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Problems w/ leaking sprayers

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by HydroCutter, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. HydroCutter

    HydroCutter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    I am wondering if I am the only one having a problem w/ my sprayers. I have 2 hand sprayers. Each 2.5 gals, one from Gilmour, one from Lesco. Each drips when in transport. I have the proper holders mounted in my trailer for them, and I always release all pressure from them after use. If I just shake the wand, it drips. When in my trailer, and I hit a bump, they drip. They are each brand new, so I don't think any O-rings would need to be replaced. Does anyone have this problem or can recommend a solution?


  2. mkroher

    mkroher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    Replace the O-Rings in the trigger handle
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,065

    We never release pressure. You might try rigging your holders so that the wand points upward.
  4. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,457

    Mine do the same thing , hate it , cheap crap .
    It's the fluid in the metal tubing between the nozzle & wand that keeps dripping out.

    B&G makes a non drip wand altogether it's about $250
    I have one .

    Tonight , I bought a ele hand held sprayer made by B&D .
    Will see how it works out in the following few days
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    It is a simple O ring seal and/or diaphragm. Cheap and easy fix. Get the actual O rings from like TSC or where you get sprayers. They need to be chemical resistant. The O rings like out of the boxes at places like Harbor Freight will not work (unless they are for chem. use)
  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    I can't find my Tee Jet Catalog At this minute. But they make a Screen Check valve that stops drips under 5 PSI. This screen check valve goes right behind the tip like any other tip screen. They are used mostly on boom sprayers but are the same size as a back pack hand wand.

    I agree with Runner about using Chemical resistant O rings etc.
  7. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969

    Air Head

    I only paid $ 189 at LESCO (believe That of Lesco?) for a one gallon Stainless Steel B&G with the no drip wand. Sounds like you got Ripped Off.
  8. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,457


    I'm sure you bought yours back in the early 1980's .
    Things have changed since then .
    Or , maybe you bought the El Cheapo one

    Most of them 1 gal tanks has a release pull valve .

    The thingy that Ric is writing about will not fit and of them cheap home jobs .
    I may be wrong , although that would be very very very hard to believe
  9. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    No Actually bought a couple of B&G one gallons a few years ago. I wanted a New sprayer for Phatom since it is a netrual and only wanted to used it for neturals. The other is for all repellants. I saw it on sale at Lesco and desided it was time. Yes I have a B&G that is a lot older and still works fine.

    As excellent a Can Sprayer that B&G makes I would not recommend them for L&O use.
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    I just bought an RL ProFlow today at HD. It is a 3 gallon. I sent someone to buy a 2 gal. the other day. I even looked it up and had the model number. Once I opened it up, and put it together, I was surprised at what a piece of junk this was. It was all plastic. the pump handle AND shaft was plastic, and the spray hose was about as big as a McDonalds straw. I can pee faster than this thing put out. needless to say, I returned it today and got this one. I have always had good luck with RL ProFlo backpacks (Swissmex). The one I got this time is the model 1997HD. It is much heavier duty with a solid can, and steel cap, handle, and shaft. the hose is reinforced and much larger, and the wand and nozzle are brass. It also has a replaceable diaphragm. I just wanted this for spotting with Sevin, that I use for anthills, isolated chinchbug and grub areas, and for spraying roses and such. I realize that a backpack would perhaps be more efficient for quantities, but for the amount that I use this, and the space this small tube sprayer takes up (I carry 2 bp sprayers already...one with selective herbicides like Drive or manage, and one for Gly for hard surfaces, beds, and spray-offs). this works out well for me.

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