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Subject: Sprinklers

Sprinklers

From: Lois Price <lprice>
Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2003
After decades of grandfather status with Halon, our library is faced
with installing sprinklers in its five stack levels as well as the
rest of the building.  Most of the collections are rare/special
collection materials. The sprinklers will be installed down the
center of each aisle adjacent to the existing fluorescent lights. It
will be a wet pipe system with quick response heads set at 155 F and
schedule 40 steel pipe.  All pipe will be cut and cleaned in an
outside shop.

Our consulting engineers doing the design work noted that it was
possible to protect collections in-situ by constructing temporary
"walls" on either side of the aisles to protect the collection
during installation.  Obviously, this is an attractive alternative
since it would eliminate the need to move the collection.  Does
anyone have experience with this installation scenario?  Can you
recommend any vendors?  (Please reply to me directly if necessary)

Lois Olcott Price
Senior Conservator Library Collections
Winterthur Museum
Winterthur, DE
302-888-4633


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