Wet rot and X-ray vision, with wall tie corrosion thrown in too.

If want to know what we scurrilous damp, timber and wall tie specialists do all day, here’s a snapshot of a typical day in and around Leeds (apart from the tyre puncture, which meant one survey was dropped; I’d usually do at least four). I’ve chosen this day because it has a nice bit of […]

Common Furniture Beetle (woodworm), infestation; Quick guide for consumers and surveyors too.

WOODWORM!  oh dear, it is a scary name for sure.  Fortunately it’s not usually as big a problem as first appears, however, there are exceptions. In severe cases the damage this tiny insect can cause is quite shocking. This year I’ve already been involved in several pretty extensive repairs, including a complete renewal of a […]

What is woodworm?

Well, if you’re a timber infestation surveyor like me, it usually means the Common Furniture Beetle Anobium punctatum.  However, if you’re a house buyer, seller or any lay person, it usually means anything which has left holes in wood. And there is the problem; woodworm is an emotive generic name. Anything with ‘worm’ in the […]

‘Hands on’ community training centre opening day

I had a nice couple of hours on Friday, attending the opening of a new training centre for the Chapeltown community, in Leeds. A dilapidated building was bought for Latch (Leeds Action to Create Homes), and they have transformed it into a bright new resource for local people. I was invited because we’d been involved […]

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