Sprinkler System - Valve Replacement

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Old 07-02-15, 08:10 AM
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Sprinkler System - Valve Replacement

I have a 5-station sprinkler system, and have 2 stations not working. I already knew my master control/clock was having problems, so I replaced it yesterday. The same 2 stations are still not working. (Well, one of the two is hit and miss; sometimes it works but mostly it does not. The other of the two never works.) By "not working", I mean that they don't spray.

So I've decided I must have two bad valves. My valves are Richdel 205 APR Solenoid valves.

I'm handy with a wrench and screwdriver, but have not dug into sprinkler system valuves before.

What do I need to know to be sure I buy the right replacement? Are they all the essentially the same? Or what specs do I need to pay attention to?

Also, is there anything I need to be wary of as I perform the replacement?

Thanks for the help.

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Old 07-02-15, 09:08 AM
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Replacing the valve would not be my first step. Have you checked the wiring at the solenoids for corrosion? Have you disassembled and cleaned the valves? Unless your valve body is cracked or otherwise damaged I'd give it an overhaul with a new diaphragm and solenoid.
 
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Old 07-03-15, 06:47 AM
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Thanks, Pilot Dane. Where do I get a diaphram and solenoid? From Amazon? Or would my local Home Depot carry this?

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Where you get it depends on who sells that brand but you can find anything on the Internet if you search.
 
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Old 07-21-15, 08:06 PM
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Valve issue

Hi,

Was the issue resolved with sprinkler valve? What was the issue and what was done to resolve?

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Old 07-21-15, 09:50 PM
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Hi Samby.... welcome to the forums.

Probably best to start a new thread and describe your problem if you need our help.
 
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Old 07-22-15, 06:31 AM
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Thanks to the help from this forum, I did solve this problem.

I had two valves acting up. One just needed cleaning. After I pulled it apart and rinsed the parts, I could not find anything wrong, no symptoms of a bad solenoid, so I put it back together and it worked fine.

On the other valve, I took it apart and found the diaphragm had fallen apart. I bought a new diaphragm from a sprinkler parts shop in town (something like $8), and installed it.

Now the whole system is working like it's supposed to.

Thank you to Pilot Dane, who gave me good guidance.

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