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    Default The call we HATE!

    As much as we love getting punched out to a working structure fire, there are those other dispatches that make us cringe (me at least). Like ringing alarm with water flow. That means that one of us in the back seat is going to be battling a fire sprinkler head. What tools do you guys use in your departments that work? There are a bunch of sprinkler tools out there and I'm curious to know what other professionals are using

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    Turn off the main valve

    And open all drains that can be found

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    I've only been on a ladder a few dozen times in my career, so I know the ladder guys are gonna get stuck with that one.

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    There's this room, called the Riser Room.....You go into it, and find the main OS & Y valve, and turn the big wheel on it until it is closed.
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    We clip the pendent and drive in a dowl for a vast majority of them.
    As far as shutting the sprinkler supply valve, of course a company will be assigned to just that. Still doesn't prevent gravity from sendind all the water in the system above you from finding your busted head. And before some know it all throws out "sprinkler drain", you have one on every floor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPFDRum View Post
    We clip the pendent and drive in a dowl for a vast majority of them.
    As far as shutting the sprinkler supply valve, of course a company will be assigned to just that. Still doesn't prevent gravity from sendind all the water in the system above you from finding your busted head. And before some know it all throws out "sprinkler drain", you have one on every floor?
    Why not just use 2 wedges made from 3/4 inch pine? That way you don't have to cut the pendant. You just push one in from each side and away you go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    Why not just use 2 wedges made from 3/4 inch pine? That way you don't have to cut the pendant. You just push one in from each side and away you go.
    We have a bunch with a decorative trim piece that will, in many cases, not move up out of the way for wedges. But I agree, if that works, its quick!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPFDRum View Post
    We have a bunch with a decorative trim piece that will, in many cases, not move up out of the way for wedges. But I agree, if that works, its quick!!
    Yeah this makes sense for recessed heads........I still like my idea better though :-O
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    2 small wooden wedges always worked the best for me, after of course spending a few minutes watching the probie try and catch the water with a bucket.

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