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(Gizmodo)   Obvious: The NYC subway system has over 700 pumps to help keep the tunnels from flooding. Interesting: They will pump out 13MM gallons of water on a sunny day. Scary: Many of them date from the construction of the Panama Canal. In 1914   (gizmodo.com) divider line 140
    More: Scary, Panama Canal, metro, New York, drainage systems, East River, 125th Street, floods, construction  
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2012-10-29 05:08:17 PM  
How many M's is that?
 
2012-10-29 05:14:12 PM  
What's so scary about that? They built shiat to last back then. Lots of steel and well greased bearings. I'd rather have that with a new prime mover behind it compared to the crap China pumps out on a daily basis.
 
2012-10-29 05:34:40 PM  
Mega Million?
Meters squared?
millimeters?
 
2012-10-29 06:33:18 PM  
Ah, for a second I thought you were referring to the Panama Canal that was built in 1776.
 
2012-10-29 08:20:55 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Mega Million?
Meters squared?
millimeters?


13 megamillions? How many is that in powerballs?
 
2012-10-29 08:51:28 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: KarmicDisaster: Mega Million?
Meters squared?
millimeters?

13 megamillions? How many is that in powerballs?


To figure that out, you have to convert them both to lottos.
 
2012-10-29 09:11:25 PM  
Heh. Turns out Gizmodo could've used some of those ancient pumps.


i.imgur.com
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-29 09:12:13 PM  

queezyweezel: What's so scary about that? They built shiat to last back then. Lots of steel and well greased bearings. I'd rather have that with a new prime mover behind it compared to the crap China pumps out on a daily basis.


This. I'll take the 98 year old pump with something a little more modern turning it over anything new.
 
2012-10-29 09:17:29 PM  

Asa Phelps: queezyweezel: What's so scary about that? They built shiat to last back then. Lots of steel and well greased bearings. I'd rather have that with a new prime mover behind it compared to the crap China pumps out on a daily basis.

This. I'll take the 98 year old pump with something a little more modern turning it over anything new.


My grandma was so pleased when granddad had his heart valves replaced.
 
2012-10-29 09:50:50 PM  
You'd think the flooding wouldn't be a problem since Tebow brought his sucking to New York.
 
2012-10-29 10:29:04 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: KarmicDisaster: Mega Million?
Meters squared?
millimeters?

13 megamillions? How many is that in powerballs?


some new hipster bull shiat

link is dead so it should go red now
 
2012-10-29 10:35:56 PM  
Pump housings last a long long time.

As long as you don't expose them to salt water.....
 
2012-10-29 10:42:01 PM  
No... not scary...

In the Panama canal construction era, the design methodology centered around "big pieces of metal that get sh*t done". Not "elegant" or "sustainable" or "polished".
 
2012-10-29 10:42:15 PM  
queezyweezel: What's so scary about that? They built shiat to last back then. Lots of steel and well greased bearings. I'd rather have that with a new prime mover behind it compared to the crap China pumps out on a daily basis.

THIS, just because something is old doesn't mean it sucks, I mean there are bridges built by the Romans still in use. How many of our new bridges built today will look as good when 2000 years of age they reach
 
2012-10-29 10:42:34 PM  

Asa Phelps: queezyweezel: What's so scary about that? They built shiat to last back then. Lots of steel and well greased bearings. I'd rather have that with a new prime mover behind it compared to the crap China pumps out on a daily basis.

This. I'll take the 98 year old pump with something a little more modern turning it over anything new.


Oh, I bet the motors are original as well. They really built shiat to last. None of this "20 year lifespan" crap.
 
2012-10-29 10:42:49 PM  
Well, let's hope they keep working.

Did anyone warn the mole people who live in the tunnels?
 
2012-10-29 10:43:31 PM  

Asa Phelps: queezyweezel: What's so scary about that? They built shiat to last back then. Lots of steel and well greased bearings. I'd rather have that with a new prime mover behind it compared to the crap China pumps out on a daily basis.

This. I'll take the 98 year old pump with something a little more modern turning it over anything new.


You're assuming the 98 year old pump has anything more modern than a 105-year old engine turning it, for starters.
 
2012-10-29 10:43:45 PM  
Earlier the weather channel had a guy on the phone, I want to say the NYC director of FEMA but don't quote me on that since I was only half paying attention to his title. He basically said that the reason they shut everything down in advance of the storm was that this way they can hopefully start the systems back up without nearly as much damage as if they'd left everything on to get flooded during operation.

From the info coming in now, I hope that's accurate, because they're gonna have a hell of a cleanup in the next weeks/months.
 
2012-10-29 10:44:43 PM  
pumps aren't very complicated machines. these pumps are built with big solid pieces of steel and are maintained regularly. they will be working in the subway system for 500 or 1000 years if maintained.
 
2012-10-29 10:45:39 PM  

wildcardjack: Asa Phelps: queezyweezel: What's so scary about that? They built shiat to last back then. Lots of steel and well greased bearings. I'd rather have that with a new prime mover behind it compared to the crap China pumps out on a daily basis.

This. I'll take the 98 year old pump with something a little more modern turning it over anything new.

Oh, I bet the motors are original as well. They really built shiat to last. None of this "20 year lifespan" crap.


please
moving parts is moving parts
we can bet dimes to donuts that these pumps have been rebuilt and maintained for the last 100 years.
Probably not a scrap of the original pump left, other than the housing and rotor.

Seriously, no matter how much grease and loving care, how long do you think bearings last???
LOL
 
2012-10-29 10:45:44 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Mega Million?
Meters squared?
millimeters?


MM is the common abbreviation for million, a single M meaning a thousand.
 
2012-10-29 10:45:57 PM  
Oldiron_79: THIS, just because something is old doesn't mean it sucks, I mean there are bridges built by the Romans still in use. How many of our new bridges built today will look as good when 2000 years of age they reach

You're not fooling anyone Yoda, how many Jedi did you send to help construct that bridge?
 
2012-10-29 10:46:28 PM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Well, let's hope they keep working.

Did anyone warn the mole people who live in the tunnels?


I tried to, but I'm not allowed within 50 ft of miners.
 
2012-10-29 10:46:37 PM  

RoyBatty: Heh. Turns out Gizmodo could've used some of those ancient pumps.


[i.imgur.com image 518x148]
[i.imgur.com image 850x328]


Ugh. Knowing Denton, he probably shut it down on purpose. A bigger attention whore on the net does not exist.
 
2012-10-29 10:47:40 PM  
Some several million people are going to be forced to WALK to work in the coming days.

This matters no a single flying fark to me, since I live on the west coast.
 
2012-10-29 10:47:53 PM  
There was no such thing as planned obsolescence back then.

/I'm looking at you Caterpillar.
 
2012-10-29 10:48:58 PM  
GIZMODOWN
 
2012-10-29 10:49:29 PM  
"MM is the common abbreviation for million, a single M meaning a thousand."
Only for dipshiats who no clue about ISO standards.
K = 10**3
M = 10**6
G = 10**9
T
P
E
 
2012-10-29 10:49:54 PM  
Metarie Pump Station Six tells it to get the dark off of it's lawn.


/built in 1899
//biggest in the world
 
2012-10-29 10:50:09 PM  

RedPhoenix122: Zarquon's Flat Tire: Well, let's hope they keep working.

Did anyone warn the mole people who live in the tunnels?

I tried to, but I'm not allowed within 50 ft of miners.


Well played.
 
2012-10-29 10:50:11 PM  
While you are at it, worry about the NYC water infrastructure. Years ago I read an interview with the former chief engineer who retired early on medical due to the stress he had worrying about the aged infrastructure and the lack of funds to bring things to what he thought was a sustainable level.
 
2012-10-29 10:50:13 PM  
Back in the day, they made sure things worked, and not about happy-go-lucky stuff such as constructing buildings exactly 1,776 feet.
 
2012-10-29 10:50:23 PM  
pressthebuttons.typepad.com

Won't somebody PLEASE think of the C.H.U.D.S.?!!
 
2012-10-29 10:52:56 PM  
A man, a plan, some scary old Mickey Mouse water pumps, Panama.
 
2012-10-29 10:53:06 PM  
They will pump out 13MM gallons of water on a sunny day.

Teddy Roosevelt could do that job with a teaspoon and a bukket.
 
2012-10-29 10:53:08 PM  

lenfromak: KarmicDisaster: Mega Million?
Meters squared?
millimeters?

MM is the common abbreviation for million, a single M meaning a thousand.


Since when? And show your units.
 
2012-10-29 10:54:37 PM  
I have a feeling that they will soon have a lot of new pumps as well as a bunch of other things once the recovery is over.

I wonder how much of the underground wiring they will have to replace in Manhatten?
 
2012-10-29 10:57:07 PM  

Yaxe: Some several million people are going to be forced to WALK to work in the coming days.

This matters no a single flying fark to me, since I live on the west coast.


Likewise.
 
2012-10-29 10:57:12 PM  
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2012-10-29 10:57:42 PM  

scanman61: Metarie Pump Station Six tells it to get the dark off of it's lawn.


/built in 1899
//biggest in the world


What's it's stage name?
 
2012-10-29 10:58:21 PM  
distilleryimage5.instagram.com
 
2012-10-29 10:58:40 PM  
Maybe it's like this broom my family's had since the 1800s. Never replaced it in its entirely life; have only had to replace the handle twice and the head three times.

Man, we love that broom.
 
2012-10-29 10:59:13 PM  
Are those the same pumps they use to pump all the urine in?
 
2012-10-29 10:59:26 PM  
Subby; you don't deal with machinery much, do you? You realize that pumping technology hasn't changed much, right? And that they rebuild them, put new motors, etc?
 
2012-10-29 11:00:07 PM  
System could use a good hosing down every now and then. Salt water especially.
 
2012-10-29 11:00:53 PM  
Laws of physics must have changed in the last 100 years, or at least since Ayn Rand.
 
2012-10-29 11:01:23 PM  

Hobodeluxe: [sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 850x565]


Boy, I'm glad we put so much money and effort into rebuilding that sacred site.
 
2012-10-29 11:02:28 PM  

Oldiron_79: queezyweezel: What's so scary about that? They built shiat to last back then. Lots of steel and well greased bearings. I'd rather have that with a new prime mover behind it compared to the crap China pumps out on a daily basis.

THIS, just because something is old doesn't mean it sucks, I mean there are bridges built by the Romans still in use. How many of our new bridges built today will look as good when 2000 years of age they reach


They're pumps. They're supposed to suck. Let's hope they suck long and hard.
 
2012-10-29 11:02:38 PM  
MM is the finance abbreviation according to wikipedia.
 
2012-10-29 11:03:55 PM  
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"You wanna know the most interesting thing about the 700 tunnel pumps?"

"Sure Jerry."

"The valves! They pump out over 13 Million gallons of water every day."

"Is that right Jerry?"

"Did you know they were made here in NYC in 1914?"

"I did not know that, Jerry."
 
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