Pipe dreams

imageConcrete pipe, Brookfield, Connecticut ©Steven Willard

I noticed these sections of concrete sewer pipe curing in the yard of the casting company where they were made. They will sit here, getting harder and stronger, until the contractor is ready to put them in the ground. I estimate that they were four feet in diameter by five feet long, and very heavy.

I have long marveled at what is involved when even simple things like these pipes are scaled up in size; things get exponentially more difficult as the size grows. First is the making of the mold, which requires large machinery to build, and large machinery to build that machinery. The materials needed to build the mold also have to be stronger and heavier to support the weight of the cement.Then you need to have a cement mixer large enough to mix enough cement to fill that large mold in one batch. When it’s time, the pipe has to be moved, which calls for a big truck and a big crane to lift it onto that truck. Someplace, there had to be a factory with big equipment to fabricate that truck and that big crane. When the pipe gets to the job site there will be a big trench that required some big earth moving equipment, and on it goes. See what I mean? It’s easy for a guy to start daydreaming about such things given half a chance.

Pentax K10D with 35mm f2.8 macro lens processes using Photoshop CS4 with NIK Silver Efex Pro 2, and Snapseed on my iPad Air.


2 comments on “Pipe dreams

  1. JohnAmes says:

    I’m a sucker for a well rendered monochrome image and this most certainly is one and well composed to boot. Nice photograph!

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