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Old 03-26-2013, 02:06 PM   #16
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So it turns out the controller is going totally bad. I was told that is causing the leaking for the drip irrigation zone that just started to happen. So I am ordering the timer right now. Next up is that it looks like one of the valves is leaking too for the sprinklers. How hard is to replace a 3/4" brass valve? I am getting a quote of $120 to do that and seems like this should be something that I can do myself.
Depends. Changing valves isn't hard, it's the amount of working space that can be a challenge. Can you post a pic of the valve and the area.

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Pics attached. Went to Home Depot and wasn't really clear what I need to be buying.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:32 PM   #18
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Do you know where the leak is? Is it leaking at the heads or at the valve. If you can determine the make and model of the valve, the diaphragm can be changed vs. replacing the whole valve. The 8ish screws on top are removed to get to the diaphragm. The water supply needs to be turned off when you do it.
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The valve is Superior. Can I just turn the water off, take the 8 screws off and take something into a hardware store?

How would I be able to tell where the leak is coming from? The guy who came by to give us a quote thought it was the brass valve that needed to be replaced.

This thread has been really helpful. I ended up buying a $70 Rain Bird controller from Home Depot and now everything works right. I kept losing out on getting the ESP modular from the cheaper store on Amazon. So I figured why not try something local. No more loud clicking from the drip station. Everything works once again. I also found a video on youtube explaining how to adjust the Rain Bird Maxi Paw sprinklers to get the proper areas watered again and that was as easy as moving the springs and flipping a spring inside the unit.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:43 PM   #20
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Yes to shutting off the water. You may find parts locally but may have to buy online.

I would start with changing the diaphragm. That let's the water through.

If you wind up buying online and the parts vs whole valve difference isn't huge get the valve. You can cannibalize it for parts or just replace the old one. The logic is to save on shipping if the diaphragm isn't the issue.
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:07 PM   #21
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Any idea of how to get the model number? I also don't know which is the valve that is the problem.
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Any idea of how to get the model number? I also don't know which is the valve that is the problem.
If it's not stamped on the valve somewhere, you may need to match it by picture. Search for Superior Sprinkler valve.

Manually open the valve with the handle on top of the valve so you can determine which zone it controls.
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Got the repair kit locally. As I tried to take off the valve adapter by turning the neck I snapped the PVC pipe going from valve to sprinklers. The water is now shut off.
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Bummer. The pvc repair should be easy-- coupler, piece of pipe and male adapter.
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I was so happy to hear the adapter make a snapping sound. But then noticed the PVC was still attached!!! I think at this point my DIY is done. Like clockwork, the next few days I have no more time. Still saved some decent money doing the rest myself and learned how to control most everything in the yard now. Probably shouldn't have done this with meetings lined up for the rest of the week. Thanks for all your help, at least I sort of know what to do when the next one goes bad.
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You're welcome. Once you understand the basic concepts it's pretty easy. Should you need more help, just let me know.
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I basically left a message on every landscaping place on Angies List and the only one to call me back can't come out in any form of realistic time.

So I have a dremel to cut the PVC pipe I broke with a straight cut. Not sure if that is the proper tool to cut PVC. What else would I need to fix the pipe? I have never worked with PVC, so this is all new to me. So a coupler, a piece of pipe, and male adapter. Then cement and telfon tape? Should I buy anything else?
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You got it. You can cut PVC with anything. A dremel will make it easy. Can you post a picture of what's left in the ground and what broke off?
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Got the plumber to come out and its all taken care of. He said I basically had one last step to get the adapter apart. Had to use vice grips to take get the adapter out of the other brass piece. Any reason to get the Rain Bird ESP Modular over the Rain Bird controller from Home Depot?
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Got the plumber to come out and its all taken care of. He said I basically had one last step to get the adapter apart. Had to use vice grips to take get the adapter out of the other brass piece. Any reason to get the Rain Bird ESP Modular over the Rain Bird controller from Home Depot?
Great! Do you know the model from HD? As long as the timer meets your needs go for it. Think ahead if you might need to expand. If so, make sure you have space left in the timer for additional zones.

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