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Sunday, May 3rd 2015, 8:54am

None of my controller valves are working

Hi Irrigation Experts - this is only my second season dewinterizing my rainbird irrigation so I'm still relatively a novice. Right now none of my zones will work. I installed my backflow RPZ, made sure all of the valves were open, water turned on, and tried the "test all zones" function on my control box. All of my sprinkler heads were sputtering as the water filled in but none of them seemed to receive adequate pressure to pop up and work properly. This is even with my pump running too. I tried loosening the flow control stems (turning counter clockwise) as I saw they were very tightly secured. At this point , I noticed my control boxes were filling with a bit of water which leads me to believe non of my control valves are working. Can anyone think of what I should do to correct this? Thank you very much in advance.


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Sunday, May 3rd 2015, 3:15pm

Check every manual valve in the supply chain and make certain they are completely open.


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Wednesday, May 6th 2015, 8:02pm

The first thing I thought when I read "none", is that something is wrong with the common wire. Do you have a volt meter so that you can check the voltage on the controller? If the voltage is good (about 24 VAC) there, I would suspect the common wire in the system. Depending on how it's wired, the likely place to check for a problems is at the controller connections, or possibly a cut wire. Was any digging done recently? Depending how the system is wired, the most likely place for a cut wire is before, or at, the "first valve" (electrically speaking). Check the electrical connection there.


PS. My controller has a fuse. That might be something to check too.


This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "EricJRW" (May 6th 2015, 8:18pm)

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