Archives for August 2010

Type A waterproofing to BS8102 – here’s how.

Well, before any waterproofing is done, there’s obviously a design stage, so strictly speaking I’ve jumped the gun here – going directly to the business of actually waterproofing the building. As with all materials used for type A waterproofing, the preparation is key to success.  Skimp on the prep’ and the project will fail.  This […]

Using a membrane behind dry-linings, as a damp-proofing method needs thought….

As a damp proofing specialist I regularly use membranes to avoid damp.  However, the use of cavity drain membranes is increasing and on many occasions I find that they are incorrectly specified and cause problems. This is not the fault of the materials, merely poor knowledge of the specifyer.  Sometimes a builder, sometimes a customer […]


This young lady manages Brick-Tie Preservation’s office for me. She also keeps my technicians in line, because I’m too soft…. Looking very happy during a shoot at Roundhay Park in Leeds, where we were celebrating our NVQ level 4 in business management. I also photographed Martin Hughes and Matt from Yorkshire Dampcourse, but I messed […]

Green Damp-proofing system seen stopping damp rising up through windows….

Dry Rot is ill, this is Doctor Hindlefokker, sitting in for him. The well documented problem of damp, rising up through vindows and frames, then up through zee lintls and such is a thing of the past.  As can be seen in the image below, damp can be removed from zee vall over zee lintel […]

Hurray! Damp Guarantees – now last forever….Guaranteed!

‘Green’ damp solving systems from the ‘Neverlands’ now come with a ‘lifetime’ guarantee. How do you define “lifetime” The inventor’s lifetime?  The customer’s lifetime? the lifetime of the house?  the installing technician’s? the installing limited company? – or the Daily Star advertising director’s? I don’t know.  What I do know is that all companies who […]

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