I used to work in the steelworks beside the place that made corrugated steel for Australia from our steel.
For a 2' wide between each sheet as viewed from above the actual individual sheet width was plus about another 2" for the overlap when laid. So this gives a seemingly odd-bod amount of about 26" when stacked as sheets.
A 3' wide sheet as installed would have been about 38" wide. To roll this you need a relatively wide strip mill because the wider the mill is the harder it becomes to maintain flat strip out of the rolling mill. I wish I had a dollar for every foot of edgewave or ridge buckle caused by the rolling mills that my crew chopped up as defective when I was foreman on the tinplate shearlines.
Anything prior to about WW2 would have probably have been hot-dipped by individual sheet, From memory the continuous dip process where the strip is fed through the galvanising bath in coil form was post-WW2. The hot dip process left the bottom edge of the sheet with a slightly thicker "drip-edge" of coating, So when stacked at the mill every so many sheets were reversed. so that the effect of the drip edge was neutralised and you ended up with a flat stack.
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Liquor was so common in the West that it probably didn't take long to build a bottle house.
There were numerous bottle houses.
When the rebuild the one in Rhyolite, they first tried concrete for filler but found that it did not "give" enough. So they went back to using mud.
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That's a very nice bottle house. The kit is a little pricey for my wallet. I'd have to scratchbuild one anyway since I model in 1/35 scale. Still, it would be a nice addition to my layout. Would need to figure a way to make a lot of bottles. Something to add to the 'to do' list.
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