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Sunday, May 6th 2012, 12:33am

No water getting to valves

I can't figure this out. Turned sprinklers on for first time this year and no water came out. I checked the valve that I could find manually. Still no water. I turned the water off to the house and then back on. Then the sprinklers worked for a day. What could be causing this.

Also, the picture shows my vacuum breaker. I cannot find my sprinkler system shut off anywhere around this. Any ideas?

Thanks!
Jamie
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mrfixit

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Sunday, May 6th 2012, 2:12am

Is there a master valve or pump?

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Sunday, May 6th 2012, 9:10am

unless you have a one-zone system with that zone valve in your basement, your plumbing is a code violation, and absolutely of no protection to the drinking water

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Sunday, May 6th 2012, 9:34am

I am not sure if I have a master valve. Is there an easy way to find this out?
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The sprinkler system is original with the house. Home was built in 1995. There are 6 zones. t I live in Texas and don't have a basement.

I am fixing to go back outside and search for the sprinkler shutoff. Again

Thanks for all the help

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Sunday, May 6th 2012, 9:49am

Absolutely a code violation in Texas, or anywhere, for that matter - they are beginning to pay attention to these things - you may have difficulties selling that house

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Sunday, May 6th 2012, 10:01am

Are you saying I need to upgrade the vacuum breaker?

Could there be another one wherever I find the sprinkler shutoff?

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Sunday, May 6th 2012, 10:09am

A single atmospheric vacuum breaker upstream of the zone valves is a code violation today and thirty years ago. Make it a Pressure Vacuum Breaker, and you got real protection, and code compliance.

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Sunday, May 6th 2012, 11:24am

still trying to find sprinkler shut off

I did some digging and took some pics.
Any ideas?
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Wet_Boots

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Sunday, May 6th 2012, 11:39am

upload photos at Imageshack and post the thumbnail codes here. As for the shutoff, you may not even have one for the sprinkler system.

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Sunday, May 6th 2012, 1:27pm

Look at the controller and see if there's a wire hooked up to the mv or pump or p terminal. Those are all the same terminal. Different controllers have different markings for it.

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