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Situation A:Turn on zone 10

CAPT Stream Rotar

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Cape Cod, Ma
and nothing is on...

where do you question first the field?

or the controler...

I got into this argument today...I /we hopped on another account today...20 zones of HACK N SLAP complete with Soaker hose....nothing coming on...no rain sensor..on a acre and a half of proptery..

so any way zone 10-12 didnt come on....I say the problem is in the field..my boss says go start @ the controler....

What you experts think?
 

soaked.in.sweat

LawnSite Member
Location
london, ontario
using your volt meter makes sure the controller is putting out proper voltage to zones 10-12 terminals. If you got the proper voltage reading then you know its not the controller. then check your voltage at the valves, if your not getting enough you got a wire break. If you are getting enough then its your valve,or a kink ect.......
 

bobw

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Calgary, Alberta
10-12 didn't come on? My fist guess would be that they share a valve box and that the common is disconnected. I'd check that before I walked to my truck for my voltmeter...
 

Tadams

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Cartersville, GA
using your volt meter makes sure the controller is putting out proper voltage to zones 10-12 terminals. If you got the proper voltage reading then you know its not the controller. then check your voltage at the valves, if your not getting enough you got a wire break. If you are getting enough then its your valve,or a kink ect.......
This is the way we do it.
 
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CAPT Stream Rotar

CAPT Stream Rotar

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Cape Cod, Ma
10-12 didn't come on? My fist guess would be that they share a valve box and that the common is disconnected. I'd check that before I walked to my truck for my voltmeter...

thank you...

but to each his own..

I would check wiring/valves before i went checking controlers
 

Tony Clifton

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
North Carolina
The first thing I would do before even checking the voltage is to check the resistence using your multimeter. If you have resistence, and the # is correct, then check the voltage. If voltage is good, then go into the field. Try cracking the solenoid to open the valve manually. See what happens, and take it from there.
I would say your boss is correct by telling you to start at the controller.
 

bicmudpuppy

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Aztec, NM
20 zones and 3 didn't fire...................I would finish running the rest of the system and first make sure I was "missing" any zones. I just hate it when I find out I've been looking for a valve/zone in the back yard that NEVER existed. Next is to make sure there are wires on those zones in the controller. Then, I ohm to see if I can read a solenoid on those zones. If I have good ohms, I check voltage. So, the answer to your question of where to start? You start where you already were. At the controller. The controller did not fire a zone. Find out IF that zone exists, and while your there, make sure the controller works. Then you find the valve in the field.
 
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