Adding actuators

JJ_Tex

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Jul 17, 2019
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I have a new pool with the Pentair Intellicenter + 2 Intellivalves. They work great for switching between pool and spa mode, but I still have to manually turn the valves for the other things.

I've been toying around with the idea of adding actuators to the waterfall and/or tanning ledge bubbler to be able to control those with automation. Pics are attached, but I have a couple of general questions as I plan for the spring:

- I currently have 2 intellivalves, but will any actuator work with the other valves and my Intellicenter?
- If I would add another intellivalve, does that give me flexibility to have multiple settings on a valve. For example, have the bubbler 50% open, fully closed, and 100% open.
- The valves without actuators are 90 degree valves, but most actuators I see are 180 degrees. Can I adjust those from 180 to 90?

Thanks!
 

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bdavis466

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Aug 4, 2014
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San Clemente, CA
I have a new pool with the Pentair Intellicenter + 2 Intellivalves. They work great for switching between pool and spa mode, but I still have to manually turn the valves for the other things.

I've been toying around with the idea of adding actuators to the waterfall and/or tanning ledge bubbler to be able to control those with automation. Pics are attached, but I have a couple of general questions as I plan for the spring:

- I currently have 2 intellivalves, but will any actuator work with the other valves and my Intellicenter?
- If I would add another intellivalve, does that give me flexibility to have multiple settings on a valve. For example, have the bubbler 50% open, fully closed, and 100% open.
- The valves without actuators are 90 degree valves, but most actuators I see are 180 degrees. Can I adjust those from 180 to 90?

Thanks!
#1 - Any actuator will work, the do not need to be IntelliValves
#2 - No, That functionality has not been enabled...yet. Supposedly it will be someday but not any time soon
#3 - The internal cams in the actuators are easily adjustable so if you get a 90 or a 180 and need something different its no problem to adjust them.

Since you need multiple positions configured you might want to get IntelliValves with the assumption that one day it will be possible.
 
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bdavis466

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With the way your setup is plumbed you could put a standard actuator on each valve and set up a macro to have total control. Usually multiple valve positions are only needed with 3-port valves.
 
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