irrigation service call

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by ashs inc, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 598

    Hey guys let me tell you first of all how much i have learned from you all. Thanks for all your help.

    I am getting killed with irrigation service calls. Thats a good thing. I go on most of the calls and fix the problem. I try to replace the part with the same part. Hunter valve then try to replace with hunter valve. I am getting so busy and I dont have all the parts i need I replaced a hunter valve where a rain bird was messed up. Is this ok. What do you do when you run into this problem.

    NEIL
     
  2. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    There is absolutely no way you can carry every part available by every manufacturer. For the most part on residential systems, you can interchange parts from different manufacturers and everything should work fine. Replacing a Rainbird valve, controller, or head with a Hunter, Irritrol or (gasp!!) Toro is usually fine. Or vice/versa with any others.

    Once you get into larger commercial parts, you really need to read up on the specs to see how well they match up.
     
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,775

    You have to decide if they're going to be a on-going client...then you change-
    out the valves, clock & heads so it suites your service truck. We never carried
    any parts on the trucks other than Weather-Matic & Rain-Bird. Our choice?
    No way can you carry everything; know your market and pander to it.
     
  4. I have done enough service in my area I know what has been put in the ground over the years. Heads are no big deal but when it comes to valves, it sure is easier if you stock the replacement parts. Diaphragm's and solenoids for most valves, dv-100's, Hardie/irritrol/richdel 205's, 2400, Rain Bird/HR1 diaphragms and new replacement tops since they fail in my area after about 12-15 years, Toro 252's and new style Hunter solenoids, etc, etc, etc.....I stock about 5-10 of each solenoids and diaphragms...If the bottom of a valve is cracked then I replace it with a Hunter valve and the Controller of choice is a Pro-C.... Know your service area and stock accordingly...
     
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    How the sam hell do you guys crack the bottom of valves? It's got to be lack of air-compressor
    winterize....right? London must have a eighteen wheeler service truck w/double trailers.
     
  6. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    High pressure or freezing.
     
  7. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
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    We only carry rain bird stuff on our trucks. If its broke no matter what brand then a Rain Bird goes back in its place. 95% of whats around here is rainbird anyway.
     
  8. ashs inc

    ashs inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 598

    great thanks for your help guys
     
  9. I replace about 10 valves a year from a hairline crack on the bottoms, mostly dv100's, Nelson 7900 series and toro 250's...
    I have seen only a few 2400's crack but never a 205.

    I figure the MA has been tightened to much or stress on the valve from improper installation causes the hairline cracks.
     
  10. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    I had forgotten about the MAs. Seen that do it also. i've seen just about every kind of valve crack. Not many Hunters, but I don't have many customers with Hunter valves.
     

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