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Pain, William (1730?-1790?) / The practical house carpenter, or, Youth's instructor containing a great variety of useful designs in carpentry and architecture; the five orders laid down by an entire new scale.
(1792)

A List of Prices, Materials and Labour, and Labour Only, Adapted to the Practical House Carpenter, With Reference to the Respective Designs;,   pp. [1]-22

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```And carrying away the rubbish to be paid for extra.
Walls on a circular plan are worth 58 per rod more than the same sort of
walling straight.
Brick drains, the bricks laid in mortar, at per foot reduced brick rate
Grates or kitchen ranges, faced with grey stocks, are worth, per foot reduced
Ovens and coppers are generally measured as solid, only deducting the ash-holes.
This kind of work is often taken in cube feet; and to reduce these cube feet
to the standard of one brick and a half, multiplying the number of cube feet
found by 8, and divide that product by 9, and the quotient will be the number
of feet reduced.
Example.
Suppose a wall to be 20 feet long, 10 feet high, and 4 bricks thick: this
wall will contain 533 feet 1-3d of foot, reduced to a brick and a half; and
in this wall are contained 600 cube feet, which, multiplied by 8, and that
product divided by 9, will give the content 533 feet 1-3d a foot.
20 feet, length of the wall.
10 feet, height of the wall.
200 area, or superficial content of the face.
3 feet, the thickness of the wall.
600 multiplied by 8.
8
9)4800
533 content in reduced brick-worth, as before.
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Workmanship for turning common straight vaults, from 2l 5s per rod, to
Groins, from 3l per rod, to
Exclusive of the angles. Cutting at 6d per foot run.
Note. The body part of niches on a circular plan, are worth 2s 6d per foot
superficial. Elliptical bodies are worth 3s per foot superficial. The heads
of circular inches are worth 4s 6d per foot superficial: about 12 bricks
will be sufficient for a superficial foot. Face arches to the niches, 4s
per foot superficial.
Labour only, to old brick-work to be taken down, and the old bricks to be
used in the building again, is worth, per rod, from 26s to
The clearing away to be paid for extra.
Outside splays, per foot run
Inside splays, per foot run
Red return splays, rubbed and gauged
Red returns upon the quoins
Common foot lace, per foot run
Plain brick cornices straight, set in putty, per foot  superficial
Groins, done with grey or red stocks per foot or per rod
Gauge brick-worth laid in mortar, at per foot superficial
Straight or circulararches, faces set in putty, per foot superficial, form
1s 6d to
Semi-circular, or semi-elliptical arches, set in putty, from 1s to 10d to
Brick dental cornice, per foot superficial, 3s to
Rubbing bricks for gauge work, from 45s per thousand to
Labour to common skew back arches, from 10d to 11d. Semi-circular, or semi-elliptical
arches, labour only from 1s per foot superficial to
Old gauge arches taken out, cleaned, and re-set, peer foot superficial to
Note. All gauge-work is measured and paid for as common brick-work: then
at so much per foot superficial, for rubbed and gauged as above.
Coping and plain tile creasing, two course plain tiles under brick on edge,
at per foot run, 2 1/2 d or
Brick nogging, done with place bricks laid flat, at per yard
Ditto, laid on edge, at per yard
Done with grey stocks, flat, from 1s to 10d to ditto on edge
The quarters to be measured in.
Labour only nogging, 3d to
Paving laid flat in mortar, with grey stocks, at per yard, 2s to
Ditto, laid on edge, 2s to 7d to
Paving laid flat in sand, 1s 4d per yard to
Ditto, laid on edge in sand, 1s to 10d to
Paving with paving bricks flat in mortar, per yard
Ditto, on edge
Brick paving laid flat, mortar and labour only, per yard
Labour only, 4d to

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