The importance of such a work as "Hicks' Builders' Guide" will be apparent to all making an inspection of its contents, while every one who will give its pages a few hours of careful consideration and attention cannot fail to appreciate the convenience and usefulness of the volume. From actual experience I know there are many things about building which, if arranged for concise and ready reference and put into book form, would be a valuable aid to carpenters, contractors and builders. The frequent inquiries which I have seen in building journals have led me to the belief that a book condensed in form, giving in an easy, practical way general items of interest and value to the trades addressed, is much needed.

In this volume it has been the object of the author to point out how mistakes may be avoided in making estimates and to introduce a practical system for making such estimates, thus enabling the carpenter or builder to do the work with greater accuracy. The information in this work has been collected from the close observation and actual experience of a practical workman, who has spent years in the execution of just that class of work with which the majority of workmen meet from day to day.

That the information, methods and rules set forth in this work may serve to instruct and benefit all who become the possessor of a copy of it is the earnest wish of The Author.

Omaha, Neb., 1893.