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Sunday, January 3rd 2010, 4:02pm

by vio0633 (Guest)

Here is a link to what looks to be the controller installed...

http://www.rainbird.com/pdf/turf/man_ESPsi.pdf

Sunday, January 3rd 2010, 3:57pm

by vio0633 (Guest)

The wires are definetly hooked up to the controller. Unscrew those two screws at the bottom. Take that piece off then take the bottom door off. The part that says RainBird ESP. You'll see the wires connected there. When you put that door back on make sure the slider switch is in the same position. All the way to the right.

What I don't see are the transformer wires. There isn't a display either. It looks like they've disconnected it. As far as the wires going behind the controller, that's a mystery. Could be another controller somewhere or? You'll have to look and see. Once that door's off you'll know more.


Yes the water's turned off at the ball valves. Turn them on slowly.

Good luck!
That black wire that is wrapped around the controller I think goes to the transformer that is not plugged in. The display is on the upper left picture...above the dial is the display that will set the time and everything else I need to look at. I just dont know where the valve wiring is going to. Its attached to the valves running under the ground...but I dont know exactly how its going to the controller.

Saturday, January 2nd 2010, 7:35pm

by mrfixit

The wires are definetly hooked up to the controller. Unscrew those two screws at the bottom. Take that piece off then take the bottom door off. The part that says RainBird ESP. You'll see the wires connected there. When you put that door back on make sure the slider switch is in the same position. All the way to the right.

What I don't see are the transformer wires. There isn't a display either. It looks like they've disconnected it. As far as the wires going behind the controller, that's a mystery. Could be another controller somewhere or? You'll have to look and see. Once that door's off you'll know more.


Yes the water's turned off at the ball valves. Turn them on slowly.

Good luck!

Friday, January 1st 2010, 11:42pm

by vio0633 (Guest)

One last question...to turn the system on and supply water to it I would need to go up to that main Double check valve and turn those blue handles on to supply the main water to the system right? Sorry for all the questions....real new to irrigation.

Friday, January 1st 2010, 11:39pm

by vio0633 (Guest)

I don't see that valve installed much in the area where I live. This particular valve is supposed to be a good valve. Last time I checked which was many years ago it had a lifetime warranty. With that said I have had to replace about 4 of them due to the seat cracking. 3 of those valves were at the same house. Would I install it? NO. Why? Because of the seat cracking.

A good reliable valve at a decent price is the Irritrol 205 or 2500. I've seen hundreds of these valves installed. Never have I seen a seat crack. Only issue with the 205 is the bonnet screws. Tighten them just a tad, 1/4 turn before installing or they may leak years down the road.
Ok sounds good! I found this system installed in my home when I went through the inspection process of my home buying experience. Im probably going to wait until it warms up a bit before I turn it on. Question...most of the wiring from these valves go back to the controller but I dont see any wires attached to it. Could the wires be run from behind the box inside the wall maybe? That black cord in the pictures I think is for the power. I would take it apart but cant do anything until I finish closing on the house.

Thursday, December 31st 2009, 12:08pm

by mrfixit

I don't see that valve installed much in the area where I live. This particular valve is supposed to be a good valve. Last time I checked which was many years ago it had a lifetime warranty. With that said I have had to replace about 4 of them due to the seat cracking. 3 of those valves were at the same house. Would I install it? NO. Why? Because of the seat cracking.

A good reliable valve at a decent price is the Irritrol 205 or 2500. I've seen hundreds of these valves installed. Never have I seen a seat crack. Only issue with the 205 is the bonnet screws. Tighten them just a tad, 1/4 turn before installing or they may leak years down the road.

Thursday, December 31st 2009, 4:11am

by vio0633 (Guest)

Thank you for the help! I will do some research and see how good these valves are. Have you ran these or heard of any issues with them?

Thursday, December 31st 2009, 4:03am

by vio0633 (Guest)

How about you supply your location, and while you are at it, get a better image host.
Sure...im in the WA area. I will host it on something better. Sorry...I just uploaded the pictures I had onto it to mediafire.

Sunday, December 27th 2009, 9:55am

by Wet_Boots

How about you supply your location, and while you are at it, get a better image host.