Blow outs / pigtails

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by duckworth, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. duckworth

    duckworth LawnSite Member
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    Can you use pigtails to blow out more valves at a time from clock?
     
  2. jbell36

    jbell36 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from KANSAS
    Posts: 1,282

    no

    are you talking about an external pigtail for a remote? as in no access to the clock on the inside? if so, then you would have no way of putting alligator clips on multiple valve wires inside the clock, from what i understand...i personally have never blown out multiple zones at one time, but i know how it's done...my market is 80% hunter so maybe other brands are different, i know rain bird remotes are more complicated, BUT that means you can do more from the outside than you can with Hunter...5 wires for rain bird, 3 wires for hunter
     
  3. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    I always keep a jump wire with me for blowouts when using a clock. A raindial will blowout 3 zones at once. Other clocks I hook alligator clip to MV then hit other zones while blowing out the one set on clock.
     
  4. Irrigation Contractor

    Irrigation Contractor LawnSite Senior Member
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  5. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Never thought of doing this, other than a time saver, why?
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  6. Irrigation Contractor

    Irrigation Contractor LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ummm....time is money.

    Winterizations are the last run for cash before the winter and why blow one zone when you can safely do 2-3 at the same time.

    All joking aside, we only have a very short time frame to complete 2500-2700 customers so we have to hustle. We will not be able to start for a couple weeks because we were still on the mid 80's this past week. Once the temps dump we literally have at times 5-6 weeks before the first hard freeze.
     
  7. cjohn2000

    cjohn2000 LawnSite Senior Member
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    On our larger sites with multiple clocks on one POC, I can usually start one clock and then another and then just advance each clock through zones. When I used to do residential blowouts we would just open the valves manually 2 or 3 at a time.
     
  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ditto. Bingo.
     
  9. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I just cant see doing that on most systems, cuz the average system I service is 7 or less zones. on larger ones, it makes sense
     
  10. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,297

    interior clocks yes
    ext , remote
     

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