I've removed the lose plaster which has left a gap all around the window between the brick and wood liners / frame. The attached photos show the area above the...
  20. Makingtime

    Repair to red sandstone fireplace

    I have uncovered a large red sandstone fireplace (about 2 meters wide and a meter deep). It had been infilled with a large amount of bricks and cement. The stones at the back of the hearth are in very poor condition and in places have brushed away completely, exposing the concrete harl on the...
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