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Saturday, July 14th 2018, 12:37pm

Author: RichMoney

Two of six zones not functioning

It is not uncommon for contractors to wire up systems with extra control wires. They primarily do this for future expansion or if a wire goes bad they can attach it to an extra. 1 of two things have happend, either a line has been capped off or the control valve is not working. Most of the time when a control valve fails it creates a short circuit which will give a fault or a blown fuse at the controller. To see if a field wire has a valve connected to it, you will have to perform a continuity c...

Friday, July 13th 2018, 5:44pm

Author: RichMoney

New sprinkler system design

When on a well an pump you want to make sure you don't put out to much water or too little. If you put out too much your pump may begin to cavitate or you will just lose pressure. Too little and you pump will be turning on and off repeatedly. You want to design your system so that your pump is running at about 35-45 psi with a constant flow of water. To do this open a faucet connected to the pump regulate the pressure to 35-45 psi and see how long it takes to fill a 5-gallon bucket. Then some si...

Thursday, July 12th 2018, 4:16pm

Author: RichMoney

Can I add a six valve manifold to an existing three valve manifold?

You can add as many valves as you would like, you just need a controller with the amount of zones you require. If you are looking for a specific controller, you can try this one. Hunter makes great products. As for the wiring, you have 1 wire that goes to every single valve, called the common or valve common (VC). Then you have a hot wire, that is wired from the valve to a number that corresponds to a zone. https://sprinklerresource.com/

Monday, July 9th 2018, 6:24pm

Author: RichMoney

No Flow To Zone, but...

I would say you have a leak. If there are no visible signs of a water leak, you can spot dig the drip pipe and kink it or cut it to measure flow. Start close to the valve and work your way out. That's the hard thing about drip, with pressure regulator, filters, and branching off wherever the installer feels like it, it makes repair work a headache. https://sprinklerresource.com

Monday, July 9th 2018, 6:20pm

Author: RichMoney

2 wires into each zone terminal

To operator a valve, you only need a common wire and a hot wire. That being said I have seen people do some crazy stuff. Like doubling up the wire on a solenoid valve, maybe because the wire size was small? I have also seen wires in the controller jumped to other zones. Here is a very basic test to see if the valve is actually wired. Unwire the zone wire in questionTurn the zone on in the controllerthen lightly touch the wire to the terminal screw, if it is wired in the field you should see a sl...

Monday, July 9th 2018, 6:15pm

Author: RichMoney

Sprinker layout

I would do 3 zones, one top, middle, and bottom. They most likely have it broken up like that for nozzle sizes. Full circles like the ones in the middle are covering twice the area as a 180 degree head (like what is top and bottom). So putting bigger nozzles in those heads to distribute the water evenly is suggested. However, If those heads are on the same zone, you can simply increase the run time on that particular zone as opposed to putting out more water out of the heads. https://sprinklerre...

Monday, July 9th 2018, 6:07pm

Author: RichMoney

Start up beginning season

Most likely it is an issue with the water source. You need to verify that you have the water on, what type of water source are you working with? https://sprinklerresource.com

Wednesday, July 4th 2018, 9:27pm

Author: RichMoney

Pressure Switch Question

You can also install a pop off valve on the pump or somewhere in the main line. Once the pressure reaches a specified point it will dump water out of the valvle. https://sprinklerresource.com/

Wednesday, July 4th 2018, 7:59pm

Author: RichMoney

Fittings for testing pressure on backflow

All backflows should be 1/4" threads, some of them do have flared fittings in front of the test cocks, but those can be removed. Like these here. Simply unscrew them out of the test cock and then you can screw in a pressure guage, no need for fancy fittings most guages are standard with 1/4" pipe threads. https://sprinklerresource.com/

Wednesday, July 4th 2018, 7:48pm

Author: RichMoney

Reconnect After Pool Install

Let me understand your goals correctly, are you just looking to reconnect/reinstall station 7? When you say you "hear a small buzzing sound at the connetions" I am assuming that is at the valve location. Which is good news, this means that your valve is working and most likly the line is capped off. What I would do is try to locate a sprinkler head on zone 7, dig it up and attach a water supply to it. This can be done with a fitting to go from GHT (garden hose threads) to SPT (standard Pipe Thre...

Wednesday, July 4th 2018, 7:27pm

Author: RichMoney

Cover valve box with grass?

As an installer with over 20 years experience, installing valves in a central location in a yard makes for a HUGE pain in the but! Installing the system with multiple valve locations will save on materials and more importantly labor, as a result, it will drive your cost as a customer up. Picture this 6 valves in one spot 2 for the front right side of the ouse1 for the right side of the house2 for the backyard1 for the left side 1 for the front left side If the valves are located in the backyard,...

Wednesday, July 4th 2018, 7:14pm

Author: RichMoney

Rotor sprinklers - need advice.

It doesn't matter if your heads are mixed or not, as long as they are all the same type and nozzle size. I don't like K Rain heads when the first came out late 90's the adjust controls would easily strip out on them. They were covered under warranty, but having to dig up hundreds of sprinkler heads and replace them left a bad taste in my mouth. If you already have Orbit, you can stick with those. They are pretty much a homeowner version of a Hunter PGP. When changing out your heads just make sur...

Wednesday, June 6th 2018, 9:07pm

Author: RichMoney

Irrigation design (Lake)

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Wednesday, June 6th 2018, 9:05pm

Author: RichMoney

Sprinkler Heads leaking underground

Those fittings are junk, you are better off going with barbed fittings and funny pipe. Also known as Flex Pipe found here and the barbed fittings found here . Those pre-made, fittings are prone to leaks. Let me know if you need any additional information. Sprinklerresource.com

Wednesday, June 6th 2018, 8:09pm

Author: RichMoney

Fluctuating pressure on only part of the system

Depending on the type of pump, it may be due to cavitation. What that is the pump's mechanical components are spinning faster than the water coming through it, creating small pockets of air. What to do about it? First you need to find out if the last few zones are using more water than the others, count the number of heads and make sure there isn't any leaks. If everything checks out, sometimes this is due to the water table dropping and the amount of available water. As people on well and pump ...

Tuesday, June 5th 2018, 5:42pm

Author: RichMoney

Replacing Rain Bird sprinkler head

As mrfixit stated, I would stick with the 5000 series rotors you can go with the plus if you like. The only difference being that there is an on/off switch for the water flow out of the nozzle. Make sure you pick up a set of nozzles as well, found here. The spray head has a Filter just under the nozzle. That usually gets clogged, or grass roots grow down into the nozzle during off seasons. The easiest way to clean them out it is to set the controller for a small amount of time. Long enough for y...

Tuesday, May 29th 2018, 9:59pm

Author: RichMoney

Rainbird gear head - will not adjust spray angle

The angle is adjusted by using a flat head screw driver or the supplied tool. There is a screw directly above the nozzle when tightened it deflects the spray pattern. It takes a little bit of finesse to work the screwdriver into the screw. https://sprinklerresource.com/

Tuesday, May 29th 2018, 6:42am

Author: RichMoney

one zone dripping when another zone is on?

That is strange, is it possible they are physically attached to each other? Maybe by repairing a leak you accidentally tied them together?

Sunday, May 27th 2018, 7:59pm

Author: RichMoney

one zone dripping when another zone is on?

Can you turn on zone 5 manually at the valve? If so does it function the same? This would eliminate an electrical cause for your issue. Does zone 4 leak when any of the other zones are on? Depending on they layout the leaking may be due to "low head drainage" basicly gravity draining the water out of lines and not an actual leak. Yes, sometimes valves do not seal all the way, but you can usually listen to the valve and hear water flowing through it, if it is leaking by. That is the main downside...

Saturday, May 26th 2018, 12:09am

Author: RichMoney

Turn on Toro Vision II Sprinkler System Control Panel

Just turn one of the dials all the way to the right, this will turn on the zone manually. Once it is on you can turn it back to the left for a programed amount of time. rich@sprinklerresource.com