March 2019

  1. #160 – CPVC, Copper, Steel, and PEX: Trends in Home Fire Sprinkler Systems

    #160 – CPVC, Copper, Steel, and PEX: Trends in Home Fire Sprinkler Systems
    Fire sprinkler installers looking to compete in the home fire sprinkler market have a wide variety of piping materials at their disposal. QRFS estimates the prevalence of piping materials, including PEX and CPVC fire sprinkler pipe, and explains how some factors—namely, cost—have left copper and steel with a much smaller role.
  2. #159 – How Soon Do I Need to Fix Problems with Fire Extinguishers and Cabinets?

    #159 – How Soon Do I Need to Fix Problems with Fire Extinguishers and Cabinets?
    Portable fire extinguishers are an effective tool for putting out fires in their earliest stages. QRFS explains how NFPA extinguisher inspections provide building owners and their staff with timelines for fixing problems with fire extinguishers and cabinets.
  3. #158 – Storz FDCs and Fire Hydrant Storz Connections: Adapters or Integral Storz?

    #158 – Storz FDCs and Fire Hydrant Storz Connections: Adapters or Integral Storz?
    Quick-connecting Storz couplings can simplify the task facing firefighters and significantly reduce the time required to connect fire hoses to fire hydrants and fire department connections. QRFS looks at the benefits and drawbacks of three products designed to make these devices Storz-ready: removable Storz adapters, permanent Storz adapters, and integral fire hydrant Storz connections.
  4. #157 – Heat Tracing Fire Sprinkler Systems: When, Where, and How

    #157 – Heat Tracing Fire Sprinkler Systems: When, Where, and How
    Heat tracing can protect sections of pipe in wet fire sprinklers from freezing, providing a viable alternative to installing or retrofitting more complex and expensive dry pipe or preaction systems. QRFS explains various types of heat tape, including NFPA standards, cost, and maintenance requirements.
  5. #156 – Advanced Fire Protection for a Complex Industrial Facility

    #156 – Advanced Fire Protection for a Complex Industrial Facility
    Increasingly complex industrial facilities need advanced fire protection and life safety systems. QRFS reviews NFPA and ICC requirements for an industrial occupancy.
  6. #155 – Guide to Dry Sprinkler Systems, Part 3: Installation of Components

    #155 – Guide to Dry Sprinkler Systems, Part 3: Installation of Components
    The additional components required in dry fire sprinkler systems compared to wet systems can make installation more challenging. QRFS helps you understand NFPA 13 requirements for installing dry pipe and check valves, as well as quick-opening and antiflooding devices.
  7. #154 – What is Water Hammer and How Does it Impact Firefighting?

    #154 – What is Water Hammer and How Does it Impact Firefighting?
    Closing or opening a valve can cause a sudden surge in pressure, threatening water-based systems and the people who work around them. QRFS explains the phenomenon known as water hammer, describing what is, how it works, and how it impacts firefighting and the design of fire protection systems.
  8. #153 – How to Remove Concrete Anchors: The Complete Guide

    #153 – How to Remove Concrete Anchors: The Complete Guide
    Contractors of all kinds rely on concrete anchors, but these fasteners' impressive grip can make them particularly tricky to remove. QRFS takes a look at established and emerging ways to quickly remove concrete anchors.
  9. #152 – What is a Carlin Valve and When is it Necessary?

    #152 – What is a Carlin Valve and When is it Necessary?
    At the fire scene, the engine company sometimes designates a person to stay with the fire hydrant while the engine and the crew advance on a burning building. QRFS explains how Carlin valves, a displacement-activated hydrant gate valve, can keep the engine company whole while facilitating safe and speedy hydrant activation.

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