DJ Cooper Building Conservation site uses only one cookie. It is a session cookie, which is deleted at the end of your browser session. It holds no personally identifiable data relating to our site visitors, other than the broad geographical location. This serves to ensure the site delivers the correct information in terms of local contacts, currency and taxes.
No personal data is ever held in a cookie on our web site.
However, a number of social media sites and search engines use practically every web site for tracking cookies and so called Interest Based Advertising. They do this without our consent or co-operation. While we make strenuous efforts to prevent them from doing this, their evolution is such that they can generate new ones faster than we can block the old ones.
We strongly recommend that if you do not want every moment of your web browsing catalogued and analysed, you should use the controls available in your browser to prevent tracking and to block third party cookies.
To get more information and help on how to use these blocking tools, here are some links:privacy.netPrivacy BadgerDisconnectAdBlock PlusFirefox Tracking Blocker InstructionsFirefox Cookie ManagerGhostery Tracking Blocker for ChromeManaging Cookies in ChromeTracking Blocker Advice for Vivaldi
The only cookies that our site will place are for strictly functional purposes like identifying your broad geographical area to ensure accurate local informattion, and to retain the contents of a shopping basket if one is used.
DJ Cooper Building Conservation in & around Chard, Somerset
Chard is the highest town in Somerset, at 500 feet above sea level, and the most southerly, lying very close to the Devon border. A hill fort lies to the south of the town, which was described in the Domesday Book as "Ceidre", meaning The Royal Town of Cerdic. Cerdic was the 5th Century Celt who founded the Kingdom of Wessex. Many believe that Cerdic was the character upon whom King Arthur was based, thus making Chard the original Camelot. Since then Chard has experienced changes of fortune, such as almost completely burning down, to be rebuilt in the 16th century. At that time, the town like many others in Somerset was prospering from the textile industry, which was helped by being on the main London to Exeter route, facilitating trade both within England and in countries reached by sea.
With historic buildings in and around the town, some national monuments, some still in use, owned privately or by the local council, we often find ourselves called on in the Chard area to ensure that when the grime from traffic, bird fouling, general day to day soiling or even graffiti is removed from a treasured building, there is no damage to the often delicate stonework beneath.
From removal of old paint for a domestic redecoration project, or the intricate cleaning of stone work in a cathedral using the poultice method, you will find that wherever you are in Chard or Somerset, you will get a quick response, highly competitive quotation and thorough cleaning from DJ Cooper. Our number is shown above, or if you prefer to send us an email, simply click in the header of any page.
Photo from Featured Project near Chard, Somerset
Torc Cleaning of Stone Capitals - The Result
This sequence of three images shows these weathered stone capitals before (showing carbon tarnish), during Torc cleaning, and after Torc cleaning.
They arrived in fairly poor condition, being heavily tarnished with carbon from airborne pollution over many years. The surfaces were also fairly fragile, so any aggressive cleaning techniques were out of the question.
The Torc system was chosen for this job as it cleans thoroughly yet gently, using a combination of air pressure, a little water and some granulate abrasives. The key to success is in choosing the right abrasive medium for the type of stone in question, from the options of calcite, dolomite and util.
As shown in the final (after image) the carbon has been effectively removed while retaining the patina of the stone.
If you face similar cleaning challenges and need to preserve the material to be cleaned, give our specialist team a call, or click in the header of any page to send us an email. We will be happy to quote for any or all of your building conservation needs.
Building Conservation, including Cleaning of: Services Provided in:
- Masonry, Brickwork & Concrete
- Wood (Beams & Patios)
- Ferrous Metal & Some Non-Ferrous Metals
- To remove:
- Graffiti - promptly and carefully
- Smoke damage
- Bird droppings
- Air pollution residues
- Organic matter (slime and moss)