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Today, 7:15pm

Author: Wet_Boots

New meter PSI and GPM

Just leave Rainbird out of the loop for now. Do your bucket test. Expect at least 20-25 gpm useful flow. There will be more flow available, but your property (size in acres?) might not need maximum flow.

Today, 2:18pm

Author: Wet_Boots

New meter PSI and GPM

Just what is the distance the water main and the 1-inch meter? What is the pressure in the street? Is this a curbside meter or not? (these are facts you should share from the get-go, along with your location)

Yesterday, 10:40am

Author: Wet_Boots

New meter PSI and GPM

There are service lines and there are service lines. Since Rain Bird is in California, it might be natural for them to assume that the new water service is feeding a curbside meter pit. Other parts of the US might only have meters in basements, and that is where a service line question comes into play. Home is so far from the water main, so a service line of known length and size will figure into pressure loss calculations. And really, who cares. Get the meter installed and make your system conn...

Saturday, October 20th 2018, 8:31am

Author: Wet_Boots

Pump exploded being winterized

Definitely a mess-up, if there was any way to isolate the winterizing air from the pump. Even then, there are precautions that were not taken in the described winterizing. Air pressure over 60 psi is not needed. A pressure of 95 psi can put heads at risk, not to mention a plastic-case pump.

Wednesday, October 17th 2018, 11:06am

Author: Wet_Boots

Your thoughts on Poly Pipe?

Water Department poly pipe is a completely different animal. Thicker pipe walls than what goes into sprinkler systems, so heavy duty that typical stainless steel clamps you see in sprinkler system poly connections are too feeble to secure the water department poly pipe connections, which will be made by compression fittings. Don't forget that any plumbing leaks upstream of a water meter would be wasting water no one has yet purchased, so trust the water departments to get it right, if only for t...

Saturday, October 13th 2018, 6:29am

Author: Wet_Boots

Limit on irrigation main line length?

Lots of systems wrap pipe(s) the long way around, through the back yard, to reach the far side of the driveway. You simply have to allow for the additional pressure loss for the longer pipe runs.

Friday, October 12th 2018, 6:52am

Author: Wet_Boots

How to decide between PGP Ultra and MP Rotator?

Thanks for the controller info. The earliest of these things were purely mechanical, and built around a pressure reducing valve. The water supply would still have a pressure tank and a pressure switch, but the tank was just a mini, to pair with a pressure switch. The specialty valve would hold output operating pressure to a set point, and once the sprinkler system stops operation, the internal bypass allowed a small flow to operate the pressure switch. The higher pressure resulting from a low fl...

Thursday, October 11th 2018, 6:00pm

Author: Wet_Boots

How to decide between PGP Ultra and MP Rotator?

Well controllers aren't supposed to stress the sprinkler system. They will subject the pump and its drop pipe to higher pressures, but that's the price you pay for that 'controlled' output, and possible savings by not needing a larger pressure tank.

Thursday, October 11th 2018, 1:57pm

Author: Wet_Boots

How to decide between PGP Ultra and MP Rotator?

Quoted from "top_gun_de" ........ and the controller can handle anything from 2GPM up.... You did not mention a pump controller. They still aren't standard equipment on every well. Systems in the past had to exactly match the output of well and pump, without any controller or other aids, so that the pump would not cycle on and off. That's where the original PGP series worked better than anything else, because of the range of nozzle sizes.

Wednesday, October 10th 2018, 10:06am

Author: Wet_Boots

How to decide between PGP Ultra and MP Rotator?

the key word here is "well" - this means two things first, the water may have particles of sand and will need filtering - a Vu-Flow is a filtering standard (size shown fits your stated well performance) second, the well output needs to be completely employed by the sprinkler zone - this is where the PGP is the superior choice, because of the interchangeable nozzles as an aside, do not overlook the plain old original PGP rotor - it has the widest range of nozzles, more than the Ultra series, and ...

Monday, October 1st 2018, 8:25pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Manual Orbit Anti-Siphon Valve Leaking....

Orbit has misinformed you. An antisyphon valve upstream of zone valves prevents nothing. Nothing is what it's been doing for decades. This is because an antisyphon valve is non-functional, protection-wise, if there are any other valves downstream of it. Replace it with a Pressure Vacuum Breaker, and you will have genuine backflow protection. Of course, the PVB, just like any vacuum breaker, must be higher in elevation than any sprinkler pipe or head downstream of it. When the top of the PVB is a...

Saturday, September 29th 2018, 1:30pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Water shooting out of irrigation box

Filters are cheap enough, but the next one you buy could also blow apart. Expensive filters will be stronger, but you could blow up half a dozen cheap ones and not get near the cost of an unbreakable one made of brass. One tip to help save the next cheap filter, is to employ the flow control on the zone valve to slow the outrush of water into the filter. Also, make sure the filter is cleaned regularly. A clogged filter points all the water force at its cleanout. "pop"

Sunday, September 16th 2018, 1:15pm

Author: Wet_Boots

One station is pulsing, power to water pump is cycling

A mechanical failure in the valve, diaphragm assembly most likely, could prevent it from fully opening, resulting in what you describe.

Friday, September 14th 2018, 12:50am

Author: Wet_Boots

Friction in reverse. Small pipe to large question

Pump suction inputs are often larger than the outputs, since a pump might be lifting water through the suction line, where friction losses could actually stop the pump from working. Lifting water is more complicated than pushing water.

Friday, September 7th 2018, 4:04pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Replacing old Champion metal heads vs new plastic ones?

Quoted from "mrfixit" Champion went out of business...... Reports of their demise may have been premature, if their renewed web presence is any indication. (there's a story there, but my knowledge is incomplete, so I won't get into rumor-mongering)

Wednesday, September 5th 2018, 1:24pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Solenoid Making Clicking noise

Quoted from "mrfixit" .........I'm not sure if the new modules will work in the older Pro-C.......... New modules are backwards-compatible. There was a counterfeit Pro-C that appeared when the old grey modules were in use. Altering the design of the Pro-C kept counterfeit modules from being used in current-production Hunter controllers.

Tuesday, August 28th 2018, 8:09am

Author: Wet_Boots

voltage question regarding Richdel R711A

You need either a diaphragm (by far the most likely solution) or a complete guts swap with a new 205F valve.

Monday, August 27th 2018, 7:44am

Author: Wet_Boots

zones

Quoted from "mrfixit" Maybe he learned from the mistakes he made in your yard.

Monday, August 27th 2018, 7:00am

Author: Wet_Boots

voltage question regarding Richdel R711A

Use the 24VAC transformer, and don't worry about its open-circuit voltage that you measured.