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Old 09-28-2009, 12:38 PM
 
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I have a 4 zone sprinkler system. Last winter, I paid someone 70$ to do it for me. Can I attempt this on my own.

I read up a few things online, but it talks about drain valves etc and I do not know where drain valves are located. But I do have a programmable timer and the shut off valves are located close to this. How do I locate drain valves and make sure all existing water is drained out after I shut off the water to the system.
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:57 PM
 
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The proper way to do it, involves blowing out the system. $70 doesn't sound too bad, my friend. Just spend the bucks and be done with it.
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:03 PM
 
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I have a 4 zone sprinkler system. Last winter, I paid someone 70$ to do it for me. Can I attempt this on my own.

I read up a few things online, but it talks about drain valves etc and I do not know where drain valves are located. But I do have a programmable timer and the shut off valves are located close to this. How do I locate drain valves and make sure all existing water is drained out after I shut off the water to the system.
I'm with you. $70 is too much for a task that takes 10-15 minutes.
Who did you use for the winterizing? It looks easy enoguh to do. Get a pressure air hose, turn on the zone until all water has been drained. I wonder if you could use a pressure washer?
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:07 PM
 
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The internet articles does say blowing out sprinklers should be left to professionals. But it also said not all sprinklers require a blow-out. http://www.irrigationtutorials.com/winter.htm http://www.rainbird.com/diy/support/winterization.htm (broken link)
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The proper way to do it, involves blowing out the system. $70 doesn't sound too bad, my friend. Just spend the bucks and be done with it.
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:13 PM
 
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Guy was doing them in my parents hood (merrick) last year for 50 bucks.
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Town of Huntington, NY
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I have a 4 zone sprinkler system. Last winter, I paid someone 70$ to do it for me. Can I attempt this on my own.

I read up a few things online, but it talks about drain valves etc and I do not know where drain valves are located. But I do have a programmable timer and the shut off valves are located close to this. How do I locate drain valves and make sure all existing water is drained out after I shut off the water to the system.

I have 6 zones - pay $50 + tax. If you want the name, let me know.
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:41 PM
 
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The internet articles does say blowing out sprinklers should be left to professionals. But it also said not all sprinklers require a blow-out. Winterizing Your Irrigation System Rain Bird Sprinkler Winterization Guide (http://www.rainbird.com/diy/support/winterization.htm - broken link)
Thanks. The article has scared me sufficiently that I don't think I will be attempting it myself.
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:23 PM
 
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I have not winterized since I bought this house in 2002 and never had a problem though I've seen my neighbor's front yard with excessive frost one morning. This is through some temps in the single digits too. It's a crapshoot but for me it's been ok. I may try that extra insulation on the main shutoff valve this year...
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:32 PM
 
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It sounds like it might be worth the effort to have a professional do it. I am in Nassau county, so I am not sure if they have different rates here.

Are they friendly enough to explain what they are doing? My guy does not really want to explain anything.. just want to do the thing and leave.

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I have 6 zones - pay $50 + tax. If you want the name, let me know.
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Old 09-28-2009, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Town of Huntington, NY
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It sounds like it might be worth the effort to have a professional do it. I am in Nassau county, so I am not sure if they have different rates here.

Are they friendly enough to explain what they are doing? My guy does not really want to explain anything.. just want to do the thing and leave.
I always ask a lot of questions
Of course if you do it every time, they might start charging more ("time is money"...)
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