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Shapely Fire Hydrant

A Sigelock Spartan hydrant spotted in Franklin PA:

Sigelock Spartan fire hydrant - Franklin PA

Sigelock Spartan fire hydrant – Franklin PA

It’s certainly the shapeliest hydrant I’ve ever seen.

Of course, you need a special tool to remove the main cap, after which some internal lockwork releases the side caps, after which you can spin the valve stem recessed under the top cover. One hopes all those little bits continue sliding and releasing after a few decades, but … the status quo apparently isn’t all that good, either.

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  1. #1 by RCPete on 2018-08-25 - 11:11

    I took a lok at their site; the hydrant is better than you fear. [grin] The only fiddly bit is the sliding anti-tamper plate at the top. Internally, it’s somewhat more refined than bog standard hydrants.

    To get to the big (IIRC 6″) hose, undo the big cap and slide out the tamper plate. The same (special) wrench works on both. It’s different from the flattish wrench carries for standard hydrants, but it’s not bad.

    The smaller (4″) hose cap comes off with the same tool, though the big cap and tamper plate have to come off to get to the valve. Our rural department usually uses the 4 inch line. The big city near us uses Storz adapters which make it a bit less painful to hook up the big hose line.

    • #2 by Ed on 2018-08-25 - 13:48

      I had to read all about it, too, and marveled at the sliding, ratcheting, spring-loaded pins locking the side caps. Truly a solution to a problem I hope never happens to the hydrant at the end of our driveway!

      Which, come to think of it, got replaced when somebody drifted off the high side of the (shallow) curve and killed it stone cold dead. Didn’t wreck the valve at the bottom, though, so we didn’t have a geyser.

      We did move the “where you wait for the school bus” spot a dozen feet up the driveway, behind a large-ish tree, just on principle.

  2. #3 by Daniel B. Martin on 2018-08-25 - 11:30

    The big question: will dogs find this new hydrant acceptable?

    • #4 by Ed on 2018-08-25 - 13:42

      I haven’t yet seen a dawg pretty enough for such a hydrant!

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