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wiring valves to a battery???

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by cuttin-to-the-Max, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,329

    Ok guys well one of my customers Asked me to put in a whole system then as im almost done with it he says "im an old timer i dont want one of those controllers i wanna battery where i can click the valves on and off right from the garage....YOUR not runnin' my water bill up!!!" Im like ok well its gonna take me about a week to figure out/ redesign it to fit your requirements!

    Ok is it possible to operate Orbit valves by a battery?? All the wiring is in the garage already so im hoping i can hook it to some battery to turn on the valves then again to turn them off... Is that possible if so HOW! thanksss
  2. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,108

    A series of SPST switches with a 24volt supply ought to do the trick.
  3. Give each valve its own 24v transformer and tell him to plug in whatever zone he wants to run.
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  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,650

    An old Richdel design with zone switches would make the guy happy, but you should be able to make it obvious that any controller can be switched off, making it necessary for him to water manually.

    The Hunter controllers are good for this, because you can actually program for zero watering, and have each manual watering cycle be a custom set of instructions.
  5. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,780

    Just install the controller and have him run it manually
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  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sure, but you have to program it to the owner's satisfaction. You can have a normal watering program, and select the calendar settings so that no days are selected for watering. That works for all controllers
  7. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,329

    Thats what im shooting for!!!!! This guys 72 years old And wants something SIMPLE! My guys said he doesnt even listen! So my guys And i are thinking of finding something where he can just plug in or toggle switch on and off

    I think NOT! My phone would be BLOWN up (more than it already is!)
    he would forget how to use it... This way with the plugs or toggles its almost Dummy proof. AKA VERY straight Forward!
  8. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,780

    try and see if you can get an old richdel then, there's a horrible water master controller that has the same concept

    or rig up some toggle on/off switches on a board connected to a transformer.

  9. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    i deal with old ass ef's all the time .. there stubborn as hell but they gotta deal with it just as everyone else does.

    on a ESPM - bringing the dial to the desired zone and pressing the manual start button is not hard..

    show him some options and see what he wants to do
  10. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    A series of Station Master actuators lines up on the wall. One for each zone. :)

    What a joke. Tell him, Change Order. $xxx.xx extra as this is not standard.

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