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STANDARD
PRACTICAL

PLUMBING

AN EXHAUSTIVE TREATISE ON ALL BRANCHES OF
PLUMBING CONSTRUCTION

INCLUDING
DRAINAGE AND VENTING, VENTILATION, HOT AND

COLD WATER SUPPLY, AND CIRCULATION

THE WORK SHOWS THE LATEST AND BEST PLUMBING
PRACTICE, SPECIAL ATTENTION BEING GIVEN TO THE
SKILLED WORK OF THE PLUMBER, AND TO THE THEORY
UNDERLYING PLUMBING DEVICES AND OPERATIONS

By R. M. STARBUCK
Author of “Practical Wrinkles for the Plumber,"

"Modern Plumbing Illustrated"

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** SCIENCES

A SPECIAL FEATURE: 347 ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS, EACH

ONE BEING DRAWN EXPRESSLY FOR THIS WORK

NEW YORK
The Norman W. Henley Publishing Company

2 WEST 45th STREET

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

DIVISION OF EDUCATION
BURIAU OF VOCATIONAL CUIDANCE

HARVARD COLLESE LIBRA)

TRANSFERRED FROM THE
!! LERARY OF THE
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

1941

COPYRIGHTED, 1910, BY
THE NORMAN W. HENLEY PUBLISHING COMPANY

PREFACE

In general, the writing of works such as that which the author herewith presents, is accompanied by several features the effect of which is to materially lessen the excellent results which such a work should produce.

O ne of the errors to which we allude, is the tendency of the author on trade subjects to write in too technical a manner, that is, to handle his subject in such a manner that none but the most educated of his readers are able to thoroughly grasp the principles - presented.

For instance, since the plumber is seldom to be found who can handle an algebraic equation, it would certainly seem far beter to present a necessary principle by means of arithmetic rather

an by means of algebra, and if there is no other way than by ineans of algebra the author should see to it that he fully explains

e entire operation at length, in such a manner that the reader

10 has not had the advantage of instruction in such branches may be able to grasp the subject. In other words, the author ould stand in the same position to his readers that the teacher

es to his pupils. It is his duty to honestly instruct, and not erely to fill his pages with facts which, though valuable, are prented in such a manner as not to be easily understood by the average reader.

A second serious though unintentional error on the part of any authors is the omission of minor details. While to the autho

bor, who is naturally a man of experience and education in his eelal line of work, the statement of simple, and to him obvious, facts

S seems a matter of foolishness, ofttimes, to many of his

nger and more inexperienced readers, the statement of these simp)

ple things is a matter of utmost importance, and a means of plishing the main principle more strongly in their minds.

The author of this work frankly confesses to surprise at the hce of knowledge of rudiments which he knows from long

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