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Starting up your Sprinkler System

April 5, 2013

Did you know that starting your sprinkler system right can help you conserve water and save money?

Sounds complicated, you say.

Trust us, it simpler than you think.

Just start off with four simple steps.

When you turn you sprinkler system on for the first time this season:

1. Inspect and repair manifolds, valves, and sprinkler lines for any leaks.

2. Replace any broken sprinkler heads or nozzles.

3. Clear any debris interfering with sprinkler heads and nozzles.

4. Adjust sprinkler patterns to prevent watering sidewalks, streets, and driveways.

These steps, along with smart watering, can help you save up to 3,000 gallons of water per watering session. To learn more about how conserving water can help you save money, check out this post.


  1. the sprincler tinmer is working acordinng to program,but the screen display keep flashing when is in auto mode ;is it normal?

    Comment by eduardo on July 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm

  2. Yep, totally normal.

    Comment by Justin Siebenhaar on July 15, 2013 at 9:54 am

  3. I have a three valve orbit system installed. When I turn on the main water source, two of the valves remain open. I have tried properly removing and cleaning all the valves but the same two valve remain open. What can be the problem.
    P.S. All the valves and manifold are brand new.

    Comment by ronwhitton on July 27, 2013 at 7:24 am

  4. Ron,

    There are a number of things this could be. Please call our tech support and we can troubleshoot this item with you over the phone. 1-800-299-5555

    Comment by Justin Siebenhaar on August 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm

  5. I have a 6station orbit timer that when you put the valve wires in the timer they fall out. Is it better to bend the wires or add a second piece of small wire??? Pls help ne

    Comment by sue on October 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm

  6. Yes, these wires can be tricky. Bending the wire (to make it thicker) could be a workable solution. If you’re still having problems, give us a call and we can give some other solutions. 800-488-6156.

    Comment by Justin S. on November 27, 2013 at 9:42 am

  7. I have a 6 valve orbit system, installed 2 years ago. The display shows all characters illuminated. Turning off the power and removing the batteries does not help, pressing reset does not change anything. Replacing the fuse doesn’t help. It just doesn’t do anything but display everything.

    Comment by Mark Swanburg on November 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm

  8. Mark, the screen could be burned out. Please contact our technical support and they’ll give you any fixes or arrange for replacement: 1-800-488-6156

    Comment by Justin Siebenhaar on December 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

  9. Mark,

    There’s a number of things this could be. We can work with you on a fix or replacement: give us a call at 800-488-6156.

    Comment by Justin Siebenhaar on December 10, 2013 at 10:52 am

  10. Installed new orbit timer PN# 87894 on an old system. The solenoids (2 24volt)only have one wire that went to the old timer. Is the correct wiring one solenoid wire to station 1 with jumper to common and second solenoid wire going to station 2 with jumper to common too?

    Comment by Dan on January 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm

  11. Dan,
    That sounds right. Each valve should have two wires: one for the station itself and one for the common wire, which you jump with the other zones (as you’ve described).

    Comment by Justin S. on March 31, 2014 at 9:38 am

  12. I have a problem with station 6. Nothing happens for auto or manual turn on, I can turn the sprinkler on from the solarnoid. Is there a factory master reset for a Watermaster 57116?

    Comment by Mary on January 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm

  13. That issue could be a number of things. Our technical support would be able to help diagnose the problem and provide solutions. Please contact them here:

    Comment by Justin S. on March 31, 2014 at 9:37 am

  14. The videos really illustrate how you actually start up an irrigation system and what to watch out for. Nice and simple, only took about 5 minutes to watch which is nice too.

    Another important aspect of starting you irrigation system is when? Check out our article to learn about the best time to start up your irrigation system

    Comment by Blue Jay Irrigation on January 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm

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