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Lime Day - Plasters, Mortars, Renders & Washes

Lime Day - Plasters, Mortars, Renders & Washes

Duration: One day

Price: £99

Run by: Suzy
at Dorset Centre for Rural Skills

Isle Brewers

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About the Course

Learn all about lime as a building material through theory and practical work, for maintenance, renovation and new builds.

Lime is an invaluable material, both in new sustainable building and when renovating and repairing older properties. Lime Day covers all relevant topics, from health and safety basics to mixing and applying mortars, renders, plasters and washes. It also covers basic 'old house' technology which is invaluable for anyone living in an property with solid walls.

During the day the following topics will be covered:

History of lime, from the mists of time to the present day
The chemistry and production of lime, ‘The Lime Cycle’
The role of lime as an environmentally friendly material
The need for houses to 'breathe'
Various types of lime and their uses and abuses
Lime renders, plaster and limewashes, their production and methods of use with reference to external and internal renders, plasters, and the various substrates encountered such as lath and plaster, cob, stone, brick, etc.
Natural pigments and their applications
Practical use of trowels, floats and other tools
Introduction to use of a compressor powdered render gun
Use of lime in renovation of old buildings and in new buildings
Lime mortars, their production and methods of mixing and use with reference to stone, brick, unfired earth blocks, etc.
Repointing and the various styles
Lime based foundations; concrete & mass brick/stone
Mortar colours, sands, pigment etc

There are a maximum of 8 places on the course with DCRS director and tutor Rob Buckley. Rob has been building sustainably and repairing older properties for over 25 years with his building companies BBI and DCRS Construction Ltd. Rob has developed and been running this DCRS course for 10 years.

As this is a small class, any particular aspect of lime or building work can be discussed with the tutor on the day.

Typical Course Participants:

Anyone who has purchased or lives in an older property and wishes to learn about how it should be maintained.
Anyone who wishes to carry out lime DIY to their property (no previous building knowledge required).
Trades people, builders, plasterers who wish to extend their skills to include lime working future professional jobs.

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills (DCRS) was established in 2003 as a not-for-profit, training enterprise with the aim of 'keeping rural skills alive'. It achieved the Social Enterprise Mark in 2009 and was one of the first organisations in Dorset to do so.

DCRS has a strong environmental ethos and runs a range of practical craft, building and rural skills courses. To learn new and useful practical skills for life, have a go, or experience a fun day out exploring the real working world of rural craftsmen - book a course with us. All our tutors are professionals working within their fields winning top commissions and accolades and exhibiting at the highest level.

We limit the number of places on all our courses to ensure the best quality learning experience.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Full day tuition in small group, with experienced tutor Rob Buckley.

Price includes a free book 'Lime in Building - a Practical Guide' by Jane Schofield

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