You've pointed out a conclusion on my part that was not in what Rocci posted. He didn't say it was a part of a standpipe. That was a supposition on my part. If it were a part of a sprinkler system, such as a line feeding a hose valve in rack storage, the horizontal portions would not require bracing, in my perspective, as they simply aren't mains [longitudinal], and aren't branch lines [lateral]. Now, if they had an elevation change exceeding 3'-0", that pipe would be regarded as a "riser", by 3.5.9, it would require a 4-way brace at the top per It also might fall into the need for flexible couplings per Good call. And I suppose I should acknowledge Craig's question, and note that I made the conclusion that since Rocci is in California, where almost everything has to be protected from earthquake damage, AND he asked the question, that seismic protection was necessary on his system.
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On 09/21/2016 9:10 AM, Cliff Whitfield wrote:


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’?

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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 earthquakes. 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.
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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?

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