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stephanie

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Sunday, March 20th 2011, 4:09pm

Installion/replacement help please

I know some things should be left to professionals but in this economy, just starting our own new business and already having paid a guy $150 to replace one of these it seems like a good idea to learn to fix this stuff myself since we will be in our home for pretty much ever! Here's a pic of the situation. :( Any suggestions for how to fix this myself will be greatly appreciated. I don't mean to undermine the professional ability of sprinkler guys - we just can't afford to be shelling out $150 for less than an hour of work every time something like this goes wrong. (We're dealing with a $10,000 sewer issue right now so.....yeah.)


stephanie

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Sunday, March 20th 2011, 8:48pm

replacing control valve

Guess I could have said we are replacing the in-line valve - that's what I need help with.

Mitchgo

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Sunday, March 20th 2011, 9:28pm

Lol. That sucks!

Whoever did that..... Should be shot!

I'm sorry to hear about your septic issue.

You may want to put this on hold and have someone come out to do this, If you dug this out for them the labor would be reduced immensely. But if you have the time and your up for some digging, a small challenge, and going to the store several times then have at it.

Basically, there isn't enough pipe after that tee to put a new fitting on,if you do the fitting will blow off. As well it appears that just to the left of the tee there isn't enough room to put a fitting on there either. ( I could be wrong though, there might be Just enough to put one on. But you still have to rebuild half whats there. It would actually be easier to rebuild the entire thing.

I recommend to dig 3x bigger then what is in the picture, exposed all the pipes and cut them out. Then rebuild the valve manifold and make all the pipes straight and neat, then connect back into the existing lateral pipes.

I see dry wire nuts and horrible splices, re do all of those too.

Whats what that 90 elbow just cut like that, was there a tee that led into that pipe that you cut out?

mrfixit

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Sunday, March 20th 2011, 9:28pm

If i was you I'd do some more digging. Careful of the wiring. Expose all the necessary pipes. Cut everything out and start over. You have to take most of it out anyway. That thing's a mess. Just remember where everything's supposed to go.

Stephanie

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Monday, March 21st 2011, 10:48am

Lol. That sucks!

Whoever did that..... Should be shot!

I'm sorry to hear about your septic issue.

You may want to put this on hold and have someone come out to do this, If you dug this out for them the labor would be reduced immensely. But if you have the time and your up for some digging, a small challenge, and going to the store several times then have at it.

Basically, there isn't enough pipe after that tee to put a new fitting on,if you do the fitting will blow off. As well it appears that just to the left of the tee there isn't enough room to put a fitting on there either. ( I could be wrong though, there might be Just enough to put one on. But you still have to rebuild half whats there. It would actually be easier to rebuild the entire thing.

I recommend to dig 3x bigger then what is in the picture, exposed all the pipes and cut them out. Then rebuild the valve manifold and make all the pipes straight and neat, then connect back into the existing lateral pipes.

I see dry wire nuts and horrible splices, re do all of those too.

Whats what that 90 elbow just cut like that, was there a tee that led into that pipe that you cut out?
Yeah, it's pretty much one big suckfest! Shoot me - I did it. :cursing:

I think the 90 elbow was left by the last guy who fixed the other in-line valve. It doesn't seem to go anywhere.

There seems to be just enough room on each end to connect pipe. Could I use elbows - attaching one to each cut off pipe and just raise the valve?

Stephanie

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Monday, March 21st 2011, 10:50am

Side note - I tripped OUT when I saw all the exposed wires! Got me some of those handy dandy water proof cap thing-a-ma-jiggers. ;)

hi.todd

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Tuesday, March 22nd 2011, 9:09pm

Concur with suck. It looks like it is so messed up you may have to redo more than just the one.

Take your time and dig some more.

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Wet_Boots

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Thursday, March 24th 2011, 7:38am

Dig more - expose more - get some room to work

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