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Temperature Change and Dry Pipe Systems

Temperature Change

Fluctuations Can Cause Problems Temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on certain types of systems in certain configurations. The most susceptible type of system to temperature fluctuations are dry-type systems, specifically dry-type systems which utilize a direct differential style dry valve. By direct differential style dry valves, it is understood to …

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American Automatic Sprinkler Celebrated 50 Years

American Automatic

In January 2017, American Automatic Sprinkler celebrated its golden anniversary. The Fort Worth, Texas-based fire sprinkler contractor founded by C.B. Hall, who served as AFSA’s second chairman from 1982 to 1983, has been actively involved in AFSA’s training and education initiatives since its founding in 1981. Haws & Garrett, a …

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VSC Completes Midtown Tunnel Project

VSC Completes

First Tunnel in Virginia Protected by Sprinklers In April of 2016, the Norfolk-Virginia Beach office of VSC Fire & Security, Inc. completed installing a fire suppression system in the new U.S. 58 Midtown tunnel that connects Norfolk, Virginia to Portsmouth, Virginia. The multimillion dollar project began construction in November of …

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Celebrating Industry Leaders

Celebrating Industry Leaders

Nominations Sought for Prestigious Awards The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is accepting nominations for its top honors: the prestigious Henry S. Parmelee award, esteemed Fire Sprinkler Advocate of the Year award, and the new yet highly regarded Young Professional of the Year award. The awards will be presented during …

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Celebrate National Apprenticeship Week

Celebrate National Apprenticeship

Fire Tech Systems, Inc. Apprentice Honored Every year for one week in November the U.S. Department of Labor honors the hard work and diligence of our nation’s apprentices and the importance of apprenticeship as a whole during National Apprenticeship Week. Across the nation, through over 300 events in 47 states, …

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President’s Report: Volunteerism

President's Report: Volunteerism

Volunteerism. The practice of volunteering your time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially within your community or industry. It’s an interesting challenge to draft a semi-regular opinion piece for an industry-wide magazine, and a lot of credit goes out to the past chairmen of the AFSA …

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Spot the Dot: Part 2

Spot the Dot: Part 2

Continuing With the Z Dimension That’s right… you read the last paragraph of my previous article in the September/October 2016 issue of Sprinkler Age correctly (see page 44 of that issue, or click here to see the blog post). Sensitivity and discharge are not equal in the eyes of the …

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AHJ Perspective: Living in Glass Houses

AHJ Perspective: Living

They say that people who live in glass houses should never get involved in a rock throwing contest. On the other hand, if you do live in a glass house, you should take certain precautions like removing all the loose rubble from the outside so that malcontents cannot do damage. …

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