Experiences with various Smart Controllers

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by ArTurf, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    I never did, simply offered a service contract that included seasonal adjustments and performance inspection. Most jumped at the offer, especially their wives. :clapping:
     
  2. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
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    Great idea. Although not sure that would work in my case. Will keep it mind though and perhaps modify.

    Why are the wives so happy to see you on a regular basis?:nono:
     
  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    the "performance inspection" of course
     
  4. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
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    I usually stick to business on this forum but I can't resist this one.

    I guess irrigation guys are good at getting stuff wet.
     
  5. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
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    :laugh::laugh: I don't know about you guys, but the majority of my clients were women, who's hubbies I never dealt with, except that they signed the checks. Some I never met, but most "guys" like to screw with the clock after coming home and killing a couple of drinks. The next day, or so, wife would call and I'd come over and zero and re-program the clock. More than a few had their own checking account and paid me so "the big guy" would never know. Lockable enclosures helped, but getting into Hardie "Touch Command" clocks pretty much put a end to hubby and his hobby.
     
  6. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    1) How will a power outage effect the Climate Logic? Does it have an NV memory?​


    2) Instructions told me to assign all zones to program A, though scrolling through the CL menu it wants to know if I want it to cover Pgm. A, A+B, or A+B+C... so how does that work? ​


    Typically I assign lawns to A, shrubs and groundcover to B, and either annual beds or a drip system or whatever else is going on to C.

    A usually gets a start time between 2AM and 6AM, but B or C could start as early as 9PM, and run fewer days per week. And newly planted annuals might get a short run mornings and afternoons, depending on the time of year.

    Since Climate Logic doesn't ask me to put in all the parameters like the ESP-SMT does, then how does it know which zones need more water besides the peak watering time I program in for say July?
     
  7. irrig8r

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    Ahhh... pg. 13 of the manual... I CAN assign all three programs if I want to. It defaults to A, but I can add in the others I guess that means if I want Pgm. C to run independent of the CL override I can do that too.

    http://irritrol.com/controller_manuals/pdfs/manual_climatelogic.pdf

    What I don't get is the "dry-out days". The default is only 0.5 days. I changed it 2.0.
     
  8. irrig8r

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    So, digging deeper into the manual for the Climate Logic, I can't seem to find a way to distinguish between water needs of different kinds of plants, or fine tune different zones. No factoring in of a crop coefficient, sun exposure (though the sensor gets mounted in full sun), slope, soil type, etc.

    I have no idea whether programming different start times and water days in Pgm B or C in the Total Control will be completely overidden by this device or not. I have no way of knowing which days it will water... there is a menu for Water Restriction setup, which is supposed to allow limiting to "a specific daily time period", but I think it's universal, across all zones in whichever programs I want to include.

    So it seems like the only control I have is with setting up peak run times, and I can't just water (for instance) outlying established shrubs or semi-naturalized ground cover every two weeks....

    UNLESS... can I still run those independent of the Climate Logic if I assign them to Pgm B and include only Pgm A in the CL coverage?

    :dizzy:



    Does Hunter's Solar Sync operate the same way?


    Sure wish Irritrol Tech Support was easier to get hold of by phone.
     
  9. irrig8r

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    OK, so it feels like I'm talking to myself here, but here's an update:

    Byron from Irritrol/ Toro returned my call and was very helpful.

    The way this device works is that:
    1.) The water days and start times are whatever I set them up to be.

    2.) The actual run times are a percentage, based on historical ET plus sensor data, of the peak that I set up.

    3.) I can still have my evening start times in B and morning starts in A, or however I want to do it, and assign whichever stations make sense to whichever program I want.

    4.) The water restrictions part is for when I want it NOT to water. This device doesn't use a "water window".

    5.) There is a water adjust feature, but it's global across all zones. Any tweaking should really be done with the peak run times or water days. The soil type, plant type, slope, etc. are all up to me to figure out when setting those peak run times.

    6.) I can exclude either Pgm. B, or Pgms. B + C from the Climate Logic if I wish and they will run as programmed. (For instance, drip to containers under an overhang, new plantings, etc.)​

    If anyone has any other insights, please share.
     
  10. castle555

    castle555 LawnSite Member
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    Sorry about the response time here, but you were doing so well on your own.
    I believe the CL has non-volatile memory.
    When you uploaded the data from the chip they give you it programs in 10 years of ET data for the micro-climate for the area where your customer's property is located. I think in addition to zip code, it also allows long. and lat. input which is even more accurate.
    The sensors begin to collect the daily ET data from solar and temps.
    And, it has wind average speeds and daily temps in the data you uploaded, so when it's hot and windy the old 'farmers almanac' of data you put in there will work. It is a little unnerving i admit to set this thing up and then go 'presto' it waters!
    My understanding of the ABC program thing is it still runs consecutively as to how you program it, so I think you've got a handle on that.
     

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