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Old 08-14-2013, 07:58 PM
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Coiling cable

Im the creepy hardscaping guy venturing into this side of the site....

So when we are on jobs and have to more heads for walkways, or add a zone or two for a new job, I have noticed a lot of guys 'coiling' up their control wires inside the clock box, and valve boxes.... is there a special tool/trick to this? Or are they just twisting it around a screw driver?


Back to the pavers........
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:13 PM
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1/2 inch pipe. It's done as a measure of safety against lightning
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:22 PM
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It's done as a measure of safety against lightning
It's also a waste of time. IMOP
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:39 PM
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Well, then waste your time doing something else.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:42 PM
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Thanks for the permission but I already do.
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:13 PM
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1/2 inch pipe. It's done as a measure of safety against lightning
Did you just say this out loud just now
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:34 PM
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Did you just say this out loud just now
your point?
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:50 PM
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1/2 inch pipe. It's done as a measure of safety against lightning
Really? Never heard that reason. I've always done it to allow a solenoid enough slack to pull it out of the box if needed when servicing, yet keep the wires neat in the box. And I've never heard of a lightning ground strike around here in my 30+ years in the business.
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:59 PM
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Really? Never heard that reason. I've always done it to allow a solenoid enough slack to pull it out of the box if needed when servicing, yet keep the wires neat in the box. And I've never heard of a lightning ground strike around here in my 30+ years in the business.
Derryberry and Lefty both feel the coils work. I don't know Derryberry but i have read his book. Lefty didn't write a book but he did teach me a lot about sprinklers.

I can't say that coils work and i can't say that they do. What i can say is, i would rather use the coils and never find out they work than not use them and have a strike or spike damage and wonder, what if???

As far as no ground strikes in your area, you're in a good place. We get them often enough in Jeff.

In '73 a cowboy and his horse were struck and killed while working a gate (in the Hollister hills i believe) . I don't remember his name right now but i remember it was his 21st birthday.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:55 AM
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And I've never heard of a lightning ground strike around here in my 30+ years in the business.
Did one last week. ICC blown right off the back of a barn. 6 solonoids and 80 ft of wire.
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