Hose Drainer for Small Departments
A great many laborious methods are sometimes employed to drain the hose of small fire stations before winding them on the reel for the next emergency, says F. W. Bentley, Jr., of Missouri, Valley, La., in “Popular Mechanics.” He continues: “I have seen them pulled over rafters, shafting, and any projection which afforded a drop sufficient to drain the water out. The sketch, reprinted herewith, illustrates a neat arrangement employed by the department of a small western town which makes the draining operation a speedy and easy task. The cradle is sufficiently large to pull up six lengths of hose if necessary. The hose lengths are doubled at the centre, and the long bolt is slipped through the bend. The whole number is then raised at once. When lowering them, the ends are carried out and laid flat, the entire number of lengths being prepared for winding on the reel. The arrangement is inexpensively erected, and it saves a great deal of work in the draining before the hose is wound on the reel.