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The Practical Mechanic:
Every Man His Own Mechanic
Broken Window, How To Mend It
Knowledge Must Be Paid For
Kinds Of Woods Used In Carpentry
Toosl Used In Carpentry
The Glue Pot
Sharpening Tools
The Carpenter's Bench
How To Hold And Handle Tools
Divisions Of The Building Trade
Soldering And Brazing
Indoor And Outdoor Painting
Varnishes And Recipers For Making Varnishes
Polishing And Recipes For Polish
Wall Paper Hanging

Broken Window - How To Mend It

( Originally Published 1902 )

We shall first look into the cost of the work when the householder is his own mechanic. The man who lays himself out to do odd jobs of this kind will of course have at hand the tools necessary for carrying out the work, namely, a hammer, a suitable knife for hacking out or cutting away the hardened putty and fragments of glass still remaining in the window frame, and a putty knife. The first thing to be done is to clear the rebate or groove in the sash-frame for the reception of the new pane. The next step is to measure accurately the length and breadth of the aperture, including the rebate, and procure a piece of glass of the required size from any painter and glazier or store which cuts glass for those who may require it. A little putty must also be procured. Now, supposing, that the glass measures 18 in. by 12 in., or, in other words, contains one and a half superficial feet, the cost of the glass will be to cents. The cast of the putty may be reckoned at 1 cent, putty generally speaking being cents per pound, though it may be frequently purchased at the paint store for 4 cents per pound. The expense, then, of putting things as they were before to the householder who can use his hands is no more than 11 or 12 cents. It will cost 25 cents or more if a journeyman is called in. It may be argued that a man who as pires to be his own mechanic cannot possibly gain a sufficient knowledge of all or any of the various building trades to enable him to do the necessary work of construction or repairs in a workmanlike manner, and that even if he could do so he would never be able to find time enough to do all that may be wanted in house and garden from year's end to year's end. Yet, so far as time is concerned, it may be pointed out at once that the most hard-worked man has his regular or occasional half-holiday, to say nothing of the summer evenings when there is light enough for handi-craft work even after 8 o'clock ; and if these be not enough, he must-as people are often told to do who object that they can find no time for this, that, and the other-Make time.

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