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    Posted 4 years ago

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    It never ceases to amaze me what "odd" things show up every so often at my favorite thrift store. Here's one of today's prizes, scored in exchange for almost all of 3 bucks. :-)

    This is some sort of industrial thermometer made by TRERICE, a company apparently still in existence in Michigan. It is presumably designed to attach to a pipeline (or some piece of equipment, anyway?) so to measure the temperature of a liquid (?) within. Unlike similar examples currently displayed on the TRERICE website, this one has red mercury in it (with label on the backside warning of such, also proudly proclaiming "MADE IN USA") and measures from 0 - 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It has an "adjustable" mounting bracket hardware and temperature sensing element to allow usage in different orientations. It measures 17" long overall and 2-1/4" wide, the gauge itself is about 11".

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    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Hint : A veterinary technician would know what this is !
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Is my guess right, Phil ?
    3. groobiak, 4 years ago
      Trerice makes gauges for all sorts of process, industrial, heating and cooling applications (I work for a supply house)- This style thermometer typically is installed in a "wet well" in piping. Not sure of the original application based on the temperature range, though, since most heating applications would range over 200 degrees, and domestic water would be at least 125.
    4. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      This is a rectal thermometer for cows etc. Not for use for boiling or hot water. Remember this from my time on farm.
    5. lzenglish lzenglish, 4 years ago
      groobiak has the correct answer. Having worked in the HVAC/R business for over 40 years, i installed many of these, in Heating, and Chilled water lines. Never tried to jam one in a cows behind, but i guess you could, if you wanted to.
    6. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 4 years ago
      THANKS EVERYBODY for your loves and comments -- and especially groobiak and lzenglish for adding your expertise!!! <applause> PhilD, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to go with their HVAC purpose for this thermometer ;-) though your initial comment did get me wondering if it might have come from some sort of water/bathing apparatus for animals, ifn's such a thing really exists. (??) The 'cow's behind' idea is definitely *not* where my mind was headed (as...ahem...'interesting' of an idea as that is?! <lol>) unless there would have also been some sorta now missing...ummm...'insertion device' for the thermometer to be screwed onto?? (as, the last time I checked anyway, the back end of a cow isn't threaded...??)

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