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#68 -- Fire Sprinkler Riser: Components and Benefits for Sprinkler Contractors

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 7/20/2017 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
Pre-fabricated residential risers save fire sprinkler contractors both time and money, a win-win for all involved.  Read this article to learn about the different pre-fab riser options for residential and commercial systems.

#67 -- What Size FDC Break Cap or Plug Do I Need?

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 6/15/2017 to Standpipe Systems and Fire Department Connections
In this article, we're going to help you learn how to select the right size FDC break cap or plug. 

#66 -- Ultimate Guide to Fire Extinguisher Types: Servicing and Uses

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 6/8/2017 to Fire Extinguishers
In this article we'll learn about the various types of fire extinguishers and their uses. We’ll dive into classifications, learn what the numbers mean, how often they should be serviced or repurchased, and how to use them.

#65 -- Guide to Butterfly Valves for Fire Protection

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 6/2/2017 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
In this article, we’ll discover how the butterfly valve works, what components make up the butterfly valve for fire protection, and the different types of butterfly valves.

#64 - Emergency Exit Signs: Regulations and Types

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 5/26/2017 to Emergency Exit Signs and Lights
This article explores different types of emergency exit signs and lights and the associated regulations.

#63 - Which Hand Held Digital Tachometer is Right For Me?

Posted by Jason Hugo on 5/16/2017 to Contractor Tools
Contact or contact-less? That is the question. In this article, we explore the differences between contact and contact-less handheld digital tachometers and share our recommended model that balances price with reliability and functionality.  

#62 - What is an Underwriters Playpipe and What is it Used For?

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 5/5/2017 to Fire Hose
This article explores the history of the Underwriters Playpipe and its significance, uses, types, and benefits. 

#61 - Fire Sprinkler Head Types: Pendents, Uprights, Sidewalls, and Concealed

Posted by Jason Hugo and Courtney Montanye on 12/29/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components

What type of fire sprinkler head do you have? If you cannot answer that question, we'll help you out by listing the primary fire sprinkler types and their benefits, features, and options.

#60 - Double Jacket Fire Hose Comparison: 2 inch Fire Hose vs. 1¾ inch vs. 1½ inch:

Posted by Jason Hugo and Courtney Montanye on 12/16/2016 to Fire Hose
A comprehensive guide to the three main double jacket fire hose sizes used as attack line hose: 2 inch, 1.75 inch, and 1.5 inch.

#59 - Protect Outside Fire Extinguishers with Outdoor Fire Extinguisher Cabinets

Posted by Jason Hugo and Courtney Montanye on 11/21/2016 to Fire Extinguishers
Protecting outside fire extinguishers is easy with an outdoor extinguisher cabinet. Learn about your options, what the rules are, and how an outdoor cabinet can save you both time and money.

#58 - Which Fire Sprinkler Head Cover Plate Do I Need?

Posted by Jason Hugo and Courtney Montanye on 11/4/2016 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
Finding the right cover plate for you fire sprinkler is easier than you think.  In this blog, learn how to remove your current cover plate, figure out the manufacturer, and find the correct one for your fire sprinkler today!

#57 - The War on Residential Fire Sprinklers

Posted by Jason Hugo on 8/12/2016 to Residential Fire Protection
The war on residential fire sprinklers is rooted in misguided information and fought by industry groups with vested interests. This blog compiles the arguments and dispels the myths. Then it ends with a proposed compromise that will benefit homeowners and the construction industry. Enjoy!

#56 - Fire Alarm Bell Mounting Height

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 7/29/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
The fire alarm bell has been around around forever; it's been saving lives and irking building occupants with inconvenient drills since 1852.

#55 - Introduction to Standpipe Systems and Angle Hose Valves

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 7/22/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
Angle hose valves give firefighters access to the standpipe system's supply of water, which it carries from the ground level FDC. 

#54 - What is a Siamese Connection?

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 7/15/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
The Siamese FDC features two female inlets, and plays an essential role in providing supplemental water to sprinkler and standpipe systems. 

#53 - The Role and Components of Fire Department Connections

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 7/8/2016
The fire department connection (FDC) is the access point for a building's sprinkler system to receive supplemental water from fire engines, which initially draws from fire hydrants on-site. 

#52 - FDC Plugs: What they are and how to install one

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 6/30/2016 to Fire Sprinkler System Components
FDC plugs ensure the effectiveness of a building's fire department connection by preventing foreign material from entering and clogging waterways. 

#51 - What is a Hydrant Pressure Test?

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 6/24/2016 to Fire Hose
Hydrant pressure tests ensure a city's water distribution and fire hydrants are in working condition and up to code. They determine the pressure and rate of flow at any point in a city's water distribution system. 

#50 - Use a Pilot Clamp in 6 Easy Steps

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 6/17/2016
Pilot clamps make pipe-fitting in the field much easier. They fasten to any cylindrical pipe using a clamp head, and provide accurate drilling through their hole saw guiding system. 

#49 - What is a Pilot Clamp?

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 6/10/2016
The pilot clamp guarantees consistent pipe-fitting for adjustments or spontaneous fixes on pipe systems out in the field. It fastens to any cylindrical pipe using a clamp head, and provides users with maximum leverage for accurate positioning.   

#48 - How to Replace Fire Sprinkler Escutcheons Using Retrofit Escutcheons

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 6/3/2016
Fire sprinkler escutcheons provide fire sprinkler heads aesthetic appeal, and help the ceiling resist the passage of heat. They are commonly found in commercial buildings, schools, hospitals, and even residential homes. 

#47 - How to Install FDC Caps

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 5/27/2016
FDC caps ensure optimal flow through a building's fire department connection by preventing foreign material from clogging the passageways. They ensure that a building's sprinkler system effectively receives supplemental water that fire departments provide through the FDC. 

#46 - How to Use a Pitot Gauge for Hydrant Flow Testing

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 5/20/2016
Need to test a fire hydrant's rate of discharge? Read this blog to find out how this is accomplished, and what steps should be taken to ensure accurate results. A popular way to perform hydrant flow testing is by using a Pitot gauge, which consists of three components: a blade, handle, and gauge. It remains one of the fasted, most efficient methods for measuring both straight tip and hydrant flow GPM to uncover reduced flow rates.

#45 - How to Clean Dirty Fire Sprinklers?

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 5/6/2016 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
How to clean fire sprinkler heads? Great question! Read this blog to learn about the safety and health implications of dirty fire sprinklers, your options for replacing or cleaning the heads, and the BEST option for cleaning fire sprinkler heads. 

#44 - Top Fire Protection Company in Columbus, OH: Capital Fire Protection

Posted by Jason Hugo & Cameron Sharp on 4/29/2016 to Fire Protection Companies
Need a fire protection company in the Columbus, Ohio, area? Look no further than Capital Fire Protection Company. With over 50 years of experience, their licensed and trained fire sprinkler contractors will have your fire protection system installed, inspected, or retro-fitted in no time!