Will a rain sensor work here??

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by jonspolaris, May 16, 2004.

  1. jonspolaris

    jonspolaris LawnSite Member
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    My mom lives in a condo development. They want to put a rain sensor on the irrigation controll box. I do know that the box is underneith the canopy of several large austrian pine trees. The box is a Rain Rird esp-Lx 16. I would think that the trees would affect the reading that the sensor would get. Also how reliable are these?? and which is the best one? We are located in se Michigan.
     
  2. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
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    yes it will work , during hurricanes , and long extended heavy rains. A rain switch needs clear open acess to the sky , under trees or in a constantly shaded area it will not work properly. it is probably a standard wired rainswitch , the installer didnt want to run the wire and was in a hurry to get done. A remote rainswitch seems to be the answer
     
  3. jonspolaris

    jonspolaris LawnSite Member
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    Thanks, What remote swich would you recomend?? and how should it be installed?
     
  4. dbielawski

    dbielawski LawnSite Member
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    You may want to consider a wireless rain sensor. Look into this as you can mount it in an unobstructed area. They are more expensive, however.
     
  5. dbielawski

    dbielawski LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    As far as brands go...look at Rain Bird or Hunter.
     

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