Rainbird valve

Old 08-29-05, 05:09 PM
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Rainbird valve

When the controller tells the valve, #6 to open it doesn't move. If I open the bleeder the water starts to flow to the sprinkler heads.
When the system is going from one zone to the next and it gets to zone 5 the next valve on zone six opens at the same time.
This particular valve on zone 6 was put in the valve box last summer, but never used. This is the first time trying to use it.
What do you think is going on?
Old 09-07-05, 02:53 PM
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Check your controller to make sure the wires that control zones 5 and 6 are not touching which would then short out, making both zones come on at the same time. If all the wires go to a main valve box before going to separate valves, they could be crossed there too. Try disconnecting the wire to the solenoid at zone 5 valve and then run a manual start on zone 6 to see if it works ok. If it does, then there could be a short somewhere between zone 5 and 6. The fact that you have zone 6 working when you bleed the valve is a good sign indicating an electrical problem. Finally, try replacing the solenoid on zone 6 since it was previously installed by someone and not used for some time........it could be defective.


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