Archives for 2010

Lime mortar – leave it ’till spring

Lime mortar is back in a big way. This past year we’ve used natural coloured Eco mortar, fat lime, Lithomex plastic stone repair and hydraulic lime from NHL 5 down to NHL 1.5. My guy’s have re-built unstable walls, re-pointed and re-rendered with it – it is wonderful stuff. Sales are up year on year […]

The imaginary world of the Rising Damp myth mongers and why they can never accept the truth….

‘Rising damp’ used to be free of contention; it was there or it wasn’t.  Nowadays there are some who say it is never there…..and it never was there. How can this have happened?  Were all those who thought it existed wrong? Are those who say that Rising damp “is as rare as rocking horse shit”, […]

Positive Input Ventilation as a condensation control: Case study in York: 2…the data:

As I was saying in my last article on this subject, anecdotal evidence for the benefits of PIV’s is good. When I returned to the bungalow in York, last Monday morning it was business as usual; “This is a different house” exclaimed my client “The stuffy feel has gone and you can just tell it’s […]

A word on Relative Humidity……(in houses).

Later this week I will blog the results of the data logging I’m completing at York See this Article I though it would be useful to recap some general information on environmental measurement, as it relates to condensation diagnosis and control; for those who may not deal with these issues in such detail. Humidity can […]

Relax, you’re at 3000 feet…

Saturday morning and I was sat on the hillside at Wether Fell, near Hawes, in the Yorkshire Dales.  I was waiting, along with ten or so others, for the wind to pick up. I had my brand new paraglider laid out ready, and I was strapped in y harness.  I’ve been paragliding for five years […]

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