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#126 - Where Does an External Sprinkler Alarm Bell Need to Be Mounted in Relation to a Fire Department Connection?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 9/18/2018 to Fire Department Connection
Where an outside alarm bell should be mounted in proximity to a fire department connection, as well as whether you need one at all, depends on the local code used by your authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). Nevertheless, NFPA, the IBC, and the IFC offer some direction on the issue. QRFS examines the code for mounting outside waterflow alarms in a commercial fire sprinkler system.

#112 - A Guide to Fire Department Connection (FDC) Sizes and Threading

Posted by Jason Hugo on 6/12/2018 to Fire Department Connection
Fire Department Connections and their replacement parts must be compatible with the specific hoses and connections used by your local fire department. QRFS explains how to determine the right size and thread for your FDC and its components.

#110 - Replacing a Fire Department Connection Swivel

Posted by Jason Hugo on 5/29/2018 to Fire Department Connection
Working Fire Department Connections (FDCs) are essential for many standpipe systems, and a broken or missing swivel means firefighters won't have access to the water supply during a fire. QRFS looks at options to replace a fire department connection swivel, plus how to install the part.

#94 - Standpipe Systems (Part 5): Maintenance Testing of Standpipes (Continued)

Posted by Jason Hugo on 2/1/2018 to Fire Department Connection

Previously, the blog posts in this series have covered standpipe systems, required maintenance, the components of standpipe systems, and testing. This article will break down the maintenance testing requirements for existing standpipe systems defined in NFPA 25: Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems. Our goal is to aggregate and contextualize this code for contractors and building owners.

#93 - Standpipe Systems (Part 4): Acceptance Testing and Ongoing System Maintenance

Posted by Jason Hugo on 1/25/2018 to Fire Department Connection
In the previous posts in this series, we covered standpipe systems, required maintenance, and the components of standpipe systems. Some of the major components we covered were pipes, water flow alarms, fire department connections, hoses, hose connections, and system valves. As we continue through our series, this installment covers required testing for standpipe systems and the NFPA codes that correspond with the different types of testing.

#92 - Standpipe Systems (Part 3): More Standpipe System Components and How to Maintain Them

Posted by Jason Hugo on 1/18/2018 to Fire Department Connection
In the previous two installments of our series, we first introduced standpipe and then the major system components including pipes, fire pumps, water flow alarms, drains, gauges, and fire department connections. This article will look at additional, vital portions of a standpipe: the hoses, hose connections and stations, and various system valves. This guide explains the purpose of these items and serves as a quick reference for the maintenance and inspection expected of life safety contractors and building owners.

#82 -- Common Types of Threads Used in Fire Hose and Fire Department Connections: NPT, NST, and More!

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 11/9/2017 to Fire Department Connection
In this article, we’ll dive into thread standards and thread sizing. We’ll travel back into history to gain a better understanding of thread sizes, learn what standards are used today, and show you what solutions are available to ensure you get the right threads for your fire protection job.