A common problem in garden reticulation systems is solenoids sticking open. Read on for some DIY tips.
A customer that rang yesterday has reticulation off the mains and one of his solenoid valves was sticking open. His sprinklers were stuck on continuously unless he turned his water meter off. We explained over the phone how to locate their isolation gate valve so he could turn off just his reticulation system until the problem was fixed.
HERE is a great “how to” find the solenoid valve guide with lots of facts and information of finding lost solenoids and what to do if they are sticking open. It also contains tips on where the main retic shut off valve or tap should be,
The customer sent us this picture once they had found the gate valve. This main shut off valve shows an unorthodox connection with typical red wheel handle missing from the gate valve.
The customer was grateful for the assistance we were able to give over the telephone “Found and isolated. Thanks to you and your excellent website. We only moved in last December and my wife wants to redo the gardens so expect a call soon(ish) to renovate the entire reticulation system”
Thanks very much we are happy to help!
Note that some isolating gate valves will have a red “wagon wheel” handle and when buried in moist sand these often become brittle and rusted over the years. Sometimes attempting to turn the valve breaks of the handle and a pair of multi-grips is called for to twist the shaft.
If you have lost your solenoid valve or it is broken call us on 9246 0111 and we will be happy to help you