Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dig Safe

Great Barrington, Massachusetts

12 comments:

Peter Morgan said...

This is in your series of Tall fire plugs?

Carl said...

Peter, the hydrant itself is on the small side, but they seem to have had a bit of trouble with the installation.

Martina said...

Dig safe? I fear I need an explanation ... is this a construction worker's advice? Some strange street art I don't understand?

And yes, they did something wrong with the hydrant's installation, *g*

Carl said...

Martina I don't know about this one. It's common to see "call before you dig" signs posted, warning that there are utilities buried here. Sometimes you see spray painted warnings about specific utilities--gas lines or buried electric or cable TV--when some major work like repaving or sewer replacement is coming up. But I can't figure this one out for sure. Notice the small access covers at the bottom of the frame, probably for natural gas or water mains.

Dennis said...

I know I mentioned this before but if you go to YouTube and search for How it's made fire hydrant. You should hit a 5 minute video on the topic. It looks like the whole hydrant assembly on on the order of 6 ft (2 meters) in length. So if the water main is not far enough below ground ( or too far) then I think you can get the too high or low installation.

Btw the spelling test at the end is a real pita.

Carl said...

Dennis, I'm interested in looking into how many types/kinds of hydrants there are, or were, out there. I'll check out that video too.

If you mean the "type these characters" thing in order to post a comment, I wish it weren't necessary, but I get spam that I have to disallow even *with* that. When I've turned it off, the spam "comments" come through in a torrent. It's not like this blog has all that much traffic, but it has been around long enough and is familiar enough to search engines that the robots will pounce without that barrier.

Martina said...

Regarding the captchas: I turned them off some days ago when I realised that google had "improved" them. Almost illegible. They did some fine-tuning in the meantime but as long as no spam torrents arrive I will leave them off. I will moderate comments when I am away, though.
Taa, TANSTAAFL.

Carl said...

Martina and Dennis: right, I just looked and the new type-ins are ridiculous. I need to look at the "new blogger interface" that I've ignored for weeks now, maybe when I sort that out I'll try turning off the robot-catcher and see how flooded I get.

Martina said...

Carl, lol - they are really better now - they started with a black and white background, too, and I really had to use all my imagination, ;-)

Carl said...

More on Dig Safe here:

http://www.digsafe.com/

Martina said...

Aha - that's interesting indeed. Never heard of a non-profit clearinghouse.

While all the time I was thinking if it shouldn't be "dig safely" ... safe is not an adverb, isn't it?

Carl said...

Martina you are correct, it should be "safely." Failing to distinguish between adjective and adverb form and use is extremely common in American English.