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JJ

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Sunday, September 3rd 2017, 2:50pm

Moisture: Condensation (or leak) in valve box?

Hi,

Just opened my control box to take a look at the manifold (pre-planning to do some expanding) and saw that there is moisture inside. It's not terrible, but wet enough that I'm wondering if this is normal.

I ran both zones, and neither caused any spraying or anything (I put my hand where I wasn't too scared of finding black widows at least).

Could that be condensation, or is this a sign of a leak. We have another control box in the front yard that is not yet hooked up to anything, and it was bone dry. It also gets different sunlight, etc. Both control boxes have old, broken off PVC lines coming into them from the original installation. But the previous owner didn't winterize and those lines are destroyed...

Thanks for any thoughts!

JJ

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Sunday, September 3rd 2017, 3:01pm

For reference, some pictures. I'm in Western Colorado with dry climate, 90 degree days, and maybe 55 at night.

[img]https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9HKI_SfAdX3V29FRm9sampmLTg/view?usp=sharing[/img]
from: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9HKI_SfAdX3V29FRm9sampmLTg/view?usp=sharing

[img]https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9HKI_SfAdX3ZXB1NnpYZTlJREE/view?usp=sharing[/img]
from: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9HKI_SfAdX3ZXB1NnpYZTlJREE/view?usp=sharing

Wet_Boots

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Monday, September 4th 2017, 6:33am

A leak should show up on your water meter, which has a sort of telltale indicator for small flows.

JJ

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Tuesday, September 5th 2017, 10:42am

That sounds helpful

A leak should show up on your water meter, which has a sort of telltale indicator for small flows.
Stupid question: How/where do I find that? Check with my city/municipality to find out where to see the meter readings? The meter is some kind of radio-communicator out by the street but it's buried.

Thank you!

Wet_Boots

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Tuesday, September 5th 2017, 3:40pm

Meters are in pits with covers. They have to be accessible in order that they can be replaced. Even the most modern meter should have a dial and a telltale.

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