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Today, 5:20pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Hookup Order - Backflow->Regulator->Filter->Valve

Some filters are not durable enough to withstand water hammer from a valve downstream of them, so the safest configuration is what gets recommended.

Monday, November 6th 2017, 7:52pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Getting the right pressure

The point where you want to know the dynamic pressure is where the system supply taps off the main line feeding the house. Note that even though that specific point is the key, your actual point of connection for the pressure gauge can be somewhere else downstream, so long as there isn't any water flowing between the gauge and your tap-off point.

Friday, November 3rd 2017, 6:26pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Buzzing Control Valve

Solenoids buzz sometimes. Sometimes loudly. It is not a danger.

Friday, November 3rd 2017, 6:24pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Winterizing question

Proper answers are location specific. Nothing you have shown is fit for a truly cold climate.

Thursday, November 2nd 2017, 8:53am

Author: Wet_Boots

Install leak detection system before backfilling the main water line T-joint

If your "T-joint" is a waterworks-quality brass compression fitting, then don't worry about it. If you cheaped out on your supply connection, then back up, and do it over again with quality materials.

Tuesday, October 31st 2017, 1:29pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Winterizing question

Show us a photo of the round cover. If it has a 5-sided bolt head visible, you can get keys for those.

Tuesday, October 31st 2017, 1:29pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Low Voltage Lighting Question

Are there any primary-connection options? Some lighting transformers might have a split-wired primary to accommodate input voltages slightly higher or lower than norm. All said and done, upgrading your output wiring is the simplest approach.

Tuesday, October 31st 2017, 9:24am

Author: Wet_Boots

Getting the right pressure

Do some more testing and get those dynamic pressures - that's plural, because you should be able to create a table of flow rates matched up with supply pressures.

Tuesday, October 31st 2017, 9:21am

Author: Wet_Boots

Winterizing question

There should be another shutoff valve upstream of this assembly, the idea being to have the ability to remove and replace said assembly. If you can find it, there might also be an air connection to go with it.

Sunday, October 29th 2017, 8:36am

Author: Wet_Boots

60 Degree Bend

change your plan - stick to conventional tees and ells

Wednesday, October 18th 2017, 1:42pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Switch to Bigger Pump?

If it comes down to needing more watering in a limited time frame, increasing the mainline size will easily be the most bang for the buck. Running two zones simultaneously with a new mainline will get flows-per-zone down below 20 gpm, and reduce pressure loss through the zone valves. It's a lot of work, but you will get some of your investment back by more watering in a shorter time saving you electricity.

Wednesday, October 18th 2017, 1:32pm

Author: Wet_Boots

no AC message. Trying to rewire controller

Looks like you have a Hunter SRC controller, where the red-white-blue stranded wires are for a connector that accepts a receiver for remote control. Find your multimeter, or get a spare. You want to be checking resistances.

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 12:18pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Drainage Advice

Suspect another valve before you suspect the valves on a backflow preventer. Since a backflow preventer is not supposed to be the master shutoff on any sprinkler system, you look upstream for a shutoff valve at the point the system connects to the water supply.

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 9:37am

Author: Wet_Boots

Help with winterizing!

the ball valve drain won't serve as a winterizing connection - use the testcocks on the backflow preventer

Saturday, October 14th 2017, 9:28am

Author: Wet_Boots

Drainage Advice

You may have a shutoff valve that is not fully shutting off, thereby letting a continuous flow of water escape a broken pipe. Observe the water meter to see if it shows a flow.

Wednesday, October 11th 2017, 9:52pm

Author: Wet_Boots

FEBCO 765 Retainer & Check Assembly Breaking

I'm wondering why someone would use treated water for lawn irrigation. Is there something about that water that is harmful to plant life?

Tuesday, October 10th 2017, 12:11pm

Author: Wet_Boots

FEBCO 765 Retainer & Check Assembly Breaking

If you are concerned with blowing air through the backflow preventer, then use an air connection downstream of the backflow preventer, even if it means you have to plumb it in. Any PVB can be manually drained of water, without air applied to it.

Monday, October 9th 2017, 1:12pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Help with winterizing!

You need a low point drain on the supply plumbing. Make that happen, and you now have your winterizing connection.

Monday, October 9th 2017, 1:10pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Blowing out Febco 765 PVB

"Gee, I have to remove the bonnet on this PVB so I can winterize," said no professional ever. The homeowner air compressor connects to the low point drain on your supply plumbing. If you do not have a low point drain, you need to correct this shortcoming.