Big scare, having to re-program timers-new daylight savings time

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by gusbuster, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I didn't see this being talked about. I know it's going to be somewhat of a pain for me to remember to re-program the correct time due to daylight savings time starting 3 weeks earlier than normal. (March 11)

    Not so much as to having to adjust the run times and such, but not too sure if I set the clock ahead, timers that already take into account daylight savings time will bump it ahead again. If that is true, then that means I need to re-adjust again. Man, What a pain.

    I can look at people like Hayes where like myself has multiple clocks that need to be re-adjusted at different sites. Just like me, you don't want the water to come on when people are walking around the irrigated sites.

    Any thoughts guys? Were most of you aware of the new daylight savings start time? I not only see our industry being effected by this with little nuisance,like people who will be charged for prime time when in effect they may be using off-peak time(talking about cell phones) or like what is being proposed here in CA by P.G.&E converting meters to electronic devices so they can charge more at peak usage time.
  2. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    My company is contracted by a major US cell phone carrier, so we have done some of the work in correcting the DST dillema. Everything should switch over carefully in the cell phone area at least :)

    I believe most modern timers will automatictly adjust to DST (Pro-C, ESP-M etc), so you'll want to let your clients know to set the timer back an hour at the new date, and then when the old DST comes, set it back an hour again.

    Maybe, if you complain enough, Hunter and Rainbird might start sending out new faceplates under warantee with a DST patch in their software. Perhaps its worth looking into?
  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
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    Some of us are fortunate that the watering season falls entirely within Daylight Savings Time :p
  4. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    I knew it was coming. My 2007 calendar had the updated DST on it. :)

    We'll have a few that will be out of whack but it shouldn't be a big concern. None of our controllers start programs in daylight; usually a 9:30 pm to 11:45 pm start time to minimize sprinkler vandalism and so sprinklers aren't on if there's something going on at school sites in the evening. 99% of our controllers are off at this time and will be fired up sometime in March anyway. Since we don't have a central control system it takes two of us almost two full days to go out, set them up on a spring schedule (fortunately very similar to our fall watering schedule that was the last schedule on the controllers) and then turn them on. We'll change a lot of backup batteries and make sure the time-of-day and day-of-week are correct. Then we'll just bump the schedules up with the season adjust features as we get hotter later in the season.
  5. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Some live in states that don't observe DST either. :laugh:
  6. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, put states like Arizona will have to follow the new d.s.t. law.

    Can you imagine waking up at 4.30 and the sun is already coming up?
  7. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Arizona never I believe they will continue to never change.

    I was aware of it, in fact, it is going out March 10th as an "addendum" or additional email newsletter to all my clients. doesn't affect us either....(yes we have no bananas?).....we won't start watering until well after that date.
  8. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Even if Arizona doesn't observe DST I believe the Navajo Reservation does. So if controllers are there they'll need changing. :laugh:
  9. True Cut Lawn Maintenance

    True Cut Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
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    Indiana just started observing it last year, it REALLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYY bites:dizzy: :hammerhead:
  10. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    I saw a news piece on DST and Indiana had some towns cut in half with DST as part of the town was actually in a neighboring state that did observe DST. One side of a road was one state with DST while the other was Indiana without DST. :dizzy:

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