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    Sprinklers are great when hooked to public water systems. Mainy because the public water system has adequate water and adequate pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartman View Post
    or you can loose everything you worked your life for when your house is gone due to the fire is burned out of control while you wait for the fire department to arrive.

    I'm sure your insurance company will be able to give you back everything you lost in a house fire if the house is out if control before anyone see it burning....
    Whether it is burnt to the ground or has to be gutted and rebuilt because everything has gotten soaked and now your house is full of mold will end up about the same.

    The houses farthest away from the fire departments are exempt because they are not on public water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I'mno Mensa View Post
    Sprinklers are great when hooked to public water systems. Mainy because the public water system has adequate water and adequate pressure.
    Also - if you are connected to a well AND you lose power in a fire, you have no water pressure to drive the system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartman View Post
    or you can loose everything you worked your life for when your house is gone due to the fire is burned out of control while you wait for the fire department to arrive.

    I'm sure your insurance company will be able to give you back everything you lost in a house fire if the house is out if control before anyone see it burning....
    sprinklers in multy unit buildings make since but I am not sure there is as much overall value in single unit housing. Do the math.
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    If you wanted sprinklers in your house before there was nothing saying that you couldn't have them. If you think they are such a great idea, why didn't you install them in your house without a law telling you that you had to have them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by czygvtwkr View Post
    If you wanted sprinklers in your house before there was nothing saying that you couldn't have them. If you think they are such a great idea, why didn't you install them in your house without a law telling you that you had to have them?
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    I took a little umbrage at the message that "So can your local Fire Department expect the usual donation of Eat $h1t from you again this year? "

    My local Fire Department is the beneficiary of the St. Mary's Fire Tax. They seem to be doing quite well with the amount they get. They also received a rather large check from the Homeland Security Bill and spent it. They shouldn't need a large donation,but I do support their efforts and their sacrifices on my behalf. I also send a check to the Rescue Squad which was left off the Fire tax for some political reason.

    Now as to sprinklers. I looked for some info about sprinklers in rural area's without a domestic water supply and I couldn't find much, but I offer this up,out of my own thoughts.
    Sprinklers are wonderful to have. They work. The cost of 1% mentioned in the one article from the State Fire Marshall must surely pertain to a domicile with domestic or city water. It doesn't seem realistic in a situation where the home has a well.

    In order for the system to work there has to be a guaranteed water supply.
    This water supply has to be free from the need for electricity,as a lightning strike during a storm or a fire during a power outage could easily occur.
    In order to have this supply you would need a cistern or tank of a size capable of extinguishing the fire before replenishment was needed. I would guess in the neighborhood of at least 100 gallons, although many fires could be extinguished with 10 gallons in their early stage. A fire in a mattress for example is hard to extinguish as water does not penetrate mattresses or stuffing in furniture very well. They tend to smolder and rekindle later. This tank would either have to be pressurised or it would have to be high enough for gravity to provide an ample flow of water to the fire.

    If placed high the ceiling over which it sets would need to be strengthened, There would need to be floats and such in the tank to be sure it stayed full, and sufficient heat in the attic to see it didn't freeze. If pressurised there would need to be a way to keep the proper pressure on it. These appurtenances are expensive and require maintenance.
    A sprinkler system with Public water requires almost no maintenance, that's one of the beauties of them.

    To sum it up I believe it would be nice to have a sprinkler system and am in favor of them where there is a domestic water supply, I have a few misgivings about them in an area where there is only a well. Not only about the cost which I think the figure of an extra $5,000 per home was mentioned ,but because of the maintenance that would be required, and since it is out of sight it is out of mind for most homeowners, and probably would get little maintenance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spike2763 View Post
    The Amish are the ones fighting this one.
    Does not include ALL housing and the Amish will be excluded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by czygvtwkr View Post
    Whether it is burnt to the ground or has to be gutted and rebuilt because everything has gotten soaked and now your house is full of mold will end up about the same.

    The houses farthest away from the fire departments are exempt because they are not on public water.
    If only one sprinkler head is triggered, I doubt there would be much water damage. You may need to replace the furniture and flooring in one room, but that wouldn't be too bad. If a fire happens when I am not home, or it spreads to fast for me to hit it with a fire extinguisher, I'll happily replace one room vs. buying a new house.

    Having said that, I'm not convinced this is a good idea (yet). More questions to be answered, and I think we could start with the one that somebody already asked: Who stands to make money from these installations?

    And then there are the details of how much the added cost will be, both for installation and maintanance. And how much maintanance are these things really likely to get in the average home? Most people ignore just about all the systems in our homes until they cause a problem. Will the maintanance be something the average homeowner can do themselves, or do we need professionals to come out?
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    Also want to point out that a fire in the attic or on the roof will not be put out by sprinklers. How many home fires start where sprinklers will not reach?

  12. 11-09-2007, 10:44 AM

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