Rainbird Popup Extension Repair/Reinforcement

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by mcambrose, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. mcambrose

    mcambrose LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have had numerous rainbird popups installed in shrub beds that have required extension with the little screw-on extensions in attached pic. Usually these end up getting broken because of the very short threads in these extensions. They break at the slightest bump. If there was something like a coupling that would go over the screw joint to reinforce it, I think it would last much longer. Will anything glue to that black plastic the popups are made of? If I could slip something over it and glue I think that would work. If I split a PVC fitting and put it over the joint that could also work. Any other ideas. I attached a pic of popup I am talking about.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

    rainbird popup.jpg

    ToroPistonext.jpg
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    unscrew the original head in its entirety and replace it with a 12-inch hi-pop
     
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Or replace completely with a schedule 80 rigid riser to the desired height.
     
  4. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Put some clear glue on the threads and then screw the extention on. It works pretty well. I've had to do it on a few sites for very specific reasons.
     
  5. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    rb now has a telescopic 1804 and 1806
     
  6. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That would be Hit Products....
     
  7. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    RB sells em too. Not on their website yet but I have some in my truck.
     
  8. mrsteve

    mrsteve LawnSite Member
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    Tried them a few years back (hit), seemed like a good idea for a pinch. I had trouble with the seals and indexing. Sometimes that would pop up and be pointing the wrong way. I still carry a few however.
     
  9. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Probably the best solution if not in a high traffic area.
     
  10. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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