20V Solenoid?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by evergreensolutions, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. evergreensolutions

    evergreensolutions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    I have a wire that is evidently nicked under a 40 ft drive. The controller is sending out ~25V but I am only getting ~20V at the valve. These are Irritrol Valves. I can't get the solenoid to fire. Are there any solenoids that will fire with less than 24V?
  2. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,179

    Battery operated valves.
  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,402

    Any solenoid can fire with less than 20 volts, but you have to either fix the wiring fault or move on, as if it was completely cut.
  4. evergreensolutions

    evergreensolutions LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    I purchased an IBOC, but would rather it operate from the controller. Cutting the concrete is not an option for this HOA.
  5. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,910

    Hopefully this wire is in a sleeve under the drive? And you have no spare wires in there? Dig up the wire BEFORE the drive and test the voltage. Make sure you make a water-proof connection. Pinpoint the "bad" area of wire and replace it.
  6. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    If it is an HOA< you will probably have a sleeve (PVC pipe conduit) under the driveway in which you can dig up both ends, and just snake a new wire through.

    Best fix, not very expensive at all.

    I would do that.
  7. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I bet it's nice to be young and an optimist..... :rolleyes:
  8. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
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    He's getting married Saturday - optimism defined!

    JW - been married 17 years, honeymoon still ain't over!
  9. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,910

    The voltage drop might not be caused by something at either immediate end of the drive. But I'd test the one end closest to the controller before digging the other side.
  10. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,148

    Hilarious comment of the month. :laugh::laugh::laugh:

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