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wiring valves to a battery???

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

  1. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,151

    exactly, tell hi he can water whenever he wants.
     
  2. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Heck, take out the electric valves, and put in brass manual valves that he has to operate with a tall key. Might as well replace the heads with a 2" Champion brass head and take the system back another 40 years in time.
     
  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 46,434

    I think you try to sound out the customer and see if you can't allay their fears about modern controllers. With the Hunter SRC, I could show them how they could create a one-time-only custom watering cycle for manual activation. Also, I would point out the panel coloration as to where you could move the dial around, and never affect the installed program.

    Hunter also added a feature that let you lean on the "Next" button for a couple of seconds, to run the Program A cycle, and the button is marked for this manual start capability.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2011
  4. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,047

    Actually you can start any program with this feature. Just press the program button right after starting Program A with the "Next" button to get to the other programs.
     
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 46,434

    Like I want a homeowner having additional programs :rolleyes:
     
  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,794


    You don't want a controller? Well sir you have one, and this is how you run it manually.

    A clear need for the Gomer Pyle Surr-Prize clause in the install agreement.
    Surr-prize Surr-Prize Surr-prize.
     
  7. Dripit good

    Dripit good LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,081

    So you buy your components at Home Depot? :hammerhead:

    I say bull on your alleged predicament. Never happened...
     
  8. DIXIECONTRACTING

    DIXIECONTRACTING LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 283

    Tell him that is not standard but for an additional $500 you could make this happen.
     
  9. cuttin-to-the-Max

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

    I did charge him a little more for the aggravation especially since i have to give sprinkler lessons! for the next 3 weeks! His wife insisted on me doing this i swear! lol
    I went to home depot and got him that cheap 20 Buck 6 zone timer
    BIG MANUAL Button Clear as day! Your can turn the knob to off.
    Manual is on Then just click clear to turn everything off.
     
  10. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,084

    Don't make it difficult, just find a Rainbird RCI series electromechanical controller.
    The ratcheting sound the section wheel makes as it rotates around should satisfy the old goat. Plus with the push-pull pins he can manual anything he wants and sell it to him this way, say the pins and the ratchet system are for people with vision and hearing difficulties, check with your local medicare program - it might be covered under the eye care. . .
     

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