The strength of mortar: an introduction to lime mortar
Around 1995, while in charge of all woodwork and finishes for a preservation project in Philly, the head of the masonry restoration team left and I was asked to oversee this challenge as well. This is where my interest in masonry conservation started. Since lime mortars, plasters and finishes have been the mainstay of buildings all over the world for thousands of years, it was important that I learn as much about them as possible. It wouldn’t be enough to just read book, I would actually need to learn how to work the materials and understand the underlying physical and chemical processes that mean either success or failure. I won’t limit this blog to discussions of lime mortars, but I think it is an important place to start.
I’m not going to start at the beginning with lime 101. I can can come back to that topic many times and…
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