Rainbird 95DR

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by dochuff, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. dochuff

    dochuff LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
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    I know this is an installers forum. I own a 12,000 sq ft croquet lawn. My irrigation installer deceased about 2 years ago. A Hunter Pro C controller is set up with 4 zones; each with a single Rainbird 95DR head. FWIW 10hp pump: 80 psi, 90+ gpm with a shallow lake to provide H2O.

    Recently a single head won't pop up or discharge water. (My pump has an secondary/emergency valve with a hose connector which releases the excess pressure)

    All other heads work fine. (The same head does not work if I change wires to a different zone.) How do I test my valves, solenoids, etc. (I know how to use a multimeter)

    Thanks in advance, Also, my small club will thank you as well.


    J. Huff
     
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    Does the head work in the manual mode??
     
  3. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    This is a valve-in-head electric solenoid activated sprinkler.

    Will it work if you manually activate when the pump is supplying water?

    Not a water or pump issue to the system then. I'm assuming that all zones (sprinklers) are properly programmed.

    If you change and use a different sprinkler's terminal and things still don't work then you have a problem with either the wiring or solenoid to the bad sprinkler. If you switch terminals and the sprinkler now works then you have a controller problem with a particular terminal.

    I'm betting on a solenoid gone bad as long as you don't have a gopher problem or have had recent trenching through the irrigation wire route.

    However, if the solenoid is still good then you could have a problem with the valve-in-head component.
     
  4. dochuff

    dochuff LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 14

    Thanks for you replies.

    I don't have a manual, how do I put the head in manual mode? Is this something I do at the head?



    J. Huff
     
  5. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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  6. dochuff

    dochuff LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 14

    Thanks for the link.

    J.Huff
     
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Is serious croquet still a pursuit where everyone wears white clothing?
     
  8. dochuff

    dochuff LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 14

    In Official tournaments it is required. Most high class clubs require all whites even for practice.

    J. Huff
     
  9. dochuff

    dochuff LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Posts: 14

    OK it works on manual, now what? (of course you know I am soaking wet right now VBG)


    J. Huff
     
  10. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Welcome to the world of irrigation repair Wet Stuff Huff. :laugh:

    My suggestion may not be liked by others but shut the water off, disconnect the wiring from the solenoid, remove the sprinkler and take it to a local supplier that handles this sprinkler. They'll be able to troubleshoot as to what exactly is wrong like solenoid, valve-in-head, etc. At worst you may have to purchase an entirely new sprinkler. If you do buy a new one then save the old one for replacement parts. Don't know what the going price is but valve-in-head, electric solenoid golf course style sprinklers like this may run $150 or more.
     

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