Tuesday, 5 April 2011
The prep work for the first stage of external lime rendering should be finished tomorrow in anticipation of the arrival on Friday of the first delivery of lime mortar. The prep has been pretty straightforward as the lads have tackled such work before but the rendering with lime is another matter altogether. The process of educating the chaps into the mysteries of lime and not Portland cement render has been fraught with difficulty. The phrase " can't teach an old dog new tricks" springs to mind quite often during our little 'chats!' The whole notion that lime only cures after weeks (months) interaction with atmospheric carbon dioxide instead of curing overnight and thus much careful wetting down being necessary is causing some mild confusion and questions such as "are you daft?"....answer...most probably. When we finally do get started the chaps will as usual enjoy the process of using new materials(to them) and relish learning an older more refined way of handling an old building...I hope.