Rainsensors

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by CAPT Stream Rotar, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    Who uses what? why?
    Where do you put it? why?
    What do you charge?
    Do you warranty your wireless R/S's, even if its a battery issue? how long?
    Do you prefer to wire them in directly into the common or the R/S ports? Does this practice change if you on a PS/Relay?

    Sidenote: Has anyone gotten into soil moisture sensors?


    For us:

    We use the irritrol wireless R/S.Cause I'm told to.
    We like to hang them in an area of the yard which reflects the site conditions. Cause I'm told to and agree with the practice. What I don't agree with is I'm told to get a ladder out and put them 10 ft on a eve of a house. Why? cause my old boss put it in my head why make yourself work harder? Why make yourself have to carry a ladder? I've seen irrigation companies hang them 30 ft on a house by the chimney.

    Thoughts?

    We charge 125 installed tested with a 2 year guarantee. At times we have noticed batteries fail quicker than others. No idea why.

    I prefer to wire them directly them into the R/S terminals if they are there. Why? Cause its what they are made for.Especially on a pump start relay. I feel safer leaving a clock with them wired in directly for the sake of the pump. I've seen pumps burn out cause companies didn't wire them properly using the common and relay. I'm sure you all have too. Sadly I'm told to wire them into the common directly. I hate putting a wire nut inside a clock.Why? Cause wire nuts in clocks have the opportunity to fall off. When pumps are at stake I feel there is no reason to mess around..



    This is just us.. Wondering what you all feel on the subject.

    its late, im tired, not much mind for spelling/ grammEr. :)
     
  2. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    If you ever see a rain sensor wired incorrectly with a pump, you need to correct it. Wireless is the only way to go.
     
  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pumps should have their own protections, so they don't have to care about the controllers or sensors.

    $125 installed is too cheap for a wireless sensor install
     
  4. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    I always do/ have.. I can't walk away from a possible situation where my hands were on that clock last and a R/S destroyed a 2 HP sub pump.
     
  5. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
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    I typically use the Irritrol wireless rain/freeze sensor these days.
    I'd buy the R&D Engineering version if they were available here.
    I put them where they will receive unobstructed rainfall.
    Double cost of device plus service call is usually what we charge.
    30 day warranty, unless it's part of an install, which would be a one year warranty.
    Unit is wired into sensor port, if controller has one.
    Like WB said, pump should have its own protection.

    I'm tired too.
    Got stung by a bunch of yellow jackets on my arm yesterday and am all "swollled" up. Time for Benadryl and Jagermeister. :drinkup:
     
  6. Mike Leary

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  7. Autoflow

    Autoflow LawnSite Member
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    I use the Hunter wireless sensors and always wire them into the sensor port. I was at a service job last year where I was halfway through testing the system. A storm came through but I hung around until it passed. Problem was it shut the sensor off and was wired into the common where the cable went through the ceiling of the house two storeys up. Had to drive 40 minutes each way again the next day for 20 minutes work. Why do people wire it into the common?? :hammerhead:
     
  8. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    That's the way we've always done it.:)
     
  9. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
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    irritation- do you see/use a lot of well systems on a relay?
     
  10. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
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    Only on irrigation wells, I see a few with both pressure tanks and relays. You better be sure the pump is sized correctly.
     

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