Originally Posted by e171fish
I'm a homeowner and just had an irrigation system installed that uses a Rainbird LXME controller. The system is supplied by a well and the controller only allows up to a 10 minute delay between stations. I need a longer delay to allow the well to recharge.
Without trading controllers, does anyone see a problem if I re-wire the controller using every other station connection port?
Station 1 on the module connected to sprinkler zone 1, station 2 on the module not connected, station 3 on the module connected to sprinkler zone 2, and so on.
I can then use the unconnected stations "run" time for setting whatever "delay" time is needed between stations as it cycles through the program.
I tried it this afternoon and it works, but I'm wondering if there will be any negative effects.
My installer told me that I know more about the controller than he does, so that is the reason for posting in a professional forum.
If the present controller doesn't satisfy, get a different one. Or better yet, balance the system so that your pump can run continuously, without the well going dry.
By the way, it was not uncommon to program 'dead' stations, on old electromechanical controllers, for just the purpose of allowing wells to recharge. On modern controllers, your results may vary, as some controllers will not let a zone operate with an electrical fault present, and that would include an open circuit