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Stored-Pressure Extinguishers compact the Dry Chemical.
Extinguishers with high UL ratings will put out larger fires.
Stainless Steel Extinguishers can't corrode.
Its wasting time cleaning a unit, it will only get dirty again.
Alcohol Type foams are applied the same as other foams.

Always use the oldest extinguishers for training.
Recovered "Scrap" Dry Chemical is OK for Training.
It doesn't matter how I remove 'O' rings.
Two 20B extinguishers don't equal a 40B requirement.
I can make more money repairing Old extinguishers.

Dry Chemical "smothers" the fire.
Its OK to service old fire extinguishers.
The requirements of Standards will always be enough.
Cylinder passes Hydro test has no need of visual inspection.
All 'O' rings are alike as long as they are the right size.

Gauge not exactly at the right pressure - unit needs repair.
ABC Dry Chemical can be used anywhere.
Cartridge operated extinguishers are easier to service.
Dry chemical and water should not be used together.
Dry chemical and Foam don't mix.

The quickest method for cleaning valves is always the best.
Sprinklers or Fixed systems - extinguishers not needed.
Just recharge the extinguisher.
All Class B fires are the same.
Extinguishers with fixed nozzles are OK.

I can save the customer $ by altering the existing units.
Foam units are for Oil Refineries.
Wheeled units are for Oil Refineries & Airports.
Extinguishers are a commodity.
Gas tubes don't have to be checked

Gas tubes don't have to be removed during hydro testing.