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Wednesday, October 16th 2019, 6:02pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Finding a sprinkler input leak

What make and model was the replacement pump? You might want to add another check valve, near to the pump.

Friday, August 23rd 2019, 3:16am

Author: Wet_Boots

Update old system

You should first determine what the water flow is in each of your zones. Then you can make an informed decision on replacing an indexing valve with individual zone valves. The idea is to not wreck the system performance with additional pressure losses from zone valves replacing the indexing valve.

Friday, August 16th 2019, 2:59pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Sprinkler system design

Quoted from "ls73" Quoted from "Wet_Boots" Only a pressure vacuum breaker (PVB) provides actual vacuum breaker protection when feeding any sort of electric valve(s), and they cost real money and plumbing effort to install. It's worth the effort to do the plumbing right. The only thing that should be connected to a faucet-mounted timer valve is a hose and a hose-end sprinkler, all above ground. This is exactly what I am using. "Mueller/B & K 108-904RP Backflow Preventer-Vacuum Breaker" No it is ...

Friday, August 16th 2019, 6:53am

Author: Wet_Boots

Sprinkler system design

Quoted from "mrfixit" What about something like a DIG battery operated ASV? ASVs are the thriftiest way to get real backflow protection when using a hose bib as a water source. One for each zone. Separate controller and standard ASVs would be cheaper on a 4-zone system than going with battery-operated ASVs. This involves some real plumbing, in order to get a result that isn't flimsy, but nothing about is impossible.

Thursday, August 15th 2019, 6:25pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Sprinkler system design

Only a pressure vacuum breaker (PVB) provides actual vacuum breaker protection when feeding any sort of electric valve(s), and they cost real money and plumbing effort to install. It's worth the effort to do the plumbing right. The only thing that should be connected to a faucet-mounted timer valve is a hose and a hose-end sprinkler, all above ground.

Friday, August 9th 2019, 3:12pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Sprinkler system design

Quoted from "ls73" I have backflow preventer valve between garden hose valve and the water hose faucet timer. Really? Do please share with us the make and model number of this item.

Thursday, August 8th 2019, 7:46am

Author: Wet_Boots

RE: Sprinkler system design

Quoted from "ls73" I am planning sprinkler system for my front lawn I plan to use water hose faucet timer to control the sprinkler system. Is this system appropriate? Right off the bat, NO. You aren't specifying the backflow prevention you will install to protect the water supply. And no, the faucet contains nothing to meet this need.

Thursday, August 8th 2019, 7:38am

Author: Wet_Boots

Irrigation drip/sweat line.

Find out what the existing line is, and buy another roll of the same. Patch up the installed line where needed. Or maybe replace the whole thing with the new emitter line (not buried)

Sunday, August 4th 2019, 11:34am

Author: Wet_Boots

Incredibly noisy, vibrating valve - any ideas?

Check to see that the supply valve(s) are fully opened. The loudest and most forceful pipe-banging vibrations come from a supply restriction interacting with a zone valve, especially when the zone valve has no flow control to adjust (throttle it down for smoother zone opening)

Monday, June 17th 2019, 8:27pm

Author: Wet_Boots

What is this part called?

What you were trying to tighten were really more like "dust covers" for the testcocks that are probably set in the open position. You will need to remove the parts you bought, and learn how to open and close the testcocks, as per manufacturer instructions for winterizing.

Saturday, June 15th 2019, 5:32am

Author: Wet_Boots

Richdel Model R406DLG auto setting not working

The small "skip-a-day" wheel on that controller interacts with a microswitch that may have failed, an event that would account for the problem described. If you are watering every day, and you don't have a master valve, you can leave it on Manual and no worries. And yes, the indicator light always burns out.

Tuesday, June 11th 2019, 5:28pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Different start times for different zones on same program?

It doesn't work that way. Programs have start times. Zones do not. (you can buy a new clock that says different, but it is a waste of money) Create a second program with your desired alternative start time. Associate your 'special' zones with this new program, and disassociate the same zones from the original program.

Sunday, June 9th 2019, 1:39pm

Author: Wet_Boots

apollo backflow valve yellow stopcock cap gone missing

Quoted what would be a suitable replacement Duck Tape Seriously, though, you are looking for a cover for a 1/4-inch male flare thread. Home centers will have them in brass, priced accordingly.

Sunday, June 2nd 2019, 6:24pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Grass Runway/Airstrip Design...Need Help!

You won't regret choosing larger pipe diameters. You should work out the pressure losses in your design by way of consulting charts and doing the math. That you have a well means you might be able to jury-rig an upgraded water supply by way of a small well output emptying into a holding tank, in order to be pumped from the tank at a high flow rate, several times what a small well could continuously manage by itself. If you can upgrade the supply, then total runway watering will be easier to achi...

Saturday, May 25th 2019, 7:47am

Author: Wet_Boots

Replacing dead pump

Right now you are deep within the guessing zone. So much is not yet defined. How many heads per zone? What is the flow per zone? For most lake-fed systems, your best pump is something different that what you had, or the replacement pump you're considering. Consider a jet pump. The design of a jet pump recirculates some of the output flow back to the intake side, in order to give an output pressure that is higher than a straight centrifugal pump can supply. Sprinkler systems need pressure more th...

Thursday, May 23rd 2019, 9:25am

Author: Wet_Boots

Hunter Model ED9433R2 transformer

It's a slam dunk that the two are compatible. Solenoids are designed around a much lower "must activate" voltage.

Thursday, May 23rd 2019, 9:23am

Author: Wet_Boots

Replacing dead pump

You might do better with a different sort of pump. This is because a standard centrifugal pump outputs less pressure than most sprinklers need for best operation. Can you identify the existing pump? (make and model number)

Thursday, May 16th 2019, 11:42am

Author: Wet_Boots

Complete newbie need guidance!

the real world advice is to get to know your water supply first - if you want to swap around high gallonage nozzles on the cheap, use Hunter PGP-ADJ rotors, with nozzles that can flow over 12 gpm

Wednesday, May 15th 2019, 7:08pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Complete newbie need guidance!

Even without calls returned, you should still be able to get by, so long as the pump works. You need to run your own performance tests. You want the pump to be running without cycling, while holding at a pressure you can work with. You might be able to fiddle with zones to find that happy medium. Absent a sprinkler system to employ, a well can always be evaluated with a bucket test. That has you running all the water from an open pipe into a receptacle of known volume, like a bucket or a trash c...

Wednesday, May 15th 2019, 2:13pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Rain Bird ESP-ME Zones -what are zones??

Zone = Station Same thing Re-check your programming if the watering isn't happening as per your instructions