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Posts published in “Miscellaneous Building Materials”

Glass, plastics, bitumen, asbestos, paints, distemper and varnishes are some of the miscellaneous materials used in building constructions. Their properties and uses are briefly presented in this chapter.

Varnishes

Varnish is the solution of resins or resinous substances like amber, copal, shellac, gum resin etc. in solvents like oil, turpentile, alcohol etc. Depending upon…

Distempers

Distempers are the cheaper variety of paints in which chalk is used as base and water is used as a carrier. The emulsifying agent which…

Paints

Paints are applied on the surfaces of timber, metals and plastered surfaces as a protective layer and at the same time to get pleasant appearance.…

Asbestos

Asbestos is a general name for several varieties of fibrous minerals which are available in nature. But presently, most of the commercial asbestos produced is…

Bitumen

Ashalt, bitumen and tar are referred as bituminous materials, which are essentially hydrocarbon materials. The asphalt is a mixture of inert mineral matter lime alumina, lime,…

Plastic

Plastic is an organic material prepared out of resin. It may or may not contain fillers, plasticisers and solvents. Plastic may be defined as a natural…

Glass

Silica is the main constituent of glass. But it is to be added with sodium potassium carbonate to bring down melting point. To make it…