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Hi Ian


I have tried the white vinegar test and it appears to work but to be only part of the answer.  If there is a bit of pointing that has fallen of or is so loose that it falls of this could be cement pointing with a trace of lime mortar on the back – it would therefore fizz anyway so you also need to look at the material and try to assess.  I don’t find it all that easy. This YouTube is possibly the one referred to.

This from Cornish Lime suggests analysis for Listed Buildings Consent verification

How to Tell the Difference Between Lime & Cement Mortars


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