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Old 08-17-2010, 05:41 PM
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Irrigation issue

Irrigation issue.

I am not an irrigation tech... however one of my customers who lives out of town expects me to check on it along with other things when I service the property.... Well when i mowed a couple weeks ago I extended the times each zone would run because we are in a drought ( and she told me to). I reprogramed all eight zones and tested it out everything was working fine.

fast forwawrd one week I show up the day after a slight thunderstom to find one of the birch trees in the front yard has been blown apart by lightning and now there are only 3 zones registered in the programer not 8 and even if i try to run one of the three none of them will come on.

I am calling the irrigation tech today, however I was wondering what could of caused this problem (lightning?). Honestly i'm just trying to learn about this part of the industry will probably never be a full time irrigation tech, but am interested in learning as much as i can.

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Old 08-17-2010, 05:46 PM
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after a slight thunderstom to find one of the birch trees in the front yard has been blown apart by lightning
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:15 PM
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Got blowed up from the lightnin', or the sig.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:22 PM
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Lightning versus solid-state controller? My money is not on the box.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:24 PM
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Yep, a repair bill usually follows a lightning strike.
New controller, usually new solenoids for the valves, maybe some field wiring.
It all adds up, and in a hurry too.
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:29 PM
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2 statements, 1 question.

You spelled "Shindaiwa" wrong.

Lightning, at 50,000 volts (compared to the 24 your controller, wires, and solenoids are used to, took care of same.)

How do you "apply lawn"
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:49 PM
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We had a bad 45 minute t-storm here last week. I was standing in the back of the shop and lightning came REAL close, scared the crap out of me. Boss came out and said "there is a repair somewhere".

Sure enough one of our good customers had her "flo pros" blown out (solenoids, 3 of them) and her controller was fried too. She said smoke was coming from it....
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:17 PM
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I saw another thread here dealing with lightning strikes... was a guy there had all the answers about keeping a lightning strike from toasting parts or all of your system.
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:39 PM
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I saw another thread here dealing with lightning strikes... was a guy there had all the answers about keeping a lightning strike from toasting parts or all of your system.
Some guys have all the answers but are usually wrong.

Where is your melon patch?
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:51 PM
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I saw another thread here dealing with lightning strikes... was a guy there had all the answers about keeping a lightning strike from toasting parts or all of your system.
Why the hell would a contractor want to do that?
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