problem with rainbird ESP modular controller

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by ams316, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. ams316

    ams316 LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 32

    I have a condo association that has 2 esp controllers that are runnning through the programs 3 times and cant figure it out. I have spoke with rainbird & JDL about the issue and neither know what is causing it. It will run through the cycle, then start right over when the last zone completes. I cleared all programs out through the seasonal adjust function & re-programmed but it continues to run improper. What's causing this?
     
  2. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,535

    Too many start times.
     
  3. ams316

    ams316 LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 32

    There is only 1 start time per zone. all other programming has been cleared out.
     
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 48,014

    Try one start time, period.
     
  5. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,535

    You don't need one start per zone.

    I could be rude and say RTFM, but because this is a common mistake that many novices and homeowners make, just remember: use only one start time per program unless you want it to repeat like yours does.

    Sometimes on slopes, I recommend splitting the run time in half and running two starts, an hour or two apart, depending on the precip. rate, infiltration rate and degree of slope....

    Otherwise, one start time per program.
     
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 48,014

    "This is not a VCR"
     
  7. ams316

    ams316 LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 32

    Thanks. I do not usually do irrigation work, but recently I have had many request from existing lawn & landscape clients for these services. I figured a good way to learn more about this is by taking on some maintenace & service work.
     
  8. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,913

    A good way to learn, and a good way to embarrass yourself while losing money! Oh wait, that's the way most of us started, isn't it?
     
  9. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    Yes, you only need one start time per program.

    When the program turns on, it will sequentially run zone 1 - whatever.

    If you have start times at 6, 10, 12, this is what you are getting.

    6am
    zone 1-whatever

    10
    zone 1- whatever

    12
    zone 1-whatever

    correct?
     
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    Not always.
     

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