Curb stop tubes and debris

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Currier, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
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    Any of you have unique tricks to uncover curb stops that have somehow (usually kids with rocks, but sometimes just dirt) become covered with debris. You shine a light down the tube and there is no valve to be seen.

    I know some around her have tried shop vacs to suck up debris, one guy used his power washer to clear out the area under the valve and expose the valve.

    Any tricks from you all? (other than digging it up...)
     
  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    I just kinda put on a mud glove and reach down there and scoop the stuff out with my hand..after 1st making sure there is nothing down there that bites or stings.
     
  3. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Your not in cold country. Average curb stops can be 3' down.

    I've never had trouble here with debris in curb stop tubes though.
     
  4. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    In non-cold areas the curb stops are not 3' deep so they're a little more accessible. In fact, they often do not have sleeves (what you call "tubes") and are usually contained in rectangle Christy boxes unless it's the older parts of town. Easier access all around.

    Now... on other isolation valves we have installed we sometimes get debris down the sleeves. However, these sleeves are usually 4" diameter or larger and can often be cleared out with a small garden spade or trowel. Worse gets to worse we have to dig them up.
     
  5. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    3'? Heck my 8' key will barely reach some of them here.
     
  6. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    There is a small, clam-type tool made to clean them out.
     
  7. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
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    It just goes to show how different parts of the country are all different.
    Here in Texas, the curb valves are usually in rectangle boxes larger enough to access easily.
    However, so are the rattle snakes, tarantulas and scorpions as well.
    I usually stomp on the cover several times, then lift the cover with my valve key while I have a long trenching shovel in my other hand.
    Sometimes the customer is watching and wondering just what the hell I'm doing - I have gotten some weird looks at times.
    I have found tarantulas larger than the spread of my hand, a 3' rattle snake and a whole nest of scorpions.
     
  8. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Here in cold weather country, I worry about varmints in the boxes a lot more during winterizations than during spring turn ons. It is a slow day winterizing when I don't find atleast one snake. Fortunately, I have found very few poisonous snakes. Lake front homes are prone to copper heads and we do see a few rattlesnakes.
     
  9. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Damn. I only have to put up with the black widows and piss ants. :clapping:
     
  10. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Rattle snakes,Black Widows,Scorpions,And those spiders that if they bite you the poison makes your skin fall off...uumm Brown...uummm Brown...ummm
    Brown Recluse spiders!Thems BAD ones!
     

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