Meanwhile, back at The Ranch…our hero is engaged in a semi-aquatic struggle. I had turned off the sprinkler system through Fall while the celestial inundations of El Niño blessed us with drought-busting quantities of sky-water. Now in the end of Spring we are approaching the traditional no-rain Summer and I’ve been fiddling with the pipes and leaky bits. The whole manifold leaks at various joints under pressure and I think I need to replace all the solenoids and maybe the valves. They are exposed to the afternoon sun and are simply baked.
I’ve been testing the system and am frustrated with the opaque operation of main timer-board.
The button-press settings don’t seem to do what I expect, and I had to fiddle with each valve to identify just what circuit it controls.
One of the deck-side of the bunkhouse one of the field emitters had broken tips and needed replacing, while the whole set-up for the planter-beds was spraying water at each valve-lid.
They all sit exposed in the sun, and since the plastic was pretty crumbly we went off to Home Depot for replacements and tools.
Getting away from the Wide Open Prairie we return to the bunkhouse lawn to discover that one of the pop-ups had shot its little brass spray-head wad creating a fountain — and ALL of the pop-up themselves are pretty over-grown and need cutting-out from the dense grass just so they function.
Meanwhile up on the Embankment I ran a 25-foot feed up to the fence-line drip-line and re-connected it with a T-junction. 100-feet of new fence-line hose has replaced the old crappy one, and now I can proceed to run individual lines down from that to various plants that I don’t want to see die.
“Happy Memorial Day” never seems to be the right thing to say on this day of remembrance for all the fallen soldiers, sailors and airmen who died to preserve this country. God Bless them.