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Old 03-30-2017, 01:07 PM
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I moved into a house that has an outdoor sprinkler system (lawn and garden). The prior owner left a "key" for the control box but hasn't used the system in a number of years. That key doesn't turn the lock. I went to a local sprinkler store and was given a "rain bird key" there are no markings to confirm. The key slides in but doesn't turn. It is a Rain Bird system

Anyway to get into the box that doesn't involve a hammer?
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Old 03-30-2017, 01:49 PM
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SHould be easy to pic. A little screwdriver to put just a tiny bit of torque and use a paperclip to push in the pins. Do some poking around on youtube to see techniques.
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Squirt a little wd-40 in the the tumblr, probably just corroded from not being used often. I believe there is only one key.
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Is there a number on the lock cyl? you might be able to call rainbird and get a matching key. it could be an older system and they gave you the new system key.
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Originally Posted by km1125 View Post
SHould be easy to pic. A little screwdriver to put just a tiny bit of torque and use a paperclip to push in the pins. Do some poking around on youtube to see techniques.
We just moved so uncovering where I packed paper clips and small screw drivers is a tall order

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Squirt a little wd-40 in the the tumblr, probably just corroded from not being used often. I believe there is only one key.
Good call, I will try this.

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Is there a number on the lock cyl? you might be able to call rainbird and get a matching key. it could be an older system and they gave you the new system key.
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Rainbird offers a key for $8 + $5 to ship, it takes a week to get here. I have someone coming to work on my house tomorrow and I was on the fence if I needed to be careful around the sprinkler heads, I don't plan to use it so if it's broken, I don't care but if it works I'd like to keep it working in case a future owner wants to use it.
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Originally Posted by Leeroyjenkins View Post
We just moved so uncovering where I packed paper clips and small screw drivers is a tall order



Good call, I will try this.



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Rainbird offers a key for $8 + $5 to ship, it takes a week to get here. I have someone coming to work on my house tomorrow and I was on the fence if I needed to be careful around the sprinkler heads, I don't plan to use it so if it's broken, I don't care but if it works I'd like to keep it working in case a future owner wants to use it.
Pry-bar and sledge hammer
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If that little plastic door is too much for you, let your husband give it a try.
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Irrigation guy here - all those locks use a universal key. The number on the key should be a 751. try the WD-40 trick. If that dosent work, go to a place called Site 1 or Horizon....they should give you a key for free
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Drill the lock out. Start with a 1/8" bit and work up to 1/4, 5/16. Stick it in where the key goes. Just make sure you don't penetrate too deep or you may damage wires or worse, the printed circuit board.
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Your service guy that is coming over may have a key.
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Old 03-30-2017, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Marlin catcher View Post
Irrigation guy here - all those locks use a universal key. The number on the key should be a 751. try the WD-40 trick. If that dosent work, go to a place called Site 1 or Horizon....they should give you a key for free
Site one is who gave me the key. The WD40 trick worked. I got the panel open and there's more buttons than the space shuttle. All I managed to do was flood my driveway. So I guess it works.....kinda
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