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Old 03-24-2010, 12:54 PM  
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Wow that looks great!! Now folks can see what a little hard work can do. Keep em comming ...we love pics.



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You asked for it. I'm about 95% done with the rest. I've still got a bench and railing to do on the back deck, and I need to plant the raised bed.

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Looking good Jeff!!! Really like the color choices you made with this project.

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That is all I can say......

Very nice job, "I love it when a plan comes together". You must be part of the A-TEAM.

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I'm loving it Jeff!

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Thanks. It's been a long haul to get it done, but we really are loving it.

I do have a technical question. This may be confusing, but I need help.

The water feature is run by a low pressure, high volume pump. Irrigation pressure is provided by a booster pump located near my valve manifold. The booster pump is a pressure drop start pump. That is, when an irrigation valve opens, the pump starts running automatically.

Here's the tricky part. The feed for the booster pump "tees" off the low pressure, high volume line that runs the water feature. This means that when I call for irrigation, the water feature MUST be running. Right now, I have the water feature on an electronic timer. The timer runs the water feature from 3AM-6AM (morning irrigation time), and from 5PM-7PM (evening irrigation time). I can also override the timer by pressing a button to run the water feature if we are in the yard, entertaining, etc.

Though this setup works, I'm concerned about keeping the water feature timer and the irrigation controller on the same timing.

What I would like to do is use a Pump Start Relay to start the water feature pump when irrigation is called for. But I'd also like to be able to override the pump start relay to run the pump manually when irrigation is not called for so I can run the water feature...

HELP ME! I'm too thick to figure this one out myself.

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What I would like to do is use a Pump Start Relay to start the water feature pump when irrigation is called for.
But I'd also like to be able to override the pump start relay to run the pump manually when irrigation is not called for so I can run the water feature...
It's an OR function
so the override switch contacts need to be in parallel with the relay contacts.
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It's an OR function
so the override switch contacts need to be in parallel with the relay contacts.
So you believe that I can connect two 24VAC inputs to the input side of the relay?

Please bear with me...I'm a Mechanical Engineer...

What happens if this override switch is "on" and the irrigation controller sends a "pump start" signal (also 24VAC) to the same inputs on the relay at the same time? Now there are two 24VAC signals on the input side of the pump.
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So you believe that I can connect two 24VAC inputs to the input side of the relay?

Please bear with me...I'm a Mechanical Engineer...

What happens if this override switch is "on" and the irrigation controller sends a "pump start" signal (also 24VAC) to the same inputs on the relay at the same time? Now there are two 24VAC signals on the input side of the pump.
I figured the switch contacts would be in parallel with the relay contacts.
Paralleling identical transformer outputs that are in phase is probably OK but I don't usually do this.
Post a schematic.
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I figured the switch contacts would be in parallel with the relay contacts.
Paralleling identical transformer outputs that are in phase is probably OK but I don't usually do this.
Post a schematic.
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