Has Dry Conn switched sealants?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by irrig8r, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The newest batch of black-gray Dry Conn connectors I've purchased have a clear grease/ sealant in place of the white stuff. Was the old stuff a lithium grease/ The website doesn't note any change, bur does seem to indicate all their connectors have a silicone sealant in their specs.

    http://www.kinginnovation.com/pdfs/50100-23-DryConnBlackGray.pdf

    The clear gel/ grease seems a lot stickier... just seems odd to me they don't mention the change. Maybe my distributor was just working through old stock and they made the change a while back?
     
  2. What a coincidence. Henry at 9:20 am this morning mentioned that the sealant in KING splices had changed to clear from the white. Exactly 12 hours later you mentioned the same thing. I'm having a TWILIGHT ZONE moment.
     
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    So am I; in taking apart too many W=M solenoids, I've noticed the King
    "blue" white sealant has hardened.
     
  4. I guess I use DRY_CONS. Always thought they were kings. We use black and whites and black and grey. We've had a lot of trouble with those blue splices and grey splices.
     
  5. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I've seen a lot of the blues crack and split when exposed to the sun (A/S valve installs, including the ones in my front yard), and when used with lighting, I've seen a lot of the white goop dried and hardened.
     
  6. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Im old school here, still use wire nuts and greese packs. I like the mark up for greese packs.
     
  7. According to a seminar I went to for a fling with Cast Lighting lighting connections should be soldered. Ran into a tape job on a valve in which the tech soldered his wires before taping. I'd consider that a better splice job than any waterproof connector.
     
  8. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Actually, for lighting, my fave connector is Nightscaping's Ace: brass cylindrical lug, hex retainer screws and shrink tube.

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    Vista ships their fixtures with DryConns. FX suggests a baggie filled with their "splice gel" that looks something like Liquid Nails.
     
  9. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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