A while back, I wrote about Jim, The Sprinkler Bandit in relation to a brass fitting he takes from my system every year. My dad, Herb Thiel suggests that I should just go ask him if he has any “extras”, but then I would not have as much of a story. Here is the story. It froze. Here is me eating crow.
I guess Jim, The Sprinkler Bandit had some wisdom after all. Here is the new one.
Sorry for being mean, Jim. I learned my lesson.
While I did winterize everything, a Solenoid corroded in my sprinkler box and needed replacement. Thank you John Leyba Senior for the diagnosis!
The fix was relatively simple, but I had to go to a specialty store for the solenoid as my system was proffessionally installed. L.L. Johnson Distributing Co. Did an excellent job assisting me!
So here is the new solenoid I installed.
The installation was pretty easy I only needed 2 tools to complete the job; a phillips head screwdriver and a pair of needle nose pliers with wire cutters.
I started by opening the sprinkler box.
The wires seem complicated but they really aren’t! If a solenoid is busted, change one at a time so you are not confused. You don’t even have to remember positive and negative. Either way you connect the wires will cause it to work correctly! This one is disconnected and there are only two loose wires to look for.
I put a medicine cup over the top of the connection to keep debris out. I failed miserably and a rolly polly got in there!
If you have a rolly polly in yours, ensure it is removed and attach the solenoid.
There are two screws to this setup and it fits right in place.
The wires are easy to attach! Like I mentioned earlier, if you are changing solenoids, do one at a time. Twist the wires together with a standard twist on wire connector and your all set!
I thought I was ready to run my sprinkler until I discovered a leak in one of the poly pipes.
It took me forever to get the parts at the hardware store. You have to wait in line 6 ft away from everyone else. I got tired and sat down. I kinda was confused as they kept staring at me while I waited.
I did my best to ignore them though.