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vtruong
07-08-2008, 09:17 PM
I have a Rainbird 5000 series rotor that doesn't rotate but pop up and sprays...is there anything I can check or does something need to be replaced?

Thanks

Mike Leary
07-08-2008, 09:24 PM
I have a Rainbird 5000 series rotor that doesn't rotate

Have a ton of 5000 in service, problem zero. Lawn crew prolly wacked it.

CAPT Stream Rotar
07-08-2008, 09:25 PM
sounds like you need a gutswap hoss...

simple...painless....go to your local supply house and parle with the hombres.

vtruong
07-08-2008, 09:26 PM
Have a ton of 5000 in service, problem zero. Lawn crew?

Sorry man, I didnt understand what you were trying to say...haha

CAPT Stream Rotar
07-08-2008, 09:29 PM
Sorry man, I didnt understand what you were trying to say...haha

plain and simple to the point buddy..


he was asking what type of landscapers are there?
college kids turning and burning?

or guys who care about the lawn....

Mike Leary
07-08-2008, 09:39 PM
Sorry man, I didnt understand what you were trying to say...haha

About the only way these heads can be trashed is by mower/string-trim crews.

vtruong
07-08-2008, 09:41 PM
Ahh, got ya. No lawn service. We cut the grass ourselves...its only about 1 month old.

Wet_Boots
07-08-2008, 09:42 PM
I have a Rainbird 5000 series rotor that doesn't rotate but pop up and sprays...is there anything I can check or does something need to be replaced?

ThanksReplace the entire head, like a burned-out lightbulb.

DanaMac
07-08-2008, 09:44 PM
Gotta disagree mike. I love the 5004 rotor head, but they do fail from time to time.

Swap it out, be done with it.

Mike Leary
07-08-2008, 09:47 PM
Ahh, got ya. No lawn service. We cut the grass ourselves...its only about 1 month old.


You got crap in the nozzle or the SAM low drain check or the Marlex or, or :dizzy:

Mike Leary
07-08-2008, 09:54 PM
[QUOTE=DanaMac;240963 I love the 5004 [/QUOTE]

Start using the 6" SAM. :hammerhead:

DanaMac
07-08-2008, 09:55 PM
Start using the 6" SAM. :hammerhead:

Nah. Means I gotta dig an extra 2" :)

Mike Leary
07-08-2008, 09:58 PM
Nah. Means I gotta dig an extra 2" :)

More than that..I don't think you Rocky boys even know about Marlex ells.

CAPT Stream Rotar
07-09-2008, 06:59 AM
More than that..I don't think you Rocky boys even know about Marlex ells.

Marlex ells= a waste of time and money..


The out east version of a swing joint works just fine....
ML=Marlex Fluffer..

FIMCO-MEISTER
07-09-2008, 08:09 AM
Marlex ells= a waste of time and money..


The out east version of a swing joint works just fine....
ML=Marlex Fluffer..

We use lots of marlexes here Eddie. Buy them by the box and add them to our Hunter swing joints from time to time.

DanaMac
07-09-2008, 08:40 AM
More than that..I don't think you Rocky boys even know about Marlex ells.

I've used a handful of them. I don't feel they are necessary for typical residential installs. Swing pipe and swing ells work fine.

Wet_Boots
07-09-2008, 09:49 AM
When you encounter a head threaded onto a funny-pipe elbow, that shifts position when you unscrew the head, making it necessary to dig (in pick-and-shovel soil) the whole thing up, you are part of the way towards becoming a marlex convert.

Also, never having to deal with broken sch 80 nipples is a plus.

Rotor_Tool
07-09-2008, 05:41 PM
When you encounter a head threaded onto a funny-pipe elbow, that shifts position when you unscrew the head, making it necessary to dig (in pick-and-shovel soil) the whole thing up, you are part of the way towards becoming a marlex convert.

Also, never having to deal with broken sch 80 nipples is a plus.

Marlex elbows are to the irrigation industry as rap "music is to the music industry...completely unnecessary and a waste of hard earned money. It's called swing pipe for a reason.

Mike Leary
07-09-2008, 06:00 PM
Marlex elbows are to the irrigation industry

More dumb preaching from someone who has not replaced a head with a
Marlex ell....replace the soft Marlex (designed that way), re-install,
up the driveway.

Rotor_Tool
07-09-2008, 06:18 PM
More dumb preaching from someone who has not replaced a head with a
Marlex ell....replace the soft Marlex (designed that way), re-install,
up the driveway.

One for one, I have probably eliminated more marlex elbows than that aluminum twinkie of yours has traveled in miles.

Again, it is called swing pipe for a reason. Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed today or what? Take your grouchy old rump back to bed and log-in when you have a better attitude.

Mike Leary
07-09-2008, 06:32 PM
One for one, I have probably eliminated more marlex elbows than that aluminum twinkie of yours has traveled in miles.


Marlex rules..you've eliminated 210,000 of them?

Dirty Water
07-09-2008, 06:57 PM
One for one, I have probably eliminated more marlex elbows than that aluminum twinkie of yours has traveled in miles.

Again, it is called swing pipe for a reason. Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed today or what? Take your grouchy old rump back to bed and log-in when you have a better attitude.

A single marlex el under each head threaded onto a lasco bluetwister. No exceptions, I like the extra axis of adjustment I get for cheap.

Mike Leary
07-09-2008, 06:59 PM
A single marlex el under each head threaded onto a lasco bluetwister. No exceptions, I like the extra axis of adjustment I get for cheap.

Ditto......:clapping::clapping:

Rotor_Tool
07-09-2008, 07:31 PM
Ditto......:clapping::clapping:

Two people from the Pacific Northwest sharing the same opinion on Marlex elbows...I guess you can chalk that up to too much moisture on the brain.

Wet_Boots
07-09-2008, 07:43 PM
Precisely what negative do you see about using a marlex ell under a head? Besides fewer service calls.

Mike Leary
07-09-2008, 07:51 PM
Hey, that's us..lie, cheat, steal, ripoff...use Marlex.

DanaMac
07-09-2008, 08:17 PM
Precisely what negative do you see about using a marlex ell under a head? Besides fewer service calls.

Nothing is wrong with it, just another added part to carry and another expense. I just don't think they are needed. My opinion

Mike Leary
07-09-2008, 08:58 PM
Nothing I just don't think they are needed.

Piker...........

DanaMac
07-09-2008, 09:44 PM
Piker...........

Clown........

Wet_Boots
07-09-2008, 10:01 PM
When you lose track of where you put the nipple wrench, you begin to realize those marlex ells are accomplishing something.

But you have to install systems with them, and without them, to know what a genuine difference they make.

Head near a driveway? Marlex that sucker.

FIMCO-MEISTER
07-09-2008, 11:40 PM
A single marlex el under each head threaded onto a lasco bluetwister. No exceptions, I like the extra axis of adjustment I get for cheap.

Same way this Texan does it. Two marlex, two blue twisters, and the appropriate amount of RB super flex pipe. Marlexes have saved me many a time. GREAT GREAT fitting.

vtruong
07-10-2008, 09:02 AM
Looks like I started an exciting thread....

FIMCO-MEISTER
07-10-2008, 09:09 AM
Looks like I started an exciting thread....

This one is pretty tame. I doubt the mods are even paying attention to it.

DanaMac
07-10-2008, 10:20 AM
This one is pretty tame. I doubt the mods are even paying attention to it.

But I think they still have secret cameras on YOU all day long. Checking all that your remote personality does during the day. Big brother is watching!!

Wet_Boots
07-10-2008, 10:23 AM
But I think they still have secret cameras on YOU all day long. Checking all that your remote personality does during the day. Big brother is watching!!....and his RainMaster remote sends in reports on a regular basis....

Dirty Water
07-10-2008, 12:03 PM
Same way this Texan does it. Two marlex, two blue twisters, and the appropriate amount of RB super flex pipe. Marlexes have saved me many a time. GREAT GREAT fitting.

I don't bother with a marlex on the pipe tee. But I do place it horizontal. Are you one of the guys who place their tee's pointing up?

Mike Leary
07-10-2008, 06:02 PM
But I do place it horizontal. Are you one of the guys who place their tee's pointing up?

Bad habit if he does. Horizontal tee or ell, barbed ell, swing pipe, barbed ell,
Marlex ell, sprinkler...every time, every head, no exceptions.

Waterit
07-10-2008, 06:18 PM
I don't bother with a marlex on the pipe tee. But I do place it horizontal. Are you one of the guys who place their tee's pointing up?

If you point it straight up you may as well hard-pipe it. We go horizontal on everything, use funny pipe on sprays and RB swing joints on rotars, incuding MP's.

Mike Leary
07-10-2008, 06:43 PM
rotars

Freudian slip?

Waterit
07-10-2008, 09:13 PM
Bandages on both hands from incidental meeting with fire ants, and forgot to spell check.

FIMCO-MEISTER
07-11-2008, 12:06 AM
I don't bother with a marlex on the pipe tee. But I do place it horizontal. Are you one of the guys who place their tee's pointing up?

99.9% of the tees in TX are pointing straight up. A horiz. tee here means they put the pipe shallow and jiggered rig something. Most trenching here is done for 4" heads on 6" cutoffs which means at least an 8" ditch.

Wet_Boots
07-11-2008, 12:08 AM
Marlex - it's not just for breakfast anymore!
http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=114055&stc=1&d=1215652493

Dirty Water
07-11-2008, 12:12 AM
99.9% of the tees in TX are pointing straight up. A horiz. tee here means they put the pipe shallow and jiggered rig something. Most trenching here is done for 4" heads on 6" cutoffs which means at least an 8" ditch.

Yeah, I used marlex elbows on the tee when retrofitting cutoffs and other risers. Forgot that you deal with those all the time and don't do much new installs.

Mike Leary
07-11-2008, 12:19 AM
Glad they've got licensing and courses down there. Makes me feel safe.

Wet_Boots
07-11-2008, 12:20 AM
They got lots of little round valve boxes, too!