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Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by KerryB, Nov 13, 2001.

  1. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    Ok guys, I have a customer that I do monthly maintenance for at his restaurant. His office has an old sprinkler system with a few problems.
    As I am trying to add his office to my monthly list I am trying to repair the irrigation.
    He has 3 zones. Zone 2 the valve is sticking open and will not turn off water flow, zone 3 doesnt work at all. The problem is I cant find the valves for these two zones.
    The installer and the designer refuse to help.
    I have searched everywhere, short of digging the line up is there anything else to try?
  2. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Go to your local parts house and rent a Progressive Electronics 521 locator. They can help you with the instructions to use the thing, or I can.

    This piece of equipment traces the valve wires to the valves, I am assuming the system is a 24v electrical irrigation system and not hydraulic???? I hope!!!

    There is a simpler way with a simpler piece of equipment that may not be available to you locally.

    Let me know what happens, be glad to help.
  3. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    Thanks Tony,
    I checked at the hardware, rental co, plumbing and electrical supply, parts houses and no one has one.
    What next?
  4. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    I will fly out and find it for $1500, including expenses, I've always wanted to see NC in the fall/winter again. Lived in Cherry Pt when I was in 3rd through 6th grade.

    Seriously though, I have a device that I use that opens and closes the solenoid of the valve you need to find real fast and makes a very loud chirping noise. You just have to follow the noise to find the valve. I think it is about 75 bucks here, I could get one to you? You hook it up at the timer and run the valve you are looking for. The only problem is street noise, it needs to be relatively quiet outside.

    Don't you have a sprinkler wholesaler in town somewhere? Century rain aid or something????????
  5. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,930

    Is there any PVB in site. (if done properly, should have this device) Also, did you look at if tapped from the building in different locations?

  6. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    Thats a good one Tony, I always like to help out a fellow native of NC. lol
    No sprinkler wholesalers around.
    I will have to get one of those tools.
    But for now the LCO that designed system is going to locate them for me at a measley 55.00 per hour.
    He is alittle pissed because he designed system but someone else installed using his plans. lol
    And now I am repairing them. Further proof do not give up plans until you get the contract.
    Have cked and all lines to sprinklers run from same line, but thanks anyway John.
    Guys pardon my ignorance but what is pvb.
  7. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    Well I had to do it. I broke down and had another lco the only one in town with a locator to find these valves. Its a good thing too, $55.00 per hour was ok by me because he found a break in the wire as well as the valves. Even if I had found the valves I would probably still be there looking for that wire.lol
    Thanks for all your help guys. Sorry Tony no trip this time. But I still would like to know what pvb is. lol
  8. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Pressure Vacuum Breaker
    Backflow device that prevents a cross connection from occuring.

    Glad you found it, maybe my price was a little high? Boy I need to learn some estimating skills
  9. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    Thanks, there is a backflow valve lol
    Wish I could have hired you lol
    The leaves suck this year no rain no color.

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