going to pull the trigger on a ground fault

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by CAPT Stream Rotar, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
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    mines saved my butt several times. havent had to break it out yet this year knock on wood....
     
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Were I still working, I'd have one , as well as a TDR.:clapping:
     
  3. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    TDR is a hoss tool....fo sho
     
  4. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    The 800 should be in tomorrow...im pretty excited..

    i hope the supplier honors 580 like he said he would..

    I think its going to cost more though..
     
  5. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    the 800 come in eddie?

    call me if it did.
     
  6. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    nothing jim.. I'm going to a job tomorrow where there is an extremely shallow 13 strand wire and a recently aerated lawn. Kinda told the supply house they F'd me..they said I could use a 700 but i don't have time to drive to supply house and back.. Thankfully the area I know in question with the shallow wire is close to the clock... I can give a Mexicalli repair job and replace 20/30 feet of wire I hope in the trouble area..

    Crazy enough most of the valves on the strand maybe 7 in total were operational.. Of course the spare wires in the strand had to be completely chopped off so just moving some connections around giving a resistance reading of OL..

    The 7 or so valves that were giving resistance were well over 700 ohms telling me i have some serious cuts in this wire in more than 1 area...As crazy as it sounds the H/O told me there was no digging in any of the areas in plantings beds where I thought the wire would be cut. I'm taking a shower the other night thinking about this issue, remember seeing the areator plugs being deep in the lawn maybe 2-3 inches...Bingo that must be the issue... It has to be... So since I don't have the GFL and the area in question is close the clock im going to cut the 13 strand in the planting bed where i really feel the wire is intact and good..

    so from where i cut the wire to the vb im going to test resistance and if the WM valves in the ground give me 55 or so ohms i know its good...

    kinda tired and a little buzzed.. about to pass the fout from gorging myself at dinner with food and drink...

    good times.
     
  7. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    you are an acquired taste my friend :laugh: have fun tomorrow but not too much.:waving:
     
  8. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'll try to post a few pics of the findings ect....

    for some reasons normal turn ons are boring to me.I want the tough choppy jobs that nobody can figure out...
     
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    55 ohms is getting up there, 60 ohms is considered a "open". With the W*M valves, I like them at .20/.30 amps. Ideal is .25. :clapping:
     
  10. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm pretty sure the new solenoids show around 50 region..I'll check tomorrow..
     

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