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Thread: Short circuit of automatic sprinkler

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    Talking Short circuit of automatic sprinkler

    I have an automatic sprinkler system, and for some reason when the timer finishes, the sprinkler keeps running. It seems like a short of some kind because all I have to do to shut it off is touch the control valve for that zone with a screwdriver. What can I do about this because I cannot water the lawn when I am on vacation and having a hard time recruiting people to make sure that same thing doesn't happen. (it ran for 10 hours once when I scheduled it after I had gone to work)

    Thanks for your help

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    Sprinkler Guy Wet_Boots's Avatar
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    Mar 2007
    Metro NYC


    Throttle down the flow control, if the valve has one. Otherwise, replace the valve, or swap out all the parts with a new valve.

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    Plumber jimbo's Avatar
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    Aug 2004
    San Diego


    Unlikely that it is a "short circuit". It is either the solenoid on the valve sticking open, or the diaphragm on the valve sticking open. Get a new solenoid, and a valve overhaul kit.

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    Engineer maddog's Avatar
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    Aug 2006
    near San Jose, CA.


    Same thing happened to me recently. Like Jimbo said - a new solenoid fixed it. Turn off the water and the power to the timer, disconnect the wires, and unscrew the solenoid to remove. A new one cost about $6 at HD.
    Last edited by maddog; 04-05-2008 at 04:38 PM.


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