Monday, November 26, 2007

Drain Pipe Mystery

We were near the Piazza Repubblica and I took this photo with my phone. It shows a typical building in the city. Notice the gutter drain pipes duck into the wall above the ground floor (click the photo to enlarge). This is the kind of thing that drives me crazy. Why do they do that? The other day we came up with the most plausible reason: if they ran the pipe to the ground it would probably be destroyed, as simple as that. Seeing the way they park cars and scooters around here and the way bikes are chained to anything stationary you start to understand. With the limited amount of space, the first hypothesis is that those pipes would be crushed and ruined in a matter of months. The second hypothesis was that in the wall, those pipes combine with house waste water – combined waste water. So it is a question of connecting the two water removal systems together. Anyone have a better idea?


  1. Here's an idea: why don't you two Italian-speaking smarty pants-eeez go inside one of these buildings and ask the owner? Or how about asking your Maestro? Don't make me come over there and smack you guys in the head now! i want to see a post with the answer soon.

  2. If we asked someone in the building they wouldn't know the answer.


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