Timber Decay in Buildings and its Treatment, by Brian Ridout
This is a book about the insects and fungi that may appear in building timbers if unnoticed or unavoidable maintenance problems allow them to remain damp. There are two options if a problem is found:
Similarly dry rot growing in its optimum environment can be a vigorous and destructive fungus, but this is not always what is happening. Frequently it can be killed by just cutting off the source of moisture.
This book covers both full treatment and limited or no treatment options, but also supplies some historical information to show how attitudes to treatment have developed.
Timber Decay in Buildings – The conservation approach to treatment, by Brian Ridout
Awarded the Best Technical Publication of 1997/2000 by The International Association of Preservation Technology
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Timber Decay in Buildings 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. The methods outlined are intended to reduce unnecessary damage frequently caused to buildings by uninformed timber treatments, and form the basis of the timber conservation methods advocated by English Heritage and Historic Scotland.