Govan THI- Surface Repair of Stone

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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.


21-22 May 2014


09:30 - 16:30


SLCT Tutors

Merryhill Training Centre, Fife

Free as part of Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative

Surface Repair of Stone (Alternative) Course Photo

In many cases, simple surface repairs can be less intrusive and a suitable alternative to replacing masonry units with new stone. You will be amazed at the results you will be able to achieve after only two days! This course is designed to ensure successful surface repairs to flat work, angles, corners and moulded details. The decay mechanisms of stone will be discussed and we will consider the factors to that should be taken into account when deciding if a surface repair is a suitable alternative to replacement with new stone.

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

  • Understand the mechanisms that cause stone decay and the instances where surface repairs are an appropriate alternative to replacement with new stone
  • Understand the interaction between surface repairs and background material
  • Ability to execute surface repairs to stone in a variety of materials.

Course Outline

  • Determining repair requirements to decaying stone
  • Determine a repair strategy considering scaling, salts, case hardening, damage from inappropriate materials and damage from impact
  • Surface preparation - cutting out decayed material
  • Fixing anchorages and cramps
  • Making templates and moulds
  • Undertaking surface repairs in appropriate materials
  • Finishing work - tooling methods, matching to surrounding stone, using the correct tools

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