Valves

  1. #163 – Angle Valve Compatibility in Fire Protection, Plumbing, and Water-Based Systems

    #163 – Angle Valve Compatibility in Fire Protection, Plumbing, and Water-Based Systems
    A wide range of standards govern the construction and use of valves—so can angle valves designed for one purpose be used for another? QRFS looks at angle valves in fire protection, HVAC, plumbing, and beyond, discussing their construction, manufacturing standards, and suitability for various applications.
  2. #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.
  3. #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.
  4. #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.
  5. #138 – Fire Safety Valve Pressure Ratings: WOG vs WSP vs. PSI

    #138 – Fire Safety Valve Pressure Ratings: WOG vs WSP vs. PSI
    Fire safety valve pressure ratings matter when choosing a valve for fire sprinkler and standpipe systems. QRFS reviews the differences between more than ten common terms manufacturers use to describe valves' pressure ratings, including WOG (Water, Oil, Gas), WSP (Working Steam Pressure), and PSI (Pounds per Square Inch).
  6. #135 – Wafer Butterfly Valves vs Grooved Butterfly Valves for Fire Protection: Pros, Cons, and Guidance from the NFPA

    #135 – Wafer Butterfly Valves vs Grooved Butterfly Valves for Fire Protection: Pros, Cons, and Guidance from the NFPA
    Grooved butterfly valves and wafer butterfly valves both control flow in fire sprinkler and standpipe systems – but is there a reason for choosing one over the other? QRFS looks at the features of different butterfly valves for fire protection, including guidance from the National Fire Protection Association.
  7. #121 – What Facility Managers Need to Inspect on a Fire Sprinkler System, Part 5

    #121 – What Facility Managers Need to Inspect on a Fire Sprinkler System, Part 5
    Valves are an essential component on any fire protection system, and automatic sprinkler systems are no exception. QRFS reviews the inspection requirements for fire sprinkler valves outlined in NFPA 25, along with explanations of what these parts do.
  8. #105 - The Water Hero Can Stop Costly Water Leaks and Damage at Home

    #105 - The Water Hero Can Stop Costly Water Leaks and Damage at Home
    Water leaks can happen in surprising and hidden places in the home, and cause thousands of dollars in damage before they're fixed. QRFS details the causes, costs, and insurance implications of home water leaks, plus looks at a simple solution to automatically detect leaks and stop them: The Water Hero.
  9. #86 - Draining a Fire Sprinkler System: Main Drain, Auxiliary Drain, and More!

    #86 - Draining a Fire Sprinkler System: Main Drain, Auxiliary Drain, and More!
    Why would a fire protection system need to be drained? This article discusses four common reasons and details the various types of drains necessary for safely draining a fire sprinkler system. Included is a detailed breakdown of the primary drain valves in a sprinkler system: main drains, auxiliary drains, sectional drains, test drains, and more.
  10. #83 - Guide to Trim Valves for Fire Protection: Three-way, Angle, In-Line Check, Swing Check, Pressure Relief, and Globe Valves

    #83 - Guide to Trim Valves for Fire Protection: Three-way, Angle, In-Line Check, Swing Check, Pressure Relief, and Globe Valves
    In fire sprinkler and standpipe systems, trim valves help make inspection, monitoring, and testing simpler. QRFS looks at trim valves for fire protection, providing an overview of what they are, how they function, and what the NFPA says about these helpful devices.

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