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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 526 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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WW1 asphalt •'1W ¢foot of wood ~ I m bloc%ca laid s' ~mkt n:uvscl , 5 2 6 space 9 in. or more in width is formed around those portions of the walls situated below the ground, the object being to prevent them from coming into contact with the brickwork of the main walls and so imparting its moisture to the building. Arrangements should be made for keeping the area clear of vermin and for ventilating and draining it. Dry areas, being far from sanitary, are seldom adopted now, and are being super- seded by asphalt or cement applied to the fare of the wall. Moisture is prevented from soaking down from the top of the wall by using a covering of some impervious material in the form of a coping. This may consist of ordinary bricks set on edge in cement with a double course of tiles immediately below, called a creasing," or of specially made non-porous coping door' bricks, or of stone, cast-iron, or cement sloped or " weathered in order to throw the rain off. The exterior of walls above the ground line may be protected by coating the surface with cement or rough cast; or covering with slates or tiles pi fixed oft battens in a similar manner to `those on a roof (fig. 13). Thuse of hollow walls in exposed positions has already been referred to. The by-laws dated 1891, made by the London County Council under section i6 of the Metropolis Management and Buildings Acts Amendment Act 1878, require that " every wall of a house or building shall have a damp course composed of materials impervious to moisture approved by the district surveyor, extending throughout its whole thickness at the level of not less than 6 in. below the level of the lowest floor. Every external wall or enclosing wall of habitable rooms or their appurtenances or cellars which abuts against the earth shall be protected by materials impervious to moisture to the satisfaction of the district surveyor. " The top of every party-wall and parapet-wall shall be finished with one course of hard, well-burnt bricks set on edge, in cement, or by a coping of any other waterproof and fire-resisting material, properly secured."" Arches are constructions built of wedge-shaped blocks, which by reason of their shape give support one to another, and to the super-Arches. imposed weight, the resulting load being transmitted through the blocks to the abutments upon which the ends of the arch rest. An arch should be composed of such materials and designed of such dimensions as to enable it to retain its proper shape and resist the crushing strain imposed upon it. The abutments also must be strong enough to take safely the thrust of the weighted arch, as the slightest movement in these supports will cause deflection and failure. The outward thrust of an arch decreases as it approaches the seminc 'e - circular form, but the ncretP somewhat prevalent o idea that in the latter ,os form no thrusting takes / / place is at variance with /// fact. /i Arches in brickwork / may be classed under three heads: plain arches, rough-cut and gauged. Plain arches are built of uncut bricks, and since the difference between the outer and inner peri- phery of the arch requires the parts of which an arch is made up to be wedge-formed, which an ordinary brick is not, the difference must be made in mortar, with the result that the joints become wedge-shaped. This obviously gives an objectionable inconsistency of material in the arch, and for this reason to obtain greatest strength it is advisable to build these arches in independent rings of half-brick thickness. The undermost rings should have thin joints, those of each succeeding ring being slightly thickened. This prevents the lowest ring from settling while those above remain in position, which would cause an ugly fissure. In work of large span bonding blocks or " lacing courses " should be built into the arch, set in cement and running through its thickness at intervals, care being taken to introduce the lacing course at a place where the joints of the various rings coincide. Stone blocks in the shape of a voussoir (fig. 14) may be used instead. Except for these lacing courses, hydraulic lime mortar should be used for large arches, on account of its slightly accommodating nature. Rough-cut arches are those in which the bricks are roughly cut with an axe to a wedge form; they are used over openings such as doors and windows, where a strong arch of neat appearance is desired. The joints are usually / la made equal in width t// to to those of the f ordinary brickwork. , //~ Gauged arches are J// composed of specially made soft bricks, which are cut and rubbed to gauges or FIG. 12. templates so as to form perfectly fitting voussoirs. Gauging is, of course, equally applicable to arches and walling, as it means no more than bringing every brick exactly to a certain form by cutting and rubbing. Gauged brickwork is set in lime putty instead of common mortar; the finished joints should not be more than in. wide. To give stability the sides of the voussoirs are gauged out hollow and grouted in Portland cement, thus connecting each brick with the next by a toggle joint. Gauged arches, being for the most part but a half-rick in thickness on the soffit and not being tied by a bond to any-thing behind them—for behind them is the lintel with rough discharging arch over, supporting the remaining width of the wall—require to be executed with great care and nicety. It is a common fault with workmen to rub the bricks thinner behind than before to lessen the labour required to obtain a very fine face joint. This practice tends to make the work bulge outwards; it should rather be inverted if it be done at all, though the best work is that in which the bricks are gauged to exactly the same thickness at the back as at the front. The same fault occurs when a gauged arch is inserted in an old wall, on account of the difficulty of filling up with cement the space behind the bricks. The bond of an arch obtains its name from the arrangement of headers and stretchers on its soffit. The under side of an arch built in English bond, therefore, will show the same arrangement as the face of a wall built in English bond. If the arch is in Flemish the scffit presents the same ap- pearance as the elevation of a wall built in that bond. It is generally held that the building of wood into brickwork should as far as is possible be avoided. Wall plates of wood plates. are, however, necessary where wood joists are used, and where these plates may not be supported on corbels of projecting brickwork or iron they must be let flush into the wall, taking the place of a course of bricks. They form a uniform bed for the joists, to which easy fixing is obtained. The various modes adopted for resting and fixing the ends of joists on walls are treated in the article
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