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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by garciajj612, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    The best way to avoid situations like these are to use a lockout device on the supply valve.

    Finding an easily accessable induction port can be tough. Figuring in a garden valve or test tee is the best advice i can give anyone that installs.

    Many times i have few options and will have to install a test loop for pressure induction.
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  2. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    I use a test **** on the backflow preventer or the blowout tee.

    Who the hell redesigned this forum? They should be fired for too much freetime.
     
  3. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    Do you as a rule pressure test the main while you are working on the rest of the system?
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  4. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    Hell no, but when I test the backflow I listen for flow when I turn it back on.:laugh:
     
  5. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    That'll help. Indvction through the testcock works too.
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  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm not sure what the big deal is. We always installed a quick-couple valve downstream of the backflow, not only for compressor-winterize, but to test the integrity of the mainline as the system was being installed. It may have already been mentioned, but the clock is the first thing I'd be checking, especially if hubbie is running the show. :dizzy:
     
  7. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    I would not use a quick coupler for a pressure test.

    The leak should have been noticed during winterization unless you just stand back and watch. I always walk the yard and look for problems, there should have been a wet area if there was a leak.
     
  8. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    I typically look at the meter with every thing off in the house. If the meter is moving then I turn off at the back flow to verify no leak in the house. If it seems to be the irrigation system them I will investigate further.

    I have found leaks to the household this way before. It was wet outside the house near the service stop and the HO swore it was the irrigation. Indeed some irrigation lines were in the area as well.
     
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Usual crock from you. (A) Explain why a pressure gauge on a quick couple does not indicate the status of the main line, And (B) You must walk the site in bare feet. I've found leaks that a cold call walk-through never found, only a compressor and water could find the air bubbles or the noise of the compressor indicating a break. :hammerhead:
     
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  10. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    The point of pressure testing the "irrigation mainline" is to prove or disprove the presence of a leak within the scope of the installers liability.

    No leak, no problem.

    Installer caused leak, Fix-it-NOW!

    Meters don't lie but they don't prove or disprove the location. If you get a solid 15-30 minute test you should be fine. I use 2-5 minute tests most of the time myself.
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