Timber Decay in Buildings: The Conservation Approach to Treatment

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Taylor & Francis, 2000 - Architecture - 232 pages
This is the first book to tackle all the issues relating to timber decay. It presents the facts and explores timber decay problems through case studies. These are illustrated with clear self-explanatory photographs for the reader to use as a diagnostic aid. Section 1 discusses timber as a living material, Section 2 deals with decay organisms and their habitat requirements. Section 3 moves on to the building as an environment for timber and discusses the ways in which wood responds to moisture change. Section 4 ends with an approach to timber decay which integrates knowledge on the decay organism, its requirements and natural predators with appropriate and targeted chemical treatments.
 

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Contents

Origins and durability of building timber
3
Sorption of water by timber
16
Postharvest changes and decay
23
Death watch beetle Xestobium rufovillosum
37
Furniture beetle or woodworm Anobium punctatum
55
Minor decay insects
65
Dry rot
76
Wet rots and minor decay fungi
90
A historical perspective on timber
119
Fire damage and dereliction
142
Monitoring the building environment
160
Resolving conflicts between treatment and conservation
171
Analytical approach to preservative treatment
189
Dry rot case studies
197
Walsworth Hall Gloucestershire
199
Index
222

Timber pretreatments
100
Regulations legislation and charters
110

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