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macminn

Active Member

1

Friday, May 18th 2007, 5:05pm

One zone not working

I have an older Rainbird 7bi controller. It's mounted downstairs, when we finished off our basement I unhooked the controller. Just unhooked the wire module, nothing else. Now it's springtime, and I hooked the module back up. I turned the system on, and one of the zones, zone 6 of 7 doesn't turn on. It actually blew the fuse. Any ideas?

SprinklerGuy

Supreme Member

2

Saturday, May 19th 2007, 2:35am

Blown fuse more than likely bad solenoid....

Find zone 6...replace solenoid...test.
Sprinkler Solutions, Inc.
Arizona and Colorado
www.sprinklersolutions.net

jmduke7

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Posts: 158

Location: FT. Walton Beach, Florida

3

Saturday, May 19th 2007, 4:10am

I would agree, Most likely a bad solenoid.
Josh
Irrigation /Landscape Lighting / Pump and Well Specialist

macminn

Active Member

4

Saturday, May 19th 2007, 5:08am

I'm new to this sprinkler system thing, can you help me track down the solenoid?

Wet_Boots

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Location: Metro NYC

5

Saturday, May 19th 2007, 8:48am


look for green valve box covers

mrfixit

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Location: USA

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Saturday, May 19th 2007, 9:16am

Hi Mac. Yep it's either the solenoid or crossed wires. First of all have a few fuses on hand. Make sure they're the same size that came with the controller. Don't put a bigger fuse in there or you'll fry your controller.
I would open the timer to see what color wire is connected to the number 6 station. I'd disconnect the wire and turn on station 6. If it doesn't blow the fuse then you've eliminated the timer itself as the problem. Hook the wire back up. See if you can find the valve with the same color wire. Disconnect the wire from the solenoid on that valve. Go back to the clock and see if it blows the fuse when you turn on #6. If it doesn't blow the fuse then it's the solenoid. If it's still blowing the fuse with the wire disconnected from the solenoid then the ground and hot wires are touching each other somewhere along the line. Look for bare wires. Many times they'll be at the valves themselves. Maybe there's a splice somewhere along the line. Did you do any digging where the wire may have been hit with the shovel? If you can't find the valves you'll have to call a pro. Good luck!
If I can't fix it, it's broken!

Tom

Supreme Member

7

Saturday, May 19th 2007, 11:53am

do as sprinklerguy mentioned

macminn

Active Member

8

Wednesday, May 23rd 2007, 9:17am

Ok, sounds like I need to track down the solenoid. The wife is OK with the one zone not working for now since it's not a highly needed area. Here's my question. I will be getting my new controller order from sprinklerwarehouse.com in the next few days. Will I hurt anything if I wire the new one in and the #6 zone is bad?

jmduke7

Advanced Member

Posts: 158

Location: FT. Walton Beach, Florida

9

Thursday, May 24th 2007, 4:23pm

It will depend what controller you get. Most of the major name brands (rain-Bird, Hunter, ETC...) have internal circuit breakers. They will protect the controller from being damaged if there is a short.
Josh
Irrigation /Landscape Lighting / Pump and Well Specialist

SprinklerGuy

Supreme Member

10

Friday, May 25th 2007, 3:19am

Just in case...leave zone 6 wire disconnected from timer until you isolate the solenoid and replace it.
Sprinkler Solutions, Inc.
Arizona and Colorado
www.sprinklersolutions.net

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