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Help! My system won’t shut off!

The sprinklers are running for some reason when they’re not supposed to and you’ve tried everything. You’ve turned off your controller. You’ve unplugged your controller. You’ve ripped the controller off the wall and smashed it with a baseball bat and still those sprinklers are going! You have a stuck zone valve. A piece of debris …

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City Rain Fan Letter

City Rain Fan Letter

When we recieved this letter with a recent payment we immediately thought “Uh-oh”. Letters attached to invoices are usually long rants about the bill. We were pleasantly surprised this time.

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Precipitation Rate For Dummies (Myself Included)

“Why should I care about what ‘precipitation rate’ is?” The short answer is so you can impress all your friends at the next fancy soiree or neighborhood block party as you rattle off the difference between fixed arc pattern sprayheads and gear-drive rotors. Precipitation rate is the amount of water put down by a sprinkler in …

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Why Does My System Keep Coming On?

You programmed your controller to start watering at 5am. Let’s say you have five zones and they water ten minutes each. The cycle should be finished by 5:50, right? So why are the zones still watering at 8:30? What most likely happened is you confused program start times with zone run times. This mistake is common, and understable, …

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City Rain Helps Build “Water Drum” at NW Garden And Flower Show

What is this crazy thing Craig is working on? This was the first prototype of a manifold of small solenoid valves that open up to drip water droplets onto different drumheads, creating A Floral Symphony. Craig volunteered to assist Heidi Skieveski  in the construction of her garden at the upcoming Northwest Flower and Garden Show. The …

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What Are These So-Called “ET” Controllers?

First of all I have to give it to Weathermatic for this brilliant piece of guerilla marketing. They are based out of Dallas, and here they’ve gotten their product featured in some Texas local news story for free. Good work. Anyroad- This is the very same controller and weather station we install here at City Rain …

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Who Doesn’t Love Dazzling Before And After Pictures?

This is an account we’ve had for years in Broadmoor. They had an automatic sprinkler system in the  backyard, and an old manual  zone in front. The front lawn was watered by old brass heads that didn’t pop up high enough, oversprayed, and generally wasted water. I’ve met some people that are fond of these old heads. They are brass, …

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What Every Citizen Of Earth Should Know About Gate Valves

Any time you see a valve with a wheel type handle it’s more than likely a gate valve. It’s called that because it has a gate that raises and lowers inside, as opposed to a ball that rotates, or a stopper with a gasket. Gate valves are used as main shut-offs and for isolating sections …

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Would You Mount A Thermostat For Your House In The Back Yard?

No? You wouldn’t? You think it would be a little inconvenient to put on your robe and slippers and trot out there in the drizzle to crank up the heat a few degrees? Well the same idiotic logic applies to every do-it-yourselfer that thinks for some reason they need to install a sprinkler controller in …

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Let’s Get One Thing Straight About Freezing Pipes.

One day I was winterizing a system in Laurelhurst. A young girl and her grandfather watched me as I was connecting my air hose to a double check. “Whatchya doin?” I love kids. They’re always with the “Whatchya doin?” followed by the never ending “Why?” “I’m going to hook up air to blow out all …

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