Test of Fire Hose in New York

Test of Fire Hose in New York

At a recent test of fire hose at the repair shops of the New York city fire department, some unusual pressure records were made. All brands of hose tested stood the regular pressure of 400 pounds, bursting from 550 to 850 pounds. Three lengths of hose of the Empire Rubber & Tire Company were tested to 1,000 pounds, the limit of the gauge, without bursting, or showing any signs of strain. The tests consisted of measurements at 10 pounds water pressure for length and circumference; measured at 400 pounds pressure for elongation, expansion, twist and curve, any length selected to stand 600 pounds pressure; two lengths to be placed on an engine and the loss in pressure in the hose from the inlet to the nozzle, measured. In addition to these the Empire double-jacket brand had its outside jacket removed and its single jacket tested at 400 pounds, and the hose was cut up and the friction and adhesion of the rubber tube to jacket tested. The examiners also tested the elasticity of the rubber tube, its breaking strength and the amount of rubber employed in construction. The table of results of the tests are given on another page in this issue. By this table it will be seen that the Empire rubber brand reached the 1,000 mark, and it was stated that if the capacity of the gauge allowed, the hose could make a higher figure. The Empire hose standing these remarkable tests was double-jacket cotton rubber-lined hose, and although, as above stated, it stood this unusual bursting pressure, it only weighed 56.6 pounds to the section, which was much less than some of the other brands tested. A representative of the company furnished the statement that “the test of our hose in comparison with others in New York recently well repays us for the time and money spent in developing a loom that would manufacture hose jacket of superior grade, and as a result of this test the city of Philadelphia has recently placed a contract for 18,100 feet of our hose. This is the first time an award has been made in many years in this city with other than a certain manufacturer of a special brand.”

Test of Fire Hose in New York

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Test of Fire Hose in New York

At a recent test of fire hose at the repair shops of the New York City fire department, some unusual pressure records were made. All brands of hose tested stood the regular pressure of 400 lbs., bursting from 550 lbs. to 850 lbs. Three lengths of hose of the Empire Rubber and Tire Co. were tested to 1,000 lbs., the limit of the gauge, without bursting, or showing any signs of strain.

The tests consisted of measurements at 10 lbs. water pressure for length and circumference; measured at 400 lbs. pressure for elongation, expansion, twist and curve, any length selected to stand 600 lbs. pressure; two lengths to be placed on an engine and the loss in pressure in the hose from the inlet to the nozzle, measured. In addition to these the Empire double jacket brand had its outside jacket removed and its single jacket tested at 400 lbs., and the hose was cut up and the friction and adhesion of the rubber tube to jacket tested. The examiners also tested the elasticity of the rubber tube, its breaking strength and the amount of rubber employed in construction. The table of results of the tests are given on another page in this issue. By this table it will be seen that the Empire rubber brand reached the 1,000 mark and it was stated that if the capacity of the gauge allowed, the hose could make a higher figure.

The Empire hose standing these remarkable tests was double jacket cotton, rubber lined hose and although, as above stated, it stood this unusual bursting pressure, it only weighed 56.5 pounds to the section which was much less than some of the other brands tested.

A representative of the company furnished the statement that “the test of our hose in comparison with others in New York recently well repays us for the time and money spent in developing a loom that would manufacture hose jacket of superior grade and as a result of this test, the city of Philadelphia has recently placed a contract for 18,100 feet of our hose. This is the first time an award has been made in many years in this city with other than a certain manufacturer of a special brand.”