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These are Hose Guides. They're usually placed near deck posts and similar obstructions to stop your water hose from kinking when you pull it around a corner. They're also used near gardens to stop you dragging the hose through the garden and ruining your planting. Possibly this one:


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User Matthew is correct that a nipple extractor may help you salvage the tee. You need to check the threads in the Tee for any damage, since if the threads are scratched you may get a leak. If the tee is badly damaged If the tee can’t be reused, you will need to replace it. This part is readily available at any home-improvement store (but see below). ...


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That is a strainer wye. There is a metal mesh filter in there to trap sediment/debris; it can be removed and cleaned as necessary.


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There is a tool called a nipple extractor. It can be used to remove broken threaded parts just like this. You can find one online or from any irrigation supply or DIY retailer likely for under $15. You firmly press it into the broken part and turn to remove it.


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I'd try to go through the slab and then below it. Most slabs are 6" thick with gravel underneath. You can rent a concrete core drill for around $60 from home depot. Stick a hole in your slab. Then you can use something called a 'sidewalk sleever' to tunnel under the slab. Then install pipe (a little tricky due to the elbow, and fill your hole back up ...


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Pickets should not be in contact with the ground because they will hold back water like this and they will rot out very quickly. This should definitely be on the installer to fix. Additionally, the pickets should not be installed so tightly against each other that they're sealing water in. The pickets will expand and contract with humidity and need room to ...


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When drip irrigation connectors leak, it is usually because the hole that was punched into the 1/2" hose is too large. This can happen when you try to re-punch the hole because the 1st punch did not go all the through and you can't get your connector into the line. When you try to re-punch a hole it's extremely hard to get the punch in exactly the same ...


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I just stumbled upon this question because I had the same issue. This was one of the first google hits. Super old thread, but no satisfactory answer for me. The roundness of those plastic barbs is assumed, but definitely not justifiably so. The result is a round, or elliptical hole, and a round or elliptical barb. I found by simply twisting the barb ...


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You will need a concrete saw that has about a 12 or 14" diamond blade to cut all the way through the slab. These are a rental item. Ask the guy at the counter what would be the size of blade you need to cut it. These type of saws can have water feed to the blade so the blade stays cool, which is a safer way to cut, and practically eliminates all the dust ...


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Rather than "hose in pipe", use 200 PSI (if you want the tough stuff) black polyethylene pipe, and appropriate fittings, and no hose inside it. (Or schedule 80 pipe as suggested in comments, but IMPE black poly will take more abuse without leaking, and it's sun-resistant, for where it comes out of the ground.) For extra crush protection, butt it up ...


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Are the sprinkler heads attached to the underside of the supply line? The proper way to design this system would be to have the sprinkler attach to the top of the supply line instead of the bottom. With the sprinkler heads attached above the supply line, the most excess water that would be drained is the water in the short pipe above the sprinkler head.


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If the inlet valve (bottom, in your picture) isn't opened enough, or if the other valves aren't set right, there's not enough pressure to activate the backflow preventer, so water just spews out the top and/or sides. Check out this video on how to properly "turn on" the pressure-vacuum breaker (PVB).


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Whistling toilets after plumbing alterations which occurs continuously except when flushed most likely indicates that debris was dislodged and is now affecting proper seal of the fill valves. Turn off the water to each toilet, disassemble each fill valve, and give them a thorough flush by cracking the supply valve and letting water flow through, rinsing the ...


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3/4" solenoid valves use around 20 to 30 VA. to open. Look on the name plate and it should say what the VA. or watts is. You can buy a ( 120/208/240) input X 24 volt output transformer Rated at 60 va.for about $50.00. I saw on Amazon a Siemens MTO100C 120/208/240volt X 24 volt, 100VA. for about the same price.


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Simplest 100% legal way would be to make it use rain water directly from storage containers, and then a float valve that fills the rain barrel with city water if the water level gets below a certain level. This would also allow you to maintain an airgap between potable and non-potable water sources. You're losing the free water pressure from the city water, ...


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If your available tools include a sledgehammer, just use that, held vertically, head down, pick it up and drop it, repeatedly, every 2 or 3 inches of soil fill (you cannot effectively tamp thicker layers of soil with hand tools.) Forget the wood block.


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Yes, you want a water pressure gauge with a female hose thread. There are some on Amazon for less than US$10.


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The jet pump may have a failed jet or plugged with sediment , that you can feel vibration on the submersible would concern me that must be really in bad shape to feel movement.


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I decided to install an A.Y. McDonald 6001 series brass stop and waste valve (for example, on Amazon, ASIN B003MXYJOU). Such units are much more expensive than a common valve, and I was hoping to avoid that expense. However situations like mine are just what they're designed for. Reading other answers on the site, it is best to prioritize quality and ...


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I agree it seems redundant to use anti-siphon valves in combination with a backflow prevention device. But people don't always choose these valves because they needed the anti-siphon feature. Maybe the person who chose them just doesn't like operating or maintaining valves that are underground (harder to bend and reach) in a box full of spider webs. They ...


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I think your best improvement would come from adding the tee before the filter and running the new PEX to the sillcocks. I would hold off on replacing the sillcocks at the same time as adding the tee because you might not need to depending on the results from the tee. Plus, the 3/4" sillcocks might not fit through your brick walls. Do this in stages.


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Those pumps are rated in feet or meters of head pressure. Most submersible pumps similar to what you show are only rated to 15-20’ of head this is the equivalent of 7-10 psi or the maximum pressure it can develop. For that amountc of power it draws it probably has a fair volume. To get more pressure you usually have to sacrifice volume or add horse power. ...


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You've listed two different meters in your link: the M and the WMR. The M meter must be installed with the dial horizontal. The WMR meter can be installed in any direction with the flow upward in non horizontal positions. You need to determine which ones you actually have. I seriously doubt anyone here can answer your "inaccuracy" questions as it ...


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It turns out that, in this particular case, the splice was done correctly and there was no damage to the wire on either end of the splice. However, while splicing, the controller fell from a relatively high height and seems to have broken. When using a multimeter on the volts setting, I placed one probe on the common and another probe on the selected zone. ...


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To manually open these valves, gently twist the black cylinder with the wires counter-clockwise. To close them twist them back clockwise. I have the same valves and had to look it up myself.


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No! That is what the load side is for. An irrigation pump is a perfect use case for protection with GFCI: Outdoors Water Unlike a refrigerator, fire alarm panel, etc. not critical if it were to be shut off due to a GFCI trip (e.g., if something else plugged in tripped the GFCI - obviously if the pump itself tripped the GFCI that would be a good outcome). ...


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You can have any size line coming off - the likely issue being that your 3/4 main will be the limiting factor, or choke point. But by using larger pipe you ensure that it's the chokepoint, as opposed to having greater losses all over the system caused by your distribution pipes also being small. And you are ready if the main is ever increased to meet your ...


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If you still can't get those unglued pvc pieces apart, we found that a flathead screwdriver and a rubber mallet help loosen the pieces enough to be able to pull them apart.


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Champion Irrigation makes a valve called the PCL-100 which is compatible with the body from the APAS-100 (and a PCL-075 which ought to fit the body of the APAS-075), which are available as of this writing. The specific part that I got is the PCL-100-C (not sure what the C means and if the B model works in the same way). The valve fit perfectly onto the ...


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