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Cant find the rainbird valves

Unread postAuthor: jerb » Thu May 04, 2006 11:55 pm

I went shopping for PVC fittings for a new gun today (I'm going camping this weekend and wanted something fun to play with)

I first went to home depot, however much to my surprise they didn’t have rainbird valves or anything rainbird for the matter. Rather they had A self of the standard oscillating sprinklers. I asked the guy if they had any somewhere else put he replied with an empty look of confusion. So I decided to grab some PVC pipe and fittings while I was there. However fate had different plans, I approached their plumbing isle and saw a pathetic wall of PVC. They had almost nothing there, the little they had was Very overpriced. Who’s going to pay 1.75 for a 1/2" T?!

However As I was leaving I checked the PVC pipe in the next isle and found 10' of 1/2" for $.75, a nice deal.

I decided to next head over to Sears, hoping they might have a sprinkler valve but there selection of sprinklers was nonexistent (well, there were two crappy oscillating ones if they count). I did get a handful of self seating stem valves for free though :D . Unfortunately it’s a PITA to drill the 9/32" hole they need; I only have machining bits in that size.

I decided to go to Lowes next, when I got there I found their PVC section. They had a slightly larger selection but most of it was 2” or 6" so it wasn’t very useful to me. Still I grabbed some T's and Right Angles for like $.20 ea. and a cheapy ball valve. They didn’t have the sprinkler valve either; the closest they had was a motorized ball valve for $85.00 . I grabbed some T's and caps though to make little marshmallow blowguns for the kiddies that come camping with us

I next decided to go to a gardening store, they hadn't even heard of a brand called rainbird, they also said that all sprinkler systems were contracted out so no one in the area will have the valve I'm looking for :(

I guess sprinklers aren’t as popular here on the east coast


on a side note: I had to drill a 9/32's hole for the stem valve but I modified one of my machining bits to do so. when I changed the cutting angle I think I made it a tad too aggressive and it made for a nasty hole in the 1.25" plug (which I had already glued in). I filed it down and put it in with silicon caulk but the silicon seal gave way when i hit 60 PSI and now my chamber doesn't hold any pressure. Any idea's for getting it to work again? I cant go out and buy new parts because I'm leaving tommarrow morning but I'd liek to have this thing for camping
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Re: Cant find the rainbird valves

Unread postAuthor: saladtossser » Fri May 05, 2006 12:15 am

jerb wrote:Who’s going to pay 1.75 for a 1/2" T?!


i will

rainbirds are "big" and "industrial" looking to me, orbit and lawn genie are for normal lawn stuff, maybe thats why
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Unread postAuthor: Pete Zaria » Fri May 05, 2006 1:34 am

I've had CA glye (cyanocrylite I think) hold over 90 PSI, if that helps. You can get it at hobby stores (model airplanes, etc...).

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Unread postAuthor: SpudStuff » Fri May 05, 2006 9:54 am

are you in the wrong topic?

sheck OSH's by your'e house because they have lots of sprinkler valves to 2"
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Unread postAuthor: Benny » Fri May 05, 2006 6:12 pm

i use any sprinkler that you can mod, :D i have also modded a valve with a guide rod, i just took it out, it dloesnt need a guide rod.
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Unread postAuthor: Shrimphead » Fri May 05, 2006 7:59 pm

You can use epoxy instead of that silicon stuff.
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Unread postAuthor: Benny » Sun May 07, 2006 12:06 am

sillicone is s*** for cannons. :D unless your just sealing around the shauder valve.
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