Automated grounds watering (irrigation) systems that use heads to spray water over an area -- these are usually used with grass lawns or other turfed areas.

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Buzzing and leaking sprinkler valve

I noticed the other day that one of my sprinkler valves appears to be leaking. The valve still works, but when testing it I noticed the solenoid is also buzzing. I'm not sure if these two things are ...
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Is it normal for a 1" Lawn Sprinkler repair to leak only under pressure?

Using 4 steel radiator like bands, I replaced a section of underground lawn sprinkler black plastic pipe that runs over a septic drain field. Repair couplers do not leak until i press my foot down ...
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How do I winterize this sprinkler system

I am trying winterize my landscaping sprinklers. I just moved into my new house and find out this plumbing layout is quite different, I hooked up my 100psi air compressor and tried to blow them out ...
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Can I route an irrigation main through my basement?

I received estimates on getting an irrigation system installed in my back yard. The majority of the cost is for digging down to the house's line in the front of the house (4 feet deep), splitting the ...
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How can I complete these repairs to my sprinkler system?

I have two (hopefully small) repairs that I need to do for my system. Luckily most of it is in a control box, so it is easy to get at. Here's the setup: At the top was a valve that was broken, and ...
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running sprinkler wire over ground

I have a question about sprinkler wiring. The sprinkler timer is located on the front wall of my house (this was done by the previous owner) and I should run a wire from there to a sprinkler valve ...
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Can I install a sprinkler system timer underground?

I have a 4-zone sprinkler system. I had a construction crew at my house, and it appears they cut 1 of the 5 wires before pouring new concrete on top. Therefore, only 3 of the 4 sprinkler zones work. ...
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Sprinkler valve solenoids won't activate at manifold

For years, the automatic sprinklers in my house worked fine (they were there when I bought the house). A few months ago, I noticed that the station which controls drip irrigation for shrubs would not ...
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How can I get low water pressure in sprinkler system fixed?

I have a new house that is still under warranty. Compared to at least two of my neighbors whose houses were built by the same builder and have very similar sprinkler systems, my sprinklers put out ...
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Can I repair this crack in my sprinkler backflow preventer?

I have a crack in one part of my sprinkler backflow preventer/vacuum breaker. It looks a lot like this: Can I re-seal this crack? Or do I have to buy a whole new assembly?
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Manually turning on a sprinkler valve with bleed screw?

I am installing a new sprinkler valve system. Everything was pre-assembled with three valves, all I had to do was connect the incoming water and outgoing water. As part of the "testing" procedure it ...
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lawn sprinkler system pressure reducer settings?

my street water pressure is around 100 psi, my house pressure has a regulator on 70 psi. my yard sprinkler system is directly on my street water line before the house. I want to place pressure ...
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removing tree roots without stump grinder

I am installing a sprinkler system in my backyard but a thick tree root is crossing a pipe path. This tree was actually removed last year (cut & stump grinding) and the tree roots are the ...
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What is causing the last two heads in a sprinkler/irrigation system to have no water pressure?

Zone 2 of my irrigation system has 6 pop-up sprinkler heads but the last two do not pop up, nor is there any water coming from them at all. They are completely dry, even in the flex lines they are ...
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Repair sprinkler pipe

What is the best way to repair a pvc T joint that connects two 1 inch pipes and has a threaded half inch T extension, which has been stripped? I can't attach the sprinkler head to it without it ...
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Ideas on how to hide sprinkler wires?

Just figured out how to wire sprinklers (yay!) but I've left myself with this pretty ugly situation. I was thinking of hiding the wire below the stone, but I'm not sure how to hold it. Can I drill ...
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Is this Orbit Sprinkler Timer (Model 57894) compatible with Rainbird Valve(s)?

I recently purchased an Orbit Model # 57894, and I'm trying to use it with these Rainbird Valves. I've got it all setup and connected, however it won't turn on the sprinklers on schedule or on manual ...
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What could be causing water pressure drop with sprinklers?

My first issue is that when the sprinklers come on, there is a significant drop in water pressure in the sink, shower, etc. I checked the sprinkler lines and there are no obvious leaks (i.e. holes in ...
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How do I easily separate unglued PVC pipe from joints?

I've been retrofitting an existing PVC irrigation system around my house. Part of that work requires that I work in shallow holes adding T joints and elbows in places where there were none before. In ...
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How To Fix Severed Sprinkler Solenoid Wire?

I re-opened my sprinkler system this season to discover that one of the zones would not go off on it's own. After visually inspecting the valves, I see that the issue is that one of the two wires ...
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Cement Telescoping Portion of EV Span (slip) coupling

My sprinkler system had a cracked Tee connector which I replaced with a new Tee and 3 EZ span (slip) couplings (shown in pic) where one end of each coupling can telescope out. There doesn't seem to ...
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Automatic sprinkler valve will not shut off

I have a 3/4 inch inline automatic sprinkler valve that will not shut off, whether it is turned on electrically or by unscrewing the solenoid. It drives a drip line with about 15 heads, so the flow ...
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Sprinkler winterization

Looking for some help winterizing my sprinkler system I made a connector to hook up my air compressor and when I hook up the air it rushes out the pressure vacuum breaker instead of blowing out the ...
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Do i need a backflow preventer for drip irrigation system

A gardener just installed a drip irrigation system in my backyard. He didn't installed the back-flow preventer. When I asked him why, he told me for drip irrigation you don't need the back-flow ...
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Oops! I forgot the clamps when I fixed my sprinklers!

For the first time ever, I fixed a broken sprinkler pipe that a root had pushed through. After it was all put together and re-buried, I realized that I forgot to use clamps on the patch. I did test ...
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Missing cap on ceiling sprinkler

I found this sprinkler head in the ceiling of my new place with a cover cap missing - later I found the cap in a drawer. How would I go about replacing this? Is there a way to attach the original ...
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How do I attach a new Rain Sensor to my ancient Hydrotek sprinkler timer?

I am attaching a Toro RainSensor which has 1 red and 1 black wire to an old Hydrotek system. I am not sure where to put the wires. In the photos, the wires coming into the box from the left go to my ...
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dripping sound inside wall

I'll try to get everything in here, yet be concise. This is a 3-story building, plus basement/underground parking. I'm on the 2nd floor, studio. Same layout above and below. Exterior wall to ...
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How Can I fix a broken hose?

My wife and I recently bought a house, and we discovered there were buried hoses near all of our hose nozzles. We turned them on and to our surprise they were tied to sprinkler heads throughout the ...
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What fails in a centrifugal pump when it runs dry?

A 3/4 HP 10 GPM shallow well pump for irrigation ran dry for a couple hours due to a technical failure where a feeding valve mounted at the pump inlet blew out of its hole. All the water being pumped ...
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Is it OK to use a hair dryer on underground lawn sprinkler pipe?

Repairing black sprinkler pipe when it is chilly outside, i have used a hair dryer to make the plastic pipe more supple. Makes it much easier to fit the pipe over the repair couplers. Does the heat ...
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Why is no water coming out of my sprinklers despite the diaphragm valve working?

My sprinkler system has 4 zones. I have been turning them on at the diaphragm valve (looks like this: 1 zone has never worked. When you turn the valve switch on, you can hear the sounds of running ...
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Why would 2 different sprinkler zones cause pressure at the pump to drop to 0?

Why would 2 out of 3 sprinkler zones cause the pressure reading at the pump to drop to 0? This is a well irrigation system and it is separate from the home's well. The pump is a 3/4 HP, has a flow ...
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Rain Bird ESP-6 Sprinkler controller buttons no longer functioning—do I need a new controller?

I am trying to manually cycle through my sprinkler zones with my Rain Bird ESP-6 controller (from 1996), but the membrane button to manually cycle the zones does not work. In fact, none of the 4 ...
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Can I glue poly supply line to a connector?

I just bought a new house. The PVC connection to the foundation watering drip line snapped off because of ground movement. I bought several 1/2" parts (black) and connected the PVC back up to the ...
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Almost no pressure in sprinkler system, slight vibration in pipes

I just started setting up the sprinkler systems in a new house that I'm renting. The pressure in one of the systems is almost nonexistent, and the pipes that run to the irrigation system vibrate very ...
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How can I avoid excessive junk on inside junction, when cementing PVC sprinkler pipe?

I'm cementing some schedule 40 PVC pipe using the best instructions I could find ( http://www.tchristy.net/pdf/ChristysTechManual_v5_English.pdf ). The outside of each joint looks fine, but inside ...
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Distance between Sprinkler head and Air condition system

I'm planning to add Sprinkler system in office area which have a central air condition system. Does code specify how close air condition can be to the sprinklers head? What does minimum distance ...
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Can I winterize sprinklers by running them with the water off?

I am a new home owner and need to winterize (get the water out of the pipes of) my sprinkler system. I was planning on contacting a professional to help/show me how to do it. However, I was told by ...
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Which should be first, pressure reducer or backflow preventer?

Question pretty much says it all. I'm installing a sprinkler system in the yard, and discovered the pressure is too high (valves were leaking when on, and kick when turned on/off). I can see ...
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How do I replace a leaky secondary water valve?

Outside I have a leaky secondary water valve that seems to overfill whenever my secondary water is turned off. I don't have the slightest clue of how to replace this and would rather learn how to do ...
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Leaking sprinkler system area top of valve?

I noticed a small leak of water when I turned on the sprinkler system this year. The leak seems to be coming from the top of the pressure vacuum breaker. Note this is not the exact picture of what I ...
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How do I turn off this sprinkler valve?

We just purchased our home this summer, so I've never gone through the process of turning off the sprinklers for the winter (we're in Utah, so hard freezes are possible). The stop-and-waste valve is ...
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Why would a lawn irrigation pipe slope down to nothing and just end?

In my lawn sprinkler system, one of the PVC lines starts off at a normal depth around 6 inches but slopes down and ends up 2 feet down and leads to nothing. The pipe just ends, not even capped off. It ...
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I have a broken Rainbird APAS-100 valve, how can I fix it?

I have a Rainbird APAS-100 which has stopped consistently opening when powered. I've isolated the problem to something in the "AVA-1 Actuator & Piston Assembly" - Rainbird part 145235. However, ...
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Where is the pressure vacuum breaker typically located in a lawn irrigation system?

Where is the pressure vacuum breaker (or other backflow device) typically installed in a lawn irrigation system? Does it matter, as long as it is before the first sprinkler head? Or does it have to be ...
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How do I cap off / remove a single sprinkler head?

I have a corner in my yard that is getting too much water from the sprinkler system. The grass is drowning and moss is growing because it's constantly wet. The adjacent zone seems to throw enough ...
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Is it OK to leave an in-ground sprinkler “winterized” all summer?

My parents have an in-ground sprinkler system. It was winterized last fall. My father passed away and my mother is thinking of just not using it this year. We're wondering if leaving it "winterized" ...
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Even when I turn off the manual valve to back yard sprinkler system few sprikler heads are showing small valter flow?

Even when I turn off the manual valve to back yard sprinkler system few sprinkler heads are showing small water flow. Why is this?
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How can I get my stuck sprinkler heads to go down after watering?

I have an automatic water sprinkling system in my lawn. After it runs, some of the heads are still stuck in the up position. I will attach some photos. What can I do to ensure these heads go down ...