Tour de Fire Hydrants

Who knows how the human mind works — especially mine — for some reason I became interested in fire hydrants.  As with many things there is far more to know than most people (me) realize.

For instance, there are ‘wet’ hydrants and ‘dry’ hydrants.  The reason being, in cold climates hydrants would freeze if water is contained within them, so a valve below ground is used to keep the hydrant dry.  In warmer climates that isn’t necessary, so the hydrant is filled with water all the time — and, all the working parts are above ground, making servicing the hydrant far easier.

So, a bicycle ride around town photographing fire hydrants ensued.

Raleigh ready to roll

This Mueller hydrant in our neighborhood shows the date of manufacture (1947) and place (Chattanooga TN)

The valve and cap bolts are 5 sided to discourage unauthorized use

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The hydrants at the FMC site proved inadequate, along with many many other hydrants and equipment when this happened in 2013.

(The building was sold to a tire re-cycler and was filled with tires)

Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

6 response to "Tour de Fire Hydrants"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: September 7, 2018

    Very interesting….the 1947 is a yr younger than me ! I don’t think you would want to depend on me to put out the fire….our US infrastructure is very old!! Also interesting my ex-husband worked for FMC in CA when he was layed off from United Airlines…he got 7mos in Europe and the boys and I got 3 1/2 months! Mid 80’s the dollar was good and I came home with money! What did they do there? He was in tank Bradley’s retrofitting electronics.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 7, 2018

      When the John Bean company of CA bought Sprague-Sells here, the founding of FMC began.
      Primarily, the plant here made harvesters for various agricultural commodities as well as machinery used in the canning industry.
      Probably the most impressive product made here was the Pea Combine — a joint venture of of FMC Hoopeston and FMC Belgium.
      https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=FMC+pea+harvester&FORM=HDRSC2
      My all time favorite FMC product has to be the —— Double Track Cracker Wrapper 🙂

  2. By: Bill Stone Posted: September 7, 2018

    Thanks for the tour, Rich. Now I’m looking around to see if I can find a five-sided wrench. 😉

  3. By: NancyG Posted: September 7, 2018

    Who knew there was so much to learn about fire hydrants! Not I. Interesting little tour you brought us on Rich — Thanks.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: September 8, 2018

    Vacant land filled up with car tyres, then ‘co-incidentally’ catches fire, it’s happened here as well, MMMmmm. Great breading ground for mosquitoes too. Liked the hydrants, can’t ever recall seeing them here, they seem to be at ground level.

  5. By: Suzanne Posted: September 14, 2018

    Amazing how cycling can get you interested in fire hydrants, or how fire hydrants can be motivating to ride your bike! Nice slide show, and I really enjoyed your tour de hydrants!

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