On Thu, 07 Oct 2010 17:56:59 +0930, Kevin(Bluey) wrote:
Are square nuts that uncommon that this would serve as a valid lock?
My father was a volunteer fireman decades back, and I seem to remember
that when he showed us the department's "hydrant" (not an actual fire
hydrant if I recall, but functionally equivalent for quickly filling up
the engines' tanks), it had a five-sided nut, since those were uncommon.
They did have a similar tool, however, for loosening the nut.
No -- They used to be *very* common. An open-end wrench, or a
Crescent (adjustable) wrench would work as well on a square fitting.
However -- what has been overlooked is that there are four lugs
for driving something else surrounding the barrel near the handle
Almost all fire hydrants have a tapered five-sided nut designed
to shrug off any normal wrench.
Of course -- they need them at every fire hydrant.
But much larger than the puzzle item.
Rob, the fence machine is probably the most elegant thing I've seen on
It's MARVELOUS! I saw the "stops" (gaps and widened teeth in the gears),
and envisioned that the gears could only turn a certain distance. I saw
the pawls, and disagreed that that "don't engage anything" (there were
slots in the gears for them to engage). But I couldn't for the life of
me figure out what it did. And in this day of computer-controlled
machinery, that's just a REALLY COOL device!
I'd just cut out a new design on my CNC plasma table. Made a nice
wrench for my Uncle. It fits drain pipe plugs. Square. Used 1/4" HRS.
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On 10/7/2010 11:59 PM, DoN. Nichols wrote:
Having been a malcontent, I assure you. it's possible to open a
hydrant with five sided lug. Using common tools. Now that I'm over 40
and less of a malcontent, I won't provide much more in the way of
I don't remember the unit price but in the early '50s my mother used
to stuff and roast chickens including a pint of gravy for fifty cents
over the price of the raw bird. One year, a good customer asked her to
cook the family thanksgiving turkey and I think she had the nerve to
ask a fee of five dollars to cook the thirty five pound bird - took
the whole day in a metal "baby bath tub" and used a half cord of dry
maple fire wood. THe next year they settled for two smaller birds and
insisted that she take $50 for her trouble.
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