Sunday, July 27, 2008

Manual Sprinkler Valve Operation

Craig, I understand that one can turn on a watering zone by operating the valve that controls that zone. How is that done?

Different lawn irrigation valves are manually operated in different ways. They have buttons or levers placed in different places. However, they will ALL open if the solenoid is loosened. Make sure that you have enough room to grip the solenoid at the top (the solenoid is the thingy that the wires attach to) and SLOWLY turn counter clockwise until you here the valve open and then STOP! You have to be careful because if you loosen it too much it will come out of the valve and you will have a big mess to deal with (and a muddy outlet port).

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