Category Archives: technical stuff

Renovating old domestic plaster surfaces

A testing job for my own recipe JBLime finishing plaster but one that any other lime plaster may well have not managed so easily. The walls are generally old lime plaster but have been painted with emulsion, wall papered and … Continue reading

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Recipe for course stuff

My recipe for course stuff: 3 parts lime putty 1 part horse hair about 30mm long 6 parts sharp sand method: put the lime putty in a mixing tub such as a large trug, add the hair and stir it … Continue reading

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Tricks of the trade number 1

This wall, being damp, had over the years been repaired with a host of materials, plaster board, metal lath and cement, universal one coat and gypsum. All that was removed and the wall was pretty undulating and there was a … Continue reading

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Lime for beginners training course. Cotswolds Rural Skills.

So another course has come and gone. We had fun. and sun. and got a lot of work and learning done. So what happens on a John Byrne led lime workshop? We start with an introduction to the ingredients: limestone, … Continue reading

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my favourite plastering technique video

A master of plastering – I aspire to this level of dexterity and cleanliness!

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Plastering with my own Lime Rich Mortars

I have been lime plastering for a number of years and over those years I have usually bought in ready mixed course stuff and fine stuff, however I have recently developed my own finishing plaster as mentioned already and I … Continue reading

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JBlime finishing plasters

JBLimeplastering will soon be producing high quality lime finishing plasters, They are designed to overcome the drawbacks of many other ready mixed finishing plasters, They are designed to minimise cracking, to spread easily, to be applied up to 4mm thick … Continue reading

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Recipes and

Apparently the top search on this site is for  “correct mix ratio silver sand nhl2 lime” . I can answer that, There is no correct ratio but a good one would be between one and one and half portions of sand … Continue reading

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lath problems

This is a quick aside. A customer had a ceiling he needed me to plaster, he had already fitted the laths, sawn oak, he had fitted them really well with very good spacing, the job was simple the ceiling only … Continue reading

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A ceiling in need of a stitch in time

The ceiling had a crack in it running down the centre, on inspection we found that 5 of the joists had come out of their slots allowing the ceiling to drop. So I drilled holes through each joist just above … Continue reading

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