Ideas on finding valve box

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by G&G Maintenace, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. G&G Maintenace

    G&G Maintenace LawnSite Member
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    Hi guys I'm looking to find a valve box in which a valve went bad early fall last year. I tried to tone it out using the wires from the controller, but ran into too much interferance and lost the signal as I think it was too far away from the controller. I have a general idea of where it may be, but I could not find it even after many hours of searching for it. As a result the valve was not repaired and couldn't be winterized. As spring is fast approaching any ideas on how to locate this??? I have thought of a metal detector, but there are a lot of underground utlities in this area that I think may throw this off. It is a 37 zone system and located in a condo complex that I manage. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    What specific locator were you using before? What make and model of valve do you expect it is?
     
  3. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
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    ::::paging Mr. Leary, paging Mr. Leary, we have a lost valve for you to find::::
     
  4. G&G Maintenace

    G&G Maintenace LawnSite Member
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    I had a guy doing excavating on a new system install located at another part of this property tone it out for me, so I am not sure what he was using, just told me he was losing the signal. As the valve I am not sure, the original contractor used a whole mismatch of parts. As repairs are needed I am finding many problems, such as duct taped pipes......:cry:

    From what I have encountered so far there has been a mix of Hunter and Toro parts, not sure on the actual model, I can go take a look at another box and be able to get a better idea tomorrow.
     
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    If the system is now "your baby" then you need to start mapping it out for your future convenience. Since you aren't in Texas, there's a decent chance that the missing valve box has more than one valve in it, so that another zone wire can be followed.
     
  6. G&G Maintenace

    G&G Maintenace LawnSite Member
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    I do have it mapped out now, that it is "my baby"...I know where everything else is, except, unfortunately for this one particular zone. The valve box does only have one valve in it, every other valve and box is accounted for and runs.
     
  7. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
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    Borrow/rent a 521 locator.
     
  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    These are typically the standard for locating valves. There are others similar to it as well.

    You can also try a Chatter Box, or a Crick-It(sp?) If done right it should make the plunger in the solenoid rapidly bounce up and down, making it chatter.
     
  9. G&G Maintenace

    G&G Maintenace LawnSite Member
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    Thanks guys, I'll check that out. I wish i could put this "baby" up for re - adoption as it has been nothing but problems since I "adopted" it. I am going to wait until I start it up for the season...maybe I might find a gyser of water coming out of the ground come start up. Just trying to get an early jump on problems...Thanks for the help.
     
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    You really need to own your own locator, and know how to use it. It isn't something you sub out.
     

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