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ACC Pedestal Conversion

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by PurpHaze, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    We've come up with a mini conversion project that will kill two birds with one stone. The now original controller is an Irritrol MC-24-Plus-B installed inside a Rainmaster cabinet (Rainmaster was the original controller installed 35 years ago when the system was put in). Five zones were added close to the controller location and an Irritrol MC-12-Plus-B controller set on the side of the cabinet to handle the new areas where relocatable buildings were removed. This was contracted out and the new controller was never supplied with power.

    Our plan is to remove the existing cabinet and controllers and start from scratch by installing a Hunter ACC controller (with enough modules to handle all stations) inside a plastic pedestal. Here's a few pictures and I'll post more as we get into this project.

    The pedestal is on backorder through Ewing but we should have it by the end of the week.

    Valley Oak ACC Pedestal Convert IV-01.jpg

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  2. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    Got the ACC and plastic pedestal from Ewing on Friday and got the chance to look at it up close and personal. Hopefully we'll have the time sometime this week to install it.

    Here's some pics.

    Hunter ACC and Plastic Pedestal IV-01.jpg

    Hunter ACC and Plastic Pedestal IV-02.jpg

    Hunter ACC and Plastic Pedestal IV-03.jpg

    Hunter ACC and Plastic Pedestal IV-04.jpg
     
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Other than the money, I miss wiring big clocks!
     
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    WoW!! How cool is that!!!
    I love that, so pretty and neat and all those stations available to add when needed. do you bolt it into the cement? Or what? Do you think it can handle the intense heat inside there?
     
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    Purp? I would for sure pour a small slab for that or put it up on flat 16"X16" step stones or something. Frame a little slab up and redicrete.
     
  6. mikecaldwell1204

    mikecaldwell1204 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 185

    Purp how do you get to always play with the cool stuff???
     
  7. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    Pedestal and basic 12 station clock comes it at around $1600 including tax. Add three 6-station modules to bring it up to 30 stations and the grand total was around $2200. Still only about $300 more than an Irritrol MC Plus of comparable stations without any pedestal for the Irritrol. We'll also gain a 24 station and an 8 station Irritrol that can be used somewhere else in the district. :)
     
  8. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    It will be mounted on an existing concrete slab where the original controller is setting in the first picture of the thread (under all the dirt and crap after that's cleaned up by the site groundsman). We'll use Redheads or similar concrete anchors to fasten it down securely. It comes with a heavy metal template that also acts as a securing device.
     
  9. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    Because I can. :laugh:

    Seriously, I have a boss that is easy to please when it comes to good equipment at a fair, comparable price. He likes it so well that he's going to put a change order in on two new elementary schools (currently in final design) that would have had two Irritrols with their metal pedestals installed and replace them with this single unit.

    My biggest problem was that I didn't know quite how to order it. I was under the impression that you just bought an ACC and it slipped into the plastic pedestal. (This is what you do with the metal pedestal that is available for the ACC.) However, the whole thing is purchased as a unit. Basically the ACC face plate and internal door unit sits in the top and the internal components sit on the frame beneath. Once I had it figured out our local Hunter rep had it to us quickly through Ewing.

    The Smart Port is located on the back side of the internal frame with plenty of room for the ICR receiver to be permanently mounted. We'll eventually purchase an extra ICR receiver and then permanently mount it inside this unit.

    I had already purchased a separate ACC in anticipation for the plastic pedestal but since we didn't need it was installed on a high school varsity baseball field this morning as their old Irritrol MC-Plus went out. Age of the Irritrol was such (1992) that it wasn't even worth shipping it out for repairs. And the Hunter ACC with an extra module to bring it up to the 18 stations I needed ended up being about $200 less than a replacement Irritrol.
     
  10. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Began the conversion project today and got the bulk of it done. We found out that the main wire conduit does not run outside the concrete area. Therefore, I'll have to run conduit across the top of the concrete and into the side of the ACC pedestal tomorrow for the seven zones that have been added since the original install 30 years ago.

    Valley Oak Hunter ACC-Ped Install 5-2-07 IV-01.jpg

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