Wooden Water Main

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Christopher Hill, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. Christopher Hill

    Christopher Hill New Member

    Hi while clearing out an elderly relatives cellar recently I came across this wooden water main which is in great condition as per the photo's.

    Does anyone have any experience with what these are worth and dealers who may be interested in buying it?

    Any help would be much appreciated.



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  2. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Please EDIT to FULL IMAGE.
    Thank you! :)
    Your local museum, city maybe, may be interested as a donation but I don't expect much value from others.
  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Wow , that's really neat.
    Looks like a log with a hole in it.

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  4. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

    That's crazy - looks like a "leaker"
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  5. terry5732

    terry5732 Well-Known Member

    Without any connection to an earlier use it would have minimal value
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  6. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    I`ve never come across this type of piping before so I did some research.
    It is well known that the Romans installed lead pipes centuries ago.
    Wooden pipes were used in London during the 16th & 17th centuries.

    About 100,000 feet of wooden pipes were installed during WW2 in drainage culverts, storm sewers and conduits, under highways and at army camps, naval stations, airfields and ordnance plants.
    So yours could be a waste pipe.
  7. gregsglass

    gregsglass Well-Known Member

    Philadelphia had these wooden pipes for water and waste back in the early 18th Century.
  8. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    New York City is still using some, here and there. As long as the water keeps flowing and the wood doesn't dry out, it keeps right on working. My late dad used to find some around the old fossil fuel, as in Edison factory badged, power plants in the state. As long as they were kept in use, they were fine.
  9. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    There is a length of some about 3' in diameter in front of our city facilities bullding.
    I think there may still be some in use here.
    Such a display is why I said what I said first thing.
  10. all_fakes

    all_fakes Well-Known Member

    Seattle used to have wooden water mains, and Chelan WA still had some as recently as 2009:
    "...wooden planks are lashed together with a coil of metal as if each section of pipe were a long, narrow barrel. Water officials say they believe that a handful of wooden water mains are still in use in South Dakota, Alaska and Pennsylvania, among other places." (Seattle Times)
  11. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    I'll try to take a photo of Everett's today.
  12. KingofThings

    KingofThings 'Illiteracy is a terrible thing to waist' - MHH

    Here you go!
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