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Yesterday, 4:22pm

Author: mrfixit

Low flow after adjusting

You're turning them down too low. Nozzles are designed to be turned down a max of 20%. So if you have 15 foot nozzles and you're trying to spray them 8 feet, it's not going to work. They'll do exactly as you described. Brass nozzles can be adjusted down low and stay put but plastic doesn't work well. You need to buy new nozzles. They come in various distances. 17, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4. Depends on the brand.

Wednesday, November 22nd 2017, 7:22pm

Author: mrfixit

Noises in the new poly line

Check and see if the noise is coming from the pressure reducer. You might need a different brand. I like Rainbird's combo filter and pressure reducer. Filter Shop around for a better price. 14 bucks tops. I don't get hum out of them like some other brands.

Friday, November 10th 2017, 7:57pm

Author: mrfixit

Do you recognize this part?

That looks like it broke off of a Champion valve adapter. What kind of valves do you have in your yard? Maybe take a pic. It holds the seat washer on so eventually the valve will fail or maybe it's been replaced already because once that part breaks off the valve will have problems. It might get stuck on or it might sound like it wants to come on but it's not. The good news is the part got stuck in a faucet and not the valves. That means the hose bib might be at the end of the line so you can fl...

Sunday, November 5th 2017, 3:39pm

Author: mrfixit

Wiring cut between 2 valve boxes

It depends on what model valve it is. If it's an inline then just take the bonnet off. The top half. You could always post a picture. Go to www.tinypic.com, upload your pic there then cut and paste the "forum" code here.

Sunday, November 5th 2017, 3:14pm

Author: mrfixit

Wiring cut between 2 valve boxes

I've found that pool installers have a way of getting gravel into the main line. Go find the valve that's stuck on and take it apart. See what's in there.

Monday, October 23rd 2017, 2:53am

Author: mrfixit

Toro T5 Rapid Set reducing right Arc stop problem

I've never had the pleasure of adjusting the Toro Rapid Set. Check out this video If the right stop is broken, I'd just turn the sprinkler to the right until the right hand side is set correctly then set the left stop. If it doesn't stay set after that then the sprinkler needs replacing.

Sunday, October 22nd 2017, 9:28pm

Author: mrfixit

Zone partially running when off

If you have two zones running at the same time that could give it "half ass pressure". Make sure the solenoids are all the way snug clockwise. Unplug the timer with them running and see if they shut off. Make sure your back up battery is good before doing so or you'll lose all your programming. Or you could just disconnect the two zone wires and see if they shut off.

Sunday, October 22nd 2017, 9:25pm

Author: mrfixit

Stumped on sprinkler flow

There's something wrong with the valve. It needs repair or replaced. It depends on what model valve you have and how difficult it is to replace. Can you post a picture of the valve? www.tinypic.com

Tuesday, October 17th 2017, 2:03am

Author: mrfixit

no AC message. Trying to rewire controller

Usually the common wire is white. Are you sure the black and the white wire aren't mixed up? Have you pressed that reset button to see if the power comes back on? It might and then the wiring or a solenoid is shorting it out again. I worked on one today where the number 1 solenoid blew the fuse. Which in your case would show no A/C. Can you test the a/c terminals to see if there's 24 volts? Do you have a master valve because there's a wire hooked up to it? The speaker looking wires are probably ...

Sunday, October 15th 2017, 11:03am

Author: mrfixit

Adjust distance

That nozzle is a 30 foot throw. They have 20 footers and 10 footers. Those are not adjustable. This nozzle is adjustable Toro Stream Nozzle. Keep in mind that the adjustable nozzle uses more water than the one you have installed now and might not go as far. The streams are thicker. I've used them many times. They work great.

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 1:16pm

Author: mrfixit

Drainage Advice

If your pipes are in the floor there might be a leak inside your house. I've seen exactly what you've described a couple of times from leaky copper pipes under the floor. Try shutting the water off where it enters the house and see if the meter still indicates a leak.

Monday, October 2nd 2017, 4:14pm

Author: mrfixit

Low flow improves with open bleed screw

Maybe the solenoid plunger is rusty or has debris in there keeping it from opening up.

Sunday, October 1st 2017, 11:05pm

Author: mrfixit

Low flow improves with open bleed screw

I don't know which model Champion actuator you have but a new diaphragm should fix you up. Champion's out of business but if you look around you can find what you need. The 800 series diaphragm should work on the large brass actuator. Maybe you can post a pic. Go to www.tinypic.com, upload your pic then cut and paste the "forum" code to your post. champion diaphragms I've bought from this guy.

Saturday, September 23rd 2017, 4:05pm

Author: mrfixit

Can you buy flex pipe by the foot?

There's no way of knowing if that's the same pipe. It's hard to tell if it's the same without a link. Did you mean funny pipe? Did you mean flex pvc pipe? Poly pipe?

Saturday, September 23rd 2017, 4:03pm

Author: mrfixit

Identifying old Rainbird valve/replacing solenoid

Yep we need a pic of the valve. Go to www.tinypic.com, upload your pic there then cut and paste the "forum" code to your post. The pic will magically appear.

Friday, September 22nd 2017, 6:21pm

Author: mrfixit

Can you buy flex pipe by the foot?

Can you post a link to the flex pipe so we know exactly what you mean?

Monday, September 18th 2017, 11:39pm

Author: mrfixit

Need help selecting nozzles for sidewalk lawn strips

You're never going to cover that correctly the way the heads are spaced out. If you don't mind watering the street go with the 15U's throughout. 8ft and I guarantee you'll make the brown spots bigger. Where I live we have a sprinkler Nazi patrolling the streets giving people tickets for watering the street. I'm not joking. This guy gets 68k a year to look for people watering on the wrong day or whatever he can find. I should gone for that job. He picks his hours. Sometimes 3 am.

Monday, September 18th 2017, 8:32pm

Author: mrfixit

Help with identifying Hardie valve

If you use a telescoping coupling make sure it's extended all the way. I've seen those installed where once the water's turned on the coupling expands and stresses out the manifold.

Monday, September 18th 2017, 12:15pm

Author: mrfixit

Irritrol 12 zone acting strange.. help, pls!

Ok, I've found over the years that whatever the homeowner tells me is almost always not correct. So I'm running with the idea that zone 12 has nothing to do with it. Look to see if the guy didn't turn the shut off valve back on all the way after he installed zone 12. Is the shut off very old? Maybe it broke. Also check the water meter to make sure it's on all the way. Also look for a pressure regulator that may have broke causing low pressure in all the valves.

Sunday, September 17th 2017, 9:50pm

Author: mrfixit

Help with identifying Hardie valve

That's a HR1 valve Just swapping out the diaphragm doesn't always work on that valve. Sometimes you need a retrofit kit. But try the diaphragm might work. Your call. You could put a diaphragm in there from another working valve to see if that fixes it. Also it might now work with that Orbit solenoid.