You might want to look at the wording in which deals with Flexible 
Coupling for Drops where it uses the term “drops to hose lines”.  So a line 
coming off a sprinkler system serving a hose line is referred to as a “drop”, 
not a riser.

Also, for example, speaking of lateral sway bracing uses the phrase 
“…and OTHER piping….”, therefore addressing piping in the system which does not 
fall within the definitions of Feed and Cross Mains and Branch lines which are 
the typical piping components of a sprinkler system.  I would submit that a 
drop to a hose valve would fall under the “other piping” category.

Craig L. Prahl
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Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 12:40 PM
Subject: Re: small hose connections [EXTERNAL]

You might also want to point out for the approximately 650 lurkers on the forum 
who may be confused that a riser is any vertical piping, regardless of the 
direction of water flow that isn't a drop, sprig up or arm over ending with a 
sprig or drop.

On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, Parsley Consulting 
<<>> wrote:
    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.
Ken Wagoner, SET
Parsley Consulting
350 West 9th Avenue, Suite 206
Escondido, California 92025
Phone 760-745-6181
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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’?

Cliff Whitfield

From: Sprinklerforum 
 On Behalf Of Parsley Consulting
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 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.
    My opinion only.  Please see the disclaimer below.
Ken Wagoner, SET
Parsley Consulting
350 West 9th Avenue, Suite 206
Escondido, California 92025
Phone 760-745-6181
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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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