Sometimes you just get lucky

Apparently, this morning one of the sprinklers in the front yard catastrophically exploded, sending a torrent of water at just the right angle to flood my shop. When I walked in this afternoon, the floor was damp (at least the standing water went down the drain) but it doesn't look like anything else was hit.
Luckily, the project I'm about to finish, a nice custom bookcase for my oldest daughter, survived because I put it up on sawhorses to work on it last night. Had I waited until today like I was thinking of doing, it would have been toast.
I guess fate smiles on you every now and then. :)
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About 20 years ago I looked out the back window and something was different, but I couldn't put my finger on just what it was. I went out to find that a 4' diameter willow had broken in the night and fallen in my yard. You can imagine what a huge crown a tree like that would have. It crushed one inexpensive chair, but didn't hit anything else. I would have said that would be impossible to find a way to put a tree that size in my yard without doing much damage, but it happened by chance. Go figure.
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I've got a massive tree in my back yard and maybe 5-6 years ago during a wind storm, a 30 foot branch came down. It didn't hit anything but it ended up about a foot from the wall that my wife and I were sleeping behind at the time. Another couple feet and we would have had a tree on our bed.
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"Brian Henderson" wrote:

Better lucky than good any day.
Speaking of lawn sprinklers, it was reported that the lawn sprinklers came on this morning at a home that had burned to the ground last night here in SoCal.
lew
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On Wed, 24 Oct 2007 15:26:58 -0700, "Lew Hodgett"

If the house is gone, where is the sprinkler controller?
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B A R R Y wrote:

Somewhere else, obviously...
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dpb wrote:

Wow, you really are a top notch engineer! MIT educated? <G>
We don't usually have sprinkers in my area, as we don't need them and the pipes freeze if not totally empty in the winter. My only experience is with my mom and dad's homes in FL. Their sprinklers are controlled by electric devices in the garage.
Where else could a controller be if not in the burnt to the ground house?
I was actually asking what I thought was a valid question from non-sprinkler land.
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B A R R Y wrote:

Maybe outside the house attached to a water pipe?
And "burnt to the ground" is generally figurative language. If all the wood in my house burned to vapor there would still be concrete remains extending several feet above the ground, and water pipes filled with water take a great deal more burning than does wood, so unless falling timber broke one they would likely still be standing, furthermore the parts of the service entrance for power that are above ground are metal sheathed so that wiring mught also survive. If I had indoor sprinkler controllers they would likely be right next to the breaker panel in the cellar.
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J. Clarke wrote:

But would it have A/C power? If the home was destroyed would the breakers trip? <G>
Homes in sprinker-land are often built on slabs, unlike our New England homes. I'm just curious how these things work.
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B A R R Y wrote:

In those million-dollar babies I've seen several pictures on the TV news of houses that burned but some of the outbuildings weren't touched and vice versa.
Many systems have battery backup on the timers so they don't lose the timer settings during an outage.
Don't suspect there's anything very exotic going on...
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B A R R Y wrote:

Only if something shorted the wiring. Then it would be the branch circuits, not the main breaker. If the sprinkler controller was right next to the breaker panel it might very well be on a circuit that ran only in the cellar.

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"B A R R Y" wrote::

Don't they play golf in your area?
Can't imagine a decent golf course without watered fairways and greens.
Lew
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Lew Hodgett wrote:

They blow 'em out with compressed air.
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wrote:

moss or something like that.. gets it's water from the humidity and a bit of spraying in the winter..
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What was "fate" doing when the sprinkler exploded? <G>
Max
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No kidding.
I bought a small house on Copeland Rd in Sarnia, Ontario back in the mid-80's. It had a fabulous 3 car garage and therin was the attraction. A cheap enough piece of property that I bought it with a personal cheque. I built some challenging projects there.
One day, a house adjoining my back-yard, (on Rayburne Street) back-to- back, exploded. The explosion was caused by a gas leak finding a pilot light. A new building was being constructed next door and the excavator ripped the gas line out from the side of the house. The occupants of the exploded house NEVER left that house, except THAT weekend, because their daughter could not make the trip to see her parents because she was expecting a baby. Her mom and dad decided to go and surprise her instead. It was the FIRST time in THREE years they left that house. That total 'flukishness' reaffirmed my faith in my God in a BIG way. This God that *I* know has a BIG finger and stirs it in so many lives. I am NOT a religious freak, but I bow my head often.
r
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