I followed a flex pipe for a few feet and came upon this (buried about 3" underground)!
The plan now is to connect a hose to it, and turn on the solenoid valves to see what pops up... And I guess pray that the other end of the main supply line isn't cut off (and not capped) inside my house somewhere....
Does anyone see any other dangers to "backfeeding" the plumbing??
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Posts: 28697 From: Hattiesburg, MS, USA Registered: Feb 2003
I doubt that the line runs to the inside of your house - but anything is possible. I say go for it. Since you mentioned that the main water line to your house was replaced before you bought it, your theory that the irrigation system was not hooked back up when the new line was installed makes sense to me. Keep in mind that the irrigation main would have to be some where between the house main shut off and the water meter, so that is where I'd probe. That is unless your irrigation system is fed by a well - then you might never find the well.
I am still boggled that there is no evidence of a control panel. You do not have any unexplained holes on the walls in your garage? Most control panels are mounted inside a garage or on an exterior wall near a back door.
edit - I do not see any issues with forcing city water thru the system to find a possible open line,
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Posts: 20784 From: Orlando, FL Registered: Dec 2002
Well, I put water into the sprinkler, and about 4 sprinklers popped up - ALL SEMI-CIRCLES POINTED TOWARDS THE NEIGHBOR'S YARD.
Their sprinklers are about 6 feet into my property. Great. Well that was fun.
I get to learn that not only do I not have sprinklers, I can't build a fence over there because their sprinklers would be in the way.
Sorry about your bad luck on the sprinklers. But, knowing they are on your property (assuming you have a surveyed plot), I'd build a fence if I wanted one. I suspect that sprinkly system isn't something your neighbor is very worried about, otherwise I'd think he would have discussed your digging adventure at some point.
Posts: 4304 From: New Berlin, Wisconsin Registered: Feb 2003
If the lot has been surveyed and you are absolutely sure where the lot line is build your fence. I'd suspect that the neighbors aren't using the system since it was buried so far down. Is it possible that this is still your system and the heads were reoriented for some other reason? 6 feet is a long way to be on your property for a dug in system. Do your neighbors know about any of this?
their sprinklers are now your sprinklers re-aim them your way anything built on your land is yours unless you let it be 20 years then the next door guy could claim your 6 ft bit as his but that would be a thin claim
anyway a wall or fence on the true border line is your option I would thank him for the sprinklers and do something to mark the true line
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Wow... what kind of fancy sprinkler systems are those?
In Fort Lauderdale, I just have a 4-zone proportioning valve that changes every time pressure is applied and re-applied to the valve. I've got a 220v / 2.5hp sprinkler pump that feeds from Canal water. It's controlled by a timer box that is mounted next to it, and then the water goes through the proportioning valve to one of the four zones. Every time the timer box stops the pump, and then starts it up again, it changes to one of the other zones.
What is all this crazy stuff with multiple valves and whatnot?
I assume this is using city-water? If that were the case, I'd probably not want to use it... I can only imagine how expensive that might be. See if you can have a simple well dug... I think you can get an entire sprinkler pump well dug for less than $500 bucks.