View Full Version : valve locating - on the cheap

11-28-2006, 06:05 PM
I have a customer who wants me to find their valves. I was thinking of just wiring a push button switch in series with the wire coming from the timer and clicking it while I walked around and listened for the valve opening and closing. Has anyone ever tried this?


11-28-2006, 06:33 PM
Yeah it can be done, but you are going to be spinning a lot of wheels and wandering. And if the valves are buried and the box is filled with mud, it is going to next to impossible to hear 'em.

Check at one of the irrigation houses and see if they rent a 521 locator. It might cost $45.00 but you can find all the valves and the wire path in fairly short order. Then just tack the rental cost (plus mark-up) on to the invoice and charge for your time.

Dirty Water
11-28-2006, 06:59 PM
They make a cheap little device that makes most solenoids chatter loudly.

11-28-2006, 07:22 PM
Yes THEY do ;)

Dirty Water
11-28-2006, 08:06 PM
Yes THEY do ;)

Tony, I don't remember the brand we have, but its not the one that "your friend" makes.

I still want a suck tube for christmas though.

Without A Drought
11-28-2006, 08:12 PM
You really can't go wrong with the 521. aside from the plow, that's been my most valuable tool i've ever purchased.

the "click it" is what "THEY"RE" talking about. i've never used it, but i imagine the reliability around 50%.

try to rent one (521) if you can't, and you foresee irrigation work in the future, try to purchase one. i know they're around $600, but i've heard they can be had for cheaper on eBay.

best of luck.


11-28-2006, 09:58 PM
valve locating on tha cheap

its easy to use, insert in the ground every 10" till you hit something!

11-28-2006, 10:07 PM
Damn Koster, if your looking for a 6" valve box you're Screwed. But at $65/hr maybe I could try that

11-28-2006, 10:25 PM
Witch for it. Two flag wires bent into proper shape only cost about 16 cents.

11-28-2006, 11:23 PM
The "krik-it" has a much more than 50% success rate.....if you know how to use it....

Suck Tubes for all my friends.......secret santa anyone?

11-29-2006, 09:57 AM
I've used one of the brands that click the solenoid - and it WILL work, but the problem is if a neighbor (and not even a close-by neighbor) is running a lawn mower, or the next door neighbor is running an air conditioner, or if the wind is blowing thru the trees pretty good you'll never hear a valve clicking.


11-29-2006, 10:19 AM
Not the one I use....you'll not only hear it but occasionaly feel it....

If you know what your listening for and feeling for that is...

11-30-2006, 09:21 AM
Sounds more like a sexual encounter Tony. :laugh: