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mcambrose
07-03-2012, 07:35 AM
I have had numerous rainbird popups installed in shrub beds that have required extension with the little screw-on extensions in attached pic. Usually these end up getting broken because of the very short threads in these extensions. They break at the slightest bump. If there was something like a coupling that would go over the screw joint to reinforce it, I think it would last much longer. Will anything glue to that black plastic the popups are made of? If I could slip something over it and glue I think that would work. If I split a PVC fitting and put it over the joint that could also work. Any other ideas. I attached a pic of popup I am talking about.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Wet_Boots
07-03-2012, 08:36 AM
unscrew the original head in its entirety and replace it with a 12-inch hi-pop

DanaMac
07-03-2012, 08:47 AM
unscrew the original head in its entirety and replace it with a 12-inch hi-pop

Or replace completely with a schedule 80 rigid riser to the desired height.

SoCalLandscapeMgmt
07-03-2012, 01:39 PM
Put some clear glue on the threads and then screw the extention on. It works pretty well. I've had to do it on a few sites for very specific reasons.

AI Inc
07-04-2012, 08:05 AM
rb now has a telescopic 1804 and 1806

SoCalLandscapeMgmt
07-04-2012, 10:24 AM
rb now has a telescopic 1804 and 1806

That would be Hit Products....

AI Inc
07-04-2012, 10:42 AM
RB sells em too. Not on their website yet but I have some in my truck.

mrsteve
07-04-2012, 12:21 PM
Tried them a few years back (hit), seemed like a good idea for a pinch. I had trouble with the seals and indexing. Sometimes that would pop up and be pointing the wrong way. I still carry a few however.

irrig8r
07-04-2012, 01:08 PM
Or replace completely with a schedule 80 rigid riser to the desired height.

Probably the best solution if not in a high traffic area.

irrig8r
07-04-2012, 01:09 PM
rb now has a telescopic 1804 and 1806

Could be useful. But they don't have one listed...

http://rainbird.com/landscape/products/sprayBodies/1800.htm

irrig8r
07-04-2012, 01:20 PM
That would be Hit Products....

"Hit or Mostly Miss" Products...

http://www.rainproco.com/RAIN-PRO3/PDF%202/900T.pdf

My experience with their stuff, usually encountered when called out for a repair: thin plastic, weak spring and ratchet mech., leaky wiper seals. Won't always pop back down (like old Toro 570s) and lots of flow-by...

Contractor used them (standard Toro version, not the high pop) in an upscale tract install 10 years ago where I do a lot of repairs.

Maybe I should thank him and Hit for keeping me busy. :)