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Finding valves

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by B_gerrits, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. B_gerrits

    B_gerrits LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 297

    I have a client who bought a house where the irrigation system was put in by DIY idiot any ways the property is huge and there is dead plumbing all over the place. The property has sandy loam soil and the valve boxes fill up with dirt any. Anyways we have a couple of active valves we cant find ant tips on how to locate then and no there are no schmatics.
  2. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,911

    Rent a 521 locator or protech 600..

    They are fairly easy to use and won't cost you a great deal of $$...

    I noticed that homedepot sells a 100$ jobby but i wouldnt spend much time with that...Also Tempo (?) makes a cheap attachment to the actuator for sending tone...Worst case in good digging use a shovel....

    good luck buddy.
  3. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,535

    Ask them about it at the Horizon store on Todd Rd. in Santa Rosa. If they don't rent them they may be able put you in touch with a contractor who has one that you can hire to find the valves.
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    Per ML technique, run around, jumping up and down with a glass of merlot, and where it spills, there is a valve. :laugh:
  5. Happy Frog

    Happy Frog LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,224

    Do a search for "Chatter box". It's a little device which makes the valve "chatters" and help you find it by the noise.
  6. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

  7. B_gerrits

    B_gerrits LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 297

  8. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,911

    Rainbird, has the PW 3000 or something for like 90 bucks..
  9. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,083

    Do those "chatter boxes" really work?
    I'm used to zapping myself with the 'ol 521 and don't know anything about these new fangled, non lantern battery powered things.:dizzy:
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,684

    If you have a 'real' cable locator, job done.

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