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What are these funnel-looking green things in my yard?

There are 5 or 6 of these funnels on stakes in my back yard from the previous owner. Are they insect bait/poison stations? Repellent stations for chipmunks? (not working in that case!)
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How can this older-style irrigation tee be replaced?

This reducer tee had a right-angle piece break off inside of it for a feeder line. I tried cutting the black broken piece inside of the reducer section without success. I'm used to schedule-40 PVC, ...
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What is this part near the entry point to my irrigation system

Here is the overall view of the valve access box: The valve is turned off because the pipe directly after the valve has come loose from the valve. I'd like to repair this, but I'm not sure what the ...
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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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Drilling “misting” pin holes in PVC

I built raised gardens this year and added cheap DIY PVC irrigation. I used a 1/16" drill bit and drilled several holes in 1/2" PVC pipe. The 1/16" drill bit was the smallest I had but the holes ...
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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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Charging Irrigation System, Can I Do This Myself?

Every spring some company comes out and "charges" our sprinkler system. Can someone explain what this is and whether or not this is something I can do? It basically seems like they come out, turn on ...
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How can I stop a barbed coupler from leaking?

This seems to be a common issue (drip line barbed couplers leaking) and I can't find any answers about this online. I'm wondering how others have fixed leaks in the fittings that are supposed to just ...
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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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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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What should I do with exposed wires from a yard irrigation manifold?

We just had a new backyard put in by a contractor with 20+ years of experience. Overall, he did a very nice job, but apparently the Rain Bird timer that came with our house is a new model and it gave ...
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Why did my febco backflow preventer fail?

I'm working as a handyman for a non-profit, and they have an in-ground irrigation system that has been off for a while because "there was a geyser." I successfully determined that the geyser was ...
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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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Irrigation backflow preventer spigot location question.

I'm not sure if this is the right category to post this so here goes. Long story short I am getting ready to install my backflow preventer, Zurn 34-720A Wilkins Pressure Vacuum, on my DIY irrigation ...
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What is the easiest way to cut a 2 inch groove in concrete?

I have a 5 foot wide concrete side-walk running next to my house. I want to cut a 2 inch groove from the wall to the yard in order to run a PVC irrigation pipe from the faucet on the wall to the trees....
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Draining irrigation system for the winter

What's the best way to drain an outdoor irrigation system, which includes sprinklers and drip irrigation? I've drained them as well as I could by opening a faucet in the basement (a few feet below ...
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How to expand my irrigation system

I would like to add an additional zone to my 4 zone irrigation system. I wondering if I can just add another manifold to my current setup. Below is what it looks like. The problem I think I will run ...
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Why would capping one sprinkler zone cause my toilets to whistle?

Ever since they capped one of the sprinkler zones in an area that no longer needs watering, two of my toilets start whistling when the sprinklers are running and only stop when I flush them. How can ...
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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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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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Can I connect a water hose to an irrigation system?

I am planing to install water lines as you can see in the picture. Right now I I have a water hose that runs along the house, I am referring to the segment that goes along the wall between the patio ...
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How can I fix a leaking sprinkler valve?

My sprinkler valve leaks water as soon it shuts off. By checking online and going to Home Depot first I installed new inside parts, that didn't solve the problem. then I was told that I had to replace ...
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Troubleshooting sprinkler system pressure

Just moved into a new house and am trying to figure out the sprinkler system. The house was built in the 60's and it appears (Found the manual for the pump) the irrigation system was installed then as ...
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Use rainwater to partly supply a sprinkler irrigation system?

I'd like to start capturing rainwater and using it to help supply the irrigation system I already have. It's a standard Rainbird sprinkler system that runs on full pressure water supplied by the city. ...
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Valve to select higher pressure water source

I'm trying to build an irrigation system which runs off city water supply and pumped water from a rainwater storage tank. To keep it simple, the idea is to have the sprinkler timer open a valve from ...
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What requirements should I look for in an air compressor to clear irrigation lines?

I'm considering purchasing an air compressor to blow out my own sprinklers each winter. (vs paying to have someone else do it) I watched the tech do it last year, and it seemed pretty straightforward. ...
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Filling in a small ditch

I have a small ditch that I dug to route some water. It turns out that it does not work, so I was wanting to fill it back in. The ditch is about a foot deep in some places. Can I compact new topsoil ...
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How do I run PEX to exterior plumbing?

I am replacing some failed galvanized water pipe indoors. Two of the existing galvanized pipes poke straight through the exterior wall of the house, right above the foundation, and have hose bibs ...
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Is there a commodity 3 or 4 way valve that can be electrically controlled?

I live out here in the San Francisco bay area where it doesn't rain in the summer. So I want to make an automated plant watering device. I already have a water pump intended for solar water heating ...
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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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Running irrigation pipes under a large concrete pad

I'm planning on redoing the irrigation system in the back yard and considering extending it to cover the front yard as well. My only problem, the house is completely surrounded by a concrete patio. ...
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How can I test if a PVC irrigation pipe is in use?

While digging in the yard I came across 2 PVC pipes. I broke one of them. I then ran the irrigation and discovered that (luckily) the one that I broke is old and no longer in use. The other I don't ...
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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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Should I use Teflon tape or pipe dope when connecting PVC to metal?

I am in the process of repairing PVC pipe, which was broken due to freezing. I'll be connecting the PVC pipe to a metal check valve. Should I use Teflon tape or pipe dope when connecting PVC to metal?...
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How to fix hole in yard with/from burst irrigation pipe?

I had the end cap crack on a 2" irrigation line buried 1-2' underground. It sprayed downwards, clearing away 2' of dirt vertically (3-4' total downward now). I found an area about 3-4' away from this ...
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Can 22 AWG Solid Copper carry 24 VAC?

I have this irrigation caddy unit, and it requires 24VAC. There's a location outside my house with one ethernet cable and another brown cable with four solid copper wires (black, red, yellow, green). ...
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Irrigation sprinkler only comes on for a moment?

I recently had a tree removed, and in the process of grinding the surface roots they broke one of the irrigation lines. I dug out around it and fixed the pipe with a slip fix, but now I'm having an ...
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Should an irrigation manifold/valve box be situated in the yard (centipede) or landscaping (pine straw)?

In fixing a broken irrigation system, the manifold and all valves have been disconnected and will be relocated in at least some way. The previous setup used round access portals and was neglected for ...
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Do I need a pump for my sprinkler zones that are minus 70 feet elevation?

I have a water tank on a hill and some lawns to water at the bottom of the hill. The pipe that connects those two is a 2.5" pipe (yes, really) and when I attach a pressure gauge at the bottom of this ...
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130 PSI- Irrigation system, water line in house

Had irrigation system installed 2 months ago. Due to location of meter and PRV, the POC was after PRV. After done was told pressure too low even though static pressure was at 63psi, dynamic flow was ...
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What size RPBP/RPZ should I use for a 3/4" city water meter?

A friend has a 3/4" (0.75") water meter at their 1.3 ac property. We want to do some fertigation with their irrigation so we're looking at a Reduced Pressure Backflow Preventer. The main line for the ...
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Off-Grid Garden Irrigation Pump/Plumbing Question

I am trying to design a system for irrigation of a garden area that has no access to grid electricity, but does have a 24V solar system. There is a spring/seep with a tank at relative elevation 0. ...
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Winterize Sprinkler System

I cannot find a service in northern NJ to winterize my sprinkler system for less than $100, so I want to try doing it myself, I just don't want to break anything. I've watched a few youtube videos, ...
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Extending Length of Air Conditioning Drain Pipe

I live in a multi apartment building. All the neighbors has AC. Many AC's has condensation drainage pipes which descent into the common garden and are cut at about two meters above ground. Others are ...
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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 trace my irrigation system without any sprinkler heads?

I just bought a home in Arizona that came with an irrigation system in the backyard. There are no sprinkler heads so I have no clue where the lines are. How can I get info on where to plant based on ...
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How can I get my sprinkler / home irrigation system to not ruin my car with water spots? [closed]

I have a sprinkler system (i.e. irrigation system) at home. Occasionally I park my car too close and it gets hit with the water. This causes horrible water spots. I've seen that some do-it-yourself ...
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What size transformer do I need to power a ¾" 24VAC solenoid valve?

I am trying to automate the irrigation and I read that buying a 24 VAC solenoid valve normally closed would be the best. 12V ones being less reliable due to heat and the big-AC ones clearly not ...
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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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How to *Lower* an Underground Pop-Up Impact Sprinkler Head

I have replaced a broken Orbit Satellite Sprinkler head with an Orbit Satellite II sprinkler head. In their wisdom, Orbit has made the Satellite II about a half to a full inch longer than its ...