One big headache so far!!

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by jcom, May 10, 2006.

  1. jcom

    jcom LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 791

    We have a new customer with a hell of a lot of problems. Five different controllers, two water sources. Five (three valve) boxes that we can find. 29 total zones hooked up on the controllers. We do not know which source feed which boxes, etc..

    Our plan is to use our locator and follow the common from all controllers and see what we can find. We can get some of the zones to work off one controller but not the others. Guess we are looking for any other starting points and other opinions.

    John:dizzy: :dizzy:
  2. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    We use to have this problem. Zone maps (on standard paper size carried in a notebook) showing controllers, zones, POCs, isolation valves, backflows, etc. solved this.
  3. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,274

    This sounds like a job for T&M Sprinkler Man

    Check to see if the two water sources are connected via a looped main or even a straight main between the two sources. Shut one source off and check valves that you have found to see if they operate. Then swap water sources and recheck. If the valve still operate then you know.

    Trace wires and locate all valves. Make sure they operate at the valve box, and that the diaphragms are good.

    I would suggest that you get a tone tester to go along with the station master. That way you can be at the valve and send the tone signal back to the controller and sort out the wires.

    It is time consuming and tedious. Tell the owner that this is not going to be cheap, but that you will work as diligently and efficiently as possible. Then document all the hours and parts and charge accordingly.
  4. Oxmow

    Oxmow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 409

    I echo what Jerry said. This is a good job for a helper and a walkie.

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