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GEORGE H. KIMBER
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1896, by Geo. H. Kimber, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.
PRESS OF STYLES & CASH, NEW YORK
THE average architect in matters relating to Electric Lighting
depends entirely upon the specifications handed in to him by the contractor. The true sense of confidence is frequently missing and the delays and subsequent difficulties encountered may frequently be traced to an unauthorized attempt on the part of the contractor to perform other than what is required of him, or a preconceived notion on the part of the architect that the extension of any small portion of the work is a matter of slight consequence to the contractor.
Aside from these embarrassing circumstances the frequency with which laxity is shown in the preparation of wiring specifications has led, in many cases to a misunderstanding of a permanent nature between both. It has been a constant source of worry to the architect because of the possibility that the specifications as accepted by him may be lacking in some detail far beyond his experience. It has been a means of reproach to the contractor as their unskilled preparation gives him room for the exercise of his powers of economy to a degree at times totally inconsistent with the attitude each bears to the other before the contract is signed.
To express the conditions required for the successful operation and installation of the wiring of a building in a manner explicit and intelligible to the untechnical mind would be a boon of immense value to the man whose conception is foreign and time well filled by attention to his own special vocation.
This is the age of specialists; none can equip themselves with