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Picture of Irrigation valve riser saver
A problem with most anti-siphon plastic irrigation valve installations on PVC risers is that if the valve fails, one is usually forced to cut off pieces of the plastic pipes to cement new fittings on so that the new valve can be installed, or the valve body must be sawed in half to remove it from the pipe, destroying any hope of repairing the valve.  If the original installation was neatly done with all valves at the same height, the repair job looks bad.  Moreover, if the valve was originally installed close to ground level, it may end up below ground after the pipes have been shortened.  Here's a way to keep your installations looking neat  and easily repairable.

Originally, I considered using PVC union fittings, but they are quite expensive and bulky.  I finally settled on an inexpensive solution using expendable parts that can be unscrewed from the valve body and risers.

The first photo in this series (above) shows the original backyard valve installation, with some earth dug away to expose the pipes.  The valve on the left has been replaced at least once already, requiring the riser to be cut and material to be spliced on to bring the valve back up to its original height.
 
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m_schoening7 months ago

Fantastic idea. I've had more experience "fixing" sprinkler systems than I'd like to remember and will definitely put this idea to work the next time I'm outside elbows deep in the mud. Thank you for post this.

sunshiine2 years ago
Nice Instructable! Thanks for sharing.
onemoroni12 years ago
I like your redesign of the manifold and this is a good idea for an original install. I just helped my son replace a valve on his and just cut and salvaged the screw in fittings with a couple inches of old pipe for the new valve and and put it together with couplings and glue. Cost less than $1 and same height. It looks fine. I see your old one was originally poorly done and sorely needed rework. Nice instructable. Peace