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Old 06-05-2011, 11:02 PM
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As a company we are large and spread out . We have 2 irrigation specialist in our company located in areas to far to drive to mess up their day of work(4 hour drives) They are both out of service for this week they are on vacation ,

local to me i have a neigborhood with alot of low grade systems and i have personally never did any of this kind of work ,and this is my situation . we had alot of storms last week and they came into the complex to mow and a few of the homeowners had no irrigation at all working the stom broke limbs and damaged the back flow preventers so after looking over the situation i found there is no irrigation company left in the area after a heart attack ended a company there so i decided to repair the pipes up to the manual valves (yes manual ) then 1 HO asked me to come over and this is the bad part.
He wanted his system repaired and functioning .it to is manual valve system but never been on since he bough the home 7 years ago .after a hour we located his water main under thick bermuda and made the repairs to the piping to find there was NO flow into the lawn .........meaning i have to locate the heads in the lawn and uncover them to allow them to pop up and activate in the bermuda. Now assuming i repaired the piping and the valves are functioning correctly ,knowing i had water to the BFP how do i actually locate the heads. He told me the system was 10 + years old and they installed a large pool and bed in the rear but had did little to nothing in the front. where do i begin to locate the heads .. I found 1 on the corner of the drive near the curb but none of the others are visible with the lawn cut to 2'' what is next??????? I know at best i will have to repair several of the heads if not the whole system with my luck.

Also I am considering after the money i seen that day in repairs only that there is alot to be had in certian areas . and i would like to find all of the information on installs and repairs i can so i have a better understanding on the time managment ,pricing ,and servicing of this type of work . so i can prep a guy at all of my locations for these types of situations. my guys were trained by this LCO that is no longer in business and it wil lbe at the end of the month before i can pic their brains about it at our meeting.
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:13 PM
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Flag the most likely location of sprinkler heads given what you do know about the system, turn on the system ........ wait ...... look for the wet spots.
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Old 06-05-2011, 11:33 PM
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As a company we are large and spread out . We have 2 irrigation specialist in our company located in areas to far to drive to mess up their day of work(4 hour drives) They are both out of service for this week they are on vacation .
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:05 AM
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Did ya not like the responses ya got in the same exct thread ya already started?
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:37 PM
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I cant seem to find that thread for what ever reason i cant find my way back , can you help AI I was going to ask a member local to the area for helpthat posted on that page but cant find it
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:58 PM
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Assuming you repaired the pipes correctly, Kiril is correct - turn the valves on (individually) and wait. If the bermuda has been growing over the heads for 7 years, this could be a real pain to fix. You should be able to guesstimate where the heads would be based on the one that you found. Is it wide open turf - i.e. a large front yard, if yes, then my guess would be that there are rotors spaced somewhere between 25-30 feet apart. Can you describe the one head that you did find? Pictures would help, a lot.
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:56 PM
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besides the fact it was a rainbird pop up there was little to identafy since it had been hit by a mower My guy said the exact same thing about the wet spot idea. the lawn is 100 % open its 150' square and only the drive way passes through the sod 25' off one side so in fact it is almost like a island due to the neigbors lawn being so close I am going monday so i hope i can get it done ...... my fear is to tell them i got it all and then it flood over night becasue i missed one in a corner .
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:30 PM
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By pop-up I am assuming you mean a spray head. If this is the case, common sense would tell me to look each direction along the border of the property in 10-15' increments until the next head is located. There should be heads in each corner, unless the installer did something off the wall which is not out of the realm of possibility.
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Old 06-10-2011, 09:20 PM
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I've got a real crummy (bootleg) wi-fi connection here, and searches are hard. Perhaps the Rotor Tool could find and post the "Zeri-Caps" that will seal a 1800 RB head if one is looking for problems in the system. We carried a bucket of them!
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