Sprinkler Valve Box question

warrenpeace

LawnSite Member
Location
Phoenix, AZ
We bought a house with a 9 zone sprinkler system. All 9 valves are right next to each other. Currently they are in a wooden box that is 62" x 18" x 8". The wood is rotting and needs to be replaced. Is there anywhere that sells a plastic valve box that big? Does anyone have a good recommendation for an alternative box? We would prefer to not use wood to avoid the rotting situation again. Is it possible to have multiple "standard size" right next to each other to cover them all? Any help is certainly appreciated.
 

greenmonster304

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Location
You Know
That is a big box. If you can find one that big be prepared to pay big bucks for it, several hundred. The problem with multiple boxes is that where they meet each other is likely to be on top of a valve.
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Wet_Boots

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
metro NYC
As long as it's only 8 inches deep, you might find some common boxes with straight sides, and place them side-by-side, or maybe even cut away most of the adjoining sides where the boxes meet.

And yes, we need a photo or two of this.

I would often do a partial replumb of systems like these. Leave as much in place as possible, but remove what valves get in the way of standard boxes being placed over the manifold. The removed valves are relocated and tied into the supply and zones' plumbing at points that are outside of the other valve boxes.
 
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GreenI.A.

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
North East
I can look at the size tomorrow, but we have a box we refer to as the "coffin" sitting in our shop. We special ordered it last year and didn't end up using it. I haven't looked at it in a while, but to guess, I'm thinking it's about 60"x24x18"
 
Go to your local irrigation house.

You have John Deere Landscapes, Ewing irrigation, and Horizon Irrigation(may be called something else now) plus a couple that I think are in your general area.

There is a place that you can order a custom Fiberglass rock as a box cover.

By the way, I am assuming that the valves are above ground, ASV's since you are west of the Rockies and that is a more common installation of valves than below ground in a non-commercial application.

Either way, still go to the irrigation houses, however, it will be pricey.
 

ArTurf

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Ark
Go to your local irrigation house.

You have John Deere Landscapes, Ewing irrigation, and Horizon Irrigation(may be called something else now) plus a couple that I think are in your general area.

There is a place that you can order a custom Fiberglass rock as a box cover.

By the way, I am assuming that the valves are above ground, ASV's since you are west of the Rockies and that is a more common installation of valves than below ground in a non-commercial application.

Either way, still go to the irrigation houses, however, it will be pricey.

At first I was assuming underground but if they are above ground an option is to have someone fabricate a cover out of sheet metal. I've had hvac (duct work) people make covers for backflows for me. They can even insulate them if desired.
 
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warrenpeace

LawnSite Member
Location
Phoenix, AZ
Here is a picture of it. One of my neighbors said the late husband of the previous owner "fancied himself a handyman" but wasn't quite as good as he claimed to be.

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Wet_Boots

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
metro NYC
Strictly for the money, you do the same again but maybe with a composite material that won't rot away. And also cut notches for the pipes exiting the box.
 

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