This section is from the book "Modern Buildings, Their Planning, Construction And Equipment Vol2", by G. A. T. Middleton. Also available from Amazon: Modern Buildings.
Measure the projection for plinth per foot super., stating its thickness in terms of a brick, as 1/8 B. or 1/4 B., as the case may be, as common brickwork. Measure and describe the plinth course per foot run as extra on common brickwork, deduct the facings behind, and number the mitres, fitted ends, mitred and returned ends, etc.
Measure all plinths, pilasters, etc., projecting less than half-brick per foot super, as "Extra labour building brickwork in 1/4-brick projections in plinths, pilasters, etc. (or as the case may be), including all cutting."
Measure here the extra width of damp course in projection for plinth.
Measured per foot run for labour.
Measured similarly to the last item, an allowance being made for extra materials when measuring the facings.
Quoins, Bands, etc - Where the quoins, bands, etc. only are in superior facings the width of the quoins should be averaged to include the bonding, and described as "In small quantities in quoins, bands, etc.," and a lineal dimension taken, as previously explained, for labour fitting and bonding.
Measure per foot super. and bill in yards, and fully describe as to number of coats and kind of finish. Keep narrow widths (under 2 feet wide) separate, and bill them in feet super. If on laths, as to external partitions, state that it is "on and including lathing," and describe laths, whether "lath and half" or "double lath," "fir split laths," or as the case may be.
Counterlathing, per foot super. If in narrow widths, as it usually is, state it.
Measure labour to arris per foot run. Arris and reveal not exceeding 9 inches wide may be measured together per foot run as "arris and 6-inch return," or as the case may be.
Where edge of rendering stops against brick or stone, take a lineal dimension of the labour of fitting edge against brick or stone, as the case may be.
Rustic Grooves, per foot run. State width and depth, and remember to measure the plain face between the grooves in narrow widths.
Cement String Courses, per foot run. State width and thickness, and include weathering, arrises, etc. If more than 1 inch thick, include dubbing out in the description.
Mouldings and Cornices exceeding 12 inches girth are measured per foot super. Take the length by the girth. Those not exceeding 12 inches girth are measured per foot run, and the girth stated.
Rough Oversailing Courses as core for cornice. Measure as described on page 64.
Stone Core per foot run, and state size.
Number. State girth of cornice, or write them short, and keep internal and external mitres separate. Keep irregular mitres separate.
As described to mitres.
Measure generally as described to external rendering in cement. The full description should appear immediately under the heading. There will be no "arris" to measure under Rough Cast, for although all angles of course entail an extra labour this may be included in the description.
The remaining labours, etc., will be measured as described under "External Rendering."
Measure per foot super., and bill in squares. Give full description, and state the gauge and how secured. Include the battens, giving their size, and state if plugged. If there are bands of ornamental tiles, state it, describing them, and what proportion they bear to the plain. The full description should be given in the Preamble. The description in the Bill will then be as follows: -
Plain and ornamental tiling as described, in the proportion of 2/3 plain and 1/3 ornamental, in alternate bands, fixed vertically to a 3 1/2"gauge, with two 1 1/2" zinc nails to each tile, on and including 3/4"x 2 1/2"sawn fir lathes, plugged to brickwork.
Make the same allowances as to roof tiling.
Measure per foot run as "extra for angle tiles to course, and bond with the general tiling."