You’re on a jobsite. On the phone with the boss back at the office. You’re looking up at a portion of the sprinkler system and have a question about that one piece of pipe.
How do you describe that piece of pipe?
What’s it called?
It sounds silly, but up until Monday I’m not so sure that I knew the proper name for each segment within a sprinkler system. Like the true, proper terms that I should have learned way back when.
There are a few things that can impact that – one is informal regional terms, which can cause some inconsistency. One is that up until Monday I’d never actually read all the definitions in NFPA 13 for each stick of pipe. One is that when I’d get cross-eyed looks when talking about a specific piece, I’d usually just point to it in conversation and move on.
Well – as we do around here – it’s time to bring this topic out into the light and maybe we can all learn a bit from the discussion.
Here’s a basic diagram of a sprinkler system, which each pipe path identified as best I understand it today:
Is this consistent with the terms you use? What other names (maybe keep it PC?) or terms do you use?
If not, what terms (even informal ones) do you use to describe each pipe?
Take a look at the diagram above and some of these pictures and let us know 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