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Sunday, April 30th 2017, 10:31pm

Zones 4,5, and 6 wont come on automatically.

I have a 6 zone system controlled in (2) different valve boxes. In box 1, which houses zones 1, 2 and 3, I have red, blue, and green. In box 2, which houses zones 4, 5 and 6, I have orange, yellow, and brown. I set the system to run automatically and zones 1,2 and 3 work just like they should, come on, run for 30 minutes, and switch to the next. When it comes to switching from zone 3 to 4, i get nothing, and from 4 to 5, and 5 to 6, nada. SO, I did some troubleshooting and the valves for zones 4, 5 and 6 will work just fine if I turn them on manually by hand in the control box. I put (3) 9v batteries together and touched the solenoids to the batteries and the zones came on, so I figured it was the electrical line coming from the control panel that was bad. I wasn't getting any voltage from the control panel at that valve box so I ran a new line, switched all the wires but I'm still not getting any voltage from the lines for 4,5, and 6. So I switched the line for Zone 1 and put it in the slot for zone 4 to test the zone I know works, and wouldn't you know it, it works. So there goes my theory that half my control panel is bad. So, if its not the control panels, its not the solenoids, not the diaphragms, and not the brand new wire I replaced, what is it? I spent 5 hours today messing with this thing and I'm about ready to throw an old time sprinkler out in the yard and call it a day. Help!

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Monday, May 1st 2017, 2:14am

Are you saying you've installed new wiring to the three valves that don't work. So 4 new wires?
It would be a total fluke but this happened to me once. Maybe the new common wire is broken somewhere. Maybe hook up a different wire to the common and see what happens.
Could you post pics of the wires attached to the controller and at the valves? You can upload pics at www.tinypic.com, cut n paste the "forum" code here.

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Monday, May 1st 2017, 6:22am

Yep. I ran a 18/7 underground "sprinkler wire to the 3 zones that wont work and used the brown, yellow, and orange for each zone and the white for the common. Still nothing. I Don't even get voltage on the wire that I just replaced but when I do the (3) 9v battery trick on the solenoid, the valve turns on. It's so weird. I already spent $105 on troubleshooting to a irrigation company to find a bad diaphragm(what a waste) and I refuse to pay someone until I have tried absolutely everything first.

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Monday, May 1st 2017, 9:59pm

What happens when you hook the new wires to the controller in the 1-2-3 spots?

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