Ingenious Water Main Repair Work

Ingenious Water Main Repair Work

The ingenious method employed in repairing the new main under the river at Bangor, Me., which work has just been successfully accomplished by Inspector H. T. Sparks, is thus described by The Bangor Whig:

The work of taking the pipe up from the bed of the river and mending the break was a very difficult task and required all the ingenuity which Mr. Sparks could summon to do the work without making a worse break.

Mr. Sparks first obtained a number of large hemlock logs and over too kerosene barrels, each of which will support a heavy weight. These were manufactured into two rafts, 100 feet long by thirty feet wide, and each used to lift an end of the pipe, which was secured to the derrick by straps put around the pipe by divers.

The two ends, in all about 300 feet, were then raised above the water on these two rafts, when it was discovered that the ends were about eight feet apart. The broken section was replaced with two sections, thus making the ends pass each other about four feet. The two ends were then carried down the river in the form of a bow, bringing them together, and after sinking the main to the bottom the water was again turned on, when the defective pipe burst a second and third time, making two breaks within forty-three feet of each other in twenty-three feet of water. These were repaired at considerable trouble and the water again turned on, with the result that a fourth break occurred, but at a place where the water was but nine feet deep. This break was repaired as quickly as possible, and on Thanksgiving afternoon Brewer received water for the first time from the Veazie works. The city is not receiving its entire supply from this source yet, but as no further trouble has occurred, Mr. Sparks thinks that in a short time he will be able to furnish the city with all the water needed.

A PHILADELPHIA FIREMAN Killed.—At a fire on Monday in the large cotton-yarn factory of the A. Campbell Manufacturing Company on the canal at Manayunk, Philadelphia,Charles Snyder, aged forty years, foreman of Engine Company No. 16, was buried under a falling mass of bricks and timbers and instantly killed; Joseph Carter, aged forty-six years, foreman of Engine Company No. 30, had a leg crushed; John Colfiesh, aged forty-six years, hoseman of Engine Company No. 16, was injured internally by a fall while being rescued from the burning building; Edwin M. Schofield, aged thirty-eight years, hoseman of Engine Company No. 30, had his skull fractured and leg broken and was badly injured internally. Charles Hoskins and William Spencer, who were on the fifth floor with Foreman Snyder and Hoseman Colfiesh at the time Snyder was killed, succeeded in working their way through the debris to a window and were lowered to the ground in safety. Of the 500 operatives employed in the building all escaped. The blaze was a costly one, the losses footing up about $300,000.

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