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Yesterday, 12:33am

Author: mrfixit

PVC dirty on inside

I wouldn't worry much about it if there isn't any grit. You should be able to just flush it out if there is. I had an engineer one time tell me that he knows more about sprinklers than me and they tried to flush out a 6 inch pipe but couldn't get it totally clean. He was comparing that to a 1" pipe. I'm like, why did you call me if you know more than me. < Thinking to self. He never saw me again. You should be using primer and glue. The primer will clean the outside of the pipe before gluing. Ju...

Yesterday, 12:26am

Author: mrfixit

Sprinkler not working

Either the sprinkler isn't on that line or there's a clog somewhere. I have a customer with a straight line of 8 pop ups. They're about 8 feet apart on the edge of his grass. The second sprinkler is on another zone. Dig it up again. Are there street ells? Sometimes those can get completely clogged. Any fitting can get totally clogged. I've seen it a few times. Especially if there was a broken pipe or a broke off sprinkler and a bunch of dirt went down the line. Does the pipe run in a straight li...

Tuesday, May 21st 2019, 12:21am

Author: mrfixit

What wire nut to use

The small size will work well. The common wires might need the next size up. Or split them up into 3 wires per nut.

Tuesday, May 21st 2019, 12:18am

Author: mrfixit

Hunter X-core controller

Once the buttons on a controller stop working it's time to replace the whole thing. But with that said, since you're going to replace it, maybe take it apart and see if you can clean under where the button makes contact then put some dialectic grease on it. See if you can fix it. If you have to buy a new one, here's an option, hunter x-core I'm starting to install more X-Cores. I really like it. I installed an outdoor seems like 10 years ago. I saw it the other day. Still looks mint.

Thursday, May 16th 2019, 4:34am

Author: mrfixit

Richdel 612PR Controller - missing manual

You'll need better eyes I have to read this. Here's the manual

Wednesday, May 15th 2019, 5:52pm

Author: mrfixit

How to remove the battery from Nelson 8014

It sounds like you're doing it right. It must be stuck. Cause the manual says to "gently" open the unit. Keep trying.

Sunday, May 12th 2019, 4:13am

Author: mrfixit

Low sprinkler pressure. Help!

What does it say on that black tag? Moody something? Is there a model number? Basically, anything you can make out would be helpful. Maybe break the tag off to see it better.

Friday, May 10th 2019, 1:09am

Author: mrfixit

Sprinkler System Issue

Sounds like you've misidentified zone 3. The valve you changed is really zone 2. No worries, we've all done it.

Thursday, May 9th 2019, 1:51pm

Author: mrfixit

Pressure issues...completely lost

Quoted from "Wet_Boots" Quoted from "mrfixit" Try this Click on me. See if you can activate the solenoid using three 9 volt batteries. Do it at the valve. That 'activator' might better be made from only two 9-volt batteries. Solenoids can have a must-operate spec of 18 VAC, and one manufacturer gave a spec of their valve solenoids being operable with 12 VDC (for solar-recharged lead/acid battery-powered controllers) Then why are controllers transformers 24 volts? Maybe the manufacturer means a ...

Wednesday, May 8th 2019, 10:52pm

Author: mrfixit

Pressure issues...completely lost

Try this Click on me. See if you can activate the solenoid using three 9 volt batteries. Do it at the valve.

Wednesday, May 8th 2019, 5:19pm

Author: mrfixit

Pressure issues...completely lost

Take the valve back apart to see if you've squashed the nipple in there or if the diaphragm is turned. It's easy to do with that valve.

Wednesday, May 8th 2019, 1:13am

Author: mrfixit

Rotator Sprays not working after winter

If the valve is on and flowing but the sprinklers don't work, there must be a breach in the line somewhere. Let it run longer and keep looking. Might take 1/2 hour to show itself. Sometimes the leak is under cement and shows itself a long way from the area where the sprinklers are. Sometimes the water goes down a gopher hole and comes up in the neighbors yard. Sometimes the pipes are deep and the ground is sandy so it takes a long time to show. Look for dark green spots in the lawn from it getti...

Wednesday, May 8th 2019, 1:06am

Author: mrfixit

Pressure issues...completely lost

Unscrew one of the sprinklers to see if there's pressure. Maybe every single one is clogged up. They could be on marlex ells which can completely clog if there's been a broken pipe. Could be a clogged pipe. Maybe you've installed the valve backwards. Look for the arrow. Completely take the bleeder screw out. Does the valve come on fully?

Wednesday, May 8th 2019, 1:02am

Author: mrfixit

Zone 4 Issue

Do you have a voltmeter? Make sure the time is putting out about the same voltage as the working zones. Now check the ohms to see if the wire is cut. Infinity means the wire is cut. A higher than normal reading means there's a bad splice. It could also be the solenoid. The reading should be similar to a solenoid that's working. Troubleshoot the wiring < Click on this

Wednesday, May 8th 2019, 12:56am

Author: mrfixit

valve wont shut off

Unless someone's taken the metering pin out, the APR diaphragm wont go into a DPR valve. That could be the guy's problem. I've never seen it done but supposing someone bought the wrong diaphragms and pulled the pin to make them fit.

Monday, May 6th 2019, 7:44pm

Author: mrfixit

valve wont shut off

Even though I never see that valve body crack, it is 16 years old. Could be a crack in there somewhere. I think there's only one option left and you know what that is.

Monday, May 6th 2019, 12:43pm

Author: mrfixit

valve wont shut off

Take the valve apart and see if all the pieces are in there. There should be a spring and the support along with the diaphragm. Make sure the solenoids are snug clockwise. Flush out the valves when you have them taken apart. Could be debris in there. That's about it unless you've installed the valves backwards.

Thursday, May 2nd 2019, 3:46am

Author: mrfixit

Hello all. Question about rainsensors

I've been answering specific questions lately I usually don't. I live in So. Cal where I rarely see rain sensors. In 25 years I've installed 5. That's a total of 2 customers that wanted them. I've seen 3 or 4 already installed. I should have skipped this one. With that said, Is there supposed to be a jumper pin installed? I was going under the assumption that the old Hunter sensor was bad because the battery only last a few years and I assumed the new one wasn't compatible via the sen terminal b...

Wednesday, May 1st 2019, 8:16pm

Author: mrfixit

Hello all. Question about rainsensors

It doesn't have to interrupt the programming. It just disconnects the common wire so the running program doesn't activate the valves. Read page 2. I'd venture to say that the original sensor is bad. Maybe reset the SRC.