Two wire/ clamp meter

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by avernon0112, May 26, 2012.

  1. avernon0112

    avernon0112 LawnSite Member
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    I have a RB MDC2 controller that shows a short circuit. I have identified which pair of wires the fault is on. I need to pick up a clamp meter to help with the troubleshooting. What kind of meter do you like?
    This is the first problem I have ran into with the two wire systems. I have read some of threads here and it does not seem like it will be too complicated. If any of you have any tips they would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Mike Leary

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  3. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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  4. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    rep..............
     
  5. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    big nose :laugh::laugh::laugh:

    tell you the joke later boss :laugh:
     
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    You could score a decent leakage meter on the internet, and spend about a hundred bucks.
     
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  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Does it also detect leaking brain matter?
     
  9. Mike Leary

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  10. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
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    I had a decoder fail in a short circuit condition before. Keep that in mind as you troubleshoot.
    In addition adding valve solenoids in series with the wire path may allow the controller to come out of short circuit mode, which might allow you to locate the fault easier.
    Was there any additional info in the fault log that might be helpful?
     

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