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Old 06-18-2014, 02:34 AM
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Hays Electro-Flo & the Octopus

Found a Hays Electro-Flo valve, tag says installed May 1 1964. By "Grounds Beautiful". The Hays was controlled by a 60 minute timer used on bathroom fans and central hallway ceiling attic fans! It fed into a copper "manifold" of seven, 3/4" pipes each with a shutoff valve. Each pipe exited the basement out through the sill plate.

Homeowner says it was in the house when he bought it 35 yrs ago. He never used it.

The Hays was plugged into a wall outlet, and it works fine. The shutoff valves on each "zone", not so good.
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Old 06-18-2014, 02:53 AM
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Old 06-18-2014, 12:32 PM
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I've seen some systems like that. One had Hays piston-type valves in basement manifolds, with 110 volt solenoids powered by a controller that set watering times by positioning cams on a shaft.
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Old 06-18-2014, 02:29 PM
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I usually find out that these type copper manifolds are home-owner built and the HO was a Grumman engineer.

I am guessing that "Grounds Beautiful" installed the single Hays valve on the countdown timer so the HO could run a zone by set-it-and-forget-it method. Bet he used to run a zone for hours at a time before the timer.

The job is in Commack Long Island.
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Old 06-18-2014, 02:41 PM
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Some systems that were manually run did better than any program could have managed. I had a customer on a steep slope, all shrubs, run the top-of-slope impact heads for hours and hours, with any runoff water covering plants lower down the slope.
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Old 06-18-2014, 04:42 PM
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Some systems that were manually run did better than any program could have managed. I had a customer on a steep slope, all shrubs, run the top-of-slope impact heads for hours and hours, with any runoff water covering plants lower down the slope.
IMO, impact heads are still the best!
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Thanks for posting. Nice to see the early history of irrigation... 1964!
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:28 AM
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we need to see that Hays valve dismantled
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