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    Lime plaster on damp brick walls

    Quick update in case anyone is interested! Finally met the plasterer today and he seems to know his stuff - none of this bitumen nonsense came from him! We've agreed to put dehumidifiers in for a few weeks before he starts and see how we go from there. Thanks everyone for your advice
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    Lime plaster on damp brick walls

    It is really odd because one of the reasons I went with them is that they've done work to listed buildings including lime rendering so I thought they'd understand old buildings and might be able to find appropriate plasterers! I contacted about 40-50 people and almost no one did lime work, of...
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    Lime plaster on damp brick walls

    Yea, I can't really see the point of putting lime plaster on so the bricks can breathe but putting something impermeable under the lime ‍♀️ Maybe if it was a tiny percentage of the walls it wouldn't be a disaster but seems like a bad starting point! I've found this...
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    Lime plaster on damp brick walls

    Honestly, I'm starting to wonder if the soot is imaginary and they're just trying to get me to agree to gypsum because if there is soot, it isn't enough that I'd noticed it! I've got a site meeting Monday so will have a look at the chimneys then and see if I can spot the soot and discuss whether...
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    Lime plaster on damp brick walls

    I've now been told that there has been soot leakage into the bricks of the chimney breast and that the stain will come through the lime plaster if it isn't sealed with bitumen paint under the lime!
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    Lime plaster on damp brick walls

    Unfortunately not - we can wait to decorate but the main building work should be finished in January (unless we have additional issues)
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    Lime plaster on damp brick walls

    Lastest update: Just be warned it may take several years before you can decorate some of the areas that are damp without remedial treatment. Surely that can't be right? I've seen an inch a month given as a guideline. Is that miles off?
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    Lime plaster on damp brick walls

    It is coming off in the spring but I couldn't find anyone who had capacity to render in lime before it gets too cold so can't do anything about that for now!
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    Lime plaster on damp brick walls

    They're damp but your hand doesn't come away wet from the wall. I've told them to investigate dehumidifiers or heating and opening windows before we consider doing anything other than using lime. Hopefully it won't take too long!
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    Lime plaster on damp brick walls

    I've already agreed a much higher price for plaster because I wanted to use lime so it won't cost them any more (although I think I'd better ask to meet their plasterer)!
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    Lime plaster on damp brick walls

    Do you have any idea how long that might take? The old plaster has been off for a couple of weeks and they tell me that there's been no improvement. Thanks!
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    Lime plaster on damp brick walls

    I have - I'm just struggling with all the contractors saying it is a bad idea! I'm keen to use lime but they're saying that we can't wait for the bricks to dry out and that if we used gypsum we wouldn't have to. I really just wanted to check my assumptions that if we genuinely can't get the...
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    Lime plaster on damp brick walls

    I'm renovating an 1890s solid brick walled terrace. The builder has ripped off the internal gypsum plaster and found that the walls are damp in a number of places. My feeling is that the house won't have been breathing due to (cracked) external cement render, the inappropriate internal plaster...
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