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Why mod a Sprinkler Valve

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Why mod a Sprinkler Valve

Unread postAuthor: BrodMan » Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:06 am

i get hoe it works, and how to mod it, but why do you mod it? is it so its not electronic? or what. i dont know many terms, and i dont really know what a solenoid is so i dont know what it really is.
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:16 am

It improves performance, eliminates the need for batteries, and gives a trigger handle combination.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Wed Nov 21, 2007 7:50 am

When you mod it, you do by hand (by pressing the blowgun) what the solenoid normally does electrically, which gives a much better pilot flow and opens the valve faster, meaning you get better performance.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:15 am

Normally the solenoid acts as a pilot valve, when powering the solenoid, it wil open a small valve piloting the sprinkler.
The bigger the pilot valve, the faster the sprinkler opens, and since the solenoid is a very very small valve, the sprinkler opens SLOW.

Modding it with a blowgun gives you a non-electric trigger and a way better pilot valve increasing the speed of opening of your sprinkler.
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Unread postAuthor: BC Pneumatics » Wed Nov 21, 2007 1:43 pm

The solenoid is the black part that has two wires coming off it. When current is applied, a metal rod retracts, and the valve opens.
"Modding" it, (Or rather modifying it for pneumatic actuation) gives you a larger pilot hole, and thus the valve is allowed to open faster.

Bottom line, it's faster, and doesn't require batteries.
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Unread postAuthor: BrodMan » Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:03 pm

you think i could find a pre modded valve in lowes?
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Unread postAuthor: knappengineering » Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:05 pm

no way, but you can get all the parts you need at lowes. Its very easy to mod, all you need to get is a blow gun valve and a 1/4" brass nipple, and just drill a hole in the top of the valve and screw in the blow gun. Its really easy and next time search because there are A LOT of posts about this, there are even tutorials on it.
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Unread postAuthor: BC Pneumatics » Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:13 pm

BrodMan wrote:you think i could find a pre modded valve in lowes?


Pre modded you ask? To find that, you would need a store made just for spudders...
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:03 pm

OMG advertising! :P
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Unread postAuthor: BC Pneumatics » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:29 pm

Yeah, Spudfiles has to pay for each one of those smiley faces you use, and this is how we do it! :P
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Unread postAuthor: Redcoat » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:56 pm

BC Pneumatics wrote:Yeah, Spudfiles has to pay for each one of those smiley faces you use, and this is how we do it! :P




Really?, :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P .

Anyway, I advise that modding it yourself is much better. It's so much more rewarding when you're finished.

Happy SPuddin'
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:56 pm

Redcoat wrote:
Anyway, I advise that modding it yourself is much better. It's so much more rewarding when you're finished.


$10 says BC begs to differ :wink:
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Unread postAuthor: Redcoat » Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:42 am

Yeah, that's just cause he owns the store.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:40 am

Redcoat wrote:
BC Pneumatics wrote:Yeah, Spudfiles has to pay for each one of those smiley faces you use, and this is how we do it! :P




Really?, :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P .

Anyway, I advise that modding it yourself is much better. It's so much more rewarding when you're finished.

Happy SPuddin'


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Unread postAuthor: BrodMan » Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:46 pm

could i find the parts i need to mod it at lowes? i watched a video spudfiles put on youtube, but i dont get how squeezing the blow gun opens the valve.
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