Friday, February 24, 2012

Fire Suppression System Hookup Finally Happens!

It took nearly eight months, but it finally happened:  Our fire suppression system was hooked up to the City water main in Castillo Street.  It took that long to obtain the necessary permits from the City and from Caltrans.  Scheduling the actual work took only a week.  The work itself was spread out over 5 days, but now the last remaining major project is completed, so that a number of things can be done:  activate our fire alarm, install a security system throughout the remainder of the library, install rain gutters and hook them up to our drainage system, which was installed throughout the property but the drainage pipes out to the street had to wait until the fire system hookup work was done.

The first step was to cut the pavement and sidewalk with a big saw.

The second step was to break up the sidewalk and pavement, and then a ditch was dug from the edge of our property to the water pipe line.  The concrete was excessively thick, necessitating an extra half day for its demolition.

A City Water Department work got down in the trench to cut the water main and place a tee and valve in it.

It isn't especially impressive, but here are the results of his work.

At our end of the water pipe, a back flow preventing valve has to be installed, and here it is.

And here the crew is installing it.

Putting it all back together again is the final step.

While we had asphalt and a crew on hand, we had them finish the area around the trash enclosure..

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