Cast Iron pipe and strange clay thingy --what is it?

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lupinfarm
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Re: Cast Iron pipe and strange clay thingy --what is it?

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If it was made of paper how was it that it didn't leak?
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Re: Cast Iron pipe and strange clay thingy --what is it?

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http://www.sewerhistory.org/articles/co ... geburg.htm
Just did some Googling on this Orangeburg pipe. Very interesting.
Check out the link above.
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Re: Cast Iron pipe and strange clay thingy --what is it?

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Orangeburg was a paper mache-like product where a cardboard tube was dipped in tar and allowed to harden. It was kind of like the predecessor of modern PVC pipe. I've seen it used for drainage and in septic tank drain fields. In these applications, I believe it was at its peak around the 1950s. We used to rent a 1956 rancher that had this wonderful stuff leading from the septic tank to the distribution box. Roots had grown right through it.

Back to the history of the house - since the property's history goes back to the mid 1700s, save what you find. If you have a metal detector, you might want to search the area when/if you have some free time. You can learn a lot about the history of a property and the people who lived there by what you find in the ground.
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Re: Cast Iron pipe and strange clay thingy --what is it?

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"You can learn a lot about the history of a property and the people who lived there by what you find in the ground".
I have probably said this myself ( mostly to myself ) as my family don't
Share my sense of wonder at discovering the everyday things of times past.
Every time I find something. I love rooting around in the rock walls and
Piles on the property. I recently found a 1040 s Vicks bottle.
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Re: Cast Iron pipe and strange clay thingy --what is it?

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Wow, I had no idea Vicks went back to the middle ages! Just kidding.

Here in Cornwall, we had a similar plant (just down the street from my house) that used to make "No-Corrode" piping. Many homes in Cornwall have it, and for any homeowner unlucky enough to still have it, it's a source of problems. The pipe joints are clay (as far as I was told), and since they are not very strong over time, tree roots tend to grow into them, causing sewer backups (not fun).
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Re: Cast Iron pipe and strange clay thingy --what is it?

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Hey now Sooth that was a "typo." I use mainly my iPhone these days
As my laptop has so many "sticky" keys. What I meant to type was1940s.
Although something from" antiquity " would be great as it would probably
Make me a tidy little sum of money.
:)
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