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    To jimbo, You are right because an activated...

    To jimbo,
    You are right because an activated solenoid retracts.
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    My entire response to rayh 78 did not appear in...

    My entire response to rayh 78 did not appear in the post.
    Water pressure is required to open and close a valve. Electricity is just the automated way.
    Turning off the electricity will NOT open the...
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    To rayh 78, Do you leave your water turned on?...

    To rayh 78,
    Do you leave your water turned on?
    If you turn your water off, how do you know if the valve is open or closed??
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    First answer - How does the water get into the...

    First answer - How does the water get into the upper chamber in the first place?
    The solenoid stops the flow from the lower chamber lowering the pressure, the manual bleed releases water from the...
  5. You have many unknowns here. Was the system...

    You have many unknowns here.
    Was the system installed commercially?
    Where on your property are you planning on adding zones in relation to where your existing zones are?
    Do you have enough...
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    Extend the irrigation line past the last head. At...

    Extend the irrigation line past the last head. At that point install a valve box to accomodate a garden hose connection attached to the irrigation line. Using adapters, connect your air compressor at...
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    The best person to start up your irrigation...

    The best person to start up your irrigation system is the person who winterized it. Usually......
  8. You must have extensive landscaping in your front...

    You must have extensive landscaping in your front yard with such a high number of misting (fixed spray) heads. More often, most irrigation is done with rotating spray heads. Do stay away from the...
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    Clean off the pipe. There might be some printed...

    Clean off the pipe. There might be some printed info on it.
    Was the system installed commercailly? If it was, the pipe is very possibly black in color or less likely green or blue.
    If the system...
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    1. Close all valves and test cocks on the...

    1. Close all valves and test cocks on the backflow
    2. Turn water source on (easy does it) all the way
    3. Program you controller for a short (4-5 Min.) watering cycle. Start it up.
    4. On the PVB...
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    Have someone calculate the TDH (Total Dynamic...

    Have someone calculate the TDH (Total Dynamic Head) for your location.
    This is a combination of GPM, vertical lift, distance, pipe material, and pipe diameter. Talk with your local irrigation...
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    The Rainbird 42SA comes pre-nozzeled with 3 GPM....

    The Rainbird 42SA comes pre-nozzeled with 3 GPM. You did not say how many heads you have on each zone. With 12 GPM at the source (where the water exits the structure), you should have no more than 4...
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    Did you get any dirt in the valves in the...

    Did you get any dirt in the valves in the rebuilding process? Are all the solenoids screwed in tightly into the valves? Are all the manual bleeders shut? Disconnect the controller from the power...
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    Help the pump out. After you have primed it also...

    Help the pump out.
    After you have primed it also fill the lake suction hose also.
    If worse comes to worse, your check valve by your lake screen may be stuck shut.
  15. Did you try turning the water back on after zone...

    Did you try turning the water back on after zone 2 shut down?
    Sometimes the valves will just stick the first time...if you are lucky.
    Try cleaning the valve first (paying closes attention to be...
  16. The Watts PVB may not be as old as you think. The...

    The Watts PVB may not be as old as you think. The do weather. The model you have in my opinion is one of the better ones made. Slightly more expensive than the Febco or Wilkins, but in the long run,...
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    An electrician can track the low voltage wires...

    An electrician can track the low voltage wires from your controller to the valve(s) in just minutes.
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    Rainbird, Toro, Irritrol, Hunter - all have...

    Rainbird, Toro, Irritrol, Hunter - all have similar problems.
    Other posters have addressed the obvious problem - the diaphram.
    Another possibility is an obstrution (sand, dirt, ect.) in the small...
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    Your lawn professional person was correct. It is...

    Your lawn professional person was correct. It is slightly more complicated than the other posters stated.
    Major components to the irrigation valve.
    1 The valve body
    2 The lower camber
    3 The upper...
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