York Minster to be Coated in Fat to Keep Out Rain

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  1. Eric the Read Says:

    I first read that as “York Minister”, and wondered why they weren’t sufficiently coated in fat already….

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Eric: LOL.

  3. Polish Peter Says:

    I’ve consulted with a colleague who deals with preservation science about whether or not this works. His concern is that moisture coming from the interior of the building, colloquially known as “rising damp”, would evaporate at the inner boundary of the treated zone and leave a layer of salt that could generate enough stress to spall off the stone facing. He’s seen this happen in the lab. His comment: “Let’s hope that they haven’t made that mistake.”

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