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How to break a hydrant for beginners The hydrant is the bit that, in suburban settings, is usually underground, like this: The round bit in the middle of the hydrant is a spring valve. ‘Shipping the standpipe’ is the term for fitting the standpipe into the hydrant. To ship the standpipe, you fit the lugs […]

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Burning, not frying

The problem with living in a hilly area is that you have to go up and down the hills. That’s fine if you’re in a car, but running up and down is a different matter. I did a lot of that, conveying messages from the site of the pile burn up to the hydrant on […]

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