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Rainbird ESP TM Pwr Off Error

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by SprinklerGuy, Jul 8, 2006.

  1. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    I have a problem and Rainbird will not answer their gd phones so I will bring it to you guys....

    RBESP TM timer.....new installation....10' of wire to valves.....Rainbird DV valves.....

    The first timer showed the error the next day after installation....reset w/ battery out and power unplugged....did it again the next day. I took the timer back and swapped it. worked for precisely 8 days....it did it again yesterday.


    1 fuse is fine
    2 solenoids all ohm the same and are fine
    3 wiring is not nicked
    4 wtf is the problem?

    figure power surge....just coincidence...lots of storms lately......

    I just want to talk to RB to find out if this is typical of what would happen during a power surege...

    If it is, I don't like it. I would rather the timer revert to a program of some sort....

    I wonder if there is a filter/surge suppressor I can put in to protect this pos....

    help me please.... ;)
     
  2. londonrain

    londonrain LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,129

    That is not common for a esp. I looked at a esp yesterday with the same PWR off error. The house was struck by lighting and did $5000.00 in damage. The fuse had blown on the esp, replace fuse and worked just fine. Since you have already changed the clock once I would run an extension cord from a different power source and see if it is the power source giving you problems.
     
  3. londonrain

    londonrain LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,129

    One other thing, on the Rain Bird plug in transformers, they have a screw so you can screw it into the outlet. You know that is a big transformer with some weight and if you are plugging into a outlet that is old or not flush with the plate, it could be not getting current, that could be the problem.
     
  4. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Could be.....I'll check it....this one does not have a screw btw.

    Maybe I'll camp out in the garage for a few days and watch it to see when it happens.
     
  5. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    Its the sprinkler gnomes!

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    You think they are just there for decoration, but at night, they wreck havoc on the irrigation systems.
     
  6. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    They also wreak havoc. :p
     
  7. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    These tools work wonders on those yard gnomes. If that doesn't work then use them on the controller. :)

    Sledge Hammers2.jpg
     
  8. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    Actually... here's what's going on inside that controller that's amking it bug out.

    http://blueballfixed.ytmnd.com/
     
  9. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Thanks for the help
     

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