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Wednesday, June 18th 2014, 11:31pm

No Water At All


We moved to a new house with an existing water sprinkler system plus Rain Bird system control. It was off, so we turned the control on. There was no water from the sprinklers during scheduled time or testing. The main water valve is on and a faint buzz can be heard from the valves. We have no idea what exactly is going on. There was no plans for the outlay of the pipes. We also couldn't find the rain sensor.

We are just extremely confused. Any help will be appreciated!


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Thursday, June 19th 2014, 5:23am

Try to physically open a zone valve by means of its bleed screw or lever operator, and see what happens.




Friday, June 20th 2014, 10:46am


To disable the rainsensor, there is usually a way to do that. Sometimes a switch on the circuit board or timer. You would probably find that in a Rainbird manual. They have manual pdfs on their website.\\
Sounds like a power issue. Your valves are getting activated (buzzing from solenoids), but not opening, so probably not getting enough power. Possibly transformer. Is your timer inside or outside?




Friday, June 20th 2014, 10:49am

Whats the name (other than Rainbird) or model number of your timer?

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