Well with all the irrigator wanna-bees (including myself) I thought I'd share this experience. I figure troubleshooting irrigation problem is like anything else, 1st experience is the best resource. 2nd a methodical approach to problem solving goes a long way. 3rd Having tools and supplies with you goes a long way too. In this case I went to the job with a little of #1 and #3. I am a good problem solver so with a lot of #2 I was good to go. I was referred by a pool builder to re-zone a backyard after the pool hole took out a big section. The house is old but it's a very affluent hood in NW Dallas. They had shut down the irrigation at the BFP because the 1" main was cut. I capped it and opened the valve. I wanted to figure out which zone where taken out by the pool so I went to the timer and tried all zones and got nothing. Ah! the valve wire is cut too. The 1" main came from one direction around the house but the 9strand wire came from the opposite direction. I dug around the capped area and there is was the cut valve wire. So I went and bought 250ft of 9/18 wire. $120.00 I wired the cut cable up making sure there weren't anymore breaks or cuts. and ran the wire back to the timer. Luckily it went straight through the garage wall. I jotted down the wire positions, disconnected the old wire and connected the new wire. I expected to manually fire each valve and see water shooting out of the heads and/or the cut lateral lines but I still got nothing. Now I know it's hooked up right. Everthing indicates to me that I the wire where it was cut could be reconnected. So now I've got to find the valves and I don't have a locator. I tried to find them by looking around but no such luck. It's late in the day and I just got the owner to pay me 150.00 for capping the 1"main(I had to dig) and the $120.00 for the wire. I thought that was fair. I will either borrow/rent a locator or I will refer this job to someone else. Its an old install and may be better suited for someone fully equipped and experienced. Even with a locator this could get tricky. - Jury is still out. Anyway, life of a newbie.