Hose Coupling Standardization
The very important work of the standardization of hose couplings and hydrant fittings, upon which so much depends in the matter of assistance rendered by one municipality to another in case of conflagration, has now reached a very satisfactory stage. Of course, this does not mean that the work is by any means entirely accomplished. Far from it. But very substantial beginnings have been made in several states and others are actively considering the prosecution of the work; the railroad companies are becoming interested in the subject; private water companies, notably the Hackensack, N. J., Water Company, have taken up the task of changing the thread to standard and in general much interest is manifested in quarters which should prosecute such work.
What has been accomplished and how carried on in the state of Ohio is interestingly described by the chief engineer of the Ohio inspection bureau in this week’s issue of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING on page 567. While rather a late comer in the task of standardization this state has done some splendid work along this line, notably through the employment of its standardization truck under the charge of William Winnard, and in the hitherto unattempted standardization of 6-thread fittings which up to a certain diameter have successfully been converted to standard and, according to Chief Engineer Manning, were if anything improved by the process.
This work of standardization should do much toward lessening the fire losses of the country through large conflagrations.