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Today, 12:26pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Low pressure on 1 zone

Try using an Irritrol 2713APR antisyphon valve, if you want a "do this and job done" solution, sight unseen. But first, try some advanced diagnostics. You need a pressure gauge connected somewhere upstream of your zone valves. Open a zone you know works properly. You can do this for all the zones, and log the pressure measurements. When you get to a zone where the heads aren't popping up, the pressure gauge reading will help you know if the zone valve is the problem. Broken pipe(s) will result i...

Sunday, February 11th 2018, 12:58pm

Author: Wet_Boots

TORO ex wires to the back up battery are burnt

Let the controller run awhile. It might have some self-correcting ability for the time of day. I personally never worried about the precise time the controller displayed, since the lawn didn't benefit by accurate-to-the-second controllers. Lawns did just fine with motorized controllers you couldn't set to exact minutes, let alone seconds.

Friday, February 9th 2018, 1:19pm

Author: Wet_Boots

No 24V signal going to Pump Switch Relay.

Are there any spare conductors in the existing control wiring?

Tuesday, February 6th 2018, 7:16am

Author: Wet_Boots

Orbit Controler With Indexing Valve

If you can program a delay between zones activating, say at least a minute, then you can run an indexing valve with your controller.

Sunday, February 4th 2018, 9:46am

Author: Wet_Boots

Ways of controlling automatic irrigation system

A great number of people got there ahead of you.

Sunday, February 4th 2018, 9:45am

Author: Wet_Boots

Irrigation will not turn on when set to auto

It could be as simple as a bad toggle switch. You will have to diagnose this yourself with the aid of a multimeter. The controller is dead simple, so just find the bad part(s) However, you might best be served by looking for a replacement. These show up on eBay a lot, as systems get modernized. Note that there are many variations on this clock, so other model numbers can be a match. Read the descriptions carefully.

Friday, February 2nd 2018, 10:36am

Author: Wet_Boots

Valve location

For the sake of reader comprehension, it must be noted that the question and most recent comment are from unknown locations. In states with cold winters, nearly all residential systems are installed with poly pipe pulled into the ground with a special machine known as a vibratory plow, so that no trench digging is required. This method puts a valve manifold near the point where the water supply exits the house. In warmer areas, where trenches are dug to lay in PVC pipe, zone valves may be scatte...

Wednesday, January 31st 2018, 7:09pm

Author: Wet_Boots

TORO ex wires to the back up battery are burnt

You don't. Not directly. Upload them to the internet by way of tinypic.com and bring back the IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards to paste into the message.

Tuesday, January 30th 2018, 8:51am

Author: Wet_Boots

TORO ex wires to the back up battery are burnt

You maybe get to be the first. Take lots of photos, and give it a shot.

Sunday, January 28th 2018, 10:34am

Author: Wet_Boots

Valve location

No problem with a single valve box. Indeed, several advantages with that configuration.

Friday, January 26th 2018, 7:07pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Hunter Pro C

Try swapping a pair of zone wires between a working zone and a non-working zone. Like switch zone 3 and 4.

Friday, January 19th 2018, 11:08am

Author: Wet_Boots

sprinkler head...nothing

Well, now we want not only an explanation, but photos.

Sunday, January 14th 2018, 11:22am

Author: Wet_Boots

PR Off-replaced with new unit, still nothing

Time to check on the system wiring. A simple multimeter can be used to take resistance readings (controller off, of course) of the zone valve wiring.

Sunday, January 14th 2018, 11:19am

Author: Wet_Boots

controller box is in "off" position but the system comes on at regular time

those "dial" type controllers can get a little erratic when the switch contacts get old - try activating a cycle and seeing if you can switch it off with the dial

Sunday, January 14th 2018, 11:16am

Author: Wet_Boots

Garden bed saturated

Check the controller wiring to make certain that the wet zone isn't wired to the Master Valve.

Wednesday, January 3rd 2018, 1:10pm

Author: Wet_Boots

rainbird solenoid failure

If you forever swore off a manufacturer because of a problem with a head or valve or controller, there would soon be no one left to buy from.

Wednesday, January 3rd 2018, 1:07pm

Author: Wet_Boots

antisiphon valve hiccup/surging...

Modern spring-loaded sprinkler heads can force water back at the antisyphon valves when a zone shuts off, even when the valves are more than a foot higher in elevation than the heads. This will result in some spillage at the valves, but it is not considered a failure of the valve or of the system design.

Thursday, December 21st 2017, 6:36pm

Author: Wet_Boots

RE: Help with valve identification

Quoted from "geekguy" See attached pic. Can anyone identify this 6 valve unit? I can't find any make or model. It works except one zone doesn't completely shut off. We can't identify any images that are not uploaded to the internet. Visit tinypic.com and upload your photo, and bring back the Forum Code to paste into the message box.

Wednesday, December 13th 2017, 6:54am

Author: Wet_Boots

Valve Locations

It might be more practical to simply copy the old technique for documenting buried water well locations, which was to take measurements to the two nearest corners of the house, making a triangle that will allow anyone with a tape measure to pinpoint a valve box. Another practical no-high-tech-required idea is to use larger valve boxes. While I realize it is Texas custom to put each valve into its own tiny round box, as opposed to systems with large rectangular boxes holding half a dozen valves, ...

Tuesday, December 12th 2017, 6:43pm

Author: Wet_Boots

NEWB: new sprinkler system design

You might rework your designs to employ agricultural drip irrigation, and get the quietest operation possible. As far as the pump goes, forget the eBay toy and use a small sump pump. They already come with a float switch, so they won't pump your source dry.