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How do you locate a broken wire?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by instyle, May 19, 2008.

  1. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Posts: 380

    On a commercial property, the controller is 200' away. There is a 2' electronic valve. It will not open electronicly. I know the timer is working fine, but not the velve. I can open it manually, so i am assuming there is a wire problem. The wire runs under a drivway. Where do I start?
  2. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,535

    You may need a locator. I like mine, a Pro-Tech 600 that I got from


    The PEI/ Tempo 521 or 521 A are other possibilities.

    They cost a little more, but some guys find them on ebay.

    Sometimes you can rent one. Or hire someone who has some experience to do it.
    I don't think it's a really steep learning curve though.

    BTW, you did check the wire connections and the solenoid resistance, right?
  3. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,977

    Quote, In case lawntec missed that part :)
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    BTW, you did check the wire connections and the solenoid resistance, right?

    Yes confirm this
  5. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

    2 foot valve, wow, thats pretty good size. Impressive. Try the locator.
  6. Had a tricky locate today... 16 zones and only 4 working...... Used the 521 and traced the path under a road then followed with the ground fault locator...now the fun part, the ground fault was showing a fault under a road, in a sleeve..... pulled on the wire and is was still intact...fish taped a new common under the road and now all 16 zones working...
  7. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,906

    What size wire would you run to pull in THAT solenoid?

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