Short Cuts and Gadgets

Issue 8 and Volume 106.

Short Cuts and Gadgets TO FOIL THE HYDRANT OPENER Some of our readers may raise a quizzical eyebrow over this item, taken from the Elizabeth, N. J., press, but inasmuch as the Brothers from that city think they’ve got something, we pass it along for what it may be worth. Here’s the item as contributed: HYDRANT OPENERS FOILED— Device Protects Fire Plugs on Hot Days in Elizabeth. Elizabeth, N. J., July 11.— The Elizabeth Fire Department thinks it has solved a problem that confronts many municipalities during summer hot spells—unauthorized opening of fire hydrants. Protective nuts have been installed on the valve sections of may plugs in the city, Acting Chief Lawrence M. Mayson disclosed today. Ordinary Stillson wrenches, used on the unprotected valve, cannot turn the special device, he explained. In addition, a police and hydrant department patrol has been set up. After a dozen incidents of hydrant openings…

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