Monthly Archives: December 2011

Total Repointing, FAQ Friday

Q: What is the correct method for total repointing? A: Correct total repointing requires removing the joint to a depth of approximately 2-1/2 times its width and then using a compatible mortar in relation to the final p.s.i. and both the liquid and vapor transmission rate as that of the remaining joint and brick. High […]

Historic Fabric melded with Traditional Mortar at the Irish Hunger Memorial in New York City

Blocks from the World Trade Center Memorial and the construction site of the new World Trade Center sits a half acre patch grass dedicated to raising awareness of the Great Irish Famine. This memorial was under construction on September 11, 2001 when the Twin Towers fell. The memorial saved that day, simply because of the […]

Damaged Bricks, The Quick Moving Culprit? FAQ

Bricks can hollow back quite profusely in some cases. What are some of the causes? Don’t forget vermin. Accelerated wetting and drying cycles near the bottom of the brick building cause an increase in the decay of the soft bricks. However, where there is water and calcium rich lime mortar there can be ants and […]

Green Construction in Today’s Built Environment – FAQ

Q: When people talk about “green” construction, I often wonder what the environmental benefit of the construction is. Is it new construction? If so what is the environmental impact? I would hope that a perfectly good existing building wasn’t torn down to make way for supposed progress. A: It is my belief that the greenest […]

Lime Paint and Plastering System for Interior Application, FAQ Friday

Building on last week’s FAQ Friday, the use of lime paints doesn’t have to stop with use on the exterior of a building. Lime paints are great for use on interior walls by themselves or used as a pre-hydrated and dispersed pigmenting agent that can be mixed with Ecologic™ Mortar, NHL, or a combination of […]