Bucket test

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by duckworth, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. duckworth

    duckworth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    Does anyone use this hi tech devise and if so were do you find a good 5 gallon + bucket or is everyone using toro gauge any advise out there?
  2. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    I use a gauge, but usually do it into a bucket as well as a double check. Usually only measure out a gallon into the 5 gallon bucket
  3. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,956

    Never done it

    Utilize the water meter.

    If it's a well use a flow meter or install a temp ( or perm) deduct meter
  4. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,358

    Search for betterwater.com ML has one and recommends it highly
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  5. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,060

    I use em all the time. Plenty accurate as you should not be designing on the edge anyways.
  6. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,944

    I keep a bucket on the trailer and the boat :D
  7. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,690

    I do this after the tap. I have a ball valve with a pressure gauge up stream of it that I atatch to some poly that connects to the POC. I turn the water on and restrict the flow with the ball valve to 45 lbs if the back flow is installed or 55 lbs if it hasn't. Then time how long to fill the bucket. I do this for small 1" systems for big ones I have a flow meter that starts at 25 gpm.
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  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,174

    Glad to oblige; it's a great tool, every man jack should have one.

  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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  10. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 977

    We take a static pressure reading, then look at the meter size... it's Math from there.

    Taking flow measurements at a hose bib is NOT accurate. You have no idea what the plumber has done to restrict the lines in the house. Also hose bibs are usually 1/2 fed by a 1/2in poly line, which will effect your readings.

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