from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as flush-box.


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  • The settling basin should be constructed as shown in Figure 9; and this, as well as the flush-tank, the soil-pipe, and the connecting drains, should be amply ventilated.

    Village Improvements and Farm Villages 1865

  • The foul water discharge of kitchen sinks, or of whatever form of slop-sink is used for the water of bedrooms, should discharge into a flush-tank, and should be led from this by a tightly cemented four-inch drain to a tight settling basin in the ground beyond.

    Village Improvements and Farm Villages 1865

  • The soil-pipe, carrying the discharge of water-closets, should not be delivered into the flush-tank, but at a point farther down the drain, so that any solid matter it may deposit shall be swept forward by the next action of the flush-tank.

    Village Improvements and Farm Villages 1865

  • Although the flush-tank may receive no fæcal matter, and even though the housemaid's sink may not deliver into it, it will contain in the discharge from the kitchen alone an amount of organic matter which will produce offensive and dangerous gases by its decomposition.

    Village Improvements and Farm Villages 1865

  • If water-closets are used, the soil-pipe should deliver into the drain between the flush-tank and the settling basin.

    Village Improvements and Farm Villages 1865

  • The more often the flush-tank is filled, and the greater the proportion of its water to its impurities, the more efficient will be its action.

    Village Improvements and Farm Villages 1865

  • It is a six-inch pipe five feet below the surface of the ground, and it delivers into a flush-tank like that shown in Figure 6, but having a capacity of about five hundred cubic feet.

    Village Improvements and Farm Villages 1865

  • The flush-tank discharging at each operation of its siphon about thirty gallons of liquid, two hundred feet of drain, unless the soil is very compact, will dispose of the whole discharge with sufficient rapidity.

    Village Improvements and Farm Villages 1865

  • No person, firm or corporation while engaged in the construction of house sewers or otherwise, shall injure, trim, break or remove any portion of any main or lateral sewer, or "Y" or manhole, lamp-hole, or flush-tank, or do any injury to any gas or water pipe or house sewer previously laid and no penalty fixed by this section shall prevent the City or any property owner from recovering any damages sustained by reason of such injury, by appropriate civil action or otherwise.

    The code of the city of Charlottesville, Virginia 1932


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