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Old 05-10-2012, 10:36 AM   #1
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Well I know there is always some way to rig something up so im hoping I can get a good idea from someone. I had a house fire a month ago and right now the house is gutted with no power. Temps are getting hot and the yard, bushes and garden need water. In short of hand watering and lack of time I need to rig up my existing sprinkler system to opperate. I have located the wires that went into the garage and pulled them out, stripped off the burnt parts but somehow need to run a new control box using a battery since I cant used a ac/dc power inverter ( no power at the house) IDEAS???? This is only temporary and yes I know I can turn the valves on by hand but 8 valves at 15 mins each, im there all day.

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Not sure of your entire situation, but could you bring over a generator to run the system for the needed time? You could come back in two hours when it's done and shut it off. That's all I have for you. Sorry.

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Thats possible but really wanting something I dont have to worry about. I see they do may a battery powered controller but the valves have to be a special dc type. Since Im not going to be changing valves out, I just the standard Rain Bird Valves ( not sure what current they work on). It seems the power adapter that plugs into the wall still keeps ac current but at 24 volts.
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is it a power problem or a contrlol problem. Is your house near an understanding neighbor who will let you run an extension cord?

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is it a power problem or a contrlol problem. Is your house near an understanding neighbor who will let you run an extension cord?

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Possibly BUT the old lady never answers her door. Its getting power is the problem till they get a temp power box in the back.
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Car battery and cheap ac inverter from auto parts store? Then take battery elsewhere to recharge?
Or just leave your car there with the inverter for a couple hours.
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Stanley makes a digital power station that provides 120V for up to 200W. It runs about $100. It also has a 350 amp jump starter, 120PSI compressor, USB plug-ins and 12V outlet. Good luck.
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Stanley makes a digital power station that provides 120V for up to 200W. It runs about $100. It also has a 350 amp jump starter, 120PSI compressor, USB plug-ins and 12V outlet. Good luck.
thats a great idea, never thought of that. Thanks
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Let me know if that works.
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Sorry about the fire. Glad your OK. How did it start?

What about 4 of those 6v lantern batteries connected in series. Get a cheap sprinkler timer, wire it up, and cut off the 120v-24v adapter, and wire it right to the 4 batteries. It will give you the needed 24v. Not sure how long it will last, but its worth a try.

Second option is like what "Eric_H_E" said. A sprinkler timer uses so little power, I'm sure a neighbor wouldn't mind.

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