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All Solorain valves ???

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by reb12, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. reb12

    reb12 LawnSite Member
    Male, from Florida
    Posts: 92

    I don't do much digging, especially in a root infested yard. My client has an old hydralic system and wants to upgrade to electric valves. He only has 4 zones and the present valves are located way out in various parts of his yard. I was thinking, what about just installing new valves and controlling each with a solorain? Any comments? This would save him money in labor and a timer, although the solorains are not cheap. I wold get him on a service contract and do checks monthly to catch any battery problems.

    Rick
     
  2. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    Which SoloRain model are you going to install? The 8014 model is quite tall. An alternative would be to install a Hunter SVC instead.
     
  3. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 581

    Is this a toro hydraulic and why does he want to switch to electric? Are the tubes cut or leaking? I have a better option but I need more details. If you decide on the battery operated route definitely follow Haze advice. I convert alot of hydaulic to electric but I use two way or three way solenoids.
     
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 46,421

    Hydraulic valves can be the most trouble-free of all. You can still buy new Toro hydraulic valves. You can also obtain electric-to-hydraulic converters to connect a new electric controller to an old hydraulic system. In an area with frequent lightning strikes, a hydraulic system is worth maintaining.
     
  5. Repairs

    Repairs LawnSite Member
    Posts: 113

    I would use the hunter before the solo-rains. We have had way too much trouble with the solo-rains that we do maintencance on. What kind of problems is the hydraulic system giving? I have done some retrofits to the hydro-electric convertor panels made by toro and they have worked well.
     
  6. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 581

    I'll swing by and take a picture of one of my retrofits but what I do is put the converters in a 10"box outside the wall below grade and then run wire from there into the garage.
     
  7. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    I'd be real interested in seeing some pictures of a hydro-electric conversion. It's always fascinated me but most hydraulically controlled systems in this area were gone a long time ago.
     
  8. reb12

    reb12 LawnSite Member
    Male, from Florida
    Posts: 92

    Remote Pigtails,

    Would love to see the pics. It will help me a lot. Also, I havre a service contract on a condo is SW FL with 2 timers, 25 zones total. The timers are in a cement enclosure and I would like to hook up my remote. I would need a pigtail (2) with about 15 feet length to get them outside. Can you do this and what would it cost?? Thanks, Rick
     
  9. Repairs

    Repairs LawnSite Member
    Posts: 113

    I will get some of mine as well. One of the golf-courses here locally that we do work on has 65+- controllers with that setup. Allthough not what I would consider ideal, it does work. JW
     
  10. Remote Pigtails

    Remote Pigtails LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 581

    I'm open to other suggestions on this but I think the most cost effective way would be to purchase a multi strand wire that is equal to the number of zones plus the common and a 24 volt power source. (I'm going to assume you are using a TRC or Rainmaster and need a 37 pin connector) Then hook my pigtail to that in a junction box. If you get a big enough junction box you can curl the pigtail up to keep out of sight. I have also hooked it up to the wires before they enter the building and with the use of an external transformer could activate the remote. I will check on the cost of special ordering two with 15 feet of wire. Since you said 25 zones / two timers I'm figuring one 24 station and one 12 station.
     

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