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Monday, September 13th 2021, 2:35pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Irritrol OMR100

If you want to reduce the outlet pressure on a Greenlawn valve, the one sure method is to swap the standard valve cover to one with a flow control.

Sunday, September 5th 2021, 8:28am

Author: Wet_Boots

Upslope Backflow Prevention

The 'pro' method of dealing with this situation is to not use antisyphon valves. Instead, a RPZ backflow preventer in the supply lets you use ordinary zone valves, with no need to worry about elevations. However, this costs extra money, and slightly reduces the available water pressure in the zones. There is a compromise of sorts available that does not require any supply plumbing changes. You don't need to relocate the antisyphon valve, so long as you add a vacuum breaker to the zone plumbing a...

Friday, August 20th 2021, 2:05pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Sprinkler Valve Whines When Flow Control Tightened

The largest nozzles on the 5000 series use 8 gpm, so three of them operating at 40-50 psi means the zone is using 24 gpm. Yes, larger nozzles will spray further, if choosing them does not bring down the pressure. Try the low-angle nozzles. They may get you the distance reduction you want, without too much radius adjustment needed.

Sunday, August 15th 2021, 6:39pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Washer / Gasket to purchase alone (and 16/18 wire)

Got a photo of the brass head that needs a gasket? Have you tried plastic heads as a replacement? It happens that brass pop-up spray heads can exist with no need for gaskets. (that's the form known by the trade - they never replace any rubber on a brass pop-up spray head) Do you really need an 18-conductor cable? That need can be met by multiple cables. Most home centers can cut you custom lengths of thermostat cable and price it by the foot.

Saturday, August 7th 2021, 12:21am

Author: Wet_Boots

Leave the valves be, and focus on the sprinkler heads

The Rain Bird 5000 series rotor comes with a nozzle tree with a dozen sizes, including low-angle nozzles that don't throw as far. Its consumer version is the 42SA, and it should have the same nozzle tree. Besides the low-angle nozzles, there are extra-large nozzle sizes that might reduce zone pressures all by themselves, because increased flow means more pressure loss in the zone, even with the zone valves wide open.

Saturday, August 7th 2021, 12:07am

Author: Wet_Boots

It isn't important

Zone valves were always meant to be sized according to the flow of water traveling through them. That comes first. A common one-inch zone valve can pass enough water to fit into 1-1/2 inch plumbing.

Wednesday, August 4th 2021, 8:44am

Author: Wet_Boots

toro evolution 4 vs toro vision 2 plus

only the Evolution 4 is still in production

Tuesday, July 13th 2021, 9:11am

Author: Wet_Boots

Thompson Valve leaking (are diaphrams replaceable?)

Why hasn't a Superior valve diaphragm been purchased for this valve? The solenoid is the 'tell' on the manufacturer. Superior 1-1/2 Diaphragm = 16058 Superior 1-1/2 Diaphragm Assembly = 16214

Friday, July 9th 2021, 3:28pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Spray nozzles reduced spray range and weak pop-up

Maybe explore the 95 psi to 62 psi drop in greater detail? That isn't something that "just happens" - is there a pressure reducing valve in the circuit?

Friday, July 9th 2021, 3:25pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Hunter ICC2 to Hydrawise Upgrade issues/compatability

Just for the sake of scorekeeping, how much money was going to be saved by not keeping the controller All-Hunter?

Tuesday, July 6th 2021, 11:55am

Author: Wet_Boots

Basics for Planning a Drip Irrigation System???

Don't use distribution tubing for a buried supply line. Stick with standard plumbing materials. Where you live enters into what are 'standard' plumbing materials. Copper is for people with money to burn, except specifically for the section of pipe that penetrates the foundation wall. (above grade) As for home automation controlling a sprinkler system, that method will more or less give way to Wi-Fi enabled controllers, which might actually cost less than multiple interface components needed to o...

Sunday, June 27th 2021, 2:40pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Zone Surging

The first thing to check is the supply valve. Is it completely open? Is there a partially closed valve anywhere in the water pathway? Second thing to check, are the zones you said are surging otherwise behaving normally? No leaky heads? No breaks in the lines? What the questions are pointing at, is a situation where zone valves, when older (but not always older), can react to a dip in supply pressure in a way that causes the zone valves to almost close. The almost-closing zone valves make the su...

Saturday, June 26th 2021, 6:29pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Leak in constant pressure irrigation pipe

The blue glue was intended for really wet situations, like where upstream water can't quite be completely shut off. I can usually allow for the 15-30 minutes it takes for standard glues to set up leak-free under 24/7 supply pressures. I can't really advise from experience on the flex PVC. If I have a situation where tree roots are in the way, I chop the roots. After all, I'm paid by the hour. In poly pipe land, it's pretty easy to guide pipes around problem ares. Note that flex PVC is different ...

Thursday, June 24th 2021, 8:18pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Leak in constant pressure irrigation pipe

Not a flexible pipe, but a Slip-Fix, which has a female slip connection on one end, and a telescoping extension on the other end. An O-ring provides the seal between the two parts. As for glue, you really don't need Rain-or-Shine blue glue. For an old-timer like me, it sets up too fast. It never hurts to have the ability to pull apart what you just glued together. I use medium-body clear cement, which sets up ready to pressurize in well under an hour.

Monday, June 21st 2021, 3:20pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Adding a water spigot to an existing system

Your idea works better with city water. Depending on your pump setup, you may still run into issues if the hose demand is too low to match the pump output. An above-ground jet pump would be able to endure a mismatch, but a deep-well submersible pump could get into big trouble, because their no-flow pressure could do some $eroiu$ damage (said damage being avoided with a pressure tank and pressure switch control) Consider the conversion to pressure tank operation, at least to the extent of pricing...

Friday, June 18th 2021, 9:50am

Author: Wet_Boots

Adding a water spigot to an existing system

If the system supply is not continuously pressurized, as with city water, then that has to be changed before you consider adding a hose bibb. This can run into hundreds of dollars of pump controls and pressure tank.

Wednesday, June 16th 2021, 3:02pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Adding a water spigot to an existing system

This would have nothing to do with brand names, and would have everything to do with the plumbing of the system having a pipe under continuous pressure that feeds the hose bib.

Wednesday, June 16th 2021, 2:57pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Valve repair and or replacement for Nelson

Nelson valve parts would now be provided by Weathermatic, who acquired the line when they bought Signature. Their parts catalog includes diaphragm assemblies and solenoids for the Nelson 7900 series valves.

Tuesday, June 15th 2021, 6:49pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Irrigation Controller- Rain Detector?

A dead simple way to achieve this is to run a separate common wire to the zones you want to always be watering. The new wire would bypass the rain detector.