Advice & Guidance

Fixtures and Fittings

Stair handrailInternal joinery: Check timberwork for signs of rot, including less accessible areas such as floor voids, under stairs and in cupboards if you can do this safely.

Dampness and poor ventilation promote fungal decay and insect attack. If you suspect that there are signs of rot, it is important to address the underlying cause. Your architect or surveyor will be able to provide further guidance.

Worn or loose stair nosings, handrails and balusters can be dangerous and should be repaired as soon as possible. They should only be replaced as a last resort.

The key principle is to retain as much as possible of the existing fabric but this does require the input of skilled craftspeople.

Organs: Pipe organs need comparatively little maintenance other than attention from an organ tuner once or twice a year depending on the type of organ and its condition.

Pipe  organAction point: It is useful to keep a tuner's logbook so that the organist can note down any problems that appear. These can be addressed on the organ tuner's next visit.

The organ tuner can also make minor adjustments to the action as part of their work. If the problems are more far reaching you will need to seek advice from the organ advisor in your own denomination or your professional advisor.

The Building Conservation Directory has published a useful guide to looking after organs on its website: MOTs for Organs.

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