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AMONG the metal powder paints which have come so much into use, aluminium has attracted special attention owing to claims which have been made in respect of its decorative value and lasting qualities, even when exposed to sea air or chemical fumes. But it is unquestionable that such paints require careful mixing and handling in order to ensure good work at moderate cost.
IN order that the reader may know something of the special purpose of this book from a single glance at the first page of the Preface, it will be necessary to commence by focussing attention on the difference between “magnitudes" and “numbers.”
Ernest Fiander Etchells
THE first practical application of reinforced concrete to piles and sheet piles appears to have been made by the late Mr. Edmond Coignet, of Paris, in 1894. He made two experimental reinforced concrete piles 16 feet long and 10 inches in diameter. One of these piles was hollow and the other one solid. These piles were driven into the ground and afterwards withdrawn and it was found that although the body of the piles
remained perfect after driving, the head of each of the piles was damaged.