Identifying Major Faults.

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by 1idejim, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    Do those of you that use either the Tempo pulser or the Armada GFL 3000 finding broken wires and wire ground faults have much trouble telling the difference between major and minor faults?

    I use a 573dl which provides current strength numerically as well as graphically.

    I can tell the severity of the compromise by comparing the strength at the earth ground and fault, this makes finding the major fault first easier.

    I haven't used the pulser enough to experiment with it and haven't used the GFL yet.
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  2. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
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    Typically the worse the ground fault, the harder the needle kick is on the Pulser and the GFL receivers.
  3. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    I can always count on you Sprinkus.

    With my 573dl i can offset the wire path 1 frame width and pick the major fault first which helps me a bit. Can the pulser or the GFL do the same?

    Reason i am asking is that i am doing some R & D for a different technique.
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  4. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    One major fault is we all spend too much time on this site. Or at least my wife says so.
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  5. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    I just talked to the Armada folks about the GFL3000.

    After explaining why i wanted to identify the severity of ground faults, they explained that the GFL3000 addresses that issue with a HI/LO power output selection switch.

    That makes sense to me as each job we do is unique and we don't always need to repair every minor fault to get the system up and running or in many cases, find the valve location first to turn the water off.
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  6. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    A great new handle for Jim. :laugh:
  7. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
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    So we got our armada fault finder like a year in a half go

    I've used it like 5 or 6 times and after flagging out my wire path I've been able to find the fault within 30 min. Most electrical issues don't come to that detailed of a job though

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