Irrigation not coming on

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by LawnsharkMB, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. LawnsharkMB

    LawnsharkMB LawnSite Senior Member
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    Some of my irrigation is not coming on at a few of my properties this spring. As far as I remember everything worked fine last time the irrigation was run in the fall after putting down pre em. The box runs ok but none of the zones come on. I know it could be the solenoid but I wouldn't think all the solenoids on every zone would be bad. Any ideas what might be wrong?
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  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Is the water on as in did you try to open a valve manually?
     
  3. LawnsharkMB

    LawnsharkMB LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nope. Can't find the valves. The water has to be on, it's a fast food restraunt.
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  4. MostWantedLandscape

    MostWantedLandscape LawnSite Member
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    Well they usually have a stop and waste valve to shut off the sprinklers independently from the bld water.
     
  5. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thats like saying " I cant be broke, I still have checks left"
     
  6. MostWantedLandscape

    MostWantedLandscape LawnSite Member
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    If the waters on and the all the valaves wont open. I would check that the timer is puttting out power. Then I would check the common next. The chances of you having 6 failures instead of 1 is small.
     
  7. CharlieZ

    CharlieZ LawnSite Member
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    Rain sensor?
     
  8. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's either electrical or it's hydraulic.

    If the OP had a multimeter he could eliminate electrical in a few minutes.

    The OP obviously did not, otherwise he would have posted some data.

    Supposing the electrical tested out, the next logical place to look is the hydraulics.

    Since these are commercial food vendors one might want to look at the BFA.

    This is march, was the system winterized last fall? If so, has it been started up yet? Has the BFA been tested recently?

    Is there an ISO valve that you are unaware of?

    BTW the common is a logical path to follow when multiple valves fail but unless you know how to test an open common you are just guessing. Without proper test tools and some basic knowledge one is just guessing. Take some free classes and gain the skills. :waving:
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  9. LawnsharkMB

    LawnsharkMB LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ok I'll check that and the power from the box. Thanks.
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  10. RhettMan

    RhettMan LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
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    how much would you charge to locate it for him ?
     

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