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damp course

[¦damp ‚kȯrs]
(civil engineering)
A layer of impervious material placed horizontally in a wall to keep out water.

damp course, damp check, dampproof course

In masonry, an impervious horizontal layer of material (as tile, dense limestone, metal, etc.) to prevent the capillary entrance of moisture from the ground or a lower course, but used also below copings, above roof level in chimneys, and elsewhere to stop downward seepage.
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The damp course around the third or fourth row of bricks lasts as long as the building but a common problem is bridging it.
It may be practical but you can hardly invite the neighbours round to admire the new damp course or make themselves comfortable on the central heating.
It now has a damp course and new, level, floor joists.
Look around the base of the house - Ensure any soil, gravel or debris is well below the damp course.
The 10-year-old, owned by Pell-Mell Partners, had five lengths to spare over Damp Course. The gelding's win also provided in-form trainer Robert Alner with his eighth success in the past 14 days.
Alan planned to put a damp course underneath the flagstones but when he took out the cement, he found the floor was uneven and all the stones were of different shapes.
QAFTER having a damp course done five years ago, we covered the walls in lining paper and then emulsion.
Damp course If your borders are sodden after heavy rain then avoid spadework because you'll risk wrecking the soil structure.
They probably all suffered heavily from damp and rotten floorboards and skirting boards as only high quality homes had a damp course in pre-1930 building regulations.
Here is a simple checklist of things to look out for and repair: Make sure airbricks around your home are clear and that the earth or paving is well below damp course level.
My hosts hadn't noted an increase in rising damp in the walls because they had installed a damp course 10 years before and this was holding it down.