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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by shadetreelawns, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. Mike Leary

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    Which is all I meant to point out. Thanks, sonny. Too many posters seem to forget that "we are not at the site!", we have no idea of local conditions and our posts can only come from our experience with like-problems.
     
  2. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Your right I missed that part of his post. My point was that pump down tests would do almost no good here because you could run the well all day and still have plenty of water. Sorry mike.
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  3. Mike Leary

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  4. jvanvliet

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    Read it again, he said the filters on the spray heads are clogged with dirt and sand.

    That pump must be sucking the a$$ out of that well to produce clumps of dirt. I'd still check the water at the pump before making major investments in the well when the problem could merely be dirt in the line.
     
  5. Kiril

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    Yes jvan, read what I said again.

    the OP did state clogged filters due to dirt and sand, which suggests demand is exceeding the wells recharge rate.
     
  6. Mike Leary

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    Having a pump/well expert come in to check the system is not a "major investment", it simply takes one of the most likely causes out of the equation.
    Who knows? It could be a hand-dug well, we have run into those out west, as well. (pun intended):dizzy:
     
  7. shadetreelawns

    shadetreelawns LawnSite Member
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    The HOA is having the well installer come by this week. He claims he always hits water in a gravel bed. I will let you know what i find out. Thanks for the responses.
     
  8. jvanvliet

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    Could be right, Alabama has experienced drought conditions, but it also suggests the possibility of dirt in the line from a break or poorly performed line repair; we'll see. That's a more usual condition here than a draw down issue.
     
  9. jvanvliet

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    Costs a couple of $100 to get one of those guys to show up.
     
  10. shadetreelawns

    shadetreelawns LawnSite Member
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    Ok......I had some time to spend at the HOA. They called the well installer and he states that the well is producing "crystal clear" water at the well. The heads and filters that I replaced a few weeks ago seem to be doing better. I noticed that all the zones have 2" water lines and valves. The zone I am having problem with is a 1" valve. Could this cause the problem? The pump is cycling on and off a lot and the spray from the heads is terrible when the pump is off. So I had the idea that if I could combine two zones that would help to keep the pump running. I simply put two wires under one station, and that seems to keep the pump running and the spray heads are doing better. Is this bad? I know that actually combining the zones with the same pipe would be better but I was desperate to keep some pansies alive while we have some 70 degree days. What do you guys think? Any more suggestions?
     

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