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Today, 6:02am

Author: Wet_Boots

33-year old weathermatic valve won't turn sprinklers on

You can have a try at probing the "exhaust port" underneath the solenoid plunger with some bare wire. Any obstruction in that passageway can prevent a valve from opening.

Friday, July 13th 2018, 5:44am

Author: Wet_Boots

Can I add a six valve manifold to an existing three valve manifold?

I think you meant to link the PC-400 model of Pro-C, since that's the base controller you can add modules to.

Wednesday, July 11th 2018, 5:07pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Weird pump issue

Suspect suction side issues. A Goulds jet pump should hold prime on the strength of it having the inner diaphragm. Consider swapping out the well point for something way bigger, like a VuFlow 4BSK60, and even then, you might want heat protection for the pump, in case of a repeat failure. By the way, sometimes when a pump overheats, the suction connection might need to be redone, especially if it's PVC entering the pump.

Monday, July 9th 2018, 9:13am

Author: Wet_Boots

33-year old weathermatic valve won't turn sprinklers on

Turn off the water supply. Remove the solenoid plunger and spring from the problem valve. Turn the water back on. What result do you see?

Sunday, July 8th 2018, 10:34am

Author: Wet_Boots

Hunter Xcore

It is entirely possible that there is programming in place on Program B and Program C. Check those programs and zero them out, leaving only Program A. If you did not zero out Start Time A2 and A3 and A4, then that also would cause repeat watering. These controllers will run all three programs, A and B and C, so it is likely something in B or C could be operating. The reason controller operation can seem random is that controllers employ what they call "stacking" - "stacking" means that operation...

Saturday, July 7th 2018, 7:59pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Help Identifying brand and model of sprinkler valve for proper solenoid replacement

Well done. Yes, the old solenoid and its O-ring are a package deal. Replacing them with a new-style solenoid (that has the O-ring built in) requires removal of the old O-ring.

Saturday, July 7th 2018, 8:16am

Author: Wet_Boots

Hunter Xcore

Start over. Only one start time. Start Time is not for activating a specific zone, but for a program. Station run times are set to build your watering cycle. Only start time A1 is needed. Set the watering times for program A. Set your watering days for program A. Done.

Friday, July 6th 2018, 2:24pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Help Identifying brand and model of sprinkler valve for proper solenoid replacement

The solenoid pictured above has the standard 3/4 x 20 configuration. Irritrol no longer makes their solenoids to exactly match those dimensions, and they really don't care if their solenoids don't fit older valves they did not have anything to do with. Now it happens that the fine folks who operate this website offer a "Universal Replacement" solenoid, that I haven't yet laid eyes upon, so I can't confirm its being an exact copy of the standard 3/4 x 20 solenoid, but the fact that it shows a pic...

Thursday, July 5th 2018, 4:22pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Help Identifying brand and model of sprinkler valve for proper solenoid replacement

Another way to describe the "811" solenoid is by its thread size, which is 3/4 x 20. The Irritrol 811 solenoid has evolved from its origin as a copy of an industry-standard 3/4 x 20 solenoid, into something more fitted to work with the Irritrol valves as manufactured today. For zone valves with solenoids like the old ones shown in the photos, it's going to be best to get something closer to a generic 3/4 x 20 solenoid, without any 'keeper' for the solenoid plunger, and with a separate O-ring to ...

Tuesday, July 3rd 2018, 5:44am

Author: Wet_Boots

Well Point / Inflow Pipes Leaking - how to find leak and replace PVC well pipes

A pressure tank can be very small and still function for keeping prime. One example of a small one is the expansion tank found near many water heaters. Something larger that fits in your budget could enable you to have the pump supply you with hose watering, given that a large enough tank will combine with a pump and pressure switch to give you a 24/7 water supply.

Monday, July 2nd 2018, 7:08am

Author: Wet_Boots

Well Point / Inflow Pipes Leaking - how to find leak and replace PVC well pipes

A pressure tank and pressure switch is about $100-$200 for the parts, depending on what you get for the tank. It's a solution for pumps losing prime. As long as your sprinklers run trouble-free when the pump is first primed, your problem is the prime not being maintained.

Sunday, July 1st 2018, 12:48pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Wasps Broke my Rain Bird E-6 Controller

Start in with basic electrical testing with your multimeter. If you don't have one, buy one. Harbor Freight has one they sometimes give away on a coupon deal. From a Home Depot or Lowes or Walmart, you can spend about $15 or less for one. Analog meters (non-digital) might outlast digital ones, if you are buying one as cheaply as possible. In any event, living through being hosed off with water is not in the job description of any controller, so be prepared to have to replace it.

Saturday, June 30th 2018, 1:38pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Well Point / Inflow Pipes Leaking - how to find leak and replace PVC well pipes

What I wanted the photo for was to look for a check valve. I see what looks like one. You may have water draining back through the pump, even with a check valve in place. Forget about using well points as a casing with a drop pipe. You will never get the same quantity of water. It won't hurt if you replace all the suction plumbing, but that still might not be a cure. A different approach would be to add a pressure tank and a pressure switch, and have it powered 24/7, bypassing a pump relay. If a...

Friday, June 29th 2018, 5:33am

Author: Wet_Boots

Well Point / Inflow Pipes Leaking - how to find leak and replace PVC well pipes

Well points can get clogged up over time. Re-post your photo of the pump. It, and the associated plumbing, are a likely part of any solution.

Friday, June 29th 2018, 5:30am

Author: Wet_Boots

Starting to fix my old sprinkler system

That is one funky-looking valve box. The contents look to be a double check valve assembly. It should have an ID plate.

Saturday, June 23rd 2018, 7:59am

Author: Wet_Boots

Brass acme threaded quick coupling key

What's wrong with the new Signature Key ?? If they replaced brass with stainless steel, you shouldn't suffer any loss in performance. An all-brass version might still be had from Buckner/Superior

Wednesday, June 20th 2018, 2:42pm

Author: Wet_Boots

DIY'er about to go for it! under $600

Freeze "resistance" in a PVB is largely untested in a properly maintained pro system. Water is not left in the plumbing, so their work isn't being subjected to freezing water bursting the plumbing. If water is going to be left in the outdoor plumbing over the winter, expect damage. If I had to spec a PVB on the basis of uncertain maintenance and easiest repair of a freeze damaged unit, it would not be the Wilkins 720, because it has a bonnet made of brass. Other brands like Febco or Watts have p...

Friday, June 15th 2018, 9:41am

Author: Wet_Boots

Valve only turns on after 2nd attempt

Just for grins, you could try swapping zone wires, to rule the controller out of the problem you're having.

Friday, June 15th 2018, 9:39am

Author: Wet_Boots

Pressure Switch Question

A delay unit might solve a pressure spike issue, but the pressure tank is your best bet, because of it providing a physical shock absorber to the plumbing. Also, the classical no-pump-relay-needed supply will have a pressure tank and a pressure switch, with a large enough tank giving you an always-pressurized water supply you might be able to use for things other than lawn watering.