Re: sewer pipes

Raymond Young


During the '40s to about 1965, there was a petroleum-based sewer pipe called Orangeburg. It was cheaper than cast iron, but it was a poor substitute. It lacked the rigidity and strength of cast iron. It sagged, allowed tree roots to enter the joints easily and seemed to be the material of choice for most contractors. Most building codes have outlawed its use in tha last 40 years. It was about 6 inches in diameter and had a rusty tan color. I'm sure it was shipped in gons and on flats. Rejoice that it's gone.

Virgil Young
Amarillo, TX

Bruce Smith <smithbf@...> wrote:

On Jun 28, 2007, at 2:52 PM, ed_mines wrote:

Anyone familiar with clay sewer pipes in the '40s? How about cast iron
sewer pipes?

What were the most common sizes? Colors?
How about octagonal wooden pipes? A WWII war emergency program built
wooden pipe in a wide variety of sizes.
Steel pipe - thousands of gon loads of 24" and 20" pipe went into the
building of the "big inch" and "little inch" pipelines in 1942-43.

Any reason why they couldn't be loaded into gons?
None, of course.


Bruce F. Smith
Auburn, AL

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