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Old 04-15-2010, 06:33 AM
danski0224 danski0224 is offline
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I did a short stint in a coal fired power plant that had several of these things... but they were quite a bit longer (about 20') and moved (steam driven) in and out of the boiler, probably due to the internal temperature.

Some warning signs would have been nice. I didn't know what they were, had to work nearby, and most seemed to need maintenance. Fortunately for me, I was not close to one when it turned on. I stayed much further away when I saw the steam escaping.

That boiler was 11 stories tall and hung from the ceiling... it expanded downwards about a foot.

I heard the boiler experienced sudden and catastrophic failure (again) after the refit that started just after I left. Oops. Hope no one got hurt.
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