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Irrigation issue

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by JLong, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. JLong

    JLong LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    Irrigation issue.

    I am not an irrigation tech... however one of my customers who lives out of town expects me to check on it along with other things when I service the property.... Well when i mowed a couple weeks ago I extended the times each zone would run because we are in a drought ( and she told me to). I reprogramed all eight zones and tested it out everything was working fine.

    fast forwawrd one week I show up the day after a slight thunderstom to find one of the birch trees in the front yard has been blown apart by lightning and now there are only 3 zones registered in the programer not 8 and even if i try to run one of the three none of them will come on.

    I am calling the irrigation tech today, however I was wondering what could of caused this problem (lightning?). Honestly i'm just trying to learn about this part of the industry will probably never be a full time irrigation tech, but am interested in learning as much as i can.

    thank you
  2. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,608

    The answer lies within.
  3. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    Got blowed up from the lightnin', or the sig.
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,246

    Lightning versus solid-state controller? My money is not on the box.
  5. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    Yep, a repair bill usually follows a lightning strike.
    New controller, usually new solenoids for the valves, maybe some field wiring.
    It all adds up, and in a hurry too.
  6. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,690

    2 statements, 1 question.

    You spelled "Shindaiwa" wrong.

    Lightning, at 50,000 volts (compared to the 24 your controller, wires, and solenoids are used to, took care of same.)

    How do you "apply lawn"
  7. JayinMI

    JayinMI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 195

    We had a bad 45 minute t-storm here last week. I was standing in the back of the shop and lightning came REAL close, scared the crap out of me. Boss came out and said "there is a repair somewhere".

    Sure enough one of our good customers had her "flo pros" blown out (solenoids, 3 of them) and her controller was fried too. She said smoke was coming from it....
  8. Buck_wheat

    Buck_wheat LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 585

    I saw another thread here dealing with lightning strikes... was a guy there had all the answers about keeping a lightning strike from toasting parts or all of your system.
  9. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,544

    Some guys have all the answers but are usually wrong.

    Where is your melon patch?
  10. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,608

    Why the hell would a contractor want to do that?

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