A New Roadway Box
The Ideal Roadway Box is one of the latest products of the S. E. T. Valve and Hydrant Company. It is designed for the protection of large valves in the street and. like the Perfect Curb Box and other specialties, is claimed to be a distinct improvement over present methods and at the same time effecting a saving in operating expenses or cost of maintenance. Like all the other products of this company, this box is a radical departure from the ordinary method of protecting street valves. The original design was worked out by a prominent water works superintendent in a near-by city, and the satisfactory results in the way of saving trouble and expense arc the reason for its now being put on the market for the approval of water works engineers and superintendents. The essential points of difference with this box over others are, first, the box is complete in itself with base enclosing walls and top. thus doing away with the necessity of brick work or other supplementarv construction. The box is built of cast iron in sections. There are two models—a square and a round model. The sections in both models dovetail together, requiring no bolts or nuts. The square model has an opening at the top 13 by 15 inches. The round models are built in two sizes, with 24 and 36 inch openings at the top. In the round model the top has an adjustable cover capable of meeting variations in depth of 3 inches. The sections are described as “full” and “half” sections. so that the requirements of varying depths can be made satisfactorily. This sectional construction makes the box easy for handling and storage and also for quick installation, which is, of course, a most desirable feature from the point of view of economy. It is claimed that a 48-inch box consisting of 2 1/2 sections, with base and top, can be installed in ten minutes. It is further claimed that the additional cost of this roadway box over the ordinary gate box is very much more than counterbalanced by the distinct saving in labor, expense and convenience to the public, because it eliminates the necessity of digging up the street whenever it is necessary to get at the valve for repacking or minor repairs. The feature of convenience would appear to be quite an important one, in view of the continual increase of asphalted or macadamized streets and the nuisance and trouble caused to the public by the continual digging up. This company is having large sales of the Perfect Curb Box, which has been brought to public attention through these columns from time to time, and it would appear that there is a good prospect for a substantial addition to their volume of business on account of this new addition to their line. They publish a very complete catalog and special literature on their various products, and same may be obtained by application to their office at 50 Church street, New York City.