Two Valves - One Zone - Power Short
I am having some problems with a sprinkler system. My system is a
Nelson 8300 Jr. - Control Box with 6 Zones
I have two valves for zone 1 in my system. One valve controls half of my heads and the other valve controls the other half of zone 1. I have the ground wire spliced/connected with the power wire from both valves, and the On/Off wire spliced/connected to the remaining wire from each valve. When they are connected this way the zone shuts off after about 2-3 minutes and the power short icon on the control box is on.
If I seperate the two valves from the brown wire, and hook the brown wire to either one of the two valves by themselves, it works fine and runs the full time.
I have attached a simple sketch of what I have.
Any help would be appreciated and thanks in advance.
Help with valves on my zones
If you have read all my previous posts from 2009, my problem was with one of my zones that was shorting out after about three minutes. This started after I fixed some leaks/valves and done some rewireing (unintentionally). Well the problem we determined was three valves on one zone. Likely a master valve on the west side of the drive and then two valves on the east side of the drive for zone one.
To solve the shorting out problem, I used some of the spare wires and split the valves into two zones. (Zone 1 & 2). I was able to do this because I had one small zone around my patio that was a mound of weeds and unhooked it and moved the old zone 2 to zone 3 in my control box and created two zones out of zone one.
Now the problem I have is around my patio, I removed the excess dirt and laid sod around the patio and now I want to be able to water the area around my patio. Well the problem is now, when I try to connect the wire for the zone around my patio to any of the 6 zones in my box it shorts out in 2-3 minutes or so. I have a Nelson 8300 Jr. - Control Box with 6 Zones.
Is there a way to wire the two valves on the east side of my drive back together so that it will water as one zone and I can reclaim one of my zones for use at the patio area.
I know it is possible somehow because when I bought my house in 2007 and started messing with the zones in 2009, the two valves in zone 1 worked as one zone.
If anyone has any ideas I would be very appreciative. Like I said above, I think I have a master valve on the west side of the drive way, but I am not 100%. But I do know that I messed up the wiring in 2009 and was able to make it work for my needs in 2009. My control box has two sets/strands of wires coming out of it with 8 or so wireles in each strand. One strand goes to zones 1-3 and the second strand goes to zones 4-6 based on the drawing labeled below as the the old way.
I have included some drawings of the layout of my zones and the yard. VB on the drawing is Valve box. The control box is located in the patio area.