Is an access panel or access door required for sprinklers that are installed in a concealed space?
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10/25/2021 07:37:40 am
NFPA 13-19'-184.108.40.206 Sprinkler Access - Access shall be provided to all sprinklers for inspection, testing, and maintenance.
10/27/2021 09:41:26 am
NFPA 13 2019- 220.127.116.11 is a subsection of 9.3.9 Duct Protection- this requirement for access panel is for Duct sprinklers.
10/25/2021 07:58:56 am
10/25/2021 10:18:44 am
Since 18.104.22.168 (2016) is a subsection of 8.15.13, that is only for duct sprinklers. There is no requirement in NFPA 13 or 25 for access panels for concealed spaces. Although I have seen owners wish to have them provided, and I have seen military specs requiring them.
10/25/2021 01:21:04 pm
10/25/2021 08:21:30 am
Back in the day, 51 years ago, architects would show access panels in hard ceilings next to where designers would place the sprinkler heads for , specifically for access, repair.
10/25/2021 09:34:19 am
The Specifications (e.g. 083113 Access Doors and Frames) instruct the Contractor to "Verify access door locations and sizes provide required maintenance access to installed building services components." and "Install access doors and panels permitting access to service valves, traps, dampers, cleanouts, and other mechanical, electrical and conveyor control items concealed in walls and partitions, and concealed above gypsum board and plaster ceilings."
10/25/2021 10:26:07 am
There is a lot of debate within the AHJs in my area about this.
10/25/2021 11:33:44 am
10/11/2022 01:30:33 pm
If a concealed space requires sprinklers (like a wood truss attic),is not inspected, how do you know if the fire protection for the attic meets code? NFPA 13 requires all heads to be inspected.
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