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Monday, July 6th 2009, 9:42am

Lightning impact - Toro-based system

Hi all. I need some diagnostic assistance please.

I have a 4-zone system that got whacked by a storm. The controller is a Toro El-6+, from the mid-1980's mounted in the garage.

After the strike, the following symptoms:

Controller clock motor runs. No sprinklers running, even manually.

Replaced fuse in Toro box, but otherwise appears to be unharmed. No physical damage I can see.

Now 3 of the zones can be forced to run manually, but the "system watering" light on the controller does not work. The fourth zone cannot be made to run.


I assume the controller box is fried, and needs to be replaced anyways. Could this also prevent the 4th zone from being able to run like the other three? Or is this likely a zone valve problem.

Will any old controller replace the Toro? Any recommendations - lowes or home depot type solutions? I can certainly install this myself.





Wednesday, July 8th 2009, 3:47pm

RE: Lightning impact - Toro-based system

Well, I received and installed a new controller and all is well. So the transformer survived the hit, but the old circuit board did not.

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