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A FIRE CHIEF RETIRES - FIRE HYDRANT MAKEOVER

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Project by SKlaus posted 04-29-2015 09:12 PM 1558 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was actually done last year, but am now just showing it. One of our great great chiefs was retiring so the guys all wanted to do something special for him. We took the hydrant down to bare metal. In retrospect I should have just paid the money to have it sand blasted instead of using chemical stripper, brushes, and wire wheels. The hydrant was missing the flange that holds it to the ground (which usually is of a break away design so if a car hits it, it should shatter meaning most hydrants wont have them) so I had to design a new pedestal. The trim and flange is made of bubinga, and I laminated an upper and lower ring together for stability, routing a grove equal to the lip on the hydrant and all parts are finished with waterlox original. As for the Hydrant, we were lucky enough to have someone whos uncle does powder coating, and was able to get that done for us. Boy did that turn out nice!! Much nicer than just painting. all nuts, bolts, and caps, and covers were chromed, there are casters on the bottom of the pedestal to aid with what weights probably close to a 100 lbs or more. what you see is how it turned out. Hope you enjoy!!

-- 2 Timothy 2:15 "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."





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#1 posted 04-29-2015 09:55 PM

Looks great

-- Jeff NJ

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Vicki

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#2 posted 04-30-2015 03:28 PM

Wonderful refurb! Your hard work really paid off.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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Richard

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#3 posted 04-30-2015 03:44 PM

Great job on this. Now with the hydrant , axe and bell all that is left is to give him a Refurbed Engine to go with them.

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#4 posted 04-30-2015 03:47 PM

Looks great.

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#5 posted 04-30-2015 06:25 PM

very nice restoration

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Mip

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#6 posted 05-02-2015 02:06 AM

This is cool!

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#7 posted 01-11-2019 07:23 PM

Just came across this post.
Very attractive piece. You did a heck of a job given its beginning state of disrepair.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 01-11-2019 07:55 PM

12 months ago? so where are the the official handing over ceremony pictures and all the smiling faces!!

Opps, I almost forgot, bloody excellent job mate!

Psst I hope you are working on that crib, you could get a surprise at the last minute.

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 01-11-2019 08:00 PM

That’s a great tribute. We just give out plaques and bells and axes.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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SKlaus

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#10 posted 01-12-2019 12:14 AM

Hey ya’ll it’s been a long time! Someone went way down the line to find this post! That’ was some time ago, but still one of my favorite projects to date.

As per your request, here’s a shot of the day the chief retired. It was a sweet day! Lots of people there as one of our legends left the job…

-- 2 Timothy 2:15 "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

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SKlaus

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#11 posted 01-12-2019 12:22 AM

Oh, here’s a sweet shot of some other stuff if you’re interested …

-- 2 Timothy 2:15 "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

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