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#1 David Rosenblum

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 10:54 PM

Hello, I was looking for advice on the best way to wet down streets and alleys. I know I could use a hose, but I feel like there are other options. I will be shooting in the Pacific Northwest, near Seattle so it will not only look good at night, it will be motivated.

I have read a lot (and obviously see in movies all the time) that wet-downs are useful and important for a certain look, but almost nothing on the actual how to. Anyone with advice or techniques or standard operating procedures, please write back.
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#2 Kevin Zanit

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 12:20 AM

A "water tender" truck or just water truck is what we use all the time. It holds a ton of water, someone drives up and down the area to be wet down while the truck sprays water on both sides of the struck and I think from behind as well.
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#3 Mike Lary

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 11:31 AM

You might want to talk to your local fire department. Here in Savannah, the fire department will send a fire truck to a film set, tap into a hydrant, and supply water for rain effects (they raise the basket and mount the hose pointing straight up). The only catch is that they leave if there's a fire, so that's an unpredictable variable.
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#4 Christopher Santucci

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 11:59 AM

Yes, water truck, sometimes also available from the highway dept. or department of streets, or possibly from a private construction company. I suppose it might also be possible to rent, borrow, lease, a lawn spraying company truck and fill the tank with water.

I'd think tapping into a fire hydrant is the easiest and simplest way to go.

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#5 David Rosenblum

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 03:03 PM

Thanks so much guys!
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#6 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 05:59 PM

Be careful if you tap into a hydrant on your own. I know here in Philadelphia that's a quick way to get the police called out to turn it off. And generally, they don't care if you're rolling or not. . .
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