Issue 21 and Volume 1895 16.

ABOUT SPECIFICATIONS Editor FIRE AND WATER. A few observations of a heretical tendency may create more discussion and therefore be of more lasting benefit, than a long discourse of orthodox doctrine. The relation of the engineer to the contractor is one often misunderstood; first, by the engineer in writing his specifications; secondly, by the authorities or powers that be in the cities, towns or villages where public work is being prosecuted. Many specifications are so worded that the contractor can with truth exclaim “and where do we come in?” To bring out the force of this point I quote from a specification upon which bids were recently invited. The specification in question contained many clauses of similar import to the contractor. “Whenever water or gas pipes are encountered either at right angles or obliquely to the line of the 9ewer so ns to interfere with the laying thereof they shall…

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