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Tuesday, July 4th 2017, 8:15pm

Author: donl1150

Need rain sensor for Toro battery operated controller

but don't the wired ones also require 24 VAC? I am wondering if there is a battery powered sensor to go along with the battery powered controller. I have an inquiry into Toro so hopefully they may be able to steer me in the right direction.

Tuesday, July 4th 2017, 5:35pm

Author: donl1150

Need rain sensor for Toro battery operated controller

Just finishing installation of my system. Since I don't have power outside near where I wanted my controller, I chose the Toro DDC WP series controller which is battery operated. Now I am in need of a rain sensor. I want a wireless one but it seems you need 24 vac power to the receiver portion on the ones I have seen. The transmitter portion is battery operated. Are there sensors that are battery operated both transmitter & receiver?

Tuesday, July 4th 2017, 4:47pm

Author: donl1150

Eco-lock vs Blu-lock vs PVC-lock

I contacted Orbit support & they told me Blu-lock is replacing Eco-lock. Same concept. No explanation given. I told them to have their marketing people update the web site to include something about the change.

Saturday, July 1st 2017, 8:11pm

Author: donl1150

Eco-lock vs Blu-lock vs PVC-lock

I am installing a system using Eco-lock pipe and fittings. I must say it works great. I am 'wet fitting' everything and testing before I dig the trenches and bury them. No leaks so far....working great. I am confused though. I am trying to find an Eco-lock release tool but all I can find anywhere are Blu-lock release tools. Leads to my question.....what is the difference between the two? Will the Blu-lock release tools work on Eco-lock tubing? As for PVC-lock, that I think is self explanatory. T...

Wednesday, June 28th 2017, 3:34pm

Author: donl1150

A system in the wilderness

I am about to begin installation of a system at our lake home in northern Minnesota. We are about 45 miles from the nearest town and there are no local code worries about this installation. Since the home is heated via a geothermal heat pump system we have a very robust water supply. I plan on using it as the supply rather than fool around with pumping from the lake. I have tested the system and I can easily get 12 gpm @ 40 psi from the well. I have a couple of questions about the installation: ...

Thursday, September 8th 2011, 9:06pm

Author: donl1150

Pumping from a lake - Toro controller - Irritrol relay

Well, I just finished some testing. 24 volts from the AC transformer to the controller. 24 volts leaving the controller to the relay. 24 volts arriving at the relay. But the relay won't engage. When I press the little lever on the relay, it engages the 220v for the pump and the pump starts. Seems to me the relay is bad.....but I just bought it. I am stumped. don

Wednesday, September 7th 2011, 9:51pm

Author: donl1150

Pumping from a lake - Toro controller - Irritrol relay

Thanks for the Ideas on the testing. Will give that a try tomorrow. As for clarification of relay location, both the controller and the relay are located in the garage however there is a wall between the two. Roughly 10 ft of wire between the two. don

Wednesday, September 7th 2011, 8:53pm

Author: donl1150

Pumping from a lake - Toro controller - Irritrol relay

The relay is located in the attached garage 100 ft from the pump/pumphouse near the lake. As for electrical results on the system wiring, I would not know how. I did verify that 220v is available at the relay and does activate the pump if I manually press the little lever on the relay. I have not checked to see if 24v is leaving the controller or arriving at the relay. I think that is a next step. That, I think, would tell me if the controller needs replacement. Donn

Wednesday, September 7th 2011, 3:15pm

Author: donl1150

Pumping from a lake - Toro controller - Irritrol relay

I have had a system for several years working just fine - pumping from a lake using a Toro controller and an Irritrol relay to control the pump. Recently, our neighbor had a direct lightning strike to their UG system blowing out all of THEIR valve covers and their controller in the house was fried. (luckily no house fire!). Our house is about 100 ft away however our UG systems abut one another on the common property line. No apparent damage to anything in our house - except the Direct TV receive...