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The wiring in your irrigation system can make or break your landscape vision. Below you will find frequently asked questions regarding sprinkler wire.

Q: How Deep Do You Bury Sprinkler Wire?

A: Like the pipes, you should bury the conduit at least 6 inches deep. Depending on your municipal code, you may be required to dig them deeper. This will protect it from shovels and tillers.

Q: How Do you Wire A Sprinkler System?

A: The common wire will connect from the controller to one lead from each of the valve solenoids. A separate colored wire will connect from the controller to each of the remaining leads in the solenoid for each valve.

Q: What Is The Voltage Of A Sprinkler Valve?

A: Electric solenoid valves are powered by 24 VAC from the irrigation controller. When the controller turns a valve on, it sends 24 VAC to the solenoid. The solenoid is the electronic portion of the valve.

Q: What Does 24 VAC Stand For?

A: When you see 110 VAC on an appliance, it means 110 volts alternating current. Voltage is a measure of circuit pressure. It refers to how hard the electricity pushes through a circuit. The 110 VAC is commonly used in residential outlets whereas, 24 VAC is often used to operate an irrigation system.

Q: Does A Sprinkler System Operate On AC Or DC Voltage?

A: It’s a common mistake to assume sprinkler valves work with DC voltage. While most valves indeed can be powered by DC voltage, they are designed to work with AC voltage in the range of 22 to 28 volts.

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