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1idejim
11-17-2011, 05:35 PM
here's the link

https://advice.thisoldhouse.com/showthread.php?t=4366

There are 22 solenoid valves in our yard - over the years 5 of them got covered up and were lost under the turf. A home grown method was needed to locate them.
A 4" x 24" (aprox) piece of hardware cloth - 2 pieces of electrical wire about 3' long - a wife with good hearing and 2 cell phones are needed. Disconnect the lost circuit in the control box - connect one piece of the wire conductor to the hardware cloth the other end of the conductor to the control box hot screw. The second wire is used to extend the wire from the valve (not necessarily required). Make the circuit hot - then take the wire from the valve and stroke it back and forth over the surface of the hardware cloth i.e. making contact in a rhythmic way - causing the solenoid valve to open and close fast and rhythmically - creating a buzz in the valve that can be heard by the wife who has the good hearing. A general location of the valves is needed. The grill off your BBQ grill can be used in lieu of the hardware cloth. The cell phones are used so you don't have to holler at each other.
It works


hope this doesn't put greenlee or armada out of business

bobw
11-17-2011, 05:58 PM
Wow... I sure hope none of my customers read this...hate to lose their business :)

jvanvliet
11-17-2011, 06:05 PM
My wife has excellent vision, she watches me like a hawk. :rolleyes:

Mike Leary
11-17-2011, 06:34 PM
"This Old House" sucks, especially Roger, the fat boy landscaper. :hammerhead:

Sprinkus
11-17-2011, 09:41 PM
Umm, because we couldn't charge a hundred bucks an hour if we showed up and did that.

mitchgo
11-17-2011, 10:40 PM
Reminds me of the chatter feature on the station master that I can never seem to get to work for me.

Interesting and smart way to do it. Understandably people want to save money.. But if your're THAT much of a cheapo- maybe irrigation shouldn't be the priorty here

muddywater
11-18-2011, 06:33 AM
Isn't the main supposed to be off for this to work? I didn't see any mention of this.

txgrassguy
11-18-2011, 02:52 PM
Jim I don't think this would of worked on my last two locates.
Both effing moron homeowners installed the irrigation FIRST then dumped over three feet of soil to establish the turf.
I got close enough with the 521 then we poked around like a bunch of crack crazed knuckleheads but found the valves. One was almost 4' below grade.
Good idea though since I applaud ingenuity but I think I'll pass.

Waterit
11-19-2011, 12:26 PM
Reminds me of the chatter feature on the station master that I can never seem to get to work for me.

Same here. The chatter feature on the SmartLine clocks wasn't worth a flip, either.

1idejim
11-26-2011, 04:06 PM
here's another good one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cOyR1xtB3c :rolleyes:

Wet_Boots
11-26-2011, 05:45 PM
I like the links to the robot lawn mowers :)

1idejim
11-27-2011, 10:50 AM
I like the links to the robot lawn mowers :)

and i like http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com/

been a while

Wet_Boots
11-27-2011, 11:56 AM
If a robot lawnmower had a LS account, what would it give for its equipment list? ;)

jvanvliet
11-27-2011, 06:51 PM
and i like http://www.badgerbadgerbadger.com/

been a while

I don't get the badger thing...

The 521 works well for me until I get within 3-6 ft. of a FPL transformer, then I get a boatload of noise and zero nil. I wind up potholing on the other side, locate the wires, move the unit, re-ground, splice in a connection and track till the next transformer.

I'm curious if the 800 you just bought gets stepped on.

The the chatter feature on the Station Master never really worked for me either.

If a robot lawnmower had a LS account it would list a spare battery, a charger and put a heart on his wishlist.

Wet_Boots
11-27-2011, 06:57 PM
the "badger thing" is simple ~ http://www.hotrussianwomen.com/ (http://badgerbadgerbadger.com/)

jvanvliet
11-28-2011, 06:15 AM
the "badger thing" is simple ~ http://www.hotrussianwomen.com/ (http://badgerbadgerbadger.com/)

I think I'll pass on obtaining enlightenment regarding the badger by following that link.

Sprinkus
11-28-2011, 08:15 AM
Christmas Badgers. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_pWTlN15bc)