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Troublesome Controller

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Rotor-Man, Aug 28, 2003.

  1. Rotor-Man

    Rotor-Man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    Have a customer who I installed late last fall who is on their 4th timer. Everytime after a lightning storm the controller [Nelson] gets zapped! I checked all the valves and even rewired them to make sure of good dry connections and the customer even put a surge protector on the outlet where the controller is plugged into. Any ideas? Thanks
  2. Rotor-Man

    Rotor-Man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    Also the controller is internally grounded so the manufacturer says there is no need to ground it with a rod. I have 2 houses within a block of this home [2 years old] with the same controller and have never had any problems.
  3. dforbes

    dforbes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 195

    check the connections on the outlet to make sure wires are tight, also check wire conections at breaker. Loose wires at these points can sometimes cause problems. Am I understanding that the surge protector didn't protect the controller? If you continue to have problems install a gfi outlet, it may be a pain in the a### but it should protect the controller and it is easy to reset
  4. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,977

    So you have replaced the Nelson controller everytime with another Nelson? Off the subject of lightning, I don't know how many Nelson controllers we have eaten :eek: We installed a bunch of them in a two year period and almost everyone of them was lost within a couple years.

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