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Saturday, September 19th 2015, 8:43am

Author: Central Irrigation

Poly valve manifold

Been doing it that way for years. I am not a fan of PVC manifolds as it requires complete disassembly when a PVC T fitting cracks.

Saturday, August 22nd 2015, 9:17am

Author: Central Irrigation

PCP Ultra Hunter head how to install nozzle in head?

Back out the radius adjustment screw just enough to allow removal of existing nozzle. Once out, install new nozzle and tighten radius adjustment screw enough to keep nozzle secured.

Saturday, August 22nd 2015, 9:07am

Author: Central Irrigation

sprinkler pump tripping breaker as soon as it turns on

You may have a bad start capacitor in the pump motor. Your breaker may be getting weak. You may have a short in your high voltage wiring of the pump. The breaker maybe sized to small. The motor itself may be worn out. You could take the pump to an electric motor repairman who can test the motor.

Wednesday, August 19th 2015, 6:57pm

Author: Central Irrigation

re-purposing a pair of spray heads for drip line irrigation

They will blow it out exactly like the rest of the system. Most compressors are pressure regulated as to not exceed the limits of what a system can handle pressure wise. Provided you do a decent job making your connections, you should have no issues.

Monday, August 17th 2015, 8:42pm

Author: Central Irrigation

Zones not working.

Lightning damage is a lucrative thing. Can wipe out the entire electrical system in a split second.

Sunday, August 16th 2015, 10:55pm

Author: Central Irrigation

Valve running on every zone

Time to start opening valve boxes and mapping color to color connections. You need to find all valves, which in your case should be 6. 5 zones and a master valve. Of course I'm assuming this is run off city water, not a pump.

Sunday, August 16th 2015, 3:59pm

Author: Central Irrigation

Valve running on every zone

Start disconnecting wires in the controller. If you disconnect the wire on the MV post and lose all control of system, then it is for an actual master valve and must be reconnected. It appears as though you have many more valves in your yard than 5 zones. The double tap on zones 2 and 3 is a clear indication. Test the resistance all zone wires individually to determine if they in fact control separate zone valves. It is possible they are using the MV terminal for a zone valve as it appears they ...

Saturday, August 15th 2015, 8:29am

Author: Central Irrigation

Job scheduling software

QXpress. Works in conjunction with QuickBooks. Makes scheduling and invoicing a breeze.

Thursday, August 13th 2015, 6:38pm

Author: Central Irrigation

Rain Bird ESP-Me programming

Remove stations 1,2,3,4 and 5 from program A by selecting Station run times on the dial. Eliminate the run times for said stations 2. Select program B using the Program selector switch. 3. Add the lawn zones by adding run times 4. While still in Program B, add the days and start time you want the lawn to run 5. Return program selector switch back on Program A 6. Set the days you want the drip zones to water. 7. Set a start time Make sure not to overlap the 2 programs, as in, you don't want progr...

Tuesday, August 11th 2015, 7:03pm

Author: Central Irrigation

Rainbird ESP-8TM Troubleshooting or Replacement

An FYI...transformers are not brand specific. Even a 2 wire transformer will work.

Wednesday, August 5th 2015, 5:20pm

Author: Central Irrigation

Best heads for dirty water?

The impact style are going to be your best bet for dirty water. Have you checked to see if there is a rip in the mesh sock? Perhaps you're using small nozzles. Ask WetBoots about the Rainbird Maxipaw. He's probably been waiting to jump in! I've pulled water from some mud holes before, but rarely run into plugged rotor nozzles.

Tuesday, August 4th 2015, 9:25pm

Author: Central Irrigation

Best heads for dirty water?

What are you currently using to as a lake screen? A section of 4" PVC well screen works well. Or you could buy a lake basket and replaceable mesh bag to filter larger particles.

Sunday, August 2nd 2015, 7:08pm

Author: Central Irrigation

Tool to locate a cut a valve wire

A ground fault locator. I should warn you, they will find every nick in the wire. I use an older Metrotec 810 wire locator that does a pretty good job of finding cut wires. Multi strand is difficult as the signal will jump to other wires.

Friday, July 31st 2015, 8:19pm

Author: Central Irrigation

zone not working....confused..please help

Are you measuring resistance from the controller? Take voltage readings at the selonoid connection with the selonoid attached. In the case of a ground fault, you may get 24 volts on an unloaded circuit. Attach a selonoid and you could see a drop in voltage.

Friday, July 31st 2015, 8:06pm

Author: Central Irrigation

Threaded male valves vs. threaded female valves: pros/cons or advantages/disadvantages?

Little to no difference in dependability. If using poly line, the male by barb valves are a time/money saver. If using PVC lines, the female by female valves are used most frequently. No reason for a male by male, just seems unnatural. Keep in mind, valves are made to be serviceable. Very few reasons to have to replace an entire valve body.

Tuesday, July 28th 2015, 5:26pm

Author: Central Irrigation

Low pressure from house to system

There is no place for a 1/2" line trying to feed a sprinkler system. Although, a few inches of it may not cause all that much problem. From your description, it sounds as though the regulator is before the sprinkler supply line, is that correct? It is possible that is not set correctly or faulty. You would need a pressure gauge to test actual pressure. Certain shut off valves can cause constriction points in a supply line also. Waste and Stop valves get cut out of supply lines on a regular basis...

Sunday, July 26th 2015, 6:56pm

Author: Central Irrigation

Low pressure from house to system

Where is the pressure regulator set?