Household Words Volume N . 6

Household Words Volume N . 6

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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. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...and my shaving-water has got cold from my continually stoplping to look down upon the bric layers operations---it is a fact, that, after merely cutting off the grass for turf, they have begun to build upon the bare clay! The first house has actually been placed upon the bare damp soil, without even the pretence of any intermediate foundation whatever. The construction of the housedrains, I perceive, is upon the old bad plan. Instead of glazed earthenware. pipes of some four inches diameter in the bore, they are laying down the old-fashioned brick-bui t drains, of twelve or fourteen inches square, and with the branch drains intersecting them at right angles, instead of long acute angles in the direction of the outward flow. Moreover the drains are constructed on a level, or nearly so, and with no calculation for the proper degree of fall, or graduated descent, so that on any occasion of a tempo rary stoppage, owing to improper substances having got into the drain, or a flooding from heavy rains, the whole of the sewage having no downward pressure from its own weight, will inevitably flow back to the house, and deluge the cellars and ground floors most odoriferously. I believe they intend to make the out-fall of the drains, according to the new regulations, and drain down into the main sewers. But I have seen several consultations in certain curious spots, where a cesspool would have been referred, but for the salutary Fear of a visit from the Metropolitan Commissioners of Sewers, whose surveyors are worthy of far better masters. Thebuilder, however, does the next best thing; he builds a brick dust-hole close under the kitchen window, and in a line beneath the dining-room window. Of the materials of which the house is built, as...show more

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  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236599535
  • 9781236599537