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Concrete Construction for Rural Communities

Excerpt from Concrete Construction for Rural Communities The extension of the use of concrete to farms and rural communities has developed a need for a textbook treating the essential features of concrete construction in a thorough but simple manner. Most of the works now available either are written for engineers and are unsuited to the non-technical man, or are in the form of bulletins dealing chiefly with the uses to which concrete is put in rural communities, without giving a systematic treatment of fundamental principles governing its use. The author has endeavored, in writing this book, to make it suitable for use as a text in a brief course in concrete construction for agricultural or other students in colleges, when accompanied by laboratory exercises and field construction, and to make it valuable to others who have occasion to use concrete. Chapter II, on Cement Specifications and Tests, and Chapter VIII, on Strength of Reinforced Concrete, are necessarily somewhat technical, but it is thought best to include this matter for the use of students. Persons who find the matter difficult or uninteresting may pass over these chapters. In the preparation of the book, various sources of information have been freely used, chief among which are Taylor and Thompson's "Concrete, Plain and Reinforced," and the bulletins published by the Universal. Portland Cement Company, of Chicago, The Atlas Portland Cement Company of New York, the Association of American Portland Cement Manufacturers of Philadelphia, and the Office of Public Roads and Rural Engineering, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C. The author wishes to express his gratitude to those who have given him permission to use their tables and figures and to acknowledge his indebtedness to Professors N. A. Crawford, P. J. Freeman, and M. R. Bowerman of the Kansas State Agricultural College for assistance in the preparation of the manuscript. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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