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valve manifold and box DIY?

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I am moving and replacing my valve manifold. I was thinking it would be nice to have the manifold sit on something other than dirt or rock so if a valve needed replaced it would not be such a pain. was thinking of some sort of mat? one that lets water through. of course I have never needed to replace a valve yet but as long as its going in new I would like to make it easier if it happens.

Second, the valve box. I have 6 maybe going to 7 or 8 zones/valves and that feels like too many valve boxes and maybe too much cost.
So I have been wondering about making one large box. treated wood? concrete? topping it is important it will be very visable so the lid needs to be preferably not too noticeable and durable. the valves and lines will be about 2 feet below grade.
So input on how to make a box and lid or why not.

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Why are you going to be that deep?

if you are below the freeze line you don't freeze. it was work but so many people I know have had multiple problems with theirs and I have had none. just sprinkler heads issues.
the lines are already in many years ago I am moving the valves.
I appreciate this. it seems you and i are the only ones to ever think of building a box.

pvc boards are new to me.
the box if I build it would have to have walls deep enough. I will look for these boards I like that.

in ground sprinklers were still not real common here, kinda, and info was limited except lots of complaints, freezing breaking etc.. I was told something close to 2 feet was definitely below the freeze line and those who went deep didn't have much trouble. I did not consider bowing them out that too wasn't very common.
it was extra work but am glad how I did it all as has been mostly trouble free.
I guess I have. I am moving my valves to a better location. the old setup was maybe 20 years old. there have been several hard cold freezes here.
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