Wet Basements and Masonry… FAQ Friday

Basements are notorious for moisture problems. Mold can spread quickly and cause serious health problems throughout a home. Here is another frequently asked question from Randy Ruth about basement moisture and masonry. Q: I am having moisture issues in my old stone farmhouse, especially in the basement and I’ve noticed a few places where mold […]

Burning Lime, The Traditional Way

This is an incredible video that really shows the difficulties of burning limestone the old way. Stacking wood, limestone and coal in an old kiln these men go through the process using traditional methods to turn regular limestone into caustic burnt lime. Uploaded on Nov 27, 2010 This is from the Edwardian Farm series – […]

Deteriorating Brownstones – FAQ

Q: I have an old brownstone house and some of the stone have been falling off, what can I do to prevent further damage and fix the damage that has already occurred? A:  When you have brownstone deterioration or any form of stone deterioration and want it to stop, you have to first identify the root cause. Sometimes it’s as […]

One quick question on Natural Hydraulic Lime, FAQ Friday

Fall has arrived, this morning it was in the 40s! Randy has quick answer today in his FAQ entry… Q: Does your Ecologic mortar product contain just sand and lime pre-mixed (what are the major contents) with no cement and all I would need to do is to add water? A: Ecologic™ Mortar is a […]

Differences Between Repointing with Natural Hydraulic Lime (NHL) Mortars vs. Cement Based Mortars FAQ

Q: Is pointing with lime different from pointing with cement? I’ve done work with cement but I want to know what the differences are for application and general use for repointing my old house. Can you help? A: When you refer to pointing, I am thinking you are referring to repointing mortar joints. As with any masonry […]

FAQ Friday

Hooray, Today is Friday! Another rainy weekend will be upon us here in Pennsylvania, but now it’s time for another FAQ Friday with Randy Ruth. Today’s question is another very common question on the use of lime mortars vs. cement. After you finish reading please visit our new facebook page and “Like” us… Q: Could […]

Lime Mortars vs. Cement FAQ

Shall I use Lime or Cement? Q: Could I perhaps use cement and sand? What is the advantage of using lime on old stone structures? A: You should not use only cement and sand for a variety of reasons, the first being that in today’s mortars, lime adds workability and plasticity to the Portland cement […]