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Old 08-22-2013, 04:47 AM
MEXANDME MEXANDME is offline
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Jim,

Once I replaced the common between the last two valves, I was reading 26 volts coming from the clock as opposed to 16 volts before I replaced the common.

Are you saying that I should have read the full 26 volts, as opposed to the 19volts that I did read, when I read the zone wire to ground?

Very sandy soil here in coastal SC. The power company drives 20 feet of copper-clad ground rods every where they establish a ground.

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Mex
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:12 AM
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All,

Thanks again for your help!

With the zone turned on at the clock, and the wires disconnected from the solenoid at the non-working valve, I read 16 volts across the zone wire and the common.

I read 21 volts across the zone wire and a ground probe. So, I assumed it was the common that was the problem.

I located the next working valve back toward the clock which was only 45 feet from the non-working valve. I laid out a temp common on the ground between the two locations and the valve then worked from the clock.

Since the existing wiring was in the same trench with the power and I was getting lots and lots of static from the power and the entire areas was full of 30-year old shrubs and trees, I "wimped out" and just replaced the last 45 feet of wire rather than trying to find/fix the fault.

Do I get an "F" or maybe just a "D-"?

Thanks again for your help!

Mex
Re-read the above Mex.
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:42 PM
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Sorry Jim.....you lost me.

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Old 08-22-2013, 10:13 PM
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Sorry Jim.....you lost me.

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Old 08-23-2013, 04:21 PM
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One last try.....I still do not understand what you are trying to tell me.

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Old 08-24-2013, 09:26 AM
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Mex sometimes I have the same issue..

it is difficult for me to explain what is going wrong through typing..
you most likely got a few words or readings mixed up..no biggie..
always measure your field first go from there...I'm no expert on the issue but can overcome most of the time..
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