Inspector Fire Hydrant Flow Test Kit | Light & Compact
- One of the industry's most portable solutions for measuring static and residual pressure
- Designed for use with the most common fire hydrant outlets (2-1/2" NST)
- Ships standard with valves designed to protect pressure gauges against damage
- Upgrades reduce weight, add certification, enhance pitot gauge grip, and more
- Shipped from locations throughout the U.S. for fast arrival times
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- Why choose this kit?
- What's in it?
- Which gauge dial range do I need?
- What do I do with PSI readings from the pitot gauge?
The Inspector Starter Kit contains the tools you need for flow tests of 2-1/2″ fire hydrant outlets and other water-flowing orifices. Every lightweight, compact kit offers:
- One brass test cap with a 2-1/2″ NST inlet and a 1/4″ NPT outlet
- A pitot gauge handle with two blades
- Two analog pressure gauges in any of eight dial ranges
- A portable carrying case from Plano—a world-famous manufacturer of hard-shell cases for the outdoors
- A 43-1/3″ ft. roll of PFTE thread seal tape
This kit is ideal for those who use a test cap to measure flows at male 2-1/2″ NST (National Standard Thread) outlets. The included pitot tubes and blades are also suitable for recording the pressure of water flowing from nearly any open orifice. Take a look at our other flow test kits if you:
- Conduct water flow tests on a 3/4″, 1-1/2″, or 2-1/2″ outlets without the use of a fire hydrant flow elbow or digital gauges (Inspector Starter Kit)
- Test any of the above with certified gauges or a fire hydrant flow elbow (Inspector Complete Kit)
- Need all of the above, digital gauges, and a fire pump tachometer (Inspector Fire Pump Team Kit)
These are some of the smallest and lightest fire flow test kits available: each weighs less than 6.2 pounds and is protected by a small Plano hard-plastic case measuring roughly 14″ x 10″ x 4″. This kit is ideal for two users working in tandem: one can use a test cap and gauge to measure static pressure while another takes pitot gauge readings from an open hydrant.
The Inspector Fire Hydrant Flow Test Kit is available in four models:
- The Basic Hydrant Kit (802)
- The Advanced Hydrant Kit (803)
- The Advanced Dry Hydrant Kit (803A)
- The Ultra-Portable Hydrant Kit (804)
Upgrading to the Advanced, Advanced Dry, or Ultra-Portable kits will improve gauge accuracy: while pressure gauges included with the #802 kit guarantee 1% accuracy only in their mid-range, upgraded gauges offer 1% accuracy across the entire dial (full-scale accuracy).
In addition, only the Ultra-Portable Kit ships standard with NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) traceable gauges. These gauges include documentation explaining when and how the gauge was calibrated, allowing inspectors to conduct tests for government agencies and other entities with rigorous qualifications.
For a summary of these differences (with differences in bold), see the table below.
|Kit||Use||Test Cap(s)||Pitot Tube||Blades||Gauges||Bleeder||Case||Extras|
|Basic||Testing hydrants at known pressures||1 brass test cap (2-1/2″ NST)||1 round-handled pitot gauge tube||2 standard straight pitot blades||2 liquid-filled pressure gauges with 2-1/2″ dials and 1% mid-range accuracy||1 single-ball-valve bleeder||1 Plano small deluxe case||1 roll of PFTE thread seal tape|
|Advanced||Testing hydrants at variable pressures or when full-range accuracy is needed||1 brass test cap (2-1/2″ NST)||1 hex-handled pitot gauge tube||2 straight pitot blades: 1 standard & 1 ultra-light||2 liquid-filled pressure gauges with 2-1/2″ dials and 1% full-range accuracy||1 single-ball-valve bleeder||1 Plano small deluxe case||1 roll of PFTE thread seal tape|
|Advanced Dry||Tests requiring full-range accuracy and easy-to-read gauges||1 brass test cap (2-1/2″ NST)||1 hex-handled pitot gauge tube||2 straight pitot blades: 1 standard & 1 ultra-light||2 3.2″ dry-dial gauges with 1% full-range accuracy||1 single-ball-valve bleeder||1 Plano small deluxe case||1 roll of PFTE thread seal tape|
|Ultra-Portable||When portability, accuracy, and certification matter—weighs 5.2 pounds||1 brass test cap (2-1/2″ NST)||1 ultra-light, high-grip pitot gauge tube||2 ultra-light pitot blades: 1 straight, 1 notched||2 NIST-traceable Ashcroft 1009AW liquid-filled pressure gauges with 2-1/2″ dials and 1% full-scale accuracy||1 double-ball-valve bleeder||1 Plano small deluxe case||1 roll of PFTE thread seal tape|
Each gauge provided with this flow test kit is available in one of eight dial ranges. To prolong your gauge’s life, use the table below to choose a range that places your expected pressures at the center of the dial or in the mid-range. For example, inspectors testing outlets with 30 PSI of pressure should choose a 0-60 PSI gauge—or a 100 PSI gauge for 50 PSI test pressures. This table also provides each range’s major and minor graduations (the large and small tick marks along the dial’s face).
|Dial Ranges||Center of Dial||Mid-Range||Major #’d Graduations||Minor Graduations||Smallest Graduations|
Pitot gauges provide pressure readings in pounds per square inch (PSI). These readings can be used to estimate how fast water flows, in gallons per minute (GPM), using formulas or a pitot gauge theoretical discharge conversion table (like the one included on each hydrant flow nozzle). Used to convert PSI readings to GPM.
Conversion accuracy depends on an accurate measurement of outlet size and the nozzle or outlet coefficient. For more on how and why to convert PSI to GPM in pitot tests, read QRFS’s “Pitot Gauges: How Do I Calculate the PSI to GPM Conversion?”