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Sprinkler systems, grade issue
By Jim Byron II


December 13, 2007
Thursday AM

The standpipe that Mr. Murphy spoke of did not come as easy as he had made it sound, it took months of fighting with city officials and fire chiefs to come to such an agreement (originally they said there may have to be a residential sprinkler system installed). Everything from cement trucks, to oil trucks, water and dump trucks, even a fire truck have made it up the hill in question, (with over a 10% grade).

Furthermore to install a sprinkler system means you have to have a design professional do the preliminary work, and then someone licensed to install such a system, both being very expensive. Probably in most cases more expensive than most homeowners are willing to spend on their new home.

Jim Byron II
Ketchikan, AK

About: "I have worked construction for over 10 years in Ketchikan, and been a general contractor for 7 years. I have also lived in Ketchikan all my life, (31 years)."

Received December 12, 2007 - Published December 13, 2007


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