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Yesterday, 2:47pm

Author: mrfixit

Control valve on one zone does not open properly (without help)

It's almost always the diaphragm on the 205. ON the old Richdel there's a white plastic piece holding the diaphragm together. It breaks off and the valve does exactly what you've described. I'm thinking you would have noticed that if that's the case. The white thing and the stainless steel washer would be missing. That valve is an easy rebuild. You've already done it twice. Just buy new parts and swap them out. Maybe since the valve's so old, just buy a new 205 and swap out the diaphragm and the...

Saturday, December 1st 2018, 5:19pm

Author: mrfixit

poly pipe repair

Is this it? Click on me When I posted this I didn't realize they were out of stock. Apparently they don't make them anymore that I could find. Look around on the net. There are many products that will solve your problem. Whenever I find an something's that's really useful, I'll buy a few of them for future use. Many times a product will disappear for various reasons. There probably wasn't enough demand for that union so they lost money.

Thursday, November 29th 2018, 10:03pm

Author: mrfixit

Winterized but controller still active

If you're on a pump that's running dry that could be a problem. But if you're just on city water then I wouldn't worry about it much. Just wait til spring and see what works. You don't want to pay to winterize twice. Maybe call the guy and see what he suggests. Maybe he'll come back and see if everything's working then re-winterize for free. You need to make him aware of the situation in case the pump burned up.

Friday, November 23rd 2018, 9:25pm

Author: mrfixit

Pool Company Cut 10 electrical wires

Ok let's try something. Write down your programming if need be because It may get erased. Do a factory reset as stated in your manual. Then, Take the back up battery out. Unplug the controller. Slide that switch to off and slide the modules out. Wait 5 minutes. Put the modules back in. Lock the modules in place by sliding that switch to on. Plug the controller back in. Put the back up batter back in. Now see if it works.

Tuesday, November 20th 2018, 10:46pm

Author: mrfixit

Zone runs briefly and then shuts off, over and over again

The water isn't causing the pulsing. So it floods when the sprinklers are running?

Tuesday, November 20th 2018, 7:44pm

Author: mrfixit

Pool Company Cut 10 electrical wires

It could be the common wire to those valves came off. Could be the water's shut off to those valves.

Tuesday, November 20th 2018, 7:42pm

Author: mrfixit

Zone runs briefly and then shuts off, over and over again

I ran across this just last week on a Rainbird valve. The solenoid was bad. I hadn't seen the pulsating like this before due to a solenoid. On off on off on off. Try disconnecting the wires from the solenoid of valve 11 then running it manually from the controller. Do you still get the fault? If not, change the solenoid.

Monday, November 19th 2018, 11:45pm

Author: mrfixit

Pool Company Cut 10 electrical wires

It sounds like a wiring issue. You should ask the guy to come back. I'd have you move the number 2 wire to the master valve/pump terminal but you said they were working fine when he left. Maybe one of his common wire connections came apart.

Wednesday, November 14th 2018, 8:03pm

Author: mrfixit

Rainbird ESP 16-LX Plus Controller can't switch between stations 1-8 and 9-16

Older Rainbird timers are famous for flickering on the wrong setting. Try tapping on the panel. Also try moving the switch from the bottom with a screwdriver. Maybe holding it to the left while you program. Once it's programmed it should work. If you can't get it working, It's time to replace it. You could try a factory reset but I doubt that'll do it. Make sure the grey ribbon connecting the faceplate to the circuit board isn't loose. Open the panel and push on it.

Wednesday, November 14th 2018, 2:55am

Author: mrfixit

Issues with only one zone.

It sounds like the valve is bad. Either rebuild it or replace it. It would help if you could find the make and model of the valve. Or, post a pic of it. Go to www.tinypic.com, upload your pic then cut n paste the "forum" code to your post.

Tuesday, November 6th 2018, 6:51pm

Author: mrfixit

No dc voltage

DC? Is it a battery operated timer or does it plug into the wall?

Saturday, November 3rd 2018, 11:14pm

Author: mrfixit

Hear water in valves and the irrigation main is turned off

You're hearing water running through the valve because your shut off valve isn't off all the way. That's also why there's water coming out of the sprinkler head. You need to turn the water back on and determine which valve isn't shutting off. The Turn the water back off and replace or repair the valve.

Tuesday, October 30th 2018, 12:59am

Author: mrfixit

What is wrong with my Hunter Pro-C?

I don't know how to test the module other than trial and error. Replacing it would be an obvious choice. Look on Ebay for the grey colored module. Check and make sure the ribbon on the back of the faceplate isn't coming loose. It connects at both ends. I can't say I've ran across a timer that forgets there's a module installed so again I'm leaning towards the module if everything you've done doesn't fix it. That doesn't mean it never happens. Make sure the back up battery is good.

Sunday, October 28th 2018, 6:25pm

Author: mrfixit

What is wrong with my Hunter Pro-C?

It very well could be the module. I don't know what year Pro-C you have but, take the module out, unplug the controller and take the back up battery out. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Then reinstall the module. The newer Pro-C's have a module lock.

Sunday, October 28th 2018, 6:23pm

Author: mrfixit

Intermittent Leak near valves??

Unscrew the anti-syphon caps and check the floats and the float washers. Also look for debris or bugs inside there.

Thursday, October 25th 2018, 2:42am

Author: mrfixit

Last Sprinkler Zone always on

So how did you determine that one valve is a diaphragm valve and the other two are solenoid valves? Yep that other pipe goes to more valves. Trace the wires to the valves. Rent or hire a wire locator if you can't find the valves on your own. Look around.

Wednesday, October 24th 2018, 12:51pm

Author: mrfixit

Last Sprinkler Zone always on

Ok, you don't have a master valve. If all the wires are hooked up to valves then yes you're right, you have 8 valves. On the model valve I see in the picture the diaphragm can come apart. It's all plastic holding it together and I've see it break apart. You have a very old Hardie timer. Try unplugging the timer to see if it shuts off. You might want to replace the backup battery first so you don't lose any programming. Look on the back of the faceplate for the battery door. If it shuts off the t...

Monday, October 22nd 2018, 10:29pm

Author: mrfixit

Does each zone always have a valve associated with it?

I highly recommend you hire a pro the first time around. Watch carefully what they do. Just opening the valves probably isn't enough to protect your system. What about the water in the lateral lines? But if you want to know how many valves there are, look at the wiring connected to the controller. Are all 19 slots filled? Is there a master valve or pump? Call a pro. You'll thank yourself later when you don't have a repair bill next spring.

Friday, October 19th 2018, 8:39pm

Author: mrfixit

Pump exploded being winterized

We don't winterize in So. Cal so I'm not an expert on the subject and can't be quoted but, I did some reading. Says 50 to 80 lbs on the Hunter Industries site. Boots will know exactly what's up. --- I read it again and at the bottom, number 5, it says to never blow out through the pump. You're supposed to drain the pump after the system is blown out. It sounds like the guy messed up. The pump should have been isolated from the system being blown out so air couldn't get to it.