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Category : Building Materials

Building materials provides information on various construction materials, their properties and applications in building construction.

14 Common Defects in Painting

Painting not only gives a good appearance to a structure but also provides protection against various infiltrative actions such as corrosion, decaying, weathering, etc. But however, paint film also gets deteriorated by these actions. Hence the paint should ...

Tests on Limestone

In the construction industry, Lime is one of the best binding materials available and is used widely for different purposes such as mortar making, plastering, whitewashing, etc. Lime obtained by the calcination of limestone, which occurs naturally. Different ...

Characteristics of Good Timber

Timber is a naturally occurring material and is used for several engineering purposes. From tall tower blocks and bridges to doors and windows and interior decoration- timber structures find their application everywhere. What becomes extremely essential is the ...

Methods of Glazing of Clay Products

Glazing is a process of providing a glassy layer on the surface of clay products or ceramics. The glazing layer is fused to a ceramic body by burning at a high temperature. The thickness of glazing is generally ...

Straw Bale Construction

Straw bale construction is a sustainable construction technique that uses bales or bundles of straw as the main construction element. Straw bales can be used as a load-bearing or a non-load bearing component in a building.

Classification of Rocks with Examples

A rock is an aggregation of different mineral constituents which form the earth’s crust. Different types of rocks possess different engineering properties that make them suitable to be used in various construction works. The classification of rocks based ...

Test for Silt Content in Sand

Sand or fine aggregate is one of the most important construction materials at any construction site. Its selection should be done very carefully as it contributes to the strength of various important mixtures like concrete, plasters and mortar. ...