Jim it worked

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by JayinMI, May 12, 2010.

  1. JayinMI

    JayinMI LawnSite Member
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    Jim,

    I did not realize you had sent me a PM until last night. My boss happened to have a small strand of what looked like the wire. We had to go to the nasty lake hydro job and I fed about 100 feet of it into the hydro tube.

    We used his 521 and we were having issues picking up the signal from it, but I figured out why. We did not have enough wire to find the valve we were looking for (had a bad diaphragm), but we did find. Once we dug that one up and fixed it we had another. We used the same wire to figure out where the main was going to find the next valve!

    My boss was VERY impressed! I think he will be on this site soon...lol

    I am going to see if I can find the wire locally, if not I will let you know to see if we can figure out how I can get some.

    I attached pics below, you can see the rip in the diaphragm.

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  2. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    1-1/2" hydraulic valve? I don't see those very often. I'm interested on what kind of wire you used.
     
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Was that direct buried? Most hydraulic sites I ever saw had no valve boxes at all.
     
  4. JayinMI

    JayinMI LawnSite Member
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    Yuppers 1 1/2" Hydraulic Toro valve. I do not know if you can see in the picture, but the roots of a tree were cutting off the flow. Jim said to use piano wire, my boss had wire very similar to it, and I rounded the edge and it worked great.

    Close enough to be direct bury. It had one of those old small black Toro caps on PVC on top of it. Probably 4" in diameter, and it was about 8" deep too.
     
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well done Jay....::::tries to figure some way to trip Jim up when he comes north::::
     
  6. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    right on, the piano wire is available through gunite pool construction supplies this pic compares the piano wire with masonary string, piano wire is strong and stiff enough to push a long way i usualy have a buddy silver solder a bb on the end to keep from digging into the line, i can't easily find the link.

    good for you:)

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  7. JayinMI

    JayinMI LawnSite Member
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    Thanks Mike I appreciate it! I actually do not believe I will dread going to hydraulic systems anymore.
     
  8. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    now, when i find something that everyone else has looked for and failed....i do the "go jimmy dance", you can use my ideas....but you gotta make up your own dance:laugh:

    again, congrats :waving:
     
  9. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    I like them but they can be a pain to blow out.
     
  10. T.M. LAWNS

    T.M. LAWNS LawnSite Senior Member
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    1idejim,your one hell of a good guy! You always help people out & give them pointers on solving problems. I don't know anything about irrigation, but if I was just starting out I would want to learn from all you guys. Jim,Fimco,Mike,Argos,DanaMac,Mitchgo,Wetboots,AI, you guys all kick azz! :drinkup:
     

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