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Old 01-03-2011, 05:21 PM
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Effective 01-01-2011, the Nanny State of Pa requires fire suppression systems installed in new residential construction.

Estimated additional costs range from $3,000 to over $10,000.

Please ensure that your homeowner’s insurance policy is paid up.
You will need it if your furnace goes out for an extended time period during the winter months. You will have an indoor skating rink and may be fined by the Nanny State of Pa for operating an indoor skating rink without a permit.

Perhaps the Nanny State of Pa will follow-up by requiring annual inspections/permits for your new fire suppression sprinkler system and the
Harrisburg Nannies may require proof of insurance at the time they collect their permit/inspection shakedown fee.

Do you feel better yet?
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:31 PM
Location: Hooterville PA
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You got it

The housing market has been pretty flat about the last year and a half for old home sales so this will pay dividends for most first time home owners - it will sway them away from building a new home and encourage them to buy a previously built home.

My question is - how do you enforce it in a rural area where there is no city water supply.
Sprinklers works best on a public water system that works all the time.
On private property - when there is a fire - the first thing to go out I would think would be the power.
Or if there was a storm and the power went out - and the pump was not running and there was no pressure built up in the lines - how is the sprinklers supposed to work.

The funniest part is that I have scoured the PA career link web site and have not seen one advertisement for anyone hiring sprinkler technicians.
So if no one has hired any more plumbers and no one is trained to install sprinklers - how much time do you think it is going to add to the build time of a new home?
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