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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by hoskm01, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,690


    From a customer. He doesnt know where its leaking from. I didnt install it, never worked on this side of the yard. Havent been out to see it yet, got this in Email for a fix.

    What is everyones guess on it?

    Going for a moonlight fix tonight. Cant turn off water as ryegrass is coming in, must stay wet,wet,wet. Will take some delicious pictures.
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 22,725

    Has that lawn genie/cheapo look..no flow control..what's the other?
    lawn life..external bleed..irritrol clone..nice they gave us philips heads
    to get the bonnet off...junk, replace it. What do I win?
  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 49,433

    The simple 'fix' is to tighten all the cover screws, since the Richdel design was always prone to drips when the cover screws weren't torqued.
  4. bobw

    bobw LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 807

    was going to suggest a cracked bonnet from freezing..but in AZ, that seems unlikely. I'll go with boots and suggest loose bonnet....
  5. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,456

    looks like he'll need a complete system rework
  6. Rotor_Tool

    Rotor_Tool LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    The safest Richdel/Irritrol valve is a replaced Richdel/Irritrol valve. Dig that puppy up and put a DV in it's place.
  7. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,550

    I would replace it too, and (I expect to get flack for this) I have this past season with Irrigation Direct inline valves. They are a cross between a Weathermatic-style body an an Irritrol-style solenoid.

    A DVF might be my second choice. Both good values. But I don't like the self tapping screws of the RB DV and ASVF series.
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 22,725

    No flack from me..gotta link to "Irrigation Direct"?
  9. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    Stick in a silver bullet. Although there is a slight chance it's not even the valve that's leaking. With all of that gravel, could be a hairline crack in the mainline and the water just seeks its own level (in the valve box).

    But, 99% of the time it's probably just a bad valve:)
  10. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    Sell him a ball valve in front of the electric valve and a valve box while you're at it.

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