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Winter run times

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Dripit good, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. Dripit good

    Dripit good LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anybody else do this? Am I nuts to keep the systems "on" if you will.

    Is it better to have everything sit completely dormant for 6 months, or exercise the solenoids and allow the controller to run? Keep the electrical juices flowing if you will.

    Also is it taxing the spicing or helping it?
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Taxing the spicing? What kind of beatnik lingo are you young'uns slinging around?
     
  3. Dripit good

    Dripit good LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You know, wear it out faster......make it go bad earlier.
     
  4. bobw

    bobw LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've heard the theory that keeping the clock plugged in will generate a little warmth and keep an outdoor clock a little warmer...but we mount clocks inside around here, so no definitive answer.

    I will say that I have seen a loose correlation between people that leave their clocks running all winter (and cycling runs) and solenoids needing replacement in the spring.

    I'd say, turn the clock off and let winter have its way.
     
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Electromechanical clocks are supposed to last longer if the motors keep running on their regular schedule. Of course, the always-on timekeeping motor will be the first one to wear out.
     
  6. Without A Drought

    Without A Drought LawnSite Senior Member
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    we leave everything in plugged in, but in the off/rain position.
     
  7. Dripit good

    Dripit good LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I guess I can't say that.

    Haven't seen more problems doing this, I thought it might be less.

    I think the warmth part also applies to the solenoids.

    I guess I'm asking does the dormancy affect a weak/borderline spice (just before it goes bad) or help it.
     
  8. Without A Drought

    Without A Drought LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know if I let my oregano sit by the radiator a couple of hours a day, my sauce tasted better.
     
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    I really don't see how it would make any difference at all. Cold doesn't kill electronics, heat does.
     
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    dup (damn reboot)
     

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