Take Seriously ‘Buy American Act’

This article on Petersburg News out of Virginia reports a man sentenced to 5 months for the use of foreign material in a government project.  The article states the guy directed his employees to “grind off the foreign-made markings.”  Seems to me that it would have been cheaper to buy the American made materials after you take into account the time spent grinding off the markings.  Must’ve been real, real cheep foreign parts.

Unusual Valve Indicator

The pictures are of an FDC and a device next to it that says, “Fire Dept. Indicator Valve.”  I’m assuming that there is a valve somewhere. The site glasses have lights (I guess they are lights) indicating whether the valve is open or closed.  The site glass on the left has condensate on the inside so it is hard to see in but I imagine it’s just like the right side.  There is no valve in close proximity.  This device sits about 50′ in front of the building that it belongs to.  I saw it in passing and did not have a chance to do a whole lot of digging into exactly what it controlled or was an indicator for.  I found it odd that it was right next to the FDC but thinking about it I don’t think it has anything to do with the FDC.  If you’ve seen this device or are familiar with it’s function drop in the comments section and share.

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Sprinkler Recall Deadline

As the replacement deadline approaches for the Central sprinklers recalled back in 2001 I’ve found a few notices out there reminding property owners they need to act fast. The following is a list of links to view the articles.

Insurance Journal

The Spokane Review

The Gainesville Sun

KIRO-TV Channel 7; Seattle, Washington

The deadline for the voluntary replacement program initiated by Central Sprinkler Company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is August 31, 2007. For more information check out www.sprinklerreplacement.com

Globe Recalls Dry Sprinklers

Recalled Globe SprinklerThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Model J Heads Can Fail to Operate During a Fire.

Name of Product: Globe Model J Series Dry Fire Sprinklers

Units: About 300,000

Manufacturer: Globe Fire Sprinkler Corp., of Standish, Mich.

Hazard: The sprinkler heads can deteriorate over time and fail to operate in a fire.

Incidents/Injuries: Globe has received five reports of sprinklers that failed to operate as intended during a fire. Globe has received no reports of injuries caused by sprinklers failing to operate.

Description: Model J Series dry fire sprinklers come in pendent, upright, and sidewall configurations. The name “Globe,” the letter “J” and the year of manufacture (1990 though 1999) are embossed on the frame of each sprinkler. These dry sprinklers were designed to be installed in areas of buildings where the sprinklers or water supply pipes may be subject to freezing, such as unheated attics, freezers and coolers, parking garages, porches and warehouses.

Sold by: Fire protection contractors nationwide from January 1990 through December 1999 for between $27 and $36 per sprinkler head.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Contact Globe immediately to arrange to receive replacement sprinkler heads at a reduced cost of $9 per sprinkler head.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Globe at (800) 248-0278 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

[CPSC]

You can review the press release with photos here.