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Tuesday, July 21st 2009, 9:46am

Installing a sprinkler timer

Hi, I am wanting to install a sprinkler timer to my existing system.

I am thinking that its as easy as removing the valve I use to it on now (As seen in the picture below) and replacing it with the timer found at:


Is this correct? Also how long does a 9v battery usually last in a controller like that?

Thank you,



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Location: USA


Tuesday, July 21st 2009, 11:29am

The Dig valve should do what you're trying to do. If you use good 9 volt batteries they should last a year without any problems. The Energizer Industrial 9 volt battery is an excellent battery. I have 7 Dig valve adapters installed at a customers house for the past 5 years or so. We did have the batteries die a couple of times within a year but the rest of the batteries easily lasted the year. The customer now has me install new ones every 6 months which leaves me with quite a collection of still usable 9 volts.

One idea about installing the new valve. If for some reason it's tricky to get that old gate valve out of there you could just open the valve and leave it where it is installing the new valve somewhere else.


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Tuesday, July 21st 2009, 8:51pm

Ok thanks for the help. I think this will be the way to go then. :)


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Posts: 5,298

Location: Metro NYC


Wednesday, July 22nd 2009, 5:46am

It looks like there are two valves there, so you might want to consider something more conventional, if cost is a factor. Antisyphon valve is the proper replacement, if located at the proper elevation.

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