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Old 06-30-2009, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default Any firemen here? Have a quick question...

Stupid question.......

Thinking about hooking a 4 inch hose up to a standpipe connection in a parking garage (6 levels) to clean it before we paint it (don't ask)

we are obviously going to put the alarm in test mode.........but I have never used a 4 inch hose before (insert dirty joke here)

Is the pressure going to be too much for me and possibly one other person to handle?

Don't want a broken nose or to get flung off the top of the garage.
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:05 PM   #2
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Stupid question.......

Thinking about hooking a 4 inch hose up to a standpipe connection in a parking garage (6 levels) to clean it before we paint it (don't ask)

we are obviously going to put the alarm in test mode.........but I have never used a 4 inch hose before (insert dirty joke here)

Is the pressure going to be too much for me and possibly one other person to handle?

Don't want a broken nose or to get flung off the top of the garage.
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:19 PM   #3
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I don't think there will be any water pressure in the standpipe. If I'm not mistaken, the FD hooks their pumper trucks to the standpipe connection outside to suppy it with water.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:50 AM   #4
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Stupid question.......

Thinking about hooking a 4 inch hose up to a standpipe connection in a parking garage (6 levels) to clean it before we paint it (don't ask)

we are obviously going to put the alarm in test mode.........but I have never used a 4 inch hose before (insert dirty joke here)

Is the pressure going to be too much for me and possibly one other person to handle?

Don't want a broken nose or to get flung off the top of the garage.
Just make sure your buddy has a camera-phone so then if it doesn't work out at least you'll become a youtube superstar...... :-)
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:05 AM   #5
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Not a fireman here, but check the water in the standpipe ahead of time. Stagnant water sitting in the line for the past few years/decades could mess up your plans of "cleaning" the garage...
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Old 07-01-2009, 07:32 AM   #6
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its a "wet" standpipe not dry so it does have water going to it at all times. And they do test it every month so the water should be ok.

and yes I will bring the camera phone.
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:23 AM   #7
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Do you have water rights or do you have to go through a water authority? I know you work for the college but for instance at DIA we have to coordinate with Denver Water. Sometimes they require you to meter the usage on pipes/hydrants that you don't have exclusive rights to.

Also I don't think the pipe will be pressurized to the level of having to worry. You will get a stready stream but I don't think it will be like you see in the movies!

Now if you were on a hose that was attached to a pumper truck I recommend having someone back you up for support. When I was at Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting school I had to back up a 60 year old dude with bad hips. He dropped a live hose and I barely was able to get it under control.

And jesus there is so many jokes in that last sentence!
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:05 AM   #8
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I use a seven inch hose and haven't ever had any problems.
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