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Friday, September 17th 2010, 9:27am

Rainbird valve stuck open

I have a 9 year old system that developed a stuck valve yesterday (stuck
open). The valves are rainbird 100dvf-a, which btw are hard to find. I
opened the control box and noticed water leaking from the valve, but not
gushing. While unscrewing the valve it came apart in pieces, which I'm
guessing it why it stuck open. The solenoid seems fine but I can tell
because it doesn't move, but does make a clicking noise when activated.
All of this happened when I was doing some maintenance. I'm wondering if
I caused it by advancing the zones too fast -- meaning they turn on/off
very quick as I index to the zone I want turned on. If this is the case
it's poor design by Rainbirds -- they should not allow a zone to be
turned on/off so quickly. Was wondering if anyone can comment as to what
might have caused this or is it just old age? Here are some photos of
the system

BTW, not sure why it says the link won't open. If you copy and paste it into the browser it works fine.

This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "subopt" (Sep 17th 2010, 9:33am)



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Friday, September 17th 2010, 3:07pm

The bonnet definetly needs replacing. That's the top half of the valve. If you can't find the exact same model it's ok. Take the top half and the innards off of this valve. The parts are identical.
It looks like there's debris in the valve. You'll want to get that out of there.


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Saturday, September 18th 2010, 1:05pm

Thanks for the suggestion. I suppose it's only a matter of time before the others start failing too!

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