Building Construction and Superintendence Volume 1

Building Construction and Superintendence Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...should be built up in an out-of-the-way place as soon as the first lot of brick is delivered, as a sample piece, and all stone or terra cotta work should be made to conform absolutely to the brickwork. Sorting.--Pressed brick, even from the same kiln, generally vary in size and shade, the darker brick often being inch thinner than the lighter brick and also shorter. If, therefore, a perfectly uniform color is desired the bricks must be sorted into piles, so that each lot will be of the same shade, and each shade laid in the building by itself. The change between the different shades should occur, where possible, at a string course or at an angle in the building. Many architects, however, consider that a handsomer and brighter wall is secured by mixing the different shades, so that hardly two bricks of exactly the same shade will come together, although if the mixing is well done the general tone of the wall at a distance will be uniform. With colored bricks this haphazard method undoubtedly gives the most artistic and sparkling effect. Circular Work.--For circular walls, faced with pressed brick, the bricks should be made of the same (or very nearly the same) curvature as the wall. Many pressed brick manufacturers carry circle brick of different curvatures in stock, and any curvature can be made to order. When circle brick cannot be obtained straight bricks may be used for curvatures with a radius of 12 feet or over, and for lesser radii half brick or headers should be used. 238. Brick to be Wet.--Mortar, unless very thin, will not adhere to a dry, porous brick, because the brick robs the mortar of its moisture, which prevents its proper setting. On this account brick should never be laid dry, except in freezing weather, and in hot, dry more

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  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236511530
  • 9781236511539