Rookie tracking question

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Turf Dawg, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    I know this is probably a stupid question for some, but when the clock is inside how do you ground?
     
  2. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    run an extension wire to earth. check your pm
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  3. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Depends on what type of clock you have. Alot of clocks/timers/controllers DONT have a grounding LUG on the board or cabinet.

    You only see these types of grounding requirements once you step up to commerical controllers and most all 2 wire controllers. It will have a lug specifically for tieing into for running a heavy copper ground wire and copper ground plate or rod for the unit.
     
  4. JeffInTexas

    JeffInTexas LawnSite Member
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    Stick a screw driver or flag in the closest flower bed.
     
  5. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    The op is asking about setting up a locator and not bonding the controller.
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  6. txirrigation

    txirrigation LawnSite Senior Member
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    I keep 20-30ft of extra wire in the locator box to extend the ground wire outside.
     
  7. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I didnt read the title sorry about that.
    ^ Just what txirrigation said. Nothing fancy just run a single strand wire
    outside and get a long screwdriver to make your ground
     
  8. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    I am very new and have a ton to learn about irrigation. I took my Texas required course and passed my licensed irrigators test and then my son took the Texas required course and test for his tech license, but the trouble is neither really knows chit. I have taken a Tucor two wire training course and both of us would like to take a electrical troubleshooting course.

    I do not even own a wire/solenoid tracking unit yet but the reason I was asking this question was about a Dr's office that called. He called and wanted to know if I had some way of locating a valve other than a stick. He was not very happy with the other irrigators that were looking for the valve with a rod when he left for lunch, then was really unhappy when he came back and they were still poking around. I got lucky and found it with my 24A in chatter mode.

    Long story longer LOL

    The clock was inside the building in a electrical type closet/room. I know they say to put the ground close to the wire path but that would mean putting the rod in the ground then running the wire around 30' to the side door, then down a hallway, then a right turn down another hallway and then another right turn into the room. I really do not think they would like this [tripping hazard] unless it was after hours.
     
  9. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    The pro-800 was designed for situations jvst like this one.

    In broadcast mode the wire path can be traced. After tracing the wire path you connect into a closed loop with the valve and locate the solenoid. The transmitter stays at the clock and no earth ground is required.
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