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My name is Ingrid Galadriel and this is a blog about my adventures in history, crafting, farm life and nature. I am passionate about preservation, cultural history and the Viking age. When I'm not doing farm life activities I'm a project manager in Hands on History.

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Fire pump from 1800s

Fire pump from 1800s

I found a most peculiar item in the attic. I had no idea what it was so I e-mailed my old colleagues at the folk museum. They informed me that what I had found was a very old water pump.

Naturally, we had to test it. 


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Luckily, Harald the Smith is visiting, and he has some serious international engineering skills. 

Duct tape. 

So we patched up everything that seemed to be the cause of a leak. 

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The pump consists of three connected wooden tubes.

First one has a piston, to pump water in to the tube through the bottom. 

The second one - we believe - is for ensuring the right pressure. 

The third one is for discharging the water (pump it out, I was looking for a synonym to Ejaculating).  

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The bottom of the piston staff has linen thread wound around it. 

We believe this is to allow a seal. 

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On the third tube there is a stick going through the tube. 

I'm pretty sure this is to narrow the tube, to increase the pressure before the water exits the pump. 

Clever. 


Now, imagine a hose connected to the nozzle. 

You put the pump in the lake or river and voila! 

Saves you a lot of running... 


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I love how this pump has been mended many times with leather and nails.  

The leather is nailed to the tubes with tiny wooden nails. 

If you ever owned a barrel you will understand why. 

Wood expands when wet. 

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Im always impressed with clever solutions from the past. 


Fire-starting kit

Fire-starting kit

Chickens in tha house!

Chickens in tha house!