Two problems I have that I need help with

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by LawnsharkMB, Jun 18, 2012.

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  1. LawnsharkMB

    LawnsharkMB LawnSite Senior Member
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    The first I have came across several times.

    On the irrigation box when I try to set up the zone start times it will only go 1-4. The run times will go through all 8 zones. Has anybody seen this before? I've had this problem with Hunter and Rainbird boxes.

    Problem #2. A residential client's Hunter irrigation box says OFF on the screen and will do nothing. I've been running the valves manually and it's really annoying because I have to keep coming back to cut off one zone and start another. The guy lives out of town so he can't do it himself.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
  2. jvanvliet

    jvanvliet LawnSite Gold Member
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    Model of the controllers?
     
  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Start times have nothing to do with zones.


    Turn it on? Rain delay?
     
  4. LawnsharkMB

    LawnsharkMB LawnSite Senior Member
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    So what do numbers 1-4 represent?

    I've pushed every button on the thing, does nothing.
     
  5. LawnsharkMB

    LawnsharkMB LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have no idea.
     
  6. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    there are too many controllers to give good info.

    Most controllers have multiple programs A, B C and some times D.

    You set up the run time for each station inside those programs.
    You can set up to 4 start times for each of those programs. You also set up days of the week.

    IE, I want to run a station 15 minutes but if I run 15 minutes I get run off so what I do is set the station to run 5 minutes, all 8 stations @ 5 mins = 40 mins. Can then set up the controller to start @ 3 AM 4:30 AM and 6:00 AM.

    This keeps me from having overlap on the run times plus enough wiggle room to use the seasonal adjust.

    The second controller likely shows off because it has because it was not programmed correctly.

    There is a new residential Rainbird that programs a little differently I suppose to make it easier for HO.


    Most of the time you only use one program for small res units but the say you have a flower bed that needs more frequent irrigation...
    Instead of using the same program that is used for turf you can use a different program with different days of the week.
     
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Start times for individual programs .... assuming you have what represents 99% of your resi/comm controllers on the market.
     
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    I will have to disagree. Unless you have a site with only 1 hydrozone or 1 valve, then you should be using more than one program. Even on tiny postage stamp sites, 3, and many times 4 programs are simply not enough.
     
  9. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Read the manual. It's obvious that you have no idea how to program / operate these controllers.
     
  10. LawnsharkMB

    LawnsharkMB LawnSite Senior Member
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    Gotcha. Thanks a lot.

    As for the box that says off I was told maybe it was struck by lightning? Idk. Guess I will call in an a company that installs systems to take a look.
     
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