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Solving Rising Damp in Churches

Interview with an old-timer conservation architectWe really enjoyed working with Mr John Dodson, old timer conservation architect, on solving damp problems in the St Peter's Church in Thornton.  We couldn't miss this opportunity of asking him about his life-long experience…

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What Makes Basements Damp?

Basements are usually dark and damp unless you finish them. If you use your basement as storage space or a laundry room, you’ve likely dealt with leaks, condensation, and humidity.If you have puddles of water in your basement, you likely…

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Water Transport Mechanisms in Porous Media

The wetting process of a completely dry building material (e.g. bricks or stones) involves several phenomena. It starts with vapour diffusion and the absorption of moisture by adsorption, which through interstitial condensation leads to capillary flow, resulting in a moisture saturated building material.
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Fortified Church of Ghelinta

I recently spent some of my holiday in Transylvania where I visited several old churches. Ghelinta, a tiny town in deepest Transylvania, is home to a church whose amazing interior wall paintings look almost as fresh as when they were first put there, six or seven centuries ago.
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Fortified Church of Prejmer

I recently spent some of my holiday in Transylvania where I visited several old churches. The fortified church of Prejmer is one of the most important medieval historic monuments in Transylvania. The church was founded by the Germanic Teutonic Knights.
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