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    Completely OT: How you pronounce those PA names?

    I seem to remember that Bala Cynwyd is "Bale-a Kenwood" or something, no?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nameless View Post
    very interesting coupling.

    Is the brass looking device an adapter to threaded couplings or is it the female end that just isn't hooked to a hose?
    In the picture "Jones Snap 2" you see a brass 2-1/2 Jones male to 3" screw adapter. It's connected to a chrome plated Jones double female.

    Jones couplings were always brass. Adapters were frequently but not always chrome plated. We had both. I don't ever remember seeing a hose coupling chromed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post
    Completely OT: How you pronounce those PA names?

    I seem to remember that Bala Cynwyd is "Bale-a Kenwood" or something, no?
    Bala Cynwyd would be like Ba′ la Kin′ wid. Your "Bale-a Kenwood" probably came from someone in South Philadelphia.

    The Bryn in Bryn Athyn and Bryn Mawr is like Brin. A′ thyn is much the same. The "A" is as in "after." Mawr would be like Mahr.

    The names, as are many in our area, are Welsh. There used to be a sign at the Bryn Athyn borough line that said that the name in Welsh meant "Hill of Cohesiveness." Story has it that someone from Wales who was visiting saw the sign and said that was wrong. It meant "Hill of Stickiness."
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    The coupling looks like something you would see on a diesel fuel truck. What kind of pressure rating does it have? From the looks of it, I would be a little nervous about putting a couple of hundred psi. to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameless View Post
    very interesting coupling.

    Is the brass looking device an adapter to threaded couplings or is it the female end that just isn't hooked to a hose?
    That would be an adapter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post
    Completely OT: How you pronounce those PA names?

    I seem to remember that Bala Cynwyd is "Bale-a Kenwood" or something, no?
    Bala = Bow, like a ship, + l, not ribbon bow
    Cynwyd = Kin, relative, + wood

    There are a lot of Welsh names in the Philly area.

    Now, how do you pronounce Conshohocken?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfyre View Post
    Bala = Bow, like a ship, + l, not ribbon bow
    Cynwyd = Kin, relative, + wood

    There are a lot of Welsh names in the Philly area.

    Now, how do you pronounce Conshohocken?
    Just like it's spelled. Con sho hock en

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    Quote Originally Posted by donethat View Post
    The coupling looks like something you would see on a diesel fuel truck. What kind of pressure rating does it have? From the looks of it, I would be a little nervous about putting a couple of hundred psi. to it.
    They would take whatever pressure you could put on them. The lip on the male is beveled inward so the the female's ears get tighter as the pressure increases. Also, the gasket inside the female expands out to form a good seal as long as the gasket hadn't been damaged by someone coupling them incorrectly. They were notorious for leaking when they're first pressurized, but as the pressure increases they seal tight and stay sealed.

    I had taken some pictures to show the gasket and the procedure for coupling them, but when I tried to post them it said they're too big and have to be cut down, which I haven't figured out how to do.

    The trick for coupling them and knowing you have it right is to push them together over both ears simultaneously, then turn one against the other and pull. If they won't turn they're wrong and will probably come apart. If you pull and they come apart, that's pretty obvious. If you can turn and pull, they'll stay together for as long as you want them to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefengineer11 View Post
    Just like it's spelled. Con sho hock en

    Cheater!!! I was trying to get someone from out of the area to guess!

    Years ago I had a CB'er call it Kun-show-a-ken. He told me he was lost and when he told me he passed a sign that said that, next exit, I told he really was lost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonfyre View Post
    Cheater!!! I was trying to get someone from out of the area to guess!

    Years ago I had a CB'er call it Kun-show-a-ken. He told me he was lost and when he told me he passed a sign that said that, next exit, I told he really was lost.
    Sorry 'bout that. It would have made a good guessing game. Bryn Athyn seems to be quite a challenge for some, not to mention some of the family names here.

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    Con sho hock en is easy. I don't live in the area and know the Schuylkill river is pronounced Skoo-kull. Of course I like Yuengling beer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefengineer11 View Post
    when I tried to post them it said they're too big and have to be cut down, which I haven't figured out how to do.

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    Glad someone was able to post a picture. They just put in for two more of our Jones Snap hydrants to be replaced.

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