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Default GFCI outlet replacement

Are there any electricians on here?

When we run our sprinklers and it gets from zone 4 to zone 5 ( 9 total zones) it keeps on tripping one of the GFCI outlets in our basement. You could reset it and it would start again and never ever tripped or caused a fault from anything but the sprinklers on when it transitioned from zone 4 to zone 5.

We replaced the outlet the sprinkler box was plugged into in our garage and replaced the GFCI outlet with new ones.

I then ran the sprinklers for a couple minutes on each zone to see if it would cause the issue again.

As soon as it went from zone 4 to zone 5 it caused it again. Now the GFCI outlet will not reset. You can push it and it will be good for 3 seconds and trip again.

I unplugged everything that could be down the line or anything just to check it.

Any thoughts or ideas?

I even tried putting the old GFCI outlet back in to see if the new one was bad and both do the same thing.
They will not let you reset them. I have flipped the breaker and nothing changes.

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Check your wiring on zone 5 maybe a short or groynd issue.
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kind of what I am thinking.
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You either have a loose wire or the solenoid on the Zone 5 electric valve is bad.
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would you guys call an electrician or a sprinkler company? I thought sprinkler company since they install and maintain sprinklers and associated components.

My father in law says electrician then sprinkler people.
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Are you able to unplug the control box and then reset the GFCI? If so, I would probably call your irrigation tech first. If you can't reset the GFCI with everything irrigation unplugged, then an electrician.
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would you guys call an electrician or a sprinkler company?
I would get out an electric meter and check for a short or ground on solenoid 5. You could also disconnect the wiring for solenoid 5 and see if the problem goes away, just to verify that is the problem.
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found it.

2 of the outdoor outlets were letting water behind the foam/seal and causing the overload.

I am replacing both tomorrow.
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Make sure you get the WR " weather resistant" rated gfci, there's a difference

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found it.

2 of the outdoor outlets were letting water behind the foam/seal and causing the overload.

I am replacing both tomorrow.
That fixed the resetting problem, what about the sprinklers and circuit 5?
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found it.

2 of the outdoor outlets were letting water behind the foam/seal and causing the ground fault.

I am replacing both tomorrow.
Fixed it for you. Sorry, I'm anal on the technical side, so I had to. . Good job finding the problem.
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That fixed the resetting problem, what about the sprinklers and circuit 5?
well so the outdoor outlets were causing it.

Zone 4 was spraying onto the outlet and water was getting behind it.

It just so happened to trip right when zone 4 switched to zone 5.

My nephew was playing with the sprinkler and had turned it ( its a sprayer/mister one) and it was literally spraying all over the outlet....

I adjusted it and replaced the builder grade shit with much better outlets and caulked them as well.
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At least your nephew accidently found something that needed to be fixed.
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