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Old 07-16-2011, 08:49 PM
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wiring valves to a battery???

Ok guys well one of my customers Asked me to put in a whole system then as im almost done with it he says "im an old timer i dont want one of those controllers i wanna battery where i can click the valves on and off right from the garage....YOUR not runnin' my water bill up!!!" Im like ok well its gonna take me about a week to figure out/ redesign it to fit your requirements!
WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO??????

Ok is it possible to operate Orbit valves by a battery?? All the wiring is in the garage already so im hoping i can hook it to some battery to turn on the valves then again to turn them off... Is that possible if so HOW! thanksss
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:52 PM
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A series of SPST switches with a 24volt supply ought to do the trick.
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:03 PM
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Give each valve its own 24v transformer and tell him to plug in whatever zone he wants to run.
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:15 PM
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An old Richdel design with zone switches would make the guy happy, but you should be able to make it obvious that any controller can be switched off, making it necessary for him to water manually.

The Hunter controllers are good for this, because you can actually program for zero watering, and have each manual watering cycle be a custom set of instructions.
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:46 PM
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Just install the controller and have him run it manually
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:58 PM
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Sure, but you have to program it to the owner's satisfaction. You can have a normal watering program, and select the calendar settings so that no days are selected for watering. That works for all controllers
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:00 AM
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Sure, but you have to program it to the owner's satisfaction. You can have a normal watering program, and select the calendar settings so that no days are selected for watering. That works for all controllers
Thats what im shooting for!!!!! This guys 72 years old And wants something SIMPLE! My guys said he doesnt even listen! So my guys And i are thinking of finding something where he can just plug in or toggle switch on and off

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Just install the controller and have him run it manually
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I think NOT! My phone would be BLOWN up (more than it already is!)
he would forget how to use it... This way with the plugs or toggles its almost Dummy proof. AKA VERY straight Forward!
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:05 AM
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try and see if you can get an old richdel then, there's a horrible water master controller that has the same concept

or rig up some toggle on/off switches on a board connected to a transformer.
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:07 AM
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i deal with old ass ef's all the time .. there stubborn as hell but they gotta deal with it just as everyone else does.

on a ESPM - bringing the dial to the desired zone and pressing the manual start button is not hard..

show him some options and see what he wants to do
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Old 07-17-2011, 12:11 AM
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A series of Station Master actuators lines up on the wall. One for each zone.

What a joke. Tell him, Change Order. $xxx.xx extra as this is not standard.
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