If this is an 1½” hose line in an NFPA 13 condition (which Rocci didn’t
actually state but I’m assuming it is), then the definition of ‘branch line’
in NFPA 14 would not apply.  If that is the case, would this still be
considered a ‘branch line’ or does it become a ‘feed main’?

Cliff Whitfield

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Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 12:06 PM
Subject: Re: small hose connections

    Glad to see you made it back safely from Nashville, and it was great to
meet there and put a face with the name.
    By the definition in section 3.3.2 of NFPA 14 [2013 ed], the pipe you
describe is a "branch line."  Section of that document advises that
you need to follow NFPA 13 to provide protection against damage from
    Lateral bracing for that line is not required per NFPA 13 [2013], as it is not a branch line 2½" or larger.
    Longitudinal bracing for that line is not required per as it is
not a feed or cross main.
    My opinion only.  Please see the disclaimer below.

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On 09/21/2016 8:17 AM, Rocci Cetani 3 wrote:

Do I need to earthquake brace my 1½” feed for hose connections?

Rocci Cetani III, CET


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