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Yesterday, 8:10am

Author: Wet_Boots

Noisy Anti-Backflow Valve used with booster pump

Before there were variable speed pumps, the straightforward solution was a booster pump controlled by a pressure switch and a large pressure tank for storage. The ideal pressure switch would have a low-pressure cutoff in the event the city pressure was ever lost. A check valve on the pump input stopped water from flowing backwards through the pump.

Saturday, April 21st 2018, 8:11am

Author: Wet_Boots

Toro Vision 2 parts

You might have to buy a used Vision 2 controller for that transformer, which is long gone from Toro's list of supported products, it being a non-standard transformer. Consider getting a new controller.

Wednesday, April 18th 2018, 8:03am

Author: Wet_Boots

Sprinkler system doesn’t work & I don’t know why!

No backflow protection is what's definitely wrong. Antisyphon valves could replace the existing valves. (if they can be located so as to be higher in elevation than the sprinkler heads)

Thursday, April 12th 2018, 11:57am

Author: Wet_Boots

I'm stumped on my solenoid/valve setup

Quoted from "307local" Thanks for the info. I changed out the selonoid with one of the others that was working, and still have the same problem, so it looks like either debris in the valve, or a diaphram issue. Are there any tricks to hunting down the valves, or is it pretty much make a best guess based on the sprinkler layout and start digging holes? Brad If you cut a tube, the valve will stay open, even if the valve and solenoid operator are in good shape. As for finding the valves, the only ...

Thursday, April 12th 2018, 10:10am

Author: Wet_Boots

Low pressure on two out of four zones

You can cap off heads to help find leaks, or to rule out leaks. Spray heads often have throttle screws that can close off flow. Rotor heads are more involved, sometimes requiring they be unthreaded and a plug or cap being temporarily put in their place. If you have the skill to change rotor nozzles, and have the spares that you should have for your inventory, you can take some of the nozzles that are sizes you know you'll never need, and fill the inside cavities with silicone caulk, turning them...

Monday, April 9th 2018, 11:45am

Author: Wet_Boots

Vaccum

Motors only are a power source for a pump that creates a vacuum that in turn lifts water and moves it. You need to check the data for a specific pump to have your answer.

Monday, April 2nd 2018, 8:33am

Author: Wet_Boots

What Lawn Genie model is my Anti-siphon valve, circa 1995, and what diaphram does it need?

Fear not. The internet can provide. The pro name and part number is Irritrol 100236 - if you want an entire replacement valve, no problems

Sunday, April 1st 2018, 9:16am

Author: Wet_Boots

What Lawn Genie model is my Anti-siphon valve, circa 1995, and what diaphram does it need?

Quoted from "DWaterOff" View My Video Hi: Valve has been spraying water from the bonnet seam. Home Dept wants me to disassemble before I buy parts which means I have to ruin any chance of even momentarily turning on the water. I think not. Anyone can tell me tonight so I can have Easter with water service.FYI I don't need a functional sprinkler right now I just need a water tight sprinkler and I'd rather not dig up the yard and cut the valve out of the ground. You have what pros know as an Irri...

Thursday, March 29th 2018, 1:35pm

Author: Wet_Boots

TORO ex wires to the back up battery are burnt

If there is a relay controlling the pump operation, it might be too much of a current draw for a newer controller. You might have to spend more time and money sorting this out. There are pump relays with low current draw available. There are used or new-old-stock electromechanical controllers you could install, with power enough for old pump relays. There is even the relay-to-power-a-relay method, where you buy a second 24VAC transformer, and a small relay to send its power to a pump relay. This...

Wednesday, March 28th 2018, 10:26am

Author: Wet_Boots

System keeps burning out solenoids.

Measure the output voltage of your controller, with nothing connected to the terminals. What make and model of controller do you have?

Saturday, March 24th 2018, 8:39am

Author: Wet_Boots

Problem Wiring Multiple Valves Inline

Your image isn't showing. It helps to copy and paste only the code from the box labeled as for forums posting. You got the idea. Relays allow you to maintain the separation of the output wiring, until an interconnection is needed for desired zone operation.

Saturday, March 24th 2018, 8:26am

Author: Wet_Boots

Finding buried heads?

Air bubbles make more noise than leaking water, assuming anything at all is escaping from the missing sprinkler head.

Saturday, March 24th 2018, 8:21am

Author: Wet_Boots

High (835 mA) currrent after replacing weathermatic s20p solenoid

Disconnect one of the solenoid wires, at the solenoid, and check the current again. You do this because your observation was for both solenoid and wiring combined. You want to check each of them individually.

Wednesday, March 21st 2018, 11:34am

Author: Wet_Boots

Auto-Drain Valve

The problem with drain valves in a northern-climate sprinkler system is that they are not necessarily going to get installed in the correct locations, when the pipes are installed without digging trenches. Pipe that's pulled into the ground with a vibratory plow does not lay at one level of burial depth. The plow blade might have to rise over rocks or tree roots, and the pipe level moves with it, and in doing so, create multiple low points in need of drains. Better to stick with blowing out the ...

Wednesday, March 21st 2018, 7:09am

Author: Wet_Boots

Zone 4 no pressure

You still do not know what the actual performance of the well is. That means you are playing guessing games, as it appears from this side of the internet. What pressure readings do you have on each zone? You do have a pressure gauge, don't you? Consider capping off heads in the low-pressure zone, one at a time. Index valves are almost unknown outside of Florida, so there won't be a great deal of advice on them from elsewhere. I can affirm they can be taken apart and put back together without muc...

Sunday, March 18th 2018, 6:04pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Controller on but no zones working

Quoted from "Kyle" Quoted from "emt837046@aol.com" Is the water turned on? I assume so because it was working last week and I changed nothing (other than unplugging the controller to plug the washing machine in). To be honest though, I'm not even sure how to check. Get this figured out right away. You need to know where any shut-off valves are, and that they are set correctly to allow watering.

Sunday, March 18th 2018, 5:59pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Need help wiring my Toro rain sensor to my Rain Bird controller

The controller does have a 24 VAC transformer, but it's internal, so you have to find the connection points from its output to the controller, and work from there.

Sunday, March 18th 2018, 8:10am

Author: Wet_Boots

Controller on but no zones working

Is there a rain detector wired into the system? Have you performed a resistance check of the zone wiring? That gives you both a continuity check and an indication of the solenoid 'health' - one ohmmeter lead to the system common, and one lead to the zone terminal. Older ESP controllers can get problems with the central dial. It turns and moves into position just fine, but it might be fluky as far as actual continuity goes. You should remove the excess dirt from the valve box, so you have a view ...

Thursday, March 15th 2018, 10:16am

Author: Wet_Boots

Zone 4 no pressure

Try to evaluate the well on its own, just as a water source, and not what drives a sprinkler system. If you have to add some shut-off valves and outlet tees, consider it the cost of being able to know what you have, instead of having to guess at it. This advice comes from the word "cavitated" that you posted, which suggests that the water source may have changed in some way. Water tables can drop lower, to a point where it is beyond the ability of a pump to bring water to the surface, at least i...

Monday, March 12th 2018, 6:58am

Author: Wet_Boots

Water only getting past Solenoid when unscrewed one turn

You might swap solenoids with a working zone, just to confirm or rule out it being a solenoid issue. If you have a brass valve body with an adapter threaded into it, then it is usually easier to replace the entire adapter.