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Fire Alarm Wiring - Two-Wire Detectors

#128 – Wiring Ground Faults

by Shawn Lee Ground faults can be quite troublesome when dealing with fire alarm system malfunctions. While ground faults may ...
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#127 – Fire Alarm Detector Layout Part 3: Solid Joists

by Shawn Lee To continue our posts about detector layout, we will review how to configure a fire alarm system ...
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#126 – What is the Value of NICET Certification for Water-Based Systems?

Proving proficiency is giving fire protection professionals a competitive edge In many industries, there are certifications that mark professionals as ...
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#125 – Fire Sprinkler Systems on College Campuses

by Will Strickler Fire sprinkler systems on college campuses are crucial in protecting the lives of students and faculty, along ...
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NICET Certification for Fire Alarms and Fire Sprinklers

#124 – Test Prep is a Key to NICET Certification

by Sean Johnson We’ve all taken our fair share of tests and know that nervous feeling right before answering the ...
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Class 3 Standpipe

#123 – Manual Standpipes and Acceptance Testing Methods

by William Strickler When installing a new manual wet or dry standpipe system, what is your company’s preferred method of ...
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General Air Nitrogen Generator

#122 – Nitrogen Generator for My Fire Sprinkler System: Should I Install One?

by Ray Fremont, General Air Products Nitrogen Generators are an exceptional piece of technology for fire sprinkler systems… when installed ...
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Residential Sprinkler System Drawing

#121 – Residential Sprinkler System Installation Is Important

by Bill Ford The installation and maintenance of fire sprinkler systems in a residential home can save lives and property ...
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#120 – Getting Started with Fire Sprinkler Inspection & Testing

Suggestions for Entering the Field of Inspection & Testing in Water-Based Systems Are you interested in the field of Inspection ...
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#119 – Fire Alarm Detector Layout Part 2: Irregularly Shaped Areas

by Shawn Lee References to NFPA 72 refer to the 2016 edition When we previously discussed fire alarm detector layout, ...
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Math Formulas and Figures

#118 – Math Tips

by Lisa Salzman Back in the day, I was one of those students who liked math class. Call me crazy, ...
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Frozen water in a fire sprinkler pipe

#117 – Winter Preparation for Fire Sprinkler Systems

by Will Strickler It’s that time of year again, as winter preparation has started for those who maintain fire sprinkler ...
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#116 – Traditional vs. Special Hazards Fire Suppression

by Michael Angstadt The entire idea behind employing a fire suppression system is the assurance that you can protect your ...
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#115 – Testing: Automatic Transfer Switches for Fire Pumps

by Will Strickler Electric fire pumps, as we all know, are an essential part of any fire protection system that ...
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NFPA 72 Fire Alarm Detector Layout

#114 – Basic Fire Alarm Heat Detector Layout

by Shawn Lee. References to NFPA 72 refer to the 2016 edition Over the last 10 years or so, I have developed ...
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Post Indicator Valve stem on college campus

#113 – A Follow Up to Underground: How to Repair a Broken PIV Stem

by Jasen Buddemeier and Tom Doty In May a Fire Tech Tip was shared on the Fire Tech Productions Website ...
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Black mold from water damage

#112 – Limit Your Liability When Installing Fire Sprinkler Systems

by Tom Doty After 40 years in the Sprinkler Industry, I’ve run across a few “leaky” situations. Let’s just say ...
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#111 – My Voltage Drop Problem

by Shawn Lee Occasionally I suffer from a mild form of Obsessive Compulsive Behavior (OCB). It generally has something to ...
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#110 – Tips to Follow When Working with Underground Piping by Tom Doty

by Tom Doty “There are no cheap mistakes in underground.” -Tom Doty A brief history: Underground piping has changed through ...
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#109 – Tips on Preparing for Your NICET Exam

by Lisa Salzman When preparing for your NICET exam, there are some things to keep in mind… NICET exams are ...
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#108 – 5 Steps to Greatness Summarized by Lisa Salzman

summarized by Lisa Salzman The following steps were delivered in a 5-week series by Truth at Work Out Hustle and ...
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#107 – Earthquake

by Justin Strousse The following is a story presented to Fire Tech Productions from Justin Strousse. He is the Director ...
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#106 – Freeze Machine

by Tom Doty Some years ago, our service department invested in a freeze machine. For those of you who don’t ...
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#105 – Exam Prep vs Knowing the Code

by Shawn Lee What brings this post to life was a discussion I had with a coworker about a quiz ...
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#104 – Fire Pump Maintenance

by Wills LaCrosse, Fire Tech Fire Pump Instructor, reposted from https://vibralign.com/other-topics/fire-pump-maintenance/ Wills LaCrosse is the owner of LaCrosse Engineering. LaCrosse ...
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Color Codes for Marking up Engineering Drawings

#103 – Color Codes for Marking Up Drawings

by Priscilla Duggins, Project Systems Specialist – SimplexGrinnell When marking up drawings or documents, use this standard multi-color pen system: ...
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Fire Sprinkler Service and Repair Training

#102 – Knowing Your Fire Alarm System

by Shawn Lee When it comes to personal enjoyment in the fire alarm field, my favorite activity is troubleshooting and ...
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Fire Sprinkler Head with Flames

#101 – The Importance of Fire Protection – Why We Do What We Do

by Bruce Agan, USAutomatic Fire and Security Bruce Agan, a fire sprinkler contractor in Carmel, Indiana, often recruits young hires ...
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