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Situation A:Turn on zone 10

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by CAPT Stream Rotar, May 15, 2007.

  1. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,911

    and nothing is on...

    where do you question first the field?

    or the controler...

    I got into this argument today...I /we hopped on another account today...20 zones of HACK N SLAP complete with Soaker hose....nothing coming on...no rain sensor..on a acre and a half of proptery..

    so any way zone 10-12 didnt come on....I say the problem is in the field..my boss says go start @ the controler....

    What you experts think?
  2. soaked.in.sweat

    soaked.in.sweat LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    using your volt meter makes sure the controller is putting out proper voltage to zones 10-12 terminals. If you got the proper voltage reading then you know its not the controller. then check your voltage at the valves, if your not getting enough you got a wire break. If you are getting enough then its your valve,or a kink ect.......
  3. Bill S

    Bill S LawnSite Member
    Posts: 184

    Usually the field
  4. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    Start at the controller, work out to the field.

    Listen to your boss.
  5. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,911

    thats what im talking about
  6. bobw

    bobw LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 807

    10-12 didn't come on? My fist guess would be that they share a valve box and that the common is disconnected. I'd check that before I walked to my truck for my voltmeter...
  7. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 788

    This is the way we do it.
  8. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,911

    thank you...

    but to each his own..

    I would check wiring/valves before i went checking controlers
  9. Tony Clifton

    Tony Clifton LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 865

    The first thing I would do before even checking the voltage is to check the resistence using your multimeter. If you have resistence, and the # is correct, then check the voltage. If voltage is good, then go into the field. Try cracking the solenoid to open the valve manually. See what happens, and take it from there.
    I would say your boss is correct by telling you to start at the controller.
  10. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,781

    20 zones and 3 didn't fire...................I would finish running the rest of the system and first make sure I was "missing" any zones. I just hate it when I find out I've been looking for a valve/zone in the back yard that NEVER existed. Next is to make sure there are wires on those zones in the controller. Then, I ohm to see if I can read a solenoid on those zones. If I have good ohms, I check voltage. So, the answer to your question of where to start? You start where you already were. At the controller. The controller did not fire a zone. Find out IF that zone exists, and while your there, make sure the controller works. Then you find the valve in the field.

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