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    Sprinkler Escutcheons and Cages: Know The Difference

    By Mark Conroy

    A sprinkler escutcheon is an ornamental flange used with a pendent sprinkler or sidewall sprinkler. It covers the rough cut in the wall or ceiling and makes the appearance of the installation more decorative or appealing to the eye. Typically installed in offices, malls, and restaurants, they serve no other purpose than to make a sprinkler installation look nicer.

    The split design allows testing of sprinklers prior to installing the ceiling or wall. “Splits” can also be installed as retrofits, since they can be opened and installed around existing piping. Another advantage is there’s some adjustment for wall or ceiling pitch. Splits are easily removed and reinstalled, which allows removal of ceiling tiles without draining the system.

    Wall Escutcheons*

    P/N Type ID OD
    EP700 Solid 1/2" 2 3/8"
    EP200 Split 1/2" 2 5/8"
    EP200 Split 3/4" 2 3/4"

    Ceiling Pendent Escutcheons with Skirts (Canopy Type)

    P/N Product Type OD Notes
    EP600 Escutcheon Solid 3 3/8" For use with EP500
    EP650 Escutcheon Solid 3 3/8" For use with EP500
    EP500 Skirt N/A N/A For use with EP600 or EP650

    Recessed Ceiling Escutcheons for Globe GL Sprinklers 1/2"

    P/N Product Type ID OD Finish UL Listed FM Approved
    EP10 Escutcheon Solid 1/2" 2 3/4" Chrome Yes Yes
    EP20 Escutcheon Solid 1/2" 2 3/4" White Yes Yes

    Sprinkler cages are installed in warehouses and other locations where sprinkler heads could be hit and damaged by moving objects. The cages not only protect the sprinklers but also protect the area from water damage. They feature either one- or two-piece construction and fit either 1/2" or 3/4" heads.

    One-Piece Sprinkler Cages

    P/N Finish Fits
    SPC660 Red 1/2"
    SPC670 Chrome 1/2"
    SPC692 Chrome* 1/2" or 3/4"
    SPC690 Red** 1/2" or 3/4"

    Two-Piece Sprinkler Cages

    P/N Finish Fits
    SPC675 Red 1/2"
    SPC685 Chrome 1/2"
    SPC680 Red 3/4"
    *Cage is “mini” design, meaning it fits closely around sprinkler
    ** Shielded cage is intended for in-rack use to deflect water discharged from above

    Sprinkler escutcheons only improve the appearance of sprinklers, while sprinkler cages protect sprinklers from damage and disruption of operations. Your knowledge of these products will help your customer make informed decisions, whether it is for cosmetic reasons or safety. You’ll also be able to install the right product for each application and improve your bottom line.

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