leaking pipes

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by zliminator, Dec 8, 2006.

  1. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    My little red flag of ignorance just shot up when you mentioned the valves your using.

    Do you use the HD book as your install guide too?
  2. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,274

    That might be your problem. Check out Ewing or some other supply house and get a name brand valve. RB DVS, Hunter PRV, Irritrol 2500 or 2400. You can get them in slip or threaded and not spend more than $1 - $2 over HD valves.
  3. zliminator

    zliminator LawnSite Member
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    Sign me up!
  4. Hank Reardon

    Hank Reardon LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 599

    Why is the second I read this I thought of that pic of that manifold assembly that looked from JPL? :laugh:
  5. Ed G

    Ed G LawnSite Member
    Posts: 140

    Just an FYI, but every irrigation supply house in Orlando sells valves with the slip connection.

    Hunter and Irritrol slip fit valves are the most commonly used in the Clermont area.

    Home Depot/Lowes may be a great place to get a good price on valve boxes, but their inventory for irrigation supplies, shall we say - sucks.

    Speaking of valve boxes, zliminator, I sure hope you are not one of those Florida irrigation installers that puts in those damn 7" valve box extensions as the main valve box! Don't do that!!
  6. nc-native

    nc-native LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    Ever thought of using a pre-fab manifold? Very quick to install (faster than cutting and glueing) and changing out a bad valve is an installers wet dream.
  7. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 663

    I use Spears Blue 75 thread sealant. It was specifically designed for threaded plastic fittings. I put it on all threaded plastic fittings that are under constant pressure.
  8. laylow1994

    laylow1994 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 114

    trust me from doing lots of installs... use good valves that are threaded and use pipe dope or by slip valves.....
  9. zliminator

    zliminator LawnSite Member
    Posts: 82

    I got a call from the customer. She said one of the heads was leaking. It was one of the valves (cheap Watermaster). I bought some Irritrol slip valves and installed one upstream from the valve box and hooked it up to the wire from the master valve. It wouldn't fit in the valve box so I had to bury it. Yes, I did use the big valve box. I have about 1/2 dozen of those Watermaster valves sitting around which I am going to return to HD.


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