Historic Brownstone Restoration With Breathable Natural Hydraulic Lime

This beautiful late 19th century brownstone was recently restored by deGruchy Masonry Restoration, the Technical Install/Training Team of LimeWorks.us. Using historically appropriate, breathable Natural Hydraulic Lime based materials for repointing the brickwork and repairing the brownstone, this iconic building is now put into an excellent state of conservation. It remains a testament to excellent stewardship […]

Favorite Books on America’s Building Heritage and Masonry, FAQ Friday

While it may not be directly in front of you, information about our building heritage in the United States and countries around the world is available for free or next to nothing. Understanding the materials used in masonry construction over time can be a complex thread of knowledge. In short, as people change over time, […]

Restoring the Historic French Quarter with Breathable Lime Mortar

Founded in 1718, the French Quarter or Vieux Carré is the oldest neighborhood of New Orleans. Much of the quarter’s historic buildings were constructed before New Orleans even became part of the United States. Built extensively with lime mortars before the invention of portland cement, the iconic french quarter is a standing testament to the […]

How To Stay Cool While Working with Lime in Extreme Heat

With temperatures across the U.S. exceeding well beyond the 90° F during the day and relentless scorching sun I have been asked the same question a lot in the past few weeks. Can or should I use lime products above the suggested 85° mark? Using Lime in extreme conditions can require extreme or excessive measure […]

Discussion on Masonry Preservation and Sustainable uses for Lime

Join us June 27th in Lancaster PA at the Central Pennsylvania Preservation Society. Lab Tech Randy Ruth will be presenting on the importance of appropriate masonry restoration with lime and the harm caused to countless historic structures across the country by Portland Cement. Randy will be presenting on 3 main topics and doing demonstrations. The […]

How do Natural Hydraulic Lime Mortars Compare to Common Type-O Mortars Containing Portland Cement?

For well over 30 years it has been common practice to prescribe the use of a Type-O masonry mortar for use on the conservation of masonry buildings. The most common formula of a Type-O mortar is 1:2:9, a blend of 1 part white Portland cement, 2 parts Type-S hydrated lime (most often dolomitic lime) and […]

Yes, We Can Save The Frank Furness 19th Street Baptist Church

This beautiful church was designed by Frank Furness and is located at the corner of 19th and Titan in South Philadelphia.  It almost went the way of many Furness structures; due to neglect and time the church leadership is under pressure to begin repairs or plan for it to be demolished due to unsafe conditions […]

Tadelakt Plaster Finish is FINISHED at the Bucks County Designer House

The walls are complete in the powder room at the Bucks County Designer House in Doylestown, PA. Here is a photo to tickle your fancy… This Tadelakt Plaster application was done using all natural no VOC Takcoat™ as the base and a custom Ecologic™ Mortar for the second and third application. Visit the Bucks County […]

Tadelakt Plaster Application At the Bucks County Designer House & Garden

LimeWorks.us was commissioned to complete a Tadelakt plaster application at the Bucks County Designer House in Doylestown PA. Tadelakt is a very traditional plastering technique which originated in Morocco.  It’s especially applicable for bathrooms due to its resistance to water. Using a natural hydraulic lime based plaster, Randy Ruth spent a few days completing the plaster application.  His […]

Understanding Mineral Paints and Stains for Masonry Applications

Ecologic™ Silicate mineral paints are mineral paints made using potassium silicate, also known as waterglass. They are combined with inorganic, alkaline-resistant pigments and these paints have zero VOC offgassing. Silicate Mineral paints were patented in Germany during the late 19th century. Examples can now be found around the world in masonry conservation and alterations as well […]