It's been quite the year!
First - I'm thankful for you being a part of the community here. Whether it's reading a post here or there, downloading a cheatsheet, posting on the forum, using a tool or learning on the University platform - I couldn't be more thankful.
You have helped make a dream of mine come to reality where I get to focus on ways to improve the industry I care so much about. Thank you for helping make that happen.
Second - a lot has happened this year. We ramped up the learning experience with a load of new resources and 360-virtual simulations over at MeyerFire University. Perhaps just as impactful, we brought about an entirely new and improved site complete with an iOS and Android app. A lot has happened in that space over this year.
In case you missed it, here are the top articles and resources of all time (as of 2023) at MeyerFire:
#10 IS A POST INDICATOR VALVE REQUIRED FOR MY PROJECT?
A code path study that looks at when post indicator valves are actually required.
#9 A THRUST BLOCK CALCULATOR
A calculator which helps size thrust blocks for underground pipe.
#8 REQUIREMENTS FOR DRAINS IN FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS
A recap of when, where, and what size drains need to be in a fire sprinkler system.
#7 FIRE HYDRANT FLOW TEST CHARTS
A few pages for immediate flow translations for different fire hydrants. Useful for flow testing.
#6 ARE FIRE SPRINKLERS REQUIRED FOR A CANOPY?
A flowchart look at when sprinklers are required below a canopy, overhang, or porte-cochere.
#5 A FIRE DEPARTMENT CONNECTION CHEATSHEET
A PDF of all the biggest requirements & tips surrounding FDCs.
#4 DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS OF THE INSPECTOR'S TEST
A breakout of the different requirements associated with an inspector's test.
#3 SUMMARY OF DIFFERENCES IN NFPA 13, 13R, & 13D
A breakout of the big differences between the three fire sprinkler standards.
#2 BREAKING DOWN COMPONENTS OF A FIRE HYDRANT
Types, components, and the "why" behind different parts of a fire hydrant.
#1 COMPARE FLOW OF K-FACTORS WITH K-FACTOR CALCULATOR
A tool (paid tool as part of the Toolkit) that optimizes flow and pressure across different available fire sprinkler k-factors.
Thank you for another great year in helping improve the industry. I can't begin to tell you how excited and optimistic I am about what we'll be able to impact moving forward.
Here's to 2023, and a bright year ahead. Cheers.
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A couple weeks ago I was talking with a friend (shoutout to Chris Logan and his Fire Sprinkler Podcast) about different naming conventions for specific pipes in a sprinkler system.
What a great end result that chat started! We drew it up, labeled as best we knew, and posted it last week for your input.
And boy did you not disappoint!
Probably the term I knew least about was this one -
We got a wide range of names and input on how you describe the system. We can create a pretty kickin’ diagram today with your awesome input.
But I can't help but to take it one step further.
We all have anecdotal experience, but what is the most common terms actually used in industry?
If I’m talking to a colleague across the country – what term is most likely to strike home?
I hate surveys, so I’m not going to do that. Instead, below we have simple poll questions where you can instantly see the results too.
Vote on what term you usually call each part of the system, and afterwards we'll build a new (and more representative) diagram based on the most common terms. Keep in mind that each of these pieces don't have a defined name.
The others we covered last week (riser, system riser, feed main, cross main, branch line, armover, sprig) are all defined terms in NFPA 13.
If we do this well enough it just might be what the industry uses over the next few years, so thanks for taking part!
Thanks for your input & being a part of the community here!
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Joe Meyer, PE, is a Fire Protection Engineer out of St. Louis, Missouri who writes & develops resources for Fire Protection Professionals. See bio here: About