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jimmyburg

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Posts: 52

Location: USA

1

Wednesday, October 31st 2007, 10:13am

favorite backflow

in everyone line of work, what dose everyone use for backflow?

I use Febco or Wilikns - Double checks
Jimmy
Texas Lic. Irrigator
Landscape Irrigation Auditing & Management
Texas Lic. Backflow Tester

Admin

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Location: USA

2

Wednesday, October 31st 2007, 10:16am

In the Houston area, the Febco Pressure Vacuum Breaker is the backflow device of choice. Wilkins 720A PVB seems to be the runner up.
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jimmyburg

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Posts: 52

Location: USA

3

Wednesday, October 31st 2007, 10:47am

what are your prices on repair kits and service?
Jimmy
Texas Lic. Irrigator
Landscape Irrigation Auditing & Management
Texas Lic. Backflow Tester

Wet_Boots

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Posts: 4,050

Location: Metro NYC

4

Thursday, November 1st 2007, 4:51am

Febco prices their repair parts pretty high. I've seen mailings from third-party vendors with their own bonnets and such for Febco. I like the Wilkins 720 PVB better than Febco. Not sure how many other brands still have brass bonnets, like the 720, and the older Watts (sold as Rainbird)

jimmyburg

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Posts: 52

Location: USA

5

Thursday, November 1st 2007, 5:51am

they still make the old rainbirds, i have a school district here that i have been replacing those.
Jimmy
Texas Lic. Irrigator
Landscape Irrigation Auditing & Management
Texas Lic. Backflow Tester

tehachapibackflow

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Posts: 18

Location: USA

6

Wednesday, November 7th 2007, 5:03pm

WILKINS WILKINS WILKINS WILKINS

YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!!
Tyler Napier

tehachapibackflow

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Posts: 18

Location: USA

7

Wednesday, November 7th 2007, 5:06pm

Just so you all know febco is pure junk, you will have nothing but problems with these. I test backflow assemblies all the time and the fail rate is 70% of all febcos tested fail.

Figures don't lie. Liars figure.

Write that one down for a bumper sticker
Tyler Napier

jimmyburg

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Posts: 52

Location: USA

8

Thursday, November 8th 2007, 11:40am

if your talking about the RPZ and PVB then you are correct. I rarely have any trouble with the double checks.
Jimmy
Texas Lic. Irrigator
Landscape Irrigation Auditing & Management
Texas Lic. Backflow Tester

Wet_Boots

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Location: Metro NYC

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Thursday, November 8th 2007, 1:42pm

Even the 'indestructible' Rainbird PVB (old Watts model) would need a washer sooner or later.

There are really two diverging ways to look at backflow. One is the more rigorous pass/fail record when testing backflows, and the second is whether the device starts spewing water. In locales without any testing requirements, it's the "spews water" aspect that homeowners would worry about, since they aren't worried about testing.

tehachapibackflow

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Location: USA

10

Thursday, November 8th 2007, 3:31pm

Well, to those of you who have no testing requirements you should feel lucky. If you don't have to test the assemblies just take out the guts and internal parts and the backflow will never spew water. But remember the whole point of backflow is to protect the drinking water not worry about cheap prices on backflow parts.
Tyler Napier

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