Leadership

SETTING AND CARE OF FIRE HYDRANTS

Issue 14 and Volume 59.

SETTING AND CARE OF FIRE HYDRANTS In general, there are two types of hydrants, “post” hydrants and “flush” hydrants. The first named is the more commonly used; the latter being employed only in large cities. “Post” hydrants project above the street level about two and one half or three feet, “Flush” hydrants, as the name suggests are flush with the street. In other words, they are placed in a chamber usually constructed of brick with a metal cover which is removed when the hydrant is to be used. In practically every case the main valve consists of leather discs held in place by metal washers and nuts, although in a few instances water is admitted by metal faced valves which move in a vertical plane. The first named type is known as “compression” hydrant while the latter, “gate” hydrant. Radical differences in the various designs of hydrants are shown in…

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