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Old 11-08-2009, 05:04 PM
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Is there not a little drain thing on the valve that shuts it off? You can turn it with your fingers- that's all I have..
Should be a bleeder on the shut off valve in the house.
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Should be a bleeder on the shut off valve in the house.
That's the thing: The shut off valve for the sprinkler system isn't in the house, it's in the yard. The copper pipe between the valve and the backflow preventer, including the 2' sticking up out of the ground, is full of water.

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Old 11-08-2009, 08:54 PM
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So no way to drain it inside? man that doesn't sound right... this isn't a new house, right? what did you do last year? Can you access the pipe at all inside?

Worst case it would be worth it to sweat in a nice ball valve that drains, IMO.. much better than leaving a pipe full of water outside all winter.
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That's the thing: The shut off valve for the sprinkler system isn't in the house, it's in the yard. The copper pipe between the valve and the backflow preventer, including the 2' sticking up out of the ground, is full of water.

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Mine has an underground valve (like for a water main) that I turn off with a 6' T pipe with a slot at the end. Any round access caps nearby? Can you follow the pipe into the house. That pipe sticking up will freeze if full.
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Mine has an underground valve (like for a water main) that I turn off with a 6' T pipe with a slot at the end. Any round access caps nearby? Can you follow the pipe into the house. That pipe sticking up will freeze if full.
Yep, mine's exactly the same, and I shut it off back in October. I don't see a drain between that underground valve and the backflow preventer, though.

The house is 30 years old, but the sprinkler system was redone when the landscaping was back in 2005. We bought the place in 2008, but had a bunch of construction going on last year, and the sprinkler system was largely torn up, though this part of it was untouched.

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Old 11-10-2009, 08:46 AM
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Yep, mine's exactly the same, and I shut it off back in October. I don't see a drain between that underground valve and the backflow preventer, though.
That part should self drain out the bottom. Can you hear any water flow out there when you turn the valve? Turn slowly. Can you shine a light down there?
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