Making and Using Traditional Mortars C1-Contractor Level 1

22 – 23 August 2017
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife

Find out about all the different types of lime mortar on the market and where and when to use them!

Just about everyone knows they should be using lime mortars on old buildings, but do you know which grade of lime to use for chimneys or general rubble walling?
Come and find out on our most popular course for building contractors C1 Making and using traditional mortars… or perhaps you have attended this course in the past and want a refresher? There are more than a dozen lime binders on the market in the UK which is a far cry from the early days of the lime revival when all we had was lime putty and an overly strong hydraulic lime from Switzerland!

Our most popular two day introductory course – this practical workshop will provide attendees with a strong understanding of lime technology.
The reasons for using traditional mortars on solid walls will also be explained, to allow you to better advise clients. The course will guide participants to be able to complete pointing work to traditional buildings to a high standard.
The content of this workshop provides the underpinning knowledge required for assessment and accreditation of SQA National Unit 1 – ‘Preparing and Using Basic Lime Mixes’.

Learning Outcomes:

•    Understanding traditional building technology.
•    Understanding the range of binders, sands and aggregates for traditional mortars.
•    Ability to undertake accurate mixing for repeatability and cost effective work.
•    Understanding the setting characteristics of lime mortars.

Course Programme


Day 1 – Making Traditional Mortars

•    Health and Safety issues
•    Historic use of lime mortars
•    Processing lime
•    Best practice for mortar mixing
•    Inspecting masonry
•    Using the right tools

Day 2 – Using Traditional Mortars

•    Preparing masonry joints
•    Techniques of working
•    Placing of mortar for repointing
•    Joint finishing
•    Curing and protection regimes

To book a place on this course or for further information, please visit our website, email or give us a call on 01383 872722.
This course can be paid for using an ILA.
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