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Friday, March 15th 2019, 10:54am

Author: Wet_Boots

Rainbird pushpin controller

1) How many zones does the controller have? 2) What are your settings for each zone? (include 'off' if the zone isn't being used)

Friday, March 1st 2019, 10:01am

Author: Wet_Boots

filter to use when siphoning from a pond

Agricultural filtration would be placed downstream of a pump feeding the emitters. They have units that can automatically switch between filters and backwash clogged screens. They cost serious money, but they are intended for a serious application. As the spring as a water source, is it beneath the surface of the pond? Taking the pond out of the supply chain would simplify things as far as cleanliness goes. For a pond as water source, you have to screen the inlet. You can buy simple inlet strain...

Thursday, February 28th 2019, 8:00pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Unusual feature needed in controller

You have a start with a float switch. You can add a paddle switch to the line carrying the incoming water, so you have an indication of incoming flow. You can find an old working electromechanical controller like a Rainbird RC, and arrange for it to operate only when the pump is running, so it can intermittently give you the watering periods you set. Controller, sensors, time switches, relays, transformers - at some point that bigger storage tank is going to look better and better

Wednesday, February 27th 2019, 3:54pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Unusual feature needed in controller

By the time you can jury-rig a control system that matches your needs, you might just as well install a larger cistern. Given time and materials, you could fabricate a control system, but off-the-shelf, not likely.

Wednesday, February 6th 2019, 6:55am

Author: Wet_Boots

Backflow Preventer

In terms of being most cautious, it would be preferable to do the extra work and run the supply around the perimeter, because dual supply connections invite the possibility of one of them being overlooked at winterizing.

Monday, February 4th 2019, 6:34am

Author: Wet_Boots

Backflow Preventer

You might pay a surcharge, but you wouldn't be charged double. In any event, you don't run the plumbing downstream of the backflow preventer back into the house, ever. Dig all around the perimeter of the structure if you must.

Tuesday, January 8th 2019, 2:41pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Toro electric to hydraulic converter

Still waiting for the model number. I'm going to make a guess that it has "01" in it, and answer accordingly. Sight unseen, you should be fine. The "four wires" part of the description might mean you have an electric master valve to go along with the hydraulic zone valves. If that master valve has a line-voltage solenoid, it would have to be replaced with a 24-volt solenoid. The electric/hydraulic converter units can interface with any hydraulic zone valves. Their main purpose is to work with "n...

Thursday, January 3rd 2019, 9:05am

Author: Wet_Boots

Toro electric to hydraulic converter

What make and model number of controller?

Thursday, December 20th 2018, 12:49pm

Author: Wet_Boots

where to buy parts or replacements for these old sprinklers (image inside)

One advantage of buying the entire brass angle valve, is that you can confirm whether its 'guts' (complete internals as a single unit) will swap out with your original valves. Sometimes the body threads on older valves won't be a match for today's brass valves, and it's good to know where you stand, especially if you ever consider converting the valves to electric operation.

Monday, November 19th 2018, 10:41am

Author: Wet_Boots

Losing prime if hose bib is not left open

If your current setup is dead-heading the pump, then your workaround with the open hose bib can stay in place. A pressure tank could take its place, but they cost money. Have you changed the controller since the system was installed? Dead-heading is not what you plan for, unless you know it won't be a problem.

Tuesday, November 6th 2018, 10:04pm

Author: Wet_Boots

No dc voltage

Do some resistance testing of your wiring. The Orbit Easy Dial series, and indeed any controller powered by a plug-in transformer, is putting out AC and not DC. https://www.orbitonline.com/site_files/m…20(2)1final.pdf

Friday, October 26th 2018, 9:21am

Author: Wet_Boots

Ways to mitigate overall high system PSI

Since you have DV100 valves, you can simply buy DV100F valves and swap the tops. By the way, you need to edit your photos down to a reasonable size and use an image host that allows remote viewing, so that they will show in a forum.

Friday, October 26th 2018, 9:16am

Author: Wet_Boots

New meter PSI and GPM

You could simply give them the results of your bucket test, and see if that's enough. Or, you could make up an imaginary supply of a 3/4-inch meter fed by 30 feet of 3/4-inch copper tubing. Whatever their process will make of a theoretical smaller supply should work for what you eventually have installed.

Thursday, October 25th 2018, 6:26am

Author: Wet_Boots

Rainbird EV 100, one inch valve

The EV100 can be repaired with parts to fit an Irritrol HR1, which is also long out of production - your EV100 was manufactured by Hydro-Rain (hence the HR1 model number), which was later bought out.

Wednesday, October 24th 2018, 6:21pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Ways to mitigate overall high system PSI

Use the flow controls on your zone valves to dial down the pressure.

Wednesday, October 24th 2018, 9:15am

Author: Wet_Boots

New meter PSI and GPM

If you are feeding a sprinkler system directly from a curbside water meter, you do not really have a service line, so far as a sprinkler system is concerned. For the parts of the US where all water meters are in curbside pits, and a sprinkler system will be supplied from the house plumbing, then the water line from the house back to the meter near the street becomes the service line that needs to be described. For a house that is very far from the street, it may be fed from a service line that i...

Monday, October 22nd 2018, 7:15pm

Author: Wet_Boots

New meter PSI and GPM

Just leave Rainbird out of the loop for now. Do your bucket test. Expect at least 20-25 gpm useful flow. There will be more flow available, but your property (size in acres?) might not need maximum flow.

Monday, October 22nd 2018, 2:18pm

Author: Wet_Boots

New meter PSI and GPM

Just what is the distance the water main and the 1-inch meter? What is the pressure in the street? Is this a curbside meter or not? (these are facts you should share from the get-go, along with your location)

Sunday, October 21st 2018, 10:40am

Author: Wet_Boots

New meter PSI and GPM

There are service lines and there are service lines. Since Rain Bird is in California, it might be natural for them to assume that the new water service is feeding a curbside meter pit. Other parts of the US might only have meters in basements, and that is where a service line question comes into play. Home is so far from the water main, so a service line of known length and size will figure into pressure loss calculations. And really, who cares. Get the meter installed and make your system conn...