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Calsense and MP Rotary Nozzles

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by LawnMastersTx, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. LawnMastersTx

    LawnMastersTx LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    Its been a while since I have had time to get back on the site. Just finished the largest project that I have ever been apart of.

    102 Calsense Controllers (Retrofit)
    104 Flow sensors and master valves
    18,000 MP Rotary Nozzles (Retrofit)
    112 zone system (New)

    I do not have permission, yet, to say the location of this project.

    Bragging over with, here are some pics :dancing:

    Calsense has been easy to learn and work with using their controllers and central system. We have 3 rain buckets and 2 ET sensors around the location. The rain buckets and ET's are linked to the controllers that surround the system. All of the controllers use flow sensors and master valves.

    I could come in the morning and look at a GIS map of the campus, it will change the controller icons to another color based on problems that occurred over the night. Then I could print out this alert and go find and fix the problem. I drooled all over the keyboard.......

    I am glad I was apart of this project, and I can not wait to be able to share all the photos and details. Nothing beats putting in water saving measures during the worst drought in Texas.





  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,646

    City water?
  3. LawnMastersTx

    LawnMastersTx LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    City water as of right now. Their goal is to go to reclaimed water, but the city requirement makes using that cost ineffective.

    Reclaimed water - all pipes, and i mean ALL lines that cross fresh water lines have to be in a sleeve 10ft on either side of the connection. All hose bibs on the build have to have RPZ. A test has to be done one month before connection and then 4 test with dye to ensure no cross contamination after installation.
  4. Where is the one with the row of rectangular valve boxes? I thought that was a cool shot. Also show the pic of what controller got replaced and what did you think of the CALSENSE remote?
  5. LawnMastersTx

    LawnMastersTx LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    We pulled out Rain Birds, Hunter and Rain Master. Mostly Rain Bird though, but a few nice Rain Masters.

    The remotes were ok......... Now they are nice seeing the information like flow rate, amps, and a description of the zone, but i was not impressed with the limited distance of them.

    Instead of the remote, I like the Ipad :weightlifter: You may not be able to directly link into a controller with an ipad, but you can gain control of the computer that monitors the controllers and make changes there.

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  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,646

    that's enough boxes for 4,000 zones :p
  7. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,974

    Veery nice! So the Calsense remote does not have the range?
  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    WTF? Who buried those things? Was that before you showed up? VBs should be at a level that they can be mowed directly over.
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,974

    Maybe the install guy's brother was the string trimmer maintenance man.
  10. LawnMastersTx

    LawnMastersTx LawnSite Member
    Posts: 222

    If you do not have anything between you and the controller, it will go for a ways. If there is a building, then it can be a pain. You can add a whip antenna and that will help a lot.

    We didnt install the tombstone area, but it was a cool pic. I could not pass it up. I have another one of a pit with 32 valves installed that are hanging in the air.

    Some crazy stuff, but I am impressed with Calsense and the reports/control that can be had over the system.

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