Sunday, August 27, 2017

RainMachine

Two nights ago, I replaced our old and failing irrigation controller with a new and theoretically "smart" RainMachine Mini-8 controller that adjusts watering times based on weather and season. To mount it outdoors, you need a suitable enclosure. I used the enclosure for the old Irritrol Rain Dial controller, after removing the main parts of the old controller. The panel on the right hides the power supply from the original controller, which works for the new one, too.


The new controller is just a bit too wide to fit in the back of the old box, so I glued a bit of a 2x4 to the back of the controller box, and put some velcro on the top of that...

...to attach the new controller to the 2x4.



It's too early to tell whether this new-fangled system does a good job of keeping the yard looking good while avoiding unnecessary watering, but as of yesterday it already had plans (based on weather forecasts) to reduce the watering times today, Tuesday and Thursday. It ended up changing its mind and giving the yard a full watering this morning, but maybe this thing will save us water even during the dry season.

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