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Irrigation/HARDIE total control panel - 12 stations


QUESTION: Hi Robert,
I have a 16 years old HARDIE Total Control 12 stations controller, that is giving me a "SHORT" error message. I have 7 stations, a sensor and a master valve connected. All the stations are giving me the SHORT error, even the ones that I don't have #8 to 12#. Reading some of other questions and suggestions I removed the battery and cut the power for about 5 minutes. I connected the power again (No the battery) and I got the same results. I removed the MV cable from the panel and repeated the sequence again (unplug, wait, plug without the battery) and I got the same results.
Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.


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If you are using a master valve or pump start relay the input amperage of the solenoid or relay is higher then the controller output. If you are not using the master valve or pump start relay output there could be a direct short in the field wires or controller circuit board has a short.  


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Robert Diersing


I am able to answer any questions related to lawn irrigation systems and backflow devices. But pumps are not my speciality since they are not common in my area. Most of my product experience is in Hunter, Rainbird and Irritrol components.


I have been in the Irrigation Industry since 1998 with experience in everything from residential to athletic fields, commercial, industrial to complete Hospital campuses

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