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Anyone ever had this happen before? I was up on a roof yesterday spraying to my hearts content and the wand snapped right where the pvc threads into the trigger gun. DOH! I was really wishing I had a back up at that point, but I didn't expect that part to fail. I had to finish with a pump up sprayer, but I was almost done anyway.I do like that wand, but I think I am going to make a few of my own to see how I like them. If I don't like them, I will order a few from Bob.

Lesson: ALWAYS HAVE BACK UPS!

Okay, I learned my lesson.

Hope everyone is doing well this year, and has as few equipment break downs as possible.



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Phil, I'm guilty too. I made a spare but have not tested it yet.



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We use 12" and 18" gray sprinkler risers from Home depot. 1/2" We keep 2 extras on the truck at all times for backup and theyre only about $3 I think.......Could be wrong on the price, but theyre cheap.

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Anyone ever had this happen before? I was up on a roof yesterday spraying to my hearts content and the wand snapped right where the pvc threads into the trigger gun. DOH! I was really wishing I had a back up at that point, but I didn't expect that part to fail. I had to finish with a pump up sprayer, but I was almost done anyway.I do like that wand, but I think I am going to make a few of my own to see how I like them. If I don't like them, I will order a few from Bob.

Lesson: ALWAYS HAVE BACK UPS!

Okay, I learned my lesson.

Hope everyone is doing well this year, and has as few equipment break downs as possible.


 That's why we use ball valves only blankstare

 



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Thanks for the info, I will definitely get some backups. I learned some hard lessons last week... Murphy's Law at its finest! :)

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Ours broke almost 8 months ago. We finished that job up using just a ball valve. My roof guy liked it better. Needless to say, we never got another one. Me personally, I like using the wand better but I'm not the one spraying.

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Roof Cleaning Severna Park MD wrote:

Thanks for the info, I will definitely get some backups. I learned some hard lessons last week... Murphy's Law at its finest! :)


 I don't see how he could be in 2 places at one time. He's been with me for the past 2 weeks. He spent most of the morning with me again yesterday. ARRRG!!!  Everything that could go wrong and break has.

 



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When it happen to me I put the tip from the top of the wand into the handle. You lose a little reach but better than a pump spayer

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Larry, no kidding! I was wondering what else could break the other day! First it was my hose reel, then it was tubing from my tank to the pump, then it was quick connects, then the wand. It's a good time to try a ball valve setup, so we will try to get a positive out of this.

I didn't mention the bonehead move that I made, like running out of SH when I had about 10 minutes left before a roof would have been finished.

I think it's time to pass him on to someone else a little further from MD and FL.

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When it happen to me I put the tip from the top of the wand into the handle. You lose a little reach but better than a pump spayer


 

 Jim, good idea! Glad to see that I'd not alone on this one.

The roof was nearly finished and I already had the pump up spray on the roof with me (I was trying something new).



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My wand snapped as well.  Luckily it snapped while I was replacing the riser in my garage, and not on a job. SH is hard on it.  It simply gets brittle over time.  I too have switched to ball valves (and I keep lots of back ups/parts on hand.)

One very nice thing about that wand from Bob, is IF someone were to drop it from a ladder, it shuts itself off right away, unlike a ball valve that will do a number on the lawn and landscape by the time you got to it.

Even ball valves and risers will get brittle.  I remember a post of Chris T's stating to proactively replace those types of things BEFORE they break.  I do just that now.



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Ted, I was very thankful that the solution wasn't spraying all over after it broke, definitely saved my tail. I wasn't questing the product at all, I like the wand, but I wanted to see if it was common because my other one from Bob was about to do the same thing, but I broke it when I got mad at my pump while working on it at my house, whoops. I was aggressively moving items in my truck and snapped it in the exact same place.

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I'm with ya bud.  That chem just eats things up!



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My wand snapped as well.  Luckily it snapped while I was replacing the riser in my garage, and not on a job. SH is hard on it.  It simply gets brittle over time.  I too have switched to ball valves (and I keep lots of back ups/parts on hand.)

One very nice thing about that wand from Bob, is IF someone were to drop it from a ladder, it shuts itself off right away, unlike a ball valve that will do a number on the lawn and landscape by the time you got to it.

Even ball valves and risers will get brittle.  I remember a post of Chris T's stating to proactively replace those types of things BEFORE they break.  I do just that now.


 LOL Ted, I have had countless people come down to Tampa, and see brass hose barbs, and cheap ball valves on my roof cleaning trucks. We use what was handy to Lowe's or Home Depot when we broke, realize it will break again, and simply try to replace it before it does. Nothing is 'forever' when you are dealing with the SH.

 



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Be ready for every thing to break. When I place an order for something I order 2 or 3 now.

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I use the wand all the time, and They break all the time. But I have learned how to make them last. 1} Never pull the line from the wand, grab a foot or so of slack hose to the wand then begin to pull...never pull the wand to pull the hose. 2} When the sprayer is moving around the ' Grounds " he grabs a foot of slack AND THE GROUND MAN PULLS THE HOSE BEHIND HIM, so there is no stress on the wand. 3} Never drop the wand, when placing down on the ground always make sure it is away from any activity like foot traffic...the wand does snap easily. 4} I find the wand always breaks at the point going into the trigger gun...a reversable needle nose or a " O " ring plyer works great at removing the broken pipe. You can get threaded sprinkler " pipes,wands " at lowes. I have two functioning trigger gun wands on my rig,as well as three wands with ball vavles. I have broken two trigger wands on one job and finished the day with the ball vavle wand. I always go back to the trigger wand.. I just like it better. Treat the wand as I advise and it will last a lot longer.

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We use a ball valve but Im not crazy about them. They dont seem to last very long but at least theyre cheap.

Someone posted a trigger gun they were using the other day... Does anyone have an idea of which one it was?

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Suttner ST2700 is what I ordered thanks to Marcus Raif. It's a little pricey but I know Marcus has been using his for I think 9 months now with no problems at all.

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Thanks, thats what I was thinking of.

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The trigger gun from Bob or Lori is fine.

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