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Old 01-08-2017, 08:33 AM   #1
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Dropped to 20 deg last night in Houston. This morning there was water squirting out from under a round cap on an outside pipe (pic). The cap lifts right off but I couldnt figure out how to stop the water so I turned it off.

What's broken and how do I fix it?
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That's a vacuum breaker for what looks like the feed to the sprinkler system. If it froze it probably broke and needs to be replaced.

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Always blows me away when I see plumbing like that ran outside like that, only a matter of time before it freezes.
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Is there a way to see if it is fatally damaged?

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Probably it is fatally damaged. Under the cap is a diaphragm, when I push down on it, I see that only one side is still attached.

Is the replacement a challenge? I see where the threads are ... just one wrench? Unscrew the nuts on the other side of the teflon tape and lift out the unit?

Or am I better off getting a repair kit like https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Heron-Re...ds=febco+765-1
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If you get real lucky you might fix it with a repair kit. Depending on what is broken you might be just buy a new one exactly the same and pull some guts out and put in the old one. Untill you open it up and look inside you won't know what is broke.

One wrench will not do it. You will need two, one on each side of the fitting you are unscrewing.
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If that valve broke, the system was not properly winterized. The valve is toast. Replace with entire new valve. Remember the $100 cost of the new part next fall and blow out your system.
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Just repair it.
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Just consider yourself lucky if that is the only problem.

You may still have broken lines in the rest of the system. You will not know until you run each zone next time.

You need to have the system blown out before any freezing temps. Or it could get real expensive replacing lines.

Worth the investment to buy your own compressor and do it each winter. Instead of what most do and pay a sprinklers company to winterize the system.
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I don't think he expected freezing temperatures in Houston Texas.
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I don't think he expected freezing temperatures in Houston Texas.
I'm noticing quite a number of posts regarding plumbing, heating, condensation, etc. from areas that probably don't normally see cold weather and aren't geared for it.

Possibly a brave new world.
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I'm noticing quite a number of posts regarding plumbing, heating, condensation, etc. from areas that probably don't normally see cold weather and aren't geared for it.

Possibly a brave new world.
Then evil Russian scientist predicted this 2 years ago. Yes we are going to experience colder temps.
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Thanks to advice given here I purchased a Blue Heron repair kit for $23, watched a youtube video and installed it. in 5 minutes The design of the new one is somewhat different than what was installed but the sprinklers are working fine now.
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... but the sprinklers are working fine now.
Just in time to winterise the system before it freezes again.

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That's awesome that you fixed it for less than $25! This weather in central/south Texas has been crazy.. It didn't even freeze last year and my pepper plants survived the winter. Not this year though.

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