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Perfect timing

November 22, 2014

Perfect timing

Possibly the effect of a rather violent water hammer. Basically, if you are flowing water in large volumes or high pressures and quickly/forcefully open or close the pipes in which the water is flowing, the water pressure finds the quickest and easiest way to relieve itself, often causing destruction to pipes. This is something firefighters have to be constantly aware of when opening and closing valves on fire trucks. Slamming a valve on a five inch hose coming from a hydrant can cause water mains to break on the street.

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