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Old 08-24-2012, 08:27 AM
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Irritrol 36 plus-12 years old

controller works, however program one will start and program two and four will not? Also when starting a program it will not continue through the programming through all station on a cycle, it stops at the first valve only. but the main concern would be that the other programs will not start with the programed time starts? Do i do a power disconnect, battery pull and wait 5 min and wiped out and reset the entire program to make this work or is this a faulty clock?
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:35 AM
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Do the reset first, as it cannot hurt to try, and it's free. But it may be the controller is faulty or hit by lightning. Many components on a truck or car need replacing after 12+ years as well. It happens.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:12 PM
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Try erasing all of the programs and starting over. That controller has non volatile memory so just unplugging it will not fully reset it if the problem is a programming issue. The command to erase the program is to turn the dial to the program then press 1 - 3 - 7 - 9 and then enter. Do that for each program and then power the controller down, pull the battery and let it sit for a good 15 minutes and then power it back up and re-program.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:01 AM
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I don't even remember that clock. Was it after the MC and before the Dial?
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:54 PM
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I don't even remember that clock. Was it after the MC and before the Dial?
The MCs were yellowish-tan and the MC Pluses were pinkish-tan with a funky twist lock on the plastic terminal strip cover and different graphics. Dial ABs were around before them.
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Old 08-26-2012, 05:31 PM
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There are a few on eBay. Here's one. My recollection is they used 4 NiCad AA batteries in a bundle for back up, but maybe it was a NiCad 9 V?


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Old 08-26-2012, 05:36 PM
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Try erasing all of the programs and starting over. That controller has non volatile memory so just unplugging it will not fully reset it if the problem is a programming issue. The command to erase the program is to turn the dial to the program then press 1 - 3 - 7 - 9 and then enter. Do that for each program and then power the controller down, pull the battery and let it sit for a good 15 minutes and then power it back up and re-program.
I thought it was the MC Plus-B that had the NVM.

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I may be wrong. Found a 1997 MC Plus manual online that says it has a NVM and a 9 V alkaline for current time.
All I can figure is that the one on one of my jobs with the NiCad batteries must be an earlier version.
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:14 PM
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I thought it was the MC Plus-B that had the NVM.

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I may be wrong. Found a 1997 MC Plus manual online that says it has a NVM and a 9 V alkaline for current time.
All I can figure is that the one on one of my jobs with the NiCad batteries must be an earlier version.
If it's 12 years old it should be an MC-B+. The original MC+ and MC-A+ had the yellowish/brown metal faceplates. There was no functional or cosmetic difference between the MC+ and the MC-A+. There was a slight design difference electronically. The MC-B+ was released once the James Hardie Co bought Irritrol / Garden America from Black and Decker. The Irritrol B+ Series were all engineered by James Hardie.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:31 AM
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If it's 12 years old it should be an MC-B+. The original MC+ and MC-A+ had the yellowish/brown metal faceplates. There was no functional or cosmetic difference between the MC+ and the MC-A+. There was a slight design difference electronically. The MC-B+ was released once the James Hardie Co bought Irritrol / Garden America from Black and Decker. The Irritrol B+ Series were all engineered by James Hardie.
You mean James Hardie the company, not the man, right? Because the man for whom the company was named died in 1920.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:38 AM
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If it's 12 years old it should be an MC-B+. The original MC+ and MC-A+ had the yellowish/brown metal faceplates. There was no functional or cosmetic difference between the MC+ and the MC-A+. There was a slight design difference electronically. The MC-B+ was released once the James Hardie Co bought Irritrol / Garden America from Black and Decker. The Irritrol B+ Series were all engineered by James Hardie.
Was there a version that had both an NVM and NiCad backup? One I'm referring too looks just like the one in the photo, but with 12 stations. I'll see if I can find a date code and model # when I get there next time. My recollection is that it didn't have an NVM and lost programming when the batteries died. Slated to be replaced soon.
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