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Topic by Dan Lyke posted 10-20-2008 11:44 PM 4987 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dan Lyke

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10-20-2008 11:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question yard plumbing parts landscaping irrigation valve

This may be better suited to GardenTenders (which I haven’t logged into yet), but… does anyone have suggestions for irrigation control valves? I’ve got 4 Irritrol valves and 3 Orbit valves (sold as a 3 wide manifold), and both of them seem to leak a little dribble in about half the valves, and the Orbit valves spit out water when the pressure behind them changes suddenly (ie: I turn on the hose).

If there’s something I could do smarter, or a different brand of valve I could buy, I’d love to hear about it!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/



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Karson

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10-21-2008 01:05 AM

Dan:

Is it leaking around the packing where the stem goes through the nut up to the handle. Usually you can tighten the nut which compresses the packing material so that it has a tighter fit against the stem of the valve.

Now not knowing what you have there might not be an on/off handle, but it you are getting leakage I’d hope that it is a tightening problem and not a defective item,

-- Retired in Delaware

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Kindlingmaker

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10-22-2008 11:52 PM

I have used Rachel (sp) valves for a few decades and found them to both reliable and inexpensive.

-- What do you mean I can't use a coat hanger for 12 ga wire?

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Dan Lyke

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10-23-2008 01:54 AM

Karson, I’m actually suspicious that my water pressure might be too high. I need to find the gauge and check again, but I remember doing all of the calculations that the landscaping resources said I needed, and thinking “if I have 35PSI I can do this the easy way”, checking it, and being at 90PSI or so.

Kidlingmaker, I’m not finding a “Rachel” valve. I’ve looked around under “Rachel”, “Rachle”, “Reichel”, “Reichle” and “Riechel”, and found nothing. If you can come up with more details, I’m interested!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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Kindlingmaker

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10-24-2008 04:20 PM

The more popular name is “Lawn Genie”.

-- What do you mean I can't use a coat hanger for 12 ga wire?

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Dan Lyke

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10-24-2008 05:51 PM

Thanks. And, regarding your signature, why not? A few turns of electrical tape and you’ve got plenty of insulation on that coat hanger wire…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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