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Febco Follies

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Wet_Boots, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Bicycle pumps work great to winterize BF, only need about 7psi to do the job, left the shut-offs at a 45 degree angle. Never had one freeze. :clapping:
     
  2. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wouldn't meet building codes here. Can't have unions on either side, and if you take it off, it is SUPPOSED to have a new permit and inspected again to make sure it meets minimum heights. The local city parks people did that this winter, and found out you can't do that.
     
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    If drained properly, a PVB and RP only need draining, no pump or compressor.
     
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    For an area that has such a Suffock County attitude towards backflow testing, I find that rather disingenuous. :hammerhead:
     
  5. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    That is code. Doesn't mean it is enforced. I would think the RPs being taken off in the high visibility areas in the parks and medians is what caught the eye of Regional Building.
     
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    True, true, I once quit testing for a purveyor who made me look like the horse's ass I am by not enforcing his own code.
     
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    I find it interesting that the BPs with jammed components I've seen were all Febco products
     
  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Is it because of the higher percentage and overall number of the Febcos? Here, I would say Febco is about 80-90%, and the rest is a mix of Watts, Wilkins, Conbraco, and some misc. AVBs in place of what should be a PVB. So given the high percentage, we would see primarily Febcos failing.
     
  9. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Definitely the vast majority of installs, but the designs have a lot to do with it. A Wilkins 720 can't get jammed like a Febco 765 does - that poppet has the same sort of cylindrical guide that the check valve covers have on a Febco DCVA
     
  10. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    hey mike,

    that actually wasn't my install. Just wanted to show that they are out there
     

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