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Thursday, March 21st 2019, 12:55am

Author: mrfixit

PVB plus Anti-Siphon Valves - Overkill?

Go ahead and get rid of the anti-syphon valves. The PVB will do just fine. The Irritrol 2500 series valve is a good choice.

Friday, March 15th 2019, 10:25pm

Author: mrfixit

valve not working

Sounds like the solenoid's bad on the number 5 zone. Or the wires are crossed somehow. Since you're turning on the valve manually, you know which valve 5 is. Try disconnecting one of the wires from the solenoid at the valve. Now go run it from the timer. Still get the err? No err = change the solenoid. Err = short, most likely bare wires touching. Look for bare wires while you're at the valves.

Wednesday, February 13th 2019, 3:10pm

Author: mrfixit

Rain Bird Controller Replacement

Well I totally screwed this one up. Nothing I said makes any sense. OOPS! That's what happens when you don't wear your glasses. haha. Maybe it has something to do with a doubler or add a zone type thing.

Thursday, February 7th 2019, 11:32pm

Author: mrfixit

Rain Bird Controller Replacement

I can't get your photos to work. Go to www.tinypic.com, upload your pics there then cut n paste the "forum" code to your post. The pictures will appear.

Thursday, January 31st 2019, 12:54am

Author: mrfixit

DVF100 is always open

Yeah that's weird. Is the diaphragm spring missing? Make sure the solenoid is snug clockwise. Look for debris inside the valve. See if the new diaphragm has any damage from closing on an object. If you can't figure it out, you know what to do. Yep, change the whole thing. I suppose the seat could be cracked. Have you looked at it closely with a flashlight?

Friday, January 11th 2019, 11:17pm

Author: mrfixit

What is this?

Go to www.tinypic.com, upload your pic there then cut n paste the "forum" code to your post. My eyes aren't good enough to see that tiny thing. Very clever on your part though.

Tuesday, December 18th 2018, 10:07pm

Author: mrfixit

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

You can totally rebuild your valves with new rubber and washers. Or you could buy something like this and swap the parts. The 3/4" should go on there if it's 3/4". valve That's an excellent price by the way.

Tuesday, December 18th 2018, 1:02am

Author: mrfixit

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

I'm not sure if those are 1" or 3/4". Here's a couple of kits to look at. Unscrew the anti-syphon cap and see what's inside. Maybe post a link to that pic. 3/4" 1" click on me

Monday, December 10th 2018, 6:16pm

Author: mrfixit

Older Febco 710-1

Go to www.tinypic.com, upload your pic there then cut n paste the "forum" code to your post.

Saturday, December 8th 2018, 2:47pm

Author: mrfixit

Control valve on one zone does not open properly (without help)

It's almost always the diaphragm on the 205. ON the old Richdel there's a white plastic piece holding the diaphragm together. It breaks off and the valve does exactly what you've described. I'm thinking you would have noticed that if that's the case. The white thing and the stainless steel washer would be missing. That valve is an easy rebuild. You've already done it twice. Just buy new parts and swap them out. Maybe since the valve's so old, just buy a new 205 and swap out the diaphragm and the...

Saturday, December 1st 2018, 5:19pm

Author: mrfixit

poly pipe repair

Is this it? Click on me When I posted this I didn't realize they were out of stock. Apparently they don't make them anymore that I could find. Look around on the net. There are many products that will solve your problem. Whenever I find an something's that's really useful, I'll buy a few of them for future use. Many times a product will disappear for various reasons. There probably wasn't enough demand for that union so they lost money.

Thursday, November 29th 2018, 10:03pm

Author: mrfixit

Winterized but controller still active

If you're on a pump that's running dry that could be a problem. But if you're just on city water then I wouldn't worry about it much. Just wait til spring and see what works. You don't want to pay to winterize twice. Maybe call the guy and see what he suggests. Maybe he'll come back and see if everything's working then re-winterize for free. You need to make him aware of the situation in case the pump burned up.

Friday, November 23rd 2018, 9:25pm

Author: mrfixit

Pool Company Cut 10 electrical wires

Ok let's try something. Write down your programming if need be because It may get erased. Do a factory reset as stated in your manual. Then, Take the back up battery out. Unplug the controller. Slide that switch to off and slide the modules out. Wait 5 minutes. Put the modules back in. Lock the modules in place by sliding that switch to on. Plug the controller back in. Put the back up batter back in. Now see if it works.

Tuesday, November 20th 2018, 10:46pm

Author: mrfixit

Zone runs briefly and then shuts off, over and over again

The water isn't causing the pulsing. So it floods when the sprinklers are running?

Tuesday, November 20th 2018, 7:44pm

Author: mrfixit

Pool Company Cut 10 electrical wires

It could be the common wire to those valves came off. Could be the water's shut off to those valves.

Tuesday, November 20th 2018, 7:42pm

Author: mrfixit

Zone runs briefly and then shuts off, over and over again

I ran across this just last week on a Rainbird valve. The solenoid was bad. I hadn't seen the pulsating like this before due to a solenoid. On off on off on off. Try disconnecting the wires from the solenoid of valve 11 then running it manually from the controller. Do you still get the fault? If not, change the solenoid.

Monday, November 19th 2018, 11:45pm

Author: mrfixit

Pool Company Cut 10 electrical wires

It sounds like a wiring issue. You should ask the guy to come back. I'd have you move the number 2 wire to the master valve/pump terminal but you said they were working fine when he left. Maybe one of his common wire connections came apart.

Wednesday, November 14th 2018, 8:03pm

Author: mrfixit

Rainbird ESP 16-LX Plus Controller can't switch between stations 1-8 and 9-16

Older Rainbird timers are famous for flickering on the wrong setting. Try tapping on the panel. Also try moving the switch from the bottom with a screwdriver. Maybe holding it to the left while you program. Once it's programmed it should work. If you can't get it working, It's time to replace it. You could try a factory reset but I doubt that'll do it. Make sure the grey ribbon connecting the faceplate to the circuit board isn't loose. Open the panel and push on it.

Wednesday, November 14th 2018, 2:55am

Author: mrfixit

Issues with only one zone.

It sounds like the valve is bad. Either rebuild it or replace it. It would help if you could find the make and model of the valve. Or, post a pic of it. Go to www.tinypic.com, upload your pic then cut n paste the "forum" code to your post.