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Thread: Which way/direction does the PVB Test Cock needs to be facing?

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    DIY Junior Member greenbaypackersfan's Avatar
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    Default Which way/direction does the PVB Test Cock needs to be facing?

    Hi,
    Now that the Sprinkler System has been properly turned on, I was wondering which way should the PVB test cock needs to be facing.
    Mine looks almost like this one here in the link below
    http://www.aceflowcontrol.com/pvb01natural.jpg

    As you can see, the PVB Test cocks are below the PVB on the right and has 2 of them. Each of the PVB T.C. has 2 screws and both in the direction of an " I " . I was told that it needs to be in the " I " direction during the spring and fall season and after you winterized it, needs to turn these scres to " ---" direction to open them? While keeping the valves in the same flow direction as the pipes in the spring/summer and in 45 degree angle in the winter.

    is that correct? Please educate me

    thanks

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    When the "handle" is parallel to it's pipe the valve is OPEN. When it is perpendicular to it's pipe, the valve is CLOSED.

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    ^ No, I believe you are referring to the vavle on the pipe, I'm talking about the PVB Test Cocks. The little screws on the PVB Tests

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    These are easy. If there is water coming out of the test cocks they are open. If you turn them (with a slot screwdriver) so that the water stops, they are closed.

    Mick

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    lol I know the "I" in the screw slot means closed. During the spring/summer season, they need to be closed, but what about the winter time when the system has been winterized? Do I keep it closed or open them?

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    The same as all Ball valves, keep them at 45Deg. - 1/2 open, 1/2 closed. I would also put a cover over it to keep out small critters and dirt, snow.

    Mick

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