I little help

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by thomsoutdoor, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. thomsoutdoor

    thomsoutdoor LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I am usually on the pesticide thread but I thought this question would be more up the Irrigation alley then the pesticide form. This question is actually for myself at my house. I would like to know where I can get an electric switch that I can hook up to my hose so I can turn off/on the water with a switch or motion sensor. I have a problem with everybody in the neighborhood likes to walk their dog by my house and let the dogs relieve themselves on my bushes. 3 out of the 20 lyd cypresses are starting to die. Plus it would give my wife something to do.
    Thanks
    Mark
     
  2. BSME

    BSME LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
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  3. thomsoutdoor

    thomsoutdoor LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Thanks BSME,
    I checked out the motion censored sprinkler and the would do the trick. I was trying to be more creative and design my own. I found a few electronically control switches from a farming/nursery place. I am trying to have it hidden a little bit. I hate to see someone walking off with a $70 sprinkler head. Thier are going to a few upset/wet dog owners.
     
  4. BSME

    BSME LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
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    yea it'd be easy enough to design your own... I'd use a maxi because they are quick and make a lot of noise... It'd be sure to get the area wet... if you use a slow gear rotor they'd have to be right in the line of fire..

    that sprinkler scarecrow is just a cheap motion sensor hooked up to a 9v battery with a 3/4'' (i think) valve
     
  5. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yea they are well worth the $$ I use them for deer around here..The company is out of Canada and any problems and they send you the parts right away and they are easy to fix.I'd say I have bought about 25 units throughout the past 6 years.I doubt you will be able to make one work like you are planning to do yourself.Not worth the hassle..just break down and spend 70 bucks you won't be sorry.
     
  6. Around here the elk would snap that thing in half......so would the deer....you guys have such tiny deer....they are so cute! ;)
     
  7. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    LOL... Hopefully the cabin fever will start alleviating itself shortly Tony. :laugh:
     
  8. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
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    A security light motion sensor wired through a solenoid valve connected directly to a 24v transformer would turn on a water source for you. I would suggest connecting it to a hose bib and using a fast moving hose end sprinkler that you could strategically position and re-locate. If you can find a waterproof motion sensor, you could tape a single pair bell wire to the garden hose and the motion sensor could be very near the sprinkler head.
     
  9. thomsoutdoor

    thomsoutdoor LawnSite Platinum Member
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    bicmudpuppy,
    Thats more along the lines of what I was thinking. Do you of a good supplier. What I've found so far it looks like maybe $40 for each of the switches. Is their a supplier that specializes in this stuff?
     
  10. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Our little deer would too but I straap the units to long pieces of rebar and drive them deep in the ground. plus they cant get close to um witout getting sprayed anyways..I am purty smarter than a daandg deer!
     

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