Sand and dirt in Valve Screw Holes

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by reb12, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. reb12

    reb12 LawnSite Member
    Male, from Florida
    Posts: 92

    One of my guys blew out a 205 irritrol in ground valve with the top off and no screws seated in the body of the valve. The screw holes are half full of sand and I was wondering if anyone out there knows a good way to remove the sand from these holes. The screws will only seat with about 4-5 ss washers, and I'm concerned about the depth of the threads. HELP
  2. Tom Tom

    Tom Tom LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,278

    I'd probably replace the entire valve if its as bad as you say.
  3. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,390

    squirt gun
  4. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,910

    Can of air (like used for computers etc) with the thin straw in the nozzle. Use a very long thin needle (or old lady's hat pin) to stir up any compacted sand/dirt. Squirt the air down the screw holes and cover your eyes, close your mouth.

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