My SO is in Denver until Tuesday afternoon. The way things look, the outermost sprinklers on the front lawn will still be running then.
This morning, one of the valves(?) out back was screaming before the sprinklers turned on (they’re on a timer.) So, I did what I always do when one of them does that - opened the control panel and turned the system off. The screaming continued unabated. Thirty minutes later, it was still screaming, so I phoned my beloved. He walked me through bleeding the air out of the valve. He didn’t tell me that’s what I was doing. He told me to turn the screw beneath the knob. I fetched a screwdriver, loosened the screw, heard the air escaping, and said, “oh. You wanted me to bleed it.”
Water began to seep from the screw hole. I tightened it back up and turned the system back on. The screaming stopped and the set of outermost sprinklers in the front turned on. I thought, “good. All is well.”
Thirty minutes later, the same set of sprinklers is running. I phoned him again, but service is spotty up there and I had to leave a message. I went to the breaker box to find the switch marked “sprinklers.” There’s no such animal.
An hour and a half after that, he saw the message and called me. It’s still running. So he told me to unplug the controller. I said, “:doh:”.
Unplugging it didn’t stop the flow of water from the sprinklers. And I could still hear it flowing through the valve(?) out back. He walked me through unscrewing some kind of thingamajig atop the valve(?) and that created a fountain about a foot high.
He said that the sprinklers should be stopped now because the water’s flowing direct from the valve(?)
They were still running. I asked him how to shut off the water supply to the sprinkler system. He said that’s impossible, that I’d have to shut off the supply to the entire house.
So, I waited a few minutes, screwed the fountain thingamajig back into the valve(?), plugged the controller back in, turned the switch to off, and then back to run/manual. I thought the sprinklers may quit after a few minutes because that’s what the instructions inside the panel door told me to do.
That was two and a half hours ago. They’re still running.
I guess I should turn off the water when I head to bed. And I guess it’s ok to leave it off while I’m at work. But… :???: This is stupid. I feel so incompetent. And WASTEFUL.