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Thread: Balast Valve Upgrade
04-19-2009, 01:12 PM #1
Balast Valve Upgrade
A while back I posted the thought of upgrading my old small sprinkler valves to a newer style by irritrol. First I needed to build a way to flow test them since the boat is still in the garage. I ended up pulling everything out of the boat and re-assembling it on two saw horses. I made a fitting on the side of a 5 gallon bucket and screwed my 2000 gph Rule pump to it. I then hooked the manifold to the side of one of the saw horses. I also wired the pump and solenoids to a set of switches and then to the battery. I did five different tests timing how long it took to transfer five gallons of water from one bucket to another. Here are the results:
Note: I have 3bags @ 450lbs bags and a rule 2000 gph pump and the timings will reflect this.
I will post actual lake timings in about 3 weeks.
04-19-2009, 08:03 PM #2
Nice Jesse. I still need to water test mine. I have everything wired and ready to go. I hope to hit the water this weekend. The weather is getting better here in
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04-19-2009, 09:13 PM #3
Jesse, that's awesome, that could have been dangerous at Keg parties in CollegeA Day at the Lake...Priceless
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04-19-2009, 11:16 PM #4Senior Member
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That is great. Love the on off switch. could be an issue if water starts splashing around. That is a great setup.2008 Outback V - Sold but never forgotten.
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04-19-2009, 11:32 PM #5
04-20-2009, 03:43 PM #6
Great Info JesseC. Can you confirm if the new valves you tested were 3/4" like the factory valves?
Did you happen to do any testing of the old factory valves with the springs removed (per Newty's find a couple months ago)?
04-21-2009, 01:51 AM #7Senior Member
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That is some great quantitative data on the difference between quarter turn and diaphragm valves. Thanks for posting!WakeMAKERS | WakePROPS | WakeSOUNDS | EasyBoatCare
04-23-2009, 12:55 AM #8
04-26-2009, 09:41 AM #9Sled491 Guest
Man Jesse you sure do your homework, Impressive!