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Old 04-29-2004, 11:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Replacing ceiling tile & sprinkler head in way

Does anyone know if there is a way to remove the sprinkler head to replace a 2'x4' celing tile w/o haing to have a *slit* in the newly installed ceiling tile. Attached is a picture of said sprinkler head.
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Old 04-29-2004, 11:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Note sure, but dont bump that thing. You bust that little thermometer thingie and the whole system with kick off. Ask me how I know. Or rather, dont.
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Nope, not without shutting off the water, draining the system and unscrewing the head.
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Old 04-29-2004, 11:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Whats wrong with the one that is in there?

I would remove all the tiles around it and try to spread the hangers apart a little. You may even try tilting the tile to get it to clear.
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There really isnt anything wrong with the tile, but.. hey.. they want it done.. so.. gotta figure it out. what a pita...
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Cut the trim ring with a pair of snips then pick up a retrofit "hinged" one.

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Shut down the system, find the service drain, open it to drain the system, unscrew the head and replace the tile.

You do have your red box of spares heads with the service wrench in it don't you???
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Cut the trim ring with a pair of snips then pick up a retrofit "hinged" one.

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Shut down the system, find the service drain, open it to drain the system, unscrew the head and replace the tile.

You do have your red box of spares heads with the service wrench in it don't you???
Be sure to notify your insurance co. if you do this, and your fire dept. We have to when we shut the sprinkler system down.
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Nah, get a few days off out of it.



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Be sure to notify your insurance co. if you do this, and your fire dept. We have to when we shut the sprinkler system down.
We never do when the system is inspected by the sprinkler company.
Had to wrap that damned fire bell in a blanket 'cause it was driving me nuts as often as the guy was setting it off.
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Take off the trim ring. Should be held on with a little screw, similar to trim rings on bathroom hardware like towel racks. Remove old tile. Measure center of head from all sides and mark on new tile. Use hole saw smaller than trim ring, but larger than sprinkler head. Replace tile.
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Old 04-29-2004, 11:44 AM   #11 (permalink)
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There are two kinds of escuchons, ones that press into a cut hole in the ceiling tile and one that is attached to the sprinkler head/drop. the ring will come off without removing the sprinkler head, at which point you should be able to lift the tile up, tilt it and pull it down. the sprinkler head will either be a fusable link or glass bulb. the glass bulb will take a little more bumping the fusible link will be two pieces of metal held together with solder designed to break at a specific temp.

the final point to this book is the tile will come down without removing the sprinkler head.
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Old 04-29-2004, 11:52 AM   #12 (permalink)
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What Allen 69 said.

Also, the company that certifies your system will have tool to stop the head if the element is broken. It like pliers but expands to fill the hole.
Our company policy is to turn one over to maintenance dept at the end of a job.
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