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Yesterday, 6:19pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Running two zones simultaneously

2-wire control is beyond the pay grade of do-it-yourselfers. If you want to work with it successfully, you need to become as capable as any professional in the trade. Know the controller. Know the operating manual inside out. Own whatever test equipment is necessary to diagnose wiring and decoder issues. It will never become a matter of asking for workarounds, because you will already know all the by-the-book methodology.

Saturday, May 19th 2018, 8:25am

Author: Wet_Boots

Feed a Zone with 2 water sources

Quoted from "GOGAYIccspoonts" we already have a backflow preventer in place at the start of the system as to code in my area so thats not an issue for me. You are misinformed. A "backflow preventer" is not proof against every possible problem. Pumping outdoor water into a sprinkler system connected to city water is a special case. Your local authorities can prohibit this practice out of hand, and all you can say about it is "Yes sir." Even where it is permitted, the city water must be protected...

Friday, May 18th 2018, 10:32am

Author: Wet_Boots

Feed a Zone with 2 water sources

You are describing the kind of plumbing that can get your certificate of occupancy revoked. A more practical application of your idea is look at the system as rainwater only, and to add a float switch to your storage tank. The float switch senses when the supply of stored rainwater is low, and triggers an inflow of city water to bring the tank level up to operational. That city water can flow through a simple vacuum breaker, to isolate the supply from the rainwater tank. While your original idea...

Friday, May 18th 2018, 10:16am

Author: Wet_Boots

Replacing a Toro EL 6+

You were told wrong.

Wednesday, May 16th 2018, 11:18am

Author: Wet_Boots

What contaminates my potable water?

The plumbing codes for backflow prevention exist for a reason. Instead of puzzling out scenarios and re-inventing the wheel, just make your plumbing code-compliant. Since most regional plumbing codes consider your sprinkler system water as being toxic (by way of being in contact with the outdoors) you eliminate concerns by making the plumbing code-compliant, and leaving the outside water to stay outside, never again to re-enter the home.

Wednesday, May 2nd 2018, 11:12am

Author: Wet_Boots

Goulds GT15 to GT 20

You might do just as well to buy a new GT20 and sell the old pump to partially cover the cost.

Thursday, April 26th 2018, 10:02pm

Author: Wet_Boots

Question re Antique Weathermatic Valve

You can find the old valves with a cable locater, by tracking a signal through the control tubes. At that point, you get to make a decision about the system's future. The sure bet is to replace the valves with something modern, since there is no guarantee of backwards compatibility for modern parts, especially since these might pre-date any solenoids developed for the valves. The ultimate do-it-yourself solution is to make a replacement for the broken piece with a bit of machine shop work. The f...

Monday, April 23rd 2018, 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


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.