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    Default Repairing Limestone Walls on an old Workers Cottage

    I'm looking to buy an old circa 1900 workers cottage in Perth which was built with limestone exterior walls. They're in a bad condition with a number of large gaps, and the limestone is crumbling away. It's obvious a large area of the walls have been filled with some kind of render.

    I don't know much about brickwork so I'm after a rough idea of how much work could be involved. I don't want to buy a house which could fall down in the next storm.

    Would it be a case of filling the holes with mortar, or should limestone blocks be cut out and replaced with stone?

    Thanks in advance.

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    can you post some photos?

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    Kilmore, near Melbourne, Australia


    Welcome to the forum - sounds like a massive job, but anything is possible given time skill money and effort.

    as mentioned, pics are needed to help adequately (or even basically!)

    -- one thing though - the approach of filling and adding mortar can be fraught with problems which cause further damage. This is due to a number of factors but I believe it is vital to get professional advice on this one .... Limestone is soft, or can be but that doesn't have to be a death sentence to your dream house/project.

    I look forward to seeing how this one goes!
    Kilmore (Melbourne-ish)

    ....catchy phrase here

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