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crobbins05

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Friday, May 2nd 2014, 11:38am

Can only turn on zone from valve box

I have 1 zone that i cant turn on from the controller either manually or in a program. From the valve box I can manually turn it on by tuning a knob that I assume is releasing the pressure. Do I need a new valve or is something else going on?

Wet_Boots

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Friday, May 2nd 2014, 2:29pm

It might be a wiring problem, or a mechanical failure in the valve. Rule out the electrical issues first, then worry about the mechanical issues.

crobbins05

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Friday, May 2nd 2014, 3:59pm

What wiring issues am I looking for? Just wires that have become disconnected?

Wet_Boots

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Saturday, May 3rd 2014, 9:57am

Broken wire, faulty solenoid, bad splices, and rain sensor are possible items that will prevent valve operation. Resistance testing is how you check for continuity.

crobbins05

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Monday, May 5th 2014, 8:15pm

So I put a meter on the offending valve and it tested really high. All other valves were in the 25 range and this on tested at 105. I think there is a bad splice. One question. The wires feed into these tube shaped connectors. Are these just really old waterproof connections? If so can I just clip them out and re wire the connection myself?

Central Irrigation

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Monday, May 5th 2014, 9:30pm

Those grease tubes are still in use today. I would also check the resistance of the selonoid itself.

crobbins05

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Monday, May 5th 2014, 9:46pm

How do I check the resistance of the solenoid?

Central Irrigation

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Tuesday, May 6th 2014, 8:46am

Use your meter and test from the wires that attach to the selonoid. It's an attempt to rule out the wiring as the problem. If the selonoid reads 25 ohms, then you know with certainty its the wiring. If you still get the 110 ohms, replace the selonoid.

crobbins05

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Monday, May 19th 2014, 10:01pm

Sorry for the length of time it took to reply but my wife just had a baby and sprinklers have not been on the list. I checked the leads on the solenoid and the resistance was 25 so it appears to be the wiring. I will repair the wires and post when complete. Thanks for the help!

crobbins05

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Monday, May 26th 2014, 2:45pm

So as I said before the solenoid is reading 25 ohms but when I re wired the connection I still get nothing. The other two valves in the box work fine. The way it is wired is as follows.
1 ea lead from each valve with the comm (black) wire under one wire nut.
1 lead from each valve sperately connected to each color (red, brown, white)

I am not sure if this is correct but the other two zones work correctly as wired. Could the problem still be the valve?

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