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    cdawson
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    My question is in regards to the smart watering and the backoff time that it uses once MAXRT is reached (when it breaks apart run times). It seems the backoff time just always uses 10 minutes and doesn’t use BIR (basic infiltration rate) to calculate its delay between run times. This causes swampy issues for heavily clay soils with a low BIR since you are dumping it in with only 10 minute breaks.

    Here is what you could use to appropriately space your run times better:

    Delay in minutes = [(AR/60 * MaxRT) – (MaxRT * BIR/60)] / (BIR/60)

    So this takes into account the application rate in minutes and the run time before runoff minus the BIR that occurs during the run time divided by the BIR in minutes.

    This would definitely improve your smart timer settings especially in regards to tree watering. I’ve run into this problem with my lawn, but it is REALLY apparent in tree watering where you are using a lot of water in a smaller space.

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    #77088
    cdawson
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    Any chance I can get an Orbit response?

    Smart watering is basically useless to me with the hard set 10 minute delay between MAXRT jobs. You should be able to use my formula above for determining the back off times between runtimes when MAXRT is hit, but if not at least give the option for one to manually specify the delay time. With heavy clay soils a set 10 minute delay is not enough. Too much runoff.

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    #77225
    Stephen
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    @Cdawson I have forwarded your information on to my development team. Thank you for your great feedback. There isn’t much I can do about this right now, but I will speak with them and see if there is any work around for this.

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