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Everytime I change the 9 volt battery on my water timer, it stops working correctly. I cannot turn the manual on and off to confirm it is working. I do not understand how to program it correctly since days/hours shares the same digital window. i just want to get it going…
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I also had this problem and found that the water pressure was too high. I turned the water spicket down one a a half turns (yours may vary) and now it’s working fine.

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If your sprinklers are not activating correctly, your wiring between the timer and valves may be broken or disconnected. Remove the protective cover from your timer and valve box to visually inspect the wiring connections. Each valve usually has two wires: one ground connection and one powered line.
Low/dead batteries Check battery meter on display and replace batteries if low. Battery tray is not fully inserted Make sure battery tray is fully inserted. Batteries installed backwards Remove battery tray, and reinstall batteries in the opposite direction.
Check the connection to the docking port to ensure the timer is plugged in properly. Try removing the timer and reinserting it into the docking port, pushing down until you hear a click. If you are still not getting power, the timer may be defective.
This is almost always a problem with your timing system. Check your timing program and make sure that your duration settings are properly configured. When you make an adjustment, run a test by setting up a temporary program to turn on within a minute or two and check how long the sprinklers stay on for.
The Instapark hose timer has a wide range of watering duration settings, from 10 seconds to 360 minutes (6 hours). The timer can be further programmed for watering frequency from just once every 7 days to as often as every 10 seconds.
First determine how often and for how long you would like to water your plants. In Summer, you may wish to run an irrigation system twice a day – select 12 hours on the frequency knob and 20 mins for run time. The timer will begin watering immediately for the first cycle, then 12 hours after the dial has been set.
How Long Should I Water at a Time? A watering session should be long enough to soak the area sufficiently so all the roots receive a beneficial drink. Sprinklers should be set to run for about 30 to 35 minutes at a time twice a week.
Programmable water timers need electricity to run. Most of these devices are battery-operated, but there are some solar-powered options available.
Check the electrode connection– are there shorts? Check the electrodes to ensure that they are clean. Check the wiring between the probes and relay for continuity and correctness. Ensure that the liquid is touching the electrodes.
Clogged pipes are usually due to sediment build-up, which stops the flow of water. This build-up may be from limescale, rust, debris or heavy metal deposits. If you suspect that your pipes are blocked, you should call your plumber.
If the valve works when turned on manually, the problem is most likely with the wiring from the controller to the valve, the wiring at the valve, or the solenoid. Check for any loose or damaged wires and reconnect, repair, or replace them.
Clogged pipes are usually due to sediment build-up, which stops the flow of water. This build-up may be from limescale, rust, debris or heavy metal deposits. If you suspect that your pipes are blocked, you should call your plumber.
Mechanical Sprinkler Timers

Mechanical irrigation timers are a type of sprinkler timer that uses a series of gears and cams to open and close the valve, which in turn controls the flow of water to the sprinklers. The number of gears and cams determines the amount of time that the valve is open or closed.

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Timer has shut off to this valve but water keeps going through valve
ANSWER : Hi Check
There is no dirt in the valve
Normally Shut
Dirt will lift the diaphram

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Need operating instructions – Orbit 6 Zone Automatic Irrigation Watering Timer, Sprinkler Station
ANSWER : Go to Orbits web site and download instructions. Or since you have the least expensive timer known to man simply buy another one for $20.00 then you will have instructions and a spare timer. You will need it trust me.

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How to fix a melnor 4 zone digital timer with stuck valves?
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Nelson water timer doesnt turn on manually – Nelson 2 in 1 Pre-Set Water Timer 56606
ANSWER : Is the tap on?

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Sprinkler timer will not start pump. i need wiring help
ANSWER : Have the same problem,, but the small button on the bottom of the start relay works to run the pump or if i put the two start 24 vt wires to the timer 24 vt spaces,, but can not get the timer to turn on the pump when it turns on the water, even tried the orbit help center, and they said it was faulty timer, so i replaced it ( another wasted 2 hrs to return the old and hook up the new one) only to find out it too was exactly the same results. Next round,, i look for a diferent brand timer and pump relay switch,,, hope this will solve my problem

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I need a copy of the written instructions for the operation of Raindrip model HGR673CT. I just bought this model, but the instructions got lost. I cannot figure out how to use the water timer without the instructions.
ANSWER : Go to the manufacturers web site and download the instructions.

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My melnor 3100 electronic water timer wont shut off
ANSWER : My acqua 3100 is locked with the valves, what should I do to fix?

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I have a pressure booster pump installed which turns on automatically when we open the tap and turns off by itself when we close the tap, but when power goes and comes back(common in india), the pump will turn on even with no tap opened and does not turn off automatically and goes on running, some kind of airlock problem I think, when we just shut off and on water input several times, it again starts working well
ANSWER : Check to see if the output pipe has water in it when the pump swutches off the pump needs to be primed at all time what we normally find cases like this is the pump is higher than the supply or there is an air pocket on the output where the pressure sensor is

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