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Spraying Concepts

Spraying costly and powerful herbicides like Celsius, Tenacity and Certainty require precision. You don't want to harm your turf by using a tip that produces drips or puts out too much product, even when spot spraying. You've invested in your turf, take care of it.

Important: Start by watching these excellent videos on the important principles of spraying. It's a fantastic series that explains the steps to getting this right. It talks about the different tips available that make the difference between spraying 4 gallons over 5k or 10k. Don't like to refill so often? Watch the videos. Droplet size directly affects coverage, and that comes from selecting the proper tip for the job.

Once you know the proper concepts of spraying, get setup on the business end of your sprayer. This setup, with the nozzle body, will allow you to swap tips and caps, depending on what rate you want to spray. Eventually, you'll have a whole set of tips and swapping them out to spray something different each day of the week will be easy.

Read the TeeJet nozzle thread to get a good idea of how the different spray tips work.

Parts

Pick a TeeJet spraying tip and place it into a TeeJet cap. The cap will hold the tip in place. It is important to pick a cap that fits the tip you are buying.

The tip and cap will fit onto a nozzle body. The nozzle body will stay on the end of the wand and the tip and cap can be quickly removed and changed for different spraying projects. Buy as many tips as you have spraying needs and then just connect them to the nozzle body as needed. A strainer can be placed inside the nozzle body to prevent clogs.

The nozzle body can then connect to either a CF valve or the wand itself. I like using a constant flow valve to prevent drips after releasing the trigger. With high powered herbicides, drips can be deadly.

The nozzle body or CF valve screw into a brass wand. The wand needs a trigger, handle, and swivel barb to connect to your existing sprayer hose. Use pinch or screw clamps to keep the hose connection tight.

Putting It Together

Drop the tip into the cap, and the strainer into the nozzle body. Screw the cap into the nozzle body and connect the body to the CF valve. Screw the CF valve onto the wand and screw the wand onto the trigger. With Teflon tape, connect the trigger to the handle, and with more tape, connect the handle to the swivel barb. Clamp the barb to your hose and you're off to the races.

Again: Hose and Clamp->Swivel Barb->Thread Tape->Handle->Thread Tape->Trigger->Wand->CF Valve->Nozzle Body->Filter->Cap->Tip

Purchase Links:

New option! Buy a completely assembled wand in the TLF Store!

Spray Smarter


Sprayer Depot


CF Valves*


Oesco Line of CF Valves
Altec Line of CF Valves
Forestry Suppliers CF Valves for Solo Sprayers
*CF valves are definitely recommended for hand pump sprayers. For an electric sprayer, a simple check valve may suffice.

Pictures

Here is a look at the finished project.



Instructional Video


Enjoy your new wand,

dfw
 

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J_nick said:
Can the wand be put together without the CF valve? I'll be using it on my spraying rig and have other means to control pressure. Just wanted to make sure everything would screw together without it.
Yes. Everything on that end has 11/16 TeeJet threads. So the female thread nozzle body would just be threaded onto the male wand threads.
 

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I'm tempted to put one of these together but just haven't got around to it. I have upgraded my wands to the Solo wands they sell at Home Depot that except the Tee-Jet nozzles. I don't do a lot of spraying outside of the Franken-Spreader-Mate so it hasn't really become an issue for me.
 

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Say I have a sprayer and I'm happy with it but would like some extra control / calibration. Would adding the tip, cap, nozzle body, and CF valve do that for me? Or do you need the whole wand shebang?

Are 11/16" standard threads for most sprayers?

What does the nozzle body do?
 

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MarkV said:
Say I have a sprayer and I'm happy with it but would like some extra control / calibration. Would adding the tip, cap, nozzle body, and CF valve do that for me? Or do you need the whole wand shebang?

Are 11/16" standard threads for most sprayers?

What does the nozzle body do?
That would certainly work if all the threads are the same, but most TeeJet stuff is a proprietary "11/16 TeeJet thread".

The nozzle body allows you to use the "Quick TeeJet Caps" for quick nozzle changes.

The CF Valves are available in different thread options. The trick is figuring out what threads your sprayer mfg uses on their wand.
 

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Can someone direct me to the parts I would need to construct a 4 nozzle boom? Or even better yet, is there a high quality metal boom with the TeeJet nozzles I could buy pre-built?

BTW, my application scenario if for applying PGR to Bermuda.

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Can someone direct me to the parts I would need to construct a 4 nozzle boom? Or even better yet, is there a high quality metal boom with the TeeJet nozzles I could buy pre-built?

BTW, my application scenario if for applying PGR to Bermuda.

-b
Is something like this Solo 4 Nozzle Sprayer Boom what you are looking for?
 

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J_nick said:
:fool: it's the wand this thread is about
I stopped reading after the tips and looked at the pictures. I was distracted by the awesomeness and missed the text....

so what is the out the door cost of this thing? Like 100$ all in -ish?

Or, if my wand if working, i guess I could get away with the valve and tips for now...

I know we linked all online items, but is this source-able through other channels like tractor supply or amazon even?

Also, for the tips, they base things on PSI and speed. do we just assume the average person is going 3MPH? Just curious how we calculate our tips. I bought some at tractor supply and just figured they are OK, but there is obviously a bit more to it.
 

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I was looking for an extension kit to add my existing Harbor Freight pump 4 gal. sprayer so that I can get a wider spraying swath. I saw this pic on the FB page. Maybe someone can tell me where to find it at because I'm having no luck. Thanks

 
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