A New Way to do the Same Old Thing

The “Floor Control Valve Assembly for Wet Pipe Systems” drawing that appears in the current edition of NFPA 13, Chapter 8, has remained unchanged for as long as most of us can remember. However, even though this drawing has remained unchanged, the “Floor Control Assembly and Inspector’s Test Loop” has gone through a number of evolutionary changes. The “Inspector’s Test Loop” was the first part of the “Floor Control Valve Assembly” to evolve. As drawn, it has 15 pieces and 19 connection points and is designed to allow for that branch to be tested to the flow of one sprinkler and to be drained if needed for maintenance or service.

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Standardization of Residential Riser Assemblies

by V.C. “Digger” Weigand of Victory Fire Protection, Inc.

As the demand for Residential Fire Sprinkler systems has grown in our area of the country, it has quickly become one-third of our business at Victory Fire Protection, Inc.

We are now doing on average over 250 residential systems annually; this includes Town Homes, average sized homes in suburban developments, and semi-custom and custom homes – some of these, based on their size and contract value, approach the scope of small commercial work.

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