Hazard A Guess: Week of Oct. 23, 2008

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Hello from Hazard!

Longtime Hazard reader Joseph Betz of Library, Pa., is the only one to weigh in with the correct response on Item No. 846 — it is an adjustable boiler tube cleaner, or brush, used to descale the fire tubes of a boiler.

“This is just the working end,” Betz advises. “Usually, it will have a pole about 7 feet long attached.”

He’s used one of these on the traction engines at the Tri-State Historical Steam Engine Association shows.

Our thanks to Joe, and to another longtime reader, Gailey Henderson of Williamstown, W.Va., for submitting Item No. 846.

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For our new Hazard item, we turn to a photo shared by Edward Wanchock of Sewickley, Pa., who provides a good description of the tool.

It’s cast iron, about 8 1/2 inches long, with 2 1/4 inch hammer head “jaw-like” pliers. It’s grooved across the jaws. The back of the jaw adjusts to grasp an object approximately one-half inch in diameter. The curved jaw has a little V groove in the end.

Do you know how it was used? Give it your best shot and send your response to: Hazard a Guess, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460; or via e-mail to: editorial@farmanddairy.com.

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