EXHIBITS OF WATER WORKS APPLIANCES
A large and very attractive display of water works appliances was shown in a large room at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in connection with the New England Water Works Association Convention, the exhibit room adjoining the meeting hall. The exhibits arrangements were tinder the direction of Fred S. Bates, chairman of the Committee on Exhibits, and reflected credit on him and his associates in the committee. The exhibits included the following:
American Bitumastic Enamels Co., New York City.
This company had one of the largest exhibits at the convention, having on display several sections of large pipe coated with the bitumastic enamel, and also a number of photographs. According to the representatives at the booth this coating is used extensively at the Panama Canal and the Narrows siphon of the Catskill Aqueduct. It is said these enamels have been used with much success in protecting the inside of fire-tube boilers. James Gibson, A. L. Kearns and Kimble P. Ellis looked after the company’s interests.
Anderson & White, New York City.
This concern, sole Eastern agents of the Iowa Valve Co., of Oskaloosa, la., had on display the well-known “Iowa” hydrants and valves, both of the newest and most improved design. Aluminum working models were used to show the simple and efficient construction of these devices.
Builders Iron Foundry, Providence, R. I.
A complete Venturi meter equipment was shown. This meter is for measuring large volumes of water. The principle upon which the Venturi meter is founded was first announced in 1797 in the published researches of J. B. Venturi, an Italian philosopher. He had observed that fluids discharging through an expanding nozzle exerted a sucking action at the smaller diameter which diminishes as the diameter increases toward the outlet. In 1887 Clemens Herschel conducted a series of experiments and later patented the Venturi meter. The Builders Iron Foundry acquired the inventor’s basic patents and nave since perfected many indicating, recording and registering instruments for use with the Venturi meter tube. The largest Venturi meters in the world are used on the Catskill Aqueduct, there bein£ three 210 inches in diameter. The largest in Canada is a 102-inch at Montreal, and the largest in Europe is a 94 1/2-inch at London.
A. M. Byers Co., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Various sizes of wrought iron pipe. Also a section of Byer’s 6-inch pipe taken from Wood street, Pittsburgh, after 28 years of uninterrupted service, with not more than 2½ per cent, loss in weight. The national reputation of Byer’s pipe and its durability and resistance to corrosion are ascribed to the control of quality at every step in the manufacturing process.
Central Foundry Co., New York City.
Sections of Universal cast-iron pipe used for high and low water and gas service, oil condensing apparatus and steam condensing equipment, intake lines, low pressure steam heating systems, blow-off piping, and for all urposes for which cast-iron pipe, either anged or hub and spigot is used. Experienced labor is not required to lay the pipe, and the only tools necessary to make up the joints are ratchet wrenches.
Chapman Valve Co., Indian Orchard, Mass.
Full line of water works brass goods, including the “Anderson” patent couplings, goose necks, corporation cocks and curb cocks. That the Anderson coupling is one of the simplest, strongest and best mechanicallymade joints is shown by the years of actual experience under all conditions and not one word of complaint being made.
H. W. Clark Co., Mattoon, Ill.
Various water works appliances manufactured by this company, including meter testing machine, inspector’s set, meter box covers, “Teksagon” meter couplings, service box flanges, Buffalo box repair lids, meter coupling yokes and service boxes. The Clark Company has been manufacturing water works appliances for the past twenty-five years and their products have a country-wide reputation. Thomas E. Irwin, New York manager, was in charge of the exhibit.
Joseph Dixon Crucible Co., Jersey City, N. J.
Samples of the Dixon graphite lubricants, Silica-Graphite paint, flake graphite and pipe joint compound. Standpipes, all kinds of tanks, pipes, trestle work, boiler fronts, smokestacks and all metal work are preserved by the Silica-Graphite paint against corrosion, abrasion, destructive action of acids, heat, cold, etc. Used on the interior of a tank it does not discolor the water. H. W. Chase, of the home office, and C. A. Williamson, of the New York office, represented the company at the convention.
Eddy Valve Co., Waterford, N. Y.
The company’s exhibit was one of the popular stopping places of the visitors, and Harry A. Holmes and H. W. Dotter were kept busy explaining the merits of the Eddy hydrants and valves. A feature of the hydrants is that no digging is required for repairs, for by taking off the cover one man can easily remove the working parts. A damaged valve can be replaced in a few minutes.
Electro Bleaching Gas Co., New York City.
Complete equipment for the purification of water with chemicals. Liquid chlorine has proved itself to be an efficient, economical and scientific method for the sterilization of water and disinfection of sewage and more than one hundred cities in the country, including Philadelphia, have installed this company’s equipment.
Fire and Water Engineering, New York.
Copies of the convention number for the New England Water Works Association.
Ford Meter Box Co., Wabash, Ind.
Ford meter testing machine and meter boxes. The meter tester is a low-priced and simple machine for the rapid and accurate testing of meters. The meter box furnishes an ideal, safe and convenient setting for meters and is so reasonable in cost that it is within the reach of all water departments. The meter is protected from frost and it can be placed in or removed from the box in less than a minute. Edwin H. Ford, the inventor of these devices, was in charge of the exhibit.
Gamon Meter Co., Newark, N. J.
Various styles and sizes of “Watch Dog” meters. These meters were designed by men who have had years of experience in manufacturing and marketing hundreds of thousands of water meters both in the United States and abroad, and who are in a position to observe conditions and service. The “Watch Dog” represents this knowledge and experience in concrete form. The representatives at the convention were: William A. Fleig, K. D. Tate, A. F. Kreise, Joseph S. Eggert, C. A. Vaughan and A. G. Applegate.
Glauber Brass Mfg. Co., Cleveland, O.
Complete line of water works brass goods, including the well-known Glauber curb cocks, corporation cocks, goose necks, etc. The Glauber Co. has an immense plant in Cleveland. Their modern facilities and their expert knowledge and skilful, conscientious workmanship unite in the production of these appliances. C. A. Beach, manager New York offee, and J. F. Gibson represented the company.
Hays Manufacturing Co., Erie, Pa.
Corporation cocks, Newport pattern cocks, inverted curb key cocks, round way pattern cocks, brass water connections, soldering nipples, goose necks and Payne patent tapping machines.
Hersey Mfg. Co., South Boston, Mass.
Various styles and sizes of meters, including the Hersey Disc, Rotary, Torrent, Compound, Detector and Proportional meters. The Hersey Company is one of the oldest concerns in the business, having been organized in 1859. In the last thirty years it has sold more than 600,000 meters to more than 3,000 cities and towns in this country alone.
The Leadite Company, Philadelphia, Pa.
Sections of water pipe jointed with leadite. It is claimed that, considering labor and material, leadite effects a saving of 50 per cent, to 65 per cent, in the cost of making joints and that these joints increase in strength with age. One ton of leadite, it is said, will make as many joints as four tons of lead. James P. McKay and George McKay represented the company.
Lead Lined Iron Pipe Co., Wakefield, Mass.
Samples of lead lined and tin lined iron pipe. Thomas E. Dwyer, a well-known figure in water works circles, was the inventor of this pipe and he started manufacturing it at Wakefield, in 1891. The business has grown until to-day it is one of the leading industries of that city. The pipe is now used in all parts of the world.
H. Mueller Mfg. Co., Decatur, Ill.
Large display of the various water works appliances made by that company. Included in the display were the Mueller meter testing machine, drilling machine for making lateral or branch connections, water main tapping machines, reducing and regulating valves, diaphragm-operated relief valve, water strainer, high pressure regulators, air releasing valves, curb and corporation cocks, water connections, wipe joint, goosenecks, water main tools, derrick and pipe tongs, .drinking fountains, etc. Many of the devices were in working order and demonstrations were given for the benefit of the visitors. The company’s representatives at the convention were: Oscar B. Mueller, Fred B. Mueller, George A. Caldwell, Walter N. Fairfield and James B. Clark.
Multiplex Mfg. Co., Berwick, Pa.
Crispin valves and slip joints. The air and vacuum valve performs two functions. It permits the escape of air from the pipe line -while it is being filled and it permits air to enter the pipe line while it is being emptied. The pressure air valve is intended to be placed on pipe lines at high points where air accumulates and obstructs the flow of water. The slip joint makes possible the replacement of a water meter in a few minutes. J. F. Casey, manager, was in charge of the exhibit.
National Meter Co., New York City.
Large showing of the different types and sizes of meters made by this company, including one 3-inch .Empire compound meter and ⅝-inch and larger Empire, Crown and Nash meters; also a meter testing machine of its manufacture. Those in charge of the exhibit were J. G. Lufkin and H. L. Weston.
National Water Main Cleaning Co., New York City.
Exhibit of sections of water mains taken from cities where this company has cleaned mains, showing the pipes before and after the incrustations were removed. The process used removes any kind and any quantity of dirt and renders the pipe clean as when first laid. Clinton Inglee, manager, looked after the company’s interests.
Neptune Meter Co., New York City.
Trident meters, from the small 5/8-inch to the large 6-inch compound were exhibited. One of the attractions at the booth was a meter with exposed interior operating in a glass case filled with water. A meter testing outfit was also on display. The Trident meters are made in several types to meet the varying conditions of service, and all are based upon simple and long established principles which practice has shown lend themselves to the best advantage for continuous accurate measurement. Handsomely illustrated booklets describing the meters were distributed.
Pitometer Company, New York City.
The Cole pitometer system. The pitometer is a current meter which accurately measures the flow of water in pipes. The various instruments used are knowm as the Rod Meter, Street Connection, Portable Test Pitometer, Photo-Recorder and the Pump Slip Indicator. The Cole Pitometer System in which all of these instruments are used makes every part of a water system accessible, whether located above or below ground, and makes it possible to ascertain at all times what quantity of water is flowing through any pipe or into any portion of a city. By the application of these instruments nearly all the loss of water, whether from large or small openings, can be discovered and stopped.
Pittsburgh. Meter Co., East Pittsburgh, Pa.
Keystone meters ranging in sizes from ⅝ inch to 6 inches, Eureka meters in large sizes, portable test meters and a meter prover were displayed. The Keystone and Eureka meters have a reputation for accuracy and low maintenance cost. A valuable booklet giving the -water rates and meter regulations in various cities were distributed. V. E. Arnold, Eastern manager, and J. W. Turner represented the company.
Rensselaer Valve Co., Troy, N. Y.
Attractive exhibit of the “Corey” fire hydrants and Rensselaer valves, both noted for their simplicity and durability. The valves are made in all sizes for water, steam, gas, oil, etc. The company’s representatives at the convention were Fred S. Bates, J. S. Warde, Jr., and Chas. L. Brown.
Ross Valve Co., Troy, N. Y.
Display of the Ross appliances for high pressure fire service, feed water filters and reducing and regulating valves. The portable fire hydrant head used in the Baltimore high pressure fire service is carried on the fire trucksand can be attached to a flush hydrant in between 18 to 30 seconds. Various pressures can be obtained independently from all of the four regulated openings. Among the large cities using Ross devices on their high pressure systems are New York, Brooklyn, Baltimore, San Francisco, Cleveland and Jacksonville.
Sanitation Corporation, New York.
Sewage disposal equipment.
S. E. T. Valve & Hydrant Co., New York City.
Specialties for water and gas distributing service, adjustable manhole covers, the “Ideal” roadway box, “Perfect” curb box and cast iron sectional valve housings making pp the exhibit. C. L. Lincoln was in charge.
Simplex Valve & Meter Co., Philadelphia, Pa.
Large display of instruments for water works purposes, including a dial recording water meter, a loss-of-head and rate-of-flow meter with a cylindrical recording device, a manometer and a portable tube recorder.
A. P. Smith Mfg. Co., East Orange, N. J.
The many products of this company attracted considerable attention. On display were the tapping apparatus used for making connections to mains under pressure, high pressure hydrants which are used extensively in New York, Brooklyn, Washington, Boston Detroit, Philadelphia and many other cities, economic lead furnaces, pipe cutting machines, meter testers, pipe locators, valve inserting machines and small brass goods. The company’s representatives were Frank L. Northrop, Thos. F. Halpin, D. F. O’Brien, A. C. Nieman and N. R. Wilder.
W. P. Taylor Co., Buffalo, N. Y.
Cast iron extension shut-off boxes for water and gas service pipes.
Thomson Meter Co., Brooklyn, N. Y.
Various sizes of the “Lambert” meters which are in such extensive use throughout the country it is almost unnecessary to go into details of their construction. They are known for their accuracy, durability and low cost of maintenance. Those at the convention looking after the company’s interests were W. S. Cetti, E. M. Shedd, J. L. Atwell and F. M. Watson.
Union Water Meter Co., Worcester, Mass.
The well-known “King” disk meters, in its different sizes and styles, came in for considerable attention, and especially the new compound meter which measures large volumes of water through a full-size meter and small flows through a smaller meter on a by-pass. The principal feature of this meter is that the compounding valve and small meter are separate from and independent of the large meter. Any type of large meter may be used by inserting the compounding valve and smaller meter into the line. E. K. Otis, Frank E. Hall and E. W. Jacobs represented the company.
Wallace & Tieman, Inc., New York City.
The chlorinating apparatus shown by this company was one of the big attractions in the exhibit hall, it consisting of an automatic chlorinator operated by Venturi pitot tube float over weir or submerged orifice cap, and having a capacity of from one to fifty million gallons daily; one manual control dry feed chlorinator of one-half to one hundred million gallons capacity, it being adaptable to solution feed in any capacity; two solution feed manual control chlorinators, one with a capacity of one-tenth to twelve pounds of chlorine in twenty-four hours, and the other one-hundredth to one pound a day; a diffuser valve for introducing chlorine into mains under pressures up to 35 pounds, and a portable incubator and testing outfit for laboratory and field use and for bacteriological water analysis. The machines were all in actual operation, using carbonic gas instead of chlorine gas for demonstration purposes. The representatives present were M. F. Tiernan, W. J. Orchard, H. K. Davies and A. Seubert.
Water Works Equipment Co., New York City.
Large display of water works appliances, including a portable air compressor, removable plugs, calking tools, hydrant pitot, tapping sleeves and valves, “Aquaphone” pipe locating instrument, etc. A valve opening attachment for automobiles was given a demonstration a few blocks from the convention hall on Thursday morning.
R. D. Wood & Company, Philadelphia, Pa.
R. D. Wood & Co., of Philadelphia, Pa., were very efficiently represented at the New England convention by Mr. Charles R. Wood, Mr. C. T. Baker and Mr. H. M. Simons. Their exhibit consisted of the models of hydrants and valves, hydrant tools and other water works specialties. The courtesy and entertainment provided by the Wood Company representatives were highly appreciated judging from the comment heard on all sides. It might be mentioned that R. D. Wood & Company has been one of the leading manufacturers of cast iron pipe during the largest part of the past century, and as a matter of interest it might be mentioned that they have an exhibit at the World’s Fair at San Francisco, which includes a piece of cast iron 12 1/2 feet long, a little over 84 inches inside diameter and weighing over 24,000 pounds. This company has already been making hydrant valves and machinery for many years. In fact, it was before the cast iron cannons of the war of 1812 were made that this concern began making castings from the South Jersey bog ores. Mr. Charles R. Wood and his assistant at the convention deserve credit for the manner in which they helped to make this meeting of the New England Water Works Association a great success.
Henry R. Worthington, New York City.
Sectional models of the various types of meters from the 5/8-inch to the large 6-inch, were shown, as well as a service-cleaning pump for house lines. This pump forces a wad of tissue paper through the line to the main, where the paper practically “dissolves.” In a test, it is said, this pump developed 1,200 pounds per square inch.