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Pressure Testing Chemical Suits

Test Kit Instructions

Test Kit Instructions

1. Lay the suit to be tested face down on a table free of obstacles.

Test Kit Instructions

2. Flatten suit to remove folds and wrinkles.

Test Kit Instructions

3. Standard encapsulated suits have two exhaust valves. NFPA suits will have three.

Test Kit Instructions

4. Normally Lakeland suits will have a protective shield over the exhaust valves. For instructional purposes the protective shields on this suit have been removed.

Test Kit Instructions

5. Snap the exhaust valve caps off the exhaust valves.

Test Kit Instructions

6. Remove the rubber diaphragms from the exhaust valves.

Test Kit Instructions

7. From the inside of the suit, gently stretch the tail of the exhaust valve while simultaneously pulling the diaphragm out of the valve from the front.

Test Kit Instructions

8. The test kit includes everything needed to complete the pressure test.
Note: NFPA kits have an additional twist lock adapter.

Test Kit Instructions

9. Remove the twist lock with the male adapter from the test kit.

Test Kit Instructions

10. Mix one teaspoon of dishwashing detergent with one cup water.

Test Kit Instructions

11. IMPORTANT! Always moisten the rubber washer on the twist lock adapter with water before inserting into the exhaust valve.

Test Kit Instructions

12. To avoid damaging the faceshield and the suit material, place one hand under the exhaust valve on the head of the suit while inserting the twist lock adapter with the male fitting into the valve. Turn clockwise to lock in place.

Test Kit Instructions

13. From the rear side of the exhaust valve, located inside of the suit, check to see that the twist lock adapter is locked firmly in place.

Test Kit Instructions

14. Remove the twist lock with the female adapter from the kit.

Test Kit Instructions

15. IMPORTANT! Moisten the rubber washer on the twist lock adapter with water before inserting it into the exhaust valve.

Test Kit Instructions

16. Insert the twist lock adapter into the lower exhaust valve, twisting clockwise to lock it in place. To avoid damaging the faceshield and the suit material, place one hand under the exhaust valve on the head of the suit while inserting the twist lock adapter.

Test Kit Instructions

17. Check to be certain the adapter is locked in place.

Test Kit Instructions

18. If you have an NFPA chemical suit, you will have to repeat the process a third time with the dummy plug twist lock adapter. Insert this adapter into the third exhaust valve.

Test Kit Instructions

19. Begin to close the zipper.

Test Kit Instructions

20. As you get to the end of the zipper at the top of the head, notice the plastic tab in the zipper area (shown here by pencil point).

Test Kit Instructions

21. To completely close the zipper, pull the zipper past this plastic tab. If the zipper is not completely closed, air will escape and the suit will fail the pressure test.

Test Kit Instructions

22. Place the test gauge on a level surface and in an upright position. Check the dial to make sure the needle is exactly on zero.

Test Kit Instructions

23. If the needle does not read zero, adjust it to read zero by turning the screw as shown here.

Test Kit Instructions

24. Remove the tubing loops from the test kit. There should be two tubes of different lengths; a short hose with female quick disconnect fittings, and a long hose with male nipples on each end.

Test Kit Instructions

25. Connect the long hose with the male nipple to the twist lock adapter with the female fitting.

Test Kit Instructions

26. Take the other end of the long hose and insert the male nipple into the female quick disconnect on the test gauge.

Test Kit Instructions

27. Connect the short hose with the female quick disconnect to the twist lock adapter with the male fitting. This is the fitting located at the head of the suit.

Test Kit Instructions

28. Take the other end of the short tube coming from the exhaust valve at the head of the suit , and connect it to the brass tee that has the test kit I.D. and serial number on it.

Test Kit Instructions

29. Turn the air flow control valve to the off position (crossways).

Test Kit Instructions

30. Connect an outside air source to the brass male disconnect on the air flow control valve . The most popular male fitting is supplied. If this fitting is incompatible, it may be changed to one that is compatible with the air source.

Test Kit Instructions

31. CAUTION! Inflate the suit by slowly opening the air flow valve control handle. A regulated air supply of 125 psi or less is required.

Test Kit Instructions

32. Pressurize the suit to 5 inches of water column for one minute.

CAUTION!
Never inflate the suit to over 5 inches of water column! It will damage the suit and the test kit.

Test Kit Instructions

33. Work out any big wrinkles in the suit that might interfere with the test.

Test Kit Instructions

34. Remove the countdown alarm timer from the test kit lid. If using the timer for the first time, pull the battery protection tab from the back of the timer. If your test kit has been used before and stored properly, remove the battery compartment cover, flip the battery over, and replace the cover. Set the timer to exactly four minutes.

NOTE: To prolong the life of the battery, as well as for storage purposes, flip the battery over after accurate completion of the test.

Test Kit Instructions

35. Reduce the air pressure in the suit to four inches of water column by depressing the relief valve button located on the brass tee.

Test Kit Instructions

36. Begin the test. Do not move or touch the suit during the timed test as this will affect the water column pressure, and will result in inaccurate readings.

Test Kit Instructions

37. Record the suit pressure at the end of four minutes. If the suit pressure is 3.2 inches of water column or better, the suit has passed the test. If the suit fails the test, remove it from service immediately.

Test Kit Instructions

38. Release the air pressure in the suit by completely unzipping the zipper .

Test Kit Instructions

39. Disconnect all hoses and store them back in the test kit.

Test Kit Instructions

40. Remove the twist lock adapters from the exhaust valves.

Test Kit Instructions

41. Reinstall the rubber diaphragms back into the exhaust valves. First, pinch the rubber diaphragm sides against each other.

Test Kit Instructions

42. Push the tail of the diaphragm into the exhaust valve. Pull slightly and the rubber diaphragm should pop into place.

Test Kit Instructions

43. CAUTION! Make sure the diaphragm lays flat.

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44. Snap the exhaust valve covers back into place.

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45. Fold the suit up and return it to the storage bag. Begin by folding the feet into the legs.

Test Kit Instructions

46. Fold over the opening and flatten the suit.

Test Kit Instructions

47. In order for the suit to fit properly in the storage bag, both legs must be folded as shown.

Test Kit Instructions

48. Fold the arms, accordion style, onto the back of the suit.

Test Kit Instructions

49. Ensure that the arms are compactly folded up.

Test Kit Instructions

50. In order for the suit to fit properly in the storage bag, both legs must be folded as shown.

Test Kit Instructions

51. Fold the suit, starting at the bottom and working toward the top.

Test Kit Instructions

52. Continue to fold the suit all the way to the top.

Test Kit Instructions

53. Be careful not to crease the hood face shield.

Test Kit Instructions

54. Place the suit back into the storage bag.

Test Kit Instructions

55. For longer battery life, open up the battery door on the timer and flip the battery over.

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