Lets Talk Valve Boxes!!

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by NC_Irrigator, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    -AMETEK or Armor?

    -CARSON SPEC OR RES/COM

    Or other Brand?

    6" , 10" , SQUARE OR JUMBO!!

    BTW Does anyone still sell Ametek?

    The 6" Carson RES/COM has a paper thin top!

    Valve box extensions? Use extensions or do you just use 6" OR 10" corrugated pipe
     
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    6" Dura/Carson or ARMOR Round Boxes. (Single Valve)

    10" Round Carson Boxes with locking Lid (Single Valve 1.5" or bigger)

    10" Square Carson boxes (Two to three valves in a manifold, or a single large valve. I like to use these as valveboxes for large 3" isolation valves)

    16" Carson or Dura boxes. (Four Valves or a DoubleCheck assembly).

    SuperDuper Jumbo Coffin Sized Carson boxes for 2"+ Backflow assemblys.

    NO EXTENSIONS UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.

    I'll prefer using a fullbox as an extension if its to raise a box that is in loose loamy soil such as the side of a sloped landscape bed, otherwise the extension gets knocked loose.
     
  3. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    you know, i dont think ive ever seen a 10" square vb!
     
  4. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    I love them, they leave a much smaller footprint, and still give plenty of room for servicing.

    From a system I installed a few years ago:

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    This was taken about 5 minutes after backfilling the box. I am very picky about cleanup. Don't worry, we gelcapped the wirenuts later.

    Carsons Info on the box: http://www.carsonind.com/PDF/Rescom/ResCom 1012-10.pdf
     
  5. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    That looks like a medium duty or res/com valve box. Do you have any problems with those lids floating off or away?
     
  6. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    No.

    I lost some 6" Round box lids each year to a big mower, but rarely anything else.
     
  7. bobw

    bobw LawnSite Senior Member
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    dang...like the looks of the 10" square box.... too bad I've never seen such a beast around here.
     
  8. LCPullman

    LCPullman LawnSite Senior Member
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    6" round NDS valve box for blowout ports, ball valves, etc.

    10" round Dura valve box for single 1"+ valves

    16" rectangular Dura for up to 4 1" valves and 1" DCVA

    Dura Jumbo rectangular for larger DCVA or up to 6 1" valves


    I've seen some of those 10" square boxes. Usually find them with broken lids though. I like the idea, but I want something tougher.
     
  9. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    No plastic "roundies" except for those few 6" ones in the planters to hold curb stop isolation valves.

    Round boxes for isolation gate valves are Christy concrete F-8 boxes with cast iron lids that won't get sucked up by BIG mowers and can be found with metal detector if grown over.

    Round boxes for isolation R/W gate valves are Christy concrete G-5 boxes with cast iron lids that won't get sucked up by BIG mowers and can be found with metal detector if grown over.

    Standard plastic rectangle boxes for valves. No "T" type lids because BIG mowers chomp them up.

    Rectangle Christy B-9 boxes with cast iron lids for valves in high traffic areas.

    Jumbo plastic rectangle boxes under special circumstances.
     
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