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How to unclog a sprinkler system valve



 
 
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Old July 24th 07, 02:18 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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Default How to unclog a sprinkler system valve

I was able to get the sprinkler system line repaired and now I have a
valve stuck open. I know I had to do this many years ago but I don't
remember the details. I just tried unscrewing the cap for the valve in
the valve box and much of it came apart, but I wasn't sure what to do
with it at that point. So, I just put it back together and it seemed
like it worked! For a few minutes anyway, then it clogged again. I
guess I'll just go open it up again.

When I unscrew the assembly, the top of the valve come off and I see a
black membrane with a tiny little metal tube in the center. Am I
supposed to disassemble this further to get to what's underneath the
membrane? I don't remember, and I don't want to damage the membrane by
doing something it's not intended to do. Does it just pop off with a
flat screwdriver? I'm tempted to try, but I won't use much force. I
don't want to break the valve because then I absolutely would have to
have someone come out to repair it.

Any thoughts?

Thanks!
John

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Old July 24th 07, 02:22 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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Default How to unclog a sprinkler system valve

On Jul 23, 7:18 pm, "
wrote:
I was able to get the sprinkler system line repaired and now I have a
valve stuck open. I know I had to do this many years ago but I don't
remember the details. I just tried unscrewing the cap for the valve in
the valve box and much of it came apart, but I wasn't sure what to do
with it at that point. So, I just put it back together and it seemed
like it worked! For a few minutes anyway, then it clogged again. I
guess I'll just go open it up again.

When I unscrew the assembly, the top of the valve come off and I see a
black membrane with a tiny little metal tube in the center. Am I
supposed to disassemble this further to get to what's underneath the
membrane? I don't remember, and I don't want to damage the membrane by
doing something it's not intended to do. Does it just pop off with a
flat screwdriver? I'm tempted to try, but I won't use much force. I
don't want to break the valve because then I absolutely would have to
have someone come out to repair it.

Any thoughts?

Thanks!
John


Crap. I just remembered that I forgot to put the spring back in. :-)
I'd better go do that. heh heh....

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Old July 24th 07, 02:36 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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Default How to unclog a sprinkler system valve

On Jul 23, 7:22 pm, "
wrote:
On Jul 23, 7:18 pm, "
wrote:



I was able to get the sprinkler system line repaired and now I have a
valve stuck open. I know I had to do this many years ago but I don't
remember the details. I just tried unscrewing the cap for the valve in
the valve box and much of it came apart, but I wasn't sure what to do
with it at that point. So, I just put it back together and it seemed
like it worked! For a few minutes anyway, then it clogged again. I
guess I'll just go open it up again.


When I unscrew the assembly, the top of the valve come off and I see a
black membrane with a tiny little metal tube in the center. Am I
supposed to disassemble this further to get to what's underneath the
membrane? I don't remember, and I don't want to damage the membrane by
doing something it's not intended to do. Does it just pop off with a
flat screwdriver? I'm tempted to try, but I won't use much force. I
don't want to break the valve because then I absolutely would have to
have someone come out to repair it.


Any thoughts?


Thanks!
John


Crap. I just remembered that I forgot to put the spring back in. :-)
I'd better go do that. heh heh....


Well, I went to put the spring back in and the membrane came out
easily. That was when I found a freaking 1/4-inch screw stuck inside
the valve! I took it out, replaced the spring and put it back
together. It's still not working quite right, though. The valve
doesn't completely shut off and I can't figure out why. I'm going to
let it run for a little bit because my yard needs the water, but then
I'll have to shut off the main supply valve to the system and then
figure out what to do with that sticky valve.

Thanks,
John

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Old July 24th 07, 04:52 AM posted to alt.home.repair
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Default How to unclog a sprinkler system valve


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ups.com...
On Jul 23, 7:22 pm, "
wrote:
On Jul 23, 7:18 pm, "
wrote:



I was able to get the sprinkler system line repaired and now I have a
valve stuck open. I know I had to do this many years ago but I don't
remember the details. I just tried unscrewing the cap for the valve in
the valve box and much of it came apart, but I wasn't sure what to do
with it at that point. So, I just put it back together and it seemed
like it worked! For a few minutes anyway, then it clogged again. I
guess I'll just go open it up again.


When I unscrew the assembly, the top of the valve come off and I see a
black membrane with a tiny little metal tube in the center. Am I
supposed to disassemble this further to get to what's underneath the
membrane? I don't remember, and I don't want to damage the membrane by
doing something it's not intended to do. Does it just pop off with a
flat screwdriver? I'm tempted to try, but I won't use much force. I
don't want to break the valve because then I absolutely would have to
have someone come out to repair it.


Any thoughts?


Thanks!
John


Crap. I just remembered that I forgot to put the spring back in. :-)
I'd better go do that. heh heh....


Well, I went to put the spring back in and the membrane came out
easily. That was when I found a freaking 1/4-inch screw stuck inside
the valve! I took it out, replaced the spring and put it back
together. It's still not working quite right, though. The valve
doesn't completely shut off and I can't figure out why. I'm going to
let it run for a little bit because my yard needs the water, but then
I'll have to shut off the main supply valve to the system and then
figure out what to do with that sticky valve.


Did the screw ding the valve seat?

Bob


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Old July 24th 07, 04:47 PM posted to alt.home.repair
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Default How to unclog a sprinkler system valve

On Jul 23, 9:52 pm, "Bob F" wrote:
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ups.com...



On Jul 23, 7:22 pm, "
wrote:
On Jul 23, 7:18 pm, "
wrote:


I was able to get the sprinkler system line repaired and now I have a
valve stuck open. I know I had to do this many years ago but I don't
remember the details. I just tried unscrewing the cap for the valve in
the valve box and much of it came apart, but I wasn't sure what to do
with it at that point. So, I just put it back together and it seemed
like it worked! For a few minutes anyway, then it clogged again. I
guess I'll just go open it up again.


When I unscrew the assembly, the top of the valve come off and I see a
black membrane with a tiny little metal tube in the center. Am I
supposed to disassemble this further to get to what's underneath the
membrane? I don't remember, and I don't want to damage the membrane by
doing something it's not intended to do. Does it just pop off with a
flat screwdriver? I'm tempted to try, but I won't use much force. I
don't want to break the valve because then I absolutely would have to
have someone come out to repair it.


Any thoughts?


Thanks!
John


Crap. I just remembered that I forgot to put the spring back in. :-)
I'd better go do that. heh heh....


Well, I went to put the spring back in and the membrane came out
easily. That was when I found a freaking 1/4-inch screw stuck inside
the valve! I took it out, replaced the spring and put it back
together. It's still not working quite right, though. The valve
doesn't completely shut off and I can't figure out why. I'm going to
let it run for a little bit because my yard needs the water, but then
I'll have to shut off the main supply valve to the system and then
figure out what to do with that sticky valve.


Did the screw ding the valve seat?

Bob


I don't know. It was just laying inside there when I removed the
membrane. I didn't see anything else physically wrong, but I don't
really know what to look for.

I have another problem. After running the water for a little while my
valve box was filling with water. I've obviously got a leak but there
was too much water in there for me to see where it was coming from. I
may just have to bite the bullet and get someone out to fix it. I'll
definitely be in over my head if any repairs have to be done in the
valve box area.

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Old July 25th 07, 07:24 PM posted to alt.home.repair
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Default How to unclog a sprinkler system valve


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ups.com...
On Jul 23, 9:52 pm, "Bob F" wrote:
wrote in message

ups.com...



On Jul 23, 7:22 pm, "
wrote:
On Jul 23, 7:18 pm, "
wrote:


I was able to get the sprinkler system line repaired and now I have a
valve stuck open. I know I had to do this many years ago but I don't
remember the details. I just tried unscrewing the cap for the valve in
the valve box and much of it came apart, but I wasn't sure what to do
with it at that point. So, I just put it back together and it seemed
like it worked! For a few minutes anyway, then it clogged again. I
guess I'll just go open it up again.


When I unscrew the assembly, the top of the valve come off and I see a
black membrane with a tiny little metal tube in the center. Am I
supposed to disassemble this further to get to what's underneath the
membrane? I don't remember, and I don't want to damage the membrane by
doing something it's not intended to do. Does it just pop off with a
flat screwdriver? I'm tempted to try, but I won't use much force. I
don't want to break the valve because then I absolutely would have to
have someone come out to repair it.


Any thoughts?


Thanks!
John


Crap. I just remembered that I forgot to put the spring back in. :-)
I'd better go do that. heh heh....


Well, I went to put the spring back in and the membrane came out
easily. That was when I found a freaking 1/4-inch screw stuck inside
the valve! I took it out, replaced the spring and put it back
together. It's still not working quite right, though. The valve
doesn't completely shut off and I can't figure out why. I'm going to
let it run for a little bit because my yard needs the water, but then
I'll have to shut off the main supply valve to the system and then
figure out what to do with that sticky valve.


Did the screw ding the valve seat?

Bob


I don't know. It was just laying inside there when I removed the
membrane. I didn't see anything else physically wrong, but I don't
really know what to look for.

I have another problem. After running the water for a little while my
valve box was filling with water. I've obviously got a leak but there
was too much water in there for me to see where it was coming from. I
may just have to bite the bullet and get someone out to fix it. I'll
definitely be in over my head if any repairs have to be done in the
valve box area.


The only way to learn to swim is being willing to get in over your head. What
can you lose?

Water leaks aren't rocket surgery.

Bob


 




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