I’m working to build the Cavendish experiment of 1798 according to Cavendish’s own specifications. I have a question about building materials Cavendish may have used.
Cavendish put his pendulum inside a small building to protect it from wind and rain. The building has dimensions of approximately 3.5 meters. What kind of building materials Cavendish may have used in 1798?
You can see a scale model of the experiment. In the model they chose to make a brick building. Do you think this is what Cavendish used? Was cement in use then?
Cavendish calls this building a "room" and gives no other information about it:
...I resolved to place the apparatus in a room which should remain constantly shut...
Experiments to determine the Density of the Earth. By Henry Cavendish, Esq. F.R.S. and A.S., p.471