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HokieAg07
08-06-2008, 08:31 PM
I know how everybody loves to see pictures so I just downloaded a bunch off my phone for yalls enjoyment..

This first one is great, they decided to give me a helper, which is great, however this kid is a literature major in college and his job prior to this one was at Starbucks. The kid didnt know how to operate a shovel or much of anything for that matter. This is at a job where a tent stake was driven through my mainline. Somehow the kid had gotten completely covered in mud and also decided that using his hands to backfill was faster than a shovel. I successfully scared him off in less than a week.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/0623081658.jpg

Here we are looking for the 3" main that was cut. Contractors had come in and cut the pipe and it was shoved about 3' away from where they had cut it.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/0630080905.jpg

My mentor Jerry putting on a new gate valve

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/0711081108.jpg

Mainline leak I came across yesterday at a huge HOA. As you can tell it is no more than 1" under the top of the sod...

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/0805081304.jpg

Today Verizon hit my main with their bullet while installing fiber. It was a muddy mess. Luckly I just got the verizon guys to do all the work..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/0806081630.jpg

Thats all for now

Wet_Boots
08-06-2008, 08:38 PM
Them baristas got no staying power.

Mike Leary
08-06-2008, 08:42 PM
Nice (gasp) pics.

FIMCO-MEISTER
08-06-2008, 10:07 PM
Great Pics. I've had those hand backfillers. I think the blisters from the shovels do them in.

CAPT Stream Rotar
08-07-2008, 06:30 AM
I backfill with hands now and then.....

you have your self a mud PUPPY!!!

DanaMac
08-07-2008, 08:46 AM
I successfully scared him off in less than a week.

Oh I loved those ones. I remember mid 90s when I was running a crew for previous employer, and we were installing at the new airport. We hired a lot of temp workers as well. I had one guy last one hour, and he walked off. a few others lasted until lunch and walked or drove off. And if any of you know where the C. Springs airport is, there isn't anyplace close to walk to. They didn't even have me sign their time sheets. just walked away....

Dirty Water
08-07-2008, 10:14 AM
I had a guy last a day and a half before walking off.

Some people just can't handle it.

Kiril
08-07-2008, 10:17 AM
Didn't you know .... "Shovel " is a 4 letter word. ;)

HokieAg07
08-11-2008, 08:32 PM
A few from today, one month until the cup race :clapping:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0811080851.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0811080840.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0811080828a.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0811080825.jpg

Mike Leary
08-11-2008, 08:44 PM
Are you depending on run-off to feed the lack of head-to-coverage in pic # 2?

HokieAg07
08-11-2008, 08:49 PM
Are you depending on run-off to feed the lack of head-to-coverage in pic # 2?

I knew somebody would say something, no there is another zone in the middle. Not sure why it is laid out like that but it is...

clc19chase
08-12-2008, 12:56 AM
do you have to check out that account after each race to see if any heads may have been damaged from a "out of control racecar"

HokieAg07
08-12-2008, 06:14 AM
do you have to check out that account after each race to see if any heads may have been damaged from a "out of control racecar"

Yeah but theres only 2 Nascar races and 1 Indy race so not very often.

jimmyburg
08-12-2008, 02:49 PM
nice pics keep them coming

koster_irrigation
08-13-2008, 08:34 AM
That system would be a prime candidate for a booster pump.

Mike Leary
08-13-2008, 02:42 PM
That system would be a prime candidate for a booster pump.

Why? :dizzy::dizzy:

HokieAg07
09-17-2008, 07:51 PM
I know how everybody loves to see pictures so I just downloaded a bunch off my phone for yalls enjoyment..

This first one is great, they decided to give me a helper, which is great, however this kid is a literature major in college and his job prior to this one was at Starbucks. The kid didnt know how to operate a shovel or much of anything for that matter. This is at a job where a tent stake was driven through my mainline. Somehow the kid had gotten completely covered in mud and also decided that using his hands to backfill was faster than a shovel. I successfully scared him off in less than a week.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0623081658.jpg

Here we are looking for the 3" main that was cut. Contractors had come in and cut the pipe and it was shoved about 3' away from where they had cut it.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0630080905.jpg

My mentor Jerry putting on a new gate valve

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0711081108.jpg

Mainline leak I came across yesterday at a huge HOA. As you can tell it is no more than 1" under the top of the sod...

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0805081304.jpg

Today Verizon hit my main with their bullet while installing fiber. It was a muddy mess. Luckly I just got the verizon guys to do all the work..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0806081630.jpg

Thats all for now

Links are fixed, sorry moved a bunch of stuff around

HokieAg07
09-17-2008, 07:55 PM
New guy on the mower hit the PVB on the inlet side right at the union. As you can see the meter is right there, I didnt have a inch of dry clothing on after turning that meter off.. :laugh:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0915081318.jpg

3" main/tee with a 2" outlet going down into the elbow, no thrust block. Was able to reglue this one and make a thrustblock.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0916080905.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0916080938.jpg

All for now

FIMCO-MEISTER
09-17-2008, 08:19 PM
Great pics.....

Mike Leary
09-17-2008, 08:34 PM
Stupid avatars.

Wet_Boots
09-17-2008, 09:15 PM
Stupid avatars.Like yours is quality?

BrandonV
09-17-2008, 09:25 PM
mine is the hottness

FIMCO-MEISTER
09-17-2008, 09:33 PM
Stupid avatars.

I'll give it up shortly.....

Mike Leary
09-17-2008, 10:51 PM
Like yours is quality?

Something wrong with a I-40 you've never installed? :hammerhead:

Waterit
09-18-2008, 12:11 AM
What's up with ML? Did we forget to take our happy medicine again?

hoskm01
09-18-2008, 01:08 AM
What's up with ML? Did we forget to take our happy medicine again?

http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/KLN/MG931~Next-Mood-Swing-Posters.jpg

AI Inc
09-18-2008, 06:20 AM
http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/KLN/MG931~Next-Mood-Swing-Posters.jpg

I have a few exes that needed that poster, they were the poster child for bipolar. Theres the poster.

HokieAg07
09-18-2008, 08:36 PM
Back to irrigation

Been working on a project lately that has been quite a challenge. I was called in to fix somebody's mess. It is an entrance to a new development consisting of 29 zones on a Hunter ICC with a 3/4 mile run of multi strand off the golf course water with a PRV. When I arrived only the 1st 15 zones worked, the rest didnt have continuity. A quick overview of the site showed that I had my work cut out. Multi was sticking out of the ground everywhere just cut and chopped up. Got 10 zones working after much pulsing and tracking. Today's project was getting last 4 zones working. Determined the common was cut after the last operating valve. Thought it would be an easy fix...

Tried pulling the wiring up out of the valve box, couldnt do it so started digging the box up. Hmm odd way to run the pipe eh?

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0918081110.jpg

Is what I think is going on here really going on?

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0918081118.jpg

No effin way...

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0918081127.jpg

Awesome thrust block

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0918081130.jpg

Forgot to turn the water off before demolition

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0918081138.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0918081137.jpg

Happened to have my inverter in the truck..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0918081154.jpg

Splices on the property

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0918081104a.jpg

Got everything repaired and excavated

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0918081344.jpg

Couldnt get any valves down the line to ohmn or anything. Shot voltage down the line, had 26V down there but as soon as a solenoid was hooked up it dropped to zero. Wire is rotten as hell, property manager doesnt want to pull new wire so we are installing 2 SVC-200's tomorrow.

Mike Leary
09-18-2008, 08:47 PM
Great pics, Chris, especially the "water features". I guess our only hope would be the
schlock that did that would have just joined the forum and found his "work" worldwide.

Mike Leary
09-18-2008, 09:48 PM
Thanks for the shoe in pic #1. Are we picking you up on the way to Kentucky?

CAPT Stream Rotar
09-19-2008, 04:22 PM
Thanks for the shoe in pic #1. Are we picking you up on the way to Kentucky?

this Kentucky job is gins be fun

Mike Leary
09-19-2008, 04:37 PM
this Kentucky job is gins be fun

Let's see, so far we got ten contractors, one apprentice. This job could take some time.

Waterit
09-19-2008, 04:59 PM
Let's see, so far we got ten contractors, one apprentice. This job could take some time.

Need more Indians, maybe some of the South or Central Florida guys could go, learn something from you Masters of Disasters.

Why is everyone going to Kentucky again? I forgot.

Mike Leary
09-19-2008, 05:16 PM
Why is everyone going to Kentucky again? I forgot.

So you guys can play golf and a few of us will learn the "Davey Crockett"
song, whoops, wrong state. How about "Movin' to Montana Now"?

Waterit
09-19-2008, 05:58 PM
So you guys can play golf and a few of us will learn the "Davey Crockett"
song, whoops, wrong state. How about "Movin' to Montana Now"?

That's "Montana", classic Zappa.

Seeing as it's Kentucky, maybe we should be teaching y'all how to "whistle Dixie".

Mike Leary
09-19-2008, 06:26 PM
That's "Montana", classic Zappa.

"Gonna raise dental floss, yippie ki-oh".

Waterit
09-20-2008, 09:12 AM
"Gonna raise dental floss, yippie ki-oh".

That's it! Great disc - Dynamo Humm one of my all-time faves, too.

Mike Leary
09-20-2008, 09:14 AM
That's it! Great disc - Dynamo Humm one of my all-time faves, too.

Zappa opened for the Rolling Stones in Seattle and literally blew the house
down, what a band!

Waterit
09-20-2008, 09:19 AM
I miss that guy.

Mike Leary
09-20-2008, 09:31 AM
I miss that guy.

I wore out my copy of "Freak Out", never heard something so funny and musically hot.

Wet_Boots
09-20-2008, 09:40 AM
As good as Zappa and his bands became, I always liked the earliest albums the best, with their anarchic energies, and total mockery of self-indulgent hippie-ism.

Mike Leary
09-20-2008, 09:45 AM
As good as Zappa and his bands became, I always liked the earliest albums the best, with their anarchic energies, and total mockery of self-indulgent hippie-ism.

He treated all types equally: with hilarious mockery.

Wet_Boots
09-20-2008, 10:28 AM
He treated all types equally: with hilarious mockery."My hair's getting really good in the back"

AI Inc
09-20-2008, 10:31 AM
For a minute I thought that was Hillbilly at oxford. The I saw the old Chevrolady and realized it must be nowheresville Arkansas.

Wet_Boots
09-20-2008, 10:36 AM
I think they look sweet. :)

HokieAg07
11-05-2008, 06:55 PM
Been a while so heres some recent pictures. Just started winterizations this week so much more to come as that progresses...

After installing a zone at a local hospital

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1023081343.jpg

Got a call about a leak, showed up and saw water running on both sides of driveway... cant be good

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1024081045a.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1024081045b.jpg

Elbow had come unglued right as the main went into the sleeve. Damn the roots of a sycamore. Luckly only had to cut one out of the way

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1024081130.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1024081214.jpg

Helping a friend trench in his 120VAC to his new pool

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1004081738.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1004081739.jpg

Blow out rig

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1031081112.jpg

Fogging pics from the past three days

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1103080711.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1103081244.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1103081252.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1103081402.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1103081552.jpg

DanaMac
11-05-2008, 06:58 PM
Good job chris. Nasty repair though. Glad it was you, not me. I hate tree root repairs.

Mike Leary
11-05-2008, 07:04 PM
Rain Master remote says it all. :clapping:

hoskm01
11-05-2008, 07:17 PM
My daylillies have been dead for 2 weeks, no fair.

Stuttering Stan
11-05-2008, 10:16 PM
Do you have Virginia Center Commons? I think that's the Circuit City in the back. Do you ever get down to Hampton Roads for work, I happen to know several of the guys from the Portsmouth branch.

crazyboy
11-05-2008, 10:50 PM
Looks good, thanks for the pics.

CAPT Stream Rotar
11-06-2008, 05:20 AM
awsome pics


tree roots in a parking lot?
::runs away::

cheers mate!

HokieAg07
11-06-2008, 06:19 AM
Do you have Virginia Center Commons? I think that's the Circuit City in the back. Do you ever get down to Hampton Roads for work, I happen to know several of the guys from the Portsmouth branch.

Nah that is over on West Broad by the Short Pump mall.. Havent been down to tidewater lately, they hired a irrigation guy so we dont have to cover that area anymore :clapping:. Havent met the new irrigation guy but I do know that he has no prior irrigation experience.

bicmudpuppy
11-06-2008, 07:54 AM
................................Havent met the new irrigation guy but I do know that he has no prior irrigation experience.

OMG, Maybe it's just semantics, but................

Couldn't you have left the first "irrigation" out of that quote? I don't think you can say that about him AND call him an IRRIGATION guy. A "new" guy, sure, but............Yeah, it's just semantics, but it CHAPS my A$$$. One, our industry has lost the "art" and there are so few tradesmen left. Two, companies won't pay a guy who actually knows his trade anymore.

Waterit
11-06-2008, 08:26 AM
One, our industry has lost the "art" and there are so few tradesmen left. Two, companies won't pay a guy who actually knows his trade anymore.

That's true of most of the construction trades - the skilled guys are disappearing. The guys who know their trade are usually the ones running the companies, at least the fieldwork side of it, but there are few or no apprenticeship programs other than the trade schools. Why pay a skilled guy when you can hire a guy off the street, pay minimum or just above, and still bill at the same hourly rate?

HokieAg07
11-24-2008, 09:56 PM
Well we'll finish winterizations this week, here are some pictures from the last few weeks.

Lots of sprays on this zone

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1124081253.jpg

New PGP made for asphalt installs :hammerhead:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1124081237.jpg

Pure Heaven

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1124081133.jpg

Ready to use 3 at once

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1124081138.jpg

Jerry packin heat

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1124081149.jpg

Big system, 7 total HP, 2 185cfm compressors and 3 remotes = fun

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1124081123.jpg

Highly effective rain sensor here...

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1124081129.jpg


Tag-teaming this one

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1124080948a.jpg
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1124080948.jpg

Oribt RULES

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1117081002.jpg

Stuttering Stan
11-24-2008, 10:17 PM
Great pics Chris. I'm surprised James River bought those remotes for you. Did you rent those compressors? I've heard times are getting tight at Portsmouth branch.

HokieAg07
11-24-2008, 10:27 PM
Great pics Chris. I'm surprised James River bought those remotes for you. Did you rent those compressors? I've heard times are getting tight at Portsmouth branch.


We wouldnt get anything done without these remotes so they are a must. We rented 3 compressors this year, should be able to turn them all in this week. Our office came in above budget this year so we are doing great.

Waterit
11-25-2008, 07:52 AM
Oribt RULES

Love the naked wire nuts!

Wet_Boots
11-25-2008, 08:12 AM
Love the naked wire nuts!Naked wire nuts rule!

http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/2875/fivevalvemanifoldbi0.jpg

Waterit
11-25-2008, 08:31 AM
Naked wire nuts rule!

Just finished rehabbing the control system on a 16-acre sports complex. Biggest problem was the complete absence of weatherproof splices, both at the valves and on direct-buried (no valve boxes) "in-between" splices. I'm sure we didn't find all the in-between splices; will have to wait for the rest to go bad to find them (bless the man who invented the 2003 Pulser).

Mike Leary
11-25-2008, 09:25 AM
You are THE remoteman! :clapping:

AI Inc
11-25-2008, 09:27 AM
Naked wire nuts rule!

http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/2875/fivevalvemanifoldbi0.jpg

systems designed with service in mind?

Wet_Boots
11-25-2008, 09:37 AM
systems designed with service in mind?I'll let you know in a few decades. Remember that valve boxes were around long before the waterproof connectors.

AI Inc
11-25-2008, 09:42 AM
I'll let you know in a few decades. Remember that valve boxes were around long before the waterproof connectors.

Did you graduate from the school of the silicone squirt?

Wet_Boots
11-25-2008, 09:53 AM
Valve boxes were around before silicone sealant.

AI Inc
11-25-2008, 09:55 AM
Were you around before valve boxes?

Wet_Boots
11-25-2008, 10:03 AM
Were you around before valve boxes?Not quite.

AI Inc
11-25-2008, 11:15 AM
Not quite.

Realy? So how long have valve boxes been around?

Wet_Boots
11-25-2008, 11:44 AM
Realy? So how long have valve boxes been around?Longer than I have been around.

Mike Leary
11-25-2008, 11:59 AM
Valve boxes were not common when I started out; all we had were brass valves andbullet-proof solenoids so "direct-buried" was taken literally.

Waterit
11-25-2008, 04:48 PM
You are THE remoteman! :clapping:

::::falls over in disbelief at praise from ML - then wonders if it's sarcasm::::

Kiril
11-25-2008, 08:20 PM
::::falls over in disbelief at praise from ML - then wonders if it's sarcasm::::

Of course it is .... you are from FL after all. :cry:

HokieAg07
01-01-2009, 11:56 PM
Time for the 1st update of the New Year...

Little history on this first series of pictures. This is the same neighborhood (maintenance free, HOA pays for irrigation for all houses kind of place) that had a short on the 2-wire path back in the summer that was due to bad splice. Install was done by a guy that isnt known for his quality. Anyways I check a few valve boxes and am horrified by what I see along with the lack of grounding. I give them a quote for ~ $3000 to install ground rods and plate as well as go through every valve box and redo any crap splices.

No protection needed

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1215081137.jpg

2 for 1 !!

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1215081506.jpg

Another 2 for 1

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1215081502.jpg

Cluster

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1215081243.jpg

I dont even know

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1215081246.jpg

1820 needs a new Honda

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1224081103.jpg

Ground Rod/Plate Install

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1217081017.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1217080845.jpg

Went to look at a leak the other day. Leak between building meter/RPZ and our meter/RPZ. Luckly found another shut off so we wouldnt have to do the job on a wknd. Leak was at union on lower part of yoke. Gasket was shot so we made a new one since it is impossible to source a new gasket. After making the gasket we noticed that the union was a metal to metal type so the gasket wasnt supposed to be there. Wondering who tried to fix this leak before??

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1230081026.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1230081216a.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/1230081216.jpg

FIMCO-MEISTER
01-02-2009, 06:55 AM
I have an 18 station RM timer on Ebay that your remotes can plug right into.:)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200293506175#ebayphotohosting

Great Pics missed your previous update. Remotes are awesome labor savers.

Wet_Boots
01-02-2009, 09:05 AM
I have an 18 station RM timer on Ebay that your remotes can plug right into.:)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200293506175#ebayphotohosting

Great Pics missed your previous update. Remotes are awesome labor savers.Only two bids? C'mon, pimp that baby!

DanaMac
01-02-2009, 10:03 AM
Only two bids? C'mon, pimp that baby!

Pimpin' ain't easy.......

mitchgo
01-03-2009, 12:22 AM
I saw this awesome salamander today. He was hanging out in the driveway. He's about 12" long. I normally see them a few inches long.

HokieAg07
01-14-2009, 09:01 PM
Jerry maintains a hospital here in town. Large campus, several Sentinel satellites etc. Had a leak there this past season that started out at 10gpm when the booster pump was on but it wouldnt leak while on county pressure only. Well by the end of the season it was up to 25 gpm. We couldnt find the leak to save our asses. I must of walked around that campus a million times helping Jerry look/listen for it. Jerry offered the mowing crew a bunch of beer if they found the leak. They found every leak but the big one. Anyways Jerry knew a guy that ran a leak detection company so he gave him a call. Turns out the original guy retired and its some new guy. He comes out and spends about 5 hours looking for the leak with his equipment. He found a leak but we are not positive that it is the big one. We will see when we repressurize sometime soon.

On with the pictures.

Guy using his speaker probe to listen for leak.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0112091237.jpg

What he found was this...

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0112091501.jpg

Yes that is a hydraulic 252 body with an electric top. Not sure how long its been in the ground or why the leak was never noticed. I dont think this would be our big leak personally..

Resulting repair..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0112091528a.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0112091528.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0112091529.jpg

Heres a picture I took today of one of my properties. Sending them a quote to fix the abomination..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0114091524.jpg

Stuttering Stan
01-14-2009, 09:12 PM
Thanks for the great pics. I always enjoy the narration also. What's the hot dog buns for? Angry geese?

HokieAg07
01-14-2009, 09:18 PM
Thanks for the great pics. I always enjoy the narration also. What's the hot dog buns for? Angry geese?

Bread is a lifesaver when the water just wont stop trickling out of the pipe. Roll it into a ball and stuff it in the pipe. It stops the leak but will dissolve harmlessly

Stuttering Stan
01-14-2009, 09:27 PM
Bread is a lifesaver when the water just wont stop trickling out of the pipe. Roll it into a ball and stuff it in the pipe. It stops the leak but will dissolve harmlessly

Great idea. I never thought of that. What happens to the extra buns at the end of the day? Break out the torch and hot dogs and you have instant dinner.

HokieAg07
01-14-2009, 09:29 PM
Dude those buns were beyond old, Im suprised they even worked, they were a bit dry..

greenmonster304
01-14-2009, 09:31 PM
Bread is a lifesaver when the water just wont stop trickling out of the pipe. Roll it into a ball and stuff it in the pipe. It stops the leak but will dissolve harmlessly

thats a trick my grandfather taught me years ago, works like a charm.

DanaMac
01-14-2009, 10:08 PM
I've used the bread trick a few times when soldering.

What I don't know, is if it's a Texas approved repair tool though.

Wet_Boots
01-15-2009, 10:18 AM
I've used the bread trick a few times when soldering.

What I don't know, is if it's a Texas approved repair tool though.Get a set of Jet Swet tools.
http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/8765/jetswetwz2.jpg

Without A Drought
01-15-2009, 12:46 PM
that set is considerably more expensive than a loaf of bread

Wet_Boots
01-15-2009, 12:57 PM
that set is considerably more expensive than a loaf of bread.....not to mention a hell of a lot more effective. There is another, cheaper, set of tools, with a flexible core, that is supposed to be able to fit through elbow fittings, but I doubt they can hold back the pressures that Jet Swet tools can.

Kiril
01-15-2009, 01:56 PM
.....not to mention a hell of a lot more effective.

Would you care to demonstrate with your set?

Wet_Boots
01-15-2009, 02:04 PM
Would you care to demonstrate with your set?You'll have to ask Sprinkler Daddy. I don't do videos. Don't expect to score the full set on eBay for eleven dollars.

Without A Drought
01-15-2009, 02:20 PM
i have a plumber friend that has a set, he let's me borrow them if i need it. not often though as we don't really do any copper work; we leave it for the plumber

PS. i finally realized what WB's avatar was a picture of. real pretty.

Waterit
01-15-2009, 02:21 PM
PS. i finally realized what WB's avatar was a picture of. real pretty.

The discouraging part is that he actually took the time to download and Photoshop it. But I guess being in lockdown 23 hours a day will do that to you:)

Wet_Boots
01-15-2009, 02:24 PM
Like the boxers I gave him? Didn't think the original would have passed scrutiny.

DanaMac
01-15-2009, 05:50 PM
that set is considerably more expensive than a loaf of bread

No doubt. Plus with the bread, if I also bring a bag of turkey i'm all set for lunch. :)

Another thing I've done is insert some 1/4" drip/spaghetti tubing, and let it wick down through the tubing. Then once I get the isolation valve in, I can shut it off and work from there.

HokieAg07
02-07-2009, 10:55 AM
No wonder the valve didnt work and it ohmed a little funny..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0122091440.jpg

Noticed a leak here while winterizing, went back to repair and hit that damn FIOS line. Guess its payback for them hitting the pipe. How do they get away with only putting it 2" or 3" under the surface?

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0123091030.jpg

Next three are just a valve replacement, nothing special.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0126091349.jpg
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0126091409.jpg
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0126091411.jpg

Co-worker found a soft spot the other day...

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0202091449.jpg

POS Toro TMC that got blasted by lightening back in the summer. Tree that took the direct hit was atleast 150yrds away.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0202091613.jpg

These last two demonstrate just how important a good wire locator is.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0206091040.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0206091040a.jpg

Without A Drought
02-07-2009, 11:04 AM
I love it when I ping out a deep valve. It's like i've found buried treasure.

Kiril
02-07-2009, 11:04 AM
Where is DW with his lines when you need him?

Dripit good
02-07-2009, 11:05 AM
Was just going to say the same. It's a great feeling.

HokieAg07
02-11-2009, 08:54 PM
A few more pictures from this week, been busy since the weather has been warm here...

A few pigtails to install tomorrow on a job..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0211091557.jpg

Adding a zone in a large community. Was a drip valve at the location but decided to ditch it as the zone was in bad disrepair and not necessary any longer. 4" mainline with a 1.5" saddle. Check out the hole that was drilled originally.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0209091052.jpg
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0209091127.jpg
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0209091208.jpg

Check out this blowout

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0210090932.jpg

Needed to split up a zone that was half shade/half sun in a courtyard. Got lucky and found where the feeds for each quadrant were quickly and didnt need to do any boring under sidewalks or anything else complicated.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0210091326.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0210091434.jpg

Mike Leary
02-12-2009, 09:29 AM
Another great shoe shot.

Waterit
02-12-2009, 09:39 AM
Another great shoe shot.

Begs for its own thread, doesn't it: Irrigation Footwear

Wet_Boots
02-12-2009, 10:18 AM
Why you never see my shoes in my photos....

http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:24TQcPs_xyM26M:http://www.exotic-footwear.ru/big_jpg/clown.jpg

HokieAg07
03-15-2009, 08:44 PM
Been a while since Ive put some pictures in...

Moving controller from temporary post to newly constructed building. Clock was at backflow. Also single controller controlled 2 different water sources. Separated the two systems while doing the work.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0114091240.jpg

Controllers, Pump Start and Lighting Transformer mounted..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0114091447.jpg

This is also the same location that had the poorly executed pumps/backflows.

For reference:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0114091524.jpg

Concrete pads instead of bricks..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0227091248.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0309091203.jpg

Totally redone and ready for mulch

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0309091348.jpg

Another one on property redone

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0309091117.jpg

Had a nursing home with a very sorry excuse for an irrigation system. Consisted of a copper manifold with poly laterals and a garden hose hook up. Valves didnt work and system consisted of broken maxipaws. No controller either. Guy wanted simple and cost effective.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0310091040.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0310091045.jpg

Works and looks good IMHO..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0310091241.jpg

New manifold

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0310091221.jpg

Mike Leary
03-15-2009, 09:19 PM
How about a pic of that new manifold wired-up?

HokieAg07
03-15-2009, 09:27 PM
How about a pic of that new manifold wired-up?

Used a Hunter SVC 4 station "hockey puck"

mitchgo
03-15-2009, 10:10 PM
Good looking job!

just curious... What glue did you use on that last picture?

I don't see any! clear glue on a main line :(

mitchgo
03-16-2009, 12:03 AM
What the hell... I wish I had dirt like that...

got-h2o
03-16-2009, 12:19 AM
Heres a few, I'll dig up some more.

The first I took with my phone after an install b/c the sun was hitting it just right. Show this to a customer next time they want the heads fuzzed down b/c they don't see it covering completely when they're open!

The second is a PVB that blew in the fall. Not my customer, but like a good samaritan, I stopped and offered my assistance. The Indian Hindu lady that answered the door darn near booted me off her property when I rang the bell and told her, so I said screw her, let it pour!



The last one is installing a job shortly after getting the Maxi (before my new rims and tires so I don't wanna hear it!). :)

got-h2o
03-16-2009, 12:24 AM
A couple more from blowout season:

AI Inc
03-16-2009, 07:19 AM
When we are not playing with sprinklers , we like to tease the sharks. I have a customer that a cappy. We trade him service for fishing. These were taken off the NH coast.

Kiril
03-16-2009, 09:31 AM
Been a while since Ive put some pictures in...

Your codes are pretty lax cause most of that stuff would never pass inspection out here.

HokieAg07
03-16-2009, 09:43 AM
Your codes are pretty lax cause most of that stuff would never pass inspection out here.

They are not too bad. What would be against code out there?

Kiril
03-16-2009, 09:47 AM
They are not too bad. What would be against code out there?

The back flows, the pump setup, and the valves would all fail inspection.

Wet_Boots
03-16-2009, 10:38 AM
Since California codes have diverged from the core mission of protecting the water supply, they are increasingly irrelevant. What I would have a gripe about is having a PVB connected to the hose bib with plastic pipe and fittings, and that only because the PVB could easily walk away.

AI Inc
03-16-2009, 10:47 AM
What I would have a gripe about is having a PVB connected to the hose bib with plastic pipe and fittings, and that only because the PVB could easily walk away.

Ive done 2 or 3 like that in my time out of nessecity. I cringed every time.

Kiril
03-16-2009, 10:51 AM
Since California codes have diverged from the core mission of protecting the water supply, they are increasingly irrelevant.

Want to clue me in?

Wet_Boots
03-16-2009, 10:59 AM
Want to clue me in?You can clue in the studio audience by explaining how a resilient-seated isolation valve(s) affect the functionality of any backflow preventer.

Kiril
03-16-2009, 11:04 AM
You can clue in the studio audience by explaining how a resilient-seated isolation valve(s) affect the functionality of any backflow preventer.

What does that have to do with CA codes?

Wet_Boots
03-16-2009, 11:10 AM
What does that have to do with CA codes?Thank you for playing, and enjoy the home edition of "I don't know my own codes" as a parting gift.

Kiril
03-16-2009, 11:12 AM
Thank you for playing, and enjoy the home edition of "I don't know my own codes" as a parting gift.

LOL, typical Boots misdirect. Thank YOU!

Waterit
03-16-2009, 12:59 PM
The back flows, the pump setup, and the valves would all fail inspection.

Please elucidate.

Kiril
03-16-2009, 02:07 PM
Please elucidate.

Violations

1) PVC pipe above ground unwrapped
2) SCH40 above ground on constant pressure piping
3) SCH40 to metal
4) Horizontal above ground PVC
5) Valves not deep enough
6) That PVB off of the hose bibb Y probably wouldn't fly either

WalkGood
03-16-2009, 02:21 PM
Violations


3) SCH40 to metal

5) Valves not deep enough



What is allowed 'tween the SCH40 and metal?

How deep do your valves have to be?

Kiril
03-16-2009, 02:23 PM
What is allowed 'tween the SCH40 and metal?

SCH80 to metal

How deep do your valves have to be?

Supply needs to be a minimum of 12"

Wet_Boots
03-16-2009, 02:35 PM
Supply needs to be a minimum of 12".....probably because Californians don't know how to cut slots in valve boxes :p

Kiril
03-16-2009, 02:38 PM
.....probably because Californians don't know how to cut slots in valve boxes :p

Only hacks cut slots in their VB's.

Mike Leary
03-16-2009, 03:26 PM
Only hacks cut slots in their VB's.

Call me a hack.:walking: Still waiting for some clock photos, by the way.

HokieAg07
03-16-2009, 08:29 PM
Violations

1) PVC pipe above ground unwrapped
2) SCH40 above ground on constant pressure piping
3) SCH40 to metal
4) Horizontal above ground PVC
5) Valves not deep enough
6) That PVB off of the hose bibb Y probably wouldn't fly either

Thanks for the info. Luckily none of that is relavent here.

ARGOS
03-16-2009, 08:31 PM
Thanks for the info. Luckily none of that is relavent here.

Touche'

rofl

HokieAg07
03-16-2009, 08:58 PM
Touche'

rofl


I wanst trying to be a ******, I mainly like to know how things are done differently around the country. Its interesting how none of the things he mentioned would be an issue over here.

Stuttering Stan
03-16-2009, 10:22 PM
Tell those westerners to keep their code regulations in the west. Here in the east, we do it our way. I really didn't see anything wrong.

unit28
03-16-2009, 11:51 PM
a PVB connected to a hose bib?

Backpressure will get you quickly thrown under a bus.

That PVB is necked down at the POC,...right?

As soon as the lawn guy cranks open the water hose to take a sip, he'll be wondering why he has pooted out some worms.

Kiril
03-17-2009, 09:06 AM
Call me a hack.:walking: Still waiting for some clock photos, by the way.

Nah, you can do it. That was for Boots because he rags on people for using 6" VB's and bricks or not burying the valves deep enough, then he uses 18" VB's and cuts 12" slots in it. :laugh:

Wet_Boots
03-17-2009, 10:45 AM
At least my valves have enough airspace beneath them for a tech to perform service after water drains from the line.

HokieAg07
03-29-2009, 09:20 PM
a PVB connected to a hose bib?



Yep, the way the customer wanted due to cost restrictions.

Here are some pictures from the past week.

Lots of remotes from Peter!

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0326091548.jpg

Unions say it all..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0326091113.jpg

Sweet RPZ and master valve with cut wires..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0319091022.jpg

New slip fix that failed..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0324091147.jpg

Who needs slip fixes anyways??

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0329091011.jpg

Underground unions are the way to go!

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0327090919.jpg

Lets take care of that

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0327091252.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0327091416.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0327091616.jpg

Mike Leary
03-29-2009, 09:31 PM
Good to see a shoe-shot, no box over the RP?

HokieAg07
03-29-2009, 09:37 PM
Good to see a shoe-shot, no box over the RP?

We were lucky to even get the job of building the wall considering the client especially since we did it without providing estimate. As you can see the ball valve needed replacing. We werent about to cover the unions back up after the repair so we made it very clear that something needed to be done to take that grade down so the unions/blowout were exposed and so the relief valve was more than 1" above grade.

EagleLandscape
03-29-2009, 09:39 PM
you do good work.

FIMCO-MEISTER
03-29-2009, 09:44 PM
Wow those pigtails look even better in VA than they do in TX.

ARGOS
03-29-2009, 09:46 PM
Wow those pigtails look even better in VA than they do in TX.

They always look better sold.

Nice finish. The RP came out great.

Mike Leary
03-29-2009, 09:47 PM
Nice work, Hokie. :clapping:

HokieAg07
03-29-2009, 09:48 PM
you do good work.

Me and my coworkers do good work. I cant take credit for the wall, all I did there was supply the materials and do the clean up!

unit28
03-29-2009, 10:03 PM
looks good, makes me whish I could get my hands dirty,
but looks like snow is coming....again

Stuttering Stan
03-29-2009, 10:51 PM
What were they thinking with the PVB pic? Had to be a builder job.

FIMCO-MEISTER
03-30-2009, 07:16 AM
I wanst trying to be a ******, I mainly like to know how things are done differently around the country. Its interesting how none of the things he mentioned would be an issue over here.

Hey Chris you realize Argos used the word TOUCHE to Kiril not ****** to you? The words look very similar and a quick speed read could cause confusion. Just want to make sure two good guys realize they are on the same page.

If I'm overreacting ignore this post please.

Wet_Boots
03-30-2009, 08:09 AM
Hey Chris you realize Argos used the word TOUCHE to Kiril not ****** to you? The words look very similar and a quick speed read could cause confusion. Just want to make sure two good guys realize they are on the same page.

If I'm overreacting ignore this post please.I'll bet you were offended by Touche Turtle.....

http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/240/toucheturtle1.gif

FIMCO-MEISTER
03-30-2009, 08:11 AM
I wasn't offended but I found Touche Turtle very boring during my cartoon watching years.

AI Inc
03-30-2009, 08:26 AM
That turtle was a puzzy !

Wet_Boots
03-30-2009, 08:30 AM
I wasn't offended but I found Touche Turtle very boring during my cartoon watching years.Much better was Tooter Turtle

http://tbn1.google.com/images?q=tbn:945tNReNbg3iOM:http://www.toonopedia.com/uimages/toons/t/tooter-t.jpg

ARGOS
03-30-2009, 10:38 AM
Hey Chris you realize Argos used the word TOUCHE to Kiril not ****** to you?

****** is not a word I would use. Knucklehead maybe, but not ******. :)

Fimco didn't you have a thread about your RM handheld not working? I am not getting a beep. I haven't checked battery yet, but the battery isn't very old.

DanaMac
03-30-2009, 10:45 AM
I agree. Very nice. :clapping:

Mike Leary
03-30-2009, 10:49 AM
I am not getting a beep. I haven't checked battery yet, but the battery isn't very old.

Check your wiring first, those batteries should last a season, or more depending on usage. You bought it new, correct?

FIMCO-MEISTER
03-30-2009, 10:52 AM
****** is not a word I would use. Knucklehead maybe, but not ******. :)

Fimco didn't you have a thread about your RM handheld not working? I am not getting a beep. I haven't checked battery yet, but the battery isn't very old.

I had all the right signals but nothing happened. I sent in under warranty since mine was brand new. Try a new battery and reset the button. Make sure you use the right phillip head those screws get torn up easy. If it works after a new battery but goes out soon after that then that also is a problem I've had and for that I had to send it in. You should get 6 months at least from a battery. Did you get a book with your RM? If not I'll make copies and send you one. I need to do a 2 cents blog on RM and remote service in general once I figure my new site out.

Mike Leary
03-30-2009, 11:29 AM
Did the factory ever tell you what the problem was, Peter? The only problem we've ever had was wearing out the keypad.

FIMCO-MEISTER
03-30-2009, 11:45 AM
Did the factory ever tell you what the problem was, Peter? The only problem we've ever had was wearing out the keypad.

It just went in. I'll make sure I post when I find out.

Tom Tom
03-31-2009, 09:12 AM
I had a problem with the remote I bought off ebay back in Dec.

It didn't work, then it worked, then it didn't work.

The transmitter would beep, the receiver would beep, but it just
would not work very well, if at all.

Turned out that the cable between the receiver and universal adapter was bad.
In checking the wires/pins, one set was open unless the cable was moved a certain way.

replaced cable and remote works great

FIMCO-MEISTER
03-31-2009, 09:17 AM
I had a problem with the remote I bought off ebay back in Dec.

It didn't work, then it worked, then it didn't work.

The transmitter would beep, the receiver would beep, but it just
would not work very well, if at all.

Turned out that the cable between the receiver and universal adapter was bad.
In checking the wires/pins, one set was open unless the cable was moved a certain way.

replaced cable and remote works great

i remembered you mentioning that previously so I checked the cable and that was not the issue in this case at least.

Tom Tom
03-31-2009, 09:19 AM
i remembered you mentioning that previously so I checked the cable and that was not the issue in this case at least.

oops, forgot that I had. :laugh::hammerhead::hammerhead::hammerhead:

HokieAg07
04-05-2009, 06:41 PM
Been movin in high gear the past week or two, worked 13 days straight, decided to do some things around the house today.

Some idiot decided to run over the valvebox with a truck thus cracking the pipe between the MA and the T. Had just enough room between the mainline T and the lateral T to do a repair. Thank God..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0404091426.jpg

Just a pretty backflow minus the lack of a floor drain..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0402091009.jpg

Just a nice picture Saturday about 7am

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0404090802.jpg

Fitting blew off as the main takes the turn to go under the road. About a 5' deep hole dug by hand because of the fiber..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0330091126.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0330091252.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0330091323.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0330091348.jpg

Unlike the installer, thrustblocks were made after the repair...

Mike Leary
04-05-2009, 07:09 PM
[QUOTE=HokieAg07;2909816Just a pretty backflow minus the lack of a floor drain.. [/QUOTE]

Since I've been accused of being 99% negative, why no unions?

Sprinkus
04-05-2009, 07:11 PM
Unlike the installer, thrustblocks were made after the repair...

Hmmmm, that one word reminds me of my first girlfriend's dad. :laugh:

HokieAg07
04-05-2009, 07:17 PM
Since I've been accused of being 99% negative, why no unions?

You'll have to ask the guy who did the work, I think the guys name is there on the copper.. :laugh::laugh: Pretty sure it was a plumber..

Tom Tom
04-07-2009, 06:01 PM
Figured this was as good a thread as any to hijack and post a couple pics from the day.
1st pigtail install. How'd I'd do Peter?



2nd pic of RB plugged nozzle. Why do they always plug up.

DanaMac
04-07-2009, 06:03 PM
Figured this was as good a thread as any to post a couple pics from the day.
1st pigtail install. How'd I'd do Peter?

If you would have replaced the controller it would have been better :) That's the same one I have within the wall within the linen closet that I told the customer she needs to have us replace and move or I'm not touching it again.

Tom Tom
04-07-2009, 06:05 PM
If you would have replaced the controller it would have been better :) That's the same one I have within the wall within the linen closet that I told the customer she needs to have us replace and move or I'm not touching it again.

Hoping to upgrade it to a smartline or other in a few weeks

AI Inc
04-07-2009, 06:05 PM
If you would have replaced the controller it would have been better :) .

I hate them , Yank one of them a week during start up season.

irritation
04-07-2009, 06:05 PM
2nd pic of RB plugged nozzle. Why do they always plug up.

It's germinating. :)

Mike Leary
04-07-2009, 06:10 PM
It's germinating. :)

Got a light?

FIMCO-MEISTER
04-07-2009, 07:37 PM
figured this was as good a thread as any to hijack and post a couple pics from the day.
1st pigtail install. How'd i'd do peter?



2nd pic of rb plugged nozzle. Why do they always plug up.

whoooo how did i miss this awesome man>>>>>>>i"m drinking a sam adams double stout to honor this moment.

Tom Tom
04-08-2009, 09:18 AM
whoooo how did i miss this awesome man>>>>>>>i"m drinking a sam adams double stout to honor this moment.

This house sits on about an acre size lot. Man o' man does the remote make it easier to check out a system. I felt 10 years younger after I was done. I think I spent an extra 20 minutes playing, oops I mean double checking the system out. :laugh::laugh::laugh:

HokieAg07
04-13-2009, 08:11 PM
Looks like a John Jr picture from a few weeks ago. One out of 4 islands out of commission. In the prop manager's hands now to make decision.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0412091652a.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0412091652b.jpg

Pressurized system first few valves went okay then lost pressure. Started walking mainline and heard water falling over wall. Could have been worse but still not fun.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0413091106.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0413091242.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0413091305.jpg

Wire tighter than a banjo string..

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0413091344.jpg

Done

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0413091349.jpg

DanaMac
04-13-2009, 08:22 PM
Ouch. Not fun Hokie.

AI Inc
04-14-2009, 06:18 AM
Seems sleaving parking lots isnt the norm in some areas huh?

FIMCO-MEISTER
04-14-2009, 06:38 AM
Seems sleaving parking lots isnt the norm in some areas huh?

On that one it looks like that concrete square was replaced. I'm guessing they saw cut the pipe while taking the concrete out. I've had pipe and wires inside sleeves nailed by concrete saws.

AI Inc
04-14-2009, 06:41 AM
From replacement , or from cutting expansion joints after the pour?

FIMCO-MEISTER
04-14-2009, 06:44 AM
From replacement , or from cutting expansion joints after the pour?

I'm thinking replacement. look at the texture and color on that concrete around that lone meter.

Also could have expanded the driveway thereby putting those meters in concrete when they originally were in turf. All theories from a long way off.

EagleLandscape
04-14-2009, 08:34 AM
...saw this while picking up plant material for a job (does it count as job related pictures)

this is at a nursery called Southwest Nursery. Really impressive operation. 45-50 acres of plant material all ready to go. 30 golf carts to retrieve plant material. Maybe 50 laborers in the yard at a given time. Great selection, just expensive material. One of the salesguys probably put this together. I wonder if this would work on a western wall to a house to help reduce heat infiltration into a house... reduced energy cost? (would probably spend more in water to irrigate it though.

Kiril
04-14-2009, 08:46 AM
I wonder if this would work on a western wall to a house to help reduce heat infiltration into a house... reduced energy cost? (would probably spend more in water to irrigate it though.

Tree would be easier .... next would be a vine on a fold down trellis.

FIMCO-MEISTER
04-14-2009, 08:55 AM
How about locating the garage on the west side of the house? When possible of course.

EagleLandscape
04-14-2009, 10:01 AM
Kiril,

But that would look boring:)



Peter: that's what I did. I flipped the floorplan so the garage, and my media room (withou any ideas) would face the south west sun. my master bedroom was flipped for the east side of the house. i chose a backporch that shields the large windows on the south side from direct sunlight. I only have 1 upstairs bedroom window, and 3 gameroom windows upstairs that get direct sunlight.

$250 / mo electricity bill:) My neighbor told me that they spend 500-600 a month, and their home is 1/3 the size.

what a waste of resources.

koster_irrigation
04-14-2009, 07:48 PM
MY FAV. WIRE NUTS!!!!
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0310091045.jpg


MUCHO PROBLEMO AQUI!!!!
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0412091652a.jpg

irritation
04-14-2009, 08:01 PM
OK, that top pic gets my vote. I hope I never see anything like that!
Can't imagine what the rest of the system looks like.

HokieAg07
04-14-2009, 08:29 PM
Also could have expanded the driveway thereby putting those meters in concrete when they originally were in turf. All theories from a long way off.


From what I have found out thus far this is the case, good job Peter!

HokieAg07
04-15-2009, 08:15 PM
Got a call today from my contact at one of my large commercials. Just turned the thing on Monday so I knew something was up. Said he had a large blister in the turf. This is the same place that had the 3" main blow apart 3 times last year due to that Christy's junk glue failing.

Of course its in the absolute lowest point on the property and iso valves are few and far between. Got tired of waiting for it to drain so one of the guys drilled a few holes in the pipe to speed things up.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0415091051a.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0415091053.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0415091055.jpg

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0415091051.jpg

Damn Christy's glue is the culprit again..... Bell joint came apart

Mike Leary
04-16-2009, 04:10 PM
Gawd help me, I sure like "water feature" pics! :clapping:

Kartanimal29
04-21-2009, 07:48 PM
Here some 14in we were doing a few week's back

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/animal29/Work/100_2649.jpg
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/animal29/Work/100_2650.jpg
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/animal29/Work/100_2652.jpg
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/animal29/Work/100_2657.jpg
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/animal29/Work/100_2658.jpg
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/animal29/Work/100_2659.jpg
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/animal29/Work/100_2648.jpg

GreenerGrass9
04-21-2009, 07:59 PM
Good lord, never done pipe that big before. What's that like.

Wet_Boots
04-21-2009, 08:05 PM
Can't you just get that pipe on a roll, and plow it in with a 5000HP Ditch Witch? :p

mitchgo
04-21-2009, 08:13 PM
I want to see that fitting 14" x 1/2" x 14" ST Sprinkler Tee.

that is just crazy..

Wet_Boots
04-21-2009, 08:16 PM
....not to mention the Oetiker clamps for it. :)

TRILAWNCARE
04-21-2009, 08:23 PM
Where's Junior, I'm sure he's done this before. :laugh:

Nice clean ditch. That guy's been digging for more than a day or two.....

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j154/animal29/Work/100_2649.jpg

mitchgo
04-21-2009, 08:35 PM
hmm.. I don't know but I found the crimper!

HokieAg07
05-02-2009, 08:58 AM
New job we just picked up...

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0430091824.jpg

Heaven on a 95 degree Saturday afternoon

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0425091613.jpg

Off a local golf course, dont know the story behind it.

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0428091114.jpg

Really?

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c59/daleearnhardt01/Work/0422091251.jpg

smokies
05-02-2009, 12:22 PM
the turf looks better in the pics than it does now. Edges are burnt,what happened

Mike Leary
05-02-2009, 12:26 PM
New job we just picked up...

That valve box is some kinda fuster cluck. :dizzy:

DanaMac
05-04-2009, 08:31 PM
Found this gem at the university last week. I don't work on the system.

crazyboy
05-04-2009, 09:04 PM
Found this gem at the university last week. I don't work on the system.

I guess everything has the potential to grow if you water it? :laugh:

Tony Clifton
05-04-2009, 09:23 PM
The second picture does it justice. Those two pictures combined are a classic.

ARGOS
05-05-2009, 01:22 AM
That valve box with the wires is for the books. Good lord.

Kiril
05-05-2009, 09:05 AM
Found this gem at the university last week. I don't work on the system.

What a bunch of morons.

Mike Leary
05-05-2009, 09:32 AM
What a bunch of morons.

I've seen that in asphalt driveways, too. :dizzy:

got-h2o
05-15-2009, 05:50 PM
I've seen that in asphalt driveways, too. :dizzy:

Got a couple of those to share myself................This is a customer I took on a yearly service contract for a few years back. Sadly enough, the landscaper that did the brick recommended me........................just after the fact. Why he didn't at least have me move the rotary head before time, I'll never know.

Last pic is an overview, mist head is circled and arrow pointing to the rotor location.

DanaMac
05-15-2009, 06:16 PM
Good man. nice pics.

ARGOS
05-15-2009, 11:20 PM
Here is the argument "keeps the house cool"...or "Cleans off the concrete".

Kiril
05-16-2009, 08:18 AM
Here is the argument "keeps the house cool"...or "Cleans off the concrete".

http://www.websmileys.com/sm/violent/sterb164.gif

ARGOS
05-16-2009, 10:29 AM
Ok. How about "its for the kids to run through?", Water feature? Fire Sprinkler?

ARGOS
05-16-2009, 10:36 AM
Cures concrete?

Keith
05-16-2009, 11:47 PM
Interesting contraption. About half of it was under a large viburnum hedge.

ARGOS
05-16-2009, 11:51 PM
Serious? Did you make this one up? Is that for real?

Keith
05-16-2009, 11:58 PM
Oh no, it's real. And the customer really didn't see the need to replace it or take the large hedge out.

mitchgo
05-17-2009, 12:59 AM
Holy Sh*t!!!
That's almost as bad as boots copper plumbing job:laugh:

Keith
05-17-2009, 02:12 AM
They turned out to be some of the strangest people I have ever dealt with. They initially called to repair a broken pipe, saying a building contractor had broken it while doing some work. The system was shut down, and not an emergency. I told them I could check it on Monday. She insisted on Tuesday. The wife called at 6pm on Monday to say they had a terrible leak and needed me to come asap. The city had called them to let them know the meter was running. It was fairly easy to find, this previous attempted repair was located above ground. The area around the repair was damp, but most of the leak was from the other Richdel.

She could not understand why I could not just fix that mess. They stood over my shoulder the whole time...why are you doing that? What does that do? Why are there so many pipes? Why do I need four new valves when you said only one was leaking? Rinse and repeat, same questions over and over again. After I got the Viburnum out and had a giant hole dug to fix the mess, I contemplated pushing her in it.

Tom Tom
05-17-2009, 10:30 AM
Those are the jobs that you just pack it up and leave.

DanaMac
05-17-2009, 10:31 AM
Those are the jobs that you just pack it up and leave.

:clapping::clapping: I like this message :clapping::clapping:

Unless they will allow me to upgrade when we are slow - say Aug., Sept.

Wet_Boots
05-17-2009, 10:48 AM
Holy Sh*t!!!
That's almost as bad as boots copper plumbing job:laugh:What copper plumbing job? All my best work is in PVC

http://img106.imageshack.us/img106/9775/sixvalvemanifoldor2.jpg

FIMCO-MEISTER
05-17-2009, 10:49 AM
What copper plumbing job? All my best work is in PVC

http://img106.imageshack.us/img106/9775/sixvalvemanifoldor2.jpg

Like I said....Manifolds sucka big tima.

AI Inc
05-17-2009, 10:53 AM
The manifold ,vs single valve comes down to trenching , just like the poly pvc thing. Yes when trenching a single is easier. Pulling , a manifold is easier.

DanaMac
05-17-2009, 10:54 AM
Like I said....Manifolds sucka big tima.

No. A properly built manifold is great. Boots' manifolds suck big time.

Wet_Boots
05-17-2009, 10:58 AM
Like I said....Manifolds sucka big tima.Jealousy ill becomes you :)

Kiril
05-17-2009, 11:15 AM
No. A properly built manifold is great. Boots' manifolds suck big time.

Agreed .... only an idiot would design a manifold like that. :hammerhead:

Wet_Boots
05-17-2009, 11:19 AM
Hey, some guys are smart enough to dig only one valve pit. Especially when there isn't room for two. All valves are fully serviceable.

EagleLandscape
05-17-2009, 11:21 AM
3/4 Tee inside a 1" Tee?

FIMCO-MEISTER
05-17-2009, 11:21 AM
Okay change your card to:

I'm Smart Enough and a Little Better!

You can be the Stuart Smalley of Irrigation..

EagleLandscape
05-17-2009, 11:22 AM
Hey, some guys are smart enough to dig only one valve pit. Especially when there isn't room for two. All valves are fully serviceable.

not when the bottom of the valve body breaks... you're screwed little dog.

AI Inc
05-17-2009, 11:23 AM
That happens how ofton? Maybe 2 , 3 times a season. Then ya just cut the poly , unscrew it , screw a new one on and couple the poly.

Wet_Boots
05-17-2009, 11:24 AM
Let us know when you find a broken body on a Richdel valve.

(adds obligitory "knock wood" statement :hammerhead:)

DanaMac
05-17-2009, 11:24 AM
not when the bottom of the valve body breaks... you're screwed little dog.

If built properly, I can still twist off a valve and replace without digging anything up. 6" box and I can hardly get one of my fat paws in there.

FIMCO-MEISTER
05-17-2009, 11:24 AM
WOOOHOOO my partner in scattered valve box crimes is here to add weight to my argument.

Go John Go!

DanaMac
05-17-2009, 11:25 AM
Let us know when you find a broken body on a Richdel valve.

Irritrol 205. Wednesday. Hairline crack inside body. Replaced in 15-20 minutes. No digging. Properly built manifold.

FIMCO-MEISTER
05-17-2009, 11:25 AM
That happens how ofton? Maybe 2 , 3 times a season. Then ya just cut the poly , unscrew it , screw a new one on and couple the poly.

What if a lowballer glued it on?

AI Inc
05-17-2009, 11:25 AM
Yeah go John , go look for that valve,lol

AI Inc
05-17-2009, 11:26 AM
What if a lowballer glued it on?

Never seen it around here.

EagleLandscape
05-17-2009, 11:27 AM
Piece of cake... I can see the pipes in the ground. Booyah sucka!

Peter, my wife is buggin me on that grill. can i come getty today?

DanaMac
05-17-2009, 11:29 AM
Never seen it around here.

Yup. Never seen a glued valve here.

AI Inc
05-17-2009, 11:29 AM
Piece of cake... I can see the pipes in the ground.

?

Another downside to trenching

EagleLandscape
05-17-2009, 11:30 AM
We have to trench... seeing how we don't use rotors for 5'x5' yards... bleh.

Wet_Boots
05-17-2009, 11:30 AM
Irritrol 205. Wednesday. Hairline crack inside body. Replaced in 15-20 minutes. No digging. Properly built manifold.Colorado freezups don't count :) ~ I'd go nuts up there with all the watering happening outside of the 'safety window' of temperatures.

Kiril
05-17-2009, 11:30 AM
If built properly, I can still twist off a valve and replace without digging anything up. 6" box and I can hardly get one of my fat paws in there.

Exactly ... a little forethought and intelligent design allows you to fully replace any value without cutting the main or rebuilding the manifold.

FIMCO-MEISTER
05-17-2009, 11:30 AM
Piece of cake... I can see the pipes in the ground. Booyah sucka!

Peter, my wife is buggin me on that grill. can i come getty today?

Absolutely..I'm packing and need it out of here. Can you grab that truck slide as well? Call me and we'll discuss.

AI Inc
05-17-2009, 11:32 AM
We have to trench... seeing how we don't use rotors for 5'x5' yards... bleh.

We dont do 5x5 yards up here. With the exception of city lots ( about 5% of installs) all towns have either a 1 or 1-1/2 acre minimum lot size to be able to build a house.

FIMCO-MEISTER
05-17-2009, 11:33 AM
Exactly ... a little forethought and intelligent design allows you to fully replace any value without cutting the main or rebuilding the manifold.

There is your card quote:

"A Little Forethought and Intelligent Design"

Then at the bottom in small print

"Unlike God"

Kiril
05-17-2009, 11:34 AM
We dont do 5x5 yards up here. With the exception of city lots ( about 5% of installs) all towns have either a 1 or 1-1/2 acre minimum lot size to be able to build a house.

I grew up on 7 acres, no irrigation.

Kiril
05-17-2009, 11:35 AM
There is your card quote:

"A Little Forethought and Intelligent Design"

Then at the bottom in small print

"Unlike God"

Don't get me started. :laugh:

AI Inc
05-17-2009, 11:35 AM
Helps keep property values high to . No ne builds a $180k ranch on a peice of land they payed a 1/4 mil for.

DanaMac
05-17-2009, 11:39 AM
Colorado freezups don't count :) ~ I'd go nuts up there with all the watering happening outside of the 'safety window' of temperatures.

Nope. the 205 hairline was due to high pressure. PRV failed. I have seen the same crack many times due to high pressure. Either the HO installed before the PRV, or PRV failed. I will try to take a pic sometime and show where it is. With high pressure, when the 205 shuts down, water squirts out from between the body and bonnet. Over time either the diaphragm wears down or the screws loosen or both.

Wet_Boots
05-17-2009, 11:56 AM
I think I never installed a Richdel R205 on anything over 120 psi, and maybe not even that high. Never a problem at 100 psi. Last torn-diaphragm replacement was on a 110 psi system.

I can always unthread a valve body from my crowded manifolds. With Richdels, it simply isn't an issue. (knock wood :hammerhead:)

Kiril
05-17-2009, 11:59 AM
I think I never installed a Richdel R205 on anything over 120 psi, and maybe not even that high. Never a problem at 100 psi. Last torn-diaphragm replacement was on a 110 psi system.

I can always unthread a valve body from my crowded manifolds. With Richdels, it simply isn't an issue. (knock wood :hammerhead:)

Please demonstrate on that nightmare contraption you call a manifold.

DanaMac
05-17-2009, 12:02 PM
Please demonstrate on that nightmare contraption you call a manifold.

Oh I could do it. But not without effing busting up my hands and knuckles.

Kiril
05-17-2009, 12:06 PM
Oh I could do it. But not without effing busting up my hands and knuckles.

It would probably spin off once the bonnet is removed with a little bending. I just want boots to demonstrate how one would go about it so we can all watch and laugh as he gets all pissed off at the piker who built the damn thing.

Wet_Boots
05-17-2009, 12:17 PM
When it ever becomes necessary to unthread a Richdel valve body, I can deal with it. I don't think it was a coincidence (or maybe it was) that the first-ever manifold tee (SxSxMPT) allowed just enough clearance to unthread a Richdel R204, when the tees were butted together at assembly.

No one, and that includes both manufacturers and installers, and I do mean YOU, has a real handle on quick valve replacements.