hunter Pro C controller

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by the rainman, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. the rainman

    the rainman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I have been having problems with the #1 slot on the controller.
    I have seen this particular problem 3 times
    Once on a repair, and twice on systems that i have installed.
    the system works fine when i go through the final walk through and adjustments, but a few weeks to a month later, the #1 station Quits working.
    the master valve doesn't come on with the #1 station, at first i thought just wireing problems, or cloged valves, but the #1 wire works on any of the other slots.
    Question: has anyone had this problem with this particular controller, or am I maybe wiring the system incorrectly?

  2. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    are you plugging the faceplate in with the power hooked up?
    or are you plugging in the expansion modules while the unit has power???

    i install only Pro-c's and have never had this problem.

    Did have a tree frog get into one of the units and get fried on the board up where the expansion modules plug in...
    the unit was constantly keeping the MV terminal hot.
  3. paolaken

    paolaken LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 699

    same problem here. had about 6 so far. zone 1 and zone 6 didn't work on a couple.
  4. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Six tree frogs or six Pro-Cs not working???

    If it's the tree frogs maybe someone should invent a pea gravel trap for them. LAs seem to think pea gravel will keep gophers out of valve boxes so I guess it would work for tree frogs. (At least in their minds.) :laugh:
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,410

    Too bad nobody has a property with 100 percent pea gravel instead of soil - dern gophers would never come near!
  6. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    I'm a charter member of the PGHA... Pea Gravel Haters Association. Put pea gravel down, block the valve box ends and bottoms with plastic, do whatever you want and the gophers will still dig through it all. It's just a PITA when you have to dig the valve up.

    And AFAIC... bricks under the corners of valve boxes tell me someone doesn't know how to compact soil around boxes adequately to keep them from sinking. It's a telltale sign... just like finding Teflon on Marlex fittings.
  7. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    No bricks here hayes, though I will use some pipe scraps to block up the holes in the box.

    They usually stay empty of dirt for at least 10 years, judging by the systems we've installed that I've serviced later.
  8. Hank Reardon

    Hank Reardon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    I'm a member of PPGM (Progressive Pea Gravel Movement) and our mission is to change how the world views pea gravel in valve box installations. Actually, I started laying a piece of 1/4" hardware cloth in the bottom of the hole prior to installing the box then dumping in a couple of inches of PG. No moles, no gophers, and takes only a few minutes.
  9. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,410

    It would take some tedious cutting work to fit hardware cloth to prevent mouse and chipmunk entry.
  10. Hank Reardon

    Hank Reardon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    It goes quick. I leave it a long enough to wrap up the sides a little to cover the pipe cut outs.

    This is your valve box on wire mesh :)...this is your valve box without...:cry:

    It's amazing how much havoc the little bstards can create. I opened a couple of standards this year (pre-mesh) to access the BF and QC only to find the box filled to the top with soil. That sure makes winterization fun!

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