Hey, pros, can you answer a sprinler cable questions for me?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by mntentman, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. mntentman

    mntentman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    I cut open the sprinkler connection cable that was not buried as well as it should have been, near my garage door... cut it with a trimmer. Now two of the zones don't come on. So I assume I need to splice the cable... it is 7-strans sprinkler connection cable. Do I just splice the same way you splice any cable, or is there a special way to do it? I can't find much info, but I assume I am not the first person to do this...

  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,804

    splice it and waterproof it.
  3. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,553

    And bury it deeper or cover it so it doesn't get cut again.

    I always use a six inch box for splices not located in regular valve boxes, and unless there's a lot of slack you may want to add a foot of cable, thereby doubling your number of splices.

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    What do you do if cut right above ground? Have to use a double splice to get slack and one is going to be above grade. Rerun wire from the timer and splice once below grade?

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  6. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,168

    fimco if that was me I would continue the pvc to the ground with 2 splices....

    make sure nothing is open to the elements......Thats how I would do it.
  7. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,209

    First thing I would do is change out that 1800 top with the older, cracked, flaking wiper seal - lots of wasted water at the foundation.

    THEN I would worry about the wiring. but that's just me :)
  8. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,148

    :::decides to line trim along the wall::::::
  9. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,930

    Guess the installer ran out of pipe, leaving the wire exposed.:laugh:

    Even someone from FL can fix this: pull new piece of wire out of clock, long enough to get into ground, cover with conduit, then splice either in a close-by existing VB or pop in a 6" ala Mt. Catanese.

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    Actually that did get done. You should know me better than that by now. I don't carry lots of multi strand so pulling wire means lots of reds and one white. To get by I cut a 6" valve box in half. Use that as a wire protector and resplice the wire. The original pipe was run into the ground. Class 200 doesn't last long exposed and weed wacked.

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