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Old 01-01-2012, 01:00:55 AM
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Question What the heck is it?

This ??? has been parked outside the municipal museum in Powell River, BC, for a number of years, but with no identifying information. Asking the museum staff a few years ago, they had no idea, just thought it was neat. Powell River is mainly a lumber town, so this may be related, but I don't think so.

It's about 48" high to the top of the flat top, and is VERY heavily built. The two diamond-shape tanks seem to be made out of something like 3/8 plate, and solidly riveted together. There's something pump-like on the front, and a hose clench on the back (both near the bottom of the machine), and it has a compressed-air connection on the right-hand side about half-way up.

Any thoughts/guesses? I was thinking maybe something related to road-paving, but I have no idea how to even search for more info.

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Old 01-01-2012, 08:37:10 AM
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Default Re: What the heck is it?

I can't see it real well, but initial wild guess is some sort of chemical fire extinquisher? Looks a little complicated for that, but I don't have another idea right now. Kevin
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Default Re: What the heck is it?

Just a couple of guesses, but how about a tar kettle for roofing or a creosote dip tank for treating the lower portion of telephone poles before they are buried in the ground.

It looks like it has a tag, any info on that?

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It might be a heater and pump for applying tar for road repair Happy New Year , Bill H.
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...a creosote dip tank for treating the lower portion of telephone poles before they are buried in the ground.
That kind of fits; it would require pressurization and IIRC, the inside diameter (the last time I saw it a couple of years back, the top was open) is about telephone-pole size...

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It looks like it has a tag, any info on that?
Nice, shiny piece of brass, nothing legible on it I'm afraid.
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Default Re: What the heck is it?

American Restoration tv show did a restoration of this very item and I think it was thought of as a shotcrete or concrete blower for reinforcing tunnels in train tunnel building. You can search or google it, but it costs 1.99 to watch the replay

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Old 03-05-2012, 12:45:47 PM
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That sure doesn't look like concrete all dribbled over it from overflow from the top, it looks like road or roofing tar...
I assume no evidence of a burner on the bottom to heat tar...
That odd T-shaped thing on top, that in the pix seems to have cooled tar drops along the bottom...meant to spray warm/hot tar or creosote onto something laid on the flat top of the top diamond shaped part???
Dying of curiosity...
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I think the tar "drops" and runs are water. It looks like it was raining, maybe. That does look identical to the concrete blower/shooter that onerighthand talked about.
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It is for what we call shotcrete today. I assume it was always called that. Saw one about 5 years near Atlanta GA.
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:33:17 AM
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If that is what it is. It would be a gunite rig. Not shotcrete
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That sure doesn't look like concrete all dribbled over it from overflow from the top, it looks like road or roofing tar...
I assume no evidence of a burner on the bottom to heat tar...
That odd T-shaped thing on top, that in the pix seems to have cooled tar drops along the bottom...meant to spray warm/hot tar or creosote onto something laid on the flat top of the top diamond shaped part???
Dying of curiosity...
Ya well, what can I say. That is the same machine. I never said that this machine had concrete dripping out of it, and the tv show may not know what they had, but thats what the thought it was for. maybe there are multiple applications for this machine

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Ya well, what can I say. That is the same machine. I never said that this machine had concrete dripping out of it, and the tv show may not know what they had, but thats what the thought it was for. maybe there are multiple applications for this machine. Mark Hall-Patton, Clark County's museums administrator is the one that brought it in.
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What you all are looking at is a N Type pneumatic gunite machine. That type of pot gun is still used today minus the rivets of course. I'm a refractory bricklayer who operates one. The company who still makes then is Allentown Pump & Gun. This type of pot gun is used mostly in the refractory industry now.
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