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Running braided wire or remote valves?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by johnsonslawnmanagement, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. johnsonslawnmanagement

    johnsonslawnmanagement LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 908

    We are currently installing irrgation on a 49 acre property. We have completed 13 zones and estimate that there will be 75-80 total zones. We are using Hunter 4 zone Smartvalve Controllers, because we did not have any electrical sources for a standard timer. The property owner now has a shop built and we are preparing to run wire from the valve manifolds back to his shop. Question is: should I run braided wire and branch off to each valve manifold as usual OR are there remote valves out there I can install and run remotely and avoid running all that wire? Average run of
    wire from manifold to shop is 1500' and he isn't to excited about having all that buried out there.
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  2. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,219

    I don't believe there is any controller and valve that is utilizing wireless technology yet, if that is what you are asking. You'll need to run wire, but maybe look into a 2-wire system to cut the amount of wire needed.
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,157

    I'd be looking at two-wire. So far so good, W*M has worked well.
  4. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,317

    don't you usually tape the wire to the underside of the pipe for protection?
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,157

    We taped in the early days, then switched over to wire ties, and a lot of of them.
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,578

    Imagine 75-80 6-inch round valve boxes......
  7. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 23,157

  8. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,946

    For the cost of that system.. I don't see how in the world you guys couldn't get power to that area from the city
  9. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,946

    Ah, I should have red the entire paragraph first
  10. Inspired

    Inspired LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    Solatrol or Leit?

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