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Friday, August 18th 2023, 5:22pm

Lightening strike and lost valves

I recently had a lightening strike and it took out my controller. The controller has been replaced and of the 5 zones I have one works, one is on all the time and the other three do nothing. I'm guessing that lightening took out the solenoids. I'm trying to locate them but am having difficulty. I can trace the wires from the controller, down the side of my house, around the back and up the other side and then the signal is lost.

Can I assume that where the signal ends that there may be some valves in the area? Just looking for some ideas as to how to go about troubleshooting this. I inherited this system when I bought the house and the previous owner was clueless about valve location.

Also, I did manage to find the working zone valve using the Armada 700 valve locator. But, I have had no luck finding the others. I'm assuming that tool will not allow me to locate the valves with the bad solenoids??




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Sunday, August 20th 2023, 12:55pm

I would dig up the wire where the signal stops. That could be where the valves are.
At least you could see what direction the wire is going if the valves aren't there. Maybe you can pick up the signal down the line. But I be they're right where it stops.

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