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Old 3rd May 2008, 05:12 PM   #1
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NH leaves the age of wood technology...

The town of Hillsorough NH was subjected to flooding most Springs because of melting snow runoff. To help control the flooding the lake of Franklin Pierce was created in 1926, and the Jackman Shores Hydro station opened to make electricity and control the flow of water into the lake (another smaller hydro station, privately owned, still operates at the other end of the lake). Every winter most of the lake is emptied, only to be refilled quickly in the Spring with run off.

It's interesting to note that part of the lower village of Hillsborough was flooded to make Lake Franklin Pierce, and lot in the lake was the birthplace of President Franklin Pierce. However, his childhood home is still open as a museum in Hillsborough. Also in the lake is a beautiful stone bridge, visible only during the winter months.

I recently purchased a small cabin on the lake. I was intrigued when I noticed that the pipes that supply the hydro station were leaking! But even more interesting was to find that the old pipes (that were being replaced) were made of wood. (they appeared to me to be rusted metal when in place). Using wood for this type of pipe was actually quite common at one time. Certainly you can see that there is a LOT of wood around.

Slowly the pipe is being replaced, over a course of years, and I only hope that some of the old pipe is saved for history! It should be noted that Jackman Shores has much of the 1926 equipment, which works just fine I'm told. Green energy will ensure that Jackman Shores (and Franklin Pierce Lake) stay in business for many years to come.

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Old 3rd May 2008, 05:19 PM   #2
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Youse people don't got duct tape?
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New York's first municipal water system (founded by Aaron Burr) used mains of hollowed-out logs. They occasionally dig one up, and yes, some are preserved in museums.

Also, most of the water tanks that are required to be on the roofs of NYC buildings over 6 stories tall are wood barrels, constructed much like the Hillsborough pipes.



Also, I've reported kitty to the Department of Homeland Security because of her "casing" of critical infrastructure.
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Old 3rd May 2008, 05:28 PM   #4
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I wish I had a photograph of the leaks when they freeze. It's pretty cool looking.

but we are now entering the fiberglass age. I'm thinking total cracking and failure the first hard winter....
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East Maui Irrigation still uses the original wooden flumes to transport water. If any of you brave forumites ever venture out this way, I know the trail to get out to the neatest stretch of the flume where you are about 12 feet off the ground, going through a tree fern forest.

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ohhhh I'm so going out to visit you sometime.

I'll just show up with my sunblock.
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Originally Posted by kittynh View Post
ohhhh I'm so going out to visit you sometime.

I'll just show up with my sunblock.

Only sunblock? Well, I do know of a few nude beaches . . .
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