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    Hi All

    I installed a pipe from my sprinkler system to add water to the pool. My problem is I have to turn on the main sprinkler valve by hand to get water to the pool because I don't have any zones left on the present 10 zone controller. I'm thinking of just adding a second controller by the pool to turn on the main valve, but wondered it the controllers could damage each other when one is turned on.

    Thanks for any help and ideas.

    Beary

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    Yes you can use two controllers. Just make sure you do not cross the phases. As long as you don't cross the phases either or both controllers will turn on the pump and open the master valve. You could also set it up with a pressure tank and pressure switch to start the pump, then your controller only needs to open the sprinkler valves and the pump comes on automatically when the tank is empty.

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    You can use as many as you wish to, since each will be its own little system without any connection to the others, as long as you run separate wires to the added valve and don't try to connect it into the existing wiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hj
    You can use as many as you wish to, since each will be its own little system without any connection to the others, as long as you run separate wires to the added valve and don't try to connect it into the existing wiring.
    This is the problem. I'm not adding a valve, I just want to activate the main valve on the old system so I can get water to my faucet. As it is right now, the faucet is 200 feet away from the main valve. The only way I can use the faucet right now is walk 200 ft. and open it manually.

    In a sense, I am adding zone with an addition controller. But how can I wire the new controller into the main valve without connecting to the existing wiring already at the main valve? I am sure there is a way to do it because I've heard of several controllers being used in some complexes.

    I would even be open to the idea of a switch at the faucet that all I have to do it turn on and off to open the main valve.

    Thanks again for your replies.

    Beary

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    OK I am a little confused. If all you have to do is open the master valve then you do not have a pump? In that case all you need is a 24 volt transformer (if that is the correct voltage for the solenoid on the master valve), run a wire close to the faucet and through a light switch, then back to the master valve. This will power up the master valve from the little transformer any time you turn on the light switch.

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    Thank you Valveman, that was the imformation I needed. I am not good with low voltage electronics and I wasn't sure if I could do that with another controller in the system, and I wasn't sure is most valves use the same voltage. Now I'm kind of excited to try your suggestion out.

    First I just want to get the switch to work so I can get water to the faucet, but I eventally want to build an automatic filler device that adds water when a when the pool water gets to low. My thinking is use a float connected to the switch. When the float falls to a level I want the water to come on, it triggers the switch to on.

    I also want to add a sprinkler controller so that I can water the new flower bed my wife put in near this faucet. I want to say this was the hard part, but actually digging the 100 foot trench in the hard rocky Oklahoma red clay in the 105 degree weather to lay the water line was the hard part.

    Thanks again.

    Beary

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