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Solutions for Inspecting, Testing, and Protecting Farm Taps Regulators

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Due to a recent revision of the pipeline safety regulations, there is a need for solutions to inspect, test, and protect farm tap regulators. As a representative of IMAC Systems, the manufacturer, and distributor of products that test and protect regulators, we wanted to present some solutions to help keep your farm tap regulators in good working condition.

Revised Regulations Affecting Farm Tap Regulators

Earlier this year, PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration), amended the pipeline safety rules. The Department of Transportation (DOT) added section 192.740, which sets inspection activities for pressure regulators and overpressure protection equipment concerning farm taps. A farm tap is an individual service line originating from a transmission, gathering, or production pipeline. Additionally, Section 192.1003 was revised to exclude farm taps from the Distribution Integrity Management Program requirements.


The modified regulations require that the equipment associated with regulating, limiting and overpressure protection be inspected and tested more often. Typical farm tap regulators include BelGAS, Fisher, Itron (B35, B36, B56) and Sensus.

Here are three products worthy of mentioning:

Pete's Plug - test plugPete’s Plugs facilitate the easy testing of gas line pressurePete's Plugs – Test Plug

Pete's Plugs are test plugs and permit the user to quickly check the gas pressure or temperature easily without the need to leave a gauge in the line.

pop relief valveMCS Pop Relief Valve for gas serviceMCS Pop Relief Valve

The IMAC Pop Relief Valve is a small, high capacity, and inexpensive relief valve ideal for protecting farm taps.

threaded cap screeen vents Metal screens help avoid deterioration from sun and weatherThreaded Cap Screen Vents

The new regulations state that the equipment must be properly protected from dirt, liquids or other conditions that may prevent the proper functioning of the regulator.
Replace broken or rotted plastic screen vents connected to the equipment with IMAC's threaded aluminum cap screen vents. Install these heavy duty metal screens at the end of your fittings or pipes to keep unwanted foreign objects out, including bugs.

If you would like more information on any of these products, request a quote now.

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To review the regulations (192.740), visit pressure regulating, limiting, and overpressure protection.

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About The Author

Tom is a former engineer for Xcel Energy, where he designed gas meter and regulator applications. He has also worked for mechanical contractors and engineering firms approving gas meters and regulators in various applications. He currently manages the Linc Energy Meter and Regular Department and is working on flare gas measurement.


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