Weathermatic question.

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Green Sweep, May 2, 2013.

  1. Green Sweep

    Green Sweep LawnSite Senior Member
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    We just replaced a homeowners THREE controllers with a WM Smartiline. I am getting a 'Fault - Open' for three zones. These zones ran fine on the previous controllers and I am confident that there are no wire problems in the field. I have swapped zones in the timer and am still getting faults. That eliminates module issues. Any ideas/suggestions?
     
  2. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have you measured the field wiring or are you assuming that the field wiring is fine?

    You say that you say that you eliminated the mods.

    Are these zones from the same previous controller?

    Are they consecutive?
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  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    ....and what's your shoe size....
     
  4. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just because they were operating before, doesn't mean that there is not a fault. The solenoids are most likely the culprit, and were probably on their way out, but can still operate. I'd take measurements with your volt/ohm meter.

    My trucks can still run with components on the brink of failing, and I may never know it.
     
  5. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    If there are no field wiring problems, then it is the solenoids. Solenoids that are going bad and near failure will generate a fault on those controllers.
     
  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm going to assume you've removed the field wires from the clock and used your volt-ohm out to the field solenoids. Depending on the type of valve, on the "ohm" setting, you should have read betwen 20 and 60 ohms.
     
  7. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Still awaiting the shoe size.....
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  8. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    like stated you are nothing without your facts brother.
    Get yourself a multimeter or get it out of the tool box and ohm and volt out your stations/ solenoids.

    Assuming anything is just silly....

    Good luck remember 20-60 ohms is a good solenoid!
     
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    ....Removes Eddie from "ignore".....:dancing: Let's not forget amps.
     
  10. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    Man I can see amps if you are on a golf course..


    but ohms and volts seem like a good start.....then if you want to get tricky id go short to earth
     

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