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#74 -- Where to Find Central Sprinkler Company Model A Replacement Fire Sprinkler Cover Plates

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 9/14/2017 to Fire Sprinkler Cover Plates
In this article, we’ll show you what makes the Model A cover plate so unique. Furthermore, we’ll explain why they’re so rare and help you explore the available options.

#73 -- Fasteners in a Fire Sprinkler System: Benefits, Considerations, and Types

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 9/7/2017 to Pipe Hangers
In this article, we’ll dive further into the world of fasteners. We’ll get a better understanding of what they are and how to use them, look at the guidelines provided by the NFPA, and explore available options.

#72 -- The History of Life Safety Code: NFPA 101, NFPA 13, NFPA 13R, and NFPA 13D

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 8/31/2017 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
In this article we'll look at the history of the NFPA and life safety code to gain a better understanding of the various versions and their differences.

#71 -- When to Replace Fire Sprinkler Heads in a Fire Sprinkler System?

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 8/24/2017 to Fire Sprinkler Systems
The best way to identify issues with fire sprinkler heads is through regular inspections, testing, and maintenance. But when should you perform and of the aforementioned procedures? How do you know when to test or replace them? In this article, we'll help you answer all of your most burning questions!

#70 -- Fire Sprinkler Head Replacement Cabinet: How to Make a Sprinkler Kit

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 8/17/2017 to Fire Sprinkler Regulatory
In this article, we'll help you decide what items you need in your fire sprinkler head replacement cabinet, where to store it, and the requirements it must meet.

#69 -- Test and Drain Valve: A Guide for Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Posted by Jason Hugo and Anna Hartenbach on 8/10/2017 to Valves
In this article we'll look at the Test and Drain to uncover its benefits, uses, and features. We'll explore relevant NFPA Code so we can help you put their suggested rules and guidance into perspective and understand why it matters to you!

#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, Courtney Montanye and Anna Hartenbach 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.