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(The Columbian)   You don't like the color of the fire hydrant in your front yard. Do you A) paint it a different color, B) decide it's probably that color for a reason, or C) threaten to kill a city public works official? (choose two)   (columbian.com) divider line 45
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2013-07-09 07:57:20 PM
Your choices are flawed. If I pick anything other than option C it doesn't make any sense. Test is rigged.
 
2013-07-09 07:58:48 PM

Empty H: Your choices are flawed. If I pick anything other than option C it doesn't make any sense. Test is rigged.



I've decided that you've probably given this answer for a reason, and yet I'm going to change it to a different answer.
 
2013-07-09 07:59:01 PM
Gun rights thread?
 
2013-07-09 07:59:05 PM
C and C!

what color is the red fire hydrant?
 
2013-07-09 07:59:54 PM

"Reed wrestled the gun away from Timmons and pushed it into the street, court documents say. He held Timmons to the ground until Camas police officers arrived around 6:30 p.m. and placed Timmons under arrest."


Not only was he a drunk asshole running around waving a gun, but then he let an unarmed person take it from him and make a citizen's arrest. What an idiot, I hope he's convicted and sentenced to serve a maximum sentence.

 
2013-07-09 08:00:09 PM
What a dumbass. Painting a fire hydrant can affect its ability to be used in an emergency. It's hard enough to unscrew those suckers.
 
2013-07-09 08:01:37 PM
www.devildogproductions.com
 
2013-07-09 08:04:12 PM
The only  one protecting a  good hydrant from bad paint is a patriot with a gun.
 
2013-07-09 08:07:47 PM
I wonder if he painted it red to try and get exempt parking in front of his house since 'red' hydrants in Camas are 'personally owned'...
 
2013-07-09 08:07:49 PM

Virulency: C and C!

what color is the red fire hydrant?


The one in front of my house is yellow. Is that weird? Seems weird to me.
 
2013-07-09 08:10:16 PM
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2013-07-09 08:11:05 PM
farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2013-07-09 08:12:38 PM
img.geocaching.com
 
2013-07-09 08:14:28 PM
My hobby is making fake fire hydrants that I place around town in random places....
 
2013-07-09 08:17:17 PM
During the Bicentennial, TPTB in my hometown encouraged residents to paint the fire hydrants. The more patriotic, the better.

I think they were repainted yellow in the 1980s.
 
2013-07-09 08:21:30 PM
where's the farm3.staticflickr.com tag?
 
2013-07-09 08:24:24 PM
it's always C), even when it's multiple choices

/ALWAYS
 
2013-07-09 08:31:53 PM
In most areas you can repaint a hydrant on your property as long as it is a highly visable color(not paintint it like camo)
 
2013-07-09 08:35:51 PM
 
2013-07-09 08:44:59 PM

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Timmons told police that he has a concealed weapon permit and carries a gun with him regularly.

Yet another responsible gun owner.


No, he wasn't and I guarantee you they'll be yanking his permit, and good luck getting that gun back.
 
2013-07-09 08:56:43 PM

Medic Zero: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Timmons told police that he has a concealed weapon permit and carries a gun with him regularly.

Yet another responsible gun owner.

No, he wasn't and I guarantee you they'll be yanking his permit, and good luck getting that gun back.


M-muh freedoms....
 
2013-07-09 09:04:27 PM

BlousyBrown: The one in front of my house is yellow. Is that weird? Seems weird to me.


The colors have to do with the amount of pressure different hydrants have. As a new, micro-managing president of the institution I work for found out to his great cost, the fire department gets very annoyed and litigious when you send your maintenance workers out to paint all those different-colored hydrants a nice uniform shade of brown.
 
2013-07-09 09:05:27 PM

calbert: where's the tag?


Heh.

Not so cool story:

At a recent house fire, the first due engine bypassed the closest hydrant because the idiot whose property it was on had repainted it. She had all sorts of other junk (lawn ornaments) in her yard, and it was assumed that the hydrant was another piece of crap in her yard. Come to find out, she had done the same thing a couple of years ago. The fire marshal made it clear that she couldn't do that and the water company repainted it.

This time she was arrested.

Hydrant color is important. In places like the article, it indicates who owns and maintains the hydrant. In other places, it is painted to be recognizable and for visibility . In still others, the hydrant colors indicate the amount of water the hydrant is capable of flowing (google "NFPA hydrant colors" for more information.)
 
2013-07-09 09:07:15 PM
Maybe he shoulda just planted shrubbery all around the hydrant so it disappears.

/Fire truck 12 here: "Where the F*CK is the f*cking damn hydrant on this street!!!"
//Its so much fun when the town removes the shrubbery and the resident screams and makes threats, until they notice the officer in the police car a few doors down watching.
 
2013-07-09 09:16:21 PM
So this guy:

1. Didn't know what color the hydrant in his yard needed to be;
2. Didn't know for sure if his gun was loaded or not;
3. Responded to a note from the city "please repaint your hydrant" by getting drunk and threatening the guy who left it.

I mean, I try not to be judgemental, (oh, wait, no I don't) but does this guy sound like a bit of a douchebag and a lot of an idiot to anyone else?
 
2013-07-09 09:30:54 PM
I pick A and B.  Because screw you all, that's why, and fetch me another drink.  And C, because the test is rigged.

I wonder how often this guy gets his ass kicked by people that know him?
 
2013-07-09 09:36:27 PM
Dad?
 
2013-07-09 10:16:25 PM

Bane of Broone: Medic Zero: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Timmons told police that he has a concealed weapon permit and carries a gun with him regularly.

Yet another responsible gun owner.

No, he wasn't and I guarantee you they'll be yanking his permit, and good luck getting that gun back.

M-muh freedoms....


Heh!
 
2013-07-09 10:21:23 PM
The colors of hydrants indicated the PSI and available flow of water.  Usually the top is the important part and every jurisdiction is different.  So don't mess with your hydrants they the way they are for good reasons.
 
2013-07-09 10:40:02 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: Gun rights thread?




Fire hydrant paint brush? From my cold dead hands.

When you outlaw repainting fire hydrants, only criminals will repaint fire hydrants.
 
2013-07-09 10:44:41 PM

WireFire2: The colors of hydrants indicated the PSI and available flow of water.  Usually the top is the important part and every jurisdiction is different.  So don't mess with your hydrants they the way they are for good reasons.


Actually, fire hydrant colors are one of the few things about them that has any sort of national standardization.  Cities can ignore the standards, but most places have started using the standard colors.

Of course, they can't be bothered to standardize things like the fittings.  And yeah, Europe got this one right.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storz
 
2013-07-09 11:07:15 PM

StoPPeRmobile: drjekel_mrhyde: Gun rights thread?

Fire hydrant paint brush? From my cold dead hands.

When you outlaw repainting fire hydrants, only criminals will repaint fire hydrants.


Generally only criminals do!
 
2013-07-09 11:17:02 PM
The ones around here are silver. Maybe because we have red fire trucks versus yellow ones...
 
2013-07-09 11:20:15 PM
I'd pee on it until it turned yellow.

/it was already yellow?  never mind.
 
2013-07-09 11:21:05 PM

rkiller1: [www.devildogproductions.com image 354x235]


poor dog!
 
2013-07-09 11:23:34 PM

semiotix: BlousyBrown: The one in front of my house is yellow. Is that weird? Seems weird to me.

The colors have to do with the amount of pressure different hydrants have. As a new, micro-managing president of the institution I work for found out to his great cost, the fire department gets very annoyed and litigious when you send your maintenance workers out to paint all those different-colored hydrants a nice uniform shade of brown.


Our city maintenance guy (yeah, there's only one - it's a very small town) decided to do the same thing this summer. Fortunately we got wind of it before he was able to pull it off. I was surprised when the article said they color coded their hydrants based on whether it was a city-owned or private hydrant. Like you said, they are generally color-coded based on GPM. I hope they never have to call for mutual aid from another department.
 
2013-07-09 11:27:30 PM
Wonder why it matters to firefighters who owns a hydrant.  Maintenance workers, sure.
 
2013-07-09 11:36:38 PM
I want to be a fire fighter just to do this some day.

www.cleanmpg.com
 
2013-07-09 11:54:32 PM
We had an Eagle Scout candidate that wanted to paint hydrants.  We had to make sure he painted the tops the right colors...99% of ours have been flow tested and the tops are colored accordingly... Red for less than 500 GPM, orange for 501-1000 GPM, green for 1001-1500 GPM and blue for 1500 GPM+.  Not nearly enough blue ones, and way too many red ones.
 
2013-07-09 11:57:23 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Wonder why it matters to firefighters who owns a hydrant.  Maintenance workers, sure.


As a general rule, we try not to use privately-owned hydrants for firefighting. Commonly called "yard hydrants," they exist because a facility's insurance carrier requires them, or because a facility uses them for its own on-site remote water supply.

We avoid them because they're on a facility's service line, not on the main, which often leads to flow rates insufficient for firefighting. There are also maintenance issues; I know the city-owned hydrants are serviced and inspected but have no idea what kind of service a private company does. Finally, using a yard hydrant can steal water from the building's sprinkler system, since both the hydrant and sprinkler system are on the building's water service.
 
2013-07-10 01:05:33 AM

WireFire2: The colors of hydrants indicated the PSI and available flow of water.  Usually the top is the important part and every jurisdiction is different.  So don't mess with your hydrants they the way they are for good reasons.


Some jurisdictions encourage neighborhoods to paint them too.
 
2013-07-10 01:09:34 AM

LordZorch: I pick A and B.  Because screwN

LordZorch: I pick A and B.  Because screw you all, that's why, and fetch me another drink.  And C, because the test is rigged.

I wonder how often this guy gets his ass kicked by people that know him?


Not near often enough!
 
2013-07-10 03:50:32 AM
Yikes!
I used to work as "a city official" in that town. Way to Tobin! I hope you kicked this rednecks ass.
 
2013-07-10 12:00:35 PM
If he didn't like seeing it out his front window, erecting a small "U" shaped trellis around it and growing ivy would be a better option.

/just don't be surprised if the trellis is destroyed if they need to use the hydrant in an emergency, though.
 
2013-07-10 05:34:08 PM
While some jurisdictions will allow people to paint hydrants different colors, it makes them much more difficult to locate.  My jurisdiction has the fire department maintain and paint all hydrants annually.
The body color determines the diameter of the large outlet, silver for 4", yellow for 4 1/2".  Important when you are hooking up to determine whether or not you need an adapter from the engine.
Cap colors determine flow, up to 500 gpm red, 500 - 1000 gpm yellow, 1000 and up green.  One black cap on the 2 1/2" outlet determines that the hydrant is on a dead end main.  This can affect the flow if another engine hooks up on the next hydrant in line, robbing this hydrant of it's water.
Also we place blue reflective dots in the street in front of each hydrant to try to make them easier to find in an emergency.
 
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