If you have a “chink” in the armor of a building it is usually due to different or moving materials coming together and the need for a filler that accommodates the differential in movement between the two masses. Plastics may work but many owners wanting to go green don’t want that between their logs in […]

Biography of Andrew L deGruchy

A Quotable Quote: Why you should send your kids to Trade School… “My mother has always been unhappy with what I do, She would much rather I do something nicer, like be a bricklayer.” … Mick Jagger REDBOOK MAY 1992 Click here to learn more about the specific Trade School that Andy deGruchy lived at […]

Old Stone Basement Foundation FAQ

This is part of a series of blog entries that will feature mason, Randy Ruth. Randy was the former lab technician at LimeWorks.us and received lots of questions on masonry and the use of our materials. We post some of these questions on our blog.  Look for “FAQ” in other titles of our blog. Q: […]

Let’s Talk Sand

Our Ecologic™ Mortar uses a sharp well graded proprietary blend, so it’s not just ANY Sand! The dictionary definition of Sand: weathered particles of rocks, usually high in silica, smaller than gravels and larger than silts, typically between about 0.06 mm to 5 mm. The particles are hard and will not crumble. Sand is used […]

Restoring Mt. Vernon’s Upper Garden Wall

by Debra Grube and Samantha Horvath LimeWorks.us is providing a custom blend of our Ecologic™ Mortar for the restoration of Mt. Vernon’s Upper Garden Wall. Mt. Vernon was built in 1735 by George Washington’s father, Augustine, and George acquired Mount Vernon in 1754.  It began as a one and one-half story farmhouse, and over the next […]

The Stonemason’s Gospel According to Ian Cramb

Lime Explained by Andrew deGruchy (pg. 143) Limestone, the material calcium carbonate, has never changed from its beginning up to and including now. There have always been two classifications, ‘pure’ and ‘impure.’ Today it is classified as pure (high calcium) and two levels of impure lime based on the magnesium content, Dolomitic and Magnesian. What […]

Types of Masonry Binders

lime-and-cement-cycle by  Jessica (Focht) Aquiline, MSHP, LimeWorks.us Conservation Specialist Binders are materials that act as a bonding agent that when mixed with aggregate and water form mortar, which is used to bond various masonry units together playing a structural and decorative role in a building. There are four main binders that have been used throughout masonry […]

Learning to Use Lithomex

Recently some of the employees of LimeWorks.us had the opportunity to learn more about our product Lithomex from Douglas Johnston, of Mason’s Mortar, Scotland. Lithomex is a natural hydraulic lime based stone and brick patching material that comes in a variety of colors and can be textured to replicate any existing stone. The training course […]