Practical Building Conservation: Timber

Practical Building Conservation: Timber

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Timber deals with wide-ranging use of the material in historic buildings, from vast structural timber-frames through to high-class joinery and simple fixings. Particular attention is paid to how and why timber decays or faults occur, and the methods of assessing and dealing with this. The bulk of the book covers appropriate methods of repair and maintenance.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 498 pages
  • 226.06 x 241.3 x 35.56mm | 1,780g
  • Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed
  • Includes 515 colour and 31 b&w illustrations
  • 0754645541
  • 9780754645542
  • 385,321

Table of contents

About this book. Using these books. Part 1 1. Materials and History of Use 2. Wood: Biology and Properties 3. Conversion and Seasoning 4. Water and Dimensional Stability 5. Traditional Tools and Working Methods Part 2 6. Deterioration and Damage: Insects and Fungi 7. Environmental Problems 8. Other Causes of Deterioration Part 3 9. Assessment: Understanding Buildings and Their Condition 10. Structural Timbers 11. Non-Structural Timbers (joinery) 12. Fixings and Hardware 13. Specialist Investigations Part 4 14. Repair and Treatment 15. Introduction 16. Timber-Frame Structures 17. Preservative Pre-Treatments' Adhesives, Fillers and Fastenings 18. Insect Infestation and Fungal Decay 19. Upgrading Historic Buildings to Meet Modern Standards Part 5 20. Care and Maintenance: Continuing Care Conclusions. Glossary. Index
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' - a thoroughly comprehensive book, packed full of valuable information backed up by excellent drawings and illustrations.' Cornerstone 'My overriding impression of this series is that it is comprehensive, well set out and easy to follow, and it should be of interest both to all involved in the repair and maintenance of historic buildings, and to the casual reader. Each volume stands alone or as part of a set. This represents a substantial body of work in the field of building conservation that is unlikely to be repeated in the near future. The tables and technical drawings are clear, and some of the photographs included are remarkable. The amount of information within each volume is staggering and must represent the nearest thing to a one-stop-shop for historic building practitioners.' Context
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About English Heritage

The contents reflect the work of the Building Conservation and Research Team, their colleagues at Historic England, and their consultants and researchers, who together have many decades of accumulated experience in dealing with deteriorating building materials and systems of all types. This multi-disciplinary team of architects, surveyors, conservators and scientists are responsible for standard setting and research across a wide range of Historic England activities. The team specialises in dealing with the practical, technical and scientific aspects of building materials decay and their treatment. The aim has been to provide practical advice by advocating a common approach of firstly understanding the material or building element and why it is deteriorating, and then dealing with the causes. The books concentrate on those aspects which are significant in conservation terms, and reflect the requests for information received by Historic England.
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