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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 11:16 pm 
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Hi,

I recently bought a 1930s terraced house with cellar.
The cellar appears to have been painted in the past couple years but I don’t know more details.

I have noticed the paint is swelling up and popes out. Further, the pointing is grinding out too like sand. It seems that no cement have been used when they built the house.

I can’t see any trace of damp or anything that might cause this issue. Purely seems like the pointing is reacting with the paint but why it’s grinding out?

I put few pictures below.

I have two main questions:
1. How serious is this issue for the foundation?
2. What can I do to stop it as I want to transform it into an work space and I cannot have dust/sand coming down?

I was thinking to line it up with wooden battens and plasterboard to create a clean dust-free working space but I'm afraid the damage will progress behind and it will become even worse in a few years time.

Thank you!


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the pointing mortar looks like lime and sand mortar.
use the same in a 3 sand and 1 lime mix to repoint after hacking out the beds an perps to about 25mm.
theres no danger of anything collapsing.

the paint looks to be oil paint when they should have used a masonry paint on bricks.
the heavy plastic paint is sealing in any moisture and the moisture is blowing off an bubbling the paint.
you can grind off the remaining paint with a brick grinding cup/stone on a corded angle grinder.

the bricks are good quality and look like stock bricks.
i wouldnt batten and line a cellar because that might cause even more problems in the future



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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 11:56 am 
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Thank you very much!
I am looking to scrape it all off now to allow the brickwork to breathe. (or it will pop out itself anyway)


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