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Old Rainbird help.

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by lazyike, May 22, 2013.

  1. lazyike

    lazyike LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Can anyone tell me what solenoid this is???? Its a fine thread Old Rain Bird. I cannot find it anywhere.

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  2. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    I am amazed that that valve is still in the ground! That was a valve that Hardie manufactured for Rain Bird back in the 80's before they had a plastic valve of their own. You will need to use a universal solenoid or replace the entire valve. Those original solenoids were junk!

    http://www.thesource-online.com/solenoids.php#24Volt

    I believe that the SOL-4 is what you need.
     
  3. lazyike

    lazyike LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Oh my... Thank you very much, this thing has been a pain in my a$$.Thumbs Up
     
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,582

    I wonder why Rainbird didn't have those valves fitted with the same loose-coil solenoid they used on their brass valves.
     
  5. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,221

    The joys of service work, eh?
     
  6. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    Probably to save money and probably because they didn't make that valve themselves.
     
  7. sprinklerchris

    sprinklerchris LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 281

  8. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,582

    I assume it also existed as a Hydro-Rain valve? Never saw any of them in the field.
     
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Is that because you have never been in the field? :laugh:
     
  10. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tx
    Messages: 1,865

    I would suggest saving yourself some trouble and replacing that valve. You can get the parts to rebuild it and/ore replace the solenoid but my experience is that about 75% of the time they don't work right after repair and they have to be cut out and replaced anyway so I just replace them to begin with now. Callbacks cost to much to take the chance, especially when you've only got a 1 in 4 chance of success.
     

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