Community Home Community B-Hyve Indoor/Outdoor Timer No wifi until we build a house, use bluetooth only? (stuck open valve)

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  • #77144
    Farmtech
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    I purchased and installed the indoor/outdoor 12 zone controller in anticipation of using wifi in 2 or 3 years from now. We have raw land and are planting edible and beneficial plants/trees first and building later. I’m using power from a well house 600′ away just for the timer and valves. All worked last night (used manually) apart from a new valve that wouldn’t shut off unless I tapped the side of the valve (tips?) I would clear the manual watering and only could shut off after tapping the valve body lightly, did this 3 times, no fluke.

    I saw a bluetooth symbol, what functions are available to me with no wifi?

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    #77182
    robmehrer
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    Couple of things:

    Stuck Valve
    Bluetooth

    Stuck valve – what valve body is it? How is it assembled, is it PVC, is it blue flex… Was it glued, was it screwed, where is your backflow preventer? A stuck valve can be from Glue Goop, dirt, debris, or poorly made valve body. I would pull the valve and check for all of that. If this is new construction it could be trash or something stuck in that valve OR low amperage getting to the valve from the transformer. How far is the control wire from the Valve body from the B-Hyve? If youre running it 600′ away that might be an issue depending on the wire awg and how much power youre actually getting. Check it with a meter.

    Bluetooth – This is just for initial setup of the device to get it on wifi, it doesnt really have any control over the Timer. It needs internet access to be controlled, when you set it up you have to have an account with Orbit that ties the timer to your home. Your app logs in to their servers to issue commands to your timer.

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    #77183
    Farmtech
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    Thanks for the reply. It is a heavy duty 1″ from the pre-assembled 2 manifold system, NPT and pvc connections outside the manifold. New construction so probably some debris, just a little weird that it takes a tap for it to close, seems like a manufacturing issue where the solenoid isn’t moving freely as opposed to debris in the sealing surfaces. It does shut off fully after tapping. The valve next to it works fine, it is only 5′ from the timer that is getting 123V after transforming 240V within 5′. The 240V is what I ran a long distance to avoid excessive voltage drop (lower current).

    I will actuate a bunch and then take it apart if it doesn’t work correctly.

    Bummer about bluetooth, thought I read somewhere that the 2nd gen had some control via bluetooth, I realize all the “smart” functionality isn’t there until I get wifi.

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    #77187
    robmehrer
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    Ahh I see what youre saying. Manually actuate the valve and see if you can feel it sticking… If you grab the top (looks like a handle usually) you can actuate it manually. see if its hard to move or sticks on you. It could just be a bad valve in the manifold… luckily they are cheap and easy to swap out.

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    #77213
    Stephen
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    @Farmtech you can control the timer from your phone with the Bluetooth, but you will need to be connected to the server via Internet in order to get smart programs. The reasoning is that the timer needs to talk with our server at any point of the day to receive weather information as well as our algorithm in order to create that program.

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