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Well Pump Cycles every 30 seconds

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by level4designs, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. level4designs

    level4designs LawnSite Member
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    I feel like we should have a 2 horse motor really...
     
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    That would be the norm.
    You cant really use more water because you are already using almost all of it. So your only other real choice is to use less and slow down the cycleing. I happen to like delays It lets one valve shut completely , pressure build up , then next zone comes on under full pressure.
     
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Put a re-charge delay in between zones and see what happens.
     
  4. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    to do so on a pro c , from the run position push and hold the - button while turning the dial to set station run times . Your delay will appear.
    Don't go to set start times while doing that. That is to turn the rain sensor off on certain zones.
     
  5. level4designs

    level4designs LawnSite Member
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    I can add that, I know the hunter pro c lets me do a delay...

    Not really going to do much other than spread out the cycle, but really the pump is going to come on and off the same amount of times...

    What would you estimate in terms of moving to a 2 hp motor instead of a 5 hp motor? would a 20 gpm rate be more consistent and continuous? or at least back out to 5 or 6 minutes to cycle? I know it probably depends on depth, but whats your experience?
     
  6. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    It probably will , but nuzzling down will do the same for a hell of a lot less money.
     
  7. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Why was this thread moved?
     
  8. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
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    it appeared to me that the OP is a homeowner so I moved to this forum :waving:
     
  9. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Something is funny here. Lowering the pump 80 should not have picked up in excess of 10 gpm. I have a feeling that oversized pump is giving the appearance the well is producing more then it really is.
     
  10. level4designs

    level4designs LawnSite Member
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    So I bumped 2 stations down from 4 gpm nozzles to 2 gpm nozzles... now it cylces on after 1 minute, then takes the requisite 30 seconds to recharge...

    so, it's half the water, twice the running time.
     

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