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Property Maintenance Series Event Four

Published 29th November 2021

Late autumn sunshine at the beautiful Scottish Lime Centre Trust Charlestown Workshops was the perfect learning environment for a maintenance basics course for householders held on Saturday 13th November 2021.

The course was led by the friendly and knowledgeable staff of the Scottish Lime Centre Trust, who  have been providing training in traditional skills and materials in Charlestown, Fife,  since 1994.

The free Maintenance Basics for Householder course was offered as part of the Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration project, and was the fourth event in a series targeting local property owners, and people responsible for building maintenance.

The Inverkeithing Heritage Regeneration project, runs 2019 – 2024. Heritage is at the heart of the project, a lever for economic regeneration, through a town centre uplift, a small grant programme, and a capital project to make Inverkeithing Town House an accessible, vibrant community-managed asset.

An associated programme of engagement, training and activities, aimed at a variety of audiences, included this 4-event series for property owners.  The three talks on Zoom helped householders understand why maintenance matters: no-one wants to be responsible for a chimney can crashing to the pavement – or worse. Regular inspections of building fabric can really help identify building problems before they become critical, and costly.

The Maintenance Basics Course helped individuals learn what to look for in a roof inspections and features of a traditional Scottish roof; what is involved in re-pointing a traditional rubble wall; and the mechanics of a timber sash and case window. The day finished with a burnt-sand mastic demonstration: a traditional method of making sure rain stays on the outside of windows.

Some comments from the participants: “Excellent course, will be back.” “Very interesting and an ideal basic intro” “Most enjoyable” “Really great and enjoyable course” Overall experience:  “Very good” “most enjoyable” “satisfied” “good” “Always enjoy the courses and knowledge of the staff”


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