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Uncomfortable Truths

View of an arch-braced roof assembly. The brace and the post behind it suffer from fungal attack caused by water infiltration. Pentachlorophenol would have helped produce a fungus-free zone while the area dries after repairs, but this option is no longer available—a situation that leads to more removal of historic fabric. Photo: Ridout Associates, International Timber Decay Consultants (www.ridoutassociates.co.uk).