Carpentry and Building magazine was published during the late 19th century and was widely read throughout the country. In the 1950s my father and I found a stack of them in a neighbor's garage. I often refer to Carpentry and Building for specific building information from that era and to learn what the carpenters of the day were thinking and doing. Here I'll share with you short excerpts and advertisements. Check back for new items.
From S. H. G., Groton, Conn.- Perhaps some of my brother chips would like my method of shingling a regular hip . It is not original with me, but it is the plan which I prefer using. Sometimes it is a real bother to find wide shingles enough, and the old way demands too much cutting. I snap a line 4 inches from each side of the hip, as indicated by the dotted lines in Fig. 1. I bring the corner of the shingle of each course to the line, as shown in the sketch. When all through with the plain shingling, I make a pattern and only cut the top in this manner. The bottoms will break joints every time, and the hip shingles will lay square with the hip, thus making a first-class finish at this important place, with no liability of the shingles curling up. I find that the best plan in using shingles in this way is to shingle the two opposite sides first and then line from one corner to the opposite corner. With referance to painting shingles, I would adivise that they be painted before they are laid, or else not painted at all. Paint applied to a shingle after it is in position makes a ridge underneath, and water gets under the paint and can't get out, thus rotting the shingles. I have taken off a number of roofs that were destroyed in this way, when other roofs which had been laid quite as long without painting were perfectly sound.
Parlor Door Hanger. Made entirely of Malleable Iron and Steel. Wheels Never Shifting on Rebound of Door. Application to any Door without Cutting or Mortising. Absolutely-Antifriction.The rings are drop forged steel, perfectly true, with a run of a 6-foot door. Can be applied to the door with less labor and adjusted in less time than any Hanger now in the market. For Prices and Circulars Address Bullard & Gormley, Manufacturers. 166 Lake Street, Chicago. (left or top) Barry's Patent Parlor Door Hanger. The only Hanger made that will not bind on an uneven track. Send for circular and prices to Syracuse Bolt Company, Syracuse, N. Y. (right or bottom)
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