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By Jon C. Schladweiler, P. Many years ago, during my research for and travels with the Collection System's Historical Photo and Pipe Artifacts Exhibit, I've had the opportunity to meet a lot of people that are interested in history. A brief review of its history. During the industrial age in the United States, a unique type of conduit evolved, one whose wall was made of ground cellulose wood fibres bound together with a special water resistant adhesive, and, thereafter, impregnated with liquefied coal tar pitch.

The first known use of "fibre" pipe was for water transmission: a 1. InStephen Bradley, Sr. During the following forty years, the fibre conduit business flourished -- many buildings used the 5-foot laying length conduit formed in a "flattened," i. Many companies got into the business of manufacturing this type of conduit. Its use for sewage conveyance was still many years off.

Some of the more notable buildings containing miles of the fibre electrical conduit were the New York Park Avenue Tower and the Empire State Building … along with other skyscrapers in New York City and other cities.

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Demand for the fibre conduit rose even higher during World War II … for use in constructing the armed forces' new airfields and military bases. In the early years of the s, the market expanded for fibre conduit. Subways were being built beneath the larger eastern seaboard cities; fibre conduit was used to contain electrical, telephone, telegraph, etc.

It was also used to create underground duct banks for electrical, etc. Fibre Conduit was by far the largest producer. The conduit and later, the sewer pipe made by many of these companies were all made in basic accordance with the applicable Commercial and ASTM Standards see list later in this document. The post-war housing building boom was then underway, and the types of pipe then available and affordable for sewer and drains were limited. A heavier-walled formed by the centrifugal lamination of several layers of ground wood cellulose fibres and round version of the fibre conduit was developed and sold as "Orangeburg" pipe in sizes ranging from 2" to 18" I.

The ts were made with couplings of similar material -- utilizing no gaskets, t sealant, etc. The pipe was lightweight but brittleand it could be cut by hand with carpenter saws. NOTE: It was recognized early on that fibre conduit pipe all brands had a tendency to deform when subjected to concentrated pressures over long periods of time. Thus, the manufacturer emphasized the need to properly "bed" the pipe -- i.

This is a method strongly similar to how modern-day flexible pipe, such as PVC, is to be bedded. Courtesy of William Zorn. Photograph by Jan McDonald.

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Demand for fibre sewer pipe in the s and s skyrocketed! The plant at Orangeburg was expanded several times. It is reputed that companies in Canada and England also manufactured coal tar impregnated wood fibre sewer pipe from the s through the s. Then, in the late s and the early s, PVC pipe began to come into its own. The Orangeburg, New York, plant closed in the fall of A similar amount of the fibre conduit sewer pipe is still in service as house connection sewers, in leach fields, etc.

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Based on what has been learned about this pipe material over the past years, if you believe that you may have this type of pipe in your sewage conveyance systems private or publicfind out where it is and what condition it is in, since it has demonstrated itself to often have a limited structural life expectancy. It reportedly deforms and loses its circular cross-section, allowing infiltration and root intrusion. The Brown Co. Wilson and Co. The company continued to expand and diversify; including the creation of its own railway system and a branch manufacturing operation in Quebec, Canada.

Its business was hurt … even though its company name had no relationship to Germany, or its capitol. In the s, the Brown Co. General: If you would like copies of the above noted Standards or other background information on this unique type of pipe, feel free to give me a call ator e-mail me at jcschlad msn.

Source: Public WorksJunep. From the collection of Jon C. Rotting tar paper sewer pipes plague Mesa from the Tucson Citizen, June 12,p. Orangeburg, an inexpensive alternative to cast iron, isn't made to withstand the assault of tree roots. Some 25, homes are affected. This was no clogged drain. It turns out McGregor, 56, is one of thousands of Arizonan homeowners with sewer pipes made from an inexpensive alternative to metal that is now wearing out. For McGregor that meant thousands of dollars to replace a foot sewer line at her Mesa home and three days without the use of her toilet, bathtub or sink.

McGregor's home was built with orangeburg piping. Orangeburg, or bitiminious, is a kind of tar paper that's rolled up about 10 layers thick to create a tube. It came into use at the start of the Korean War when cast iron was scarce because it was needed for the war effort. Home builders continued using the material into the early s, when plastic piping became the industry standard. As many as 25, homes in Mesa alone are believed to have been built with orangeburg sewer pipes.

The problem is, those pipes are now wearing out and collapsing. But it's not durable enough to last much longer. There's nothing nutrient-richer than a Stop and read because its Orangeburg a look sewer supply. Bermico Pipe Cellulose Pitch-impregnated Pipe. Return to article list. All rights reserved. Orangeburg Pipe. Orangeburg, NY Fibre Conduit was by far the largest producer. D; for homogeneously walled fibre pipe. D, for the laminated walled version of fibre pipe. On Nov 30,the name of the company was changed to the Brown Company.

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