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peakbagger
07-08-2012, 06:08 PM
While hiking today near Zealand Hut I noticed that the AMC replaced the "rube goldberg" looking water driven pump with a DC commerical unit. I expect the old one was somewhat maintenance intensive and had some moving parts exposed so it probably needed to go, but I will miss it as it was quite a marvel and had an interesting sound while operating. The new one is a stainless steel housing with a sealed pump rod and appears to be plunger style pump driven by an electric motor. I also expect that the new pump is somewhat better sealed to surface water and its associated contamination so thats probably another reason to replace it.

MichaelJ
07-08-2012, 06:53 PM
That's too bad, I always thought it was just a marvel that the power driving that pump was hydromechanical. I guess between the hydro turbine generator, modern solar panels, and wind turbine, they have enough of their own little electric grid to support an electric pump.

Red Oak
07-08-2012, 08:34 PM
Hopefully the water will taste better now.I got the privilege of digging out the now old water pump two years ago[early spring]after snow.The sound was cool!Always interesting what people remember about older things like the pump and cool to hear old stories related to the huts.

bikehikeskifish
07-08-2012, 09:53 PM
Here is a video I shot last year for FOT48 of the pump in action, for those who've never seen it:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/NQ7QPJq73DzPosewo1sR7dMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0

Tim

DougPaul
07-09-2012, 12:05 AM
Here is a video I shot last year for FOT48 of the pump in action, for those who've never seen it:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/NQ7QPJq73DzPosewo1sR7dMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0
There is a flow driven (more properly high flow, low pressure input, lower flow, higher pressure output) pump sometimes used in remote areas called a hydraulic ram, but this doesn't appear to be one...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydraulic_ram

Doug

Brambor
07-09-2012, 04:54 AM
I have noticed the pump replaced during one of our trips this winter. I loved the old pump, however and the need to bring a kettle with hot water to pour it over the metal to unfreeze the 'joints'

Here is a photo from a few years ago when I had the 'priviledge' of doing the pumping:

http://farm1.staticflickr.com/154/342516789_2e6bb1d2dd_o.jpg