2 wire issues

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by IRRITECH, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. IRRITECH

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
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    For those of you who work on these systems, what are the most common problems? I understand the concept and have been in Tucor classes, just never have installed any. Installation issues would be of the most interest.
     
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I went to Tucor school and found them to be at the top of the heap. I came real close to going two-wire on some megas, but passed because I just did not trust the technology at the that time. These days, I'd look at two-wire real hard, especially if expansion was contemplated. My buddy, Russ, has a few in service and likes them a lot, though they are only a few years old. The trick, as I see it, is to pay as much attention to wiring as anything. (No King "blues") I do believe a clamp v.o.m. is needed to troubleshoot these systems. If I had a mega on the books, I'd go Tucor and find a way to include their remote in the budget.:clapping:
     
  3. If you already have a Rain Master remote then go Rain Master Controls and Baseline decoders.
     
  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you want to hype anything, REP, post a link. :hammerhead:
     
  5. You hyped Tucor no linkee
     
  6. Mike Leary

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  7. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
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    The biggest installation problems I see are poorly done wire splices and wiring insulation that is nicked down to the wire when the outer jacket is cut off.
    I use these UF Cable Strippers to cut loose the outer jacket. Takes a few tries on a scrap piece of wire to get the hang of it.

    Failure to do a correct as-built drawing showing the locations of the decoders, surge suppressors, any additional splices, and the wire path are another problem I've seen.
     
  8. Rotor_Tool

    Rotor_Tool LawnSite Senior Member
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    Wire splices are key in a two wire installation. 99% of the problems are associated with wire splices and decoder connections - trust me, I have seen a lot of these installations around the country and beyond. Baseline makes a decent system -especially for add-ons where you can go hybrid using conventional and two-wire. If I were installing a new system today, I would look at Baseline as well as the Rain Bird LXD. Tucor is ok, though the controllers are a little harder to program. LXD is easy to program and has a lot of nice features that came from the minds of contractors - pinging decoders, bar code scanning for decoder info input, flow monitoring, modularity, and the cost isn't out of this world.
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  9. Rotor_Tool

    Rotor_Tool LawnSite Senior Member
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