sorry for answering my own question, but as i said i was new to this stuff. there is a valve next to my water spigot outside with a valve on it with bleed screws, this was off and the bleed screws were open from someone flushing the system last year, i closed the screws, opened the valve and voila! I had sprinklers! only 2 of the 3 zones is working though, i tried all differant combos, but still only 2 zones, is there a solenoid outside in the underground box or something? i have 2 front yards and a side yard, the side yard is'nt visible anyways, so i used the 2 working zones for the 2 front yards and can live without a side yard sprinkler for a while.