The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England : and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments.
(undated, inscribed 1829)
The plumber and glazier., p. 67
67 THE PLUMBER & GLAZIER. A Plumber is properly a person who casts and works lead, who furnishes acistern for water and a sink for the kitchen, and who 'makes pipes of all sorts and sizes. The Plumber and Glazier, however, under pre- sent notice, is he who is employed to put panes of glass into window-frames. He must be provided with a measure, putty, pegs, awl, and a diamond to cut the glass. Not only the business of a plumber and glazier are united, but also that of a painter. The plumbing trade alone is reckoned a very good one, but very unhealthy on ac- count of the fumes of the lead. The busi- ness of a painter is equally unhealthy. The chief reason why those trades are commonly united, is on account of the Glaziers and Painters being precarious; particularly the latter, as there is little or no painting in the winter time. A Glazier likewise cleans windows, having a machine so fixed as to enable him to stand or sit outside. Many ac- cidents, however, have lately happened.- If a Glazier be not very experienced in his business, he will be apt to break or crack the glass, particularly when applying the pegs and hammer: the utmost caution is there- fore necessary.
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