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Old 08-31-2011, 06:18 PM
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How to make a smart controller stupid

Condo complex where I used to have a L/S maint. contract about '88 thru '95.
Somebody came along recently and "upgraded" the controllers. They called me out this week to see if I could sort out various irrigation issues. Wet spots, dry spots, leaks, etc.


Exhibit A. This ESP-SMT ( indoor model) replaced an old ESP 8. Nice, creative use of a weatherproof outlet cover.

Exhibit B. Sensor installed on the north side of the building under the dripline of a redwood tree.

Exhibit C. This one replaced an old, reliable Irritrol Dial AB. In a stair well next to the door to the parking garage.

Exhibit D. And the sensor? Installed on the north side of a balcony wall and shaded by the building itself on the west. Nice.


I thought it could be that the sensors were effecting the scheduling, but when I went to check, I found that neither clock was set up with zone info. All were set to specific run times, 8 min. for shrubs, 20 min for lawns 5 days/ week. Sun or shade, no difference.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:45 PM
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WHAT! No 10-10-10? What a crock.
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:43 PM
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Great pics. Thanks for sharing. A great opportunity for an upsell for quality contractors.
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:16 PM
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Great pics. Thanks for sharing. A great opportunity for an upsell for quality contractors.
Oh no, I just looked at the pics that Les mentioned.
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:29 PM
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Oh no, I just looked at the pics that Les mentioned.
Oh yeah.

HOA's L/S committee chair called emailed me through my website not knowing I used to maintain the place and am already familiar with the many weaknesses in the system. Currently several areas w/ breaks. Others w/ heads mysteriously capped. Others with plants grown up and blocking heads, and a mix of rotors, impacts and sprays on some zones that weren't like that when I left it.

Current contractor must have upsold them on these controllers and probably promised them water savings. .

I told them $20K probably wouldn't cover the needed repairs and upgrades. She countered with doing it in phases, up to $10 K/ year over 4 years, so they can budget for it.

Might be do-able.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:49 PM
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Exhibit A. This ESP-SMT ( indoor model) replaced an old ESP 8. Nice, creative use of a weatherproof outlet cover.

Links do not work. Get a "Page not found" message from picasa.

Instead of a link, just show the image here via the IMG tag.
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:01 PM
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Links do not work. Get a "Page not found" message from picasa.

Instead of a link, just show the image here via the IMG tag.
That's odd, I saw them yesterday.
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:14 PM
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The ESP SMT has done nothing but caused me so many complaint calls this year. Zone X didn't run today my flowers are dry, It only watered this for X minutes my lawn is brown.
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