Practical Building Conservation: Timber by English Heritage




This volume, 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.

Contents: About this book; Using these books;

Part I Materials and History of Use: Wood: biology and properties; Conversion and seasoning; Water and dimensional stability; Traditional tools and working methods.

Part II Deterioration and Damage: Insects and fungi; Environmental problems; Other causes of deterioration.

Part III Assessment: Understanding buildings and their condition; Structural timbers; Non-structural timbers (joinery); Fixings and hardware; Specialist investigations.

Part IV Repair and treatment: Introduction; Timber-frame structures; Preservative pre-treatments' Adhesives, fillers and fastenings; Insect infestation and fungal decay; Upgrading historic buildings to meet modern standards.

Part V Care and Maintenance: Continuing care; Conclusions; Glossary; Index.


"The Practical Building Conservation volumes offer considerable information and advice on many aspects of conservation & Great emphasis is placed in all the volumes on making the reader familiar with the material in question, giving them as much information and direction as possible to allow them to understand what they are dealing with & gives a comprehensive 'hands on' approach; solutions are found, methods described and practical tips freely given. & should be kept on the bookshelf within reach of most practising professionals in the field."

Jane Jones-Warner RIBA SCA AABC IHBC, Member RIBA Conservation Group

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