leaks and stuff n fluff

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by mitchgo, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    Mitch, you seem to be following your critical path well. Meter measurements to compare usage.
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  2. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
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    Earn those stripes! YEAH! :wall
  3. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    This system had a leak.. I found a Cracked Valve..

    WTF plumbing!



  4. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    Replacing some valves for the city.. Following there specs.. They want Slip fixes so they can easily replace the valves if need be. Double Jumbo box

    I replaced 5 of them- took me 3 days.. Maybe the hot ladies walking by were slowing me down... Maybe




  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think the first repair could've been done with less time and material, if sch 80 unions were at hand, but then you are making less money, so forget I said anything payup

    Was the Toro valve cracked, or just the fitting threaded into it?
  6. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    It was the cracked toro valve.

    I gave her the option if just quickly putting in a new valve or replumbing this horrendous thing with new valves . I was pushing for a replacement mainly because I didn't want this thing breaking like next year and them her blaming me .

    All in all I is think the parts I used to replumb are fairly minimal and much more straight forward then before
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  7. Wet_Boots

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    So that was a male-end valve? The water pattern is like on cracked male threads.

    I'm thinking excavation time, too, but soil conditions make a difference in figuring a parts/labor balance. My tendency would be to dig less, and employ a union or two.

    Markup on sch 80 unions is verry nize payup
  8. Without A Drought

    Without A Drought LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i think this is the major difference in the service industry. i try to instill in my techs to always dig a little more. mostly to make repairs easier and to have more room to work, but also to may be uncover a fitting just a little bit further down that would make the repair easier and stronger (ie. using an elbow instead of a slip fix)
  9. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    I agree with this . Way easier to dig a little more when you can
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  10. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    In a lot of situations I would do this . It's quick easy cheap for the client and saves me time because I never have time .

    The plumbing was too bad for me to go meh oh well , particularly where the ml continues on after this manifold the pipe is so bent into the socket . It went to a manual drain so I removed it
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