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 […]

Structural repairs to buildings, using Cintec grouted anchors and diamond drilling methods–Part 1 The Cintec Anchor

  Repairs to Yorkshire and Derbyshire’s old buildings and structures, which have moved or cracked, is something I’ve been involved in for about 25 years. Usually resin bonded or cemetitious stainless steel ties are used. Every building is different though and each has to be treated on merit. Sometimes serious movement has occurred or is […]

A visit to Cintec International’s Newport HQ

  Last week I had to chance to visit my long term supplier Cintec International, in Newport, Gwent. My structural repairs company has a very large contract for installing their advanced grouted anchor system, in the second HM Prison we’ve worked on in two years. The Victorian era prison suffers from weakness in the parapet […]

Customer satisfaction = joy

This is a bit off the preservation topic, though it still involves my work.  I had a long and busy day surveying today, around Leeds mainly, looking at rising damp, wet rot and wall tie corrosion. The traffic was awful. The following is copy of a letter that came in the post whilst I was […]

Cavity wall tie corrosion in Yorkshire (now getting much worse)

I worked on my first remedial cavity wall tie installation job in the summer of 1984.  It was a domestic house in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.  The detached house was brick, built with black ash mortar. A Structural Engineer had noticed some slight bulging of the wall and suspected wall tie corrosion was at work.  Without […]

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