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��Popular Science Monthly

��Knockdown Walls to Make a Portable Summer House

SUCH a popular demand has been created for knock-down building ma- terial for furniture, boats and the like, that some manufacturers are now furnish- ing "ready-made" houses, shipped in pieces, cut to lengths and marked so that a handy- man can set one up or build it for a perma- nent home. The illustrations show such a house. It is not really a "ready-made"

��given in the plans. The siding and roofing material are also distinctive fea- tures of this house. The siding and roofing boards used are the small narrow kind. They are made to lap in the usual manner and are backed with canvas, like parquet flooring or the covering for a roll-top desk. In making the siding or roofing, the boards are attached to the canvas with the best grade of cabinet glue. This form of construction keeps the siding in the exact areas in which they are used on the building

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���The studding, joist and sills are so constructed that they may be readily taken apart. The siding is put on canvas for rolling it up like a carpet so that the whole house is readily stored

��structure, but is designed so that the parts will fit together without any permanent fastenings, so that the owner may move it from place to place as desired. It is especially adapted to the summer camper, or for the person who desires to live by the seashore during the hot months of the year.

One of the features of the building con- struction is that the angle-irons used are permanently fastened to the wood pieces in such a manner that they aid in distinguish- ing the parts for their respective places.

The size and dimensions of the parts are

��and they may be rolled up like carpet and stored for the winter.

The method of holding the siding is clearly shown in the plans. It consists of applying the sections and clamping their ends at the corners with corner-boards, using bolts with lever-nuts. A few screws are put in here and there to keep the boards from warping. Long dock-bolts, run through each end of the sills and into the ground, keep the building rigid. The door and windows are of light mill stock, secured by hand-bolts to their frames.

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