THE march of improvement in plumbing work during the past few years has led the progressive plumber to adopt the system which is termed exposed plumbing work in construction. The construction feature of exposed plumbing work is in brief the dispensing of all wood work hitherto used in casing bath tubs, water closets, wash basins, and boxing of water and supply pipes. This improvement is largely due to the manufacturers of plumbing apparatus, and it is an evidence of a step in the right direction, and in the line of procuring the best of workmanship, as shown by the constructive characteristics of the plumbing apparatus.
Exposed plumbing work calls for the highest order of skill in arrangement and application of supply and waste pipes. The plumber will find that no diminution of exercise of his skill can be afforded in the new order of work. On the contrary, a more vigorous exercise of his experience will be necessary in order to carry out mechanically and successfully the principle involved in the new order of “exposed plumbing work.” The adoption of brass pipe either polished or nickle-plated is certainly a vast improvement upon the heavy and cumbersome lead pipe hitherto used for supply and waste pipe connections. It would seem in the order of things that lead pipe is to make way in many cases for the neat, durable and light brass pipe. The lead trap of past days is rapidly giving way to the brass trap, particularly in wash basin construction.