Repairing Traditional Masonry P1- Professional Level 1

1 – 2 March 2018 
Charlestown Workshops, Fife

This is our most popular 2 day workshop for building professionals and provides an introduction to the effective conservation and repair of traditional masonry structures and buildings, for the most part using traditional lime based mortars.
By the end of the course attendees will be able to recognise vernacular and historic finishes to masonry buildings and will gain an understanding of building diagnostics in order to be able to develop specifications in relation to exposure, season, substrates and the nature of masonry repairs required.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Ability to determine best practice for the effective conservation and repair of traditional masonry buildings;
  • Understanding of analysis techniques to best match and specify mortars for repair work;
  • Ability to create repair strategies for repointing works;
  • Understanding of the setting characteristics and aftercare required for successful curing of traditional mortars.

Course Programme

Day 1

  • Health & Safety;
  • Historic use of lime;
  • Understanding traditional building repair;
  • Recognising vernacular and other finishes to masonry walls;
  • Build and fire a lime kiln to produce building lime;
  • Understanding lime binders, sands and aggregates;
  • Making accurate mortar mixes;
  • Setting characteristics of traditional mortars.
Day 2
  • Techniques of working;
  • Inspecting masonry;
  • Using the right tools;
  • Preparation of masonry joints;
  • Repointing masonry and joint finishing;
  • Protection and curing of work.

If you would like to book a place on this course, please click here, email or call on 01383 872722.