Saturday, January 30, 2016

14-18-foot Sewer Pipe being built in 1918

Raymond Kunst posted
Laying sewer pipes along Lawrence Ave, 1918, Chicago
I wonder if the trestle pilings we see on the side of the trench were driven all along both sides. Specifically, is that what is keeping the mud walls with buildings on top of them from collapsing? They have a conveyor belt that carries debris from the dig in front of the pipe back to fill over the pipe that is built. This method of laying pipe is called "cut and fill." That conveyor is on rails so that it can be moved forward as the dig progresses.

The comments indicate the scaffolding in the middle is to allow workers to construct a brick arch for the top of the pipe.

Michael Pazanin Looks like there lined with Brick , at that time there where more bricklayers then all the other trades tougher!!!

No wonder I keep finding brick plants in various towns. Illinois is lucky that it sits on top of sedimentary rock that has a lot of  outcroppings of coal, sand and clay.

Fernando Flores A few years ago, I saw them working on this tunnel at Lawrence between Linder and Cicero, and you could see the bricks layout clearly. It was fascinating!

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