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valve box placement

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Ed G, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. Ed G

    Ed G LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    Yep Florida soil is nothing but sand. The hardest thing about digging is breaking thru the sod roots.

    I just looked at a couple of neighbor's valve boxes. They all have a stubby too.

    Now you fellows understand why I'm turning to you to get a good irrigation sysytem and wanting to get it done right.

    By the way, little about me...I'm a former contractor myself.

    For 10 years I worked as an independent contractor providing drafting and engineering consultation services. I now work direct for ABB Medium Voltage Power Distribution Division as a mechanical designer in the research and development dept. I design the enclosures for Outdoor Circuit Breakers

    You guys ever need any AutoCad tips, just ask.
  2. Ed G

    Ed G LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    my solution to my "dilema" turned out to be a no brainer.

    My stubby box cost me $17.99.

    If I built the manifold to raise the valves, the fittings would have cost me about $12.

    I discovered that Home Depot sells 14 x 20 x 12 (or thereabouts) valve boxes with lid for $18.99.

    I don't buy the fittings, I take my stubby box back for a credit and then I'm only out an extra $7 to protect the manifold and PVC correctly.

    Hows that for voodoo math?

    My pool screen was put up yesterday, so Irrigation install starts this weekend.

    Trenching with an EZ Trencher takes place on Friday.

    I'll make sure to take lots of photos so you guys can see what goes on in the wacky mind of the homeowner.

  3. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Now you're cooking with... :laugh:

    There's also more than one way to skin a cat. If plan A doesn't work, go to plan B, etc. :)
  4. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    He's right. Although I am sure there are tons of guys who do great irrigation work here. I have yet to meet any. Slack and halfway seems to the standard.

    Yet another reason I am pursuing my irrigation license.

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