The Fire Hydrant Gets a Makeover + This Is Why You Should Care
Fire hydrants aren’t something we usually think of until we get a ticket for parking next to one. But retired NYC firefighter George Sigelakis has spent a lot of time thinking about them. He’s been working on revolutionizing the century-old design for about 20 years at his company Sigelock Systems. They’re now the proud makers of the Sigelock Spartan Hydrant, which is the world’s first sustainable, fully secure fire hydrant.
If you’re of the mindset “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it,” well… it actually is broken. Fire hydrants are made from cast iron. Over time, cracks and leaks start to become a problem. In a 2013 report from Newark, New Jersey, the city found that one in seven fire hydrants do not work. In fact, on a hot July day in 2012, a fire broke out in an abandoned building; firefighters arrived within minutes to fight the blaze, yet there was a crucial element missing — water. It took two hours, claimed five lives and destroyed a family residence before the water issue could be resolved.
Another problem is that fire hydrants are easy to open. And on a hot day, it’s a tempting way to cool off, using up precious water resources. Sigelock Systems tackles both of these problems head on.
Dubbed as “a maintenance-free hydrant,” the cast iron technology from before has been fortified with a mixture of stainless steel, ductile iron and a powder coating that’s powerful enough to resist rust and corrosion from even the toughest environments. The Sigelock is also nearly impenetrable. Its nozzles, outlets and operating nuts are completely encapsulated with a tamper resistant lock. To prevent unlawful water usage and unauthorized access, the revolutionized fire hydrant requires a special tool to open it.
So does the Sigelock hydrant do its job? Only time may tell. Sigelakis stands by his design but notes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day. It was built brick by brick, pebble by pebble.” Sigelakis is slowly paving the way for the Sigelock hydrant, as he travels across the country sharing his invention in hopes of convincing communities to plant the first “pebble.” Since 2010, there have been 150 Sigelock hydrants installed throughout small communities in 11 different states. So far, not a single one has required maintenance.
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(h/t: Fast Company)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)