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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Dirt Boy, May 16, 2006.
Why build a manifold from copper?
And why build one that leaks??? Look at all the water!!!
Still no manifold drain. I don't get it. Do what suits you I guess.
Maybe it's "pick on Boots" day???
Heck, we gotta pick on somebody today. My day will come again soon enough. Your's is tomorrow Purp.
I also don't like the copper male threads into the valve.
Tony must of given you a hint that it's my day tomorrow??? He'll start out with "padding your posts again, eh?"
I think I'll spend the whole day doing yard work and other things.
Lucky you, I'll spend the day working. Its spring time, saturdays off won't be back until start ups are done.
That's quite all right, you motley crew of young whippersnappers, I can withstand the abuse, confident in the (knock wood ) knowledge that my manifolds and valves don't break. In that copper manifold picture, there was a possibility of some mechanical abuse and/or landscaping incompetence/changes, so I chose to go the durable route. Timewise, it's as quick as gluing PVC, so only the cost of fittings would bother me today. The Irritrol valves have bodies that are plenty strong, and just slightly oversized in the thread area, so one can thread the brass pretty far in without exerting any fatal forces. Since all my above-ground plumbing is copper or brass, I will often have male brass or copper threads going into an Irritrol master valve, and no worries yet.
By the way, the water supply exits the house above grade, and there's a drain that's left open all winter long. We can still use plain faucets here, so it also serves as a blowout valve. If I have any doubts about a homeowner's ability to wait until freeze danger is past, come springtime, I will run a strap through the handle to keep the drain open, so no one can 'accidentally' put the system in danger.
"The heat is on." We bumped up our starting time to 5:30 am after the time changed and will bump it even further as soon as it's light by about 4:45 am. Only way we can beat the heat. We actually eat lunch at 9:30 and then have "lunch" at noon. I get out of the heat for the last 1-1/2 hours of the day with paperwork, etc.