Okay, so it's the last day of school and you guys want to have some fun in the sun! I will show you how to turn on the irrigation system in the south-east side of the quad (where the old science buildings use to be). Do not do anything stupid with this information (wink wink) I am only putting this up here so you have greater knowledge of your school, I take no responsibility for your actions. Okay here we go!
Step 1: Find Out Where You Are...
Find out where you are at Paly. This picture has been taken at the student center looking over the quad. Let's call the left patch of grass "Side A" the other will be called "Side B".
Step 2: Hoods...
I will show you how to turn on the system for Side A (they are both the same, just independent from each other)
When you look at this part of the quad from this view, you will see two green hoods in the grass. They are indicated here. Open up the two hoods (they are very easy to open).
Step 3: The Guts...
Now that you have the two hoods open the area should look like this. It's a little dirty in there but it's just water and mud, so don't worry. You can see some PVC plumbing interrupted by a large valve with wires coming out of it, this is the electronic solenoid. It allows the sprinklers to be turned on by a timer, luckily for us it is very easy to bypass this system manually.
Step 4: Turning Them On/off...
Here is how you can bypass the system manually. You will see the "D" shaped knob extruding form the valve, is you rotate this knob counter-clockwise you will turn on the sprinklers. Make sure you turn it all the way so you get as much water as you can. To turn them off you rotate the knob clockwise.
You can electronically turn on the valve by stripping the two wires and applying 12volts (DC) to the leads on the knob.
Step 5: You're Done!
That's all you need to know to turn on the irrigation system for that part of the quad. There is a lot more that you should do though. Most of the Paly staff probably wouldn't like you doing this so make sure you have a couple people looking out for you to make sure nobody sees you.
- Open up both hoods and turn them on fast and all the way. By turning them both on at once, you have less of a chance to be seen.
- Get a lot of people to help you out. Maybe you can have some kind of party in the water! It draws less attention to one specific person.
- Or just do it when a lot of people are on the quad, getting wet is a nice way to start the day =P (do it during brunch)