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Yesterday, 1:05pm

Author: mrfixit

System acting irradically!

Either a solenoid's bad or there are loose connections in the wiring. Does the program always stop at the same zone? If so, change the solenoid on that zone. Redo all the splices at the valves or wherever you can find one.

Thursday, June 20th 2019, 1:43am

Author: mrfixit

Rain Bird zone stays On and history

Ok, you made me take the blue screen off and look. Apparently the solenoid has an encapsulated plunger. You'll have to cut one in half to see it. I didn't see anything online to describe it or a breakdown diagram. It wasn't an exhaustive search simply because I'm nearly exhausted. Too many jobs these days. I'd say that the water goes up through the center hole when the solenoid is activated, then it comes back out through the screen.

Tuesday, June 18th 2019, 11:24pm

Author: mrfixit

Rain Bird zone stays On and history

The blue thing is just a filter. It doesn't move. If you want to see what's in there, pry the blue thing off with a tiny screwdriver. You can always put it back on after you've satisfied your curiosity.

Tuesday, June 18th 2019, 11:18pm

Author: mrfixit

HELP!! Water Shooting Out of Sprinkler System Box!!!

Do a Google search for, sprinkler repair (name of ur city). Ask them if they give free estimates. Personally, I've never charged for just going to look. It's impossible to know how difficult the job you're describing is without seeing it first. Go to www.tinypic.com, upload your pic/pics there. Cut n paste the "forum" code to your post.

Tuesday, June 18th 2019, 12:39am

Author: mrfixit

what does it mean when the sprinkler sprays AND drips?

That might be normal for your sprinkler, it might not. All sprinklers have water dripping down them. PGP's with a blue nozzle drip a lot. What kind of sprinklers are we talking about?

Tuesday, June 18th 2019, 12:37am

Author: mrfixit

Rain Bird zone stays On and history

Nice read and talented feet. haha The key here is "master valve". Every time a zone comes on the master valve also comes on. It supplies water to the zone valves. The number 4 valve needs repair. There's something wrong with it so it comes on when any of the other valves come on. If you'd like to exclude the controller, disconnect the number 4 wire from the controller. Does it still come on with the others? Most likely yes. Repair or replace the number 4 valve. 75 bucks an hour isn't out of line...

Sunday, June 16th 2019, 5:49pm

Author: mrfixit

is this a controller problem or valve problem or?

It's most likely the controller but it could still be the valve. Try this, switch the 2 and 3 wires around at the controller. Does the new number 2 stay on when it goes to 3? Or you could test the terminals to see if number 2 has 24 volts. Or instead of turning off the controller, disconnect the number 2 wire while it's stuck on. Did it shut off or stay on? It might not be shutting off because 3 is on stealing the pressure it needs to shut off. So when you turn off 3, 2 builds the pressure it ne...

Saturday, June 15th 2019, 2:38pm

Author: mrfixit

Solenoids appear to work, but won’t open when installed in valve

Buy some new diaphragms at the home depot. It's a simple job with that valve. While you're in there make sure all the ports are clean. I use a piece of timer wire to clean them. Make sure the blue screen on the bottom of the solenoids aren't clogged. I've never seen one clogged but that would do it. Nope the water pressure isn't holding back the plunger.

Friday, June 14th 2019, 10:26pm

Author: mrfixit

Richdel Model R406DLG auto setting not working

My first instinct is to tell you to just replace the controller. It's 30-40 years old. But, I'm familiar with it. Is it jamming on the tripper gear when it's time to water? I've fixed a few by replacing that gear. Sometimes the big gear needs changing as well. I'm not sure you could even find the parts. Look on Ebay. Or are the run times turned down too low? Try increasing them. Use a screwdriver and turn them up some. But installing a new controller is simple enough. Here's your manual

Friday, June 14th 2019, 1:24pm

Author: mrfixit

Connectivity issues

Nope that's not normal. Try disconnecting the 1 and 2 wires from the controller. Run your test again on 3 and 4. Is the voltage coming from the controller or back up the 1 and 2 wires? You'll know right away if the controller's bad or the wiring's bad. It sounds like the wires are touching somewhere. Look for bare wires touching somewhere. Do any digging lately? Look where the wires exit a building.

Thursday, June 13th 2019, 6:47pm

Author: mrfixit

Connectivity issues

I had something similar just yesterday. I had power at the valve but the solenoid wasn't vibrating. The type that's on a post. So I swapped it out. Still no buzzing. Still had power. I pulled on the wire and it came out of the ground. Was a wire almost cut all the way through in the ground just outside of the box. Or it was cut yet still touching. You have a bad wire. A reading of 1 is a cut or disconnected wire.

Thursday, June 13th 2019, 4:44am

Author: mrfixit

Rainbird EXP Repeating zones

After you've reset the controller, are you reprogramming it exactly as it was before? There's the problem. All you need is ONE start time, then the valves will run in sequence and wont start over.

Tuesday, June 11th 2019, 10:06pm

Author: mrfixit

two solenoids wired together but work correctly

You need to clean up all the wiring. Cut the wires so the solenoids aren't hooked up to anything. Clean up all the wires from the controller so that nothing is hooked up to them. Then go from there. Hook one wire from each solenoid to the common wire. Is it white on the controller or green? I question what's going on with that orange wire nut. What's that extra white wire? I had a job once where the wiring was so screwed up, similar to yours, that the valves were doing crazy stuff. Like two comi...

Tuesday, June 11th 2019, 3:39am

Author: mrfixit

two zones went dead

Are the valves receiving voltage from the timer? Can you hear the solenoid buzzing or feel it vibrating? If it has power then replace the valve or repair it. I doubt it's the solenoid. If now power then see if the wire's good by testing the ohms at the controller. An infinite reading means the wire's cut or disconnected. Are you sure all the wires are hooked up to the controller?

Tuesday, June 11th 2019, 3:36am

Author: mrfixit

Sprinkler heads not coming up

Are the seals of the sprinklers bad? Maybe replace a couple of heads if not all 6. Could be a leak in the line somewhere as well. Maybe you're not getting the flow you used to. Is there a shut off valve that's not on all the way?

Tuesday, June 11th 2019, 3:34am

Author: mrfixit

Nelson Valve Leaking and now Stuck on

If you're 100% sure the leak is coming from the top half of the valve and not the piping or a cracked port or something then go for it. Even if you're not sure I'd say go for it. You'll know soon enough if you've fixed it. You can always reassemble the valve and install the whole thing.

Wednesday, June 5th 2019, 7:58pm

Author: mrfixit

Anti siphon valve issue ?

I rebuilt a guys horrible new manifold today. The valves are new too. Look at the glue. The rest was worse. Anywho. You can see how I tighten the male adapter. But there are various brands of fittings. The one on the bottom is the one I used on the Rainbird valve. It's made by Spears. It's impossible to tighten the one on the top flush like that. Something will be damaged if you try. It's made by Dura. If I had to guess which one you're using I'd say Lasco. You can most likely screw those flush....

Wednesday, June 5th 2019, 11:54am

Author: mrfixit

Anti siphon valve issue ?

Looks like you've turned them around already. They're still leaking? I'll tighten them as tight as I can get them. I'll tighten it until it stops turning. Don't go any farther because you'll ruin the fitting and it might crack or break off down the road. I just don't like having to redo something. And I don't want my work leaking. I've over tightened many a fitting over the years but I've learned my lesson.

Tuesday, June 4th 2019, 10:30pm

Author: mrfixit

Anti siphon valve issue ?

Make sure you bleed the valves to get the air out of the new valves. Air trapped inside a valve can make it not function properly and it will also make noise. Also turn them on and off using the solenoid to get air out. Did you install Rainbird ASV's? Those things can grunt like crazy. That's why I don't install them as a first choice. Some of them do it, some of them don't. I think with time though they break themselves in. The noise doesn't always eventually go away but sometimes it does. Only...

Monday, June 3rd 2019, 2:22pm

Author: mrfixit

Zone will not shut off

Maybe there's another valve somewhere. But you need to figure out which is number 4 and repair, adjust or replace it.