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  1. #257 – Fire Risers, Part 1: Essential Fire Sprinkler Riser Components

    #257 – Fire Risers, Part 1: Essential Fire Sprinkler Riser Components
    Each fire riser serves as a central hub for sprinkler system inspection, testing, and repair. For more on residential and commercial risers, fire sprinkler riser components, and how they’re used in different system types, read on.
  2. #255 – What is a Hydrostatic Test Pump? A Review of Parts and Function

    #255 – What is a Hydrostatic Test Pump? A Review of Parts and Function
    QRFS examines hydrostatic test pumps: the device that enables a critical fire protection system test that ensures piping networks can handle the pressure.
  3. #252 – Set and Cure Times for CPVC Glue (Solvent Cement): How Much Time Does It Take to Dry?

    #252 – Set and Cure Times for CPVC Glue (Solvent Cement): How Much Time Does It Take to Dry?
    Often called CPVC glue, CPVC solvent cement joins pipes and fittings at a molecular level. QRFS covers everything installers need to know about the time required for CPVC glue to initially dry (set) and permanently cure when used with CPVC brands like BlazeMaster®, FlameGuard®, and ThermaFit Industries.
  4. #248 – A Guide to Top Beam Clamps for Fire Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems

    #248 – A Guide to Top Beam Clamps for Fire Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems
    Top beam clamps used to hang pipes in fire sprinkler and standpipe systems perform well in buildings with steel beams and other metal supports. Learn how they work, where they’re used, and what fire code requires.
  5. #247 – XT1 Fire Sprinklers and Accessories: The "Next Generation" of Viking Sprinklers

    #247 – XT1 Fire Sprinklers and Accessories: The "Next Generation" of Viking Sprinklers
    What do Viking’s new fire sprinklers, head guards, escutcheons, and water shields offer that earlier models don't? QRFS looks at the Viking XT1 fire sprinkler platform, discussing product design, cross-compatibility between old and new products, and purchasing and identification tips.
  6. #243 – The Water Hero P-100 Reviews, Uses, and Installation

    #243 – The Water Hero P-100 Reviews, Uses, and Installation
    The Water Hero P-100 offers home leak detection for houses with 3/4” & 1” water mains. Learn what reviewers say and how to install one with this guide.
  7. #242 – UL Listed and FM Approvals: Which Listings Matter for Fire Protection Under NFPA 13?

    #242 – UL Listed and FM Approvals: Which Listings Matter for Fire Protection Under NFPA 13?
    Many fire protection items are listed, approved, or certified—but what do they really mean? Learn about UL listings, FM approvals, & other certifications.
  8. #240 – Pitot Gauges: How Do I Calculate the PSI to GPM Conversion?

    #240 – Pitot Gauges: How Do I Calculate the PSI to GPM Conversion?
    QRFS makes using a pitot gauge to calculate gallons per minute simple: convert PSI to GPM manually or with this convenient online calculator.
  9. #238 – Grooved Couplings: The Fastest Way to Connect Pipe

    #238 – Grooved Couplings: The Fastest Way to Connect Pipe
    Learn about grooved couplings in pipe systems: how they compare to flanged or welded joints while reducing the labor required for installation & maintenance.
  10. #235 – What Size Valve Wheel Wrench Do You Need?

    #235 – What Size Valve Wheel Wrench Do You Need?
    For a slip-free grip and maximum leverage, follow QRFS’s guide to sizing valve wheel wrenches that turn handwheel valves safely.

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