I'm drowning in sorrow, water, frustration...
June 16, 2012 5:07 PM Subscribe
I have been battling with the sprinkler system at my house for almost a year (previously on MeFi)
and I am about to give up as it appears that it has gotten the better of me, here is a brief history...
When we moved in the outdoor watering system was a mess, there were drip lines on 24 hours a day, many of the sprinkler valves were not working properly, etc. I have spent many hours fixing, replacing and getting a better understanding of what is going on out there, I found multiple system and wiring all dead from neglect, quite a mess.
posted by silsurf to Home & Garden (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Today I would like to say that it is all running smoothly and perfectly.
I have mapped out all the sprinklers and the watering lines, I have removed old vestigial systems, I have blocked off areas that we do not want to water and I have replaced about 80 of the valve heads with news ones.
Up until recently things were looking pretty good. All the valves were working properly and it seemed I had finally done a good thing for our house which spent 22 years neglected before we moved in.
A few weeks ago I changed out a few more valves and since then things have gone haywire. IN a nutshell two of the three "circuits" I have seems to be under pressured, and even more confusing is that one of them half the circuit is perfect and then all the sudden the valves all are just sputtering and cannot fully extend.
Before I go nuts, I would love to find out anything I can about how to really troubleshoot this situation, here is what I know.
Water pressure at the house is great.
Five weeks ago they were all working great.
There are no broken lines as far as I can tell, certainly nothing obvious, no sink holes or muddy areas.
There are three circuits we are using at the house. Ones works fine.
One has half that works fine and then the rest all sputter and cannot getting started
The third circuit works if I cover one of the valves and keep it closed and allow the other ones to open completely. This would seem like a pressure thing, but I am pretty sure it is not.
Oh please help me not lose my mind over this. And if all else fails, who do I actually call to figure this thing out for me once and for all?