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26 Jun 2020

Understanding Manual Sprinkler Valves with Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA)

Though some would think that automatic sprinkler valves are all the rage today, manual sprinkler valves are still plenty common enough to talk about. At Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA), we care about the life of your lawn, whether it’s new or old. We’re in the business of creating satisfied, lifelong customers after every single job. We only employ the best practices in quality service and quality parts at an affordable price all throughout Fresno County. When it comes to manual sprinkler valves, automatic sprinkler valves, fixing broken sprinkler heads, sprinkler installation, sprinkler system repair, or anything else in between, we’re the company for you at Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA).

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The purpose of a manual sprinkler valve is similar to that of an automatic sprinkler valve. It’s there to restrict or allow water flow from a mainline water supply to a lateral line and out through the sprinkler system. They are typically found near a house or next to the sprinkler main and can be exposed, in an underground valve box, or in a metal cylinder. Manual sprinkler valves can also be used as bleed or blow out valves in most units.

Click here to watch a video that explains an overview of Manual Sprinkler Valves.

How It Works

There are different types of manual valves. Though they all serve the same purpose, they all have a fairly diverse functionality.

Ball Valves

Ball valves have a ball with an opening on the inside that rotates with the handle. Rotating the handle turns the water on or off.

Gate Valves

Gate valves literally house a gate that opens and closes to adjust the water flow. When the knob is twisted, it either lifts or presses the gate, adjusting the opening and changing water flow.

Stop and Waste

Stop and Waste valves are often the main valve used as the principle shutoff for outside water. These valves are especially useful before winter to help avoid freezing and bursting pipes. When shut off, they will automatically drain the remaining water out of the system.

Hose Spigots

Hose spigots are similar to gate valves with the exception of location. Screwing the handle in or out lifts or presses the seal adjusting water flow, just like the gate valve.

Pros and Cons

  • A pro is that they can be great for controlling pressure. You’re in control and can make the decisions with water flow!
  • Another pro is that manual valves don’t require a lot of space to operate. Most of the inner parts can also be replaced, although few stores carry those parts and you may need to order and purchase online.
  • One more pro is that they typically last longer than most other valves, including automatic sprinkler valves, but when rust or debris has built up they can be a little more difficult to operate.
  • A con is similar to our first pro; manual valves cannot be turned on electronically, and their use is entirely up to you. Most automatic or electronic shut off valves requires a power source, but with a manual valve, it’s free whenever!
    • You really can’t go wrong with a manual sprinkler valve!

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The biggest problem you’ll see on valves is seal failure. On rubber seals, they can become loose, fall off, or damaged. Weathering and too much constant use can crack the outside of the valve, or corrode the handle until it breaks. A gate valve can be cross-threaded as well if not screwed on carefully. Occasionally a nipple will break or crack inside. Generally speaking, however, manual valves do last longer than automatic sprinkler valves.

How to Diagnose

Manual sprinkler valves are also a little more simple to read than automatic valves. The issues are more cut and dry as opposed to some electrical issues common with automatic sprinkler valves. Some problems are physically visible but the more sure way to diagnose problems is to check if the valve turns completely on or off. If they do not turn on and off there is a problem with the seal, stem, handle, or inside of the valve, and some or all of the parts must be replaced. When checking if the valve turns on and off, check if the handle is turning easily. Also, check for leaks from the threads or fittings inside the valve to get a better idea of how to solve the problem at hand.

How to Repair

Most manual valves can be repaired by unscrewing the inner parts of the valve and removing them from the casing. After that, simply replace the broken piece with the exact same part from the exact same brand, replace any rubber seals that are compromised, check the inside of the casing for damage, and then replace the internals. If there is damage inside the casing, an entirely new valve assembly may need to be installed. Sometimes there are unions connected to the valve that you can undo and remove the valve and screw the new one in. If there is no union, you’ll have to cut the pipe and install a new fitting that adapts from the pipe to threads that can be screwed onto the valve.

Tips and Tricks

It may be easier to replace the whole valve, rather than try to repair the internals. Bring the old valve with you if or when you’re replacing so it’s easier to match up. Make sure to dig your hole deep and wide enough to screw the valve on and off without dirt getting into the pipes. Dirt and weather will make them not last as long, so make sure they are not buried from the dirt, and they are protected from the elements. It is usually easier to screw a metal fitting onto a metal valve rather than using plastic. If you are having trouble screwing a nipple into a valve, try unscrewing the pipe in the fitting until it clicks in, then screws in all the way.


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Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA) is ready to take your lawn to the next level! If you need sprinkler installations, sprinkler repair, drip irrigation, winterized sprinklers, sprinkler system repair, fixing manual or automatic sprinkler valves, or anything else sprinkler-related in between, call us today at (559) 422-3808!

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28 May 2020

Understanding Automatic Sprinkler Valves with Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA)

There is a lot to understand when it comes to the components of a sprinkler system. At Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA), we not only care to provide you with quality service, but we strive to teach quality service as well. A job is still half-complete if you didn’t learn something along the way, so today we are here to help you know all you need to know about automatic sprinkler valves, and what they do for your lawn! If you want to get in touch with Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA), simply give us a call, at (559) 422-3808.

The Automatic Sprinkler Valve Purpose

The purpose of an automatic sprinkler valve is to turn the water on or off to the sprinkler zones.

Names of Parts

  • A solenoid is a device that lifts a cylindrical metal bar up and down through electromagnetism. When this cylindrical bar raises, it allows water to flow through the valve. The majority are actuated with 24-volt ac electricity.
  • Valves also have bleeder screws that allow manual operation of the valve. The bleeder screw is small, and when it is unscrewed to allow air into the top of the valve, it then allows water to flow through the valve.
  • Another feature some valves have is called flow control. This is a small gate valve that when screwed clockwise restricts the flow of water, and when turned counterclockwise, allows water to flow again. A valve can be turned off all the way within the flow control.
  • On the inside of the valve, there is a rubber diaphragm and a spring that is used with the valve parts above to help control the water.

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Part Names

Casing: The plastic outside containing all of the internals.

Wiring: The electrical connections allowing the valve to function.

Diaphragms: The rubber piece inside that lifts or falls, allowing water to flow.

Solenoids: A metal rod that is lifted or dropped by electric flow allowing the diaphragm to move.

Flow Control Screw: Screw on the top of the housing that allows the pressure to flow through the valve without the solenoid being actuated.

How Automatic Sprinkler Valves Work

An automatic sprinkler valve is electronically controlled. A sprinkler timer tells the valve to open or close using 24v ac electricity, with the solenoid allowing the diaphragm to open, and water to flow through. Valves can also be turned on manually with the bleeder screw turning it a quarter turn counter-clockwise.

Pros and Cons

  • Automatic sprinkler valves can be turned on and off electronically or manually.
  • They can be battery powered.
  • There are many different brands and styles, but all use the same universal functions of having a diaphragm and a solenoid actuating them.
  • When there’s any electrical damage, valves will not turn on. This can include hard water residue build-up on solenoids.
  • Valves being stuck on are usually caused by torn Diaphragms, dirt or rocks ruining the valves, solenoids breaking off in the valve, and the flow control getting stuck in the closed position.

How to Diagnose Automatic Sprinkler Valves


  • If the valve does not turn on, it’s most likely an electrical issue.Fresno CA Automatic Sprinkler Valves
  • Start by turning on the clock for that zone, then feel the solenoid with your hand. If you feel a small vibration, the solenoid is on and functional. If so, check the flow control. Turn the flow control counterclockwise as much as you can. If the valve still does not turn on, unscrew the solenoid by turning counterclockwise.
  • If there is still no flow, use the bleeder screw. Manually turn on an adjacent valve to ensure that you’re getting water pressure. If the valve is installed backward, water will never flow through. At that point, if none of those work, replace the diaphragm and clean the valve out. If that still does not work you’ll need to replace the entire valve. Make sure there’s water pressure running to it.


  • If it’s an electrical issue and you’re not getting power, You need to do deductive reasoning to find out which of the three possible problems you’re dealing with. Those possible problems are; the solenoid is bad, the wiring is bad, Or, the timer is bad. We cover more detail on electrical later in the course.
  • If a valve is sticking on and is getting power, you will need to replace the valve or rebuild it.
  • To rebuild a valve, you will first need to unscrew the screws, take off the top, and take out the internals. Remember exactly how you took it apart. Replace all the internal parts, the solenoid, manifold, spring, and top of the valve, and screw the assembly together again. Remember if you replace any parts of any valve to match it with the exact same brand and model. If any parts are mismatched or improperly installed, it will probably not work.
  • To replace a diaphragm, take apart as shown in the video, and simply place the new diaphragm in place of the old one, and reassemble the valve.
  • To replace the solenoid, remove the wiring, unscrew from its housing, and screw the new one into place, and connect the wiring using waterproof wire nuts
  • If the valve is damaged or cracked it is best to replace the entire valve.

Tips and Tricks

Always try to use waterproof wire nuts on your electrical connections. They’ll hold up better in the long run. Also, the easiest way to see if the valve is getting electricity is to activate it via the timer and feeling if the solenoid vibrates. If it doesn’t, you need to check the wiring. If it does, there’s a problem with the valve internals.

As time passes and there are any other sprinkler issues you currently have — or think you may have down the road — don’t hesitate to give Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA) a call today, at (559) 422-3808. Our main goal is to provide the highest quality service at an affordable price, and that includes any issues with your automatic sprinkler valves. That is the Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA) difference. We install the best and repair the rest, every time!

14 May 2020

Why Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA) Is A Name You Can Trust

Business is business for most people and most companies. For Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA) however, business is a personal endeavor. Do you ever feel that when you’re communicating with a company, your complaints fall on deaf ears? Or maybe that when you have a question about something important, it isn’t answered the way you need it to? Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA) cares about you — the customer, as a real life human being. We strive to understand your wants, complaints, and wishes when it comes to effective, full-service lawn and sprinkler care. Don’t put your trust in some company that will only care about you halfway; trust in Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA). We install the best and repair the rest. If you don’t believe us, call us today, at (559) 422-3808. If that still doesn’t do the trick, check out why people like you count on us every day!

Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA) is “Helpful and Honest”

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At Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA), we also care about your ability to succeed in having a functioning, thriving yard and lawn. It’s also worth noting that we don’t cut corners when it comes to the parts we use on your lawn and your sprinkler system. Our sprinkler masters only use the best of the best to make sure your lawn looks its best, by using Toro, Hunter, Rainbird, and Orbit sprinkler parts and components.

Trust Is Key: We Fix Things Right The First Time, and Don’t Overcharge

While most other companies are comfortable implying hidden fees, added charges, or surprise costs, at Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA) that makes us sick! We value your value. When you call Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA) at (559) 422-3808, you’ll be able to experience that right away. We value honesty and integrity in the workplace by doing our work right the first time around. Look at what Sasha recently discovered by calling Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA):

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There’s Nothing We Can’t Do

Within reason, at Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA), we’ll do anything to make you satisfied with your lawn and your sprinkler system. No matter the job, the odds are that we can get the job done right. We specialize in sprinkler repair, sprinkler installation, drip irrigation, yard or residential sprinklers, sprinkler maintenance, adjusting sprinkler heads, fixing sprinkler timers, sprinkler winterizing, providing general lawn care tips, and so much more. Once again, a call at (559) 422-3808 is all it would take to experience the Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA) difference.

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Needless to say, at Sprinkler Master Repair (Fresno, CA), we care for you. Your needs are our wants. By calling us at (559) 422-3808, you’ll be able to see for yourself why calling Sprinkler Master will be the best decision you’ll ever make for your sprinklers, garden, or lawn. Don’t delay, call us today!

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13 Mar 2018
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Lawn Sprinkler Repair  Fresno County, CA.

Things we cover for  Fresno County, CA.   (559) 422-3808

Lawn Sprinkler Repair:


  • We cover all sprinkler valves
  • We can fix any sprinkler head or nozzles and have it covering all dry spots.
  • We fix broken sprinkler line, including pvc  pipe and poly pipe.
  • We can move sprinkler from home remodels or redesign sprinkler systems to fit your home upgrades.  In all Fresno County area.


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Drip Irrigation:

Drip irrigation for Fresno, CA area is a great way to save water and money by getting the water right where it needs to go. It also prevents water runoff and cuts down on weeds. We can upgrade your sprinkler system to have drip irrigation.


Sprinkler Smart Control Timer:

We can fix any electrical problems in your sprinkler system. We offer a discount to upgrade your lawn sprinkler control timer to a smart one.  Upgrading with smart timer will save water and money by connecting to your local weather station in Fresno area. You can even control it from your smartphone and get data for how much water you are using and when it will water next. It uses metrics such and evaporation and humidity to gage when your sprinkler system will turn on next.


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We offer Sprinkler Repair in all Fresno County, including the following locations:


Fresno, CA

Clovis, CA

Coalinga, CA

Firebaugh, CA

Fowler, CA

Fresno, CA

Huron, CA

Kerman, CA

Kingsburg, CA

Mendota, CA

Orange Cove, CA

Parlier, CA

Reedley, CA

Sanger , CA

Selma, CA


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03 Oct 2016

Winterize Your Lawnmower in 2 Easy Steps

Winterize Your Lawnmower in 2 Easy Steps.  By: Consumer Reports

When storing your lawnmower for the winter, Consumer Reports’ experts say these two tips are must-dos to ensure your mower will be up and running when you need it in the spring.

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24 Aug 2016

How To Save On The Water Bill By Saving Water!

A lawn sprinkler system makes life much easier and saves us time. A sprinkler system cuts back on the use of water by watering more effectively. However, a broken sprinkler system can waste over 4’000 gallons of water a month. Most sprinkler problems go unnoticed because they run at night and go unseen. Common problems with a lawn sprinkler system is that they are not rising above the grass (not popping up all the way) as well as broken tops and broken pipes below the ground. Sprinklers that do not cover correctly wastewater and can causing lasting damage. Call Sprinkler Master Repair today!

Common problems of sprinklers wasting water:

  • Broken Sprinkler Head
  • Broken or cracked sprinkler pipes
  • Over watering from timer
  • Sunken tilted sprinklers heads
  • Wrong spray pattern
  • Mixed sprinkler heads
  • Sprinkler needs minor adjustment
  • Sprinkler valve or zone won’t turn off

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16 Aug 2016

10 Ways a Great Lawn Will Make Life Better!

Top Advantages of a Beautiful Lawn

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A beautiful, lush, dense lawn has many great advantages. A home with an inviting lawn will welcome you and all of your guests. Here are a few advantages of a well maintained lawn.
Grass Cools Down Your Property
When the heat is on in the summer, grass keeps you cool. Front lawns of just 8 average houses have the same cooling effect as about 70 tons of air conditioning, while the average home-size central air unit has only a 3 – 4 ton capacity. On top of that grass acts as a noise reducer as it effectively absorbs and deflects sound. When combining a beautiful lush lawn with trees, shrubs and other landscaping a lawn can significantly reduce hard unwanted noise.
Enhances the Whole Neighborhood
Lawns can contribute to your sense of well-being. Most people say that the best place to relax is in their own backyard. A green, attractive landscape design goes much further than just relaxation and recreation. For example when the city installs landscaping and grass parks to enhance the area, people start taking pride in their surroundings and raise the bar of their own property maintenance. As well as, when I have a neighbor with a well-kept lawn, it encourages the rest of the neighbors to do a better job and in return the whole neighborhood benefits.
Easier to Sell Your Home
An attractive landscape can make or break a home sale. Landscaping can add tens of thousands of dollars to the value of your property. In fact, it is one of the few home improvements you can make that not only adds value immediately, but also increases in value as the years go by; while interior decor and design concepts regularly go out of style and mechanical systems wear out, plants grow fuller and more robust as the years go by. The home’s value is added at an advantage ranged from 5.5 percent to 12.7 percent. That translates into an extra $16,500 to $38,100 in value on a $300,000 home. A beautiful landscape design and healthy lawn is a good indication that they’ve taken care of the inside of the house as well and that the home is worth a premium price.
Grass Is A Pollution Fighter!
In one year the blades and roots of grass in an acre of healthy grass absorbs hundreds of pounds of pollutants from the air and rainfall. Among them are sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, hydrogen, fluoride, nitrates and other gases blamed for acid rain and the greenhouse effect.
Grass Produces Oxygen
Grass plants remove co2 from the air and produce o2 in return. Just 625 square feet of grass supplies all the oxygen a person needs for one day. A 5000 square foot lawn produces enough oxygen for 8 people each day. In comparison, it takes two 100-foot trees to provide the same amount of oxygen for 8 people.
Grass Saves Soil!
A green lush lawn stabilizes the soil against water and wind. Lawns prevent runoff and erosion of our valuable topsoil, keeping additional phosphorus from entering our streams and rivers. A healthy lawn also traps much of the estimated 12 million tons of dust and dirt released into the US atmosphere annually.
Grass Has Better Rain Absorption
Healthy, dense lawns absorb rainfall 6 times more effectively than a wheat field, four times better than a hay field, and prevent runoff and erosion of our precious topsoil, keeping additional phosphorus from entering our streams and rivers. A healthy lawn also traps much of the estimated 12 million tons of dust and dirt released into the US atmosphere annually.
Grass is Mother Nature’s Carpet
Nature surrounds us, make yours stunning! Grass is used for recreation from family picnics to soccer to football to any other sport played on grass, grass is essential. It acts as a pad to reduce injuries that might have happened. A dense lawn is a far safer playground and playing field than nearly any other surface.
Hospitalized Patients Have A Faster Recovery
When the patient’s room viewed a beautiful landscaped area compared to patients with non-landscaped views a faster recovery has been observed in hospitals.
Grass Helps Fight Wildfires
With the weather heating up, wildfires are more prone to spreading. Help protect yourself with a lush green lawn. Grass is known to have a low fuel value which can actually help act as a buffer around your property in case of fire hazards.

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