Bittersweet day

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Dirty Water, Feb 3, 2007.

  1. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yesterday was my last day getting dirty for who knows how long. Definitly a bittersweet day. I'm glad to be done, but I'll miss being outside.

    I should have snapped a few pictures. The job was a repair job on a system installed in the early '80s. They built an addition and pretty much destroyed most of it.

    We added 4 new zones and abandoned 4 zones, as well as salvaged 5 zones.

    A lot of fun for my last day.

    The best part was that I found 12 old rainbird brass popups on a small sidestrip zone.

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    They were almost all clogged, so I replaced them with 1804's. No swing joint, just a 1/2" tee with a 1/2" galvi nipple in it, and then the head...I'm amazed that setup lasted as long as it did.

    Another surprise is that Rainbird still sells them.
     
  2. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    We still have some of the Rainbird and Champion brass pop-ups and non-pop-ups in the ground. As long as they work I leave them alone.

    Good luck Monday. When it rains I'll bet you're glad you're inside now. :)
     
  3. Dirty Water

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    Its a real biatch to get that galvinized nipple out of the tee without snapping the brittle 1/2" class pipe or the glue joint itself (good 'ol grey glue).

    I only broke one, but my #1 guy broke 3 :)
     
  4. PurpHaze

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    We usually just put in a Slip Fix with a new tee. Saves us a lot of aggravation but then again we're not replacing an entire system either.

    I'm currently working on a proposal to replace a 600' long manual system in front of one of our high schools. It's currently just as you describe and the brass heads have been replaced over the years with spray pop-ups as they break. We'll start at the POC and run all new lines and install MP-Rotators off Hunter ICVs on a WVC controller.
     
  5. Hank Reardon

    Hank Reardon LawnSite Senior Member
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    What a nice day to finish up, eh? Next week we are supposed to start getting wet again. Think of how "bitter" you won't be while you're inside a "sweet" office!

    Think of us out there...
     
  6. PurpHaze

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    I think Jon should change his screen name to "Dirty Water Computer Geek" though to distinguish his new profession. :laugh:
     
  7. Dirty Water

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    Water Nerd?

    Dirty Geek?

    Hmm...
     
  8. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sounds like a male porno star's screen name. :laugh:
     
  9. Dirty Water

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    Posting from my new office.

    I'm in the corner, with a wall to ceiling window, good view, 4th floor.

    Everything is going great :)
     
  10. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You don't belong anymore, this is for people in the Industry... :laugh:

    I am in a corner room too, 1st floor though & no floor to ceiling windows
     

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