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Old 11-26-2012, 12:15 PM
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Smart controllers that adjust by days, not run time

Are there any out there that are not extremely expensive? Most of my customers have Pro-C so it would be great to use the existing controller. I'm not a fan of the "Solar Sync" btw. Would love to sell this to customers who cannot grasp the idea to adjust intervals as the weather changes.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:19 PM
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Good luck with that.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:20 PM
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Adjusting days between waterings would be useful, but not compatible with odd-even watering restrictions.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:38 PM
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Nor is it compatible with water restrictions which specify which days are allowed.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:31 AM
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Adjusting days between waterings would be useful, but not compatible with odd-even watering restrictions.
Odd/even water days are stupid. The day manufacturers remove that idiot option the better off we will all be.

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Nor is it compatible with water restrictions which specify which days are allowed.
Water restrictions can be worked around.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:13 PM
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Odd/even water days are stupid. The day manufacturers remove that idiot option the better off we will all be.



Water restrictions can be worked around.
no argument with you on odd even days, however, at least in my town for the last 20 years, daylight savings time is automatic water restriction days. Goes by address, yup u guessed it....odd number address odd day watering only....

Been ignoring it though....that's why you set your timers to run during non-business hours.

Like you said, water restrictions can be worked around.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:17 PM
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Odd/even water days are stupid. The day manufacturers remove that idiot option the better off we will all be.



Water restrictions can be worked around.
Here in austin, they have worked hard to shrink the amount of time allowed to water.

Thankfully, the city listen to our suggestion to exempt drip...my push was for the city to reward more efficient irrigation systems that used drip , mps, moisture sensors...they chose to go to a static two day a week policy 12am to 5am and 7pm to 11.59pm on your watering day. Variences are available for large commercial properties, but no deviation from the mentioned hiurs...all variences subject to inspection by a nonirrigator.
I think we are going to submit a few properties into a pilot program which will allow us to control the water.
Large commercial has been difficult to color in the lines....one property has 600, 000sq ft spread out on both sides of mile roadway including medians. Multiple start times ....
Thank goodness my bro watches it weekly!
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:40 AM
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I'd like to use the soil sensors, but I keep hearing that they seem to wreak havoc when only allowed to water one or two days each week-(mostly referring to commercial)

the pilot program we have here will allow us to control the irrigation completely for the most water savings--slowly applying water for less runoff and moisture sensors--'

for some of our largest proprieties, I'm going to be looking into central controllers which i can control over the internet--one property has 10-12 controllers--

We have mounds of paperwork to file for this to happen though--
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:31 PM
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for some of our largest proprieties, I'm going to be looking into central controllers which i can control over the internet--one property has 10-12 controllers--
We have mounds of paperwork to file for this to happen though--
Do the math first; see how long it would take for a Central System to pay for itself vs. a sharp tech with a Lincoln probe showing up as the weather changed. If you've got that many clocks, the change-out could be a ball breaker.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:21 PM
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I'm gonna run the numbers and shake the tree to see what falls out.

Ima treasurer for a medium88 unit condo community and they are alwsys looking to save money long term
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