wire tracing on common

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by bobw, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. bobw

    bobw LawnSite Senior Member
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    Let me start by saying that we don't do a lot of wire tracing up here; one of the benefits of a manifold system I guess.

    But, every now and then we do need to locate the mainline so we have been hooking up to the valve common and going from there.

    Is there any risk of damage to valves or controller by hooking up the 521 to the common wire? or is this how everyone does it?
     
  2. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pull the common from the clock, hook-up the 521...a good ground is essential.
     
  3. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    I try to grab the common in the field closest to where Im going to be tracking.
     
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm not comfortable with any wire I'm tracing being connected to the clock, now that they are solid state.
     
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    And, your state is?
     
  6. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I agree with Wet. The sound you will get is very different when you go across a hidden valve.
     
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    I exist mostly in a state of inebriation :drinkup:
     
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    The 521 needs a cool operator.
     

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