Lime info articles

This section will develop into a compendium of technical information on this topic - please let us know if you have information to contribute, and we will acknowledge you.

Lime plasters and renders

lime plastering

See ‘making lime mortars‘ for how to make mortars, plasters and renders. Read more …

What is building lime?

All types of building lime are made from limestone, which is a sedimentary rock composed of the dead bodies of sea creatures such as shellfish, corals and some planktons. Read more …

Different types of lime

Non-hydraulic lime (quicklime), hydrated lime, hydraulic lime and lime sand. Read more …

Environmental and health benefits of lime

Environmental and health benefits of lime. Read more …

Benefits of lime for buildings

Lime is not much good for tower blocks or supermarkets, as it doesn’t have the strength or speed required; but it’s ideal for the domestic scale, Read more …

Modern alternatives to lime

….. and why lime fell out of favour. Read more …

The natural house

By natural house we mean one that uses natural materials that don’t damage the environment in their manufacture or use, and that is good for the health of its inhabitants. Read more …

Health & safety

Quicklime is dangerous. It is extremely caustic, and can burn skin especially when wet. Eyes must be protected at all times. Read more …

Burning lime

For interest – you’re probably not going to do this, but… Read more …

Slaking lime

You may be interested in following the process through from beginning to end – although you may not want to burn your own limestone, you may want to slake quicklime. Read more …

Lime mortar

Making & using lime mortar, and pozzolanic additives. Read more …

Rendering straw-bale buildings

This section contains specific information for straw-bale buildings. It’s best to let the building settle for as long as possible after building, before you render it. Read more …

Lime slurry

Lime slurry can be applied to a wall to present a uniform surface to further coats of lime wash. Read more …

Lime wash

One part lime putty, c. two parts water or until the consistency of full cream milk is achieved. Mix in a small tub or a bucket with a whisk. You can sieve for a particularly fine finish. Read more …

Limecrete

Lime concrete, or limecrete, has been used since Roman times for massive structures such as bridges, docks, and even the dome of the pantheon in Rome. Read more …

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