Brick and Clay Record Volume 32

Brick and Clay Record Volume 32

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...not as yet been stamped as wholly good by the seal of Time. By stucco walls we mean those that are constructed with a metal base supported by wood and coated with a layer of cement mortar. When first completed such a building looks inviting with its light walls and its red roof, but Time soon lays its disfiguring hand upon it, soils its once light surface to a dingy gray and irremediably streaks and blotches it with dirt; cracks develop because of the shrinkage of the timbers supporting the metal base and its stucco surface; leaks appear here and there and ere long the stucco begins to drop off and cannot be renewed without unsightly spots and an indication of early depreciation, The surface of a stuccoed frame house suffers less in a dry than in a moist country, but some dampness is constantly being transmitted by the stucco to the metal lath and the rusting process of the latter is slowly but surely going on. In many instances the metal lath rusts and stains the stncco--in others it rusts away entirely and the stucco drops off. When this occurs, patching is impractical, and the only remedy is to re-lath and restucco the entire surface. The advocates of the stuccoed house often point, with assurance, to the permanency of the stuccoed buildings of Europe. They neglect to mention the fact that the only permanent stucco work of the Old World is that which was applied upon brick walls, and that much of even that construction has required patching from time to time. The recent American innovation, however, of putting a thin layer of porous stucco upon a frail metal fabric, which in turn is mounted on wood, is an entirely different matter. The inevitable shrinking of the timbers and the rigid character of the stucco supported thereon combine...show more

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  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 594g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236774809
  • 9781236774804