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By Chris Foye (wakejunky) on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 8:23 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
In my never ending search to over engineer everything and make things better and faster. I'm thinking of adding some electronic solenoids to my ballast system.
Looking for sources and recommendations as well as installation tips.

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By tuneman (tuneman) on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 2:45 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
The Toro solenoids work well. I've tried other brands and the solenoid doesn't work well with 12 volts. Another thing to remember: You can only pass water through them one way and they do not seal perfectly when not activated. In other words, if you're using aerator pumps, and you have a solenoid in the system that is closed, it can still pass through air causing your pump to cavitate.

P.S. Thanks for the gator grip. I've got it on the back of my Malibu Sportster and it's been great!

(Message edited by tuneman on October 14, 2003)

By Chris Foye (wakejunky) on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 3:19 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks for the input. I have heard people having luck with sprinkler solenoids but, wasn't sure how they were doing it or if there was another option.

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By Whirlybird (switch) on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 4:00 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Here is what I know about Irrigation Valves, I have been a Landscaper for over 10 years and if you think about it; if have an irrigation system and the power is turned off dose the sprinklers turn on, no. All irrigation valves are 12v, if you ask me (i have never installed them for ballast so tuneman could be right) if you turn it on the water will come out, and turn it off the water will shut off.

A different thought, if you what to use as a way to open an close like a valve, use the Calabria way. Two rv dump valves, this is a great way to fill ballast.

By Chris Foye (wakejunky) on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 - 7:18 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post

I see what you mean with the irragation valves. The RV valves won't do because they are 2" valves. I'm looking to replace my 3/4" manual valves.

By Whirlybird (switch) on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 9:05 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Chris have you called your local rv dealer repair shop? I have a camper that uses a 1 1/2 valve, maybe you can use a reducer to make it fit. But if you are looking to just replace your 3/4 manual valves the irr. valves may work just fine.

What kind of valves are you replacing? Are they manual pull up valves or what?

By Chris Foye (wakejunky) on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 6:29 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I have an 03' SAN and they use livewell valves which are cable actuated. I want to change them over to 3/4" electric. But, if it turns out that it's not doable or cost prohibitive then I won't do it.

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By Psyclone (cyclonecj) on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 - 6:45 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Don't replace those manual valves, they are the best thing going. Sprinkler valves are too restrictive and make your pumps work too hard. I think someone should add an external solenoid to remotely actuate the livewell valves.
By Psyclone (cyclonecj) on Sunday, October 26, 2003 - 5:55 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I ordered a Flow Rite valve to add to my system, I will use either a 12vdc solenoid or a vacuum solenoid to actuate it. The cable arrangement is pretty foolproof, but I have the switch and relay and wiring in place already from my prior experiments. Chris, I wouldn't change a thing if I were you.
By Doug Gierosky (d_fresh) on Sunday, October 26, 2003 - 8:42 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Use Simer pumps! Make life easy!
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