Electric Line to underground sprinklers cut!


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Old 05-29-04, 04:44 PM
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Line to underground sprinklers cut!

Whoops, someone (no blame laying) just cut through the electrical line that comes from the underground sprinkler control - I can splice it no problem, but how do I make it weather and waterproof again at the repair? Help!!
 
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Old 05-29-04, 08:57 PM
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Is this a low voltage line?
 
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Old 05-29-04, 09:40 PM
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Four colours ...

The power source apparently was an outlet near the controls, as the outlet was shorted out after the line was cut. There are four coloured wires inside the lines that are cut. Does that help?
 
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Old 05-30-04, 05:25 AM
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More information is needed.

Is this a normal 110 volt "outlet"? What are these four colored line in? Are they in conduit? Are they in just a cable that has four wires? What color are the wires?
 
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Old 05-30-04, 08:23 AM
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This applies ONLY to low voltage irrigation control wires. You can splice these wires using "Spears DS-500 Dri-Splice Wire Connectors". The cartridge type prefilled silicone will provide a dependable moisture barrier - Even in standing water.
 
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Old 05-30-04, 08:37 AM
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Colours

It's a black plastic or rubber line, smaller than household wiring, with red, white, green and black wires inside. The outlet is household current. I found the instllation book - it's a Rain Bird system
 
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Old 05-30-04, 08:49 AM
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I would be 90% sure it's low-voltage wire - but, you need to be sure also.

You should also have a control panel that is plugged in to the wall. I would have thought it had a fuse of some sort in there, but I'm no expert on irrigation systems.

See if you can find a model number on the system and we can probably find some installation instructions on it. But, I would say it's probably a low-voltage (DC) system that could be spliced as mentioned above.

Good luck!
 
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Old 05-30-04, 09:28 AM
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From your description this appears to be direct burial irrigation wire. These wires are usually #18 or smaller, sold by the running foot with various number and colors of wires, inside a weatherproof plastic coating. In any event, always verify that there is NO voltage present before working on these wires.

You can repair the wires using pre-filled silicone wire nuts. The DS-500 cartridge type I mentioned above are generally used on wires #14 and larger.
 
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Old 05-30-04, 07:40 PM
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It's fixed ...

Thanks, guys, found just what I needed at the building supply and we're back in business!
 
 

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