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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    I will apologise in advance as no doubt I will be posting many questions now I have come to the wall insulation/plastering stage of the renovation. First question is what to do with this wall? It is the kitchen party wall. I knocked off some of the old plaster which came away easily (lime plaster) but at the bottom of the wall it looks like some sort of sand/cement has been applied. I remember this wall had some dampness in the survey. The wall will be replastered (ideally after removing all of the old patchwork of different plasters) and there will be tall cupboards placed in front. So do I keep it breathable (but cupboards in front not ideal surely?) or any other ideas?
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeMay 21st 2021
    If you drill a hole 5.5mm and 60mm deep in the wall, collect the dust and immediately seal in a poly bag. Send it to me, I will weigh a sample, dry it in an oven and reweigh it enabling me to calculate the moisture content.

    Then you can decide on plastering strategy.

    I would use sand and cement base coat, with skim. Could try renovating plaster or lime plaster.
    Thanks Tony. Will PM you!
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