Blowout advise

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by duckworth, Sep 27, 2012.

  1. duckworth

    duckworth LawnSite Member
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    What does everyone use for blow outs,clock,valves,clock and pigtails,l mostly find valve boxes and use valves 2 or 3 at a time sometimes a clock when valves are finicky but this is slow,what is the most common way and fastest?l don't know if clock and pigtails are an option but sure would beat digging in valve boxes in some situations .any advise out there.
     
  2. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Use the clock if you don't know where the valve boxes are. I use a couple clip on jumpers and run three at a time that way. I don't like digging up boxes and if they have a stuck zone in spring they always blame you since you had it open.
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  3. duckworth

    duckworth LawnSite Member
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    I like this ideal ,were do you buy these clip on jumpers. so do you set clock to run and clip on com. and then clip on two or three zones?.anyone have a photo of jumper cables?
     
  4. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Radio shack. Get a ten pack for a few dollars. Just small gauge wire with insulated alligator clips on both ends.
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  5. duckworth

    duckworth LawnSite Member
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    Thanks,
    was I close in my description on how to use them?
     
  6. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
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    I take wires out of panel when running the jumpers in case back feeding can damage clock.
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  7. duckworth

    duckworth LawnSite Member
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    Does every body remove wires before using pigtails,doesn't that slow you down to much, any advise on using pigtails would be appreciated
     
  8. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
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    You can only back feed to the common. I would go to the valve box on customers if we did install
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  9. crazyboy

    crazyboy LawnSite Member
    from NJ
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    Set the clock for 2 min first zone, 1 min every other zone and go sip your coffee. Of course it may not work if you're at a giant house.
     
  10. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
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    One minute zones wouldnt even come close around here. It doesnt add but maybe 1 minute to pup wires three at a time but you save alot more time than you spend. If I know where a manifold is I go to it but around here there are hardly any manifolds most are pvc spread throughout the properties. Most around here are 1 acre or more and 8-12 rotors per zone usually 4-5 minutes for first zone and a couple each after that.
     

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