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I occupy during my vacation in Nîmes, a house built on the basis of a mazet. Recently, I applied a facade paint based on Pliolite. However, when I pierce the wall, the mortar crumbles very quickly and I wonder if I should not have applied lime. In this regard, is it necessary to carry out work to strengthen the structure of the house? What do you think? As insulation, do you recommend doing it from the outside or the inside?

It is difficult to make a remote diagnosis. Generally called "mazets" are small dry stone constructions with or without mortar that were used as temporary shelters for shepherds or animals. Typical and charming, they have been transformed into a dwelling.

To know if you should strengthen the structure, it is always better to take the advice of a professional who will be able to go there to judge any work of strengthening your home because security must be your priority.

Regarding the insulation, if it is external, it may remove the seal of the mazet. Again, consult a specialist who will offer you a suitable solution.

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