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These beautiful tiles are by Rafael Guastavino from 1907.
These lime swirls were seen in Prague and date from about 1560.
Sgraffito is the technique of etching out a pattern in a thin lime render to reveal the colour of the stone underneath
Mid-April and, like clockwork, the season for active death watch beetles, and indeed other wood-boring beetles, has started.
The use of the damp meter, the most commonly used version is probably the Protimeter, requires caution and a clear understanding of its limitations.
A common problem found on timber framed houses is the use of cement mortar filler on the frame and also at the abutment with brickwork and around windows. This is a very bad choice and is the frequent source of severe timber decay and beetle damage.