Saturday, December 8, 2007

Freaky Friday

How not to start a weekend.

I've actually never seen this before in real life.

(So now I know what's inside those white cylinders on the sidewalks)


The_Scum said...

I'll be first to assume that is a broken fire hydrant.

The reason you rarely see this is because by Clark County Statute fire hydrants must have a break away flange (with a simple check valve) installed in the line just before the hydrant. Almost every state, county, city building code requires this. The car hits the hydrant and sheares it off at the breakaway flange which causes a swing check type valve just below the breakaway flange to close. This keeps water from gushing like in the picture Lavi posted or the movies show.

ANSI and AWWA set the fire hydrant standards for manufacturers. NFPA also covers hydrants for siting and technical performance requirements.

You can learn more here:

Clow makes the best fire hydrants in my opinion. I've bought and installed a lot of them.

Lavi D. said...

Thanks for the background.

I've got a couple of video clips as well. If I get ambitious, I'll put them on You Tube and link here.

Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.

-Hunter S. Thompson

Dedicated to the other side of Las Vegas, namely; the sprawling, mad, incoherent underpinnings of the world's favorite destination.

That, and the occasional ranting about nothing in particular.