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    Default Two Valves - One Zone - Power Short

    Hi All,

    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.
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    Re-check the wires and how far to the timer?Could also try two colors for the hot and tie them in at the timer...Upper

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    I cut the wires back today to fresh pieces and wired them again. The run is about 40 - 50 feet or so maybe less. I have also tried the two seperate wires. I wired the brown to one value and a pink to the other and put them both on zone one at the control box and it still shorts out within 3 minutes. Should I seperate the ground into two wires as well, I can't really see the ground being the problem.

    Thanks!

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    Does the timer put out enough power for both valves?Each valve equals a one zone.You are operating two zones at once.You could also put in one valve to handle both zones and gpm usage.Then you would have one zone..Upper

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    That makes sense, do you know how many volts it should put out to a valve and would I just need a volt meter to check?

    Thanks for your help.

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    24Vac-1Amp,Put the tester to it ......Upper

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