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Today, 1:42pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Switch to Bigger Pump?

If it comes down to needing more watering in a limited time frame, increasing the mainline size will easily be the most bang for the buck. Running two zones simultaneously with a new mainline will get flows-per-zone down below 20 gpm, and reduce pressure loss through the zone valves. It's a lot of work, but you will get some of your investment back by more watering in a shorter time saving you electricity.

Today, 1:32pm

Author: Wet_Boots

no AC message. Trying to rewire controller

Looks like you have a Hunter SRC controller, where the red-white-blue stranded wires are for a connector that accepts a receiver for remote control. Find your multimeter, or get a spare. You want to be checking resistances.

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 12:18pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Drainage Advice

Suspect another valve before you suspect the valves on a backflow preventer. Since a backflow preventer is not supposed to be the master shutoff on any sprinkler system, you look upstream for a shutoff valve at the point the system connects to the water supply.

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 9:37am

Author: Wet_Boots

Help with winterizing!

the ball valve drain won't serve as a winterizing connection - use the testcocks on the backflow preventer

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 9:28am

Author: Wet_Boots

Drainage Advice

You may have a shutoff valve that is not fully shutting off, thereby letting a continuous flow of water escape a broken pipe. Observe the water meter to see if it shows a flow.

Wednesday, October 11th 2017, 9:52pm

Author: Wet_Boots

FEBCO 765 Retainer & Check Assembly Breaking

I'm wondering why someone would use treated water for lawn irrigation. Is there something about that water that is harmful to plant life?

Tuesday, October 10th 2017, 12:11pm

Author: Wet_Boots

FEBCO 765 Retainer & Check Assembly Breaking

If you are concerned with blowing air through the backflow preventer, then use an air connection downstream of the backflow preventer, even if it means you have to plumb it in. Any PVB can be manually drained of water, without air applied to it.

Monday, October 9th 2017, 1:12pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Help with winterizing!

You need a low point drain on the supply plumbing. Make that happen, and you now have your winterizing connection.

Monday, October 9th 2017, 1:10pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Blowing out Febco 765 PVB

"Gee, I have to remove the bonnet on this PVB so I can winterize," said no professional ever. The homeowner air compressor connects to the low point drain on your supply plumbing. If you do not have a low point drain, you need to correct this shortcoming.

Monday, October 9th 2017, 1:05pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Alkaline vs. rechargeable battery in a controller?

if you replace a rechargeable controller battery with an alkaline battery, your controller will try to charge it.

Sunday, October 8th 2017, 5:00pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Alkaline vs. rechargeable battery in a controller?

Don't try to charge an alkaline battery. They are liable to misbehave.

Sunday, October 8th 2017, 4:59pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Blowing out Febco 765 PVB

No emails, please. Public posting shares the knowledge. There is no reason to disassemble the PVB.

Sunday, October 8th 2017, 4:58pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Getting pressurized air to the zone valves, but not to the sprinklers - why?

Your air source might be sub-par. This is your homeowner compressor? What's the hose? Just as an aside, you are best off replacing the Flo-Pro valves, with something like the Irritrol 2500TF. That flow control on each zone valve can be a lifesaver when zones might get stuck open during winterizing.

Friday, October 6th 2017, 3:20pm

Author: Wet_Boots

What size main service line?

18-24 inches tall is a good practical minimum for the valves - if you have them too low, the tops can get chewed on by rodents with their feet on the ground, like a scratching post for their teeth - sides of pipes they don't bother standard rotor heads are fine - only for long slopes do you need heads with check valves to counteract drainage I don't use controllers with 4 separate programs. No need for it. Hunter makes the X-Core series, with 3 programs, and the features anyone might need.

Friday, October 6th 2017, 3:07pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Switch to Bigger Pump?

You have a problem in that a 1-1/4 inch main line is not large enough to carry increased water flow. For a 30+gpm flow to not suffer pressure loss, the main line should be 2-inch. If you are going to even consider running multiple zones, you will have to replace the mainline. Should you make the replacement, you could find that your existing pump can drive two zones at once. Since a larger pump does not give you a great increase in pressure, you have to find that extra pressure by way of elimina...

Friday, October 6th 2017, 2:53pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Blowing out Febco 765 PVB

A system like yours was intended to be blown out from an air hose dragged into the basement. In a word, dumb. Go ahead and use the testcock for the air input, and drain the inside into a bucket.

Wednesday, October 4th 2017, 7:21am

Author: Wet_Boots

Blowing out Febco 765 PVB

Is there no drain for the supply plumbing anywhere?

Monday, October 2nd 2017, 2:23pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Winterization, turned water back on

You need to invest in some plumbing alterations. Your situation should never have to occur.

Monday, October 2nd 2017, 2:21pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Low flow improves with open bleed screw

Quoted from "mrfixit" ....Champion's out of business..... Champion was merged with Arrowhead Brass, but I don't see anything from their website but an "under construction" notice. I think they still answer the phone.

Sunday, October 1st 2017, 11:06am

Author: Wet_Boots

dripline on same zone as rest of lawn

Drip running with sprinkler heads is usually a mismatch, but how much of a mismatch depends on what heads and what drip. Until you run the numbers, you don't know for sure.