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The last 10 posts

Saturday, April 27th 2013, 7:42am

by Wet_Boots

Start with Sprinklers - Lawn and Garden and look for repair service

Friday, April 26th 2013, 9:07pm

by Caltino (Guest)

Pro

Could be very expensive, if there are hundreds of feet of control wiring spread over the property.

If you want to get a vague idea of the expense involved for a do-it-yourself-er who knows absolutely nothing, add up the costs for a new controller, new solenoids for each valve (probably get them as complete valves) and new control wiring.

That is something like a "brute force" solution. A pro would electrically test the system, and replace only what needs replacing.


How can I look for a pro to test the system and tell em what needs to be done? What would they fall under in the yellow pages? I am guessing sprinkler system repairmen is a bit too specific?

Tuesday, April 16th 2013, 2:20pm

by Wet_Boots

Could be very expensive, if there are hundreds of feet of control wiring spread over the property.

If you want to get a vague idea of the expense involved for a do-it-yourself-er who knows absolutely nothing, add up the costs for a new controller, new solenoids for each valve (probably get them as complete valves) and new control wiring.

That is something like a "brute force" solution. A pro would electrically test the system, and replace only what needs replacing.

Tuesday, April 16th 2013, 1:31pm

by Caltino (Guest)

Lightning

If there are electrical issues beyond the controller, replacing it doesn't get you a working system. This is especially true in locations that receive a lightning strike.


If there was lighning, and i think there was, does that mean wires going out to the field are burnt? So this may be a large scale operation to get it fixed?

Tuesday, April 16th 2013, 11:52am

by Wet_Boots

If there are electrical issues beyond the controller, replacing it doesn't get you a working system. This is especially true in locations that receive a lightning strike.

Tuesday, April 16th 2013, 10:37am

by Caltino (Guest)

Shot

I spoke to another tech and he said if replacing the battery does not get the display to come on and show some error messages, probably the whole unit is shot.

Who would I call to replace the system? Are there people who know how to do this and will come to your home? How would they be listed in yellow pages and such? Or do I need to do it myself?

Monday, April 15th 2013, 4:31pm

by Wet_Boots

if you want to handle controller issues, and electrical issues on your sprinkler system, you need a multimeter, to check for voltages and wiring resistance. Without one, you are playing expensive guessing games.

By the way, if the display is blank, and you know the controller is plugged in, the only suggestion they provide is a reboot. Unplug the controller. Remove the battery. After five minutes, replace the battery, and plug in the controller.

If what you called a "spare bulb" is a replacement glass fuse, the fact that the original was burnt out brings up the possibility of a voltage surge. They can kill a controller. Sometimes they just fuddle it, and a reboot brings it back to good working order.

Monday, April 15th 2013, 4:14pm

by Caltino (Guest)

RE: Broken?

By the way, i called the tech support and the rep told me to change the transformer. I unplugged it but I do not know if transformers keep power for a while, so I will wait to remove it. I am planning to go to radioshack for a new one, or is it a specialty item? Also there are a few wires coming out. Two orange one green i think and one of them is attached to a spot that seems to be under some cover, while the others are attached to spots clear to unscrew. I do not know if that means anything.

Monday, April 15th 2013, 3:54pm

by Caltino (Guest)

Broken?

do you have the owners manual?


I read the manual. For not working at all, it does nor really give much to try.

I touched the transformer. It was warm. Does that lead to anything? Or does that mean the circuitboard is shot?

Saturday, April 13th 2013, 10:36am

by Wet_Boots

do you have the owners manual?