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rckowal

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Tuesday, July 26th 2011, 9:32am

Two Rain Bird Rotary Nozzles Don't Rotate

I just changed the nozzles on two zones of Rain Bird 1800 Spray Heads from the MPR to the newer Rotary type. All but two (one in each 7 - 8 head zone) are working fine. My question is: what's wrong with the ones that don't - they spray water but don't rotate?

Following Rain Birds Rotary Nozzle Trouble Shooting list; here's what I've tried so far.
1. Checked nozzle filter screens - they're clean.
2. Checked the home water system supply pressure while a zone is running - one is 31 PSI the other is 28. R.B. specifies a minimum of 20 PSI. Is there a way to check pressure right at a zone spray head?
3. Although they were supposed to be set to maximum at the factory, I checked radius reduction screws by opening them 1/2 - 1 turn - no difference.
4. Cycled zones several times to flush any possible grit from nozzles - no difference.
5. Substituted non-rotating nozzles with another one - no difference.

Since one of the mal-functioning nozzles is on a spray head that is at the end of the (1") water distribution line, I wondered about an obstruction in the line itself. However, the second non-rotating nozzle is in the middle of a seven head zone yet all of the others rotate OK. If there was a clog in the line, it seems like the heads down stream of the non-rotating one would be effected as well.

I've completely run out of ideas. I would very much appreciate suggestions regarding diagnosis & correction of this situation.

Best regards, Richard

Wet_Boots

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Location: Metro NYC

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Tuesday, July 26th 2011, 9:37am

House pressure is not nozzle pressure - you may need more. Odds are that you might have done better using MP Rotators.

rckowal

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Tuesday, July 26th 2011, 10:12am

Hi Wet Boots. So how would one measure nozzle pressure?

Wet_Boots

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Posts: 4,076

Location: Metro NYC

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Tuesday, July 26th 2011, 11:40am

Spend $$$ on a special gauge tee that fits between nozzle and sprinkler riser.

rckowal

New Member

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Wednesday, July 27th 2011, 8:56pm

Thanks Wet Boots. Borrowing from your knowledge & my ingenuity, I put together a home made device to measure nozzle pressure using a pressure gauge, a foot of vinyl tubing, a garden hose repair piece & a tubing clamp.

With it, I found that the nozzle pressure (as you surmised) was only 9 PSI - nothing like the 28 PSI home water supply pressure measured at the outdoor spigot. This gadget also helped me to discover a reason why the pressure might be so low. There was one (seriously leaking) head that had sunk out of sight below the sod & was forgotten. Once I found & capped it off, the nozzle pressure went up to 21 PSI. Now the rotary nozzles rotate like they should.

Best regards, Richard

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