Govan THI - Making and Using Traditional Mortars

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This course is being delivered as part of the Govan Cross THI (Townscape Heritage Initiative) scheme. There is no charge to attend but booking is required as places are limited.


19-20 May 2014


09.30 - 16.30


SLCT Tutors

Merryhill Training Centre, Fife

Free as part of Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative

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This popular two day introductory course will provide attendees with a strong understanding of lime technology, how to approach  re-pointing work in traditional buildings and the correct materials to use. The reasons to use traditional mortars will also be explained to allow you to better advise clients and the course will enable participants to complete pointing to traditional buildings to high standards.

Course Suitability

This course is suitable for building contractors, trades people, semi-skilled and time-served operatives and homeowners living or working in the Govan area.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding traditional building technology
  • Understanding the range of binders, sands and aggregates for traditional mortars
  • Ability to undertake accurate mixing for repeatability and cost effective work
  • Understanding the setting characteristics of lime mortars

Course Outline

  • Health and Safety issues
  • Historic use of lime mortars
  • Processing lime
  • Best practice for mortar mixing
  • Inspecting masonry
  • Using the right tools
  • Preparing masonry joints
  • Techniques of working
  • Placing of mortar for repointing
  • Joint finishing
  • Curing and protection regimes

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