Febco PVB Bonnets

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by irritation, Jul 1, 2014.

  1. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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  2. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Initially maybe but not after a few months. I haven't had a single one that was more than 6 weeks old pass.

    Not to mention, when you put aftermarket parts in, it's no longer and approved device. I'll stick to OEM parts.
     
  3. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'm not sure that is true.
     
  4. Raven2510

    Raven2510 LawnSite Member
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    Either am I. We use the blue heron ones, I haven't had one fail all year.
     
  5. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yea, but do you test them?
     
  6. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'm also not sure about it no longer being an approved device. A few years ago the south had the bad freeze and the dealers couldn't get enough bonnets on the shelves. Their was a shortage and both my suppliers brought in an after market kit. We didn't see any difference in quality.
     
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    The Febco parts are made from polycarbonate plastic (bulletproof windows)
     
  8. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The device is tested and approved with the parts the manufacturer sends it with, not aftermarket parts. It's just like orientation of the device, if it isn't approved to be installed vertically and you install it vertically, then it isn't acceptable. It might pass testing in the field but it wasn't tested/approved for installation that way so you can't do it. That the suppliers brought aftermarket parts in to make $$$$ does not mean that it's OK to install them.

    I have yet to see one of the blue kits pass testing after being installed a month or so. I've seen them stick closed and I've also seen them leak, A LOT. I fail them on devices I test simply because they're not OEM parts and the device wasn't tested with them for approval. If you install them or test and pass them and there's a backflow incident, who do you think they're going to come after. I promise, you'll be one of them. If you install an OEM part and there's an incident, at least you will have the benefit of saying that it's the same part the device was approved with.

    Everybody needs to make their own risk decisions, for me this is a risk not worth taking.
     
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  9. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    We have been using the blue heron's for a few yrs now.
     
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    The aftermarket parts have kept Febco from charging even more than they already do for those bonnets.
     

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