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Which brand of PVB?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by jcom, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. jcom

    jcom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    Ran into a PVB needing a repair kit today. I cannot see the info plate.

    It has a cover like a Wilkins but the guts are not. There is a large white cone shaped piece with gasket on top, under the piece that screws into the body. The cover is not like a Watts so hope someone can tell me what brand so I can get the repair kit.

    John Thanks
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,267

    Odds are you got an old Watts. If it's just the poppet washer that's shot, you might find a replacement, from a number of sources.

    By the way, that design (and tooling) was sold to Conbraco.
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,187

    Rainbird used to have one like that as well, but I think Watts bought that from them. It had a large white poppet (or "float" I think they called that one), and it had an orange/red gasket.
  4. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Giant chrome top????
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,267

    Rainbird sold the Watts line through an arrangement that had the BPs carrying a Rainbird nameplate. This is one reason why the replacement should be easy to get. A chrome canopy was later replaced by a plastic one. The cover under the canopy was/is brass.
  6. jcom

    jcom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    You guys don't miss anything.

    Turns out, it is a Rainbird. White float with an orange/red gasket on top.

    Only reason I know is the body was so distorted from ice that it would not hold the guts inside. When we put air into it, the innards would pop right out.

    Thanks for the help.

  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,267

    Once those freeze, you might as well replace the whole shebang. Even a bit of warpage from ice might distort seats or sealing surfaces.

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