The Iowa Engineer Volume . 6

The Iowa Engineer Volume . 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. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...and contraction, caused by changes in weather conditions, without cracking, breaking or peeling. CEMENT SIDEWALKS. T. H. Unger, Coon Rapids, Iowa. Mr. President: --In presenting this paper before the convention, I have outlined in a general way, several topics that should be considered before the main subject is discussed. 1st. Contracting.--As most cement work requires a rigid contract, we should be just as particular in getting value received as the man is who gets the work done. 2nd. "Honesty is the best policy." Cement work is one of the things in which people have been badly faked. To use an old expression, "You can fool a part of the people all of the time, and you can fool all of the people a part of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time." Usually in your employ you will have at least one man who will get the idea that there is money in the business. He starts out the next season with the intention of making money. He has counted all the profits of the year 'before, but has not taken into consideration any losses that may have occurred. Consequently on meeting with some loss, he slights his work, and the result is of course apparent. This puts an obstacle in the way of the man who does good work; for the people soon lose confidence, and think cement work a failure. There is no reason why cement work of all kinds, if properly and honestly done, should not last the lifetime of an average man. In treating the subject "Cement Sidewalks," I will endeavor to give my plans and ideas for the laying of walks, where varying conditions are met. Some think that a walk cannot be laid without first constructing a gravel or cinder bed. This is a mistake. All that is needed is just enough gravel and...
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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236583809
  • 9781236583802