irrigation turns itself on

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by stevenf, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just started maintaing a property with irrigation. Recent hurricane made me turn off the irrigation. I have since found out that even with the dial set to off, it turns on and off every Saturday with way to much water. Any suggestions?
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  2. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    perform a proper electrical analysis of the controller and then post the results.
     
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Could there be a second clock lurking somewhere?
     
  4. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Easy thing to do, would be to unplug or remove the 110 volt to the controller on Friday. If it turns on, there is another controller source. Are all zones coming on or just a few? Could be some battery operated controllers somewhere.
     
  5. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Only one section of the property is turning on. I have searched high and low and havent found a second controller and both president and vice president say there is only one. I am fairly new to irrigation so any beginner diagnose tips will be appreciated.
     
  6. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    buy a multimeter

    test volts and ohms
     
  7. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Then you most likely have another controller on the property. I can't tell you how many customers, home owners, HOA or board members, that we have worked for that think they know where everything is when in reality they are absolutely clueless.

    Use the existing controller, and see if it turns on the zones in question. If you can't figure it out, you may need to hire a pro.
     
  8. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Could be a battery operated controller in a valve box somewhere. Have fun finding that one! Maybe Jim has a 9 volt battery locator.
     
  9. Without A Drought

    Without A Drought LawnSite Senior Member
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    you got a battery opp valve.
    i inherited a few, good luck finding it
     
  10. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    has the guy counted his valves first in reference to the clock?
     

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