Typical Gopher Damage

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by PurpHaze, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thought I'd share some pics of what we normally run into when a gopher has gotten valve wiring.

    GWHS Valve H-5 Gopher Damage 7-10-07 IV-01.jpg

    GWHS Valve H-5 Gopher Damage 7-10-07 IV-02.jpg

    GWHS Valve H-5 Gopher Damage 7-10-07 IV-03.jpg
     
  2. Do the gophers fill up the valve boxes with soil?
     
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    We get the same thing here. But they are mainly caused by voles. Repaired two systems that had the wires chewed thru this year. And I find many boxes filled this same way by them.
     
  4. Post a pic of a Vole. Sounds like a Vulcan's wife.
     
  5. DanaMac

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  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yup, have the same problem here. Entire boxes filled up with soil.

    I dig it out and fill it back up with broken glass. ;)
     
  7. Greenguy1

    Greenguy1 LawnSite Member
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    the culprits around here are ground moles, usually corrected by adding pea stone to the box, they don't like digging in the stone
     
  8. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yup... We use our "archeological tool" (heavy duty garden trowel/shovel) to excavate the boxes out so we can see exactly what the problem is and leave the wiring undisturbed until then. :)
     
  9. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Never seen a pea gravel filled box I like (freakin' LA's). Our gophers eat it and then pass it out their azzes. I'd rather put up with the occasional box like in the pics than having to dig through pea gravel to make repairs. :laugh:
     

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