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Residential sprinklers systems
By Mike Isaac


December 19, 2007
Wednesday AM

Residential sprinklers systems are a good idea but an expensive one. However with a trip to the hardware store you can make one for well under $100.

All you need is at least 50 feet of garden hose, around 50 feet of PVC pipe and 4 or 6 rainbirds (you may have to order rainbirds in SE Alaska) and some 2x4's to mount on the highest part of roof. I can have my system up in less than 10 minuets -- and make sure water is running off the roof evenly. The same can be done for wooden decks with just one rainbird. This will prevent any wind blown embers from starting the roof on fire; however, if a 100'+ tree ignites and falls on your house you are out of luck.

Also don't forget smoke alarm batteries for fires that start inside your house. Never thought fire would be a issue in Ketchikan and I don't remember any wild land fires when I lived up there.

Here is a link that might help

Mike Isaac
Arrowbear Lake, CA

About: "Former K-town resident 1993- 2002, plus 3 of the past 4 summers"

Received December 18, 2007 - Published December 19, 2007


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