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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...pipe. We have said that the ventilating tube may be the ordinary down spout, or rain water pipe; it may, but it ought not, for in no way would we permit such a valuable source of the finest water obtainable for washing and ablutionary purposes to be wasted. Every drop of rain water ought to be collected from the roof and passed into cisterns, of which more presently. Smoky Chimneys.--As for a smoky chimney, in the ordinary and certainly most disagreeable form met with, in nine cases out often it is caused, first, by defective workmanship, such as the want of careful pointing of the joints in the interior--bricks left out here and there, so as to allow of connection either with other flues or with the outer air. Again, the neglect of " pargetting," or lining, with the usual mixture, well known to all builders--the giving of sharp, and generally quite unnecessary, bends--and last, but not least, of all, the want of a due supply of air to the fire-place below. All or any one of these defects will cause a chimney to smoke; and by attending to them, so as not to have them in existence, there need not be a smoky chimney in any house. In the case of new houses, no builder ought to have a smoky chimney in any one of the rooms. A " down draught," or "blow down," will often cause a chimney to smoke, from causes wholly beyond the reach of the builder, and for which, therefore, he is not to blame; but this can be prevented by using a proper "cap," or one or other of the various forms of chimney tops now in use. About the Water Supply of Cottages.--Drainage being, in one sense, a pa"rt of the water supply system of a house, or at least closely connected with it, we naturally come to the consideration of...
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  • United States
  • English
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