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Excerpt from How to Use Cement for Concrete Construction for Town and Farm: Including Formulas, Drawing and Specific Instruction to Enable the Reader to Construct Farm and Town Equipment; An Ideal Book for Agricultural Schools
For a number of years there has been a growing tendency in city, town and country to build with greater thought of the future. Many persons have realized that some of the building methods far too common in the past have, in a short time, proved most costly in spite of the seeming low first cost. De preciation has been rapid, continual maintenance in the form of paint, repair and general upkeep costly, and within a relatively short time depreciation has progressed to such a point that the cheapest recourse has seemed rebuilding. When this rebuilding has been done with permanence and fire-safeness in view by using concrete, those who have witnessed 'the fruits of their labors have soon realized that any slight increased first cost of concrete has soon been offset because first cost has proved to be last cost.
The author desires to mention here that in addition to claiming some special knowledge on the many and varied uses of concrete, he also was raised on a farm and operates one at the present time. For that reason, pursuit of the engineering profession has never made him lose sight of a farmer's view point and needs, and in his own farming practice he has had many opportunities to prove the economy of concrete first and last.
Also, long association with the Portland Cement Associa tion in the preparation of its many informative booklets on concrete has favored him with access-to material which other wise would not have been available to make this book as com prehensive and practical as it is felt has been done through this fortunate connection.
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